Thank goodness it’s Thursday. It has been a long and tiresome week. Oy! Boogie was sick off and on for 4 days over the weekend and late last week. Poor kid had the projectile barfing stomach bug. Fingers crossed it doesn’t hit little brother. Boogie was excited about the unlimited supply of Gatorade he got to drink. Normally, it’s diluted juice, water, soymilk or oj.
The co-op is going strong. We will be taking a break the last week of this month, since we will be out of town. We’re going to the beach. Yippee! I can’t wait. It will be nice to walk in the sand, collect shells, and take the boys to the conservation and educatin aquarium.
While Boogie was sick, I made him a homemade version of Saltine crackers. I am not a fan of the store-bought ones, they are full of preservatives and excess sodium. So I searched online and found a Saltine cracker recipe that I veganized and made. I used a pumpkin cookie cutter and they were delicious. Boogie and little brother loved them. Josh did too. 🙂
Homemade Saltine Crackers
1c whole wheat flour
6T vegetable shortening
3/4t baking powder
2/3 soymilk (you can use rice or almond milk too)
1/2 stick soy margarine, melted
Preheat the oven to 375F. In a mixing bowl, combine the flours and baking powder. Stir. Cut the shortening into the flour mixture. Use a pastry blender or two forks to combine the flour and shortening until it resembes a very crumbly mix. Add the soymilk. Stir to combine. Lightly grease your hands and knead until all the flour is mixed in and the dough is no longer sticky. Divide the dough into 2 balls. Lightly flour a surface and rolling pin. Roll the dough out as thin as possible. Use a cookie cutter and cut out the dough. Place on an ungreased cookie sheet. Lightly brush the tops with melted soy margarine. Sprinkle with coarse salt. Bake for 15 minutes. If you bake them longer, pay attention because they will burn quickly. Yield: 5 dozen or more, depending on the size of the cookie cutter. These beat the store bought Saltines anyday. No preservatives, all natural and organic. Enjoy.
Over the weekend I also made a butterfly cake and cupcakes for a 1 year old little girls birthday. The mum wanted it to be colorful. The cake was chocolate. I liked the way it turned out and the family was very pleased.
For my co-op meal last week, I made “Good Shepherd’s Pie”. I love this recipe and it is a favorite in my family. It is full of all kinds of goodness. I peeled the potatoes this time around since I was serving it to others. Normally I leave the skin on when I mash potatoes for my family. Here is the recipe, hope you enjoy it as much as we did.
“Good Shepherd’s” Pie
1small onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
3 handfuls fresh spinach
2 large carrots, sliced
5 basil leaves, chopped
1c cooked red lentils
1c cooked split peas
1/2t ground black pepper
3large potatoes, peeled &chopped
1 small container plain soy yogurt
2T soy margarine
1-2c vegetable broth (as needed)
salt (to taste)
Preheat the oven to 350F. In a large skillet, sauté the onion and garlic in a little oil. Saute over medium heat for a couple of minutes, add the carrots, tomato, corn, spinach, and basil leaves. Gently stir while sautéing. Once the onion is translucent and the spinach starts to wilt, add the red lentils, split peas, and spices. Gently stir into the mix. Making sure everything is combined. Pour the mixture into a lightly greased casserole dish or 8X8 baking pan. In a pot, boil the potatoes in water until tender. Drain. Add the yogurt and margarine. If the potatoes seem dry, add vegetable broth until they reach a desired consistency. Salt and pepper to taste. Spread the potatoes over the top of the vegetable mix. Gently smoothing out evenly with a spatula. Bake in the oven 20-25 minutes.
This weekend Little Bear turns 2. Where has the time gone? It seemed like just yesterday I was a giant pregnant woman with him in my belly. Now he is saying words, and trying to talk in full sentences. It is so cute. He loves dinosaurs. It is more like an obsession. That being the case, I am making him a dinosaur cake for his birthday with a volcano on it. It will be fun to see his little face light up when he sees the cake.
Well I am off to work on the letter ‘C’ with Boogie. He has done really well writing his ‘A’ and ‘B’. We just need to practice the letter ‘C’ some more. He writes it backwards sometimes. He will also say, “Lets work on the letter O. It is more fun than C.” Silly boy.
Hope you have a lovely Thursday.
peas and love….
Krys and the boys