Thursday, August 6, 2020

Farmers' Market

*This is my first post with the new Blogger and it's taking a little getting used to. I'm still not getting comments sent directly to my email. Do you know how to fix this?*

We checked out our local farmers' market one Saturday and we all loved it.  It's the same one we went to last year but in a bigger space now.
It's something we could all do together and could still be socially distant. The market was spaced very well and there were signs about social distancing and wearing a mask. 

It wasn't packed with people but it looked like the vendors were doing well.
How gorgeous is this eggplant?
Of course we had to take a selfie.
We came home with these sunflowers and they lasted almost two weeks. Here's the rest of our purchases: kombucha, kombucha beer, coffee beans, pickles, an Italian eggplant, Kirby cucumbers, blueberries and a vegan berry crumble. 

It was such a fun outing. I love supporting local businesses and getting out with the family on a beautiful day.  
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Tuesday, August 4, 2020

Birthday Beach Day

We celebrated Mr. Click's birthday like we usually do...with his favorite white chocolate chip fruit tart (note the quarantine hair before the haircut!).   
 He requests it every year and we only have it in July (when summer fruits are at their peak!).
This year we also took a day off and went to the beach.
 These bathing beauties came along so it was a great family day!
 Our umbrella set up--we all want to be in the shade.  We had to rent one umbrella so we could all stay safely out of the sun if we wanted to. Our floral umbrella has seen better days!
 This was our 2nd beach trip of the season.  I even put lipstick on for this shot.
 A great Snapchat filter helps too.
I also got my favorite cold brew with oatmilk as an afternoon treat.  We had a perfect beach day and I can't wait to go back!

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Thursday, July 30, 2020

{Get Thrifty} Thursday

It's been quite some time since I shared a Get Thrifty Thursday post!
Once Goodwill reopened  College Girl and I took a trip to check it out.  I ended up with a few things and luckily they all fit once I got them home, washed them and tried them on.  Here's how I've worn them so far.
I wore this cute polka dot top to work with some olive joggers.
The striped top was perfect over some white shorts.
I threw the dark olive sweater over a tank top with some shorts.
I was hoping I could use the floral robe as a kimono top.  I tried it on with my new Target overalls...
...and with some shorts.  I still need to cut off the ties and belt loops but what do you think? Can I get away with it as a kimono or should I just keep it as a robe?
I also snagged a tiny white pitcher. I'm sure it will show up in some of my future recipe posts.  Have you been thrifting lately?

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Tuesday, July 28, 2020

{Recipe} Perfect Veggie Bean Balls

I've always eaten pre-made veggie meatballs but never found a foolproof recipe to make them... 
Until now!   I used this recipe from Hummusapien and followed it pretty closely.
 Ingredients:
1 TBS ground flax seed/3 TBS water
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
8 oz sliced mushrooms  (I used baby bellas)
3 large cloves garlic
1/2 medium onion, sliced
15 oz can pinto beans or chickpeas, drained and rinsed (I used pinto)
1TBS Italian seasoning
2TBS nutritional yeast
3/4 tsp salt
freshly ground black pepper to taste
3/4 breadcrumbs (I used plain panko)

To make:
  • Preheat oven to 350ºF. Place walnuts and mushrooms on lined baking sheet, bake for 10 minutes. Remove from oven and leave oven on.


  • Combine flax seed and water in small bowl, set aside. 


  • Place onion and garlic in food processor, pulse a few times until chopped.



  • Add beans, Italian seasoning, nutritional yeast, salt, pepper, cooked mushrooms and walnuts (it's ok that they are still hot). 


  •  Pulse a few times until everything is chopped and mixture holds together. 


  • There should be some texture and not totally pureed. 


  • Put mixture into a large bowl and stir in flax mixture and breadcrumbs. 


  • Roll mixture into 20 balls. Place on lined baking sheet and bake for 20 minutes. 


  • Flip and bake another 20 minutes. 


  • I topped ours with homemade marinara sauce and some vegan parmesan. 


  • So good!  They would be great in a sub too.

I also tried the mixture as a meatloaf and it was good but the bean balls are better.

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