Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Pumpkin Cheesecakes (Vegan and Creamy)

Vegan Pumpkin Cheesecake
I made this for my sister in law's birthday.
She's allergic to dairy...horribly so.
It was excellent and more of it disappeared than the other cheesecake.

A creamy vegan cheesecake that I made as low sugar as I could.
This was quite creamy and the flavor was wonderful.

Monday, October 27, 2014

A Little Girl Birthday


A Tinkerbell purple loving little girl in my life turned 6 yesterday.
This was part of my gift to her.
She loved it.

Friday, October 24, 2014

A Date with Two of my Favorite People

Early supper

Some car watching

playing on the playground
(you should have seen Grandmama coming down the

Lots of love all around
running about in the yard when we got home

all tuckered out at the end of the day

Grandmama's Sewing Machine

As a child, I always felt like Grandmama
may as well have been Superwoman.
There seemed to be nothing she couldn't do
and it was if she never said something couldn't be done.
I know I've said before, but at a very early age I knew
I wanted to be a was my idol.
Now that I have a grandchild, I understand where the super powers
came from. 
There is nothing like having that little face looking up at you with
so much love and it makes you see the world in a whole new light.
Daughter and I picked up this cute little play outfit for my grandson
at the thrift store.  It was $4.99 and we knew it was borderline his size
but at that price thought we would chance it anyway.
Much to our disappointment it was slightly too short in the body.
However, he fell in love with it.
Now normally I would have just re-donated it or given it away,
but how do you explain that sometimes you take a chance to a small child.
Nothing like that look of delight on a child's face to
bring out the problem solving skills of a grandmama.
A few snips, a little magic from Grandmama's sewing machine
and now we have:
A cute little frog sweatshirt --
ready for all the fun and adventures a little boy can have.
I'm on my way to becoming the Grandmama I so adored!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

A Few Days

A few days of medication and lots of rest and I'm feeling a little better.
Lots of healthy foods and a few not so healthy -- but all delicious and prepared at home -- didn't hurt either.

Sweet and sour meatballs over brown rice.
A cup of coffee made by another's hands always tastes better.

an extra dose of vitamin C

zucchini pasta with pumpkin sauce and ground beef

Fresh green limas with ham and potatoes

A little sweet for my sweeties.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Acorn Squash Soup

Squash and Meatball Soup
1 quart of homemade vegetable stock (salt if stock isn’t salty and also add some garlic if your stock didn’t have any added)
½ bag of good quality frozen Italian meatballs or a handful of homemade (precooked)
1 medium acorn squash, peeled and cubed
1 quart home canned tomatoes, drained (or equivalent canned diced)
Dried basil and oregano (I used between ¾ and 1 tsp of each.)
1 sweet onion, diced
1 green bell pepper, diced
A few baby Portabellas diced
I kept this simple.  I poured in the stock, added the meatballs, seasonings, squash and veggies.  I then drained the tomatoes and added them on top.  I didn’t stir them in.  Cook on high for 8 minutes pressure and then let rest for a minute or two.  Quick release pressure. 
At this point you can take out part of the squash to puree it if you chose.  I left mine slightly chunky because I like texture. 
(My vegetable broth did not have salt, but because I had canned my tomatoes with salt I ended up not needing to add anymore. I also was heavy on the garlic when I made my broth, but if I had not been I would have added some for that extra depth.)
This soup was a huge hit with my husband.  He ate two bowls of it and kept telling me how great it tasted. 

Friday, October 17, 2014

Recipe and a Break

Chicken Risotto
1 large chicken breast, cut into small pieces
1 tbsp. olive oil

(can add onion at this point if desired – for family reasons I used an onion powder)
Sauté in the Instant Pot, until the chicken is almost done, but not browned.
Add in:

4 ¼ cups of broth (chicken or veggie will work)
1 ½ cups of Arborio rice
¼ to ½ cup of green peas
(seasoning of your choice – I added onion powder, salt, pepper)
Cook on high for 7 minutes.  Quick release the pressure.
Stir in butter and cheese.  (I just added cheese.) Let sit for a minute or so until melted and creamy.
This makes a pretty large batch.
We deliberately made "planned overs"
for our lunch for the next day
and still had some left.
On the break front,
it turns out this little sore throat I have
is a bacterial throat infection.
I'm out of a good chunk of change for the doctor
and pharmaceuticals, but ever so grateful
they are an option.
I'll be taking a few days to recover.
See y'all soon!