Plum or Berry Crumble

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This delectable dessert can be made with plums, or with berries. We’ve found it to be the most delicious with blackberries! For our vegan friends, substitute the butter with vegan butter spread and use an egg replacer, such as flax egg or Ener-G Egg Replacer.


  • 2 Cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 Cups walnuts, finely chopped
  • 3/4 Cup brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 Sticks butter, very cold
  • 1 Egg yolk2 lb. Plums, pitted and quartered lengthwise, (or equivalent of another fruit or berry)


  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Dice the butter. Make sure it’s very cold and straight out of the fridge.
  • Combine the flour, walnuts, and sugar in a food processor or mixer. Add the butter and the egg yolk. Pulse in food processor, or mix with an electric mixer, until crumbly.
  • Press 1 1/2 cups of the crumb mixture in an even layer into the bottom of a 9 1/2-inch springform or tart pan.
  • Arrange the plums in the pan, skin side down, to form a flower pattern; begin at the outside and work your way in.
  • sprinkle the rest of the crumb mixture evenly over the fruit. Bake the tart for 40 to 50 minutes, or until it’s lightly browned and the plum juices are bubbling.
  • Remove from the oven and cool for 10 minutes.
  • Remove from the pan and transfer the tart to a flat plate. Serve warm.

Note: Adjust amount of sugar according to tartness of the fruit that is being used. This dessert can also be cooked in a brownie pan instead of a tart pan.


Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

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  • 1 1/2 Cup pumpkin seeds
  • 2 tsp butter, melted (can use vegan butter spread)
  • Tap water for rinsing and boiling seeds
  • Several dashes sea salt, to taste


  • Separate seeds from pumpkin flesh as best as you can.
  • Rinse seeds in cool water and place in a medium pot. Cover with water, add a dash of salt, and bring to boil.
  • Boil for about 15 minutes, drain, and spread out on a baking sheet. Leave seeds to dry overnight.
  • For every 1 1/2 cup of seeds, toss with 2 tsp melted butter (or vegan spread) and salt to taste.
  • Spread seeds in a single layer on baking sheet and bake at 300° for 15 minutes, or until golden brown, stirring occasionally. Allow to cool before eating.

Summer Gin Cocktail

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This cool and refreshing gin cocktail recipe was created by a dear friend, and it has become a summertime favorite!


  • 2 oz gin (Preferably Hendricks)
  • 2 oz tonic
  • 4 oz soda
  • 2 lime wedges
  • 1-2 Cucumber slices


Combine gin, tonic, and soda. Gently squeeze a lime wedge into the glass. Add both lime wedges and cucumber slices. Mix well and enjoy!

Quinoa Veggie Stir Fry

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  • 1/3 Block Extra firm tofu, drained & cut into cubes
  • 1/2 Cup Broccoli, chopped
  • 1/4 Cup Cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1/4 Cup Mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 Cup Kale, torn into pieces
  • 1/2 Cup Carrot, grated
  • 1/2 tsp Curry powder
  • 1/4 tsp Garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp Paprika
  • 1/4 tsp Salt
  • 1/8 tsp Black pepper
  • 1 Lime, halved
  • 1/2 Cup Quinoa, cooked
  • 1/4 Cup Sprouts or micro greens
  • 2-4 TBS Olive oil, as needed for stir frying
  • 1 Avocado, sliced

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Easy & Delicious Stove Top Popcorn (that just happens to be vegan)!

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I have heard from several friends, and have read on several web sites, that stove top popcorn made with coconut oil is delicious and easy. I’ve always been interested in trying it for myself, but for some reason, never got around to it until now. I have an air popper, and I usually add butter and salt to my popcorn after it’s popped. After being recommended the coconut oil version once again just last week, I decided to finally give it a try.

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Craft Brews & Beer Related Knitting

Since moving to Southern California last August, I’ve been exploring some of the local beers and breweries in our area. As a fan of craft beer, I have been pleasantly surprised at how many different breweries there are nearby. Although I’m not sure how widely available most of these beers are, I definitely encourage any beer fans traveling to SoCal to check out these fun drinking spots, (and perhaps take a brewery tour)!

Some New-to-Me Beers & Breweries

  • Boo Koo IPA by Mother Earth Brewing CO  – My first encounter with this beer was on tap, but I picked up a couple bottles as soon as I was able to find them. This mosaic IPA is refreshing, with a hoppy pine aroma that is perfect for a beautiful spring or summer day. This beer would be great for a backyard barbecue, (depending on your dish, I suppose). I’ve also had their Double IPA, which was great. I haven’t been able to visit Mother Earth Brewing Co because it isn’t located in my area, but I’m a fan of their work so far!

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Coffee Press Becomes an Art Tool

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The AeroPress makes amazing coffee. I actually got rid of my fancy drip coffee maker shortly after acquiring one. As much as I adore my freshly ground, gourmet-tasting coffee every morning, I also recently found another use for this wonderful kitchen tool.

As I made my morning coffee one day, I took notice of how the coffee sort of rained through the holes of the end cap of the Aero Press. I immediately started to contemplate how I could use this “rain” in a photograph.  Continue reading