Tuesday, November 07, 2017

Travels and Vegan Eats in Stockholm, Sweden

Hallå! This post is a bit overdue, but I am forging ahead confidently! One of my favorite resources when I'm planning a trip is to search out blog posts from other vegan travelers. Of course travel sites are useful, but the actual experiences of a fellow vegan are extra meaningful. Plus, I also really love reading about other people's travels and adventures. So, all of that is to say, even though our time in Stockholm was a few months ago, I really want to share it, in case you also love reading about vegan travels, or maybe you are planning a trip yourself!

We spent one week in Stockholm, after spending a week in Estonia, and then a week in Denmark. The first two weeks of our trip, we traveled with my parents, and it was Mr. VE&T's idea to add on a little time at the end just for the two of us. We loved our time with my parents, and it was also super fun to have a little time with just us chickens.
I love how they say "hey hey!" for a casual "hello" in Sweden.
It's just so darned cute! 

Haymarket by Scandic
Hotorget 13-15, Stockholm

We stayed at a pretty fancy hotel (by our standards!) called the Haymarket by Scandic. Our accommodations in Estonia were inexpensive and split 4-ways, and in Denmark, we stayed with friends. So, we gave ourselves permission to splurge in Stockholm! The Haymarket was pretty great for us -- it's located right on a square that has a big produce and flower market every day, and directly across from the hall where the Nobel Prizes are awarded.

The Haymarket has an excellently chic bar downstairs with very good live music and packed full with urban fancy-pants people. Ha ha. It was fun to see their Euro selves being so ooh-la-la. 

The thing that really made us select this hotel over other choices though was the Scandic breakfast buffet. Scandic is a large chain of hotels and  proudly mention on their website that they provide vegan and gluten free options. You guys. I LOVED IT. Many different kinds of vegan yogurts (soy-based, oat-based, almond based), different vegan milks (oat, almond, soy, plain, sweetened), Oatly cream cheese, vegan cheese slices, vegan butter...) and it was all arranged in a special section so other people wouldn't eat it by accident. I just loved it so much. Every morning was a big thrill extravaganza for me -- bread, fruit, granola, cereal, yogurt, cream cheese, coffee... and on and on. I just feel like hotel breakfast is always a giant array of glorious things I can't eat. It was such a treat to be able to indulge and have a sense of choices and bounty! 

Of special note: Oatly Cream Cheese is so incredibly fantastic and special and I loved it!!! 

Like I said, the hotel isn't cheap, but it definitely saves a little money to get a big huge breakfast included... then you can skimp on lunch in Stockholm, which is a pricey city in general. 

There are lots of Scandic hotels in Stockholm by the way, so if you'd rather stay in a different part of the city, you could still have a great vegan breakfast. In fact, the most vegan friendly part of Stockholm is definitely Sodermalm... so we usually had a little walk or a subway ride to get to the vegan spots on my list. 

(@falloumi on Instagram)
Ringvägen 127, 116 61

Oh my goodness, this place was fun and delicious and open late -- perfectly meeting our needs for our first night in Stockholm. It's a falafel place, but so much more than that. Excellent sauces made in house, very cute interior, lovely service, and totally delicious culinary creations... including several vegan options. We both loved this spot! 

117 34, Hornsgatan 149, 117 34 Stockholm

One of the first places I found online when researching #veganstockholm on Instagram was Femtopia... a queer-friendly, feminist, vegan cafe/gallery/performance space. ZOMG. On our very first day in town, we were out for a long walk and just came upon it! I was so excited!! The gal working there was just absolutely awesome and I felt so at home in their space. I loved the art, we each had a delicious cappuccino, and I had a chocolate ice cream too. I also bought some totally rad feminist post cards to send home, and I bought my friend Hannae a cotton shopping bag that said (in Swedish) "Patriarchy is harmful to you and those around you." SO RAD. 

I 100% recommend this sweet spot, especially if you enjoy coziness, queer-friendly spaces, feminist spaces, rad handmade aesthetics, and good food & coffee. 

Femtopia totally embodies the intersectional roots of veganism at it's finest.
Such a great spot.

a few locations

Directly across the street from Femtopia is an excellent all-vegan super market, called Goodstore. It's not a huge store, but it is packed full with so much vegan glory that I became completely overwhelmed. It was especially tortuous to see the huge section of refrigerated things like seitans, vegan meats, vegan cheeses, vegan yogurts, and on and on and on -- but not have a good kitchen or enough time to try them all. Ack! However, I did my best, and got a bunch of goodies: two ice creams (which we enjoyed immediately!), treats for myself and to bring home from friends, gummy candies, and some violife cheese to enjoy with my breakfast buffet. Seriously though, I practice great restraint. Now that I am back home and all my treats are but a distant memory, I'm really wishing I could jump through the internet and go for another shopping spree! 

Naturbageriet Sattva
Stora Nygatan 6, Gamla Stan, Stockholm

OMG! This cute tiny little cafe offers 100% vegan pastries, and many gluten free options too.  Pluse excellent coffee and a small selection of vegan items for sale too. I didn't discover this place soon enough, so I only got here twice, which is a crying shame. Sweden has a very special afternoon phenomena called "fika" -- this involves a cozy afternoon date with a cup of hot coffee, a treat, and hopefully the company of someone you like.  How rad is that?? We had two excellent fika-dates here at Sattva Naturbageriet... both on chilly, rainy spring afternoons when we were cold and travel-weary and in need of respite. A little restful downtime in this sweet spot, with a great hot coffee, and super delicious pastries ... just what the doctor ordered! 

Herman's Vegetarian Restaurant and Garden Cafe
FJÄLLGATAN 23B 116 28, Stockholm

OMG. This place is just incredible. It's a huge all-you-can-eat vegan buffet spot. You pay once and then you can go back over and over if you want to. Coffee and tea are included with the price of the buffet. Desserts and special drinks are available for extra charge. Over the years of traveling together, I have dragged Mr. VE&T to many vegan buffet spots, most of which haven't exactly been homeruns. ha ha. So often, the food is mediocre and bland and positively-non-memorable. So, we put off going to Herman's because I thought it might be another buffet dud. I'm so glad we gave it a go! 

As you can see, I went completely nuts and piled 100,000 different items onto my plate. I did pretty well, but I didn't actually finish all of it. ha ha. I guess my eyes were bigger than my stomach. The desserts we got were also amazing - one was a strawberry rhubarb tart, and one was a chocolate cake. All the food was just so delicious. The buffet is full of wholesome but appealing choices, hearty and light, raw and cooked, veggies, carbies, salads, breads, and on and on. I wish I was eating there right this minute. 

Plus, we just happened to eat at Herman's right around sunset on a truly beautiful day. Wow. Herman's is located up high on a rocky cliff with a totally spectacular view of Stockholm. There are many different tiers and areas of outdoor seating, so there is actually quite a bit of outdoor seating but each little space feels intimate. There are also trees and plants and greenery all around, so it feels very gardeny. 

Lakrits Roten
- several locations, see website -

One thing Scandinavians are super serious about is: LICORICE. I am also a big fan of licorice... or at least I thought I was. No one can compete with the Scandinavians! One of my besties at home had requested some good quality licorice and I kept wondering where I would find what I was looking for... and then one day on our wanderings we came across this gem: Lakrits Roten. It is an entire store of nothing but licorice! Sweet licorice, salt licorice, sweet + salty licorice, licorice powders & granules, and on and on... licorice from all over the world. I had SO much fun shopping in here. The gal working there was super helpful and gave me endless consultation on which treats to select. I really, really wish I could find a shop like this in the US! Such an incredible array of flavors, textures, and experiences, and yet all super licorice-y. 

We ate SO much licorice. Ha ha. 
Just last week, before Halloween, Mr VE&T found this shocking article warning about the real dangers of eating too much black licorice. It says not to eat more than 3 pieces a day. Uh... all I can say is OOPS. Apparently it blocks potassium absorption. And actually, thinking back to our trip, we remembered that one night in Stockholm, Mr. VE&T woke up in the middle of the night howling in agony because his leg muscles were charlie-horsing and cramping worse than ever before. This happens sometimes if he is really dehydrated, but he *wasn't* dehydrated that night and we were so confused. Until now. Looks like our genius plan to eat bags of licorice while lounging in our hotel room was not so genius after all. Ha ha. Consider yourselves warned! 

Legumes Mat

Hornsgatan 80, Stockholm 

Soon after my licorice shopping spree, we came across Legumes vegetarian buffet bar. Some food at Legumes is vegetarian, but they always have a lot of vegan choices. For a fixed price (95 kr.), you can select 5 different dishes -- and they have a pretty wide selection to choose from. Honestly, we weren't totally wowed by this place. There are more spectacular places in Stockholm for sure. And yet, the food was healthy, full of veggies, protein options, and not too expensive. The meal also came with coffee and/or tea. This wasn't a particularly memorable meal, but as you can see, it was bountiful and it got the job done. Worth knowing about, if nothing else! 

Oatly brand

Maybe you already know about Oatly brand... but I didn't. Discovering the glory of this brand was a real joy of this trip. Oatly makes so many products, and as far as I could tell, they are all absolutely wonderful: ice cream, oat milk, cream cheese, oat-based coffee creamer, yogurts, and so much more. Oatly is the default non-dairy options in most cafes, and you won't be disappointed. It's so good. At our hotel, I got to try their yogurts and their cream cheese (which I mentioned above). I loved that cream cheese a lot... maybe I need an Oatly cream cheese tattoo! ha ha. 

We were in Stockholm right before the summer solstice and the days were sooooo long. It was such a special time to be there. Still on the chilly side, and we had a lot of rain during our trip (in all 3 countries that we visited!)... but we also enjoyed endless hours of daylight, which is just totally rad when you are a tourist. One night, when we were out wandering around a particularly hip area of Sodermalm, I think it was about 11:30 at night, and we came across a chic eatery that also had an excellent specialty grocery store. Of course I had to carefully inspect their offerings because I can never resist an international grocery store! That's where I snapped this picture on the right, and also where I succumbed to this lovely little carton of B. We got two spoons, and shared our ice cream as we continued our stroll around Sodermalm. What a fun night. 

19 TimmermansgatanStockholm 118 55, Sweden

We almost didn't go to this sweet little spot, because the reviews just made it sound like it might not be up our alley. 
But I'm so glad we did go! First of all, it is just so pretty and peaceful inside. 
The owner was there and didn't speak very much English, but he was so sweet and very helpful and we figured it out! 
We absolutely loved our food -- the servings were generous and the food was perfectly delicious and healthy.
They also had great coffee, and lots of tea selections, and several interesting vegan goodies for sale in the shop. 
What a lovely spot, it felt so good to eat here! 

Fika Forever! 

Max Burgers
lots of locations!

A hot tip from one of my Instagram pals let me know that Max Burger, a big ol burger chain in Stockholm, even has a vegan BBQ Burger made with Jackfruit... and that there is a branch at the airport. So, instead of suffering away without great vegan options, I dove in and loved it! So fun to eat something like this from a mainstream joint and get to join in the fun. And also nice to have a vegan choice at the airport before jetting off back home.

A few of our favorite sights in Stockholm

We had a really great time in Stockholm. The weather was absolutely all over the place -- sunny and hot one minute and cold and mega-rainy the next moment. So nutty!! But all the rainy moments just gave us more opportunities to jump into a cafe, have a hot coffee and a treat, enjoy our fika together, and rest our weary legs. We did SO much walking, took a few boat rides, rode the subway, and had an easy time getting around. 

A few of our favorite tourist stops:
* Millesgarden -- this place is so beautiful and special: Millesgarden is the former home of the sculptor Carl Milles and his painter wife Olga Milles. Their house and his sculpture studio are lovingly restored and today they host a gallery, an open air sculpture garden, a restaurant (we didn't eat there), the historic houses, and just a stunning place. The sculptures in the garden are so particularly beautiful and the space itself is particularly lovely, and has majestic views across the water. I wished we had packed a picnic and could have spent several hours here. I loved it so much. It's well outside the center of town and we had an excellent adventure walking there, with a quick jaunt on the metro. 

* Monteliusvagen -- this is a very lovely path along the northern side of Sodermalm, with beautiful views of Gamla Stan and beyond. It's full of young Swedes enjoying the view and hanging out. It's such a fun spot. 

* Stockholm City Hall - We weren't in the mood for too many touristy things when we were in Stockholm, but we did decide to cough up the money for a tour of the Stockholm City Hall after reading many good reviews for it online. It is still the actual city hall, where the government is running, so you can only visit as part of a tour. I'm not generally a tour fan, but this was such a special place to see! This is where they have the grand dinner and gala after the Nobel Prizes are awarded. It is so beautiful inside, and actually the grounds are very pretty as well. 

* Gamla Stan and Sodermalm - Stockholm is essentially a huge network of islands and it's just amazing! We bought metro cards that let us use busses and the subway and the commuter boats. It was so fun to walk around and explore. So many amazing parks, great streets full of action and activity, very old buildings and lively hip areas too. What a fun city to explore!

And, that's a wrap! 
Until next time, Stockholm! 

Wednesday, November 01, 2017

Jambu Spirit Bootie: Vegan Shoes Review

A couple weeks ago, I got to teach an Autumn Yoga Retreat up in Graeagle, CA -- it's about 1 hour north of Truckee (Lake Tahoe). This was a part of California I hadn't ever known about and it was just SO beautiful and quiet and peaceful. The retreat went great and I am already all signed up to back again next year for more beauty and relaxation! 

We timed it just perfectly, and all the aspen trees were turning yellow, the mornings were crisp and frosty, and the afternoons were sunny t-shirt weather. It all felt so autumny! I was seriously into it! I brought along my Spirit Booties from Jambu Footwear. These are the final pair of shoes I'll be reviewing this season for Jambu, and it's been way too hot to wear them down here in Santa Cruz, so I was stoked to have a chance to put them to us. C'mon cold temps... I've got cute shoes to wear! 

As you probably know by now, this year I became a brand ambassador for Jambu Footwear, after many years of wearing and loving their shoes. They've got a really great selection of vegan shoes for women -- sporty, casual, dressy, light, super cozy, and on and on. 

Jambu Spirit Booties at Summit Lake
near Donner Pass

I mean really, just look at those cute shoes. The scenery's not so bad either! Plus, I was wearing my favorite Octopus Socks. This was the day after my retreat ended, and I went for a lovely hike with my friend Emily who had invited me to her studio. My Spirit Booties kept me cozy and happy.

In truth, these really are "booties" rather than proper hiking boots - but they did the trick just find for a casual hike! The main thing is that the laces on the Spirit Booties aren't adjustable - these shoes have a velcro flap on the outer ankle, and then they are essentially slip-on shoes. Although that rules them out for strenuous hiking when you need a very secure fit, it makes them super fun and awesome for daily wear, fun, play, work, errands, or just kickin' around with cozy feet. I usually wear a size 9, but always leaning up towards 9.5. It's my experience that this style runs on the generous side. I ordered a size 9 and still like the fit better when combined with a good substantial sock. Like my octopus socks, for example! 

We've Got Booties Spirit!

checking out the Sierra foliage!

The Spirit Bootie style is water resistant and also has really good grippy soles, so they would be good for drizzly days or unpredictable days, and for surfaces that have become wet and slippery. They feel sturdy and well-made, but at the same time they also feel like comfy slip-on sneakers. They aren't heavy at all, and they have a memory foam footbed, which is very smooshy and feels lovely.

I have pretty high arches, and often I have to add special arch supports in my shoes. So, I recognize that my arch needs are more than the arch needs of most people. I would put these shoes in the middle as far as arch support goes - more than many styles of shoes, comfortable to wear for a good long stretch, but not a main feature of the shoe. That said, I happily did a 2-hour hike in these non-hiking shoes and my feet felt great and happy from start to finish! So that's a pretty good report. 

This Spirit's Got Booty! and Booties! 

a bunch of bootie shots.
ha ha ha ha

Even though it was 97 degrees outside yesterday, I put on my long pants and heavy socks just for you, dear reader, and took a bunch more up-close pictures of my Spirit Booties.

These shoes come in Black, Brown, Tan, and Blue. Obviously I chose blue, because I know what's what. But you know, maybe you've got a different vibe going on in your life! 

In the top row, in the middle, you can clearly see the velcro flap that opens and closes to make the booties very easy to slip in and out of. (it's obviously open in that picture, so you could see how it works). 

The material is a nice quilted fabric of some sort, combined with a faux leather that seems very durable, and then the elastic lacing. As you might have seen in the earlier pictures, my booties got quite dusty on my hike, but they were easy to clean off and the materials really felt reliable and not flimsy.

Also, I wore my booties with a few different pairs of pants so you can see how they look - I think they are super cute with my yoga tights, and they will be such great shoes for days when I am teaching in the winter -- easy to pop on and off (yoga teachers are basically just putting their shoes on and taking their shoes off all day long), cozy, and cute. I also think they look cute with my so-called-skinny-pants (uncomfortable term), and with my boot-cut jeans. 

Warning: Spirit Booties may bring out your inner dork!
pics by my friend Emily!

Are these pictures just too uncool to post? ha ha. I have no shame! These sweet booties are fun and light and playful and also quite durable and warm and tough. What a nice combo. They are easy to wear, and feel sporty and comfortable. I think they would be best for feet that need to stay warm, cozy, and dry while running around town, going to work, or goofing off and having a fun day without wet toes. 

cute, comfy & cozy! 

Coupon Code for 20% Off! 
If you'd like to try these, or any of the other great vegan styles at Jambu, use the coupon code VEGAN17 for 20% off all vegan shoes on their website. Just a reminder that not all of their shoes are vegan (yet!) - so make sure you are looking at the vegan shoesLet me know if you get some, and which ones you get! If you're interested in the other styles I've reviewed recently, here are links:

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Taco Party!!

Last weekend we had a wonderful dinner to celebrate FOUR October birthdays in our family.  My mom, my nephew, and my brother's fiance and her son: they all have their birthdays within about 8 days. That's nutty! Several years ago, we decided to just lump all these loved ones into one celebration. Ha ha.

Back in the olden days, when my grandpa was still alive, we used to have family dinners quite often. We've got a wide range of appetites and dietary preferences in our family... so family dinner can be kinda complicated. At some point, I think it was my mom who realized that a Make-Your-Own-Taco-Bar is the way to go!! Everyone can just make their favorite tacos... This year I was hosting, and so I told everyone what I was going to make, and let them know that if they wanted any non-vegan items, or other favorites, they should bring that for themselves. Perfect!

Here's the glorious spread!

I couldn't quite get everything in all one picture -- but this is most of it! I made and assembled all sorts of toppings:
 Cabbage Slaw 
(a mix of the recipes from Viva Vegan! and The Taco Cleanse)
Pickled Red Onion
Chipotle Tomato Sauce
6 kinds of Hot Sauce (from the fridge)
Fresh Salsa
Vegan Cheese (Chao tomato cayenne)
Fresh Cilantro and Green Onions

My mom and my aunt brought along an excellent array of all sorts of drinks, and my brother brought a few non-vegan items for himself and his kiddos. Such a peaceful way to accommodate everyone's needs!

more more more

As you can see, I went crazy with the tortillas. I bought crunchy taco shells, handmade corn tortillas, mini corn tortillas, and corn + flour combo tortillas. Everyone's got their favorite kind of tortilla! 

For substantial fillings, I made:
-- A Huge Batch of Refried Beans. I used the excellent recipe from The Taco Cleanse. I really love that recipe, it takes a couple hours, but it doesn't really take much work. You just have your beans simmering away while you putter around the house doing other things and getting ready for your taco party.

-- Fajita Peppers and Onions. Again, I turned to my trusty source: The Taco Cleanse. I LOVE the fajita recipe in that book sooooo much - super flavorful and quite spicy. The original recipe calls for soy curls, which I personally am crazy about. But I thought that might freak out some people in my family, so I just left them out and made a big batch with just peppers and onions and all spicy goodness.

-- Saucy Portabello and Butternut Tacos - (recipe here) from The Minimalist Baker. I'm not usually much of a mushroom fan, but I thought this might appeal to a wider audience, instead of using any "meat replacement." In fact, it was a really great recipe! And the tomato-chipotle sauce is very good! To my own surprise: would definitely make again. 

Our birthday honorees:
My sister-in-law (she was sick and couldn't come! boo hoo!)
My Nephew (he is learning to drive!)
My Nephew (he recently moved to Austin, my mom brought a cardboard cutout of him!)
My mom (75 years of greatness!)

isn't that pretty?

Beautiful Baked Tart

For dessert, I asked my trusted community of vegan pals: what is a good appley dessert to make? I had so many ideas, but one of my friends suggested this Apple Mosaic Tart with Salted Caramel Sauce, from Smitten Kitchen. This recipe is a total hit: just enough fussiness to be sort of satisfying, but actually not much work at all, very beautiful, and super delicious! I used store-bought puff pastry -- something I almost never buy, and it's just such a special treat. Most store-bought puff pastry is accidentally vegan, by the way! I think the one I used was Pepperidge Farm. 

In order to veganize this recipe, I used Miyoko's NonDairy Butter for the butter, and I used homemade cashew cream (soaked cashews blended with a bit of water) for the heavy cream in the caramel sauce. 

I got all wrapped up in the moment and forgot to take pictures, but to serve the tart, I made little personalized birthday flags on toothpicks, and jabbed a candle into the tart for each bday honoree. 

It was such a sweet evening together. Perhaps Taco Buffet is the answer that will bring peace and harmony to all future family dinners!!! 

Friday, October 20, 2017

Autumn Harvest & Lots of Canning! (& cookbook winner!)

Autumn really is the season of harvesting and bounty! These days, the produce at the farmers market is starting to shift... the nectarines are winding down, but there are still lots of tomatoes and peppers and lots of other goodies to appreciate. I've been slaving away in the kitchen -- lots of preserving and canning and good ol' "setting up" to be done. 

first up: Apples, Apples, and a few more Apples 

We've got a wonderful apple tree out in the backyard and I love it so much. But I won't lie, I also feel burdened by it sometimes. So many apples! And a crushing sense of responsibility to never let a good apple go to waste! I usually make at least one big batch of applesauce... however, I don't actually eat all that much applesauce, so I still have quite a bit left over from last year. 

Perhaps one of these years I will actually buy myself a dehydrator so I can make some dried apples. Or maybe an apple press so that I might make apple juice? This year, in a determined effort to avoid making more applesauce, I read several recipes online about how to make apple juice. They seemed a little confusing - like, basically, they sounded a lot like recipes for making applesauce. But I am good at following recipes, so I forged ahead bravely... and what did I end up with? A LOT OF APPLESAUCE. Ha ha ha. Oh well, at least it's delicious applesauce. And now I know what to give everyone for Christmas! 

Roasted Bell Peppers

I guess I have become a bit of a food snob -- whenever possible, I really prefer to eat local and organic produce. But, in winter time this is a problem because there aren't any more bell peppers or corn or other good stuff. So, one of my coping strategies is to roast and freeze a bunch of bell peppers when they are at the peak of their excellence. I made this helpful diagram for you in case you want to roast some peppers too. It's not too late! 


Beautiful, delicious, wonderful Concord Grapes

All my life, my grandparents had a wonderful, bountiful garden. Their garden was a place for family parties, celebrations, daily visits, activities and projects, games and play. It is a place that I love so much, and where I have only ever felt loved. 

All along one long fence of their garden is a wall of Concord Grapes. They are just so delicious. We would pick them and eat them and spit out the seeds. My grandma would make grape juice. They were a constant presence, year after year. After my grandparents died, my aunt and her partner moved into their home... and happily, they have maintained the garden with great care, and this year they had an especially abundant grape harvest. And, lucky me, they were gracious enough to share with me! 

Processing Grapes:
boiling, draining through the sieve, all canned up

I think we picked 10 pounds of grapes! I made several jars of grape juice (way more than pictured!), and a batch of grape jelly. Mr. Vegan Eats and Treats loves Concord Grape Jelly more than any other flavor. So it felt good to make a big batch of jelly for him. I used a low sugar recipe for the jelly and the flavor of the grapes is so strong and so amazing!!

more garden bounty

While we were having a grand old time picking grapes and enjoying the garden, my aunt gave me SO MUCH more amazing produce: a very big box of totally incredible tomatoes, three varieties of figs (!!), a beautiful sweet pepper, and a few semi-spicy peppers. So fun and beautiful and tasty... and it's all so extra sentimental and meaningful because it comes from this special garden that I have loved and enjoyed for all my life. 

Last but not least, Tomatoes! 

Tomatoes from my garden were canned up a while back, but my lovely farmer friends Jane and JP gave me a big box of "seconds," tomatoes with little blemishes that make them unfit for wholesale. Their tomatoes are just like manna from heaven, so incredible -- they're dry-farmed organic tomatoes. This means they end up a little on the small side, relatively low moisture, and each little tomato is packed full with the flavor of 100 tomatoes. 

We ate a lot of these tomatoes just fresh, in salads and as snacks. But of course I also did some good canning - five big huge jars of pasta sauce, and four little jars of Tomato Sesame Jam. So much deliciousness awaits!!

(possibly one of the weirdest doodles I've ever drawn for my blog!!) 

How about you? Have you been canning or freezing any of this autumn bounty?? 

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