motleycrafter: Ravelry: Honeymoon cottage potholder pattern by…
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motleycrafter:

Ravelry: Honeymoon cottage potholder pattern by Lily Mills Company

So cute!  Oh Tumblr, how I’ve missed you!!!

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Veggie Pot Pie Goodness
hermione.
crestfallenpoet

Oh my oh my oh my!

I made the most ridiculously delicious dinner last night for my darling twin.  She was most impressed!  1

What did I make you ask?? Oh wait, you didn’t ask? OH RIGHT! I put it in the title.  I made the yummiest veggie pot pie in the universe.  And I didn’t even use a recipe!  Although honestly forces me to admin that I looked at quite a few recipes to get some ideas, but none of them were THE ONE.  You know? So I just went at it kind of hap-hazardously like.

Ok! I’m terrible at writing recipes, so I’m going to try and remember what I did in what order and write it down for future reference.

1) Using a bit (tbsp?) of olive oil, i sauteed the carrots (diced), green beans (cut to about an inch) and potatoes (cubed).  I tossed in some minced garlic (loving my new garlic press I got for Christmas!), kosher salt (i only cook with kosher salt these days), fresh ground pepper, onion powder, parsley, thyme, a bit of rosemary as it can be overpowering, and basil.  Then, i added a cup of veggie broth (i used Campbells) and brought to a boil.

2) After some amount of time that I didn’t keep track of, I added chick peas (from a can), chopped onion, celery and zucchini. I added a bit more veggie broth and let it simmer some more.

3) I started a roux in another pan, (add some flour and butter and mix it a bit) then added some veggie broth till I had a decent paste and added it slowly to the veggie pot.  Being careful not to mush my veggies, I mixed it in well until the sauce started to thicken.  Once the sauce has thickened up, I added some cream cheese , and carefully folded it in. NOM!

4) Then i turned the burner off and let it sit there for a bit while i grated some extra old white cheddar and firm tofu (pressed).  I sprinkled the grated tofu over the veggies and then the cheese on top of that and let it sit while I rolled out the puff pastry. Oh! I also cut a few slices of mozza into cubes and threw those on top as well! I didn’t mix in the cheese or tofu!

5) Then i poured the veggie mix into the caserole dish, sort of in two layers so the cheese was in the middle and on top , but with out mixing! Then i placed the puff pastry on top and brushed it with a little melted butter and cut a few slits.  Then I baked it for 45 mins at 230 C.

MAN OH MAN. Did it ever smell good.

Doesn’t it look delicious?  SUPER YUMMY!!!  And filled with nutrients and protein! I’m pretty sure I could have tricked my dear Andy, had he been home, into eating it!  Because you couldn’t even tell there was tofu! With the melted cheese and veggies, it was just a blend of mouth watering flavors!  I had been a bit hesitant to add chickpeas too, but I don’t know why because they were perfect as well!

The only thing I would do differently next time is cook the potatoes a wee bit longer, they weren’t at the melt in your mouth level i would have proffered, although Joules said they were perfect.  Also, it was my first time ever working w/ puff pastry and I think I let it get too doughy.  I had worried about it being too frozen in the middle after having it out for quite some time and had nuked it 2o secs, so next time, I’m not going to worry about that and just roll it out after thawing it on the counter for 30 mins.  The top was perfect, but the part of the dough touching the casserole seemed too moist. Once again, Joules said she didn’t notice anything, but I know there’s always room for improvement!

I whipped up some veggie gravy  2  and a simple salad  3 and BAM!  Just typing this is making me sooooooo hungry.

Any who, I’m really enjoying making super yummy vegetarian food! I’m not missing meat at all!  But for those of you who love the meats, you could easily make this same pie w/ chicken in place of the chickpeas/tofu or what not.  I love dishes like this, because it’s basically a “what do i have in the house” dish!  Next time I might attempt to make the pastry myself!

And if I wasn’t baked out already, as soon as I finished loading the dish washer, I whipped up a batch of peanut butter and chocolate chip (a mix of dark and white) cookies! HOLY MOLY WERE THEY EVER GOOD. I suppose it cancelled out any health advantages in my dinner, but oh well! At lease they were hand made and not those terrible prepackaged cookies filled with all that junk!  It was just the perfect thing to go with our after dinner peppermint tea!

You know what else is fun about this whole cooking phase I’ve entered?  It’s got me blogging again! :)

Until next time,

Christine and Chibi

PS. I couldn’t find Chibi at all this morning until I realized I’d left my PJ drawer open and sure enough…

  1. Although, the true test would have been my mothers reaction, one of the hardest ladies to cook for ever! []
  2. Which is really a cheater gravy cause it’s a brown gravy mix made w/ veggie broth instead of water which by the way makes it taste a million times more amazing! []
  3. some lettuce, some crushed pecans, sunflower seeds, some feta and a sun-dried tomato dressing []

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Cooking Endeavors
hermione.
crestfallenpoet

Hello everyone!  Hope this Monday is treating you all well!

Last week I posted about my desire to kick meat, and my two part plan to lose red meat/pork first and then eventually poultry and fish etc.  Well, so far I’ve been able to do Step One no problem!  (Yes I know it’s only been a week or so but that doesn’t matter! Every day is a victory!)  What surprises me the most is the number of negative comments I’ve received about my decision.  My hunnyb and my family are supporting me, but co-workers, friends and acquaintances all seem to think I’m crazy!!  I don’t know what prompts me to think about the quality of life these animals live, or the fact that they’re fed all sorts of chemicals and junk to speed their growth, but I do think about all this.  And I want to see how my body feels once I eliminate this heavy matter.  Like I mentioned earlier, my mother has been a vegetarian for a long time now, so I know how to make yummy healthy food without meat. But most people assume that in order to be a vegetarian, you have to eat all sorts of expensive and obscure items. They can’t seem to grasp the concept of the exact same meals you eat every days… just without the meat and add some other protein!  Even my darling Andy, (who has been most supportive!!) looked sad and a little worried that this would be the end of Taco night or Summer BBQ’s.  I told him, of course we can still eat all that!  It just takes a wee bit more work on my part, which I am totally happy and willing to do.

One of the reasons that I’m finding this switch so easy and fun, is of course, the incredible number of Veggie Friendly blogs out there in the interwebs.  One of my favorite I’ve found so far is The Edible Perspective. Great posts! Well written! Excellent photos! Wonderful humor!  It’s all good.  I tried one of her recipes last night and it was a success!

Roll Ups!

It’s lasagna that you make by adding all the yummy stuffs to a single noodle and then roll it up! Once your dish is full of roll ups, add some sauce and cheese and bake and VOILA! SUPER YUMMY MEOW!  What I liked about this recipe is that I could make half the roll ups for Andy(meat no veggies!), and half for myself (veggies no meat! Indicated by the little piece of broccoli!), cook them in the same dish, and bam! So fun, so easy. And because they didn’t really touch each other, there was no worries of contamination! My main goal in this transition is to STICK WITH IT.  Which means finding ways to accommodate both our tastes with out increasing the number of work and subsequently, the dishes. So what did I put in my roll ups?  I sauteed some onion, red pepper, zucchini, broccoli and tofu. Add some sauce, some cheese (ricotta, mozzarella, old white cheddar) and bam! Could anything be more delicious?

Another dietary change I’m making which is tied, but not related to meat, is pre-packaged food.  I really want to cut down on all those preservatives, as well as the garbage incurred with these items.  For example, granola bars.  Andy and I always have granola bars in the house.  They are just filled with preservatives and chemicals and sugars we don’t need.  So i researched a bunch of recipes and gave it a go this weekend and bam! Home made chewy yummy granola bars. I used this recipe; No-Bake Chewy Granola Bars!  The only thing I want to do differently next time is change the granola I used.  I happened to have flavored store bought granola already, so I used that, (one was Berry and one was Vanilla Almond) and both granola bars were delish but wayyyyy too sweet.  The recipe calls for plain granola and I think it really needs it.  However! They were super quick and easy to make and stuck together no problem!  So I will definitely be making these again, but with different granola.

Alas! My lunch break is over so I will have to leave it here.  Hope the week treats you all well!

Love Christine & Chibi

 

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How I love the Universe, Let me Count the Ways…
hermione.
crestfallenpoet

I love the Universe.  I love how big and crazy and beautiful it is.  I love the stars, the nebulae, the vastness of the cosmos.  Lately I’ve been feeling the urge to express this love creatively.  I’ve had the idea to paint the skies with roving for quite some time, but it wasn’t until I came across a giant piece of black sparkly felt that I was ready and inspired.

My first attempt was a little Spiral Galaxy called NGC 4266.

I used a small picture from a book I have called “The Atlas of the Universe“.  When I tried to google image NGC 4266 I couldn’t find it! Crazy!  But I *think* it’s a pretty true likeness ^^!

Any who, moving right along.  Next I made a artistic representation of the milky way.  A lot of the pictures of the Milky Way that I’ve looked at show the center to be incredibly bright and sparkly, surrounded by spirals and light.

I just had too much fun mixing and matching roving colors, picking the perfect buttons and watching this little galaxy come to life!

My last project I have to show you  1 is of a incredibly beautiful nebula in the sky called the Helix Nebula (also known as The Helix, NGC 7293, or Caldwell 63).  I was reading about this nebula the other day when an article about it popped up in my news feed.   As soon as I saw it, I knew I wanted to paint it.

Isn’t it gorgeosu?

“The Helix Nebula is a planetary nebula, a strange object that forms when a star like our sun exhausts its hydrogen fuel. The star’s outer layers expand and cool, creating a huge envelope of dust and gas. Radiation flowing from the dying star ionizes this envelope, causing it to glow.”

This beauty is destined to become a white star one day…  Anyways! Here is my attempt to do her justice.

What do you think?  Does it look like the Helix Nebula?  Andy asked me “Why pink???” and my only answer is that it was the only frame I had that was big enough ~_~!  But I like pink and it seems to work!

So there you have it! My first foray into painting the skies with roving and felt.  I had a lot of fun.  I can see myself doing more and more work like this in the future!  I’ve also been doing a lot of needle felting as well, but that is for a later post my friends. :)  I hope everyone is enjoying this lovely relaxing Saturday.

Before I go, I want to leave you with one last picture! My faithful companion who tries to steal my roving when she thinks I’m not looking, Miss Chibikins. :)

<3

  1. for now as I have a few more that are in the final stages, but those will come later! []

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Let it Snow!
hermione.
crestfallenpoet

It’s snowing over here in little ol’ Victoria.  I’m of two minds about the snow.  I like it when it’s falling, but I dislike it when it’s on the ground and all slippery and slushy.  Remember, I’m a walker here. So the snow slows me down significantly.

The most adorable thing about the snow is, (surprise surprise), Chibi.  She’s only about 7 months old, so it’s the first time she’s ever seen snow and she’s really not quite sure what to make of it!  As she watches it from the window she makes these quiet little chirp noises.  It’s prolly one of the cutest things I’ve ever seen.

I love how she’s not quite brave enough to go on the ledge, and just peeks from her safe little platform.

Anywho! Hope you’re all safe and cozy where ever you are!

Peace and Love,

Christine and Chibi

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hermione.
crestfallenpoet

Happy Monday!

I read a news headline this morning that said today is the most depressing day of the year?  Well, I know know about that.  It’s certainly gray out where I am, but it’s also sunny in other places, so on the whole I’d say it’s a day like any other.  Oh! Except for the fact it’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day.  An amazing man taken from us well before his time.  I was listening to recordings of his this morning as I was getting ready before work and so much of what he says is still relevant today.  Especially his words regarding war and poverty.  I recommend anyone with a bit of time to listen to his speech.  I’m tempted to paste the whole thing here, but it’s rather long and I don’t want to lose what few readers I have left ~_~  So here’s a little paragraph:

Somehow this madness must cease. We must stop now. I speak as a child of God and brother to the suffering poor of Vietnam. I speak for those whose land is being laid waste, whose homes are being destroyed, whose culture is being subverted. I speak of the — for the poor of America who are paying the double price of smashed hopes at home, and death and corruption in Vietnam. I speak as a citizen of the world, for the world as it stands aghast at the path we have taken. I speak as one who loves America, to the leaders of our own nation: The great initiative in this war is ours; the initiative to stop it must be ours.

I think, were Martin Luther King Jr. here today, that his heart would hurt from what the US and it’s allies have done to Iraq and Afghanistan.  I know it hurts mine….

Anywho… I seem to be slipping into a depressing topic!  Let’s turn to Chibi! Who is as cute as ever, and always bring a smile to my face.

Could she be any prettier? I don’t think so.   I’ve had her 2 and 1/2 months now, and I can’t remember what life was like before her.  Certainly less chibitastic!

Speaking of life changes, I’ve finally made a choice to follow my mum (vegetarian for over 35 years) and become a vegetarian.  This has been a long time coming as I grow more and more uncomfortable with eating meat that has lived a horrible life, not to mention the crap and chemicals fed to these poor animals. But as I live with a meat eater who is panic stricken at the thought, as well as my own fears that I won’t be able to keep it up, I’m doing it in two steps.

Step one:  No more red meat or pork.

This will really be hard in the summertime when Andy starts BBQ’ing again as his spicy ribs are to die for.  Red meat will be no problem.  For quite some time now, when ever I have steak or a roast, I’ve just felt sluggish and heavy after eating.  So good bye hamburgers! Good bye steaks! Good bye roast! And so on.  For now, I’m still allowing myself poultry and fish, but when I’ve started to get into the habit of cooking more veggie meals, that will be step two.  I don’t think I’m going to go vegan, because I believe that we can live in harmony with animals to get milk, cheese and eggs.  However, I’m going to try and get organic product where ever I can for the same reasons I’m cutting out meat. (ie; quality of life, and chemical products).

For most people, they never think of the quality of life the animal lived before it became meat, but I do.  I imagine the over crowded tiny cages.. the chickens that are given drugs to grow faster, the ones that have never even seen sunlight.  The abuse that cows suffer, the fear and pain they go through and it’s too much for me.  I’m not writing this to preach to you all and I’m not condemning those who choose to eat meat, (my own hunny still eats mean and my twin!).  I am a hippy at heart though and I believe in positive energies and surrounding ourselves in it and i see meat as charged with negative energies.

Anyyyyywho, enough about all that!  To any veggie eaters out there, please pass on some of your fav dishes! I need to rebuild my cooking repertoire!

Take care everyone,

Love Christine and Chibi

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2012 OMGWTFBBQ?
hermione.
crestfallenpoet

Hello everyone!!!

Happy 2012! May this year be filled with light and love and positive thinking for all!

This year I have the typical resolutions, eat less, exercise more, blog more, craft more, spend less, pay off debt etc etc.  However, all of these resolutions are trumped by the most important resolution of all;

LIVE LIFE TO THE FULLEST!!1

I’m not necessarily a proponent of the whole doom and gloom that is 2012, but I certainly plan to have an amazing year so that *IF* the world does change in a dramatic way, I won’t be looking back wishing this, wishing that and so forth.  Life is a beautiful, fleeting inexplicable gift of matter and energy composed in just the right way.  Thoughts like these are often with me these days as I think about the universe and the vastness of it all, and they’re even more pressing on my mind when I read articles like this:

An Australian woman has survived a terrifying fall after her bungee cord snapped during a 365 feet leap off Africa’s Victoria Falls Bridge, plunging her into the crocodile-infested Zambezi River below. Erin Langworthy, who suffered only cuts and bruises in the fall on New Year’s Eve, according to the Sydney Morning Herald, said it was a “miracle” that she had survived the plunge into the rapids below the bridge, which borders Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Is that not just the most terrifying thing ever? I can’t even imagine what her thoughts must have been in that millisecond of time after the cord snapped. CRAZINESS I tell you!

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Had a little fun with needle felting today. Got some lovely…
hermione.
crestfallenpoet

Had a little fun with needle felting today. Got some lovely mushroom dyed roving from a dear friend. :)

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Had a little fun with needle felting today. Got some lovely…
hermione.
crestfallenpoet

Had a little fun with needle felting today. Got some lovely mushroom dyed roving from a dear friend. :)

Originally published at C.P.. You can comment here or there.


toooooo cuutttte.
hermione.
crestfallenpoet

toooooo cuutttte.

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