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My Life (mostly) in Pictures!

FOOD

It’s been a good few weeks on the food front.  D and I have pledged to go out to eat less, so that means more fun food at home!  And…since I do most of the cooking, they more or less eat what I eat!

Not that they’re complaining – heck, even D decided one evening to make dinner and whipped up an amazing tofu stir fry!  Other yumminess includes tacos, smoothies, salads, wraps, falafel burgers, squash, pasta, homemade breads and soymilk, and Indian food, just to name the highlights of the past weeks!

last night's multicultural dinner!  Homemade baked falafel patties with tzatziki sauce, served as a burger with lettuce, tomato, and onion, and a side of Italian garlic, spice, and oil pasta.  Don't judge...

last night’s multicultural dinner! Homemade baked falafel patties with tzatziki sauce, served as a burger with lettuce, tomato, and onion, and a side of Italian garlic, spice, and oil pasta. Don’t judge…

Taco Tuesday!

Taco Tuesday!

leftover taco filling makes it a taco BAS Wednesday

leftover taco filling makes it a taco BAS Wednesday

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kale, quinoa, butternut squash soup

kale, quinoa, butternut squash soup

D's delicious stir fry

D’s delicious stir fry

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roasted acorn...

roasted acorn…

to make a yummy sauce...

to make a yummy sauce…

for mac no cheese!

for mac no cheese!

salad dressing

salad dressing

Indian feast!  Garlic naan, tofu korma, Chana dal, and curry veggies

Indian feast! Garlic naan, tofu korma, Chana dal, and curry veggies

fresh bread and rolls for the week

fresh bread and rolls for the week

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rice pudding breakfast!  Leftover brown and wild rice simmered with soymilk, cinnamon, and a little maple syrup

rice pudding breakfast! Leftover brown and wild rice simmered with soymilk, cinnamon, and a little maple syrup

fresh soymilk

fresh soymilk

dual appliance cooking (rice cooker and slow cooker).  Secrets of a busy household!

dual appliance cooking (rice cooker and slow cooker). Secrets of a busy household!

FITNESS

Running and yoga – as usual!  Can’t complain though, they’re what’s most readily available to me.

D and I are talking about building a home gym over the course of the next few months.  We both want to workout, but finding the time (or the desire) to go to the gym just isn’t there.  All 3 kids really want this to, so for now we’re doing research and pricing and will go from there!

LIFE

Well 3 weeks of life is a LOT of life!  With that said, no major complaints or anything.  There have been a couple illnesses, but nothing tragic (thankfully).  Between work, school, and family, I’m pretty much never bored!

I got to see several classmates last week, which was just amazing.

(from left) AF, JN, me, SH, & JC

(from left) AF, JN, me, SH, & JC

My fluffy study buddy, always willing to “help” (aka…get in the way)…

VERY intent on that equation...

VERY intent on that equation…

at least it's R's homework this time

at least it’s R’s homework this time

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Random shots

LBM using his leaf blower to remove snow from his car

LBM using his leaf blower to remove snow from his car

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at a restaurant where we said goodbye to AC as she takes on a new job and adventure in another state!

at a restaurant where we said goodbye to AC as she takes on a new job and adventure in another state!

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she loves shoes....

she loves shoes….

one stray piece of paper on the floor, and she makes it a pillow...

one stray piece of paper on the floor, and she makes it a pillow…

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And finally, the morningpictures!

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Finally a Grown Up Because I Have Curtains

FOOD

When I went vegan a little over 9 years ago, I had no problem giving up some foods.  Desserts were a big one for awhile – at least until I found my vegan baking mojo (and to be honest – I hate to bake and have more of a salt-tooth vs sweet tooth, so it never really bugged me).  My mom’s egg salad sammiches and tuna noodle salad were two of my favorites growing up, and even though I’ve tried multiple recipes over the years, this one still stands as my fav egg-less salad.  I don’t make it as often as I probably should, but it’s so yummy as a sammich or with crackers.  It’s mostly adapted from my mom and other recipes collected through the years, and I think is one of those stand by recipes.

Crissie’s Tofu Eggless Salad

Ingredients

  • firm silken tofu – best is the cardboard box Mori-Nu brand found in the Asian food aisle vs where regular tofu is found.  Sliced small (I still use an egg slicer for it)
  • 1/2 cup vegan mayo (I use Just Mayo)
  • 4 tbsp yellow mayo
  • 1/4 cup diced red onion
  • 1/4 cup pickle relish (I like the sweet kind)
  • salt and pepper to taste
Directions
  • mix and eat!

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I prefer toasted Ezekiel bread or whole wheat pitas and with added veggies like lettuce, tomato, and onion.

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Other eats  were an Amy’s bean burrito (hey, even I eat food from a freezer now and then!), green smoothie, salad from Moe’s (Welcome to Moe’s!), veggie soup with toast, and a yummy dinner with roasted portabello mushrooms, butternut squash risotto, and a vegan chorizo sausage.

topped with my tart homemade soy yogurt and some hot sauce

topped with my tart homemade soy yogurt and some hot sauce

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FITNESS

Runs every day (but today – yucky rain and snowy weather), yoga, and meditation.  I had my 2nd meditation class yesterday and I very much enjoyed it.

So I started this meditation class for a few reasons.  The first is that I’ve gone down this road before – gung ho to figure out how to stop the constant chatter in my brain – but gave up.  I kept thinking of all the other stuff I could get done if I didn’t just sit still.  The second is because I suck at sleeping.  Seriously – if you look up “insomnia” in the dictionary, it’s quite possible you’ll see my face.  I honestly want to learn how to turn the noise down enough to sleep like a normal person.  And finally, on the advice of a speaker we heard in Brazil last month.  He talked about meditation being a huge key to his balance (he works for a very prestigious global consulting firm), and goodness knows I could use some balance.  So…it was pretty awesome to find that the yoga studio closest to my house actually was starting a 5-week meditation course.  Naturally, I signed up!

I know it’ll take me a long time to get it, but I was heartened when a girl in my class mentioned that she, too, has difficulty sleeping, and that even one week of meditating before bed has helped.  I don’t expect a miracle overnight, but sometime in the next month would be nice!

after a long run on Friday - apparently Ginny loves to snuggle when I smell...

after a long run on Friday – apparently Ginny loves to snuggle when I smell…

60's yesterday and a run around the lake!

60’s yesterday and a run around the lake!

LIFE

The past few days have been pretty great.  I get up so much earlier than my family, so I’ve had a lot of quiet study time.

And while we didn’t win the lotto, my son did play for the first time (he’s 18) and won $4!

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We also – after almost a year in our new house – got curtains.  Only for 2 of the windows, but I’m feeling very grown up all of the sudden!  I fretted over them for a long time.  What looks right?  What fabric?  Ugh.  I’ve stalked Pinterest and finally after a xmas gift card from my parents and a not so subtle “get some damned curtains” nudge, we finally did.  Holy crap, curtains are expensive!  Even on sale, these two windows were nearly $300.  Yikes!  Alas, now I have the “curtain bug” and will not rest until all my windows are appropriately dressed.

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Friday night we all hung out and watched Mission Impossible.  Last night, D and I had plans to check out the new cinema café that opened near us and watch 13 (the Benghazi movie).  We even got there an hour early thinking we’d get great seats and grab a beer or something.  Silly movie was sold out!  So…we went out for dinner/drinks and then went back today to watch the flick!

Bumble snuggling with M on movie night

Bumble snuggling with M on movie night

out on Saturday eve

out on Saturday eve

and finally at the movies today!

and finally at the movies today!

The rest of the evening is doing some studying, laundry, bulk cooking, and prepping for the busy week ahead!

 

 

Have You Seen My Zen? Me Neither…

FOOD

It’s crazy, but (wait for it), I haven’t snapped many food pics lately!  Meals have been pretty standard; green smoothies, salads, and simple eats.  I did make an stew with the leftover seitan that was super awesome and ate for several meals.  See recipe – I used an electric pressure cooker.  Specifically, and Instant Pot.  You can totally do this on the stove top too -just cook longer.

Crissie’s Irish-ish Beefless Stew

Ingredients

  • 1 lb cubed seitan (it was my leftovers!)
  • 3 peeled and cubed potatoes
  • 2 cups peeled and cubed carrots or bagged baby carrots if you’re lazy like me
  • 1 can diced tomatoes
  • 2 cubed onions
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1-2 tbsp coconut oil (you can use any oil you want – or none in a nonstick pot)
  • 6 cups veggie stock

Directions

  • Heat the pot on the sauté setting and melt the coconut oil
  • add the seitan and stir until browned
  • add everything else in
  • close lid, cook on Soup setting for 20 minutes (or low pressure for a regular pressure cooker)

Seriously, that easy!

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would've been perfect with a chunk of crusty bread!

would’ve been perfect with a chunk of crusty bread!

a quart of leftovers!

a quart of leftovers!

Other eats…

typical smoothie for me!  Coconut water, strawberries, banana, pineapple, and spinach

typical smoothie for me! Coconut water, strawberries, banana, pineapple, and spinach

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baked and skinned sweet potato with sliced banana, cinnamon, and a little maple syrup.  Also cook these in the pressure cooker for 15 min before getting in the shower, so the skin falls right off and a hot breakfast is ready

baked and skinned sweet potato with sliced banana, cinnamon, and a little maple syrup. Also cook these in the pressure cooker for 15 min before getting in the shower, so the skin falls right off and a hot breakfast is ready

and of course….Taco Tuesday!

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FITNESS

Running almost every day and yoga several days per week.  Weather has been crazy.  High’s in the 30’s yesterday and near 60 today.  I vacillate between gloves, hat, and many layers or just a long sleeve T.  Whatever – it’s all good.  Even wore my blinky light tonight.

I also started a meditation class at the yoga studio – its a 5 week class, and have been pretty good about meditating at home.  Though sometimes it’s tough when all I can here is Leaf Blower Man, noisy family, or am too tense to slip into a zen-like state.  Who am I kidding?  I don’t think I’ve ever been in a zen-like state!  I’m trying though!

before yesterday's run.  Tank, thermal, turtleneck, sweatshirt!  Knew it was going to be cold...and I think I was mostly frozen the first 1/4 mile or so.

before yesterday’s run. Tank, thermal, turtleneck, sweatshirt! Knew it was going to be cold…and I think I was mostly frozen the first 1/4 mile or so.

LIFE

So in my last post when I mentioned it was time to get back to the routine, I forget how insane that routine can be!

Work has been good, kids have been good, school has been good – so no complaints, just very little free time.  Which is totally fine, but I realize how much time slips by between posts.

I leave you with typical life pics!

Starting with cats – one in particular who hates it when I study (which is pretty much all of the time!)

eating my hoodie tie...

eating my hoodie tie…

and then snatching my pen...

and then snatching my pen…

the cat who never snuggles - crawls in my lap whenever I'm studying!

the cat who never snuggles – crawls in my lap whenever I’m studying!

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Other cat pics because this is the internet and it would be sad and boring without cat pictures.

water thief

water thief

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oh, is that yours?

oh, is that yours?

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get outta my house

get outta my house

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my cold-night study spot.  Where they surround me - not because they love me, but because they want to be by the fire

my cold-night study spot. Where they surround me – not because they love me, but because they want to be by the fire

Morning Pictures!  I promise, R does wear different clothes every day under her hoodie.  Rest assured that you can tell because D changes has different clothes on!

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I got one because it was an ortho appointment day!

I got one because it was an ortho appointment day!

 

 

Pizza Fun, Ticket Bonanza, & Practical (ish) Meal Planning

FOOD

Yesterday was all about the tofu pot pie.  Seriously, I had it for breakfast AND lunch.  You know.  Need to clear out the space in the fridge because I was going grocery shopping…

Dinner was nothing fancy – the leftover boozy beans from the other night over a bowl of romaine, onion, and quinoa.  No pics.  My bad.

This morning was a smoothie (though NOT a green one!).  This one is from one of my fav smoothie books ever – 365 Vegan Smoothies.  This is the Strawberry-Chia Synergy one.  By the way, great book if you’re new to smoothies.  I’ve bought it as a gift a few times now!

pre-blend before heading to the office

pre-blend before heading to the office

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Lunch was a to-go salad I brought to work.  Romaine with scallions in the big section, sliced beets and cubed herbed tofu in the smaller ones.  I brought and used up the rest of the dressing I made the other day (balsamic/orange/champagne).

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Dinner was homemade pizza!  I’ve modified a dough recipe through the years, and here’s what I’m currently using.

Crissie’s Pizza Dough (makes 4 good sized pizzas)

Ingredients

  • 3 cups lukewarm water
  • 2 tbsp yeast
  • 2 tbsp sugar (we use the raw sugar, but any sweetener would do)
  • 4 tbsp olive oil (I use an infused olive oil with Italian seasoning.  If using regular olive oil, add 1 tbsp dried Italian seasoning)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 7-8 cups flour
  • any toppings that tickle your fancy

Directions for Dough

*I use a kitchen aid stand mixer so it’s ridiculously easy, but you can do this by hand too

  • put the warm water, yeast, and sugar in the bowl and let it proof for about 10 minutes (it should get a bit bubbly)
  • add the salt and olive oil
  • turn the mixer on the lowest setting and add 1/2 cup of flour at a time until you get a nice dough (or do this with a wooden spoon and call if your bicep workout for the day)
  • if doing by hand, you’ll likely have to hand knead in the last 1 – 1 1/2 cups
  • let sit until doubled.  At least an hour, but can let it go all day if you want

Directions for Cooking

  • preheat oven to 450
  • spray your pizza pan and sprinkle with cornmeal if you have it or flour if you don’t
  •  turn the dough out onto a floured surface.  Knead in any dough you need to make it easy to work with
  • cut into 4 sections
  • roll each out and place on the pan
  • top with a bit of olive oil – I also sprinkle with garlic salt and extra Italian seasoning.  For those who like spice, crushed red pepper is a great add here.  Cooking it mellows the heat out a bit, but retains a good bite
  • top with a sauce of your choosing (tomato, prepared pizza, BBQ, white sauce, pesto…you get the idea)
  • add any other toppings you dig
  • cook!  Set timer for 15.  That usually does the trick – but if you’re extra loaded you may want another minute or two.

Dig in!

some of the veggies

some of the veggies

decorating the pizzas (yes, we call it decorating...)

decorating the pizzas (yes, we call it decorating…)

FITNESS

Holy soreness, batman.  I don’t know if it’s the daily running after NOT running as much, or the yoga class that stretched my hamstrings in the other direction, but it’s all sore.

I did a light walk/jog yesterday to work out some kinks and yoga today.

LIFE

Yesterday morning was meal planning, grocery shopping, and studying.  For meal planning I use One Note.  That way I can share the grocery list with D if he does the shopping (usually so I can study!).  Here’s the plan for this week.  Knowing it’s more of a guideline than a plan!

 

12/27 – 1/2

Day

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Snacks

Sunday

Green Smoothie – Sassy Green Kick-Start p. 81

Colin’s Blueberry Muffins (PPN)

BAS

Homemade Pizza (normal dough & PPN dough)

Monday

Green Smoothie – Strawberry Chia Synergy p 82

BAS

Mac No Cheese

Snobby Joes/Misc Sammich Fun

Tuesday

Green Smoothie Super Blue Recharge p. 85

BAS

Taco Tuesday!

Rice

Wednesday

Green Smoothie – Green Chia Monster p. 93

BAS

Baked Tofu

Sautéed mushrooms

Salad

Roasted potatoes or mashers

Thursday

Green Smoothie – whatever I have!

BAS

Leftovers & Snacks

Friday

Green Smoothie

BAS

NEW YEARS!

Saturday

Green Smoothie

BAS

Build-A-Bowl Asian Style

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 BAS Stuff:

  • Roasted Chickpeas (PPN p. 83)
  • Tofu Feta (PPN p. 113)
  • Quinoa
  • Brown Rice

Misc Stuff for Lunches

  • Egg-less Tofu Salad
  • Hummus w/veggies
  • Wraps
  • Buffalo Tofu (PPN p. 154)
  • PPK red Thai soup
  • Marinated cucumber slices (Asian style -> Ani Phyo)
  • Caribbean Quinoa Bowl
  • Kale chips

To give you and idea of how it’s just a guideline – totally didn’t make pizza last night.  Ended up going to Busch Gardens with the young one and letting everyone else fend for themselves.  But…because pizza night is so much fun, moved it to today and am totally skipping the snobby Joe night (lentil based sloppy joes).  I typically put a bunch of extra recipes or items I want to prep so there’s always food on hand for lunches, snacks etc.  They don’t all get made, but it’s the basis for the grocery list.  The goal is no one starves when the week gets into full swing and we’re all so busy, we end up ordering take out.  Also, I try to have a BAS most days (Big A$$ Salad) since they’re fun, yummy, and good for me too.

Oh, and for reference, PPN is Plant Pure Nation – another book I love.

So, hello novel.  After meal planning and all the associated fun, I asked R if she wanted to go to Busch Gardens for Christmas Town.  Because nothing says Christmas like 80 degree weather…..

D was at the office, A was with a friend, and M had no interest.  So just R and I went and had a blast.  We spent much of the time in an arcade (rides weren’t going for the most part), and she hit some mega jackpot and was buried in tickets by the time we were done.  It was awesome.

as we got to the park

as we got to the park

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getting my you-know-what handed to me in air hockey

getting my you-know-what handed to me in air hockey

skee ball

skee ball

jackpot!!

jackpot!!

Today was back to the office where I sorted through 1200 emails!  It took me almost 7 hours to clear out my inbox and catch up, but it was great.

I got home at a good time, spent about 4 hours studying, made dinner, and am not getting ready for bed!

So good night all (oh, and Chelsea managed to not lose today.  Not exactly stellar, but it beats getting our butts kicked…).

I’m Petitioning for “Kaley” to be Added to the Dictionary

FOOD

It’s hard to believe, but there was almost no leftovers from last night!  A’s boyfriend went home with some, and that left one container with roasted maple sweet potatoes, mashers, and mushroom gravy.  I claimed it as breakfast because I was up first :)

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Lunch was my favorite soup.  Here’s the link to it since it’s definitely not an original creation.  It’s so creamy and yummy and kaley (it’s a word…trust me – even if I just made it up to reference something “full of kale”) with a hint of spice.  My eldest, A, was equally excited.

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Dinner was a BAS with some buffalo tofu bites.  Nothing fancy, just pressed and cubed tofu tossed with Frank’s Red Hot Buffalo sauce and baked for 20 minutes at 350.  I put it on a head of baby romaine lettuce, red onion, hearts of palm (thanks Brazil, I’m now addicted), and cherry tomatoes.  I put a splash of the dressing I made the other day (balsamic/orange/champagne) and it was perfect!

pre-cooking!

pre-cooking!

dinner!

dinner!

FITNESS

I went to yoga today!  Not just in my bedroom, living room, or hotel room, but an actual class.  It’s been since August!  Which, if you’re a regular reader you know is sort of like cutting my arm off (before I got accepted to my grad school program, I was accepted to a yoga teacher training program).  It’s not for lack of wanting to go, but more about having the time (or really, taking the time) to do anything that took me away from either home or the office.

There’s a cute yoga studio near me that D and I had gone to a few times, but it was next to a dance studio, and it’s tough to get your zen on with hip hop blaring through the walls.  Fortunately, they just moved (just a few doors down in the same strip mall – but far enough away to blunt Beyonce)…

Anyway, they also happen to have a student special for the holiday’s, so I swiped that up and went, mat in hand.  It was great, and so excited to have a studio close to home finally.

After getting home (and having lunch and studying for a few hours), I went for a run.  Today was cooler than the past few (60’s), and it was just before sunset when I went out.

LIFE

You pretty much already know my day!  Leftovers, yoga, study, cook, run, cook, blog.

Accounting got me out of having to watch a less than stellar movie, so I never thought I’d be grateful for that:)  D got the dubious honor of watching it with R.  Way to take one for the team, babe.

I plan to spend the next hour or so meal planning for next week so I can get my grocery shopping and prep done early tomorrow.  That way I can focus on studies, laundry, and family before heading back to the office on Monday!

Merry Global Warming

FOOD

Christmas Eve dinner was some homemade baked beans, vegan sausage, and a butternut squash risotto.

baked bean ingredients!

baked bean ingredients!

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Of course with this being a holiday morning, it had to start with a Bloody Mary!  It’s more or less a smoothie, but really spicy and with vodka :)

super spicy - tons of horseradish, jalapeno, and tobasco...

super spicy – tons of horseradish, jalapeno, and tobasco…

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Mid morning I had some Ezekiel toast with Diaya cream cheese, sliced tomato, and fresh pepper.

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Lunch was a BAS with romaine, onion, tofu feta, and an agave-mustard dressing.

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Dinner – while not a pretty picture – was awesome.  Tofu pot pie, mashers, mushroom gravy, roasted maple sweet potatoes, corn bread, and a lemon bundt cake for dessert.

not a pretty pic...sorry.

not a pretty pic…sorry.

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FITNESS

It’s hard to not go for a run when it’s 80 degrees in December.  For all the climate change deniers out there – you’re idiots.  I mean – I get the cyclical long-term environmental changes the Earth goes through and the arguments about why we’re not actually causing this crazy weather – but seriously.  Idiots.  The human race has more (negative) impact on the Earth than it could have managed on it’s own.

LIFE

It’s been a nice and quiet couple of days.  Yesterday was spent cleaning and studying for me, and relaxing for everyone else.

During dinner we all watched Olympus Has Fallen and hung out downstairs.

We started wrapping gifts and Ginny decided this was the perfect time to hang out under the tree without trying to destroy it.

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This morning it was time to exchange gifts, play with them half the day, and then cook and relax some more.  I didn’t actually study today (shhh….don’t tell my professors ;) ).

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R alternated between Dr. Who Lego’s and her new drone she flew around the neighborhood while listening to her new stereo, M got VR goggles and was digging on those all day, and A’s boyfriend came over to hang out, watch movies, and spend time with our family.

After dinner, it was some wine and relaxing to a John Lee Hooker double album I got!

Bumble was exhausted from a day of climbing mounds of wrapping paper, chasing catnip balls, and general cat hayhem

Bumble was exhausted from a day of climbing mounds of wrapping paper, chasing catnip balls, and general cat mayhem

Hope you’ve all had a wonderful Christmas if you celebrate, and an amazing day all around.

Camp, Cats, Pools, and Travels!

FOOD

Well the past few weeks have been a bit crazy, but lots of good food involved.  I have a few new books to review (and giveaway), so I can’t share all I’ve been up to just yet!  I’m really excited to though, as there’s some great dishes coming your way in the coming weeks.

There have been smoothies, Tofurky, and plenty of meals out.  D and were traveling for a few days, so there were many yummy dishes out and about in our travels too!

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my garden is still pumping out cucs like crazy, so I've had a lot of cucumber toast sammiches!

my garden is still pumping out cucs like crazy, so I’ve had a lot of cucumber toast sammiches!

Of course I had to go out for Thai at least once in the past couple weeks!

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And tacos….

pressure cooker pinto beans and all the toppings

pressure cooker pinto beans and all the toppings

taco potato!  One of my fav ways to change up my tacos

taco potato! One of my fav ways to change up my tacos

And a tofurky feast night

tofurky, mushroom gravy, mashed potatoes, roast carrots, and sweet corn bread

tofurky, mushroom gravy, mashed potatoes, roast carrots, and sweet corn bread

And finally, I made one of my favorite alfredo sauces from Lunchbox Bunch, and it’s made from acorn squash!  I pretty much just make the sauce, though I use half the Italian Seasoning.

the sauce

the sauce

I made some brown rice pasta, and when that was boiling, added peas, green beans, kale, and brussel sprouts.  SO yummy.

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And finally, Orlando eats from my long weekend trip with D!

probably the most boring meal.  Oatmeal and an English muffin with jelly

probably the most boring meal. Oatmeal and an English muffin with jelly

bunch the last day at White Wolf Café.  English muffin with sliced tomatoes and grits!

bunch the last day at White Wolf Café. English muffin with sliced tomatoes and grits!

tofu scramble, sausage, and home fries burrito with polenta - from Ethos Vegan Kitchen

tofu scramble, sausage, and home fries burrito with polenta – from Ethos Vegan Kitchen

eggplant and zucchini vegan pizza from Red Circle at Universal

eggplant and zucchini vegan pizza from Red Circle at Universal

my very fav Epcot dish - from Marakesh.  Pita, hummus, couscous, tabbouleh, marinated olives, and lentils.

my very fav Epcot dish – from Marakesh. Pita, hummus, couscous, tabbouleh, marinated olives, and lentils.

our first Babycakes!  They've opened in Downtown Disney, and I had mint choc chip and D had French toast cupcakes.  SO GOOD.

our first Babycakes! They’ve opened in Downtown Disney, and I had mint choc chip and D had French toast cupcakes. SO GOOD.

lemon potato wedges from Taverna Opa

lemon potato wedges from Taverna Opa

zucchini chips

zucchini chips

Full yet???

FITNESS

Most of my workouts have been runs, but also got in some biking when in Orlando!

D and I rented some bike share bikes in Orlando and biked around town!

D and I rented some bike share bikes in Orlando and biked around town!

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post ride sweaty selfie!

post ride sweaty selfie!

I also went to my first hot Vinyasa class in nearly 2 years.  I got dizzy, and this pic just shows how sweaty I got (and admittedly, it looks like I want to barf).

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D and I also walked for over 30 miles in the 4 days we were gone!

LIFE

Well, based on all the above pics, we’ve certainly been busy!  The week after the 4th of July holiday, D went back to working on days and living like a normal person.

It was also the week we prepped R for her 2 weeks at camp!  Shopping, ortho appointments (where she got her bottom braces put on), lots of family time, and packing.

driving to camp!

driving to camp!

dropping the young one off at camp!

dropping the young one off at camp!

After another work week, D and I had another short week and left for a quick trip to Orlando!  We have only gotten away alone together 1-2 times, so this was a pretty big deal.  First time we’ve ever flown anywhere together.

We had an absolute blast just wandering around town.  We did Epcot, and Universal City Walk a few times, but we also went to a casino (where I owned the blackjack table!), a blues club, and a bike ride.  It was an absolutely wonderful trip.

airport selfie as we were boarding our ridiculously early flight...

airport selfie as we were boarding our ridiculously early flight…

drinking a drink called Pimp Juice!

drinking a drink called Pimp Juice!

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this cracked me up....

this cracked me up….

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Today was back to the office and tomorrow is taking M to his university orientation day!

And here – more random pics from the past two weeks!

me & M

me & M

A & D

A & D

they're starting to like each other!

they’re starting to like each other!

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she loves the outdoor patio too!

she loves the outdoor patio too!

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cats missed the suitcase

cats missed the suitcase

harvest!

harvest!

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After a Week of Website Drama, I’m Back with TONS of Pics – Food, Cats, and Anniversary Fun

Well, due to some website technical difficulties for the past week, I’m finally back up and running!  

FOOD

This has been one of those weeks that’s a combination of at-home meals, and dining on the go.  Every morning was either a smoothie or cucumber toast (it’s a good thing I love cuc toast, because my garden seems to keep pumping them out!).

And here are the grub highlights!

one of my fairly standard smoothies.  Water, banana, frozen berries, mango, and spinach.

one of my fairly standard smoothies. Water, banana, frozen berries, mango, and spinach.

smoothie and cuc toast on Daiya cream chese

smoothie and cuc toast on Daiya cream chese

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tofu lettuce wrap from the Busch Gardens food and wine fest

tofu lettuce wrap from the Busch Gardens food and wine fest

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lentil cake with tomato and sauce

lentil cake with tomato and sauce

smoothies with D

smoothies with D before work

grilled portabello mushroom burger with Italian pasta side

grilled portabello mushroom burger with Italian pasta side

sloppy potato!  Baked potato topped with lentil sloppy Joe's and some raw cauliflower

sloppy potato! Baked potato topped with lentil sloppy Joe’s and some raw cauliflower

veggie fajitas

veggie fajitas

Tropical Smoothie Cafe has Beyond Meat, and I grabbed their Jamaican jerk wrap.

Tropical Smoothie Cafe has Beyond Meat, and I grabbed their Jamaican jerk wrap.

pineapple chili with shredded greens

pineapple chili with shredded greens

simple bagel breakfast

simple bagel breakfast

Crissie's Smoothie Delivery Service!

Crissie’s Smoothie Delivery Service!

another smoothie selfie!

another smoothie selfie!

And of course, can’t forget the morning java pics!

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celebrating our anniversary morning with java together!

celebrating our anniversary morning with java together!

FITNESS

This has been a really great week on the fitness front.  Why?  I went back to hot yoga!  I was last at my studio in November.  It’s easy to say that life got too busy with moving, work, etc – but the truth is, I was a little heart broken, so I stopped going.

I had spent a year saving up to take yoga teacher training, and it was slated to begin the first weekend of December.  This is something I’ve wanted to do for nearly 10 years now, and I was finally going to do it!  Then I had to have a difficult conversation with D about the realistic time expectations, and together we concluded that there just isn’t the time in our lives for me to do this now.  Since that decision was made – I hadn’t gone back.  I was sad, disappointed, and perhaps a bit angry.  However, after over 6 months, I decided it was time to shake it off and go.  I’m so glad I did.

me after my first class back!

me after my first class back last weekend!

after work monday night.  Glad it's dark because the mascara was ALL over my face!  Must remember to take that off before class...

after work monday night. Glad it’s dark because the mascara was ALL over my face! Must remember to take that off before class…

I still want to be a teacher some day, but I realize it will be several years before I have the ability to commit to that.  Until then, I will be happy to be a student.

On the days I didn’t go to yoga (I went twice), I went running.  I also have a jog belt for the pool, and have done some of that too!

LIFE

It’s been a really good week for me.  I’ve gotten a ton done, and that always makes me feel relaxed.

A few random pics of the week:

my girls eating lunch outside on the porch

my girls eating lunch outside on the porch

flowers D bought me on Sunday

flowers D bought me on Sunday

Ginny is obsessed with wet feet

Ginny is obsessed with wet feet

buckets of margaritas!

buckets of margaritas!

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gin and tonic time

gin and tonic time

harvest!

harvest!

my in the backyard reading

my in the backyard reading

Nightmare Before Christmas Yahtzee!  R won...

Nightmare Before Christmas Yahtzee! R won…

Mine and D’s anniversary was Thursday, and even though we had to work, it was fun ending out evening floating in the pool, talking, and having a few drinks.

Happy Anniversary evening drinks - before taking it to the pool.

Happy Anniversary evening drinks – before taking it to the pool.

Our regular celebration actually happened yesterday though.  Every year since we’ve been in VA (which is 11 1/2 years now!), D and I have gone to Busch Gardens – without the kids.  We always have a great time, and yesterday was no exception.

pulling into the park

pulling into the park

about to get on the front row of the Griffon

about to get on the front row of the Griffon

sky ride

sky ride

drinks in Ireland

drinks in Ireland

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okay, strange cat mask in Italy

okay, strange cat mask in Italy

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Veganism, Activism, Food, and Having a Famous Daughter

FOOD

I believe I warned you all in my post yesterday.  I have food pics.  Lot’s of food pics.  Mainly because I’ve had lots of great food!

I admit that the food gluttony didn’t start until later in the day yesterday than planned.  After my run, I grabbed a banana at the hotel, and had intentions of grabbing a light lunch in the University of Texas – Austin area (which is where I’m staying).  Long story, but that didn’t happen.

BUT…that’s not to say I starved all day.  In fact….this happened…

I hit up Whole Foods to grab a bite.  Sadly, the pho was flavorless (no pic), but this...this was brilliant.

I hit up Whole Foods to grab a bite. Sadly, the pho was flavorless (no pic), but this…this was brilliant.

there were several food trucks at the Vida Vegan Con Bazaar.  I didn't get anything, but I was tempted by the vegan corn dog!

there were several food trucks at the Vida Vegan Con Bazaar. I didn’t get anything, but I was tempted by the vegan corn dog!

Arlo's - which I also didn't partake of, but heard was awesome.

Arlo’s – which I also didn’t partake of, but heard was awesome.

yet another food truck that I didn't get anything from....but it sounded great.

yet another food truck that I didn’t get anything from….but it sounded great.

I DID, however, eat here!  The Vegan Nom is a very vegan-famous taco place here in Austin, and I just had to have one.  This is the Jalisco.  I could eat it every day!

I DID, however, eat here! The Vegan Nom is a very vegan-famous taco place here in Austin, and I just had to have one. This is the Jalisco. I could eat it every day!

And then there was today!  Both breakfast and lunch were buffets as the conference – but make no mistake.  I hear “buffet”, and I picture Golden Corral or some cafeteria type place.  These buffets were ridiculous.  And I mean that in the best possible way.

this was my plate - though I wish I had snapped a shot of the spread.  Breakfast taco with chorizo, tofu, black beans, and yummy toppings.  And potatoes and a slice of toast with Earth Balance coconut spread and a slice of vegan cheese.

this was my plate – though I wish I had snapped a shot of the spread. Breakfast taco with chorizo, tofu, black beans, and yummy toppings. And potatoes and a slice of toast with Earth Balance coconut spread and a slice of vegan cheese.

lunch was this crazy deconstructed bowl line - can't even describe all the ingredients, but mine had kale, spinach, brown rice, quinoa, kale chips, roasted chickpeas, roasted cauliflowers, and a creamy ranch sauce.  my most epic BAS in a long time. I also double fisted the desserts.  Coconut panna cotta with toasted quinoa and spicy pineapple, and a blood orange tapioca with crispy ginger.  Freaking ridiculous.

lunch was this crazy deconstructed bowl line – can’t even describe all the ingredients, but mine had kale, spinach, brown rice, quinoa, kale chips, roasted chickpeas, roasted cauliflowers, coconut bacon, and a creamy ranch sauce. my most epic BAS in a long time. I also double fisted the desserts. Coconut panna cotta with toasted quinoa and spicy pineapple, and a blood orange tapioca with crispy ginger. Freaking ridiculous.

I’m going to dedicate a separate post to dinner tonight since I’m going to a supper club hosted by Chef Chad Sarno and his brother.  Should be pretty freaking amazing.  Or freaking ridiculous, since that appears to be the word of the day.

FITNESS

After my run yesterday, I showered and cleaned up, and it was still too early for lunch.  So…I decided to go for a walk around the University and kill time.  Then I decided I wanted to walk to Whole Foods.

In the end, I walked 8 miles AFTER my morning run.  Yeah, no guilt in that last taco I ate :)

random sighting on my walk.

random sighting on my walk.

This morning when I woke up my hips and calf muscles were tight – I’m assuming from the hills!  I opted for a half hour of yoga in my hotel room before getting ready for the day.

LIFE

I learned that Whole Foods originated right here in Austin, TX, so I just HAD to go see the mother ship!  She was beautiful.

seriously, there were multiple restaurants and bar areas INSIDE.  I want one...

seriously, there were multiple restaurants and bar areas INSIDE. I want one…

Then it was off to the Marchesa Hall & Theater for the Vegan Bazaar.  It was open to the public, which was really awesome.  There were the food tucks, of course, but also vendors galore as well as tables for various animal activist groups.  It was awesome (aka, ridiculous).  I personally picked up a t-shirt from the Compassion Co, a tank from Herbivore Clothing, a mason jar smoothie thing from Meaningful Paws, some stickers and buttons (I LOVE buttons), and this gorgeous bag for my daughter A from Cykochik.

one of the vendor tables!

one of the vendor tables!

my new t's!

my new t’s and smoothie/juice jar!

bag for A!  It's called Love Bunnies.

bag for A! It’s called Love Bunnies.

There were also many great speakers and demos, including a great one from Fran Costigan that I really enjoyed.

As for today – today was the first full official day, and it was amazing (or ridiculous!).  Both yesterday and today, I got to connect with new and familiar faces alike.  I’m planning to do a recap post with links to all these great people, so I encourage you to check them out when I do.

the selfie I sent to D since I can't see him today.  Clearly excited, right?!

the selfie I sent to D since I can’t see him today. Clearly excited, right?!

the conference Swag Bag of Wonder!  Conferences where you get tons of free food and fun stuff is excellent.

the conference Swag Bag of Wonder! Conferences where you get tons of free food and fun stuff is excellent.

Breakfast was with Amey from Vegan Eats & Treats, and her wonderful mom!  Her mom and I had a long and delightful conversation about healthcare.  She’s been in women’s health her whole career, and is heavily involved in the Santa Cruz community.  She shared some amazing programs they have launched, and it was just an amazing time.

I had a similar conversation with Jessica from Sprouts & Chocolate.  Totally delightful.

These conversations were revolutionary to me.  In vegan circles there is certainly a LOT of conversations about health.  Typically those I’ve heard or been involved with are related to personal health.  My personal passion (other than veganism of course!) is in global health – and I loved finding and talking to so many people who were interested or engaged in the state of healthcare affairs in their communities – who are interested in making a difference on the policy side as much as within their own lives.

I took a break and sat outside to type out some of my session notes!

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In order to not write a total novel, I will recap the sessions in future posts after I’ve had a chance to distill some of the messages and what they mean to me – and not just ramble on and on.

So summarize this post, it’s been another remarkable, enlightening, and inspiring day at Vida Vegan Con Austin!

And of course on the home front…pictures!

All weekend long, I’ve had people come up to me and tell me how much they love the morning pictures – how it’s the first thing they see in the morning.  Amey told her mom how much R smiles now that she has braces and how adorable they are.  How the love they have just shines through each picture.  I told R today that she’s famous, and that everyone looks forward to her and her dad’s pics every day.  Then I told D that I needed a morning pic, even though it was a weekend.  I didn’t want to fend off a mob of people looking for one!

So, here’s today’s morningpic!  Right after R woke up.

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And a selfie of D in the pool!

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And my first harvest!  A radish – that grew this big from a seed 6 weeks ago!  Caterpillars have decimated the leaves, so D pulled one.  Said it was spicy and awesome!  Can’t wait to get home and eat these bad boys.

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Oh Spring, How I Love/Hate You

FOOD

So last week Wednesday was national empanada day!  I wasn’t able to celebrate properly, so we had a delayed feast this weekend.  I made empanadas, rice and beans, a cabbage salad, and a spicy green sauce.  Not a hungry belly left!

Crissie’s Attempt to Recreate the Epcot Mexican Slaw

Ingredients

  • 1/4 head green cabbage, shredded
  • 1/4 head red cabbage, shredded
  • 1/2 red onion, diced
  • 1 cup corn kernels
  • 1 roma tomato, diced small
  • 1/3 cup lime juice
  • 1 tbsp rice vinegar
  • 1 tbsp sugar (or sweetener of choice – I used raw sugar)
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt

Directions

  • mix everything together!
  • let sit in the fridge for 30 minutes to meld flavors
rolled out and cut dough circles, ready to go!

rolled out and cut dough circles, ready to go!

ready to bake

ready to bake

ingredients ready for the beans

ingredients ready for the beans

spicy green sauce ingredients before....

spicy green sauce ingredients before….

...and after!

…and after!

DINNER!  As a side note, D fell in love with the slaw at Epcot, and while I didn't recreate it exactly, I think it was pretty close...and was well received!

DINNER! As a side note, D fell in love with the slaw at Epcot, and while I didn’t recreate it exactly, I think it was pretty close…and was well received!

For breakfast yesterday, I may have gone a bit overboard on my smoothie, and ended up with two to-go cups!  Lasted me half the day, so that was totally awesome.

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Last night D and I went to run errands (IE – buying chaise lounges for the pool!) and we went out for Japanese food.  After miso, yakisoba, edamame, and a veggie roll, I was beyond stuffed.

D thinks miso looks like brains....

D thinks miso looks like brains….

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Perhaps because I had such a big dinner, I haven’t had much of an appetite today.  A simple stir fry of tofu, red onion, garlic, bell pepper, and coconut aminos has been enough so far.

FITNESS

I actually went to yoga on Sunday.  I haven’t gone to a physical class since LC and I went in January to her studio.  It’s not that I don’t love it and miss it – because both are true – but I think I’ve been a bit depressed about it.  Here’s what I mean…

I really want to be a yoga teacher.  Like, a lot.  I’ve had this goal for years, and had finally committed to doing it.  I spent the year socking money away, and was going to start my 9 month teacher training this past December.  I was all set and excited and ready to go!

And then life got in the way.  I had to take a serious look at if I could actually fit it into my life at this point, and the sad (but honest) answer was no.  I went into a soft of yoga funk after that, and couldn’t bring myself to hit the studio.  And then we bought a house, moved, and had all sorts of other things come up, so it started to be easy to not go.  I’d log into Yogaglo and do some classes at home (or in the hotel), or do some simple sequences on my own, but hadn’t actually hit the studio.

It was time.

Unfortunately, I didn’t go to my normal studio and went to one I used to go to.  I did that because 1 – they had a class at a time that suited my schedule better, and 2 – I think I have some trepidation of going to the studio where I failed to start yoga teacher training.

Bad move.  I really disliked the class.  A lot.  It didn’t feel balanced, and the instructor yelled out quite loudly.  And talked about herself a lot.  Basically, the class was not my speed, and I’m actually sorry I went.  I didn’t want my first day back on the mat in a studio to be a bad experience.  One the plus side, I think I’m ready to head back to my home studio.

Today was a muggy run between the storms.  Thankfully it felt better than my run on Saturday, though my pace was a bit slower.  Funny how that works :)

LIFE

Spring has sprung, the air is green, and I am sneezing at EVERYTHING.

I always get excited for Spring.  It marks the end of Winter (and I HATE winter….I hate being cold more than almost anything else) and is a signal that days are going to get longer and warmer.

And then I start to see the pollen, and everything gets a thick covering of green.  I throw open the windows to welcome in the warm air and light and revel in the day – and then spend the evening scrubbing the table tops and floors to make the green sheen go away.

And I sneeze.  All the time.

I can’t wear contacts because my eyes burn and occasionally swell shut.  Forget mascara!

And I am reminded that the only season I really need is summer.  Things bloom without trying to kill me, the days are really warm and sunny, and there are no coating of green hell powder over everything.

So come on Spring, you’ve outlived your welcome.  Bring on summer.

In the mean time, some random extra pics from the past week!

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this one followed M around

this one followed M around

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the #morningpictures are back!!

the #morningpictures are back!!

a girl and her lazy cat (that would be me and Bumble)

a girl and her lazy cat (that would be me and Bumble)

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yeeessss.....

yeeessss…..