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Category Archives: Reflection

Bad Cakes, Tiny Carrot

Tiny Carrot!

bad cakes, tiny carrot | vegan gluten-free | gothic granola

All the kale is gone from the garden; it got eaten by bugs. And now the apartment is filled with ladybugs–where were you a few weeks ago? I also pulled up some tiny beets; clearly the root veggies need more time underground.

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Multitasking = Doing Very Poorly Each and Every Tasking

Finally, finally, I have been able to rescue some pictures from my broken WD MyBook external hard drive, and I’ve reposted several posts from 2012 with pictures this time. I’m not buying WD products anymore due to lack of durability; Seagate HQ is a few miles away, so I can get “local” hard drives from Best Try, LOL. Enough meta-discussion.

This is another no-recipe post. Lately, I’ve been making other people’s recipes, and I guess it’s a derivative work if I veganise/deglutenise them, but I’m not going to post the full recipes. I made peanut butter cookies and chai shortbread from Vegan Cookies Invade your Cookie Jar by Isa Chandra Moskowitz and Terry Hope Romero. The PB cookies were for TC and I gave away most of the chai shortbread.

chai shorbread vegan gluten-free | gothic granola

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DC Parting Shots, Again!

This is going to be one of those self-absorbed posts wherein I talk about what I did and not about what I’ve made. Week before last, TC’s mentor asked him to come to DC to work on his house, and TC insisted that I accompany him. We both worked, a lot. While I pulled days in the office with significant overtime, TC put his mentor’s house back together (not a small exaggeration there).

 

Before we left, we saw these two kitties in a dusty window on Main Street.

trip to DC | Gothic Granola 

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Waffles for the Iron and Potato Waffles

Like last post, this post also contains two variations on the same recipe.

My grandparents helped TC and me get a nice waffle iron, “one that flips,” as TC specified.

Previous waffle recipes I have made did not turn out well. There were mitigating factors: too much liquid, not enough liquid, the dynamics of small pans, the problems of converting traditional recipes to vegan and gluten-free. Also, the iron I had until I moved West was drenched with a peculiar sadness; it was never truly “mine.”

Nevertheless, waffles, with all their nooks and crannies, hold memories. Ownie Mom made chocolate waffles on various occasions and gave us a bag of “chocolate waffle mix” for when my cousins and I went to the OBX with our grandparents. I remember my grandmother soldiering through making vegan waffles for me when I became vegan (the recipe isn’t even listed here, it was that terrible and goopy of a recipe I pulled from some website).  My grandparents also introduced me to the concept of ice cream and waffles. When I visited my bro Jamz in Arlington in March 2011, we made “tofu and waffles.” After I became gluten-free in May 2011, I often bought Nature’s Path gluten-free waffles with the Whole Foods coupons during the summer of 2011. It was then I discovered the “waffle grilled cheeze” breakfast sammich with two waffles and Daiya in the middle.

Waffles | Gothic Granola

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R & E Birthday Bowl

Change in programming today. My grandparents’ (mom’s parents) birthdays are in January. This year:

As you all know we will be celebrating 75 years of wonderful life.  Since we can’t be together for these momentous occasions we thought of this great contest which we hope you will all take part in.
Normally, Dad tells you a story every year on his birthday.  This year we would like you to tell us your favorite story about life with us.  It can be from any time, as long as it has special meaning to you.

The stories will be available for all to read after we have read them.  Then you can select the story you think wins the trophy.

We’re supposed to send the stories just to them, but since I’m pretty sure none of my immediate family reads my blog, I’m safe. And if they do, hah, I found you!

blueberry pie | Gothic Granola

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“Just Walk Away” & Jewelry Sorting

 

 

 

“Just walk away…and there will be an end to the horror.”

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Vegan Gluten-free Makeup?

What you put in your body is important, no doubt. From avoiding foods treated with pesticides to minimizing added sugars, and instead cooking whole grains and leafy greens, we can choose to fuel our bodies with foods that will prolong our lives.

 

Generalities aside, the motivation behind this post is two-fold: one, cosmetics for cosmetic purposes, and two, cosmetics for compassionate purposes.

When I became vegan in 2010, I wore makeup: eyeliner, eyeshadow, nail polish, sunscreen, and lipstick.

Vegan Makeup | Gothic Granola

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