Monday, January 22, 2007

Recipe: Southwestern Corn Soup

8-9 Medium Sized Potatoes, peeled and diced.
1 Bag of Frozen Corn
2 Quarts of Vegetable Broth (I use Imagine Organic Vegetable Broth)
2-3 cups of water
1/2 Onion, chopped
2 Bell Peppers (Green), diced.
2-4 Cloves of Garlic, peeled and chopped.
1-2 Jalapeno Peppers, seeded and chopped.
3-4 Fresh Limes, cut into wedges.
1-2 TBSP Olive Oil
Salt and Pepper to taste

Saute Onions in large stock pot with Olive Oil until translucent.

Add Garlic, Green Peppers, and Jalapeno Peppers, continue to saute for about 5 minutes.

Add half of the Vegetable Broth along with the Potatoes.

Let simmer for about 10 minutes then add remaining broth.

Let cook until Potatoes are soft. About 15 minutes.

Add Bag of Corn and 2-3 cups of Water (add enough water to get the consistency you like). Let simmer until Corn is heated through.

Using an immersion blender, (or food processor) blend until about 3/4 of soup has been pureed.

Season with salt and pepper.

Serve with FRESH lime wedges. Squeeze lime juice on soup right before eating.

The lime is very important in this dish, it adds a nice dimension that could not be accomplished otherwise.

This soup can be spiced up or toned down to fit your tastes. I have two little boys, neither of which handle spice very well. I find that with two jalapenos, I get just enough heat without the spice. This is a favorite in this house, it's also a great way to get the kids to eat a wide variety of veggies.


Menu Plan Monday - - January 22, 2007

Well, after last week (my first) I must admit that I really love this idea. It helped me out so much last week. I knew what I was going to make, had all the ingredients on hand, and didn't have to hassle with any last minute problems since I planned according to our busy schedules. I'm definitely going to keep up with this weekly habit.

Monday: Samosas (husband has been after me to make these for over a week now)

Tuesday: Putenesca Pasta, Salad, Homemade bread

Wednesday: Southwestern Corn Soup and Burritos

Thursday: Grilled Tofurky Sandwiches, fruit salad, and fresh cut fries

Friday: Pizza night with homemade pizza crust

Saturday: Barbecue Beans with Tofu

Sunday: Black eyed peas, Brown rice, and stewed tomatoes with okra.

For more Menu Plan Monday check here.

Friday, January 19, 2007

Recipe: Tuscan Beans with Sage

This is a favorite of mine. It's fast, it's easy, and most of all, it's yummy (not to mention quite healthy.)

The only thing you have to worry about with this recipe is too much sage. Make sure you don't go overboard with it because it will ruin the dish if you do.


2-3 tablespoons FRESH sage, chopped
2 14-oz. cans navy beans, drained
14-oz. can diced tomatoes
6-10 garlic cloves minced (I like lots of garlic)
1 teaspoon lemon juice
olive oil
salt and pepper to taste


Combine the sage, garlic and oil in a saucepan and sauté on medium-low heat for several minutes, until the garlic is golden.

Add the tomatoes, lemon juice and navy beans and continue to cook for about 10 minutes, until everything is hot. Add salt and pepper to taste. Serve hot or chilled.

Do not try dried sage with this recipe. It won't work. Only fresh sage will work.

Great served with hot buttery sweet potatoes!

Serves: 6-8

Preparation time: 15 minutes

If you try this recipe, leave me a comment and let me know what you think!

I'll be putting this on the menu for us next week so hopefully I'll remember to take a picture of it to add to this post.


Monday, January 15, 2007

Menu Plan Monday: January 15, 2007

Monday: Spaghetti, Spinach Salad, and Homemade Garlic Bread.

Tuesday: Neat Loaf, Mashed Potatoes, and either Sauteed Spinach or Green Beans.

Wednesday: Cracklin' Cauliflower (I'll post the recipe in the days to follow)

Thursday: Chick'n Salad Sandwiches and Either Spicy Tomato Soup or Potato Soup

Friday: Spinach Tofu Burritos and Southwestern Corn Soup

Saturday: Make your own Pizza day, with Homemade Pizza Dough.

Sunday: Black Beans and Rice on a bed of Sweet Potato

Friday, January 12, 2007

Accidentally Vegan

Here is a very helpful list of items found in every day grocery stores that are vegan. It's quite interesting. I keep one in my purse at all times. With the way it's broken down and in alphabetical order, it makes it very easy to find a product in any given category I'm interested in. Much easier than reading all of the fine print on the side of ten different boxes. Now, you will notice that quite a lot of the items mentioned are of the junk food persuasion. However, there are also a lot of every day staples listed. Plus, I've never met anyone who doesn't like to partake in a little junk food now and again . . .

Breakfast (Dry)
Alpha Bits
Apple Cinnamon Cheerios
Apple Jacks
Berry Burst Cheerios
Bran Flakes
Cinnamon Crunch Crispix
Cinnamon Krunchers
Cinnamon Life
Cocoa Pebbles
Cocoa Puffs
Cocoa Rice Krispies
Complete Oat Bran
Complete Wheat Bran
Corn Chex
Corn Flakes
Corn Pops
Cracklin' Oat Bran
Froot Loops
Frosted Cheerios
Frosted Flakes
Fruit By the Foot
Fruit Harvest
Fruity Pebbles
Grape Nuts
Just Right
Life Cereal
Multi-Bran Chex
Multigrain Cheerios
Nature's Valley Granola Bars (Brown Sugar)
Pop Tarts (Unfrosted Apple Cinnamon)
Pop Tarts (Unfrosted Blueberry)
Pop Tarts (Unfrosted Brown Sugar Cinnamon)
Pop Tarts (Unfrosted Strawberry)
Quaker Apples and Cinnamon
Quaker Cinnamon and Spice
Quaker Date and Walnut
Quaker Oatmeal (Raisin)
Quaker Raisins and Spice
Reese's Peanut Butter Puffs
Reese's Puffs
Rice Chex
Rice Krispies
Wheat Chex
Wheaties Raisin Bran

Alpine Spiced Cider
Ghirardelli Hot Chocolate (Chocolate Hazelnut)
Ghirardelli Hot Chocolate (Chocolate Mocha)
Ghirardelli Hot Chocolate (Double Chocolate)
Ghirardelli Sweet Ground Chocolate (Baking Cocoa)
Hershey Syrup (Chocolate)
Hershey Syrup (Strawberry)
Kool-Aid Drink Mix
Nescafe Ice Java Iced Coffee Syrup
Nestle Nesquick Syrup (Chocolate)
Nestle Nesquik Syrup (Strawberry)
Nestle Nesquik Syrup (Very Vanilla)

Airheads Taffy
Anna's Almond Cinnamon Thins
Anna's Ginger Thins
Archway Ginger Snaps
Blow Pops
Brach's Cinnamon Hard Candy
Brach's Cinnamon Hard Candy
Brach's Orange Slices
Brach's Root Beer Barrels
Brach's Star Brites
Bremner Wafers
Brownstone Baking Co. Mini Bagel Crisps (Garlic)
Carr's Table Wafer
Carr's Tea Biscuits
Charms lollipops
Chocolove Dark Chocolate bar
Chocolove Orange Peel (Dark Chocolate Bar)
Cracker Jacks
Cry Babies
Dem Bones
Dum Dums
Entenmann's Fudge Delights Fudge & Mint Cookies
Famous Amos Sandwich Cookies (Chocolate)
Famous Amos Sandwich Cookies (Oatmeal Macaroon)
Famous Amos Sandwich Cookies (Peanut Butter)
Famous Amos Sandwich Cookies (Vanilla)
Ferrara Wafer Swirls With Chocolate
Food Lion Animal Cookies
Food Lion Ginger Snaps
Food Lion Oatmeal Cookies
Food Lion Saltines
Food Lion Sandwich Cookies (Assorted)
Food Lion Sandwich Cookies (Chocolate Creme)
Food Lion Sandwich Cookies (Chocolate Fudge)
Food Lion Sandwich Cookies (Double Creme-O's)
Food Lion Sandwich Cookies (Duplex)
Food Lion Sandwich Cookies (Mini Chocolate & Vanilla Cremes)
Food Lion Sandwich Cookies (Peanut Butter)
Food Lion Sandwich Cookies (Vanilla)
Food Lion Snack Crackers
Food Lion Sugar Cookies
Fritos (Barbecue)
Fritos (Regular)
Goldenberg's Peanut Chews (Original)
Goldenberg's Peanut Chews
Goya Flan
Grandma's Peanut Butter Sandwich Cremes
Hain Apple Cinnamon Rice Cakes
Herr's Onion Flavored Rings
Herr's Salsa and Lime Tortilla Chips
Hot Tamales
Hubba Bubba Bubblegum
Jolly Ranchers (lollipops and hard candy)
Keebler Animal Crackers
Keebler Club Crackers
Keebler Vienna Fingers
Kellogg's Fruit Snacks
Kettle White Popcorn
Kool-Aid Gels
Krispy Kreme Fruit Pies
Laffy Taffy
Lance Capitain's Wafers
Lance Choc-O Cookies
Lance Malt Crackers With Peanut Butter
Lance Nekot Cookies With Peanut Butter
Lance Nut-O Lunch Cookies (Peanut Butter)
Lance Nut-O Lunch Cookies (Strawberry Creme)
Lance Peanut Bar
Lance Sugar Wafers (Strawberry Creme)
Lance Sugar Wafers (Vanilla Creme)
Lance Toasty Crackers With Peanut Butter
Lance Van-O Lunch Cookies
Lay's Blue Corn Chips
Lay's Potato Chips (Natural Country Barbecue)
Lay's Potato Chips (Thick Cut Sea Salt)
Lay's Stax
Lay's WOW! potato chips
Lay's Yellow Corn Chips
Lundberg Brown Rice Cakes
Manischewitz Whole Wheat Matzo, Unsalted Matzo, and Savory Garlic
Mary Janes (regular and peanut butter kisses)
Mates Pudding Mix
Melba Toast (Rye)
Melba Toast (Sesame)
Melba Toast (Wheat)
Mike and Ike
Murray Butter Cookies
Murray Cinnamon Grahams
Murray Coconut Bars
Murray Southern Kitchen Iced Oatmeal Cookies
Murray Sugar-Free Vanilla Wafers
Nabisco Ginger Snaps
Nabisco Iced Oatmeal Cookies
Nabisco Oatmeal Cookies
Nabisco Oreo Thin Crisps
Nabisco Original Graham Crackers
Nabisco Saltine Crackers
Nabisco Teddy Grahams (Chocolate and Cinnamon)
Nabisco Uh-oh Oreos, Spring Oreos, Chocolate Creme Oreos
Nature Valley Crunchy Granola Bars (Apple Crisp)
Nature Valley Crunchy Granola Bars (Maple Brown Sugar)
Nestle Double Chocolate Thin Mints
New York Flatbreads (Everything, Garlic, and Fat-Free)
Now and Later
Nutter Butter Bites
Panda Licorice
Pure De-Lite Coconut Bars
Quaker Apple Cinnamon Rice Cakes
Ring Pop lollipops
Ritz Regular Crackers
Ritz Whole Wheat Crackers
Sesame Royale Breadsticks
Skittles Mints
Smarties (U.S. version only)
Snackwells Cracked Pepper Crackers
Snyder's Jalapeno Pretzel Bites
Snyder's Pretzel Sticks (Pumpernickel/Onion and Oat Bran)
Sour Patch Kids
Soy Crisps (Barbecue, Deep Sea Salt, and Garlic Onion)
Stacey's Pita Chips (Baked and Taxarkana Hot)
Starburst (jelly beans and hard candy)
Sun Chips Original flavor
Super Bubble
Swedish Fish
Sweet Tarts
Toasteds Crackers (Sesame and Wheat)
Town House Original Crackers
Triscuit Crackers (Original, Reduced Fat, Garlic Herb, and Roasted
Tropical Source mini chocolate bags
Utz Puffed Caramel Corn
VeganSweets marshmallows
Wasa Crispbread (Light Rye and Multi-Grain)
Wheat Thins (Original, Multi-Grain, and Reduced Fat, Sun-Dried Tomato)
Zesta Original Crackers

Arnold Premium Seasoned Stuffing
Betty Crocker Bac-o's Bacon Flavor Bits
Brianna's French Dressing
Brianna's Poppy Seed Dressing
Brianna's Santa Fe Blend Dressing
Campbell's Franco-American Mushroom Gravy
Classico Pasta Sauces (Roasted Garlic and Spicy Red Pepper)
Dona Maria Mole
El Paso Enchilada Sauce
El Paso Enchilada Sauce
Girard's Champagne Dressing
Girard's Italian Dressing
Girard's Original French Dressing
Girard's Raspberry Dressing
Gravy Master Seasoning & Brown Sauce
Heinz Ketchup
Hunt's Manwich Sauce
Kame Marinades (Red Chili)
Kame Marinades (Sweet Teriyaki)
Kame Marinades (Thai Coconut)
Kame Marinades (Wasabi with Ginger)
Kellogg's Corn Flakes Crumbs
Knorr Red Bell Pepper Pesto Sauce Mix
Kraft Balsamic Dressing
Kraft Catalina Dressing
Kraft Classic Italian Vinaigrette Dressing
Kraft Creamy Italian Dressing
Kraft Fat Free Italian Dressing
Kraft French Dressing
Kraft French Fries Seasoning
Kraft Original Barbecue Sauce
Lipton Recipe Soup and Dip Mix (Onion Mushroom)
Lipton Recipe Soup and Dip Mix (Onion)
Lipton Recipe Soup and Dip Mix (Vegetable)
McCormick Bac'n Pieces
McCormick Mesquite Chicken Seasoning
McCormick Rotisserie Chicken Seasoning
McCormick Spaghetti Sauce Mix
Newman's Light Balsamic Dressing
Newman's Light Italian Dressing
Newman's Light Raspberry and Walnut Dressing
Newman's Olive Oil and Vinegar Dressing
Newman's Red Wine Vinaigrette and Olive Oil Dressing
Newman's Regular Balsamic Dressing
Old El Paso Taco Seasoning Mix
Pepperidge Farms Cubed Herb Seasoned Stuffing
Prego Mushroom Pasta Sauce
Ragu Pizza Sauce
Smucker's Goober Grape Peanut Butter
Smucker's Marshmallow Icecream Topping

Baked Goods:
Arnold's Carb-Counting Multi-Grain Bread
Arnold's Jewish Rye Bread
Arnold's Potato Sandwich Rolls
Arnold's Sesame Sandwich Rolls
Arnold's Stone Ground Whole Wheat Bread
Arnold's Wheat Sandwich Rolls
Cobblestone Mill Hoagie Rolls
Cobblestone Mill Jewish Rye Bread
Cobblestone Mill Kaiser Rolls
Cobblestone Mill Onion Rolls
Cobblestone Mill Party Rolls
Cobblestone Mill Pumpernickel Bread
Cobblestone Mill White Sub Rolls
Cobblestone Mill Whole Wheat Bread
Dutch Country Soft Potato
Dutch Country Whole Wheat
Krispy Kreme Fruit Pies (Apple)
Krispy Kreme Fruit Pies (Cherry)
Krispy Kreme Fruit Pies (Peach)
Little Debbie Cake Donuts
Pepperidge Farm Dark Pumpernickel Bread
Pepperidge Farm Rye and Pumpernickel Swirl Bread
Sunbeam Bread
Thomas New York Style Bagels (Blueberry)
Thomas New York Style Bagels (Cinnamon Swirl)
Thomas New York Style Bagels (Everything)
Thomas New York Style Bagels (Plain)
Thomas Toaster Bagels (Cinnamon Raisin)
Thomas Toaster Bagels (Plain)
Wonder Bread

Refrigerated and Frozen Foods:
Anne's Flat Dumplings
Athens Phyllo Dough
Athens Phyllo Mini Shells
Aunt Jemima Syrup Dunk'ers Cinnamon French Toast sticks
Calaro Guacamole
Edy's No-Sugar Bars
Edy's Whole Fruit Bars
Food Lion French Fries
Food Lion Hash Browns
Food Lion Restaurant Fries
Food Lion Seasoned Curly Fries
Food Lion Shoe String Fries
Food Lion Steak Fries
General Mills Italian-Style Vegetables
General Mills Roasted Potatoes with Garlic and Herbs
Krusteaz New French Toast Sticks (Cinnamon)
Krusteaz New French Toast Sticks (Original)
Lender's Bagels (Cinnamon Raisin)
Lender's Bagels (Onion)
Lender's Bagels (Plain)
Luigi's Italian Ice
Marie Callender Frozen Fruit Pies and Cobblers
Minute Maid Frozen Lemonade Bars
Mrs. Smith's Deep Dish Pie Crust
Ore-Ida French Fries
Ore-Ida Tater Tots
Pepperidge Farm Puff Pastry Sheets
Pepperidge Farm Puff Pastry Shells
Pillsbury Cornbread Twists
Pillsbury Crescent Rolls
Pillsbury Turnover (Apple)
Pillsbury Turnover (Cherry)
Pinata Flour Tortillas
Safeway Whipped Cream (canned)
Simply Potatoes Diced Potato with Onion
Simply Potatoes New Potato Wedges
Simply Potatoes Shredded Hash Browns
Smart Balance Light Buttery Spread
Smart Beat Super Light Margarine
Smart Squeeze Fat-Free Margarine
Smuckers Uncrustables Peanut Butter and Grape Jelly
Smuckers Uncrustables Peanut Butter and Strawberry Jam
SuperPretzel Baked Soft Pretzels

Aunt Jemima Coffee Cake Mix
Aunt Jemima Whole Wheat Pancake/Waffle Mix
Betty Crocker Bisquick
Blue Bonnet Light Margarine
Crisco All-Vegetable Shortening
Crisco Original Cooking Spray
Crisco Zero Grams Trans Fat Per Serving All-Vegetable Shortening
Duncan Hines Chewy Fudge Brownie Mix
Duncan Hines Creamy Home-Style Frosting (Chocolate)
Duncan Hines Creamy Home-Style Frosting (Classic Vanilla)
Duncan Hines Creamy Home-Style Frosting (French Vanilla)
Duncan Hines Double Fudge Brownie Mix
Duncan Hines Moist Deluxe Cake Mix (Banana Supreme)
Duncan Hines Moist Deluxe Cake Mix (Butter Recipe Fudge)
Duncan Hines Moist Deluxe Cake Mix (Butter Recipe Golden)
Duncan Hines Moist Deluxe Cake Mix (Classic Yellow Cake)
Duncan Hines Moist Deluxe Cake Mix (Dark Chocolate Fudge)
Duncan Hines Moist Deluxe Cake Mix (Devil's Food)
Duncan Hines Moist Deluxe Cake Mix (German Chocolate)
Duncan Hines Moist Deluxe Cake Mix (Lemon Supreme)
Duncan Hines Moist Deluxe Cake Mix (Orange Supreme)
Duncan Hines Moist Deluxe Cake Mix (Pineapple Supreme)
Duncan Hines Moist Deluxe Cake Mix (Red Velvet)
Duncan Hines Moist Deluxe Cake Mix (Spice Cake)
Duncan Hines Moist Deluxe Cake Mix (Strawberry Supreme)
Duncan Hines Muffin Mix (Blueberry)
Duncan Hines Muffin Mix (Chocolate Chip)
Duncan Hines Muffin Mix (Cranberry Orange)
Ghirardelli Chocolate Chip Cookie Mix
Hodgson Mill Bran Muffin Mix
Hodgson Mill Caraway Rye Bread Mix
Hodgson Mill White Bread Mix
Hodgson Mill Whole Wheat Gingerbread Mix
Jello-O Instant Pudding (Banana Creme)
Jello-O Instant Pudding (Chocolate)
Jello-O Instant Pudding (Lemon)
Jello-O Instant Pudding (Vanilla)
Keebler Ready Crust Pie Crusts (Graham Cracker)
Keebler Ready Crust Pie Crusts (Shortbread)
Kraft Baker's Angel Flake Coconut
Martha White Pizza Crust Mix
Old El Paso Taco Shells
Royal Pudding & Pie Filling
Smart Balance Light Margarine
Thai Kitchen Noodle Bowls (Thai Peanut and Roasted Garlic)
Tropical Source Dark Chocolate Chips
Uncle Ben's Cinnamon and Raisin Rice Pudding Mix


Betty Crocker Hash Brown
Campbell's Franco-American Mushroom Gravy
Campbell's canned mushroom gravy
Del Monte White Corn Cream Style
Green Giant Cream Style Sweet Corn
Healthy Choice Garden Vegetable Soup
Hormel Chili
Hunt's Manwich Sauce
Knorr Red Bell Pepper Pesto Sauce Mix
Kraft "It's Pasta Anytime" Spaghetti with Marinara
Kraft French Fries Seasoning
Kraft Shake 'N Bake (Original Chicken Coating Mix, Original Pork
Coating Mix, and Hot/Spicy Coating Mix)
Kraft Taco Bell Soft Taco Dinner
Kraft Taco Bell Taco Dinner
Lipton Recipe Soup and Dip Mix (Vegetable, Onion Mushroom, and Onion)
Manischewitz Sweet Potato Pancake Mix
McCormick Fajitas Seasoning Mix
McCormick Original, Hot, and Mild Chili Seasoning Mix
McCormick Pasta Salad Vinaigrette Dressing Blend
McCormick Sloppy Joe Seasoning
McCormick Spaghetti Sauce Mix
Near East Spanish Rice Pilaf and Toasted Almond Rice Pilaf
Near East Toasted Pine Nut Couscous and Roasted Garlic & Olive Oil Cousous
Old El Paso Enchilada Sauce
Old El Paso Fat-Free Refried Beans
Old El Paso No-Fuss Fajita Dinner Kit
Old El Paso Taco Seasoning Mix
Progresso Soups (Lentil, Hearty Tomato, and Tomato Basil)
San Giorgio Pastas (Angel Hair, Elbow Macaroni, Rigatoni, Rotelle,and Spaghetti)
Swanson Vegetable Broth
Uncle Ben's Rice Pilaf, Oriental Fried Rice, Mexican Fiesta, Long Grain Rice, Wild Rice, Lemon & Herb, and Spanish Rice
Zatarain's Ready to Serve Jambalaya Rice
Zatarain's Red Beans & Rice, Black Beans & Rice, Black-Eyed Peas & Rice, Jambalaya, Gumbo Mix With Rice, and Dirty Rice Mix

After going through this list again, I've come to realize that I have quite a few things in my pantry that are not listed here. I'll have to go through everything and start adding them to the list as well. So, check back, the list will be updated.

Friday, January 5, 2007

About Me:

I'm not your stereotypical vegan. I'm not a size two, I don't go around throwing red paint on people who wear fur, I don't spend my free time searching the Internet for something new to protest (this is the thing that bothers me most, by the way, no vegan I know does this), and my monthly bill for my local health supply store is not equal to my rent.

I do, however, love animals. I love my family, and I love the environment. Those are the main reasons why I chose to become a vegan. I've never been able to understand how a nation, who's number one killer is heart disease, goes on to consume as much meat as we do. As a vegan, your risk for heart disease drops by a considerable amount. You aren't ingesting cholesterol what-s0-ever. If you eat right, you significantly lower you intake of saturated fats, not to mention fat alone. And those are just the health benefits! (I'm sure I'll go into the other benefits at a later date) It just seemed like a no-brainer choice to me.

My goal with this blog is to show people that being a vegan (or vegetarian for that matter) is not as hard as some make it out to be. In fact, it's quite simple. It's very easy to put together a healthy and hearty meal by using just the ingredients in your (or at least my) local grocery store alone. I live in a small town. There is one super tiny health food chain here and to say they don't carry all that much would be an understatement. So, if I can do it, I know anyone can.

I'm also a busy mom with a hectic schedule and I don't have the time to devote hours upon hours worrying about my menu and hard to find ingredients. I don't know about you, but when I look over a recipe, my first criteria is easily obtainable ingredients. If the only way I can make that item is if I first scour the Internet looking for the supplies, then I move on. In my opinion, those kinds of recipes are usually a let down, anyway. In fact, my favorite thing to do is to look back and remember all the wonderful meals my mom used to make for me when I was a child. Many of my memories are based around the food she used to make for me and the wonderful smells that used to permeate from her kitchen.

My mom is an awesome cook. Cooking has always come natural to her. She makes it easy. One of the best pieces of advice she's ever given me is to cook to your tastes. Season the food to the way you like (obviously, if you're a spicy kind of person and the rest of your family is not, then this may not be a good idea). And of course, if you don't taste the food while you're making it, how can you expect it to turn out right? Unfortunately, she's no where close to being vegan. Hence the reason for this blog. I want to be able to pass down all those comfort foods that I enjoyed as a child, to my own children, but make everything vegan instead.

When I first started on this journey, I thought it was going to be a hard one. However, much to my surprise, it's been relatively simple. Through much experimenting, (and a very trusting family) I've been able to fill my home with the wonderful foods from my childhood, added with a lot of newcomers of my own. And best of all, I'm going to share them with all of you!