Sun-Dried Tomato Cream Sauce

Basically this is a jazzed-up white sauce – and it’s delicious!

Ingredients:

1 TBS Earth Balance

1 TBS Flour

1 cup almond milk (original)

 

½ TBS vegan parmesan

2 TBS chopped sun-dried tomatoes (dry-packed, not oil-packed)

½ tsp of the following spices:

Paprika

Crushed Red Pepper

Garlic Powder

Onion Powder

Parsley

Dash of pepper

 

Preparation:

First, make a roux.  In a small saucepan, melt the margarine over medium-high heat.  Add flour, whisking constantly until mixture begins to bubble.

After a minute or two, reduce heat.  Gradually whisk in the almond milk.  Continue whisking, and add the parmesan, sun-dried tomatoes, and spices to the pan.

When the sauce returns to a boil, remove from heat and enjoy!

Enjoy over pasta, vegetables, tofu, seitan, or other savory dishes.  Pictured below is sauce over sweet potato orzo, veggies, and crumbles.

Original Recipe

Crowdfunding: Women & Orphans

Do you want to make a difference in someone’s life?  The life of a child?  The life of a woman who has been down and out?

If so, I encourage you to check out the following campaigns to raise funds and awareness for two great missions.  One is in Guatemala and the other is right in Rochester, NY.  I gave $10 to each of these campaigns, because I believe in the mission of both of them.  Now, $10 is not a lot of money; I do not have a lot of money – but every $5 and $10 donation makes an impact.

Since both of these campaigns are through crowdfunding websites, they do have a deadline.  If the goal is not met by that date (November 14th),  there will not be a sustainable impact.

If you’re having reservations, I want you to know that both Mark and Michelle are of great character, and their hearts are set on helping these people.  They will be making a difference in many lives, and the women and children being helped are already so appreciative of their efforts.

Do you want to make a difference in their lives, too?  You don’t have to be a missionary, or a social worker, and you don’t have to leave the comfort of your own home.  All you have to do is gift $5 towards sustainable businesses.  Businesses that will flourish for years to come, helping more and more women & children.

Healthy Sisters Soup & Bean Works: helping women gain job skills and learn healthy eating habits in Rochester

Hogar Mama Carmen’s: an orphanage working miracles for many young children in Guatemala City, Guatemala

If you truly cannot give, please share this post – help spread their stories.

Living Grain-Free

Do you have grain sensitivity? Is your digestive system acting up? Maybe a week of grain-free living will help you find an underlying intolerance. 

It just so happens that a friend of mine runs a grain-free recipe blog: Break (from) Bread.  I highly encourage you to check it out!  There are a few delicious recipes posted right now, the majority of which are vegan and vegetarian. 

I will be posting recipes I plan on using for my Thanksgiving dinner later this month.  Until then, happy eating!

Autumn

What’s not to love? The perfect 65-degree weather (sweater weather), leggings with skirts/dresses, boots, cardigans, and scarves are staples in my wardrobe.

Clothing aside, I love Halloween and Thanksgiving.

With Halloween comes pumpkin carving, classic movies like Hocus Pocus and Halloweentown, costume parties, candy, widespread acceptance of pairing greens, purples and oranges…

With Thanksgiving comes a vegan version of our family stuffing recipe, mashed potatoes galore (with sage gravy!), roasted root vegetables, squash soup, savory tofu, cranberry sauce, pumpkin pie (pumpkin everything!), and time with family. One of my favorite things about living where I live is the trees changing colors. It’s just so much more inviting seeing warm hues of reds, yellows, oranges, and golds. 

I love warm apple cider, pumpkin spiced lattes, cozy bonfires, hayrides, trick-or-treating and apple fests. Fall just makes me incredibly happy. The apple crisp I just made? Yeah, it’s gonna be instant gratification.

Beat Radio

I have tons of free time on my hands, and I’ve finally figured out one thing I’d like to do throughout the summer: search for new music.  I’m going to scour music blogs and ask around for new music, preferably not mainstream.  Listening to stuff that isn’t on the charts kind of gives me a warm and fuzzy feeling.  I don’t mean at all in a pretentious, holier-than-thou way – just knowing that I’m in one of the earlier groups of people to listen to the music.  My first download of the summer was last night, when I looked up Beat Radio on bandcamp.com.

I first listened to Beat Radio a few years back, when I heard the song Everything is Temporary.  That particular song is one of their free downloads, and their newest album (Hard Times, Go!) is a set-your-own-price and choose-your-own-format.  I highly recommend all of their music (especially Dreaming Wide Awake) – check it out!

Brian’s tumblr

Beat Radio’s website