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Change. I've learned to embrace it, ride it out til the end. Sometimes I'm kicking and screaming, other times weeping with my eyes clinched tight. Once in awhile I ride like a dog in a car, head out the window snorting what life has to offer. Mother to young adult children, a marriage of thirty years, and a desert to mountain to valley waltz with God have shaped me into someone I never imagined I'd be. Life is short and I want to live it. Tears, sighs, laughter and change. Every morsel granted to me. Scrambled, shaken or stirred.

Monday, March 31, 2014

Scribbles and Scrambles ~ First Day Advice for Monday...

 I saw this video over the weekend at a women's conference. So true and so sweet. And perfect for Monday viewing. 

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Scraps and Snippets ~ Marigold Cheesecake Bars



I suggest making this the full day before to let the flavors marry fully and to make the cake the perfect serving texture. This recipe will serve 12 in bar form or 20 in the cupcake version (I suggest silicone cupcake liners. I’m guessing paper will stand up just fine, too, but I didn’t try that scenario out.)  I’m also suggesting possible add-in’s just for the fun of it.

Marigold Cheesecake

10 Golden Oreos (complete) or Vanilla Jo-Jos
10 Golden Oreos or Jo-Jo outside cookies (for a total of 20 outside cookie disks)  (Scrape the middles into a bowl for the filling).
1 TBSP Earth Balance or coconut oil
In a food processor whir the 10 whole cookies, twenty cookie shells and 1 TBSP of butter or coconut oil.

Press the mixture into a 8 x 11 pan.

Or to go even easier. Place one cookie shell on the bottom of a cupcake liner. Fill 20 cupcake liners. Scrape the middles into a bowl for the next step. In this scenario you only need 10 total cookies.

Filling:

Move the bowl of the cookie middles to front and center. To them add:
8 ounces cream cheese (I use TJ's Not Cream Cheese)
1 TBSP orange marmalade
Zest and juice from 1/2 an orange (you could also replace this with 2 more TBSP of orange marmalade)
1/4 Cup powdered sugar

Whip with mixer or food processor.

Fold in:

2 Cups whipped coconut cream. (1 can full fat coconut without water) (-- if you don't know how to do this it's simple. Get a can of full fat coconut milk (I love Trader Joe's - put in fridge for at least 2 days if using another brand.) Open and scrape out the solid, leaving the water behind for another purpose (smoothies, Thai cooking) Whip into creaminess with your mixer. Toss in a few TBSP of powdered sugar and a dash of vanilla if you desire. That's it.

Spoon over crust in pan or cookie half in cupcake liner  and refrigerate until set. Several hours or overnight is even better.

Additions and Wows: 

Stir in additional broken cookie bits if desired. Or add craisins, or both.  Switch out the crust for chocolate sandwich cookies and add mini chocolate chips to the filling. Make a drizzle out of melted chocolate chips and marmalade or raspberry seedless jam,  2 TBSP chips melted with 1 TBSP jam/marmalade. Place in a zipper bag and cut the corner off and squeeze over the bars/cupcakes.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Scribbles and Scrambles ~ Tuesday Tee Hee

I saw the actual video tutorial a few months ago and thought it was pretty funny. But seeing Ellen's Q and A and Tori's great sense of humor made it even better. 

Monday, March 24, 2014

Scribbles and Scrambles ~ Learning Slugs

I have a confession to make. I don't have cable which is probably real, real good. Because if I did I'm afraid I wouldn't be able to get anything else done outside of watching shows about food. 

Fortunately, we only have Netflix which is dangerous enough. 

Our usual nightly routine is Rob and I winding down our day watching something together. By watching I sometimes mean bingeing on old series. The more intense the more likely we are to extend beddie-bye time. Our current series is Kitchen Nightmares. Okay, it was. We watched the last episode last week. I can't really recommend it because it's A) offensive. B) nauseating. C) highly dramatic. However, there is a sense of escapism and the whole check-out-that-accident,-don't-look,-don't-look,-whoa!!!! syndrome.  My favorite episode included the owner of a reformed and fixed up restaurant that Gordon Ramsey revisited tricking him with a vegan chicken salad! Yes!

Since we watched our last episode we searched Netflix for more cooking/chef shows. We found one that's a PBS show called The Mind of a Chef Sunday around dinner time while I was continuing to convalesce. (Who slices an eye, has random rounds of gastrointestinal distress, a cough, random headaches, a raging sore throat, and intermittent blasts of fever?) (No change of life jokes allowed!) In The Mind of a Chef a different dish or topic is covered by a chef and a scientist. I got mini lessons on making gnocchi out of ramen noodles and good bacteria in food. Short episodes might be dangerous, easy to justify just one more bite.  

On another note. Since I'm randomly nauseated I have not cooked a blasted thing all week. Seriously. I'm living on dry toast or cereal and tea with a random attempt at something else every once in awhile. And oddly, chocolate soy milk. Good times. At least I washed and folded laundry. Now to put it away.



Friday, March 21, 2014

Scribbles and Scrambles ~ Wonky Eye Argh!


 So. On Monday my eye started feeling irritated. On Tuesday it was raging, like I couldn't open it very far wonky, and I ended up losing two days of work. Thursday I went into my job and took advantage of one of my benefits, doctors and a PA who can listen, look and prescribe. One of the docs likes "toys" black lights and numbing and cutting and freezing. He was only too happy to numb my eyeball, drop in some dye and take a peek with his black light. I had been concerned a couple of sore spots on my forehead and cheek with a icky eye might mean shingles. 

Fortunately, not shingles. unfortunately a scratched cornea. He sent me to the eye doctor for treatment. In the meantime one of my coworkers really wanted me to patch my eye. So I found a black spoon and struck a pose. 

Then I went to the eye doctor. Fortunately, she found out how I irritated and scratched my eyeball. Unfortunately. it required her to numb my eye again and bring out some very horrifying tools which she used to slice a tiny growth off the inside of my eyelid. Tools? Super pointy tweezers and either a scalpel of some sore or a razor blade. I saw it coming at me and held my breath. UGH. Don't want to see that again anytime soon. (My doc employer will be bummed he doesn't have that set up.) Seriously, the growth was literally like a grain of sand, sharp, hard, tiny. Fortunately I only have to use lubricating eye drops til my eye feels better and it was the quickest trip I've ever had at any clinic. 

Unfortunately. No patch required. Argh! 

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Playing With Memories

A blogger I enjoy reading has a blog hop I thought I'd join. She has a young child and has been pondering what images, snippets of memories and impressions she will retain. She suggested readers post early memories. Here are mine. I think you will find some telling and bizarre things there. Just sayin.

Oddly, my earliest memories include dogs. 


As a child we didn't have dogs. 

Well. We did have a Bassett Hound named Bowser for a very short period of time. My memory is iffy on the amount of time but I do remember howling, which is why he didn't live with us long which my mom confirmed at one point. 

In between, or around the doggie memories is a shadowy night that included noise and the discovery that someone had broken into our garage or shed. 

Then, the most vivid memory of all. My folks had people over for a picnic or barbecue and a teenage boy or two were there. For some reason, my wee child crush on the handsome boy manifested itself in me hopping around the grass on all fours and yipping. Also I believe I licked his arm a few times. If I recall...and I really hope it was some bizarre dream actually, he patted me on the head several times and I sat and panted. 

Yeah. I guess it's no wonder I'm a little wonky. Clearly I was born that way. 

I can promise you that I don't lick anyone anymore unless I know them very well and want to annoy them. 


Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Scraps and Snippets ~ Cafe Gratitude Kansas City Reviewed


Strangers on a subway pose?
We Iowa and Nebraska vegans certainly enjoyed our trip to Cafe Gratitude.

Love that their dishes ask what we are grateful for and
the water bottles are etched with uplifting words.
What was I grateful for? The delicious vegan food. 

A lemon almond cake that was my least favorite menu item. 


I am Extrordinary
Our big vegan restaurant blast included dinner at Cafe Gratitude. All but one of us had been there before and it's earned a stop every time we even get near Kansas City. 

Favorite items we've found items that we love. Their milkshakes for starters. Named, I am Beautiful, I am Cool and I am Eternally Blessed. Crazy good. A dreamsicle orange, a fresh mint and cocoa nib, and a coffee. 

We shared and were glad the portion sizes left us with room for dessert, however, we would have ordered it anyway. As it was we took portions back to our airbnb. 

A figgy nutty cheesecake. Good. But neither of these desserts
touched the unpictured orange chocolate mousse cake..
The starter potatoes were delicious. Heck, do I need to break it down. They were all delicious. The I am Terrific was probably the least favorite of the group and the I am Sensational was just that. Spaghetti squash, alfredo sauce with nut parm. Amazing. The green salads included on most of the entrees are light and delicious as well. 

The prices for organic and vegan with the care going into the preparation are definitely reasonable. 

I have to give Cafe Gratitude thumbs up and I totally recommend it to anyone looking for fresh and delicious. I also think omnivores should check out how delicious vegan eats can be. I honestly don't think anyone eating there could walk away disappointed. 
I am Terrific

I am Sensational

I am Grounded
So. Smarties being disobedient to the sign.
However, we were obedient to the hugging, smiling and warm fuzzy feeling part.
So much so I was afraid we'd be kicked out! 



Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Scraps and Snippets ~ Mud Pie Bakery, Kansas City, Reviewed

I love coffee. Since going vegan I've learned to love good coffee black. But when I go somewhere that has non-dairy milks (and an assortment at that) I always go for the unflavored, unsweetened latte. The best of both worlds, rich, creamy coffee deliciousness. Mud Pie Bakery makes a mean cashew milk latte. Mean. As in excellent, should you need clarification. :  ) 

A few friends and I traveled to Kansas City for a vegan food frenzy that lasted just about 24 hours. I had been to Mud Pie on a previous trip and was excited to go back. 

One of the gals got a box of goodies to take home. Two of us ordered a vegan sausage, cheese scone, one got a lemon blueberry muffin and I ordered this lemon baby bundt cake. 

We all shared bites and sips and nearly licked plates. Seriously. Everything was delicious. Tender, tasty, perfectly textured. The lemon blueberry was declared "best muffin ever" and the rest of us had to agree that it was top notch. 
In addition we each ordered a couple extra treats to share when we got home or eat on the car trip. 

I ordered a peanut butter cookie and a 7 layer type bar. They sat in a brown paper sack wrapped in bakery paper for 30 hours. Generally, baked goods treated like that get stale, or certainly lose a large chunk of quality. Right? 

These didn't. They were both delicious. I was a little sad I had to share with Rob. 


Bottom line. If you are going to KC and are vegan or not, give them a shot. Two thumbs up and I'll throw in both big toes, too. 



Monday, March 17, 2014

Scraps and Snippets ~ Fud Kansas City Restaurant Review


 A couple vegan friends joined me for a whirlwind tour of Kansas City area vegan restaurant fun. That's right. We drove three ish hours to eat copious quantities of vegan grub and do a bit of shopping. An overnight stay via Airbnb helped us sleep off Friday night's food coma and prep for the Saturday's eating adventures. 

My first restaurant review is Fud. This was my second visit to Fud. We bought a sundae there a year of so ago and devoured it and felt the need to repeat that yummy experience. We entered the small restaurant with the groovy atmosphere and quickly ordered our treat. 

The Sweet stack is a huge sundae made with cashew based ice cream and covered with all the toppings they have on their menu. The four of us split one delicious sundae and ordered some mac and cheese on the side. 

The mac and cheese was a delicate, subtle bowl of deliciousness. Creamy, comfort food and mildly tangy. 

While enjoying our snack we discovered that Fud offers brunch on Saturday from 11 to 3. We returned and ordered three entrees to split four ways. 

They had a reuben tempeh "corned beef" hash. Purple cabbage and jackfruit provided the corned beef pink, A side of sour kraut added the perfect additional tang, fried potatoes rounded it out and it was truly amazing. 

Blueberry pancakes were our nod to traditional breakfast foods. And we weren't sorry. The others poured maple syrup on theirs but I stuck to the way it was prepared, blueberries, a little powdered sugar and a drizzle of blueberry syrup poured over the stack. The two plate sized pancakes had a hint of savory and we decided there might have been some cornmeal in the recipe. 

The last dish was a tofu open faced sandwich. Two thin slices of tofu, one smoky the other eggy stacked with greens, tomato and a delicious drizzle. The eggy tofu was amazingly eggy. I think it was a sulfurous salt that I'm going to have to add to my pantry. 

If you find yourself in the Kansas City area I definitely recommend Fud. 




Friday, March 14, 2014

Scraps and Snippets ~ Steamed Brocc/Cauliflower w/ Vegan Parm and Review of Trader Joe's Mandarin Chickenless Morsels


I got home from violin and the grocery store right at dinner time, hungry and without planning ahead. 

Trader Joe's Mandarin Chickenless Morsels and fresh organic cauliflower and broccoli to the rescue. Yum. 

Vegan Parmesan

3 TBSP pulverized pecans (I've used almonds before, equally tasty)
4 TBSP nutritional yeast
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1-2 TBSP sesame seeds

Mix well. This makes several servings. It keeps for a decent time. 

I preheated the oven to 425 and got my steamer water going. When the oven was ready I popped the chickenless tenders on the pan and slide them into the oven. 

I chopped the broccoli and cauliflower and tossed them into the steamer basket (just enough for dinner so about a 1/3 of each bunch.) 

I put together the parmesan and kept an eye on the steamer. It took about 12 minutes to hit the tenderness we like. 

I flipped the chickenless tenders and in twenty minutes we had a delicious dinner.  

My Review of Trader Joe's Mandarin Chickenless Morsels: 

I love these little suckers. Granted, they aren't whole food based and glowing with health and all those amazing benefits of something like quinoa and kale. However, there are meals that need to be plates of delicious greens and chockfull of veggie deliciousness and some that require speed and taste. 

I've used these chickenless morsels with omnivores and threw together an asian mandarin chickenless salad and not one eyebrow was raised or one snarky comment made. I honestly don't know that a meat lover could tell the difference. The texture and taste are spot on, even without the sauce. The sauce is perfectly tangy/sweet. And the price is right. 

Two thumbs up. If you are looking for a meat substitute that reminds you of chicken nuggets, or satisfies with minimal work or preparation give these a shot. 


Thursday, March 13, 2014

Scribbles and Scrambles ~ Spring What?

So. Since I shared my glass jar compulsion/weakness/craziness with you all. Let's talk about spring cleaning. 

Two of my co-workers chatted about spring cleaning and what they got accomplished over the weekend. 

In my defense, I must say I did travel 12 hours by car right before and during the weekend and spend several hours prepping for and helping at a wedding and THEN I lost an hour of sleep due to the time change thang. 

But honestly. I have NEVER spring cleaned like these chicks. Never in my 32 years of married springs and 32 years of married falls have I ever felt compelled to empty all cupboards and wash all walls and fill my car with every blanket in the house to run them to the laundromat just because it's autumn or the end of winter. 

Once, my children got exposed to lice and I was a woman possessed. I did not sleep. I had been working on making a clean mountain of laundry on my couch that needed to be folded and put away. But once I heard the L word I rewashed that mountain, and any other fabric item I could get my hands on. I scrubbed heads, I vacuumed every non human surface, I changed the vacuum bags and buried them under dirty diapers and other disgusting lice killing refuse. I went to one of the only 24 hour pharmacies at 2:00 a.m. during my just cleaned everything and am only awake because of pure-adrenaline-coursing-through-my-veins and my-kid-has-an-itchy-head psychosis. It was when Nix worked, before lice became resistant, it was a gentler and easier time when people still didn't feel the need to lock their doors and housewives did spring cleaning. 

Some of them anyway. 

Oh, and my Christmas gathering at the old abode does force me to clean out closets, also like a woman possessed, so that I can host dinner. To date no one has ever actually oohed and ahhed over my closet neatness, however, once my dad went from room to room in my house narrating his surprise over the cleanliness during a birthday party. 
 Laundry basket Number 1, and a bird cage we were thinking about using for the wedding sign, and a bag of ???? and another bag of Arbonne products I let someone borrow. If you look very close you might see a smattering of dust bunnies and dog hair. Fortunately the light works a little like candlelight as a dust filter. 

That said. I couldn't quite get on board with my co-workers and said some such thing. I may have been laughing and staring at them in horror as they had discussed what they had accomplished. One dear, sweet, little encouraging soul said, "Well, we all have our strengths. You are a phenomenal cook! I can't cook!"  Yeah. That was nice. And I'm going to go ahead and just take that as some bit of truth. K? 







Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Scraps and Snippets ~ Crispy Tofu, Garlic Sprouts and Curry Sweet Potato Fries ~



I usually don't make and serve slabs of tofu. Not my favorite. However, I had a package of sprouted organic tofu that needed to be used. 


I pressed, sliced and marinated it in 2 TSBP soy sauce and 2 teaspoons of sesame oil for an hour or so. 

Then I coated the tofu with a mixture of 1 TBSP sesame seeds, 1/4 cup nutritional yeast, 1 teaspoon garlic powder. (If you don't use soy sauce add 1/2 teaspoon of salt) 

I fried them in a hot pan coated with garlic infused grape seed oil until they were crispy and popped the cooked pieces into a hot oven. (425 since I was roasting brussels sprouts)

I served it with brussels sprouts that I steamed for five minutes on the stove top and then roasted for 35 minutes until the outside was crispy. I chopped a garlic clove and added some grape seed oil to the baking dish and rolled the sprouts around tip they were coated and sprinkled sea salt over the sprouts.  

The curry fries were baked on the low rack while the sprouts were roasting. I sliced a sweet potato into skinny fries. I tossed them into a ziplock and added equal amounts of garlic powder, onion powder and curry (about a teaspoon each) with 1/2 teaspoon of salt. Rob requested I make the tofu again. (major shock) For dessert I made this recipe of Peanut Butter Brownies. I used agave as the sweetener. They aren't super sweet and there is a slight applesauce texture. But the dough is heavenly and baked for 18 minutes and chilled, uh, yum. 


Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Scribbles and Scrambles ~ Contagious Beware

My jar cupboard.
While in Minnesota I was accused.

Let me back up a bit.  

I'm a jar collector. I don't like to toss things that can still be used in the recycle bin. And glass jars are very useful. Right? I can freeze beans in spaghetti, large jam or pickle jars. I can make up dry mixes and place them in a sharpie marked spice or olive jar. Marinades, salad dressings or sauces can be pre-mixed and put into olive or pepper jars.  

Leftovers can be sent home with people or taken to work the next day. 

Jars can even be cutesified and turned into gifts that hold loose tea, or cookies, or mixes. Yay. Jars are pretty versatile. 
 
And apparently, collecting jars is contagious. Until she started hanging out with me, Michelle didn't. 

While we were standing in her kitchen she opened a cupboard and told me she wanted to pop me one for infecting her. 

I laughed. My job here is done. Over the weekend I also caught her reusing a ziplock. (She claimed it hadn't actually been used...so it didn't count. Yeah...that's how it starts. I know this from personal experience.) 

Monday, March 10, 2014

Scribbles and Scrambles ~ Post Wedding Pics and Thoughts.

A friend of the family made a bride's cake and molded pinecones out of modeling
chocolate and flowers our of gum paste... it was so pretty. 
& and I made this for the wedding. She wanted a rustic/shabby chic chalkboardy
directional sign telling people where to go for different aspects. ion

They had a hot chocolate bar with add-ins; chopped white and dark chocolate,
marshmallows, candy cane and caramel. The trick was heating the chocolate. The church
had a huge commercial kitchen...(so fun and intimidating) and the hot cocoa mix needed to be
heated with whole milk and brought to hot, hot. I spent three hours mixing and heating hot
chocolate in this witch's cauldron. Seriously, it was hard not to toss in eyes and wings. This
sucker held about 7 gallons and the paddle could've propelled a small canoe across a lake.
Or actually, one paddle would've made a lovely circling action. I'm glad the lakes were frozen. 

Love these. A co-worker of the bride makes these cakes stands. 

Aneomes might be my favorite flower now. I'd forgotten how cute and sweet they are. 

Wax flowers. Too pretty.

The wedding decor was simple. The ceremony was one of the most Christ-centric ones I've ever sat through. The event was a celebration of the couple and their foundation built on Christ individually and now as a couple. It was so cool. 

We put together bouquets of fresh flowers and boutonnieres on Friday morning. A friend of the bride had some know-how and access to a florist supply shop and gave us tutorials. We then had a long period where we were just able to relax and chill. No frenetic bride or mom of bride energy. 

The theme was shabby chic elegant, and it was. Some simple chalkboard signs, a Photo Booth, a kid's table with point and shoot cameras and a list of things to shoot, a table full of cakes/desserts and a hot chocolate bar. Simple candles and single vases of flowers/greenery adorned each reception table. White lights wrapped around pillars and draped from the balcony in the sanctuary. Instead of a guest book they had a silk covered piƱata ball that guests put personal notes in that will be sealed and then opened on the couple's first anniversary. The couple left to a sparkler salute. 

Friday, March 07, 2014

Scribbles and Scrambles ~ Brides, Bridezilla's and Bridatude...

I'm in Minneapolis for a wedding. 

Not just any wedding though. This is a special one because it involves my-family-that-I-met-on-the-internet-which-has-become-pretty-much-adopted. 

So,  technically, the crazy girl walking down the aisle isn't any relation whatsoever, but she calls me Auntie and & is cousin and in my mind she is my niece. 

& is a bridesmaid and I am a crafty go-fer. Yesterday we arrived in Minneapolis, loaded vehicles, headed to the church and began to decorate. 

Now, you might imagine that tension could've been high. 

It's a huge church, so big that there is a ton of activity going on each and every day. Yesterday was no exception, several of the reception tables were occupied by students and folks doing ministry. The walk-in cooler was filled and we had to make space for the reception items. The risers that were supposed to be on the stage as part of the decoration were missing. A large plastic bin got dropped accidentally and half the vases for the centerpiece at each guest table broke. Dinner was slow in service and the activity planned for after the dinner got started late. The bride didn't react with tension to any of the issues. Not one. No tears, no huffing and puffing, no pouting. 

Last night before bed several of us were gathered around talking and she said. "This night was perfect. I couldn't have asked for a better night." 

One of the girls said. "Really?" 

And she said. "Better than I hoped. I have the best people in the world in my wedding. It was the perfect night." 

And my heart flipped a little. Because I got a little glimpse of the wife and eventual mother she is going to be and I believe there is a very, very blessed young man who will be saying "I do" in a few short hours. 

May you look beyond the details of the day that don't go according to plan and see the blessings instead. 

Thursday, March 06, 2014

Scribbles and Scrambles ~ Houston, I May Have a Problem...

I've developed a small addiction to scarves. 

I don't like have to buy one whenever I see scarves. Nor do I sneak them into the house or spend the grocery money on them. 

But slowly, my collection has grown. 

Do you see a theme?
  What adult woman needs 5 polka dot scarves?  

Clearly, me! 

In my defense...polka dots make me happy. 

Wednesday, March 05, 2014

Scraps and Snippets ~ Gardein Beefless Slider Review

 I went on and on about how excited I was that Target carried Gardein products a couple weeks ago. Last night was a night that I needed to toss together a quick meal and I had purchased Gardein's Beefless Sliders for just one of those nights. 

I panfried all four sliders in a splash of avocado oil and heated the buns. 

I then topped mine with mustard and organic lettuce. I served these with a side of steamed organic broccoli sprinkled with nutritional yeast and sea salt. Yum. 

Four hours later, after eating two sliders and the broccoli I was still feeling full and satisfied. Definitely a stick to your ribs meal. The serving size is one little burger but that one packs 9 grams of protein and 150 calories. So with two, I had a 400 calorie meal that left me completely satisfied. I don't know that the burgers would "fool" a meaty hamburger fan. However, I was impressed with the texture (that's a biggie for me, I hate a patty that mushes when you bite into it) and Rob liked them as well and said I should definitely buy them again. He goes flexitarian when he chooses so can order whatever he feels like at restaurants....so that's some high praise since they satisfied his meat cravings. Besides the great texture (more like a flatter pre made style patty than a thick burger) a nice charcoaly flavor makes the burgers taste like the real deal to my palate. 

Bottom line? When you need a quick meal that hits the spot and stays with you, this is a great option. I love that the products are GMO free. And even though they are processed most of the ingredients are recognizable and explained. Two thumbs up. And at under $5.00 a box providing two to four meals, it's bargain fast food. 


Tuesday, March 04, 2014

Scraps and Snippets ~ Cookie Dough Cheesecake Mousse





 
Cookie Dough Cheesecake Mousse

1 batch of coconut whipped cream
3 TBSP flour
rounded ¼ cup of brown sugar
rounded ¼ teaspoon salt
¾ teaspoon of vanilla
¼ cup of chocolate chips 

1 - 8 ounce container of vegan cream cheese (I used Trader Joe's)

Mix cream cheese, sugar, flour, vanilla and salt together. Set aside.

Prepare coconut whipped cream. 1 chilled can of full fat coconut milk (I love Trader Joe's). Scrape off the solid, discard or use the water for another purpose. Whip the solid for several minutes until fluffy, scraping as needed. Add 2 TBSP of powdered sugar. When the consistency of whipped cream fold into the cream cheese mixture and chocolate chips. Chill overnight. Use small cookies, apple or banana slices or pretzels to scoop the dip. 

Monday, March 03, 2014

Scribbles and Scrambles ~ Cutie Patooties

Cutest dog pictures.

http://www.boredpanda.com/dog-pitbull-photobooth-photos-lynn-terry



http://www.dogshaming.com/2014/03/sarge-in-trouble-with-the-sergeants/


http://www.dogshaming.com/2014/03/bad-lassie/  I used to have a LOVE/HATE relationship with Lassie. When I was a wee lass my parents thought Lassie was my favorite show. Instead my five year old self was an anxious tangle of emotional angst...Lassie and all his friends were in constant peril. But this made me laugh. I'm over the early childhood Lassie trauma.

http://www.dogshaming.com/2014/02/grrreat/