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Ten Thought Tuesday

TTT

  1. Wow, I haven’t done one of these in ages.  But since I can’t seem to find the time to write more than two or three consecutive sentences, I figured a collection of random thoughts was the way to go.
  2. Today’s a weird day temperature wise.  This morning, when I got up, it was just overcast.  An hour later, by the time I was ready to leave with the kids to daycare, it was raining.  By the time I was on my way back home, about 45 minutes later, it was hailing.  Half an hour later, it was snowing.  Sheesh!
  3. I’ve started running again (yay!).  Since I’m not motivated to run in the snow (and don’t want to buy winter gear for running), I go to the indoor track that the gym near my house has.  It.  Is.  Wonderful.  I felt so great after my first run on Sunday and am eager to go back this evening for another one!
  4. At the start of the year, I decided that it was time for me to stop being afraid of homemade pie crusts.  I’ve never been able to make them, but I decided that it was enough.  I am now able to make puff pastry as well as shortbread crust and standard crust.  It’s great to just be able to whip one up in a few minutes!

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    Made this apple pie a couple of weeks ago and it was deeee-licious!
  5. Elliot is now 7 months old (what!?!) and solids are going great!  We’re doing BLW with him as we did with the other two and let me tell you, the little guy loves to eat.  It’s amazing what they can handle.  For instance, even though he hasn’t yet developed the pincer grip, he’s able to maneuver raspberries and smooched blueberries in his mouth.

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    Pulled-porc sandwich anyone?
  6. Speaking of food, I’ve also decided to incorporate new foods and vegan cuisine in our diets.  For instance, last week, I made this amazing chickpea curry soup.  I garnished with some fresh diced tomatoes and chopped mint.  Tonight, I’m planning on serving our pork with some cornbread, something I’ve never even tasted.  Since I don’t have any cornmeal handy, I’ll be going with a recipe that calls for flour and corn kernels.
  7. I just finished watching Star Trek Voyager a couple of weeks ago.  I don’t understand why the series has such a bad rap, I enjoyed it.  I mean, it wasn’t TNG, but hey, I don’t think any series could live up to what I grew up to.  I am now watching Enterprise.  So there, now you know what a geek I am hehehe.
  8. Last weekend my husband and I went out with my brother, sister and their girlfriend/boyfriend.  We ate at this amazing dumpling place in Chinatown called Qing Hua.  Then, we went to Trapped, which is a real life room escape game.  It was a really cool experience!
  9. I’m finding that though the terrible twos were trying, dealing with a 4 year old is even harder.  I feel like I’m raising a version of Dr. Jeckyl and Mr. Hyde.  Charles is a kind, considerate and gentle boy, but sometimes, it’s like a flip switches and he enters berserk mode: screaming, hitting and giving a whole lot of attitude.
  10. Ok, that’s all I can muster for now.  See ya!

What’s on your mind today?

Posted in More Than A Mom

Key Lime Cheesecake – Sans Fromage!

You know how it’s always when you can’t have something that you want it the most?

You see, I’ve been craving cheesecake recently.  I mean, really craaaaaaaaving.  Of course, I can’t have any because I have taken dairy out of my diet for my son.

Or can I?

I remembered how I’d gone to a vegan restaurant with my little sis a couple of years back and they had cheesecake on the menu.  Of course, it wasn’t real cheesecake but it was real good!

I can’t say I rock enough to have invented the recipe, but with the help of a few key words in Google, and a hop on Pinterest I found two recipes that looked good and merged them.  I took the recipe for the crust here and used the one for the filling that I found here.

Would you like to know what’s in it and how to make it?

Of course you do!

What’s in it?

P1030376For the crust (left)

  • 8 medjool dates, soaked and pits removed (I let them soak as I measured out the other ingredients)
  • 1 cup of mixed nuts (mine contained brazil nuts, pecans, almonds and cashews)
  • 1 cup shredded unsweetened coconut

1 tsp cinamon

For the filling (right)

  • 3 cups raw macadamia nuts
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1 cup key lime juice
  • 3/4 cup raw agave nectar
  • 3/4 cup coconut oil (unbleached and unrefined)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Now, for some reason, I did the filling first (must be mommy brain) which meant that I had to pour the filling in a bowl as  I mixed the ingredients for the crust.  Don’t be silly like me, make your crust first.

What to do?

Crust

  1. Mix everything but the dates until the mixture is reduced to a coarse meal.
  2. Add the dates and keep blending until well blended and sticky.
  3. Press the mixture in a pie mold.

Filling

  1. Put all ingredients in food processor (if you’re smart, unlike me, you’ll make sure the food doesn’t go past the max food level).
  2. Pulverize until the mix has a smooth texture.
  3. Pour the filling into the crust.
  4. Place in the freezer for 2h.
  5. Eat
4.  Key Lime Cheesecake Sans Fromage
4. Key Lime Cheesecake Sans Fromage

And, just because I had time and my son was being quiet, I actually pressed my key limes.  If you don’t have a lot of time on your hands, I would suggest you just buy some ready pressed, because it took 2lbs of them to get a cup of freshly pressed lime juice!  (But it was TOTALLY worth it because I absolutely LOVE key lime).