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You will need:

  • 1 sweet potato (cut into cubes, the skin can stay on)
  • ¾ cup dried chickpeas (or sprouted)
  • ½ cup olive, vegetable or grapeseed oil
  • ½ cup lime juice
  • ½ cup tahini
  • 2-3 cloves garlic
  • 1 ¾ teaspoons salt
  • ½ teaspoon thyme
  • ½ teaspoon ginger
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon cloves
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne
  1. Rinse and soak dried chickpeas overnight or use sprouted chickpeas.
  2. Bake sweet potato cubes at 400F for 40 minutes. Cover it with foil and poke holes in it for steam.
  3. Simmer chickpeas for 45 minutes. (Skip if using sprouted chickpeas.)
  4. Put all in processor until smooth. After a bad experience with lemon juice, I always add lemon/lime juice in small amounts, taste testing as I go. I eventually used the whole 1/2 cup for this recipe.

This is delicious on bread, pita, or pita chips. It’s great for a sandwich spread… pumpernickel with some greens and vegetables. It makes 1 quart and keeps in the fridge for a week.

Vegan Gravy

You will need:

  • 1 cup of mushrooms, chopped
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 1/2 cups water
  • 2 vegan bouillon cubes
  • 2 Tbsp liquid aminos
  • 1/4 cup flour (I use corn flour)
  • spices (thyme, sage, turmeric, etc.)
  • salt & pepper


  1. Sauté onion, garlic and mushrooms in half of vegetable oil in skillet for a few minutes.
  2. Add water, other half of vegetable oil, bouillon, liquid aminos, flour and spices in sauce pot.
  3. Cook on medium.
  4. Whisk until it starts to thicken and turn heat to low.
  5. Add onion, garlic and mushrooms to sauce pot.
  6. Stir until desired consistency forms.

Serve on rice, lentils, or mashed potatoes.

Sweet story of St Patrick

Here is the story of how this short film came to be. How creative and what a beautiful way of teaching.

Since Kevin and I are newlyweds, we have done some thinking about family traditions. We both like traditions so we are taking some from each of our families and incorporating many that emphasize what is important to the two of us, particularly Orthodox Christian traditions throughout the Liturgical Year.

And so, our St Patrick’s Day celebration will include the following:

Irish Stout Bread



Irish Soda Bread (vegan)


Since we are in the second week of Great Lent, our “corn beef” & cabbage will also be vegan. Kevin’s cooking that though… which means it will be delicious!

It’s sunny out today. The mountains of snow are looking more like anthills and I expect lil’ bits of green will be popping up soon. How I do enjoy anticipating spring. Today I am looking forward to afternoon coffee chats with Anne and Kara and a lovely dinner with my love.

Brrr… winter.

Here are a few moments captured in January.

He doesn’t spend all his time in libraries and coffee shops.

You know you are sick when your candy dish is filled with Ricola drops.

Looking out our drawing room window.

Looking out our back door.

Father Paul came to visit and bless our home.

We went on a walk in Artpark one Sunday afternoon.
Enjoying a warm January Sunday by the Niagara River.

Cute lil’ woodpecker

Walking on ice.

Modeling my mom’s old legwarmers.

I found the perfect recipe for ginger cookies. I’ll post it soon.

Farewell Facebook

I deactivated my Facebook account. There’s no need for congratulations or trying to talk me into returning because you miss me. I will delete it once I find instructions. Why? Well, the cons were outweighing the pros. I have a phone, a car, an email account, a mailbox, a local coffee shop and a living room. Oh, and this blog. All of these should be sufficient for keeping in touch with my wonderful family and dear friends.

What have I been up to? Well, I am in the middle of reading A Different Kind of Teacher by John Taylor Gatto, A Place on Earth by Wendell Berry, and 20,000 Secrets of Tea by Victoria Zak. Next on the list are a couple of library books on homeopathy (inspired by some of Joette Calabrese’s articles, including Don’t Get Cancer: 51 Ways to Protect Your Family) and Charlotte Iserbyt’s The Deliberate Dumbing Down of America. I just finished reading this interesting essay, Being a Person, which reminded me of this video about the March for Life on Monday. My first knitting project – a dishcloth – is almost complete and I hope to start some small sewing projects next. I expect you will enjoy this picture of Kevin from the future.

Since I cannot decide what I would be interested in studying for a Master’s degree that is currently not in our budget, I am educating myself. It definitely makes for more interesting dinner conversations… no more “I couldn’t believe the picture/status that ___ posted on Facebook.”

P.S. Did you hear about this? NASA Releases New “Black Hole” Image


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