Recycled Gift Wrap

12 Dec

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Too much paper ends up in the landfill. Back in the old days our Grandparents would use whatever paper was available to wrap a gift, such as newspapers and paper bags. So why not bring back an old-time tradition, save yourself some money and help out mother earth.  For this particular package I used an old map. It is a fun and thoughtful way to wrap a gift in memories of places visited. If you use store-bought wrapping paper ask your family to carefully open the package so you can save the paper to re-use next year along with the ribbons!  You can also use  wrapping paper to line drawers,  or as book covers, or even shred the paper to fill packages that contain fragile items you plan to ship.

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Garlic Lemon Whole Wheat Spaghetti – it’s Vegan too!

16 Sep

One of my favorite dishes to make! You can use any pasta shape if you do not have spaghetti!

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Pasta is one of my favorite comfort foods next to Pizza!  Garlic Lemon Whole Wheat Spaghetti is one of the many wonderful pasta dishes from my mother’s kitchen. There is no need for salt because the lemon, garlic and herbs give it enough flavor!  We all want to cut back on our salt intake so the lemon will fill that void.  You will be amazed at how  easy  this dish is to make and it is vegan too!

If you do not like the taste of whole wheat you can use regular spaghetti, or you can do half whole wheat, half white!  I do this sometimes to mix it up a bit.

  • 1 box of whole wheat spaghetti
  • 5 cloves of garlic – chopped
  • 1/2 lemon
  • 1 sprig of parsley – chopped
  • 1/4 can of black olives – chopped
  • Olive oil
  • pepper to taste  ( no salt needed, the lemon replaces the need for salt)
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Vegetarian Hobo Potatoes

19 Aug

I love making these on the grill!

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Here is a great dish to make on the grill that is vegetarian too.  Foil Packets  also known as “Hobo Packs” are a great way of roasting potatoes and vegetables on the grill.  Just cut up your potatoes and whatever veggies you have on hand such as onions, carrots and so on.  Add oil, herbs,  maybe a splash of beer  and seasonings to the mixture.  Place the  mixture on non-stick foil add a dab of  margarine and wrap.  Cook on the grill, in the oven or on an open campfire!  Yum! 

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Pina Colada Smoothie

10 Jul

I love sitting on the patio sipping a Pina Colada Smoothie. One of my favorite all time summer drinks!

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I’ve got my toe’s in the sand and a Pina Colada in my hand just dreaming of warm days and long sunsets!  Why drink those commercial concoctions when you can easily make your own with or without the rum!  Mine is without the rum but I add 1/2 a scoop of protein powder.

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In a blender combine

1 cup of pineapple

1 cup frozen or fresh banana

1 cup of ice cubes

2 cups coconut beverage

1/2 scoop vanilla protein powder (optional)

1 tsp vanilla extract

Blend until smooth add more ice if needed

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Tempting Cake Donuts

3 Jun

June 3rd is National Donut Day!

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I have been craving donuts lately but I did not want to settle for the fried ones. So, I bought a set of donut pans and got busy baking to satisfy my sweet tooth.  For these donuts I used a basic cake recipe and cut back on the sugar and oil.

Wow!  These baked donuts turned out to be so delicious and I am quite proud of myself.  Hubby and I sat down to some good home-brewed coffee and freshly baked donuts.  Enjoy!

 
 
Cake Donut Recipe
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 tsp salt
2 1/4 tsp baking powder
2 large eggs (Or egg substitute) use 1/2 cup applesauce to replace eggs
3/4 cup skim milk (or soy, coconut or rice dream)
1/2 cup canola oil

 
lightly grease donut pans ( I have round and long john)
 
In large bowl mix dry ingredients
in med bowl whisk wet ingredients
make a well in the…

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Summertime Burgers – The Vegetarian Way

31 May

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Cheese, onion, and California Avocado on a homemade roll. Photo by Susan T’s Kitchen

Who doesn’t love a delicious juicy burger topped with all their favorite toppings?  We love to make Morningstar grillers meatless burgers on the grill!  http://www.morningstarfarms.com/msfhome.html My burger has a slice  of California Avocado,  http://www.avocado.org/  Sweet  Onion and cheddar cheese. (I buy cheese that has no hormones or animal rennet) Of course I could make my own burger, but these are so delicious.  My burger is on a homemade bread roll made by my husband who loves to bake bread.  The bread roll is 1/2 whole wheat and 1/2 unbleached wheat flour.  What a difference a home-made roll makes without all the preservatives.

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Buzzing with the bees

11 May

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We are dependent on bees to pollinate much of our food source and the populations are down around the world. How can we help? Try not to use pesticides and try to do your part to help the bees  by adding bee friendly plants. Create a sanctuary in your yard and they will come. Don’t worry about a sting from a bee, because if you do not bother them they most likely will ignore you.

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While you are creating a bee attraction garden don’t forget to add a watering hole since bee’s get thirsty too.  All you have to do is fill a medium or large plant saucer with rocks and add water.  The moisture will attract the bees to your flower garden.  If your area is prone to mosquitos change the water every other day so it does not…

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