Family, Humor

Sunday Smilies~Family Fun Ha, Ha’s!

Wanna read some cute ticklers?

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There was an elderly couple who in their old age noticed that they were getting a lot more forgetful, so they decided to go to the doctor. The doctor told them that they should start writing things down so they don’t forget. They went home and the old lady told her husband to get her a bowl of ice cream. “You might want to write it down,” she said. The husband said, “No, I can remember that you want a bowl of ice cream.” She then told her husband she wanted a bowl of ice cream with whipped cream. “Write it down,” she told him, and again he said, “No, no, I can remember: you want a bowl of ice cream with whipped cream.” Then the old lady said she wants a bowl of ice cream with whipped cream and a cherry on top. “Write it down,” she told her husband and again he said, “No, I got it. You want a bowl of ice cream with whipped cream and a cherry on top.” So he goes to get the ice cream and spends an unusually long time in the kitchen, over 30 minutes. He comes out to his wife and hands her a plate of eggs and bacon. The old wife stares at the plate for a moment, then looks at her husband and asks, “Where’s the toast?”

 

A mom texts, “Hi! Son, what does IDK, LY, & TTYL mean?” He texts back, “I Don’t Know, Love You, & Talk To You Later.” The mom texts him, “It’s ok, don’t worry about it. I’ll ask your sister, love you too.”         -too cute-

 

Q: Why did the fish blush?
A: Because it saw the ocean’s bottom.   -hardy, har, har!-  😛

 

 

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Hope you smiled and giggled.

Love,

Lisa

 

http://www.laughfactory.com/jokes/family-jokes#sthash.un2gl730.dpuf

 

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Family, Food, Kids, Organic

A Family Favorite: Vegan Shepherd’s Pie!

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We have made shepherd’s pie a variety of ways.  Sometimes I look at a recipe.  Sometimes I just go with what floats my boat, a.k.a. whatever we have that sounds good ;).

This, if I do say so myself, is by yours truly.  It’s nothing major.  But, it is mine.  Simple.  Maybe kinda boring.  But, fulfilling, nonetheless.  Here goes it.

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We used these burgers.  We found them at B.J.’s wholesale, but, for those non-members, do try your favorite supermarket for a yummy vegan burger or vegan ground “meat”.  Or, go for the real deal – organic grass-fed ground beef – Where can you find a $2.00 burger on a menu?  Justify it that way – $8.00, 4 burgers~

Take out a skillet/pot to cook your onion and garlic and to warm your veggies.  Turn on your oven to 4/medium-low ish.  Let it get hot.  It takes about ten minutes, depending on _______________________________________________________.  (can you fill in the blank?  :P)

4 patties, broken up into bite-sized pieces

1 bag of frozen organic vegetable medley, usually bought at Target or B.J.’s.

1 bag of organic potatoes, usually bought at B.J’s, yet Target also sells them at a doable price.

1 onion, chopped small

1-2 tbl. minced garlic ~more or less, whatever your preference

1/2 tsp. onion powder

1/2 tsp. garlic powder

1 – 2 tsp. rosemary

salt and pepper to taste

1 cup, or so, organic vegetable broth

  1. Get your tators ready!  Peel ’em, eighth ’em, put ’em in a pot of water.  Potatoes may be prepared ahead of time…once they’re submerged in water, they will not turn brown :), AND, also be sure to put on a skillet and set the stove to medium-low
  2. When you’re ready to start cooking your meal, begin with boiling your potatoes.  It takes about twenty minutes.  While they are cooking, begin #3…and, PREHEAT YOUR OVEN!  350 degrees~
  3. Throw in your chopped onion and let it soften, about five minutes; stir a few times throughout this time.
  4. Put in your garlic and mix.  After a couple of minutes, throw in your veggies and stir.
  5. Sprinkle onion and garlic powder over the entire mixture.  Sprinkle a couple/few generous pinches of salt and about 1/3 – 2/3 less of pepper.
  6. Sprinkle on your rosemary.  Once again, stir.  🙂 Turn off the heat and set aside.
  7. Mash your potatoes.  Drain.  Heat up 2/3 cup of milk in the microwave.  Pour potatoes into “their” pot.  Pour in almost all of the milk, but, leave some.  You may not need it all.  Sprinkle in salt.  Potatoes love salt.  Don’t be afraid to be generous.  Not too generous.  You can always add more.  🙂
  8. Now, mash the gageebies out of them!

It’s layer time!

Use a 9 x 13 dish.  Spray or pour oil to grease the bottom.

Meat, first!

Veggie mixture, second!

Potatoes, third!

Now, pour vegetable broth over the top, evenly, about 1 cup or so.  You want plenty of moisture to be retained after cooking.

Bake at 350, covered.  If you use cheese, take off the foil after the 30 minutes and let cook for an additional 10 to allow for browning…yum.

Hey!  Will ya please let me know what you thought of this recipe if you try it?!  Thanks, man!

~Lisa

 

 

Family, Food

Family Favorite Recipe: Buffalo Cauliflower Bites

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We have made these, say, four times in the last two months because, they are gooood! Two of the ingredients may sound weird, and one is a little pricey, but, it lasts a long time, depending…

So.  If you want a quick, simple, delicious snack, and, you want something different, give these a shot.  The name is buffalo cauliflower bites, so, do expect a little bite.  The flavor is so similar to the buffalo sauce you’re probably so used to eating…so, you just may fall in love with these guys…

Have fun!

PREHEAT THE OVEN, NOW…375 degrees

1/2 cup water                                                                                                                                           1/4 cup almond butter (the pricier item – find at Walmart and sometimes Publix has it on sale)                                                                                                                                                           1/2 cup red hot sauce, plus extra for tossing with the cooked bites                                             3/4 cup whole wheat pastry flour (any kind would probably work; organic preferred)       1/4 cup nutritional yeast (the “weird” ingredient, but, it’s actually used in quite a bit of vegan recipes; can be found at Walmart, Publix, anywhere, really)                                           1 1/2 tablespoons granulated garlic (garlic powder)                                                                       1 large head cauliflower, cut into 1-inch florets (about 6 cups)

  1. Combine all of the ingredients, minus the cauliflower, in a large bowl and mix well.
  2. Add the cauliflower florets and toss to coat.
  3. Place the coated florets on a nonstick baking sheet and bake for 25 minutes or until golden brown.
  4. Toss with extra hot sauce if desired.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   * Serve with celery and your dressing of choice.  🙂                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Yummy for your tummy,                                                                                                           Lisa                                                                                                                                                 P.S. You feel like letting me know how you felt about these bites once you’ve tried them?  Thanks!                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Sroufe, D. (2015).  The China Study.  T.M. & L. Campbell (Ed.).  Dallas, TX: BenBella Books.