142. new house gets in way of blog.

So today was a day where the house engulfed me and I just couldnt keep make a single thing. But here’s a photo of the house! Moving took ALOT out of me. Hope to never have to do that again…

There will be plenty of little home projects, organization stuff is in our future, photos to look forward to, more recipes to try and lots of crafty-goodness! So for now, here’s a photo of our new home!

139. last morning bus ride.

Since just about everything I own is in boxes, I have to make more photographs, because my phone is pretty much my last tool of creativity for a few more days.
Today marked the last morning commute for me and milo on the bus. Tomorrow is moving day!

137. saying goodbye.

After 9 years of living in the condo in the city, we are headed for a house in the burbs later this week. We ate dinner on the porch, chatting with our neighbors and friends in the building, enjoying the springtime weather. I snapped a few photos.

136. no bake energy bites.

Since we are pretty much packed up, there isn’t much I can make these days. But these no bake bites were pretty easy to throw together and help us have something to snack on in between all the packing and moving!

This recipe is extremely versatile, so change it up! Here’s where i found it originally.

No-Bake Energy Bites
 1 cup oatmeal
1/2 cup peanut butter (or other nut butter)
1/3 cup honey
1 cup coconut flakes
1/2 cup ground flaxseed
1/2 cup mini chocolate chips

Mix everything above in a medium bowl until thoroughly incorporated.  Let chill in the refrigerator for half an hour.  Once chilled, roll into balls and enjoy!  Store in an airtight container and keep refrigerated for up to 1 week.



135. seasame seitan.

This is another recipe I kept seeing on pinterest. But it was for seasame chicken. I figured I could easily veganize it and make a delicious dinner using seitan. I added some extra veggies and customized it to make it my own, and it will definitely be a rotating staple in our house!

1/3 cup rice vinegar

1/3 cup thinly sliced green onions
2 tablespoons honey (or agave)
1 T soy sauce
1/2 T grated or minced ginger
1 tspn sirachi (or more if you like heat)
red bell pepper, cut into strips
zuchinni cut into strips
Spinach (add whatever veggies you want…carrots would be good too!)
Package of seitan
Seasame oil
seasame seeds
Whole wheat linguine or other noodles

In medium bowl stir together vinegar, green onions, honey, soy sauce, ginger, and siracha and seasame seeds. Set aside to allow flavors to meld.

2. Meanwhile, in large saucepan cook noodles in boiling water until just tender. Drain noodles well and return to saucepan. Drizzle with oil and toss to coat.

3. While noodles are cooking, coat seitan in seasame seeds and cook until ready. Throw in the veggies and cook until desired crunchiness. Add seitan mixture and noodles toss to combine.

4. Transfer to bowls. Top each cilantro and more seasame seeds for serving.



134. planes overhead.

Happy mothers day! We are moving in less than a week, so we had a million things to do today. We drove to bensenville to buy our kitchen chairs, and its really near the airport and the planes fly right over your head. It was pretty cool! So we stopped for a bit and watched as the planes came flying overhead.

133. chocolate birthday cake.

I made milo’s birthday cake for his thomas party. Milo really wanted a cake. Chocolate. With sprinkles, thomas on top and fire (candles) on top.  I used the chocolate cupcake recipe from vegan cupcakes take over the world. I wasn’t sure how this would turn out in cake form. I made it three layers, and did one recipe per layer. Its best to make one recipe at a time, rather than triple it, by the way. And I just set the timer for 20 minutes and watched it from there. Each layer needed about an extra 6 minutes or so too bake.

This turned out really really good.  Just as good as the bakery cake I would have ordered and paid ALOT of money for.