I AM the Weirdo Aunt….

We’ve had a lovely Easter weekend up at the cabin…our last weekend before we move up here for good in May!

We had a fabulous time with our guests–my niece, Annie, and her best friend, Kitty (yes, Kitty-the-nutritionist who gave Annie the tip about sprouting beans, nuts, and grains). We ate lots of food and drank lots of alcohol (though I managed to refrain from drinking!!) and chatted the weekend away. The weather has been fabulous and James and I managed a couple of great hikes. The teenagers (they’re actually 27 and 36 years old) left yesterday, and we spent Monday hiking…and then working on our online courses. I had some dough rising for buns, but James suggested I switch to pizza, so I did. I had no sauce, however, so I hunted about for a quick sauce and then adapted it….

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Quick, Uncooked Pizza Sauce

Throw in the bullet and blend….

1 can of tomato paste

1/2 cup water

1/4 cup red wine

4 cloves of garlic

1/2 tsp. rosemary

1/2 TBS. basil

1/2 TBS. oregano

1 tsp. BTB paste

1/2 tsp. freshly ground black pepper

Once it’s smooth and blended, it’s ready to spread on the pizza.

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This little pie is loaded with spinach, kale, broccoli, mushrooms, tomatoes, onions, olives, capers, and pine nuts. It’s topped with a sprinkling of Daiya and served with a drizzle of honey and a side of savoury cashew cream.

I also made pizza for our guests when we first arrived at the cabin, but OF COURSE made their pies with real cheese because I didn’t want to be a weirdo aunt who serves vegan food to guests. Nevertheless, when I served up the pie fresh from the oven, Annie laughed and said, “Trust Auntie Sheila to put broccoli on a pizza!”

So, as it turns out…I AM THE WEIRDO AUNT!

Anyway…here are some adorable pics of the puppies that Annie took…

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The girls brought us this hip wild mushroom olive oil. I didn’t even know wild mushroom oil existed–I can hardly wait to try it!

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They also brought us this insane-looking piece of fabulousness….

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It’s a Himalayan salt lamp, which apparently has many amazing benefits, but I just like the idea of a lamp inside a giant hunk of salt. And, if you must know: yes. I did lick it.

Aaaaand here’s a song from Van the Man because, as Annie said, “It’s not Denman, if Van’s not playing on a continuous loop.”

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