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Saturday, September 26, 2015

I'm pretty happy with these "vegan meatballs" I just made!  Not bad for my first attempt!! I wish Katherine was here to try them!

Here's what I did:

Sauteed onion, yellow pepper, and orange pepper in a tiny bit of coconut oil.  I added finely chopped tempeh, and cooked a little longer.  I also added cooked lentils. In the meantime I made my "fake egg" with some chia seeds and water, let it soak a bit, and you have a texture similar to eggs!!

Add the "fake egg" to your other cooked items, mix well, so you can roll them without them falling apart.  I did mash the mixture up a bit with a pastry blender. 

Roll them in a tiny bit of plain bread crumbs.  I baked mine in a 350 degree oven for about 10 or so minutes. They would also be good fried.

Add your favorite sauce, and you have a wonderful meal!

Some things that I would change next time are:

1. not add the peppers
2. mash the mixture more
3. add a tiny bit more of the "fake egg" mixture.
4. be sure to season with salt, pepper, maybe some italian seasoning.

All in all, not bad for a first try!!


Sunday, September 20, 2015

Soup's On!

I love making soup!  I made this vegan vegetarian soup in anticipation of my daughter, Katherine, finally coming home for a day!!

served in a vintage bowl, of course!
 Easy and fun to make!  I start with about a tablespoon of coconut oil and olive oil, add my cut up veggies (except the squash and zucchini I add after about 10 minutes), saute until somewhat soft, but I like a bit of crunch to my veggie soup.  I then add about 2 cups or so of veggie broth, some water, and whatever beans you like (for protein); I added black beans and navy beans.  Cook for a bit longer, add seasonings that you like.  I added salt, pepper, pepper flakes, garlic salt, and italian seasoning.  

Then add maybe a 1/2 cup or so of pasta, and cook another 8 minutes or so.  At this point I sample a small bowl of the soup to see what it still needs.  Oh, almost forgot, I added a can of diced tomatoes too, and because of the tartness from them, I did add a tablespoon or so of sugar.  

Serve in your favorite vintage bowl (I sell them if you need some)!  Add a hint of milk glass (yes, I sell milk glass too!) and you have the perfect pretty and healthy lunch or dinner!


Wednesday, September 2, 2015

What's in "Jenscloset"!?

Lacy Westmoreland Milk Glass Bowl
Well, summer is almost over, sad to say!  It's my favorite season!  No coats, sleeveless, sandals!

We had our usual fun vacation in Cocoa Beach, Florida.  Me, Bob, Katherine, Mark, and Katherine's boyfriend Jon.  Long walks on the beach with Katherine, that was the highlight for me!

Bob and I had a quick overnight trip to Savannah on our way back to Ohio from Florida.  Love that place!

I've also been very busy buying and selling in my three vintage Etsy shops.  So I'll show off a few items.  Be sure to check out my shops if you get a chance.  Why not start shopping for Christmas early.

Oh, speaking of that!! I'm going to be a first time Grandma!! Due date (my daughter Lindsey and her cute hubby Thomas) is December 14th, and they're expecting a boy!! I can't wait!

Gorgeous Royal White and Gold Dinner Plates

These vintage blue birds remind me of my Mom!
Enjoy what's left of summer!  I will admit, the changing of the leaves on the trees is beautiful in Autumn!