Monday, April 20, 2015

More Squashed Orders!

My new company, Squashed kept me busy over the weekend with a number of orders.  We had an order on for delivery on Saturday that went well.  We made 4 different type of cupcakes and they looked great.  The customer was very happy.

Sunday I made another dozen of the cardamom with lavender icing for another order.  I also had been meaning to try to use my jumbo cupcake tray.  Since I was already baking I figured it was a good time to try.  They came out perfect, super moist.  I just did a simple vanilla cake with chocolate icing but it was great, and huge!

Friday, April 17, 2015

Random Friday Ramblings

This past weekend, it was nearly 70 degrees.  Ashley, Kaleigh and I took advantage of it by starting our seedlings for the garden.  We got about 100 plants down and still have about 200 more to go for this coming weekend.  Lots of peppers and tomatoes!

Kaleigh also noticed that the garlic we planted last fall was starting to sprout up!  That is really exciting because we honestly did not know if it was going to make it.  We thought we might have gotten it in too late.

Ashley and I also found a great new mug from the thrift store.  A perfect mug for vegan root beer floats!

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Weekday night shows can be rough.

Punk rock on week nights in Maine can be rough.  Maine is not a state that most bands have on their radar to play and if they do opt to play Maine, we often get week nights so they can hit the bigger cities (Boston, New York) on the weekend for a good turn out.

Last night, pop punk band Dead Words from Texas played in Skowhegan Maine.  There was not a huge turn out but it was still a lot of fun.  Two (mostly) acoustic acts opened the show.  Both were very different but a lot of fun.  Mike Spaulding on Wessley even slipped in his own rendition of a G.G. Allin cover.

Next up was a band that my long time friend Jonny and I have been working on.  We were acceptable for our first show.  Although Jonny (who plays with the Unseen) plays shows often, it has been well over 10 years since I have played.  It was a fun experience though and I think it was fairly well received by the 20 or so kids at the show.

Dead Words played next.  They were super nice guys and played pop punk.  Generally not my style but they were fun to watch live and played their style very well.  Ashley really liked them and Kaleigh got both a shirt and a sticker!

Last up was the Skowhegan locals who have been making a solid name for themselves throughout the state, Uncle Spudd.  On their home turf they took a few more chances with their songs then they did the last time I saw them but they were still very good.  They are some of the best kids in the punk scene and they have a lot of fun playing.  They do so much for Maine punk rock it is incredible.  One of them even earned a Limp Wrist CD from me!

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Seitan Bacon!

Tempeh bacon is something I have been making for years.  While it is very good and perfect in several situations, it lacks some of the bacon cache.  While I do not remember the taste or texture of bacon, it seems to be that the tempeh is too dense and really lacks the texture and doesn't quite compare to the saltiness.

I wanted to try it another way.  Ashley recommended I try to make a seitan based bacon.  I gave it a whirl.  The taste was not perfect but the texture was more like bacon (I think).  We used it in some B.A.D. (breakfast and dinner) which we had not had in a long time.  Breakfast and dinner is a term Kaleigh and I coined and one of her favorite meals.

We also used the bacon on a pizza the following night.  It was pretty good then too!  I still think I might prefer the tempeh version but I will continue to work on this recipe and see if I can get it a little better.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Flooded with Nachos!

Over the weekend, Ashley Kaleigh and I, without realizing it, ate pasta in some form 3 times in two days.  It was overload and we knew it.  To me, this is amusing because I can recall when I first went vegan in the late 90's, I thought eating pasta was super healthy.  It is a funny transition since now I think of it as empty carbs and junk food.

Monday rolled around and I was trying to come up with a dinner plan.  All that kept popping in my head was more pasta dishes,  Pho, garden pasta salad, etc.  I knew we could not eat pasta in any form again.

Nachos!  I buried those chips (yes, there really are chips in there) with mock meat grounds, black beans, my own special nacho cheeze sauce, lettuce, salsa, guacamole, and vegan sour cream, then dusted them with fresh cilantro.

Nachos as a meal?  Ill do it! Dinner!

Monday, April 13, 2015

The 3rd!

Kaleigh attended her 3rd karate tournament this past weekend.  It was much smaller and we thought that might be good but as it turns out, all the "serious tournament" people were there and it was still a tough competition.

Somehow, she got put in the wrong group and competed with girls that were more experienced than her.  I think it hurt her confidence a bit because she seemed a little overwhelmed.  She did a great jon, kept her head up and pushed through.

Later in the day, as we were waiting for the rest of her team to get called, another group was formed that she was supposed to be in.  It was a relief that she was able to compete with people on the same level.  She even got 2 trophies!  One for her fighting and the other for her forms.

Her performance gets better each time.  We are always so proud of her effort and work.  She is an amazing child that we are so thrilled to have in our lives!

Thursday, April 9, 2015

My Mum is Back!

After many months in Florida, my mother is back in Maine!  It was a great treat for her to come over for dinner.  She even brought gifts; some very cool items including vintage pyrex!  Sadly, due to a school commitment, the visit was cut a bit short.

I made chili. which is one of her favorites and added a side of southern cornbread and steamed broccoli.  Although short and we have so much more to catch up on, it was a great visit and really good to see her.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Indian night!

With the recent trend in our house of playing with Thai flavors, I thought I should go back to something I knew well.  Indian flavors.  I made my mulligatawny soup, which has been a few years since I last made.  I for got how much I enjoy this soup.  Kaleigh loved it.  She is a big soup eater anyway but she said this was a favorite for her.  She loves lentils and this was the perfect combination for her.

One the side I made some Indian potatoes.  They were solid but nothing special as I did not have enough time to really let them simmer for hours.  All in all a good meal before we rushed out the door to Karate.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Cupcake weekend!

Over the weekend, Squashed was in our first restaurant, the Hi-Hat Pancake House.  They immediately sold the initial 2 dozen we gave them and we began work on 3 dozen more.  They sold through most of them and the customers loved them.  It was a great start to building relationships with vendors.

Sunday evening, Ashley wanted me to try to make a nice maple sugar cupcake for some of her co-workers.  After already baking 5 dozen, I said sure!  They came out really well.  Maple syrup is so expensive that I worry I would not be able to realistically sell them for a reasonable price though.

Monday, April 6, 2015

Easter Hunt?

Ashley, Kaleigh and I were driving into town the other day when Kaleigh began to tell us how she was upset that we had no Easter plans.  Without realizing it, when we moved to Maine we ignored a lot of those things that she did with her grandmother.  Instantly, Ashley and I felt bad and new we needed to come up with something.

I went out and got some stuff to hide around the house.  When she went to bed, Ashley and I hid a bunch of candy for her.  Neither of us thought much about the Easter bunny since Kaleigh does not believe in Santa and had never mentioned the Easter bunny.  However, in the morning she was excited that she saw candy all over the house (so was Tessa whom we had to fend off) and I mentioned sarcastically that the Easter bunny must have been here.  She got really excited and made a statement about the Easter bunny living in Maine and that was why he came to our house this year but never in years past in Georgia.  

Either way, she had a great morning hunting for candy around the house.  It was fun for Ashley and I since we found some good hiding places and got to see Kaleigh struggle a bit.