Friday, September 28, 2018

It has been a hot minute

Hail Friends!

It has been a hot minute or 7 since I posted last and for that, I cannot apologize. I have a very different workload than I once did between being a wife, a mother of a now 2 year, a pregnant lady yet again (due in November), working full time with a long enough commute to make it that I can't pop home during the day, and being in graduate school. Plus, attempting to have a social calendar as well as running my own Dungeons and Dragons campaign from time to time, I am amazed I am on my feet come 6 pm most days.

That all being said, I have been cooking occasionally and I thought I should share with you a current hit in my household.

We picked apples at my Aunt's house (she has MacIntosh trees) and I thought this was the best use of the apples and also being able to share with our D&D crew (one of whom is vegan) was an added bonus.

Vegan Apple Crisp
6 medium apples, diced into chunks (about 6 1/2 cups worth)
5 teaspoons lemon juice
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar
3/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
2 tablespoons cornstarch
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
3/4 cup rolled oats
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 cup coconut oil, melted
1/2 cup of pecans, pieces 
Cut apples into chunks and place in a large bowl
Add remaining filling ingredients to the bowl (lemon juice, sugar, cinnamon, sea salt, and cornstarch) and toss with the apples until well combined
In a separate bowl, combine all ingredients for the topping. Melt the coconut oil before adding to the mixture. The topping should resemble wet sand once mixed well.
Pour apple mixture into a pan (I used a 9" pie dish)
Cover evenly with the topping
Bake at 350 for 55-60 minutes, or until the apples are bubbly and the top starts to brown
Allow to cool/rest for 15-20 minutes before serving

Serve alone or with (vegan) ice cream to keep it vegan!

Friday, June 1, 2018

5th Anniversary: This Year's International Breakfast Challenge

So over the first 2 years of our marriage, I made a different Breakfast for Husband every week. It was something I challenged myself to-do and Husband doubted I could even make it a year. I sure showed him. To see what I mean, heck out these links: Year 1 and Year 2

So this time around, I thought, why not get us in the mood to do some traveling so these are the breakfasts I mean to make us over the course of our 5th year of marriage:

Baked beans, mushrooms, sausages, rasher bacon, fried eggs and tomatoes, brown sauce, toast, hash browns,  black Pudding
Beans on toast

Baked beans, mushrooms, sausages, rasher bacon, fried eggs and tomatoes, hash browns, white (no blood) and black Pudding soda bread, soda bread vegetable roll

Scotch Eggs
Scottish Oat Cakes (quick bread)
Tattie scones

Fruit Fruit and more Fruit with a bagel

Swedish Pancakes with lingonberry

Muesli with fruit

grilled roll or fresh fruit with yogurt

strip bacon with sunny side up eggs and hash browns
American pancakes
Biscuits and Gravy

Meat and cheese with bread butter and jam

Hard and Soft Cheeses, juice, olives, and jams and butter with sesame and poppy seed rolls

Apple pancakes with "stroop" Dutch Syrup - made from molasses, cinnamon, vanilla, butter, and sugar

scrambled eggs with kielbasa and potato pancakes
Nalesniki (Polish pancake- like a blintz)

Bread with tomato paste and garlic with ham and cheese

oatmeal porridge with raisins, nuts, and brown sugar

croissant stuffed with veggies cheese and meat

bread with Vegemite (possible topped with cheese)

Cappuccino and croissant

Welsh Rarebit

Rye bread, salami, cheeses, pate, honey, and ham. thin chocolate crisps

mangoes, little sausages, sticky rice, (Do more research)

wursts, local cheeses, fresh bread
Bauernfruhstuck - like potatoes O'Brien with bacon and cheese and egg

Croissant with almonds, butter, chocolate, or cream

Native-  rosemary potatoes, tofu scramble, lentils, veggie sausage, banana pepper toast
English - Kedegree

Khichdi - rice, lentils and spices with deep fried eggplant, yogurt

sweet and spicy pork over rice, minty spicy fish

Mate tea or a ducle de leche with Facturas (croissant like)

Perogies with toast and sausages

Chilequiles and beef tips with cheese and beans
Huevos Rancheros

Oladi, like popovers or Yorkshire puddings, with sour cream, honey, jam and fresh berries
Syrniki - cheese based pancakes
Blini - blintz like
Kasha  - a type of porridge

Mohinga - fish broth, rice noodles, lemon grass, garlic, ginger, onion, and fried fish cakes


Saltenas (like empanadas crossed with Cornish pastries) sweetened meat and veggies inside

Mee - noodles with egg veggies and spices
Nasi Lemak - in breakfast form - coconut rice, cucumber, anchovies, peanuts, hard eggs, and sambal served in a banana leaf, or brown paper

Fry jacks with beans and eggs or jam and honey

Pagachel / Pogacsz - kinda like a scone

Kimchi, bowl of rice and and a bowl of vegetable stock toast

Aloo Partha - Naan with ghee and vegetables
khichidi - Lentils and whole-grain rice are spiced and cooked together and then served alongside pickles, veggies and occasionally yogurt for a

Curd cheese (ricotta) on toast

Falafel with olive oil, lamb sausage, and Mortadella

Empanadas or Cachapas - fresh corn pancake or Perico Venezolano scrambled eggs
Arepas - bread filled wit butter and salty cheese with meat chicken, avocado salad, eggs and beans

Changua (made from milk, cheese, and scallions)

Waakye - beans and rice

Katogo - green banana mixed with beef stew or in a sauce with veggies

grits with meat and prawns

Costa Rica
Gallo Pinto - black beans, rice, sour cream, salsa, and corn tortilla with avocado, plantain or cold meat on the side.

Dominican Republic
Mangu - mashed plantains with butter and either salami, cheese or eggs

cheese, butter, eggs, tomatoes, cucumbers, jam, honey, spicy meat

Cuban bread dunked in sweetened coffee (with a bit of salt)

Baleadas - flour tortilla with beans and cheese

Banana brad

Tea Eggs(?)

Beid Hamine - slow cooked eggs
Ful Medames - a hummus made from Fava beans with parsley, olive oil, onion, garlic, and lemon juice

North African/Morocco
Chakchouka - poached eggs in pepper (tomato?) ragout
Breakfast Tagine - slow cooked stew with lamb and herbs, cooked in a clay pot


Persia (Iran?)
Kookoo Sabzi - Herbed Omelet

Llapingachos - potato and cheese patties

Matzo Brei - flat bread with eggs

Misoshiru - miso soup
beaten egg poured over hot rice

Quiche Lorraine

Pho Bo - Beef noodle soup

New Zealand
Sausage Rolls -  stuffed puff pastry

Finnish pancakes (souffle Style)

Sri Lanka
Appam - bowl shaped pancakes aka hoppers made with fermented rice flour and can be served with coconut cream, egg, honey or spicy sauce

Belgium Waffles (tourist)
bread with Nutella, jam, nut spread with chocolate bar and meat and cheese

Jasmine tea, chile and garlic fried rice, butter white bread with chocolate sprinkles (meises) papaya, leftover curry

Kosai - cake of ground beans that are fried

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

My 34 before 34 List and my 34 birthday!

Happy birthday to me! I am 34 today and that is awesome.
As many of you know, I attempt to do a list of during each year of life. Here is how 34 before 34 shook out this time around!
One things that wasn't on the list originally did occur this past month, I DMed my first Dungeons and Dragons Campaign!

1) Run a 5k
2) Run a 10k - didn't do, but did a 10k over the course of 2 days.
3) Complete 90 Day BBM Challenge
4) Get to Pre Baby Weight 135 - Started at 155 Ended
               Made it to 148 Pounds - I don't think I every really committed to a weight loss diet and exercise plan at the same that'll make it hard to loose weight, obviously.

1) Recreate 1 thing from my “recreate” list
2) Knit or Crochet a project
3) Learn to use my Sewing Machine
4) Cosplay of Rosie Beestinger

Just Cuz
1) Throw a Mid Winter Party
2) Throw a Cocktail Party
3) Organize Vanity Table and Wardrobe 
4) Organize Baby stuff in the basement

1) Learn to make a "cornerstone"
2) Learn to Decorate a Cake - Buttercream specifically
3) Do a week of meal planning/Meal prep for a Month
4) Meal Prep for a month

1) Go Ziplinging with MiL - still hasn't happened :(
2) Go on an unplanned Weekend Trip - Phoenix
3) go on a hike 
4) Get pregnant with second child - there is a grace period for this one. I'll let you

1) Go to Michigan with Golomskis
2) Go visit Honey moon friends
3) Plan Canada Road Trip
4) Got to PAX South

1) 2 things TBD on my 1/4 birthday July 10th 
A) Go Back to school and become a teacher
B) See A
2) 2 things in any category TBD on my 1/2 birthday October 10th
A) Go Back to school and become a teacher
B) See A
3) 2 things TBD on my 3/4 birthday January 10th
A) Go Back to school and become a teacher
B) See A

1) Go Back to school and become a teacher
2) See Number 1
3) See Number 2
4) 34 Books To read: (4 Classics) DONE!
1. If you ask me, but of course you won't. - Betty White
2. Blood Rites - Jim Butcher
3. The Princess Diarist - Carrie Fisher
4. Serefina and the Splintered Heart - Robert Beatty
5. Bury Your Dead - Louis Penny
6. Lean In - Sheryl Sandberg
7. The Go Giver - Bob Burg
8. Station Eleven- St John Mandel
9. The Slow Regard of Silent Things - Patrick Rothfuss
10. The Happiest Baby on the Block – Dr Harvey Karp
11. Classic – Walden – Henry David Thoreau
12. I'm a Stranger Here Myself - Bill Bryson
13. 5 Love Languages of Children - Gary Chapman
14. Serefina and the Twisted Staff - Robert Beatty
15. Serefina and the Block Cloak - Robert Beatty
16. Fantastic Beast - J.K. Rowling
17. A Distant Mirror - Barbara W. Tuchman
18. Eligible – Curtis Sittenfield
19. Dearie: The Remarkable Life of Julia Child – Bob Spitz
20. Keep Moving - Dick Van Dyke
21. The Bad Beginning - Lemony Snicket
22. The Reptile Room - Lemony Snicket
23. The Wide Window - Lemony Snicket
24.  The Miserable Mill - Lemony Snicket
25. The Austere Academy - Lemony Snicket
26. The Ersatz Elevator - Lemony Snicket
27. The Vile Village - Lemony Snicket
28.  The Hostile Hospital - Lemony Snicket
29. The Carnivorous Carnival- Lemony Snicket
30. The Slippery Slope- Lemony Snicket
31. The Grim Grotto- Lemony Snicket
32. The Penultimate Peril- Lemony Snicket
33.  The End- Lemony Snicket
34. Classic – Dracula – Bram Stoker

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Edible Eggless Cookie Dough

So this is all the rage right now, not gonna make you sick raw cookie dough. So I figured I should give it a try. This is the recipe I used: 

Edible Eggless Cookie Dough Recipe
This Edible Eggless Cookie Dough Recipe is safe to eat raw! There's no flour, we use homemade oat flour instead, & is free of eggs! Edible cookie dough for the win!
1 stick (1/2 cup) unsalted butter softened to room temperature
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar packed
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoons milk room temperature
1 1/2 cup homemade oat flour directions below (you'll need about 2 cups old fashioned oats)
1/2 teaspoon salt
2/3 cups chocolate chips
Cream together softened butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar, vanilla, and milk until fluffy, about 60 seconds.
Beat in oat flour and salt.
Once combined, stir in chocolate chips.
Serve immediately or store in the fridge, covered, for later!
Recipe Notes
Homemade Oat Flour:
Place about 2 cups old fashioned oats in food processor. Process until it resembles fine flour. Measure out 1 and 1/2 cups and proceed with recipe above!
If you're gluten free, make sure your oats are, too!

This turned out VERY rich and quite yummy, but nothing like the stuff you can buy from the food truck. If anyone can get their hands on that recipe Half Baked uses, pass it along to me!.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

In response to the horrific Las Vegas Shooting...

This hymn is in my heart right now. I hope that MiniGSki will be the peace in the world in years to come as well..
Let there be peace on earth
And let it begin with me
Let There Be Peace on Earth
The peace that was meant to be
With God as our Father
Brothers all are we
Let me walk with my brother
In perfect harmony.
Let peace begin with me
Let this be the moment now.
With ev'ry step I take
Let this be my solemn vow
To take each moment and live
Each moment in peace eternally
Let there be peace on earth
And let it begin with me.

Songwriters: Jill Jackson / Sy Miller

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Cosplays: L'illusion's Next Projects

As some of you know, I love me some Cosplay. I even made up a handle to use when cosplaying, not that I have any sort of following. L'illusion
You know, for my stature and the whole "illusion" thing that is cosplay.

Here are some of the Cosplays I have been thinking about making:
Riddler from BTAS - Lady version
Dr Harley Quinnel
Velma from Scooby do
Rogue - black body suit with Green Crop
Arya Stark: House of black and white
Doctor Who: 1950s Faceless Rose
Doctor Who: Clara
Catwoman (Golden Era)
Batwoman: (Golden Era)
Diablo: Leah
Hell Cat

Any thoughts or opinions? I can't decide which one to start on currently. Mainly because I have my post baby body right now, which is more like right after baby body. I need to work on my physical fitness before I invest in the money of another costume I feel like, but that might be small minded of me.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Lactation Cookies

Do not try to double this recipe unless you have one of those big KitchenAids.

The Miracle Milk Cookie
2 Tbsp. flaxseed meal {or linseed can be used} 
4 Tbsp. water
1 cup butter, softened
1 cup white sugar
1 cup brown sugar
2 large eggs
1 tsp. vanilla
2 cups all purpose flour (Note: I've also used self-rising flour for this recipe, if you use self-rising flour do not add baking soda or salt to the recipe)
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
2-6 Tbsp. Brewer’s Yeast {This is the active ingredient, so the more the better. I used about 3 Tbsp. and it worked great!}
3 cups quick oats
1 cup chocolate chips
1.    Preheat oven to 375ºF. 
2.    Mix together the flaxseed and water and let sit for 5 minutes.
3.    Meanwhile, cream together the butter and sugars.
4.    Add eggs one at a time and mix well.
5.    Add flaxseed mix and vanilla.
6.    In a medium bowl, combine together flour, baking soda, salt, Brewer’s Yeast, and oats.
7.    Add to the butter mixture 1/2 cup at a time.
8.    Once the dough is mixed together well, add chocolate chips.

9.    Bake for 9-11 minutes.