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Happy Holidays and Blessings in 2022!

It’s hard to believe that another year has flown by.

It’s been such a difficult one for so many people, around the world. We are living in such strange times right now. It’s hard to hold onto hope that things WILL get better but when there is no hope, all is lost.

I’ve been trying to stay as upbeat and hopeful as possible and has been the case during so many difficult times through the years, writing and the creative process have made a big difference for the better.

After a long hiatus from writing for a variety of reasons, I am finally back to the “work” that I enjoy most of all.

I have a new Kindle eBook being released in January:

A book project that I had “percolating” in my mind for many years.

After that, I hope to complete two more Kindle eBooks before the end of 2022.

Got to make up for that long hiatus, right?? 🙂

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I hope that my readers/followers here at Veggies (past and present) are staying well, and that the New Year is a much better one for all of us.

I’m trying not to dwell on all the doom and gloom news, it can be SO depressing and serves little purpose. Especially watching some of the misguided and life-changing decisions that so many of the “leaders” continue to make, in response to this pandemic.

We can’t give up now and there is light at the end of this tunnel if we hold on to what really matters, even now. Family, friends, real values, integrity, kindness, health and wellbeing….those things that never change, even when we are stressed to our personal limits.

I will leave you with a couple of holiday “goodies” that I hope will bring a smile to your day.

One of my favorite Christmas CDs continues to be:

Christmas With Boney M.

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I noted that it is once again at the top of the charts over at Amazon Canada again this year. Talk about staying power! Guaranteed to lift your spirits, especially when you sing along. I’m guessing a lot of you already have this one in your collection.

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CRANBERRY MANDARIN CHRISTMAS LOAF

Enjoy the recipe and perhaps learn a thing or two about cranberries in my post:

Crazy About Cranberries.

IF I can find some organic fresh cranberries here in BC (supplies have been rather limited with the flooding, weather…) I hope to make a couple of these “beauties” this holiday season.

They make a wonderful hostess guest too. Great for fruitcake haters too!

Have some other news pending but I’ll wait til it’s a “done deal” before I share it here and at my other sites. I read a quote recently that I thought was very wise: “tell me what you have done, not what you are going to do“. That I thought was very good advice. Suffice to say for now, it is a BIG move in the works already and hopefully will be a “done deal” and a “have done” before my birthday in April. It won’t be easy with all the restrictions in place right now, but where there is a will, there IS a way.

Wishing you peace, love, prosperity and all the good things in 2022.

Hugs and All the Best!

PS: My apologies for the less than stellar formatting, I didn’t have time to “fight” with WP any longer today. Blogger is SO much easier to navigate, at least it is for me.

How Do I ♥ Chocolate?

Some things NEVER change.

I  ❤ Chocolate and I Guess I Always Will.

Hope You Enjoy This Reblog Post that Includes Some of My Favorite Ways to Indulge Those Cravings😊

Happy Week and Happy Cooking!

VEGGIES, YARNS & TAILS

….let me count the ways! 😉

I know there are people who don’t like chocolate but I’m NOT one of them.

I L-O-V-E all things chocolate!!!

How about you? Are you a chocoholic or can you give it a pass?

These days, if at all possible, it’s organic cocoa and chocolate, as my first choice.

You can read more about why choosing organicchocolate/cocoa is the best way to go here and here.

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And here are some of my fav chocolate treats, with recipe/review links where applicable:

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My Fav Zucchini Chocolate Cake aka “Naked” Cake

And a foodie haiku as a bonus!

Quick and Delicious Chocolate Cupcakes

You can make these in no time at all and again, great with or without frosting! 

Easy Chocolate Hazelnut Clusters

SUPER EASY to Make and Oh So Good!

Perfect for Valentine’s or any day of the year. 😉

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Chickpeas: What’s Not to ♥ ♥ ♥ !!!

I am a big fan of chickpeas!

What about you?

I have a lot of cooking and baking planned for the next couple of weeks, with chickpeas to use in a couple of the recipes.

Below is a Veggies…post from a few years ago, featuring a couple of my favorite chickpea recipes.

Hope you enjoy them soon and DO let me know if you give them a try.

HAPPY WEEK TO ALL! 🙂

VEGGIES, YARNS & TAILS

I’m a big fan of chickpeas.

I use them in all kinds of recipes: soups, stews, curries, hummus…

their nutty rich flavor and the unique texture they add to dishes too.

And they are sooooooo good for us! 😉

There are many health benefits derived from eating chickpeas, you can read more about that here and here. 

On the menu for supper tonight:

Slow Cooker Veggie Curry

And to add to this week’s snacks with crudites, crackers…

Fresh Rosemary Hummus

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Both recipes are featured in:

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The Groovy Green Kitchen: Weeknight Veggie Slow Cooker

Do you like chickpeas?

What’s your favorite way of using them in recipes?

Happy Cooking! 🙂

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The Best Oatmeal Cookies!😋

I made a batch of these Crispy Oatmeal Cookies a couple of days ago and they are SO good.

https://m.wikihow.com/Make-Crispy-Cookies

I like cookies that are crisp on the outside, these fit the bill. Great texture and flavor.

I didn’t want to bother digging out my stand mixer so I used a food processor instead, it worked fine. With the amount of oats, these would be hard to mix properly by hand.

I also cut the sugar in half, and added some vanilla and cinnamon. Other than that, this Crispy Oatmeal Cookie recipe from WikiHow is great. 😊

Hard to stop at one though!

Apple 🍎 Time Has Arrived!

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One of the many things I ❤ about autumn, the harvest fruits and vegetables at their peak, and all the yummy recipes to use them in.

Apples are way up on that list!😊

The recipe (see page two) for:

 

AppleSour Cream, Crumb Pie

 

is one of my🍎 favorites that I hope you enjoy soon.

I’m making one of these oh so rich and yummy pies, later today.

Definitely good but definitely NOT for a dieting day!!😏

 

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On the Menu: Mushroom Stroganoff with Herbed Pasta

I made this simple but elegant main dish again, last night. It was SO delish!😊

For a bit of a change, I used orzo in the herbed pasta. It worked out great.

Joe and I hadn’t eaten much during the day and ended up polishing off all of it. Suffice to say, snacks were cancelled in the evening !!😁 

If you ❤ mushrooms, you will ❤ this recipe.

Happy Cooking!

VEGGIES, YARNS & TAILS

If you are looking for an easy and elegant supper entree that everyone (meat-eaters too!) will love, you may want to give this veggie version of classic stroganoff a try. Quick, delicious and added bonus: NO oven time…..great during these hot and hazy days of summer.

This recipe has been a real favorite from my cookbook, Not Just for Vegetarians. Hope you will enjoy it too.     🙂

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I’m on a Salad Kick….

…..and the recipe below is one of my all time favorites.😊  A winner in one of my veggie recipe contests.

Last night I made Waldorf Salad, Potato Salad and Orzo Salad. We had a great dinner.

I’m thinking I’ve got the ingredients for this rice one too.

Hope you enjoy this reblog, do give the recipe a try, you won’t be sorry.

Happy Weekend,🌺🌻🌼

VEGGIES, YARNS & TAILS

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Popping Perfection!😁

Who Doesn’t ❤ Fresh, Homemade Popcorn?

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But popping the perfect pop can be tricky.

I personally don’t like air popped popcorn. I think it’s rather tasteless. IMO, a little oil when making popcorn is worth the calories, along with a drizzle of butter to top.😉

The stovetop method (see link below) I tried recently yielded excellent results.

Follow each simple step to the letter and get ready for popping perfection.

 

The Pioneer Woman Popcorn 

 

🌻Wishing You a Happy Week!🌻

My Summer 2018 Kindle eBook Promotions! :-)

🌴 Summer 2018 Amazon eBook Promotions 🌴

Stop by my author/book site for a list of all the eBook promotion dates/links and additional information.

🍉While you’re there, check out the recipe page too! 🍅

 

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Happy Summer, Cooking and Reading!!!

Holiday Cookbook Sale 2017!

I have a limited supply of my first print cookbook: Not Just for Vegetarians, on sale for the rest of November and all of December.

You can read all the details here.

Makes a great gift idea!

Happy Cooking and Have a Wonderful Holiday Season!!