It’s November already?

Hi blog friends!  How are you all doing?  Are you enjoying November?  I like November, although not nearly as much as like October.

Mark and I celebrated our 6th year wedding anniversary on Sunday.  Here’s the photo from our wedding invitation:

Here is a a photo from our wedding day:

Oh heck, here’s  another:

Our wedding car was a 1915 Lozier. The Lozier company was founded here in Plattsburgh.  Read more about Loziers here.

(The wedding photographs are copyright John Wayne Photographix and are reproduced with permission.)

The day before our anniversary, we went to my best friend Christine’s studio opening.  Here she is with some of her amazing work:

Check

Check out Christine’s  art blog:  http://christinelamarvtart.weebly.com/  or her cooking/lifestyle blog:  http://www.thetastynest.com/

We grabbed a bite to eat at Windjammer after the show to celebrate our anniversary. Many thanks to our server Margot for all her help with the menu. The seitan and chickpea burger was great!

On our actually anniversary we grabbed breakfast and then came home to be slugs. I took a nap and then we cracked the champagne and made bellinis. We ate chocolate and watched cartoons and it was nice.

Daylight Saving Time is once again kicking my butt. I just never get used to it getting darker earlier. To combat my blues, I did something I like to do last night: cook!

I roasted some green beans and I served them up with one of my favorite sauces, “Hot Little Honey of a Sauce.”  I came up with this sauce originally as a dipping sauce for fried tofu, but it works on so many things!

Hot Little Honey of a Sauce

vegan mayo

sriracha sauce

honey or agave (if you want to make it vegan which I have been doing more lately)

garlic powder

Mix the above ingredients together and dip your favorite nibble in it!  I have never measured this but the bulk of the sauce is mayo and then a squirt of sriracha (more if you like it spicy) and a small squirt of whichever sweetener you dedice to use.  Add a sprinkle of garlic powder and give the whole thing a good mix!

The green beans were leftovers from the Halloween party.  I also had a ton of kale left from a grocery shopping earlier in the month, so I make kale chips and sprinkled them with pepper and nutritional yeast.

I had a bunch of parsnips and a whole loaf of stale bread as well, so that means it’s a perfect opportunity to make soup!  I was craving something smokey and here’s what I came up with:

Smokey Roasted Parsnip Soup with homemade croutons and tempeh bacon crumble

The soup:

parsnips, peeled and sliced into medallions

a shallot, sliced

olive oil

salt and pepper

3 cups of vegetable broth

2 teaspoons of smoked paprika

1 tablespoon of prepared horseradish

garlic powder, to taste

Toss the parsnips and shallots with oil, salt, and pepper and roast in the oven at 400 degrees until tender.     Add the roasted veg mixture to the prepared broth and add the smoked paprika, horseradish, and garlic.  Bring to a boil and then cover the pot and reduce the heat to simmer.  Use an immersion blender to puree the soup.  Do not put hot soup in a blender.  It will explode and burn you.  Trust me!

The croutons:

To make the croutons, cube stale bread and put the bread cubes on a cookie sheet or in a baking pan.  You can toast these at the same time you are roasting veggies, but keep an eye on them so they don’t burn.

The tempeh bacon crumble:

I fried up some Tofurky tempeh bacon in a little butter and chopped it up with a fork in the pan

Sprinkle some croutons and tempeh bacon on the top of the soup and serve with a Newcastle Brown Ale. Yum!

Most importantly, today is Election Day in the States.  Here’s my PSA for the day:

If you are a U.S. citizen, please exercise your right to vote!

Outfit details:  My red, white, and blue was purely accidental today. I didn’t make the connection until Mark said something about how fitting the colors were for today. That said, I would never forget to vote and you shouldn’t either! Outfit details: 60’s white cardigan-belonged to my Gram, red shirt-clearance retail, square dancing skirt – thrifted, white tights – retail, red 6 inch heels-online but on super duper clearance, vote sign – made by me using the back of a newspaper flyer. My boss told me I looked like a cross between Dorothy and KISS. I’ll take it!

Have a great night gang!  Tonight I plan on making a new kind of pizza and then chilling out with some wine and the election results.  Whatever you plan on doing tonight, be safe!   Have a nice night and keep cooking!

 

3 thoughts on “It’s November already?”

  1. You’re wearing my favourite combination, darling!!!
    Yeah,all you people better get out there and vote,every single one counts!
    Love your wedding invite/day pix,they’re fabulous and you both look like it’s all a hoot!A happy and hilarious wedding is my favourite kind, not those dour ones that take hours!!!
    Cooking up a storm! A brillant way to combat the blues….I’d probably add singign the Sound of Music soundtrack loudly to perk myself up even more!
    XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

  2. Those wedding pictures are hilarious! Congratulations.
    Your red, white and blue outfit looks a treat and I awoke to some great election news this morning, thoroughly delighted our friends across the pond saw sense (unlike the idiots here) xxx

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *