Thursday, December 31, 2009

Hope Everyone Out There Has a .......

♥♥[̲̅̅H̲̅][̲̅̅A̲̅][̲̅̅P̲̅][̲̅̅P̲̅][̲̅̅Y̲̅] [̲̅̅N̲̅][̲̅̅E̲̅][̲̅̅W̲̅] [̲̅̅Y̲̅][̲̅̅E̲̅][̲̅̅A̲̅][R]♥♥ my friends.

Much love, Heather :)

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Welcome To My New Blog Readers

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Just put the code: 'blog readers' into notes to seller, in my etsy shop, if you'd like to take advantage of 20% off of my artwork & photography art prints!

Enjoy & a Big Hearty Welcome!

XOXO Heather :)

P.S: Folks looking for my car blog it is here.
Folks looking for my facebook fan page it's here.

Look What Santa Got Me!

Minnie looking for presents..


Eyes bigger than your stomache?

Teee heeeeee the last pic is HEEEEELARIOUS!

--Heather :)

Coffee Table Book Giveaway {Update}

Hey to all my friends,
Just wanted to let you know.. the Month of Decembre, December.. got away from me. I had no time or inspiration to sift through my photos to choose ones for the book. The people already entered are still entered. I will update folks as I get things in order. Sorry for the delay.

So far, I think I'm going to do a lot geared for the four seasons, nature, and want to get some more snow photos. I also want either a quote from someone who I like in the past, present.. etc. to go with each photo. I'm working on the ideas now. I do want the photos to take up the entire page so you can really enjoy each of them. So the idea of a quote or ecological idea.. might hit the cutting room floor. We shall see.

XOXO Heather :)

Saturday, December 26, 2009

BUNDT CAKE a slice of heaven.

This Saturday morning, I whipped up a new recipe. Hot off the grill, so to speak. I decided to make a Bundt cake for the arrival of my Mother & Step-father & our Santa Celebration. We've a large extended family & celebrations often get dragged out. IE: My Birthday ends up sometimes being a Month long affair. (Unless I invite everyone to one party.) Which, I don't mind, not in the least. Much more CAKE the more we party way. ;)

So, I looked around in the fridge & cupboard. I found: Rice flour,vegan butter, cinnamon, baking soda, tofutti 'better than cream cheese', *and it is WAY better.* vanilla rice milk, organic whole cane sugar, and lastly fresh squeezed lemon & orange juice.

I took about 2.5 cups of the rice flour added the cinnamon & the b. soda and mixed it. I'm Vegan & Celiac so anything, I might be eating around the house, has to be #GlutenFree too. The entire container of the tofutti cream cheese & quickly microwaved it for 7 seconds just to warm it up, 1/2 stick of melted margarine, and mixed it in a bowl. I added in the rice milk, and then I squeezed a whole orange & a whole lemon into my juicer & then poured it into the mix of ingredients. I used my hand mixer to make sure the tofutti was fully mixed in. The batter ends up being reallllllllllly liquidy. But, since this is rice flour, this is doubly needed. Rice flour & rice pasta & rice anything needs liquid to stay soft & moist. So trust me this liquid is a good thing. Also the temperature to cook this definitely 325*F and no higher watch the cooking time too. When I bake with rice flour which is all the time, I cook it for 15 minutes. Then I come back & lt it cook about 12 minutes more. This is needed watching so it doesn't burn or cook it too long. Rice is very delicate to bake with. I have found the same thing with the rice noodles. Think you have TOO MUCH red sauce for the noodles, think again my friend. You can always have more moisture with rice.

When all the ingredients are mixed together, pour it into a bundt form. I've cooked in silicone, metal and Teflon. I used metal this time & I wiped canola oil all around the edges and then came back & wiped some of it off, so it wouldn't be too much or leave areas of the pan untouched by the batter & cook and make bubbles into the cakes shape.

Needless to say, the bundt cake was very very good. I was really proud of myself for pulling this one off. I used to make a similar one years ago, the recipe was huge and called for 12 egg whites & cream cheese. I'm very very pleased to announce this Vegan & Gluten free version reminded me like the old one I used to make, without the usage of eggs, at all. Or any butter.. geeez, I recall that old batter calling for tons and tons of butter. Now my recipe here isn't low fat by any stretch of the imagination. But, it's daaayam good when you need a Bundt fix. (Or bribery for non-vegans to give something new & different a whirl. You can't even tell.)

When the cake is cooled use some more vegan butter, organic powdered sugar & vanilla and whip up a quick glaze for it. I put in some yellow food colouring since the vegan margarine I have tends to make it that colour a little bit.. this just made it look a little sunnier. I sliced up some fresh kiwi, strawberries, and blueberries and decorated the top of the cake with them, after frosting it. One tip.. the next day maybe a drizzling of orange juice or agave nectar on the cake to give it some more softness. Or perhaps, warm it in the microwave & add a drizzle of vanilla milk if it's a little dry. Remember the rice my friend, the rice. (you could alternate for another flour type, if you like)

Priceless: My Mom & Step-dad loved it & begged for seconds!

Gluten free & vegan bundt cake

One alternate idea of mine: Simmer Pears in red wine, with sugar & spices to have warmed over the top of this Bundt cake. This is one of the parts of the old recipe that I could have had. But, I really liked the fresh fruit & while there is a wee bit of cake leftover. The fruit is all gone!!

--Heather :)
P.S: It was my Mom who suggested I post this recipe since, it was soooo yummy!

Friday, December 25, 2009

Q: Why is the Sky blue?

Why is the Sky blue?

A: Because the grass is green. {Or} A: Because puke green would be gross & depressing. ;)

I know there is a real, scientific reason, that is the answer to my question above. You can google it, if you'd like to.

My point in posting this query is: It seems to me, that this planet was made perfectly for us humans. You see the sunset & feel happy & warm inside. You see the blue skies and you lose feelings of sadness. You see too much dark and not enough sun, you begin to get sad and depressed. It's like it knows us or was made for us in mind. However, we aren't treating it all that nicely in return. Kind of unfair of us. Isn't it?

I like the view here..

Anything going on in the World that changes, or messes with nature, should be seriously considered first. We really ought to be more careful with nature. Upsetting the balance has already shown to be quite devastating. I fear for the future and I want to just tell people to be careful & take more care. Our lives hang in the balance on this little round sphere. One tiny change could toss things out of balance, and be irreparable. We need to take more care of our one, and only home.

Please pass these thoughts & ideals on. It means the World to me.

XOXO Heather :)

Happy Holidays 2009 !

Happy Winter!

However, you celebrate the Winter, I hope you have a wonderful time!

Much love to you & yours.. XOXO Heather :)

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Let it SNOW!

Because it's not like we have any choice in the matter, at all. We mine as well make the best of it & enjoy it while it lasts. I love living where the four seasons are. I try to make an effort to make winter my favourite season of them all & do as much as I can with & in the weather given to me. I also make sure to keep the Vitamin D and my spirits up! Whatever it is that makes you HAPPY. Do it! Especially in the wintertime, it's so easy to get depressed & down. The lack of Vitamin D from the sun is a big deal in the "I come from the land of the ice and snow", IE: Northern countries & Northern parts of the USA.

I'm really serious about staying happy & healthy all winter long. It's become my hobby of sorts & finding out as many ways, as possible to stay happy & smiling. I do get down from time to time, though. These times I try to get outside & get the sun rays on my skin. Even if it's blustery & bitter. "break out the beach chairs." Do something silly & play with a beach ball in the snow, or have a snowfight. Listen to shiny happy music & have fun! Paint the snow all pretty colours and hang out with your friends. Keep each other happy & smiling!

Smile, laugh, get some fresh air & stay happy this & all winters!

--Heather :)

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Power Outage in Rural America..

That black blur under the candles is our TV.

We had a snow day yesterday, and I was so excited. A whole day free of school with my two young sons. We had big plans of lots of fun. Music, dancing, computer fun, Movies, popcorn, and some other indoor fun. We began with a movie. Then some dancing. We put in a VHS copy of the 1977 version Mikhail Baryshnikov's The Nutcracker. I had purchased it for a dollar at our local library in their sale book & movies section. Hubby found it for me since I had recently seen the Ballet in the City. We managed a full viewing then the dancing began. Boys were twirling and whirling to the music in their heads. They borrowed some leggings & danced around having fun pretending to be the boys in the ballet with the swords, guns and horses. Sometimes they were the Rat King, sometimes the Sugar Plum Prince. They were having a ball. My younger son Roosky asked to have the movie put back on so he could dance to the music & get more ideas. So I put it back on. We managed about 20 more minutes with the movie, and it's music. Then the lights went out.

Dancing to keep warm..
The comforter in the back round is from their bed. It was the tent roof of the fort I helped them to make.

No electricity means a couple things here. No heat. No hot water. 40 gals of cold water only. No cooking. (no cooking, only cause I couldn't see where the portable grill was) No heat, did I mention no heat? No TV. No music. No computer. The weather outside at the time was truly frightful. It had snowed overnight about 7-8 inches, then it was raining & deluging on top of that. Ice on top of snow + wind = Not that much fun to be had hiking or hanging out of doors. Plus if we got really wet there was no real way to dry clothes, or warm ourselves up. So on went a bunch of clothes for all of us, including the dogs in their t-shirts. We made a fort, we danced some more. We read a bunch of books. We played dominoes. I showed them how to line them up & knock them down. We played matchbox cars. We coloured. We thought up some stories and we cuddled all 5 of us on the couch. Then darkness began to descend. Funny I didn't think much about the dark coming on. Till it began happening. I had thought the power would have been on in one to two hours or so. It was now nearing 5 hours. So we began hunting up the flashlight. Check. Found the big one. Then I found some LED coloured ones we had purchased a few weeks ago for the boys. They danced around with those for a bit & did some recon missions under the bed & couch to find some toys.

I then looked for a lighter to no avail. Hubby came home and he had one. So I took the candles I had been rounding up & started lighting them. I had a few tea lights and some other small ones.. and lit them all. I found some bottles we had saved for soup & such, rather than using plastic and put candles in them to maximize the light.

Olde Fashioned Lights..

We did venture out one time. We did a quick run to the store for some easy to prep foods. Junk foods I don't normally have on hand since I make most from scratch nowadays. I also picked up some veggies so I could begin our supper stew.

Supper stew ended up being cooked at 9PM. So we had it today for lunch.

While we were tooling along in the car. I saw a red truck in front of us. I kept clear of it, as it was the first real time this winter driving on the wet wintry roads. It rounded a corner, and came to a complete stop, began backing down the road. I pulled alongside it and looked up in front of me to see a ginormous tree blocking our way. It was the "No Electricity" culprit. Hmmmmm, I began backing up too, 3 point turned the vehicle and headed back the other way, to a cross road that cut around the mess. Made it to the store & back with no issues. I saw National Grid coming down the road. I figured at tops it would be a couple two-three hours. I didn't count in the Thunder and Lightning that began working itself up, once we returned home. Electric Employees cannot work in electrical storms, I think it's an obvious reason. They could get struck by lightning, and holding electrical wires in their hands. Just not a good idea.

The lack of power didn't keep us down. It didn't dampen our spirits any. We just switched tracks and found other things to do. We still had fun. We didn't miss the TV at all. We really had a great time bonding & cuddling. My son's were mad when the lights came on and they had to sleep in their own beds. They had been looking forward to camping with us to keep warm, so we caved and let them anyway. They are only this small, this one time. Mine as well enjoy it.

Now that we've had this experience we are going to be better prepared for the next time. Nothing like 'flying blind' to prepare you. I've stored the grill & propane tanks right where I can find them. I've also stashed the candles and glow sticks & flashlights, so I don't have to go looking for them. Definitely considering a wood stove too. It would have made things so much more fun & warmer too boot. ;)

I also took the time to explain how folks used to live, without lights and amenities that we have now. Things like TVs and computers and Mp3 players. That candles, and fires, and dominoes, imaginations and books would have been pretty much it for folks, in some cases. We appreciated our day without the extras. But, we also appreciate the things & extras we do have, just a little bit more now.

XOXO --Heather :)

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Quick Post..

1. Care for the Earth. 2. Care for her creations & those who cannot speak or need our help. 3. Care for us. 4. Any questions refer to rule #1.

--Heather :)

Thought For Today!

You only have a short time to make a small difference in how things are done on this planet. Git now! Shoo! Off you go now! Go & teach, show the small ones how to be.. how to care for each other.. how to change things. How to make things better.

XOXO --Heather :)

{Cracks whip} Whattya doing sitting there? Git! ;)

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

10% for Peace!

Join the EtsyVeg Team this week as we promote Ten Percent For Peace. All this week, November 30-December 6, members of our team will be offering great handmade items for you or your loved ones. Through the generosity of the season, all sales this week in participating shops listed below will be donated to a great organization called Food Not Bombs and their "Dollar for Peace" campaign. Food Not Bombs is an all-volunteer global movement that shares free vegetarian meals as a protest to war and poverty, believing that money spent on sustaining warfare could be used to feed the millions of people starving across the globe. With nearly 400 chapters in countries throughout the world, they call attention to poverty and homelessness in society by sharing food, fighting poverty, and seeking a more just and peaceful existence for all!
Shop handmade for the holidays with EtsyVeg shops all this week and help us to raise support for Food Not Bombs! Feel great supporting local and small businesses and artisans who create each and every item in a unique way, and helping an organization that works to help people create a more peaceful world while combatting the serious problem of world hunger!

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