266. gingerbread apple pie

Now is the part of my blog where apples take over.

We went apple picking today and for some dumb reason I decided to get a bushel of apples instead of just half. I just finished making FOUR apple pies. (baked one, froze the other three).  Have plans to make some apple butter, some apple pie ice cream, and I shared some with the neighbor kids.  We are down to a little under half the bag! Gotta think of more things to do!

This pie above is the gingerbread apple pie from vegan with a vengeance.  I made two of these and two dutch apple pies.

Happy fall everyone!

241. summertime popsicles.

Last week I picked up one of those Zoku popsicle makers. I had a gift card to sur la table sitting in my wallet for the last five years or so, and happened to be near one, and saw this and thought that milo would really enjoy it. If you are not familiar with them, you put it in the freezer for 24 hours, make your popsicle mix from fresh ingredients, pour it in  and in 10 minutes or so you have frozen popsicles. Milo was so excited when I showed it to him and asked every morning if we could make popsicles. He talked all about making green ones, so that is what we made first. I was a little skeptical, because the green comes from honeydew, not my most favorite thing to eat, but they turned out really great. These are a mix of honeydew, lime juice, sugar, (not very much I might add)  water and basil. They were really easy to make and froze nicely. We ate them out on the back patio enjoying these last days of summer….

229. Cucumber basil juice.

Tonight I made a juice using:
Cucumber
Apple
Pineapple
Spinach
Basil
Cucumber

…and it was DELISH!

201. blueberry mint lassi.

Not a very compelling post tonight…things were hectic over here trying to get our house back together after being painted (updates soon!) and trying to finish editing last week’s wedding photos before this week’s wedding. EEK!

Anyway, I managed to throw this quick lassi together for dessert, after seeing it today on foodgawker.

1/2 cup blueberries
1/4 cup almond milk
1/4 cup soy yogurt (i used plain)
squirt of agave
4-5 mint leaves

Throw it all in the vitamix or blender and mix it up. Pour in a glass and enjoy!

197. banana chips.

I seem to have an over abundance of bananas these days. With the heat the way it is, the bananas get so ripe so fast. I normally freeze them for smoothies, but we already have a ton frozen, so I thought this pin for banana chips would be a good idea….except it takes 4 hours; and bananas are kind of delicate. Mine look nothing like the photograph (im pretty convinced those are store bought!) but they turned out really really good.

Slice banana into thin chips, dip in lemon juice, and spread on a cookie sheet. Bake for 2 hours @ 200 degrees and flip. Bake for another 2 hours or until crisp. It was pretty easy, but really time consuming. They smell really good while baking!

189. pineapple, beet, kale & apple juice.

I picked up some golden beets at the farmers market today and couldn’t wait to get home and turn them into some kind of juice.
I used 1 large orange beet, 1/4  of a pineapple, 1 green apple and some kale. This was so so delicious. Milo drank his and then insisted on finishing mine!

184. green juice.

Made this green juice tonight with the hopes to get some fruits and veggies in milo and IT WORKED! In his exact words…”mmmm, this is delicious.”

1 green apple
3 stalks celery
1 cucumber
5 pieces of kale
handful of green grapes

 

182. carrot cleanser juice.

I finally broke down and bought a juicer. It arrived yesterday, but the hubs and I were toddler free, so we had an ever-so-rare date night. I’m off to shoot a wedding this afternoon, but before I leave I wanted to test it out. My mother in law bought me this book a few months ago, so I basically opened it up and made one of the first juices I came across, the carrot cleanse. I made it according to the recipe, I just didnt add a beet, b/c I didn’t have one. It was pretty darn tasty! I think if I start juicing I definitely need to start composting, and I need to figure out what to do with all this pulp! The juicer worked great, and was super easy to clean. Can’t wait to make some more!

The juice was:
3 sticks celery
1 big piece of kale
3 carrots
1 apple
1 orange

 

159. pineapple and basil smoothie.

This super delicious smoothie was inspired by the house-made sorbet whole foods has sometimes at the ice cream bar….That and I had four rings of pineapple left, and one sad sprig of basil. I threw that in the vitamix along with a kiwi, handful of grapes, three big pieces of kale, ice cubes and a little water….SUCCESS!

144. Strawberry banana peach smoothie

Another busy day!

Needed time to fuel with a smoothie.

Almond milk, frozen strawberries, frozen peaches and banana.
Added some hemp seeds, flax and protein powder.