Friday with Finn

Hello again!  We have been swallowing plaster dust due to a repair that has been ongoing at Town Mouse House.  A leaky roof caused a bubbly ceiling and wall, which led to ripping out wallboard, etc.  The roof needs to be repaired, but no one can get up there while there are ice dams forming everyday.  What a winter!

Since this is a rental apartment, we have no say in the order of how things are done.  They just sealed up the ceiling without having repaired the roof.  The good news is, since we don’t own it, it isn’t our financial headache.  We just have to eat the dust for awhile.

Since it’s Friday, though, I thought I would post a smiling dog photo or two:

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And here is one where you can see his eyes a little better:

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Finn lights up our lives every day!  I didn’t want to post the ceiling photos because they just are not very much fun.  Besides, wouldn’t you rather look at photos of a very sweet, cute pup?  I know I would!

Have a great weekend!

Wendy

Happy Monday

Happy Monday!  If you are in my part of the world, I hope you are warm and cozy.

I thought I would share a bit of closet organization.  When it is this cold, inspiration strikes and I like to work on putting things in order.  I have a bit of costume jewelry and some scarves.  My new closet at our new Town Mouse residence is not nearly as big as my old one, so I have to be clever.

Farmer Joel attached some window screen to the back of an old window frame we found in the barn.  It makes a perfect earring-hanger!  I borrowed this idea from a friend, Pauline, who hand-crafts and sells her very own line of jewelry.  Her company is the “Pearls of Pauline.”  Isn’t that cute?

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See the necklaces to the left and the top of the hanger below?  Here they are a little closer:

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You can find the scarf hanger here.

Just for fun, I thought I’d include a view from my Country Mouse House kitchen window:

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When the sun shines, the chickadees come around chirping and singing.  This is a lilac bush, which a favorite nest-building spot!

Wendy

 

Friday with Finn

Happy Friday!  It’s almost Valentine’s Day!  Woo hoo!  In addition to Joel, I love to give Valentines to my kids and my doggie.  Speaking of said doggie, I was trying to get artistic as the sunlight was pouring in today:

FullSizeRender (3)Here is a close-up which keeps the sunlight from altering the photo too much:

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And now for a final, “artistic” photo of my beloved Finn(note his messy toys in the background):

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I may just have to come up with a heart-shaped dog treat for him!

Happy Valentine’s Day to all!  Enjoy your weekend, and do something loving for yourself as well as for others.

❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤

Wendy

Thurz Day Recipe

Hello there!  And Happy Thurz Day!  Today I am featuring a recipe that I created for a breakfast beverage.  My goal was to pack a lot of nutrition in a drink.  Have a look at the main ingredients:

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The small chunk of root is fresh turmeric.  It is expensive, so I use it sparingly.  The larger root is ginger.  I try to get a little turmeric and ginger every day, usually by putting a small amount of the dried spices in some hot water in the morning.  There is also an assortment of leafy greens – spinach plus two types of kale – blackberries, and a Meyer lemon.  I added a little aloe vera juice and coconut water as well.  Here it is ready to go:

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The color was kind of strange, but here it is blended:

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I tried to get a little artistic.  I like the open blinds in the background and the waving flag.

The recipe:

6 large blackberries

1 Meyer lemon

3/4 cup baby spinach

1 leaf each – curly kale and Tuscan kale

1/4 inch each – peeled, chopped ginger and turmeric roots

1/4 cup aloe vera juice

1/4 cup coconut water

Blend all ingredients in a high-powered blender until smooth and drinkable.  You will feel energized!

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As a P.S. – I wanted to share last night’s dinner plate:

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This includes a falafel burger, tahini sauce, hummus, and babaganoush, and a whole wheat pita – all from Mrs. Green’s Market.  I put the mixed salad together, and the dressing is a simple, home-made lemony dijon vinaigrette.  The cauliflower is oven-roasted with a little olive oil, Mrs. Dash seasoning, and salt and pepper.

It doesn’t have to be complicated or time-consuming to put together a well-balanced, nourishing, vegan meal!

Enjoy your day!

Wendy

 

Wenz Day

Good day to all!  Here at Town Mouse House, we seem to have sprung a leak.  The good news is, it’s a rental, so we don’t have the added headache of fixing it ourselves.  The bad news is, it takes time to fix, because it has to dry out plus a roof expert has to come repair it. Considering how snowy and icy the roof is at the moment, we definitely have to be patient with the repair process.  Here is what our 18-year-old’s room looks like right now:

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Check out the upper right corner in this one:

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Let’s get closer to that hole in the ceiling:

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And now how about a little closer than that:

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I don’t envy the people who will, eventually, have to climb up on the roof.  I do look forward to getting it fixed, though, as there is now quite a draft.

Stay warm!

Wendy

Tuezday

Happy Tuezday!

Since we moved to a different Town Mouse House, our views have changed.  We literally went North, “up the river,” for those of you who get the joke! (ahem)

It has been a TRUE WINTER this year;  more so than in quite a long time.  The view of the river is still breathtaking and spectacular.  Here is the view out of my living room window:

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Do you see all of those trees?  They will be covered with leaves sooner than we think.  The trade-off is, we will no longer see as much of the river!  Hmmm….food for thought.  I wonder if we will be complaining about the heat and the mosquitoes, too?

Stay warm.  If you have to go outside in our neck of the woods, at least the sun is shining today!  Remember to breathe deeply.  The cold air can be very invigorating.

Wendy

Avocadorito for Breakfast

Happy Monday!  Here is a typical vegan go-to meal that I can’t seem to get enough of lately…..

For Breakfast, my “Avocadorito:”

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The recipe?  Quite simply:

One ripe avocado, sliced

One whole-grain tortilla(If you haven’t got tortillas or wraps, use whole grain toast and eat as an open-faced sandwich)

Salt, pepper, Mrs. Dash to taste

Lay tortilla flat.  Top with avocado slices and spices.  Roll up burrito-style.  Serve with fresh fruit on the side for a nourishing breakfast.

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This recipe is so quick and easy.  It only takes a couple of minutes to make.  Brewing tea takes longer.

Enjoy your day!

Wendy

Friday with Finn

Happy Friday!  To send you all off for the weekend with little heads’ up about what Mr. Finn is doing:

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It looks like he’s half in/half out of his little bed.  When I can’t find him elsewhere in the house, I can usually find him here.  Once he caught a glimpse of me, he returned to his relaxed position:

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Oh, to be a dog…..(sigh)

I love my dog.  Do you have a pet that is wrapped around your heart?

Have a wonderful weekend filled with love!

Wendy

The Bed

A new bed for our Master Bedroom arrived yesterday.  We have it at Town Mouse House, but eventually it will reside at Country Mouse House, when we are there full time.  Our old bed frame will go into the room that will become our guest room up there(Country).  That room is currently the Country Mouse House Master Bedroom.  We will, in all likelihood, create a Master Bedroom on the main floor when we move up full time.  The thought of fewer stairs to climb as we age has a certain appeal.

Here is the “old” bed.  We have had this bed for about 27 of our nearly 28 years of marriage:

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Here’s the reminder that I’m originally from Maryland:

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Now, this bed is not a bad bed.  As I stated earlier, it has been with us a long time.  That is why we are not getting rid of it.  It will definitely go to good use.  The new bed is a much better use of space, and it has the real country farmhouse look I am going for:

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If you like the look of this bed, it is currently on sale here:

http://www.charlesprogers.com/iron-brass-sleigh-bed-vintage-white-p-223.html?cPath=6_51

And here, one more time, is the Before:

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After:

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Sweet dreams!

Wendy

More Vegan Adventures

I’ve maintained my Veganism since September 8, 2014.  That isn’t very long, I suppose in the grand scheme of things, but then, for someone who has been an omnivore all her life prior, it feels like quite awhile!

I have found that when I follow a vegan recipe, and everyone in the household likes it, I keep it in my Recipe Archives to be used at any time.  A current family favorite is a carrot-orange soup, from:

Another favorite is:

http://ohsheglows.com/2010/11/16/holiday-soup-for-the-soul/

I tend to change things up a little bit based on my whim and what is available in my kitchen.  I made the carrot-orange soup, for example, without the parsley or orange zest.  Instead, I garnished it with toasted pepitas.  As for the holiday soup, I pureed about 3/4 of it in my blender, then added it back to the soup pot.  This gave it a somewhat creamy, not-too-chunky texture.  And, lo and behold, here is what happened one evening whilst I was making one of the above soups:

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You see, I didn’t realize in enough time that the lid on the blender was not secure.  I  slammed my hand down on it quickly and held it there until the blending cycle finished.  Unfortunately, the damage was done.  It went on the the floor:

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Behind things on the counter top:

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It went on the walls, too, as well as on me and the dog.  I have no photos of that, though.  All I can tell you is that I walked into the room where Joel was resting and he asked me if I threw up on myself.  Ew!

It was a 2-day clean-up.  But the soup was GOOD!

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Winter is the time of year for lots of soup!  It is the ultimate comfort food, at least for me it is!  With the recipes above, you can pack a lot of nutrition into a relatively easy-to-cook dish.  Just be sure to keep your hand on that blender lid to prevent the craziness.

Wendy