Wow, I disappeared there for awhile didn’t I? Apparently I don’t have good time management now that I have homework and social plans. And today I have not much to show for it, either! But I’m hoping for better things later this week.
On Saturday I joined a bunch of older folks in Duluth for our first MN Master Naturalists field trip. We watched the raptor migration and looked at plants and tried to find a beaver lodge. Social situations with strangers make me a little nervous, so I’m always happy to have food on hand I got to use my new tiffin and To-Go Ware utensil set from Herbivore, and sat on a hillside munching away on some roasted chickpeas with red pepper slices
as well as a sandwich on GF bread with avocado, stoneground mustard, savory baked tofu, more red peppers, and baby romaine. Yum! Also, the tiffin is awesome! If you’re looking for a new lunchbox that’s earth-friendly, you should definitely consider one of these… bamboo utensils are now my favorite kind!
I also had the opportunity this weekend to meet up with Kim from the Affairs of Living blog and learn a little bit about gluten-free vegan baking. Kim has been diagnosed with a really ridiculous amount of food allergies PLUS she’s avoiding sugar and wheat because of candida issues. If she were me, I’d probably be tempted to sulk and feel sorry for myself all the time. But she is so far from that — she bakes and cooks and shares tons of recipes on her blog, including two in particular that I’d really like to try very soon, Apple Raisin Cupcakes with Raisin Cashew Frosting and Rhubarb Cashew Cookies. She’s also into natural and holistic health and shares so much of her personal experiences through her blog. And she’s really just as nice, friendly, and exuberant as she sounds on-screen! I am glad we decided to finally meet up for dinner a few weeks ago, and to bake something together this past Sunday.
She tells a much better version of our story over on her blog, so I’ll point you in that direction, but we tried to bake up a batch of savory squash scones with caramelized onions and fresh rosemary, chives, and sage. Delicious, eh? Well, they tasted delicious, but unfortunately the texture left something to be desired — they stuck to the roofs of our mouths in a bit of an unpleasant way. I didn’t even get a very pretty picture of them, but here’s proof that we created them:
Many other things in the works, though life is getting in the way these days…I’ll be back soon!