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Saturday, August 15, 2009

Morning Visitors

The puppy was up especially early this morning. Oh man, I am not a morning person so, going to be at around midnight, 5:30 came especially early for me. In the morning it seems like the puppy wants to go out every 15 minutes or so. And, yes, he knows his body. ;-)

So at some point, while taking the pooch in and out, the sun came up, I don't see that very often, and in the foggy morning I saw a couple of visitors. Not sure how often the cat comes to visit. I see quite a few cats around, neighbor cats as Jackson does not appreciate the independent nature of a cat. Very cute, but not the friendliest of cats. And this morning another box turtle. we see quite a few of these as we have two creeks on the property. This one was headed up the hill toward our grape vines. Very orange in coloring. More so than any I had seen yet. He just stuck his head out and was not afraid of the camera.

The cat eventually made it's way back up to the neighbors house, not sure which one, as we do not have neighbors that are close in proximity. And I went back during the day to make sure the turtle made it to his destination OK. These days it is really hot during the day so I didn't want anything to happen to the little guy. He was no where in sight so he either made it up the hill or went back down to the creek.

So even though I am not a morning person I am always amazed by the things you see in the early morning.

Monday, August 3, 2009

Rice Pudding

I have not had rice pudding since I was a child. My mom used to make it once in a while, not often though. I hadn't tried it myself because, as I remember, there was a ton of dairy in it, and since I now have issues with dairy, I thought it best if I avoid rice pudding.

I did become inspired by food network a bit ago though, the rice pudding they were making looked so delicious. Can't even remember who the host was. So I decided to venture out of my comfort zone of recipes, and try to adapt one to fit a dairy free diet. In this picture you can see the rice pudding next to a blueberry cobbler I made from our own fresh blueberries, that was delicious too, or so I am told. I didn't get any. Will have to make another one soon!

1-1/2 cups cooked rice
1-1/2 cups milk
1/3 cup sugar
1/4 tsp salt
cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until the mixture becomes thick and creamy
1/2 cup milk
1 beaten egg
stir constantly for 2 minutes
remove from heat and stir in
1 tbsp butter
1/2 tsp vanilla
serve warm

I double the recipe with some exceptions and this is my adapted recipe:

3 cups cooked rice
2 cups vanilla silk
1/2 cup sugar
(I put 1 tsp salt in the water when I cooked the rice up prior to making the rice pudding. So I omitted the salt in the pudding recipe)
Cook over medium heat stirring occasionally until the mixture becomes thick and creamy, 10-15 minutes.

1 cup craisins
2 eggs beaten into 1 cup vanilla silk
Cook 2 minutes stirring constantly
Remove from heat, and stir in:
2 Tbsp Earth Balance
pinch of nutmeg
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp vanilla

Serve warm. YUM!!!