We woke to six inches of snow this morning. In our world, that is a rare treat. Daddy always misses the fun… it seems that his first trip of the year coincides with our only snow fall! K1 is also gone for the weekend (kiddos had a four day weekend for grading!)… so he missed out on the fun as well. It’s just been us girls.The girls bundled up and went out to play in the snow this morning… they were very happy for the opportunity.
Finding the myriad of snow clothing required for a trek outside was quite a challenge this morning. K2 and K3 both had snow pants hanging up in their closets… although I was sure they would be too small for both of them this year. K3’s red pants have been through several children already, K2’s we bought new last year after she outgrew the red ones hanging in K3’s closet. Luckily they still fit, although the red ones are getting short but still a couple years away from fitting Little Critter. I cannot believe we don’t own any real gloves! All we could round up are the knit kind.
After a while of playing in the snow, we came inside and ended up with a pile of clothing on the floor in our entryway.
And Mommy was headed to the kitchen to make our favorite cold weather treat…
1/2 c. organic evaporated cane juice sugar (we like Wholesome Sweeteners)
1/4 c. unsweetened cocoa powder (Equal Exchange Organic Baking Cocoa)
4 c. Vanilla Soy Milk
1 tsp. Vanilla Extract (the real stuff!)
Warm heat in saucepan over medium heat… add in cocoa and sugar, whisk so there are NO lumps. Continue heating, but do not boil. Add Vanilla. Stir the mixture almost constantly… serve when desired temperature is reached. For the little ones, I fill mugs about 1/2 full and add a couple Tbs. of cold soy milk before serving. This is everyone’s favorite cold weather treat!
We enjoy this with cinnamon TOAST.
Our favorite bread is officially- Tapioca Loaf by Ener G. To make cinnamon toast, I lay the slices of bread out on an insulated baking sheet, spread with Earth Balance Margarine and sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar (Wholesome Sweeteners). Place on the top rack about 6 inches from coils, on broil for a couple of minutes. Watch closely. You want toast to brown but not burn! MMMMMMM. Good. (Busy Mom advice, I keep a shaker of the cinnamon/sugar mix ready in the cupboard).
Then it was nappy time and Mommy managed to log almost 2 full hours of work. This WAHB stuff is a major adjustment.
When the crew woke up I had to find a quick lunch… so I decided on Mac N Cheese.
Boil Rice Pasta Spirals (we like DeBoles)
Make “Cheese” Sauce
1 C. Nutritional yeast flakes
1/3 c. rice flour
1 tsp. Kosher salt
2 c. water
2 Tbs. Earth Balance Margarine
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp. black pepper
Combined dry ingredients in saucepan, add enough water to form a paste, continue stirring while adding remaining water. Place over medium heat and stir constantly until it begins to thicken and bubbles. Cook for about 30 seconds more. Stir in margarine. Makes about 2 c. sauce.
(Adapted from The Farm Vegetrian Cookbook)
Pour sauce over noodes. Serve.
K3 said the sauce “is weird”… not bad… weird. She ate it all. K2 asked for more. So I think it went over well. I think the taste was okay, slightly nutty. Not your typical Mac N Cheese, but still good.
Now for the rest of our day… there is so much time left!!!!! Wish me luck!