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It’s Wednesday. What’s For Dinner?

Hubs is in LA today. I decided since it’d be just me and the girls for dinner I could try a meat-free meal. I saw this last night and it looked mighty good! Does anyone else troll Pinterest at night for tomorrow’s dinner ideas? I didn’t think it was just me.

I followed Jules’ recipe, but added two peeled and chopped carrots. I think noodles and or cabbage would be really good in this, too. I can see why she says it is addictive. So simple to make (15-20 minutes max) and really easy to combine new flavors into a soup that is totally your own.

Knowing my girls would be resistant to a new dish I also baked this up. See the “Going Bananas” sign? That was me trying to frost this banana cake while also holding a crying/cranky Q and coaxing PZ to practice piano when all she wanted to do was watch TV.

The cake was also super easy to make. If you’ve been looking to add a vegan banana chocolate chip cake to your recipe file, this is a good one!

Cake:

  • 2 cups whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp aluminum free baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 4 medium sized ripe bananas, mashed
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 cup semi-sweet vegan chocolate chips (I use Ghiradelli)
Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease a 9-inch round baking pan.In a small bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt. In a separate large bowl, whisk together the sugar and oil, then add the mashed bananas. Add water and vanilla, stirring to combine.Add the flour mixture, stirring just until wet. Use a wooden spoon to stir in the chocolate chips.

Bake for 50 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Let cool for 30 minutes before removing from pan.

Frosting:

  • ½ cup Earth Balance butter
  • 2 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • ¼ tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 Tbsp almond milk

Whip Earth Balance until creamy. Add sugar and cinnamon and beat for a couple of minutes. Add vanilla and almond milk. Beat until light and fluffy on high speed, about 5 more minutes. Frost cooled cake. Add more chocolate chips and/or banana slices as decoration if you want. Enjoy!

So that’s what’s for dinner at my house. What’s for dinner at yours?

It was one of those days…

the kind of day where I worked out at the gym. I got today’s blog post done and even have one written and cued up for tomorrow. I started a new crochet project AND I cooked not only dinner, but also dessert. (I can bring home the bacon…fry it up in a pan…and never no never no never let you forget you’re a man…cause I’m a WOMAN) Yep, it was one of THOSE days. The super productive kind that only comes along once in a blue moon or something!

Over the weekend I discovered a new cooking blog which I quickly fell in love with – Annie’s Eats. I love the food she’s writing about and the way she’s writing about it. A few recipes particularly caught my eye and I knew I’d be making them soon; today in fact!

For dinner I made this wonderful lasagna. I haven’t made lasagna in a LONG time. It used to be a staple in our house, but as kids came along and quick dinners became necessary, this old favorite got lost in the shuffle. Annie’s recipe is very reminiscent of the one taught to me by Kristen, my best girlfriend in high school, before we parted ways for college. She also gave me a really great New York Cheesecake recipe that I need to find, but I digress. Hubs was startled by the 3 cans of tomato paste and I was surprised by the 3 eggs, but otherwise its basically the same as what I was used to. The sauce came out great! Next time I may add a little red pepper just to give it some bite and Hubs would probably like it better without spinach.

The girls made a good dent on their portions, but PZ  informed me she was only eating it so she could have dessert. Hey, whatever works! PZ helped me make dessert so she knew what was coming. Another of Annie’s recipes, chocolate pudding. I’d never made pudding before so this was something new for me. A dessert you make on the stove instead of in the oven! Man it was good! Almost too rich. Baby Q (she’s two, but I still call her baby) was the only one able to finish her cup. I used  Scharffen Berger, the REALLY good chocolate, so it was super chocolatey. Annie does a butterscotch pudding I’m going to have to try too.

So tell me, what is your favorite food blog? Maybe this cooking thing isn’t so bad every once in a while.

Embroidery Hoop Art WIP + Taco Soup

I’ve been so inspired by all the great embroidery hoop art that is everywhere right now, so I finally started a piece of my own. I’m kind of juggling many WIPs right now. This is still just at the beginning stages, but I wanted to show you what I’m doing. I have no idea why, probably because I’m just crazy, but this green and white fabric always makes me think of the Sweedish Navy. Maybe just what I think the Sweedish Navy uniforms should look like. Did I mention we’ve been reading a LOT of Pippi lately?

All in all I’ve had a pretty successful day today. I got in a jog this morning (7 blocks counts, right?), I am just pockets and buttons away from finishing my Sewn With Love first project, got another few rows on my scarf done and remembered that my professed dislike of cooking omits the fact that I actually really enjoy making soup. I saw this soup today and just had to try it.

Taco Soup with a few of my own additions, (I used Hubs’ homemade chicken stock instead of 2 cups of water, and I added two small carrots, peeled and cut into rounds, and sliced red and yellow bell peppers.) It was really good! I served it with a pear, goat cheese, and greens salad and tortilla chip. I also put avacado, sour cream, and a some mexican shredded cheese on top. Hubs didn’t even mind that it was turkey instead of beef. This soup is a keeper. Have a great weekend!

Tuesdays: Two Kids

When you’re serving pb&j’s for the third day in a row, you’ve got to get creative! I call this my PZ&J. PZ loved it! I made a Q for Quinby, but she ate it before I had a chance to take a picture.

A couple of days before Christmas, Hubs and I decided to clean out the basement so we could make a playroom for the girls. Having the basement carpeted and putting all their toys down their has been awesome! Anyway, when we were cleaning things out I rediscovered a small piece of vintage luggage that had been my Mama’s and had been home to hundreds of paint chips from when we were big into redecorating our house in the EARLY 2000s.

These are the little dolls I made today out of those old paint chips and some pipe cleaners. They were super easy! I just put two cards together (wrong sides facing each other), drew the shape of a head, sleeves, and either pant legs or skirt bottom, then I cut the shape out. I twisted two pipe cleaners together (think two snakes in love) and flattened out the “arms”. Then I glued the two head shapes together, placed the pipe cleaners so the arms and legs fit into the outfit, and scotch taped the rest together. I found that glue just wouldn’t work on the rest of the body.

What’s For Dinner x2: Falafel and Chicken Fajitas

Our second and third nights of cooking from the Usborne Healthy Cookbook garnered still mixed success. The falafels came out pretty good, but I didn’t read that I needed to start the Tazeki the night before so ended up just using 2/3 of the amount of yogurt and adding some water to it. The consistency was off even if it still tasted pretty good. I added some Thai chicken skewers from the New Seasons meat counter to the meal just so we’d have some meat. Hubs doesn’t like it when there are no animals on the plate. He also grumbled a bit about the lack of hummus and feta. I guess you aren’t eating Middle Eastern without them. The girls weren’t interested in this meal at all and both just wanted smoothies. At least the smoothies are pretty healthy (just fruit and yogurt).

Last night I made chicken fajitas. Hubs and I both really liked the sautéed carrots in the fajitas, but Hubs was disappointed once again by the lack of cheese. I thought this meal was pretty yummy. The girls ate just the tortillas and the chips and guacamole. There’s a guacamole recipe in the book that calls for sour cream, but Hubs makes phenomenal guacamole already and why mess with a good thing. (sorry no picture)

Hubs has very lovingly suggested that we, ahem, eat out tonight. I guess this cook will be taking the night off, but I’ll be back on Friday with the mini pizzas. What are you having for dinner?

 

What’s for Dinner: Chicken Stir Fry

I’m doing recipes out of this book all week and at the end of the week I’ll do a review. Last night it was the chicken stir fry. I usually leave the cooking to Hubs while I do all the baking, so this beginners book is actually really good for me. I messed the noodles up by putting them in too soon (miscommunication between me and Hubs), and the chicken totally needed to be cut into small chunks, but other then that it came out pretty good. I’ll definitely try this one again. Next time though I’ll add a few more veggies like water chestnuts, green beans, peas, carrots, etc.

PZ only ate it after being bribed with a dessert and Q liked it at first, but got sidetracked quickly. The girls are more nibblers than actual meal eaters anyway though, so I try not to get too discouraged. Tonight I’m going to try the falafel.

Yum!

We used this recipe to make butterscotch gingerbread men cookies yesterday. I’d never had this cookie before. Yum! We added butterscotch chips, cookie icing, cinnamon dots, and heart sprinkles to decorate.

using PZ's vtech camera