But it's still pretty cold outside up here in the Mountains! We are still enjoying evening fires and Craig says it has to get warmer before he is ready to start the "outside" work!
On the "inside" work, he has completed work on one of three bathrooms. The other two will come after a long summer of outside jobs.
Not much happening with the RV. I did firm up our plans for the Crater lake trip, and made reservations at the Shingletown KOA for the week we will be down near Lassen National Park.
I first made a mistake in booking a one night stop over at the Burney Falls State park. I had looked at the reservation sight several times and was under the impression there were no sites big enough for the Alfa, but then I found one. Unfortunately it was a handicap site and I didn't notice that until after I had confirmed the reservation. OOPS, I called right away, but still got stuck with a cancellation fee. Lesson learned. Look at everything twice when you find something to good to be true!
I guess we will just be driving up to Burney Falls one of the days we are at Shingletown. We will have the Prius with us.
On the food front, I've slipped a couple of times. I remind myself no one is perfect and building new habits that will be good for me for the rest of my life.
I just get so bummed when I hit a plateau like I have for the last week or so.
I am excited about a new dressing/dip recipe that I have been making. I'm sure all my Vegan friends know all about silken tofu, but it was new to me. Silken tofu is sold in water packages next to the firm tofu in the cold case of the grocery stores. I see that it is also sold in "shelf stable" boxes which would be great to have along in the RV when you can't get to a grocery!
The following is a recipe for a very basic salad dressing. I made half at a time because I don't like to keep things mixed in the refrigerator for very long. It is a "basic" recipe and you could easily add more or other spices or even add tomato and relish for a Thousand Island style dressing.
The first time I made it we tried it as a veggie dip. I guess we were hungry, because between Craig and I we did in a whole small head of fresh cauliflower! At that time I thought the dressing was a bit thin and would have been better as a salad dressing than as a dipping dressing. I did save the little that was left over and used it on a salad a few days later and it was still good.
I made a second batch with the remaining tofu a few days later. This time I added a Tablespoon of Chia seeds and put it in the refrigerator over night. The dressing became a nice thick dip!
I had never heard of Chia Seeds before last week, except for when they are spread over a funny sculpture to grow a "Cha- Cha -Cha- Chia pet!
They are very high in fiber, 5 grams per tablespoon, and can be added to things like breads or smoothies. If you mix them into a liquid, and let them stand for awhile, they expand into a jelly like substance with little seeds inside. This is what thickened the dressing.
By the way, do not mix Chia seeds, almond milk and blueberries in a blender and pour it into little cups, expecting to get a nice "Chia pudding." The resulting concoction is not visually pleasing. The blueberries turn gray.