Since Jim is working the night shift, I've already made dinner (Peanut Soup with Black Eyed Peas and Rice) so he could take it to work. I put the rest in the crock pot on low to keep it warm for the rest of us.
I also tried a funky Apple Pie recipe from Grandma's Wartime kitchen. Its cooling on the counter. I'm not certain if the filling will work out the way I'd hoped. I tried using some of the applesauce that I seem to have so much of rather than starting with whole apples. I'll post my review tomorrow.
Last night I made Carob Banana muffins. Everyone here is beginning to really like carob. This is a big help considering both Jim and our youngest son can't tolerate chocolate or cocoa. Now that everyone is getting on board, I'm just not going to buy cocoa powder anymore. There is very little time in my world for making two versions of the same food.
Lately I've noticed that despite our vegan diet, we seem to use a lot of sugar, especially in baking. I've begun looking at the amounts of sugar in recipes as I make them. When I taste the final product, I try to decide how much wiggle room I have with the sweetness.
As a result, I've begun playing around with decreasing the amount of sugar and replacing some of it with healthier sweeteners like blackstrap molasses. This is a delicate operation, around here people like their sweets and blackstrap molasses has quite a taste. I'm taking little baby steps on this one. There will definitely be more on this in upcoming posts.
With dinner completed and the rest of the afternoon ahead of me, I'm hoping to get some mending done. Its a frugal necessity and its really begun to pile up around here.