Red Lentil Stew of Deliciousness

It’s brrrrocious outside! And with the heater going 24/7 inside, I wake up each morning with a scratchy throat. By the end of the day, I’m always chilled and ready to get back under the covers. So what’s a gal to do? Make a big pot of comforting, warm soup, that’s what! Looking in the…

The Breathtaking Sunset

The sunset after a long walk this past weekend. A stop to sit and watch was called for. The picture doesn’t do it justice – especially since in person, Mt. Rainier is much larger and seems to just hover over the skyline. But, this is the best I could do with panorama mode on my…

At the Riding Center

Another cold day!! It reached maybe 29 degrees outside?? I know some of you are like, “pshaw! 29? That’s warm compared to <insert insanely cold temp here that is <29deg>!” To which I will reply, “Umm, that’s uninhabitable. 29 is uninhabitable. Why am I not in Hawaii?” Alas, I’m not in Hawaii, and with my…

Fancy Pants Smoked Salmon Crostini

After salivating over the previous “how to smoke your own salmon” post, you might be wondering how best to serve the lovely fish. Well, I’m always a fan of the eat-it-straight-from-the-bag method, but sometimes you want something … more. Well, look no further! Fancy pants is here to save the day. We had an early…

Horsies, Day 1

Yesterday was a good day. I showed up to get my horse ready – today it was Gigi. She’s a sweet girl, and sports an awesome mohawk (as you can see in the pic!). The picture is from after the lesson, during lunch time, so hence her not paying me much attention, but she did…

Volunteering

HORSES!! I have always loved horses. They are magical creatures with an incredible ability to heal. I grew up only riding horses every now and then – on vacations and such. But every time I’d see one, I’d smile. I’ve always wanted to do more, learn more about them. Since getting laid off, and our…

Down Home Country Cookin’

M has NEVER liked collard greens. I was sad about this, as I always liked a good, pork-ful, slow-braised collard green. Since the CSA delivered a couple bunches of collards in the last week of delivery, I decided to go all in and make a full meal of collards, blackened fish, and black-eyed peas, hoping…

Pickles and Kimchi

Winter time is when you get out the flannel comfy pants and sheets, and say goodbye to the mass amounts of fresh produce. The CSA’s stop delivering, some of the local farmer’s markets close up until next year, and it’s the time to batten down the hatches and hole up for a few months. Right…

Not Today

Here’s what it’s like to live with an invisible disability. An article I found today where the author describes living with IBD. It’s a raw, honest look into how life can be when you look/act “normal” most of the time, but you have an incurable disease, which is apparently considered a disability. The author shares…

More Delicious Salad Dressings

More salad dressings!! Today, I will be sharing a delightful peanut dressing that M found and made for me one day, and also a Greek dressing that’s good with a hearty salad of greens, beans, olives, tomatoes, etc. Thai Peanut Dressing M has been going out of town a bit more often recently, which makes…

Italian Night – Mangia!

Mmmm… Italian heartiness! Gathering around the table, eating lots of hearty, filling, warm food, talking and laughing with a bottle of red wine… Many good times have formed around these meals. But being GF and vegan-ish, Italian was thought to be out. But it’s not!! Persistence and the incredible work others have done make it…

Tortilla Soup

Tex-Mex night!! This tortilla soup is one I’ve made for years, but with chicken broth, and served with a lot of cheddar cheese. We tried that Daiya cheddar, UGH it was disgusting, so we were fine just omitting it. (sad face) However, we found this new chicken-like substitute – that’s made from pea protein –…

Tom Yum Soup

It’s soup season!! And I love soup. Tom Yum is a delicious Thai hot and sour soup, and I think I’ve finally gotten it just about right! Obvs, I’ll still tinker with it a bit as I make it each time, but you can’t go wrong with this version. It’s great as a meal on…

Nasu Dengaku

There’s this Japanese restaurant we always went to for sushi and this – nasu dengaku, or basically eggplant with a miso sauce. Sadly, we don’t go anymore because they don’t have or use tamari (srsly, Nishino? You charge a LOT, and you can’t help a gluten-free patron out? Make me bring my own bottle? Come…