Now that I’m amongst the land of the living again, I have been enjoying some pretty flowers…
… playtime outside with puppies…
Tug of wubba
They never stop!
… and being a busy bee in my kitchen…
Granola (of course!)… I make a big batch of this every 3-4 weeks.
Spiced Vanilla Granola
English muffins… I make several batches of these at a time, split them and freeze them for easy breakfast and snacks. They are so wonderfully delicious! English muffins are something that I’ve really missed since cutting processed food out. I am so happy to be able to make my own whole-grain English muffins with minimal ingredients.
Whole-grain English Muffins
Coconut Butter! This is so easy, it is ridiculous. Really. And, this 8 oz jar only cost me $2.79, to make.
My favorite Almond Butter!! It was definitely time to make more! We’ll see how long this jar lasts. 🙂
Heaven in a jar
Simple Broccoli salad with yogurt dressing…
Fresh broccoli salad with yogurt dressing
Carrot Pumpkin Muffins…
How could you go wrong with this?
Emily’s Vegetable Masala burgers
Delicious with avocado on top!
Collards. Lots of collards. (My “fall garden” exploded with them, all of a sudden).
Sweet & Spicy Collards
Panang Tofu Curry
Dolsot Bibimbap and Kimchi
And of course… Lilly’s favorite Crunchy Peanut Butter dog treats!
World's greatest (and healthiest) dog treats!
On the cookbook front, I recently purchased Mark Bittman’s Food Matters, and am in love. (shhh, don’t tell Tristan). I’ve made several recipes out of it already… Brothy Vegetable and Lentil Soup (with some modifications), Skillet Tamales (w/local grass fed beef), Refried Black Beans, Arroz Con Pollo – and then some (with local pastured chicken), and Cauliflower Mac & Cheese. I have dozens more pages bookmarked to try .
Cauliflower Mac & Cheese
Skillet Tamales and Refried Black Beans
As for outside of the kitchen, we’ve had a very rainy and chilly week here… Spring? Not so much. I actually love rainy days as a rule, but I have to say – I much prefer the dry days now with Lilly around. Mud sucks. Mud on paws, sucks even more. And mud on my carpet? Don’t get me started.
Also making me long for sunnier days? The fact that our beautiful gazebo took a cartwheeling tumble about a month ago, and now resembles something a 2 year old would make with Tinker Toys, rather than an attractive and useful addition to our backyard.
Anyone know what to do with 145 lbs of crumpled steel?
We’ve bitten the bullet and purchased a new one (ooh, it’s even bigger!) and can’t wait to put it up. However, it is far too soggy out there right now.
So I’m uncharacteristically ready for the sun. Spring. Not summer. Do you hear me, universe? NOT. Summer.