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Clockwise from top: Salad, Fried Rice, Cantelope and Strawberries with cinnamon.

 This has become a staple meal in our house (and it is one of my easier meals)…I have pretty much perfected the way we like the fried rice (I will add my recipe below). It is an adaptation from the way I was taught to make it by a friend.

As I do use eggs and milk in this recipe, it is vegetarian; however, if you choose to omit the scrambled eggs, it would be a vegan meal.

Fried Rice

Ingredients:
6 eggs
¼ to ½ cup Milk (I haven’t tried with a milk substitute)
½ tsp. Salt
¼ tsp. To ½ t. pepper
4 Tbl. Margarine

6 servings of instant white rice, cooked (You can use whatever rice you want…I just like the speed/texture of the instant white rice.)

½ to 1 C. filtered water
½ bag of frozen petite baby peas*
¼ bag julienned carrots, cut a bit smaller*

3 green onions, sliced small

To taste: curry powder, soy sauce, salt, pepper

Directions:
In a medium pot, cook instant rice according to directions.
In a medium bowl, combine the eggs, milk, salt and pepper, stir well. In a large pot, put in the margarine and allow to melt. Add the egg mixture and cook until done. Clean out the mixing bowl. When the eggs are done, return them to the mixing bowl until needed. Rinse out the pot. In the now rinsed pot, put in ¼ C. filtered water and frozen peas, cook on medium high heat for 5 minutes. Add carrots (and more water if needed) and cook through about 3 to 5 minutes. Adjust heat to low. Add rice to mixture (continue to add water as needed…you don’t want the mixture to stick to the pot). Add curry powder and soy sauce…there will be a lot added…just keep tasting it until it reaches your desired flavor. Add salt and pepper if you feel it needs it. Add in the cooked egg, stir to combine. You can either add the green onion and stir or you can just add it as a topping once the fried rice is on your plate.

* You can adjust amount of veges to your taste.

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Vegan Dinner for September 28, 2010

Clockwise from top: Fresh Pineapple, Mango and (Unsweetened) Coconut Mix, Salad, Rice Island Casserole* and Celery with Peanut Butter.

Maddie liked the Casserole a lot…Kyle and I thought it was okay.  We all LOVED the fruit mix!!!

* Recipe from the book: Vegan on the Cheap by Robin Robertson

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Zuppa Toscana

2 Cans Vegetable Broth, divided 
1/2 C. TVP
1/4 to 1/2 t. Old Bay Seasoning
1 Tbl. Liquid Smoke

1 T. EVOO
1 onion, diced
1 tsp. garlic, minced (I used the garlic in the glass jar)

8.5 Cups Water
1 Vegetable Bullion Cube
1 teaspoon crushed red pepper
3 potatoes diced (I used golden)
1/2 cup vegan creamer or half and half/soy milk (I used regular heavy cream…making it vegetarian)
Spices (to taste): garlic powder, onion powder, celery salt, salt and pepper

1 tablespoon canola oil
1/4 C. dry white wine (optional)
2 cups kale, chopped

Directions:

Open one of the vege broth cans and measure 1/2 Cup…put into small pot…add the Liquid Smoke and bring to a boil.  Add TVP, stir and remove from the heat.  Cover until ready to use.

Saute onion over medium heat until translucent; add garlic and cook for 1 minute.
Add broth, water and spices and bring to a boil over high heat.  Reduce heat to medium high and add potatoes and cook until fork tender.

In a pan, add oil, wine and kale, cook until just barely wilted.

Reduce heat to medium low and add TVP and kale and cook until heated through.  Make any adjustments with spices at this time.

Just before serving, add the cream and allow it to heat through. 

Great with a green salad and some crusty bread, or as a meal on its own!

Serves 4 to 6

This is a vegetarianized version of Olive Garden’s a sausage and potato soup.

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Science and Art merge in this magnificent medium…enjoy the wonder of micro-photography….

“Reality’s building blocks are too tiny to see, so modern scientists pursue the invisible. The Nikon Small World Competition — which celebrates the most beautiful and mesmerizing microphotography — allows the rest of us to look on in wonder.

This year, the grand prize went to an expressionistic rendering of diatoms (oceanic algae): The single-celled creatures look like glow sticks waving in the darkness. The rear legs of water boatmen — barely visible insects that lurk in ponds and streams — are equally beautiful. (An intense zoom reveals the thorny hairs that allow them to swim against strong currents.) Then there’s the so-called brainbow, which scientists created by genetically engineering neurons to emit nearly 90 different shades of fluorescent light. (The results have given researchers an unprecedented window into the highways and byways of the cortex.) These pictures may look like art, but they’re actually avant-garde science.” – – VSL

http://www.nikonsmallworld.com/gallery.php?grouping=year&year=2008&imagepos=1

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This morning, Boo and I were honored to meet, Cheryl Harness, author and illustrator.  Ms. Harness has written and illustrated many US History Picture books, such as: Ghosts of the White House; Ghosts of the Civil War; Young Teddy Roosevelt; Young Abe Lincoln; The Adventurous Life of Myles Standish and the Amazing-But-True Survival Story of Plymouth Colony.

We had a great time watching and listening to how Ms. Harness goes through the process of writing and illustrating her stories, as she brought wonderful step-by-step visual aides.

After the presentation, we were delighted that she not only autographed Boo’s Ghosts of The White House book, but, she posed for photos, as well.

Thank You, again, Ms. Harness!! 🙂

 

 

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“Plato insisted that the most beautiful things were invisible — that perfect forms are too perfect to see. Well, Plato would have loved the Wellcome Image competition, which limits itself tophotographs of subjects that can’t be seen by the naked eye.

This year’s winners are an eclectic bunch: Here’s a carpet of concave blood cells. There’s a collection of Vitamin C crystals (they look like seashells). And — the most memorable images — terrifying photographs of bodily decay. The photo of a prostate tumor captures metastasizing cells as they consume neighboring tissue. The breast-cancer cell looks like a shard of stained glass, and a ruptured capillary leaks blood like a broken pipe. The photographs are so beautiful, it’s easy to forget that each one is a tragic portrait — a vision of the body falling slowly apart.” – – VSL

http://www.wellcome.ac.uk/en/wia/gallery.html

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My Hubby’s side “thing” is mowing lawns.  Last year, he took the kids with him and was teaching them the ropes.  Boo was 8 and pretty small – – so he didn’t put her on the rider he bought last year.  (In order to make it stop, you had to push – – HARD – – into the clutch and move this other switch.)  This year, he bought a John Deere that stops when you let off the pedal….SO much easier!! 

Hubby decided it was time to teach Boo the ropes and let her drive the rider alone. 

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