Category Archives: Vegetarian/Vegan

Raw Vegan Munchies: Two types of crackers and guacamole

This weekend, I made a huge batch of raw vegan crackers and put my 9-tray Excalibur food dehydrator to good use. I made some sweet cookies that my daughter said smelled like banana muffins and I made a huge variety of crackers.

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Raw snacks: Black bean crackers and veggie crackers

My daughter made quick work on the crackers and is slowly making a dent into the vegetable and bean crackers that I made. She said they’re really good.

I thought I’d have a bit more of the black bean crackers for myself since she normally does not like spicy (I added Korean chili pepper and a variety of other hot peppers to the black bean crackers) but she’s loving these and is eating them by the handful.

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Guacamole with black bean crackers and veggie crackers

This morning, I made guacamole. I have not prepared that in a while, and the crackers, chips, whatever you want to call them worked perfect for dipping. Guess what, the veggie cracker were mainly made from juicer pulp. In our household, the pulp never goes to waste. I use it in soups, gumbos, vegan burgers, desserts and raw vegan snacks. Of course, the old standby is compost.

Happy munching!

Vegan: Red potato ranch fries

Yesterday evening, making ranch fries was a spur of the moment decision. I’d already had dinner prepared for my daughter. She had eaten a few hours before; however, since I know she loves homemade fries, I prepared a quick snack for her.

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Homemade ranch fries

I must say that it’s a shame that the only picture that I took was before I slid these homemade fries into the oven. My daughter returned for seconds and then thirds and so when I realized that I should take a picture, there were only a few fries left. In hindsight, I still should have taken the picture since it would have shown how much of a hit they were!

I will say they were golden brown, and the seasonings I had added to them made them very tasty. They had the proper crispness that many of us associate with fries, but without the added calories since they were baked instead of fried. I never fry them, if I’ve prepared them, they’re always baked.


Vegan cereal: Granola

I’m not usually a snacker, but sometimes… I will eat something in the evening. I usually don’t eat anything after 4:00 p.m.

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This is what I had around 7:00 p.m. Granola cereal to which I added blueberries, pepita (pumpkin) seeds and raisins. This dish was simple but filling and delicious.

Something Simple: Vegetable fried rice (vegetarian)

Last evening, I added some leftover rice to freshly chopped vegetables to make a home version of vegetable fried rice.

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Vegetable fried rice

Vegetable fried rice is one of my go to dishes when I want to create a new dish from leftovers. The results? My daughter gobbled up her bowl and said it was delicious! A simple meal that was on the table in less than eight minutes.

Vegan: Sweet potato, pumpkin and banana curry

Yesterday, I mentioned that I was thinking about making a pumpkin and banana curry.

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Vegan: Sweet potato, pumpkin and banana curry

Today, I got around to making it, so yeah! You know something?



You can’t even taste the banana in this dish. The flavor that it brings to the dish is hard to describe, but I must say that I like it very much. More importantly, my daughter loved it! The sweet potato and pumpkin came from our garden. Along with the sage (which I had dehydrated that morning). I most likely will make a flavorful rice to accompany this dish, similar to the spicy coconut rice that I made a few days ago.

Vegan: Pumpkin curry

My pumpkin curry was a hit. This afternoon, I stopped by my BF’s house and  brought him some. Of course, I made sure I set some aside for my lovely daughter.

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Pumpkin curry


Take a look! This is how it turned out.

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If you remember, I posted this photo yesterday. In that picture you can see the pumpkin, potato and freshly ground spices all waiting in the pot to be cooked.

My daughter said this was delicious! When I arrived home, I ate a tiny amount and I would have to agree with her. I’m glad I let the curry marinate overnight. Today I added the lentils to the dish. It’s so good!



Beginning and an end…

This afternoon I made this pumpkin and potato curry and while it tastes delightful just how it is, I will be adding a bit more to the dish tomorrow.

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Vegan: Pumpkin and potato curry

I snapped this photo right after I cut up the pumpkin (which came from the garden) and the potatoes. Currently, this is setting in the refrigerator, by the time I reach for it tomorrow it should really be delightful since the herbs and spices have a chance to marinate. So this is my “beginning project.”

Satin Stiched emblem

Using satin stitch to attach an emblem

I also have a project that came to an end. This was one for the BF. Actually, it did not have much of a beginning. I used one of my sewing machines to attach this emblem to a hooded sweatshirt. I used the satin stitch. I have one sewing machine that does the satin stitch; however, I used the sewing machine that does the zigzag stitch. I changed the length and width so that it was able to mimic the satin stitch.

I’m including two different videos that show how this can be accomplished using the zigzag stitch. My daughter keeps pestering me about making my own videos so that I don’t have to keep hunting and posting an appropriate video.