Monday, September 19, 2011

Climbing Mt. Adams August 2011

This is an amazing shot from Lunch Counter on Mt. Adams.  You can see Mt. St. Helens but you can also see the sky shadow of Mt. Adams from the sun coming up behind me.  I've never seen anything like it in my life. 

Climbing Mt. Adams was one of the hardest things I've ever done and I have had 4 children!

It was well worth it knowing that I made it to the top! 12,276 feet.

Meatless Monday Tacos

Usually we have Taco Tuesday but I decided this week that we will combine our Meatless Monday with our Tuesday Taco night.  I will have to figure out what to have tomorrow but later. . .

This just looked delicious on the KLG and Hoda show today.  Bob from The Biggest Loser was on there with some other wonderful whip-up recipes but this was definitely a favorite.

I looked on the website but found nothing about it so I came up with my own just by looking at the pic on the tv.

Meatless Monday Tacos

4 whole wheat tortillas
1 can black beans, rinsed
2 heirloom tomatoes, diced
3 green onions, sliced
1/2 walla walla onion, minced
10 sprigs cilantro, destemmed & chopped
1/2 cup frozen corn, microwaved for 3 minutes
1 avocado, skinned & cubed
tofu sour cream

Combine all except the sour cream, salsa, and tortillas.  Place filling into tortillas and top with salsa and sour cream.


The Carnivore's Dilemma

I found this wonderful article which again lumps together the benefits of eating vegan.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Vegan Backpacking Recipes

Spiced Zucchini and Potato Dinner

1 new potato, cubed

1 tsp garam masala

½ clove garlic

1/8 tsp turmeric

1 zucchini, cubed

¼ cup red pepper, diced

½ cup wild rice, cooked for 10 minutes

Olive oil

Combine all ingredients except wild rice in sauce pan and cook until potato cubes are tender. Cool. Pack in lightweight container with wild rice. To prepare on mountain just add ½ cup hot water and let sit for 10 minutes.

Saffron Rice with Almonds and Cashews

½ cup wild rice, cooked for 10 minutes

1 T vegetable oil

1 tsp cumin seeds

1/4 med onion, finely sliced

1 small stick cinnamon

1 cardamom pod

2 saffron strands

1/2 cup green peas

1 T almond slices

Salt to taste

8 to 10 cashews

Heat cumin seeds and onion in oil in saucepan. Saute 5 to 6 minutes. Put in cinnamon and cardamom. Add saffron, green peas, and half of the almond slices. Stir. Put in rice and stir for 1 to 2 minutes. Cool. Pack in light weight container. To prepare on hike just add ¼ to ½ cup hot water and let sit for 10 minutes

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Clouds of Witness by Dorothy L. Sayers

A lovely build to a great courtroom drama with slight humor from the brilliant Peter Whimsey. Dorothy Sayer's writing makes other mystery novels appear insipid. The historical aspect is quite intriguing, showing court manners with respect to nobility and class. I enjoyed reading the books out of order because this book shows a much younger Peter and not as well respected as the previous two novels (Busman's Honeymoon and Gaudy Night) that I've read. It makes me want to work on my wit!

Rustic old Riddlesdale Lodge was a Wimsey family retreat filled with country pleasures and the thrill of the hunt — until the game turned up human and quite dead. He lay among the chrysanthemums, wore slippers and a dinner jacket and was Lord Peter's brother-in-law-to-be. His accused murderer was Wimsey's own brother, and if murder set all in the family wasn't enough to boggle the unflappable Lord Wimsey, perhaps a few twists of fate would be — a mysterious vanishing midnight letter from Egypt...a grieving fiancee with suitcase in hand...and a bullet destined for one very special Wimsey.

Experimenting with Our Children

Having children should not be a social experiment but a life experience.  These people who are not allowing their children's gender to be known are not allowing for life but using their child "Storm" as some strange iconoclastic experiment. 

Unfortunately, they will find that no matter how they raise their kids they will be held to account by these children for their strange decisions.  Kids appreciate normality.  They don't like strange names or odd parents.  They will ignore you at some point and blame you for all the problems in their lives.

Stop trying to be freaks and try to give these children a happy childhood.  Bringing all the social issues into your front door will create undue stress upon these children.  They are individuals and by taking away their ability to be who they are you are limiting them NOT freeing them.  Gender is physical and no matter what you say or do boys will be more aggressive and girls will be more nurturing.  Get over it and study your biology!