No Dreamz Too Big!

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Have you ever watched the movie Rudy?  In it, his friend Pete said “that dreams are what makes life bearable.”  What a lovely thought.  And as for Rudy, he was a small guy that had been told he wasn’t college material and there was no way he would ever be part of The Fighting Irish!  He didn’t let that stop him.  I followed his dreams.  And he got them.  If you get a chance, go watch the movie Rudy.  You won’t be sorry!





Vancouver Food Trucks Roundup#1 — veggiezest

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From Veggie Zest!

Living in cow country(Texas), I am so jealous.  We are starting to see cities with food trucks around the state.  However, vegetarian?  I think we are going to have a little bit of a wait for those.

At least restaurants are much more vegetarian friendly these days.  When we moved here we were lucky to get a Cesar’s salad without the meat.  I would ask for a vegetarian entree for dinners and receptions and get boiled vegetables.  Yuck!

I was at a banquet recently, where my main entree was a delicious tofu dish.  Times are a changin’!




SO here is a post about all the food trucks you see lingering around the streets of Vancouver. This is the first roundup of some of the trucks – I have listed four of them with vegetarian options. Over a period of time I am going to do more posts with food trucks. Hope you […]

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Vegetarian Superbowl Treats!

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I have a confession to make.  My husband Jim and I are not football fans.  We are not fans of baseball or basketball or hockey.  However, our son was an absolute sports nut.  He was a kiddy jock.  So the result, we often had to keep up with sports just to keep up with Carlitos.  LOL!

One of the things that I really do like are all the creative recipes that come out for the Superbowl!  One pot dishes.  Appetizers.  Dips.  You name it.  Every year there is a new and yummy twist on lots of old favorites.  Usually for meat eaters though.  In recent years, I have seen a ton of vegetarian/vegan ideas.  Things we can make for our home parties and things that you can make to bring that everyone will love.  I have mentioned that I go to a lot of potlucks, so some of these recipes will show up there. 

Here are some recipes that I definitely will be doing soon.  If I have the ingredients, soon will be this weekend!


From The Vegetarian Times!

Sun-Dried Tomato, Goat Cheese and Artichoke Pizza


Sun-Dried Tomato, Goat Cheese and Artichoke Pizza

Serves 6


  • 1 12- to 14-inch pizza crust
  • 1 Tbs. olive oil
  • 1 cup pizza sauce
  • 1 cup chopped baby artichokes or artichoke hearts, frozen or water-packed and drained
  • 2 cups shredded soy, low-fat or regular mozzarella
  • 4 oz. goat cheese, in small pieces
  • 1 cup dry sun-dried tomatoes, reconstituted, or ⅓ to ½ cup oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes


  1. Preheat oven to 450F. Prebake fresh pizza crust, if using, for 3 to 4 minutes. Remove from oven, and set aside to cool slightly.
  2. Brush oil on crust. Top crust with sauce and artichokes. Sprinkle with soy mozzarella, goat cheese and sun-dried tomatoes.
  3. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes. Remove from oven, and serve.

Hot Artichoke Dip


Hot Artichoke Dip

Makes about 2 1/2 cups


  • 1 12-oz. pkg. light silken tofu(if you are vegetarian, I would use sour cream)
  • 2 Tbs. reduced-fat mayonnaise
  • 1 Tbs. Dijon mustard
  • 1 Tbs. lemon juice
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced (about 2 tsp.)
  • ½ tsp. onion powder
  • 1 15.5-oz. can artichoke quarters in water, drained, rinsed, chopped
  • 1 cup frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
  • ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • paprika for dusting




1. Preheat oven to 400F. Purée tofu, mayonnaise, mustard, lemon juice, garlic and onion powder in blender or food processor until smooth. Transfer to bowl.

2. Stir artichokes, spinach and Parmesan cheese into tofu mixture. Spoon into 8-inch glass pie dish or casserole. Bake 20 minutes. Dust with paprika; serve.





Greek Salad Skewers Are Easy, Fresh, and Flavorful


Greek cooking is my favorite!  I love the saltiness of the cheese with the sweetness of the tomato and crunchiness of cucumber.  Healthy, fast, easy, and tasty!  What more could you ask for?



1/4 English cucumber
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
1/4 pound feta cheese, cut into 16 small cubes
8 pitted kalamata olives, halved
8 grape or cherry tomatoes, halved
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil



  1. Cut four 1/2-inch-thick diagonal slices from the cucumber, and then quarter each slice. Season with 1/4 teaspoon each of salt and pepper. Top each with a piece of feta and then an olive half. Stab a toothpick through a tomato half, then thread through one of the cucumber stacks, pushing the toothpick down to secure it.
  2. Arrange on a platter, drizzle with the olive oil, sprinkle with some more black pepper, and serve.



How the Irish ward off evil spirits at Halloween

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How to ward off the evil spirits the Irish believed came to visit them during the Halloween season.

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5 Free or Cheap Halloween Party Games

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From How To Stuff Your Pig!


She always has great posts, but this is perfect for Halloween!  We have 100% chance of rain for Halloween, so this will give us some fun if we do get stuck inside!


So what are the games about?


How much to you really know about Halloween?  Get questions and create a free trivia game.  Can you tell how much  Candy Corn is in that jar?  Light a candle, shut off the lights, and tell a spooky ghost story.  Do you want to be the mummy?  And my favorite?  The Feel & Guess box.  Are those really greasy gopher guts or something more sinister?


There are a lot of links to click through, so go and check out the site!


5 Free or Cheap Halloween Party Games




The 2015 Halloween Movie Countdown [Family Edition]

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Halloween Movies For Kids

From The Whimsical Chick!


I love it!  She has a list of Halloween movies for kids!  So often, we forget that Halloween is a day for our kids.  They can dress up.  Go to parties.  Hey, we even get kids who are tricker treating!  Here are some films that can increase their enjoyment of the day.  Some of the films I watched as a kid.  Some of these films I watched with my kid.

So as The Whimsical Chick says!


6 days left until Halloween! Pop some popcorn, and put on one of these great, family-friendly Halloween movies.


The 2015 Halloween Movie Countdown [Family Edition]




Wicked Web Eggs Trick or Treat Decorate & Eat!

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Lana has out done herself!  She has shown us how we can easily make beautiful eggs.  You can do it for Easter.  I was thinking about doing it for a meeting that I have coming up at my house this week.  If successful, you will see some photos!

I am one those people who use to die eggs for Easter and they would all come out gray.   My father told me they were beautiful.  He was a great dad!  Mom was not thrilled and eventually took that job away from me.  LOL!



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