Sunday, March 23, 2014

Mama C food!

So I want to start doing something new. I have a friend (we will call her Mama C...which is actually what I call her in real life) who is on a very restrictive diet, it's basically vegan-gluten free. And she's been having some difficulty thinking of what to make for dinner that isn't vegetable soup. 

I said to myself, "self....how hard is it to modify what you cook into vegan, vegetarian, or even gluten free vegan foods?" Well...I don't really know, but I'm willing to find out. 

I probably won't be posting recipes (maybe if I get more adventurous and better with my time management skills) but it'll serve more as a meal-idea reference that Mama C can utilize whenever she's stuck thinking of what to make for dinner. I might put some cooking tips, but not step by step measured out recipes. Let's be honest here, I never really measure my food anyway I just eyeball things and taste it to see what it needs. But anyway....I'll label it "vegan food substitutes" for easy future referencing....and one day I might write a cook book about it. 


This is what I made for dinner tonight:
Brown rice
Shirazi salad- cucumbers, onions, tomatoes, mint, lime juice, salt, olive oil
Tzaziki-(there are many variations of this) Greek yogurt, mint, lemon juice, garlic, shredded cucumber (I shred my cucumber on a cheese grater then strain it. It helps get extra water out so my tzaziki isn't a watery gross mess)
Chicken asparagus stuff-pan fried chicken breast with asparagus, tomatoes, olive oil, Mrs Dash original, garlic salt. 

To make it Mama C friendly:
Sub quinoa for brown rice 
Shirazi can stay the same 
Tzaziki should be made with a dairy-free substitute. I hear they make soy yogurt, coconut yogurt and almond yogurt these days. If the yogurt consistency is more watery than Greek yogurt, you can put it in cheese cloth and let it drain overnight to get some extra moisture out. (You can even do that with regular yogurt)
The chicken thingy was actually created so I could use up some stuff in my fridge (like most of my recipes). You could remove the chicken and just have asparagus and tomatoes or you can add whatever hearty vegetables you like: zucchini, mushrooms, eggplant, or even tofu if you like that kind of stuff. 


...and that's the end for today....

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Sleepovers

I love sleepovers. Even as an adult when GI Joe is in the field I try to have a sleepover. 

Someone clearly HATES them....


Brecken...play nice. The bed is big enough for both of you. 

Thursday, August 22, 2013

I lied!!!

I didn't post daily. 

To make it up I have some new photos  

So...we are dog sitting a dog (another one...I know) and the owner claims it hates men. Turns out its just for show. He just "pretends" to growl and bark and hate men when his owner is around. But when she's gone....



They're twinsies!!!


Sunday, August 18, 2013

Back in the Habit

Pioneer Woman tells me that in order to have a successful blog I must blog daily. Even if its about nonsense. So I'm going to try that out and see how long I can keep that up. Ahahahahahahaha. 

There. I blogged today. 

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Smelly Carpet...Eww

We babysat some savages for about a week 


See? Savages. Well. Not the black one. The black one is a princess angel. But the other ones are savages. Stinky savages. And when they left, my house smelled like savages. Savages smell like big wet dogs that haven't bathed in months. 

I vacuumed. I mopped. I even cleaned the couches. It still smelled like savage. 

So I made carpet powder. 


Homemade carpet powder: some baking soda, a few drops of smelly oil (optional). I used around 10 drops for half a container and I think I could've easily put only 5 drops....but I was dealing with savage smell here. Then mix it all together in a clean, empty, Parmesan cheese container. 



I shook my powder liberally over my carpet in the morning and after lunch I vacuumed. Savage smell gone. 

Baking soda absorbs odors in the carpet the same way it does in the fridge. In a hurry keep it on for at least 30 mins before vacuuming. 

How can this face be smelly? 


...it can't...that's how. But just in case she's quarantined outside until she gets a bath. 

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Happy Birthday Puppy!

Brecken turned one today. 

She got a new bone

She took it to her bed

She loves it more than she loves me. 




Friday, June 7, 2013

Future Breckles

GI Joe wants to get puppy stuffed like this after her demise:

So we can put her in the corner and have her around forever.