For the last day of VVC, I was only there for breakfast before I had to head to the airport. Once again though, it was awesome!
At the airport I had more time to kill than I planned, and stopped for a mimosa and olives.
Once I was home though, the big heavy meals had to end. I realized that I usually have a very light breakfast – a smoothie – maybe a mid day small snack, and then lunch and dinner. Well, at least lunch…but that’s a topic for another day where I psychoanalyze my overly hectic life and inability to always eat consistently.
Breakfast yesterday morning was a green smoothie in my new smoothie jar!
Lunch was a taco baked potato. Seriously, I love taking a baked potato and filling it with taco stuff. In this case, it was black beans, vegan sour cream, and topped with hot sauce.
Dinner was a salad with lettuce I GREW. Yes, I yelled just there. I’m growing things, and this is monumental.
Strawberry Balsamic Vinaigrette
- 2 cups fresh strawberries
- 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
- 2 tbsp red wine vinegar
- 1 tbsp lemon juice
- 1 garlic clove
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 tsp Dijon mustard
- I feel silly here…but blend it. Eat it.
This morning I was in a rush, so after my morning java on the back porch, I noshed a banana on the way to work. Thankfully, I stock my desk with emergency meal things, and had this oatmeal once I got there and ran into my morning meeting.
It’s possible I was in a rush, because I actually made my lunch. Another ginormous BAS (big ass salad, for new readers!), but this time using some homemade tangy soy yogurt and salsa as a dressing.
I also whipped up some tofu eggless salad, and made a sammich. My favorite sammich, actually. This version had sliced up silken tofu (the Mori-Nu in the sealed package, not the fridge version), so Just Mayo vegan mayo, yellow mustard, turmeric, diced white onion, and diced sweet pickle. I didn’t measure, but it’s pretty straight forward to figure out. Put on rye bread with tomato and lettuce.
For dinner, I made slow cooker red beans for red beans and rice. Stupid simple really. Recipe is a family fav from the Better Homes and Garden cookbook, but in the slow cooker with half the water and no meat. Easy peasy.
Well, it’s entirely possible I lost my running shoes. Or perhaps I left them in my hotel room in Austin in order to make room in my tiny suitcase. Yeah…that’s probably more likely.
Though in my defense, they’ve been dying a slow death, and in my last run in TX, the sole tore apart. And I haven’t made it to the store to buy new ones.
I have done yoga and home workouts like boxing that don’t require shoes…
Well, it’s been a crazy few days! My last day in Austin was only a partial day because I had to catch my flight. Even leaving early, I didn’t make it home until after 1 am my time on Monday morning! Part of that was weather delays, and part just the drama of traveling.
The last pics of the fun stuff I got at VVC!
Sights from the airport….
I got home, and M was still awake. D had to work nights starting that night, so he was already gone. He did turn down the bed though, and leave me this sweet note!
Then I did some unpacking and the girls had a blast with that.
Then it was work and busy, busy busy! Lot’s of snuggly cats though.
Perhaps even more exciting is seeing how much my garden has grown! I tried once – about 14 years ago – to grow a garden, and it was a colossal failure. This was pre-vegan days, and pre “wanting to be one with nature…but not get it on me” days. Well, I still don’t like nature on me so much, but I’ve really wanted a garden.
I’ve also never successfully kept a house plant alive, though I stopped trying about 15 years ago. After all, dead plants give room character.
I’ve become obsessed with it, to where I inspect it several times per day and get totally excited about every little sprout and flower.
In the 3 days I was gone, I swear I was like a freaked out new mom. Has anything new grown? Look how big it’s gotten! Like I left my newborn and missed her first word or something.
But alas, I digress. The most important thing is that it’s growing! Food is sprouting – heck, even harvested radishes already! So now I am convinced that should civilization fall, I can still take care of myself and my family and grow food!
No longer will I be known as “she of the black thumb” and “the vegan who kills all plants”.
MY HOW MY GARDEN GROWS!!
No morning pics yet this week. R had an ortho appt today and yesterday she stayed home. Perhaps the rest of the week!