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Cabin Cooking

I have a cabin!

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Nothing fancy–a garage kit from Sears.  My dad built the cabin with his own hands–I look at each plank of knotty pine knowing that he touched it!  My dad died when I was 7 . . . when I sit in the cabin–I can almost feel his energy, feel the love, sweat and tears that he poured into the project.  For me the cabin is a very special place.

For everyone else the cabin is a place to go boating, kayaking, swimming, fishing and playing at the beach.  Planning meals is easy because we keep our meals easy.  

This is a blog post I wrote on my phone as I was experimenting with food journaling.  A look back into Renee’s Kitchen before it was officially Renee’s Kitchen!

Welcome to my Cabin Kitchen!

On the menu for today are: eggs, pasta with red sauce, and tacos.

The eggs can be an omelet with mushrooms, onions, red pepper and kielbasa or Mexican eggs with the taco meat. Or *gasp* plain eggs with toast!

The taco meat is not that interesting but my brother (who is with us this week with his 3 boys) bought some interesting tortilla wraps. The taco lunch will be served with all the typical fix in’s.

For dinner we will have pasta with red sauce or just pasta with cheese–depending on the kid :-). I’ll make a spinach salad with the leftover veggies from breakfast–an olive oil, apple cider vinegar, hunk of smashed garlic, and a squeeze of mustard.

Our snacks have been oranges, watermelon, grapes and apples–I tried to pick juicy fruits to rehydrate–from raking leaves, bagging leaves, beach time, fishing, kayaking, archery, and several games of good old fashioned tag.

I love the idea of cooking in the cabin my dad built on the old pink Club pans I inherited from my Aunt Clara (read more about her in my apple sauce post).

I’m blessed to have wonderful meals shared with my family.

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My Vegan Lunch recipe (mushroom, polenta, kale)

Lunch this week

Earlier this week I made a video on how to prep kale.  I started  eating kale last summer when it came in my CSA box and to be honest . . . it took me a while to embrace the flavor and texture.  I know that it is so healthy for me to eat but still . . . 

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Do you have trouble eating things that are good for you?  I do.  Even as a Vegan . . . potato chips are vegan.  No matter what “diet” I’ve ever tried–I could always find a way to “cheat”.  But now that I have eliminated animal products, milk and eggs–I feel better and have more energy.  It has been a mental shift from meat-vegetarian-vegan and it has been a physical shift as well.  It works for me.  It doesn’t work for my husband (yet ;-)).  I honor and respect each individuals way of eating within my family and outside of my family.  Whoa, I started to ramble!

Be Blessed as you make food decisions that make your heart sing and your soul dance!

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Vegan Red Sauce

Do you remember the commercial for Prince Spaghetti night with the little boy running through a city neighborhood, running up that stairs and sitting down to a big bowl of pasta with red sauce?  (you can find it on my Pinterest Recipe page)  

My house is similar!  My kids love red sauce–they could eat it everyday.  

I love red sauce because with the addition of peppers, onions and mushrooms it makes a very healthy meal.  In this video I show you how to get around the “I don’t like’s”.  

If you found this video helpful let me know!  And Giada if you are reading my blog and want to come and cook with me . . . I’d welcome the opportunity.

Be blessed.

L.O.V.E.,

Renee

 

 
 

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