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What’s cooking & my Wednesday WIP

Triangle Scarflette on my needles this week. Rocking the colorful sock yarn.

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On my plate, a hearty meal:

Yellow (Brown rice), pink beans – made with chuncks of zucchini), tostones (green bananas) with a lot of toasted garlic, avocado & cukes, Veggie, Gluten-free & Vegan life.

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Green…

Wedneday WIP… just started a Triangle shawl on my needles.

New circular needles, bought at the Rhinebeck Sheep & Wool Festival.

 

Wednesday WIPS…

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Multiple works in progress…it’s how my brain rolls.  I’m trying to focus my work on making more adults hats for our homeless shelter charity project but those baby hats sneak on my hook. Happy hooking and knitting!

I’m a lefty, my mom said I often changed hands when I was learning…I wanted to do both, why not!?

 

 

What’s cookin’…

 

A fav vegan meal:

  • Brown rice & Black beans
  • Green beans
  • A lot of Avocado

I spice up boring Brown rice:  using both fresh and powdered spice – 1/2 t of IOnion, Garlic, Sazon, Tumeric, Black pepper. I hold back on salt since the mixed Spanish spice both contain salt. Saute 1 small onion in 1T of extra virgin olive oil (I used Carbonell, it’s 100% pure olive oil from Spain – really good flavor.

For my Black beans (one 16 oz can of beans) – add all of the above plus my homemade sofrito, 1 chopped medium potato, 1T tomato paste, cumin/comino, and 1 bayleaf.

 

 

 

On my needles…

 

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Charity knitting for newborn babies on my needles. The perfect on-the-go project.

 

 

 

Mac & Cheese Recipe – Vegan & GF

Creamy Vegan & Gluten-free Mac & Cheese w/Broccoli –

This will be my go-to pot-luck casserole dish… everyone wil love.

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  • 6 oz. of Penne Brown Rice Pasta – cooked
  • 1/2 cup of Cashew Milk  (or Hemp/Almond Milk)
  • Fresh or frozen broccoli
  • Garlic clove (minched)
  • Daiya Vegan Cheese (Shredded Mozzerella & Cheddar) – generous handful of each.
  • Salt & Pepper

Mince the garlic and heat in a saucepan add Cashew Milk, stir, add Cheese to Milk and stir til blended, add dash salt & black pepper then add penne pasta, stir the add broccoli….serve.

Yes, to sesame seeds…

My latest great find:

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Excellent tahini mix: Barron Tahini – pure ground sesame – $12/2 16 oz jars, on Amazon.

Easy prep: add equal amount water to mixture, add 1 clove of garlic, 1-2 T of fresh Lemon juice, salt & blend. Some add parsley. It can be made thicker by using less water. Perfect dressing for falafel salad, green salad, celery, cukes, etc.

While eating gluten free is not a choice for me, I am choosing vegan eating as well. Naturally, it’s a challenge… I’ve always loved cheese – meat, nah, never been a fan of it.

Thankful for all of the options, blogs, etc. which make it easier.

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Mindblowing video…MUST SEE!!

 

Just when I thought I was making good choices…now this!!!

Mindboggling, infuriating and deeply disturbing.

 

Please share this youtube video.

 

Summer deals…

 

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How many pairs did she buy!?

Six…at $2.50 a pair…I got two Brown frames and 4 Black.

I also bought a neat handbag for $7 and a few skeins of Christmas yarn, “Mistletoe.” Now my needles, WIP: newborn baby hats for Christmas. 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A good Protein Powder!!!

 

I searched and searched…and finally found a really good protein powder!! No Soy, Whey or added refined Sugar….Bob’s Red Mill is perfect for me!! I bought the Chai and the Vanilla. I haven’t tried the Vanilla yet but have no doubt it will be good. They had a promo offering the shaker free with purchase – a nice addition when I am on-the-go. I often blend my smoothies adding some kind of frozen fruit (Blueberry, Strawberry or Mango), Almond & Cashew Nut milk, the protein powder, Hemp seeds, Matcha, Spinach, Tumeric, Black Pepper.

Happy Summer Smoothie days for me!

It’s the little things…

Adjusting my eating to gluten free and tweaking my recipes is a learning experience…I learn something new everyday and make mistakes!!

Coconut flour tastes good and it’s good for coating chicken but I have not been able make a good pancake recipe. It looks like I may need to mix nut flours. Many of the g/f items on the market contain white grains like rice, quinoa, and corn. I’m trying to avoid/limit these grains.

So, when my hubby came home with a little gift for me (Gluten Free magazine) I was deeply touched. It is often the little things like this that help make this process easier.

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Life in Purple…

Knitting with Cotton, making a few dishcloths on-the-go, enjoying Springtime blooms by the water fountains and munching on my new snack bars.

Life is Purple.

 

Shades of Pink…

 

It’s Peony Season and we get to enjoy the vibrant colors and fragrance of this beautiful bright Fushia flower.

Working on another Pink Pussy Hat, using #8 needles. This amazing color is “Manic Pink”. I love working with this soft extra fine merino wool = luxurious.

Great find…had to share!

Zorees handbag

I was looking for and found a large, light weight carry-on bag… it’s waterproof and a very reasonable price on Amazon: $15.99. I packed so much into it on a recent flight and managed to zip it up. I love it so much that I’m using it as my day-to-day handbag. I bought the Purple and Black. I’m considering getting the Navy, and the Pink for Spring & Summer.

See link (below) for more:

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B075FQYR2J/ref=twister_B075FMN1NZ?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1

Charity knitting …

WIP Wednesday…on my needles.

I switched it up this week and started using large needles… making a garter stitch throw (in Oatmeal) that will  go to charity. There are enough projects my Stitch & Bitch work on, this one is going to: The VA Nursing Home.

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Rethinking…

Nature’s Path G/F Waffles

my way of eating. I’ve been gluten free for 1 month now …thanks to the book “Wheat Belly” by Dr. William Davis.

I never knew how toxic and damaging gluten can be. I’m appalled and infuriated about the entire “healthy whole grain” movement that suggests this is supposed to be healthy. 😞 No, all wrong!!!!

I was experiencing many of the symptoms of celiac disease and while I was never diagnosed by a physician the symptoms I was having have gone away hmm….

Reading just halfway through his book I immediately dropped gluten from my diet. It’s not easy but it’s doable requiring effort. Fortunately, these days we have so many options and tools to help. There is an app (of course) The Gluten free Scanner… use it at the grocery store (and your pantry) to scan the Upc label and it will tell you whether the product contains gluten. They also offer an expanded app to include even more products for $3.99 but so far, the free version works for me.

I found these g/f Pumpkin Spice waffles at Target for $2.99…they have a few other flavors too. I eat it like toast, butter & cinnamon. I occasionally add a drizzle of pure maple syrup = yummy.

Now, if only all pizzeria’s would offer gluten free….☺

Spring blooms…

Some of the beautiful Springtime blooms in Washington, D.C.

 

 

Be the one…

Anyone can find the dirt...Proverbs 11 27

There is way too much “dirt” out there these days. Way too much division and judgment.

Find the Gold.

Tumeric…

I’ve stocked up on my spices for the Winter. Purchased them on Amazon but it can easily be found in your local supermarket shelves. I prefer Organic/good quality spice.

Tumeric is great for combating inflammation in the body too. I add 1t of Tumeric and add a few dashes of Black Pepper (it helps to boost the absorption of curcumin), Cinnamon & Ginger and steep it all for 7 minutes with my tea bag.

There are a number of ways to sneak Tumeric into homecooked meals like. I cook Latin foods which already use a lot of spice so adding Tumeric to: brown rice dishes, beans, stews, roasted chicken, meatloaf/balls, soups, eggs, potatoes, tomato sauce… – just about everything is easy.

Christmas in Westchester, NY

A real treat listening to the sweet sounds of :  ‘Angelica Women’s Choir’ every Christmas.

The Winter Fest Christmas Market in downtown, White Plains, NY is a Seasonal favorite with reasonably priced crafts, jewelry, gourmet foods. Vendor I love are an Organic tea ‘tea gevity’ and ‘Mind Body & Bath’, I love their handmade soap and essential oils.

Merry Christmas!!!