Color Photographs

Sometimes I wish I still had my six-year-old hobbies: climbing trees, napping, pinching (called for or not) and, above all, coloring.

Okay, so I do pretty much all of those things. I don’t pinch, though.

Maybe when there’s a monkey tree.

Coloring could happen more often. Those smelly markers! Crayon names were a whole other event. Taking colorful pictures makes me feel like I’m wielding a Burnt Sienna¬†crayon all over again…which is spectacular.

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The Last Vegan Supper

Well, folks, our 5-day Vegan challenge is up to its final day. And you know what, it has not been as challenging as expected. In honor of our last supper, we chose a fiery evening of Spicy Black Bean Soup and Mexican Hot Chocolate Snickerdoodles!

From Krisla’s overindulgence in spices to Bette Jane’s electric can-opener, this vegan dinner/dessert combo was one fabulous night. One fabulous fiesta.


P.S. thanks for your commentary and picture-taking, Riley. Sort of your commentary.

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Vegan Chocolate Cake

Bette Jane and I have been exploring the world of veganism. Last Thursday, we began our 5-day vegan challenge. We see it as an opportunity to be creative and experiment with new recipes. And I’m always up for a challenge.

I had just gotten home from work and the first thing I do is head to the kitchen to bake. Baking is my go-to activity when I need a break. Some people like to hang out on the couch. I like to hang out in the kitchen.

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Dad Bran Muffins

Do you have one of those dads that will eat anything? And I don’t just mean leftovers from mom’s Monday Meatloaf. The sort of hungry dad I speak of will consume all products from his young daughter’s (sometimes questionable) cooking adventures.

Flat, hopeless nutella cookies? Absolutely. Vegan bran muffins from a trial-and-error recipe adapted from several different, wiser bakers? With chopped apples, carrots, molasses and more? Yes, friends. Even these.

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