“Water your soul”….

Feeling hopeful and loving that Spring is in the air (although it’s still cool/cold here in NY)… hearing the good news that all who want a Covid-19 vaccine will be able to get it within the next few months. Hallelujah!!

Love Mia Niles voice and her songs…

Homemade Chinese Fried Rice

I just made the very best ever homemade fried rice…simple and easy to add as much as you like, or substitute with your favorite veggies/egg/chicken, etc…you can use any kind of cooked rice as little/much as you want. I used 1.5 cups of cooked brown rice.

Ingredients I used.

1 medium onion, diced

4 cloves of garlic, diced

In a large cast iron frying pan saute the onions & garlic in 2T of Olive oil, until soft. Remove from the pan once soft, set aside until you’ve fried the rice then you can add into the mix.

Add cooked brown (or any kind) of rice to the pan, I used 1 1/2 cups. Pan fry the rice on high, stirring often as not to burn it. Add, the onion & garlic to the fried rice, mix in green onions & add peas. I added a few dashes of powdered ginger, sesame seeds, add a few shakes of Tamari sauce & Coconut Aminos to the rice mix, add the peas and stir until well mixed…serve.

Buen provecho!

PIF this holiday…

Except for the handful of young kiddies in our life Christmas gifting is very different this year.

The difficult times we’re all living in 2020, during this global pandemic, and all the obvious suffering so many are enduring being out of work, financial hardships, and food insecurity we’ve chosen to Pay It Forward by donating to our local food banks instead of buying gifts. I created a few food baskets, including a Turkey, etc. for a traditional holiday dinner and left it at the doors (anonymously) of neighbors… including a few of my knitted hats/ear warmers & scarves which will come in handy this Winter.

I enjoy knitting/crocheting items for local charities but that too is on hold until we get pass COVID-19…charities are asking for $$$ instead.

I hope all who are able will continue to pay it forward…every bit helps.

My wish for all this year is one of love, hope, health & peace in 2021!

Pumpkin Bread – Gluten & Sugar free!

2 cups of King Arthur Gluten free flour

6 individual packets of Stevia

2 t Rumford Baking powder

2 t Simply Organic Pumpkin spice

1 t Simply Organic Ceylon Cinnamon powder

1/2 softened Butter…I use Smart Balance buttery spread

3 eggs, minus 1 yolk

Mix butter with eggs then stir into all of the above ingredients.

You can also add walnuts/pecans/chocolate chips or anything you like into the mixture.

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.

Use a loaf pan, spray with your favorite oil spray.

Pour into the loaf pan and bake for 50 minutes.

Chocolate…on my mind & needles

My favorite brand of Chocolate bars, Lillys – Gluten-free, sweetened with Stevia. My fav varieties: Almond Dark Chocolate (love almonds w/chocolate), Coconut, Salted Dark Chocolate, Blood Orange….all yummy. The Blood Orange, Coconut have subtle hints of flavor, the Salted Dark has a nice salty-sweet…not too sweet either.

On my needles, Cocoa color cowl, for my hubby…made with Red Heart Soft Essentials yarn…super soft! Using #8 circular needles.

Farmer’s Market… in the time of COVID-19

Police tape surrounds the veggie & fruit stands in this time of COVID-19. In New York, we must all continue to wear a mask, social distance and use the disposable gloves the vendors have offe if you chose to select your own goods…

On this beautiful Fall day all masked up 😷 I go early, move fast, and hope to avoid others….

New York State Apples 🍎 and Shallots

Heirloom Tomato 🍅, Garlic Chives, Green Onion Scallions.

Steaming the Red Beets, Red Cabbage, Potatoes 🥔 and a few Shallots for fab gluten-free dinner.

For the 💜 of Cowls

Cowls on my needles…sure do love Malabrigo Superwash Merino Wool Yarn!

Knitting calms the nerves during these crazy times. Keep Knitting & creating!

Looking forward to the Fall Season, with hope… 🤞

Healthy Homemade Hummus

Simple to make, healthy & super easy! No pesticides!!!

Make your own – give it a try!!

Gluten-free, & Vegan.

1 16 oz. can of Organic Chickpeas

4 T of Tahini – I use Baron’s 16 oz. – two-pack on Amazon: $12.99 – ingredients: 100% Sesame seeds – nothing else!

1 clove fresh garlic (more if you like)

1 T of Lemon juice

Salt & Black pepper to taste.

Add all of the ingredients to a blender and pulse a few seconds …creamy & yum!

This hummus can also be used as a salad dressing and thinned out with a dash of Cider Vinegar, dip for chips/veggies (cucumbers, above), corn tortilla chips, or falafel balls.