Chlorine is More Powerful than Soap


Not that I need much of a reason to cook, but holiday cooking is always so much fun.  Yesterday was mostly me in the kitchen (once the carnage of gift opening was done).

I made a few things for breakfast.  The first was an orange marmalade snack cake from My Sweet Vegan that came out very yummy.  Then I took the leftover rice and beans from Saturday night’s meal, mixed it with some tofu scramble, veggies, and vegan cheese and made breakfast burritos.

cake for breakfast!
it's very gooey and sticky

We don’t really eat lunch on holiday’s.  I generally put out a ton of snacks, and we graze all day until a big dinner around 730-8pm.  It’s funny; growing up, my parents always tried to do holiday dinners around 2pm, and then we’d graze all evening.

Anyway, I spent the majority of the day whipping up an Italian feast.  The vegan items included lentil and rice balls in a homemade tomato pomodoro sauce, fresh pasta, 3 loaves of Italian bread (which was 2 loaves too many), salad, and socca.  And red wine.  I will say – it rocked 🙂

rolling and cutting the pasta was a two person job! Even with the KitchenAid, it was really long. Here we are improvising where to hang them as we finished prepping the rest! Was also a convenient place to hang them while I pulled the rest of dinner together
lentil and rice balls! What my daughter affectionately calls LICE balls


Today for breakfast I had my leftover tofu parmesan on toasted Ezekiel bread for a yummy sandwich.  Lunch was some lentil soup and wheat thins, and for dinner, I made a chickpea pasta salad.  One of my favorite dishes when I was a kid was my mom’s tuna noodle salad.  I haven’t thought of it in years, but decided to make a chickpea version.

I made up a sauce of veganaise, sweetener, salt, and, dijon mustard, then added mashed chickpeas, sweet pickle relish, and some onion.  Then mixed in a box of cooked quinoa gluten-free pasta shells.  Overall, not too bad.  I wish I had some dulse, to give it that fishy taste.  So essentially – not a lot like tuna noodle salad, but still pretty darned good.

chickpea pasta salad



Yeah, yesterday was a rest day…unless bouncing around the kitchen all day counts 🙂

Today I went swimming!  I’ve been missing the pool a lot lately.  I’ve been happy that running is again pain-free, but it’s time to pick up the cross training again.  I plan to have quite a busy Tri season in 2012!

I did stop at Aquawear today.  I am on the lookout for a lap counter because I always lose track of how far I swim.  The only one they had was a big one that suction cups to the pool wall, and you hit it when you finish a lap.  I was looking more for the little tiny ones you wear on your pointer finger and hit with your thumb!

But that said, I did count my laps today since I was doing a specific workout, and I swam 1300 yds before hanging in the hot tub for 10 minutes.  Getting to listen to my new audio book while swimming was totally cool too.

Random thought…ever notice that despite a hot shower with plenty of soap, you still smell like pool?  Drives me crazy.


Well, life has been pretty chill the past couple of days!  Yesterday involved getting up ridiculously early though.  We are NOT a family that wakes up early on purpose.  Ever.  Except my oldest child (who is 16), gets extremely excited for Christmas morning.  So what did she do?  Woke up at 530 AM, then woke her little sister, and sent R into my room to wake D and I up.  It was horrible!

After breakfast, I actually took a nap, which is something I rarely do.  It was the only way I was going to get through the marathon dinner cooking!

R has been funny though.  We got her an iPod touch – which does everything an iPhone does except make calls.  Anyway, she’s been texting D and I from every room in the house, using FaceTime to ask for a glass of milk, and watching Netflix (SpongeBob).  Not to mention tons of music.  She did a fairly awesome and funky rendition of Paint it Black from the Rolling Stones last night.

I also got her a headlamp for when we go camping this spring.  She’s been wearing it all day, and is currently in her room with it on, her light’s off, and playing a game.  Goofy, goofy child.

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I am a 45 yo busy career single mom and doctoral student attempting to find her inner athlete, be a gluten-free(ish) vegan, and find a way to balance it all without going crazy! I love to cook, read, run, box, do yoga, dance, travel, and learn as many new things as I can - which often gets me in trouble.... I am passionate about life in general, and if I didn't write about it, I'd probably implode.

2 thoughts on “Chlorine is More Powerful than Soap

    1. The lice balls were good. Held up better than I expected them too, though they needed lots of tomato sauce for flavor. Pasta was fun. Now I want a ravioli maker!

      Sent from my iPad

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