Monday, July 12, 2010

Blah Day!

Well...We are getting down to crunch time! One more week prepping for Cheryl's wedding then M and I are going to spending time on getting the trailer ready for our big trip! I brought some of our maps in to start mapping out a route and create a budget so we can make our trip more of a holiday :)
Its been so rainy lately that we have not been able to go to the farm and work, I find myself very stir crazy and wish to get back to work...I know that once we are in our new location I will be looking for a job ASAP! I need to be out in the world interacting with other humans! LOL

I find when I am feeling this way I don't make the best choices for meals! So I hope the weather passes and I get back on track!

Today I had woke up pretty late, so I had a sandwich and tomato soup for Breakfast/lunch then in the late afternoon I have a few slices of pizza (leanne's veggie, no cheese) Then for dinner I had baked a butter nut squash (for the first time :)) fried up some tofu topped with Asian 5 Spice sauce and sided with some fresh red pepper and cucumber...It was very tasty!
The G-sale went ok...We were rained out Saturday, and Thursday/Friday I think we barely made over 10 bucks! BOO! But Sunday was a lot better, and we were not even open! LOL So that is the last of the G-sales...and we are having pretty good luck with selling the other big/expensive items.
Later :P

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Busy Day!

Well today started off a bit on an early foot! I was up at 730...It was another hot night and I had lots of trouble falling asleep which has been happening off and on for a few months now..Boo to little sleep!

Upon waking I prepped my usual #1 favorite, Oatmeal..YUM! then started going through the kitchen for any kitchen items that could go in the garage sale.

Then off tho the farm...

M and I attacked this pump house and painted a good 2 coats of white...If the weather is nice we will do touch ups and trim tomorrow....but I think that its suppose to rain all day! BOO! I will post an updated pic of the completed project :)

Around 3 we finished up and headed home to get ready for the garage sale...lots of stuff left to sell! I sure hope the rain holds off until Monday (or until the late evening)

The garage sale as a bit of a bust...not too many people showed, but we did sell a few items...

Tomorrow existed of more of the same, so I hope I will be able to sleep tonight!

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Vegan Chocolate Bunt cake

This low-fat and vegan cake recipe uses applesauce instead of eggs or oil, making it nearly fat-free and guilt-free! Though its a little bit heavier than other cakes, the generous amount of cocoa makes this vegan cake absolutely heavenly. If this doesn't sound like the recipe you're looking for, try checking out my dozens of other vegan cake recipes.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Total Time: 60 minutes
· 2 cups flour
· 1 cup sugar
· 1 tbsp cornstarch
· 2 tsp baking soda
· 1/4 tsp salt
· 1/3 cup cocoa
· 1 1/2 cups applesauce
Pre-heat oven to 325 degrees. Grease and flour a bundt cake pan. Note: You can use other cake pans, but because this cake is a bit heavy, layered cake pans are not recommended.
Mix all of the dry ingredients together in a large bowl.
Add applesauce and mix well until batter is smooth.
Bake for 50-55 minutes, until done. You can always tell that a cake is finished baking by sticking a toothpick in the center of the cake. If the toothpick comes out clean, that is, not covered in batter, then your cakes is done baking.
Frost, if desired, and enjoy!
Nutritional Information: Makes 8 fat-free cake slices. Calories per slice: 242, Calories from Fat: 7Total Fat: 0.8g, 1% RDA Cholesterol: 0mg, 0% RDASodium 390mg, 16%Total Carbohydrates: 56.9g, 19% Dietary Fiber: 2.5g, 10%Protein: 4.0gVitamin A 0%, Vitamin C 1%, Calcium 1%, Iron 11%
This is the link to the recipe I followed, although I did alter is a bit, I added 2 cap fulls of vanilla, used 2 mashed banana's and about a 1/2 C apple sauce (instead of the whole amount of apple sauce), 1 Tbsp Cinnamon, 1/2 C soy milk, 3/4C walnuts, 1/2 C chocolate chips
So while I mixed all the dry ingredients together, when it was time to add the wet (apple sauce) that is when I added the banana/apple sauce mix, vanilla and soy milk, once everything was mixed well I added crushed walnuts and chocolate chips....for visual effect I put whole walnut halves on the bottom of my bundt cake pan.....Enjoy!

Cake, Shower and Running

Hope every one's week was great! I have some pictures that are backlogged for the last few weeks to fill you in I hope you bare with me :) First though I will update my goings ons...Which isn't too much! this week M and I started to exercise together which is awesome! I have started slow with 6K once on Sunday and once on Tuesday then we are going to get tomorrow too and try to keep this schedule going :) Although M doesn't like to run so he bikes beside and he is quite enjoying it! YAY
I also made a cake this turned our awesome! I got the recipe from and adapted it to what I had on hand and used the comments as a guide. This cake was sooo delicious that I will also make it for Cheryl's gift opening and for the upcoming family reunion :) Pic to follow.
Sunday was Cheryl's Bridal shower. It was really nice her friend really went all out! although I was a little disappointed that there was food served as I was told that there wouldn't be, the food looked great, but having different dietary needs I usually like to know in advance so that I can prepare something for myself so I am not left out, but other than that it was an awesome time! We all thought it was funny that M won the clothes pin game! LOL
Here are some Pics...Food and Farm findings :)
Finding #1! I found this awesome pic of M while going through the recent pictures I took...WOW this one is my favorite of him so far!
Here M found a Frog while weed eating...looks like a little tree frog...its funny how M looks so excited to be holding it...He's so cute!
We found this beetle out at the farm, and although the picture doesn't show very well...the beetle was huge!!
This was lunch yesterday...after a good 6K I had left over stir fried veggies and sweet potato along with a peach and a green Monster....sounds like a lot..but I was super hungry...
I made this awesome salad on Monday...consisted of spinach, cucumber, tomato, blueberries, raspberries, soy nuts, pumpkin seeds, green onion...very good!
This was the awesome cake I made...I will post the recipe in a post on its own :)
My fav #1 breakfast: Oatmeal coconut (although I am using sweetened Blah), slivered almonds, pumpkin seeds, blueberries, raspberries and a splash of soy milk
Fav Breakfast #2! Tofu scramble! YUM! tofu cut in little cubes, green onion, green pepper, mushrooms and salsa along with a potato cake, orange and toast.

Saturday, July 3, 2010

WOW....Been a long time!

Funny how life seems to get away from you! sooo What have I been up to lately?? Well I passed my drivers test and got my licence in the mail today...but I will need to go to the registry office on Monday as the expiry date states Jun 23 2010...LOL

I have been spending most of my time at the farm weeding, WOW what a work out THAT is! and let me tell you its not like there is a little garden its 4 acres of land! and we are still not done! I will be going back Monday to continue to help out, not like I have anything else to do and frankly its nice to be doing something other than sitting on my butt for most of the day!

Last night I went out to the city for my sister in laws stag...It was pretty fun! but WOW the bar scene is sooo different and on of the bars we went to was sooo gross that we only stayed for about 10 minutes! LOL I also had a bit of trouble as I didn't have any ID...funny as I know I look great for 33, but really I know I could not pass for under 18! but I guess everyone has their procedures!

My eating has been pretty much on board...usually oatmeal...I cant believe how much I love the oatmeal I make! although I ran out of unsweetened coconut and used sweetened for the last couple of times, and really I am not a fan of it, but I have 2 packages to eat up so I guess I will grin and bear it...I bought some blueberries so I will have them instead of banana tomorrow!

I am trying to continue to eat up the food we have in our pantry as we are hopefully leaving in August...YAY I am going to spend tomorrow cleaning up the trailer and organizing, butting our stuff away...I am super excited that its getting close to our departure!

Thinking of our travels, I was also getting ideas for different jobs, I am still wanting to work in an accounting office as I really enjoy bookkeeping, but I was thinking of trying for part time as I don't really want to be sitting behind a desk M-F 5 days a week! My sister in law has a cleaning business and I am thinking that I might do that, easy and fun...especially if I have music ...still exploring that idea and need to pick her brain a bit...

I have also been future thinking...and have been entertaining that idea of looking into starting a small business, of course I have lots of research to do and it would depend where we decide to settle down, I think it would be great to live in a not too small not too big town with a little shop :) I will post future ideas and what not as it comes up :)

I am hoping to bake a cake tomorrow night and will be off to visit my parents...I will snap a pic of it to show and I will sport my new apron too :)

Well I am going to finish up my tea and head to bed...getting up early to get in a run before it gets too hot!
Have an Awesome Sunday and Happy 4th of July for all the peeps down south :)!