My Vegan Potato Salad


Potato Salad. One of my favorite comfort foods.

.. and maybe because Fall is almost here, I don’t know, but I’ve been craving some potato salad, so I made a big batch today – vegan version – to enjoy (and share of course) over the next few days.

My Vegan Potato Salad recipe is easy:

  • 7 organic russet potatoes – boiled just until soft, then cooled/peeled
  • 3/4-1 cup vegan mayo – I usually use Vegenaise
  • 4-5 large organic celery stalks – diced
  • 1 medium onion – diced
  • 8oz can sliced black olives
  • Tbsp Cumin
  • Salt and pepper to taste – I tend to be much more generous with the pepper and use Himalayan pink salt lightly

Hmm Good!

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Oktoberfest 2016 in Big Bear, CA

2016 is the 46th annual Oktoberfest in Big Bear, California. Wanting to do something different and escape the 100+ heat of our city, we decided to take a drive up to the mountains with an appetite for good beer and some lunch.

In Big Bear, California, the temperature was a good thirty degrees lower and it felt heavenly!

It’s $9.00 per adult to get in. You wear a paper band around your wrist if you plan to imbibe, and you have to purchase drink tickets. There are several places to get beer and plenty of different varieties. I traded my ticket in for some Pumpkin Ale that was quite yummy. There are a couple of food stands that accept cash. I ordered a veggie burger, my husband ordered a sriracha bratwurst sandwich and we shared some fries. The meals were alright and filling!

We walked around the festival for a while afterwards, mostly vendor booths for shopping and then sat inside the convention hall to listen to some traditional  German music and watch some dancing. They had a log cutting contest that was entertaining as well.

The Oktoberfest was much smaller than I thought it would be, and if not for the vendors, there really wouldn’t be much else to do but have lunch and listen to music. I remember seeing an electric bull, but nobody rode it that we saw. Oh, there was a bouncy house too, and a big screen TV set up outside for the football fans.

It’s a cute little fair, something different to do for a few hours. I think it runs for 8 weeks and probably something the locals look forward to. It was a little far for us (an hour drive) and up some really windy roads that always give my stomach a spin. Ugh. I’m glad we checked it out though. Fall is officially here in three days, Yay!

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Water Gardening Demonstration

I started water gardening a couple of months ago and have been enjoying some success with it so far. I like the simple, fresh look of it and I think it appeals to my minimalist side.

I’ve been using clear glass jars for the  most part, tap water and pebbles for added color/decor in some. That’s it. Some people will say that distilled water works best, but I haven’t seen any issues with plain old tap water yet. I do change the water out every 2-4 days or just when it looks like it needs it.

I took some photos to show off the healthy look of the plants, but to also show how well the roots are doing, especially in the Pothos. The Herbs in water are just getting started, so the roots are still very small and harder to see.

I plan to pot the herbs (Mint and Basil) and the Red Prayer Plant in soil when the roots are at least an inch long, preferably longer. The Pothos are doing so beautifully in water however, that I am planning to just keep them there and enjoy their water-growth.

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Pothos don’t need a lot of light and grow quickly. I don’t have a green thumb, but I haven’t killed a pothos yet, so I consider them to be a hearty plant and a good plant for starting an indoor-garden, or any container gardening – water or soil.

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Little Baby Lemon Trees

The beginnings of lemon trees..

I was surprised how quickly these little guys rooted!

Lemons are not cheap and I really enjoy making homemade lemonade. Getting my own lemon trees growing seems the only logical choice. So; I youtube’d how to get lemons growing and started with the last lemon in my kitchen I had just sliced open.

I thought I cold just drop the seeds in soil, but I learned that they have a sort of husk around them that has to be peeled off. Then the seeds need to grow roots. THEN you can plant them in soil. They grew their little roots wrapped up in a wet paper towel, wrapped up in a plastic bag for 2–3 weeks. I opened up and was so pleased that 4 of the 6 seeds successfully grew their little roots. They were so tiny, so cute.

I planted them in pots, 1 seed each in the smaller pots and 2 seeds in the medium sized pot in the middle. I did this just two days ago and the little guys have already grown in their pots. The photo is from today. I look forward to watching them little lemon-guys grow big. I know I’m quite a ways away from lemon fruit bearing tree, but half the fun is watching it grow.. for me anyway. 🙂

I’ll post an update on the lemon-guys when they get a bit bigger.


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