Friday, January 20, 2017

{Recipe Testing} Sesame Eggplant with Almond Butter Tofu

I was looking for something different to make with eggplant and came upon this recipe from Minimalist Baker.
 It looks a little complicated but it really came together pretty quickly once I gathered all of my ingredients.
 First off is the tofu.  It's pressed to get out any excess moisture, then cut into cubes.  Make the almond butter sauce (almond butter, soy sauce, lime juice, maple syrup and chili sauce).
 Dredge the tofu cubes in cornstarch.
 Saute them in sesame oil.
 Add sauce and cook a little longer.  Remove from pan to keep warm.
 Chop up the eggplant into cubes. Add to same pan.
 Cook eggplant with soy sauce, maple syrup and sesame seeds in some sesame oil until browned on all sides.
Assemble your bowl of delicious-ness.  Add rice (optional), eggplant and tofu to a bowl.
Garnish with red cabbage and kimchi.  Serve immediately. The almond butter tofu really makes this recipe amazing!
(Notes: I cut down the amount of sesame oil that was called for in the recipe and it was still delish! I would give this recipe 4 out of 5 stars).  Definitely worth trying!
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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Happy Mail and Blogger Love

One of the best things about blogging is "meeting" so many other bloggers and getting to know each other.  I've also been incredibly blessed with some lovely gifts and giveaway wins from some of these blog friends.
 I received a lovely package from the darling Cindy at Creations By Cindy.  Inside was this festive fall wine glass and some acorn salt and pepper shakers! She's a girl after my own heart with those shakers. She remembered that I love acorns and thought of me when she saw them. The wine glass also made her think of me but I have no idea why. ;)  She's the sweetest lady.
My mailbox runneth over lately with goodies.  The sumptuous peach hand cream came from my good buddy Carla from The River.  I received a sweet care package from her awhile ago so you can see I've been using the hand cream --but sparingly. I want it to last.   I also won TWO giveaways in the last month.  I won a cookbooklette from Amey at Vegan Eats & Treats.  Amey is always making delicious recipes on her blog and she does a lot of hand drawings of her pets, herself and her hubby that are just adorable.  Finally, I won this very charming and petite stamped owl bracelet from Jessica at Barefoot By The Sea.  How lucky am I?  I was also the happy recipient of some holiday cards from Tamar at Random-osity and Carla! They made my day!!

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Monday, January 16, 2017

Wrapping up 2016

We're halfway through the first month of 2017 but I'm still thinking about 2016.  I'm cleaning out my camera roll so I don't forget all of the good times (and food!).
Christmas wrapping (and Santa socks).
 Discovering MOD pizza - it's like Chipotle for pizza lovers!! You can get unlimited toppings and they have vegan cheese. Yes, please!
 Making potato latkes and homemade applesauce (plus some roasted cauliflower on the side).
 Firewood delivery.
 A quick lentil shepherd's pie for dinner one night.
 Celebrating my mom's birthday with a brunch date with Miss High School.
 At a Flyers game with the hubs.
 Had to take a Flyers selfie.
 Back to MOD pizza, now with the girls. I just ask for ALL the veggies.
Annual trip to the Christmas store to buy an ornament and look at the displays.   I'm always mesmerized by the little villages.  Don't you want to go to the Gnome Pub?
 Decorating the mantel for the New Year.
 The aftermath of two girls getting ready for New Year's Eve.
 Miss H/S hosted a small get together on New Year's Eve so Mr. Click and I stayed in and made his and hers nachos and watched movies.
Enjoying my nachos with lots of salsa. What did you do for your New Year's?
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Thursday, January 12, 2017

{Get Thrifty} Thursday 01.12.17

It's been over a month since I've done a Thrifty Thursday post but this one is a doozy! I went looking for ugly sweaters but came home with more than I expected (and no ugly sweaters!).
 This is the outfit I wore on my thrifting adventure.  I'm wearing one of the scarves featured in my DIY Blanket Scarf post (the one I used on the foot of my bed).
I thought it would be fun to show me actually wearing the things I bought(and I happened to have the photos to prove it).  Here's the plaid button down from Old Navy.  I wore it to Mr. Click's band gig. Pictured are all of my bridesmaids minus one. #twentysevenyearslater
I love this tan blazer and I've been checking out Pinterest for ideas on how to style it.  I dressed it up for my mom's birthday party with a sparkly tank and the necklace and wide leg trousers from this post.
Snapchatting in the Old Navy fair isle sweater (and that necklace again).
There's that necklace again (the shirts are both old and thrifted!).
 This rug wasn't pictured in my haul photo but I found it on the same trip. It added some holiday color to our front porch.
The black puffer jacket was a steal at $5.
Here's the black sweater with my DIY blanket scarf.  You can see the texture better in this photo.
Another update on a thrifted purchase, this top has been getting lots of wear.  I wore it to the mall while dress shopping with Miss High School.
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