Some Dogs are Awesome…Some Aren’t

FOOD

Yeah, I’m not talking about puppies like my Sammie.  I’m talking hot dogs.  I’ve been a vegan for many years now, and I’ve never tried the tofu hot dogs.  Until now.  And they’re just as nasty as I remember actual hot dogs being.  Yuck!

I bought a package thinking it may not be a bad thing to have in a pinch.  At 65 calories each and low in fat, I thought it would be a win-win sort of thing – quick meal with high protein and not the most awful thing I could eat.  Nope.  Wrong.  Nasty.

On Monday I made a batch of vegan mac n cheesy dinner with veggies (the sauce is a non fat cheeseish sauce from Appetite for Reduction – very tasty).  For extra protein punch, I thought I’d throw those diced up dogs.  I ended up picking them all out so I wouldn’t even have the rest of my leftovers infected by the smell and taste.  Other than that, my meal was great!

yummy pasta dinner....sans dogs
yummy pasta dinner….sans dogs

Yesterday I threw a ton of stuff in the rice cooker for dinner.  2 cups lentils, 2 cups brown rice, 8 cups veggie broth, a cinnamon stick, 1 tsp. of cayenne, 1 diced onion, and 2 tsp. cumin.  It made a TON and was much spicier than I thought it would be, but very good.  I had some leftovers for breakfast this morning with steamed veggies.

it's a take on a Syrian dish I read about, but with more spice added.
it’s a take on a Syrian dish I read about, but with more spice added.
espresso I made at home with VERY frothed up vanilla soymilk!  I will say that the Earth Balance brand froths more than any other non-dairy milk I've ever tried.
espresso I made at home with VERY frothed up vanilla soymilk! I will say that the Earth Balance brand froths more than any other non-dairy milk I’ve ever tried.

FITNESS

Just runs the past few days and some at-home yoga.  I have a race this weekend and it’s looking like the weather will be in the 60’s!

Sadly, my daughter did not make me any costume, so I won’t be getting any free trips to Boston by winning a holiday costume contest this year 😦  I’m thinking I need to reduce her allowance now….

LIFE

The weekend was pretty quiet at home.  D and A were in New England and got home in the early afternoon on Sunday.  They both absolutely loved the town and the school.  D sat next to the Lt. Governor from there on the plane ride out – whose husband teaches at the university they toured.  The student who gave the physical campus tour had exchanged contact info with A, and she got a text from her saying that her professor mentioned A and D!  Small world.

The past few days have been hectic – mostly just long days at work.  The rest of the week is pretty low-key though, as we’re having our work holiday party Friday afternoon.

D’s been home sick the past few days and moping about (he’s a big baby when he doesn’t feel well), so we’re mostly very quiet at home too.

For now, just some picture fun.  R asleep in my bed when D was out-of-town, Sammie giving a love attack to D, Bumble sleeping on one of the sofas, and random pics D took over his weekend.

sleepy little girl
sleepy little girl
sleepy big girl!
sleepy big girl!
museum tour
museum tour
looking so dashing!
looking so dashing!
cake.  in a cup.
cake. in a cup.
waiting for the valet to bring the car around
waiting for the valet to bring the car around

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drawing A did while away
drawing A did while away

 

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RunCrissieRun

I am a 43 year old busy career mom & full time student who is attempting to find her inner athlete, be a vegan in a non-vegan household, and find a way to balance it all without going crazy! I love to cook, read, run, do yoga, 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 “Some Dogs are Awesome…Some Aren’t

  1. Love all the pictures. I never liked hot dogs growing up. I’ve found a couple of vegan brands that aren’t too bad. You just have to really be careful not to over cook or they simply awful. Of course, I tend to just pile mine high with sauerkraut so who knows what they really taste like LOL

    1. I douse as much as I am able in sauerkraut too! Drives D crazy. I’ve been happy with the tofurky kielbasa from a taste side, but they are pretty high in calories and fat and was hoping for something as yummy, but less damaging.

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