A to Z Challenge: D is for Dandelions



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D is for Dandelions.

Up here on the Pocono Plateau of Monroe County where our town of Pocono Pines is situated, the dandelion crop is very abundant this year. The fields fill with gorgeous yellow flowers, and then up pop the fluffy heads and it looks as if it’s snowing as the seeds take flight on the breeze. After that we have fields of stems looking rather shaggy and forlorn. Then the mowers come and cut them all down only for the process to start all over again. Everything in its time, the cycles of life continue, day to day, month to month, season to season, and year to year.

I took these photos over the past weekend. Not wanting to miss blogging, I wrote this post from the hospital where I am unexpectedly confined for 3 to 5 days for tests and observation after a bout of painful diverticulitis. No fun, but my friends are wonderful and so is my sweet husband who braved a 60-mile round trip to bring me clothes, iPhone charger, companionship and love. ❤️ The life cycle continues with me as well. 🙏

I decided to take the A to Z Photo Challenge around my little town of Pocono Pines, Pennsylvania. We’ve had a home here for over 10 years, and taking this challenge is offering me the opportunity to get to know it even better than I have. I hope you will enjoy this photo journey as much as I do!


3 Vegan Pasta & “Meat” Dishes

Okay, the Rich Bitch has done it again. Making me feel like making (okay, eating) vegan sausages and cheesy sauce before I’ve even had breakfast! These recipes are always worth making. And even if you aren’t vegan, and I must admit I do eat dairy and eggs nowadays, these plant-based recipes are better for our health, for the planet and for the animals themselves.

Rich Bitch Cooking

Vegan Seitan Sausage Mac Cheese, Lentil Meatballs in Cream Sauce, Mushroom Meat Sauce - 3 Vegan Pasta & "Meat" Dishes - Rich Bitch Cooking Blog

I’ve made vegan cream sauces before. I’ve made a few during the 9 Vegan Pasta Recipe post. I’ve also made fat free Vegan Cauliflower Alfredo Sauce. But those have NOTHING on this these posted here. I’ve posted this cheese sauce many times but each time they’re either low fat or fat free. Truly the best vegan smokey cheese sauce is listed below. And it has a bunch of fat. Fat is the secret ingredient.

These recipes are so rich and amazing. No joke.

Vegan Mushroom Meat Sauce - 3 Vegan Pasta & "Meat" Dishes - Rich Bitch Cooking Blog

Vegan Mushroom Meat Sauce
This is so good. You could totally leave out the pasta and enjoy the “meat sauce” on it’s own. Feel free to use whatever Italian spices you like. This recipes was inspired by Cocoon Cooks.

This makes 2 servings

Vegan Mushroom Meat Sauce - 3 Vegan Pasta & "Meat" Dishes - Rich Bitch Cooking Blog

1 very small onion, 1 garlic clove, 8 oz mushrooms, 1 TB oil, salt, spices (1/2 ts sage, 1/2 marjoram), canned fire…

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The Wisdom of John Lennon

After mind boggling untruths, illogical contortions and unanswered questions in the news these days, I savored this post by Christopher Chase of Creative Systems Thinking who gives us the wisdom of John Lennon.

Creative by Nature

“The thing the sixties did was to show us the possibilities and the responsibility that we all had. It wasn’t the answer. It just gave us a glimpse of the possibility.”


“Love is like a precious plant. You can’t just accept it and leave it in the cupboard or just think it’s going to get on by itself. You’ve got to keep on watering it. You’ve got to really look after it and nurture it.”

“We live in a world where we have to hide to make love, while violence is practiced in broad daylight.”

“Our society is run by insane people for insane objectives. I think we’re being run by maniacs for maniacal ends and I think I’m liable to be put away as insane for expressing that. That’s what’s insane about it.”

“You don’t need anybody to tell you who you are or what you are. You are…

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