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end of another era

21 Jul

You know those days when nighttime comes and you think back over the last 12 hours and say to yourself:

“wow, I had some good food today.”

Yep…I’m havin’ one of those.  And I’m likin’ it too.

Let’s get a recap of breakfast because it was just too purdy not to;)

beet, carrot, apple, pear and blackberry juice

For lunch I met up with my friend, Grace, at Panera.  I went with the garden vegetable soup + a whole grain baguette

After lunch I ran home and got a lot of work accomplished!  Jonathan has become more and more able to pass off Outbox work to me.  Right now I’m writing the copy for a brochure for one of our clients, and I’m loving it!  The combination of working for our own business, working from home and writing is so fulfilling to me.

I guess I was working a little too hard…because in a matter of just a few hours I had worked up quite an appetite!

Van’s light whole wheat waffle with natural peanut butter, half a sliced banana + chia seeds

Before I knew it, it was time to go have my last tutoring session with Mohammad.

So long, Mohammad.  It’s been real.

I’m really going to miss tutoring, but I told him to put in a word with his international friends, so maybe it won’t be the end after all!  lol.

Because I had yoga tonight, I spent some time this afternoon making a crock-pot creation to have for dinner.  I almost never use my crock-pot anymore, but when I do I always wonder why I let it sit and collect dust.  It’s so convenient!

Dinner turned out pretty tasty.

sauteed zucchini, spinach and broccoli slaw in 1 tsp olive oil with a dash of red pepper and garlic powder

Jon had this marvelous idea for breadsticks. For each stick, he used half of a Joseph’s lavash wrap, spreading a small bit of Earth Balance and pesto and sprinkling garlic powder before rolling it all up and baking at 400 for about 10 minutes.   I die.

And now for the sauce!

Easy Vegan Crock-pot Pasta Sauce

Ingredients

1 29 ounce can of tomato puree
1 15 ounce can of petite diced tomatoes
1/2 a real tomato, chopped (I happened to have it in the fridge and figured I might as well throw it in!)
1/2  cup of water
1 bell pepper, chopped
1/2 large onion, chopped
2 bay leaves
1 tbsp oregano
1 tbsp Italian seasoning
1/2 tbsp basil

Directions

1.  Mix all ingredients together in the crockpot and allow to heat through all day!
2.  Pour over whole wheat spaghetti, bulgur or a huge pile of your favorite veggies as shown above:)

That’s it!  Amen to easy breezy recipes.

Note: don’t forget to take out the bay leaves before serving.  Also, next time I will not add as much water, if any.  I thought it needed thinning, but the sauce ended up a bit too watery.

For dessert I whipped up a little bit of blueberry banana softserve.

I love using my mini bowl and spoon.  Makes it last so much longer:)

I hope you all had a great day and did something nice for yourself – you deserve it!

See you tomorrow!

What was the best thing you ate in the last 24 hours? Mine was the breadsticks – I love me some garlic bread:)  Thanks dear!

creamy, coconutty goodness + a good reminder

19 Apr

Wow, guys.  I have been so MIA the past couple of days.  I have been swamped with work…essays seeming to multiply like bunnies.  I wake up thinking about work.  I go to bed thinking about work.  Eek.  I need to get a grip.

I do have to say I am stoked about some coming announcements that I’ll be making – I know it’s kind of mean to say that and not provide more info…I hope you’ll forgive me.  Sorry!  I just can’t contain myself!

Anyhow!  I’ve totally slacked on snapping food shots the last couple of days, but I have some weekend eats lined up, just waiting to get their chance in the spotlight.

Friday lunch was leftover vegan basic pasta sauce over whole wheat spaghetti.  Also added a special touch of chopped avocado on top!  I used to would have never thought of putting avocado on top of spaghetti sauce, but these days I more often ask myself “why not??” rather than “why?”

Snack on Friday:) Yogurt with sliced almonds and dried crans

Breakfast on Saturday.  The return of the Pumpkin Protein Waffles.  Round two = better than eva’

Next up: easy prep for mystery recipe – to be featured in a coming post, so stay tuned!

more prep…

simmerin’ away – Can we say “fix it and forget it?”  I think we can:)

On Saturday, Jon and I strolled downtown to check out the arts festival.  While the festival wasn’t exactly as festive as we had hoped, we dined at our most beloved downtown restaurant – Cafe Bella.  The atmosphere is quaint and cozy and the menu has a plethora of veggie/vegan options.  Here was my menu item of choice:

sub in hummus for cream cheese.  Obbbviously.  I die.

Next on the Saturday afternoon agenda was a trip to the health food store – Nature’s Supply.  They were hosting a customer appreciation sale, and I’ll tell ya what…I was feelin’ the love.  I picked up some Pirate’s Booty (obsessed), blue corn chips, organic whole wheat tortillas, tempeh, some dark chocolate and…wait for it…Artisana Cacao Bliss Raw Chocolate Coconut butter – whew!  That’s a mouthful!  And it was.

I had never tried coconut butter before, but of course had seen it all over the blog world.  I just couldn’t bring myself to fork over the big bucks for it; however, who could pass it up as part of the customer appreciate sale?  I mean, c’mon!  Of course, the second I was in the car and out of public view I had to pop it open and get a good taste.  The verdict?  Delish!  I can’t say I will be buying it again because it set us back a good $10 (on sale!), but that is no reflection on how tasty it was.  I’m lucky to splurge on a $5 jar of almond butter though, so I best not get ahead of myself.

Perfection on an Ezekiel Cinnamon Raisin english muffin.

and the following morning on a leftover Pumpkin Protein waffle.  Can’t. get. enough.

The rest of the weekend was spent working on projects, hugging and cuddling, and soaking up every last moment of the weekend.  Monday morning swept in much too soon.

We also watched a movie called Beyond Borders.  Have you guys seen it?  It was riveting.  It was also very thought provoking and impactful.  I adore movies that make me think outside the bubble that I live in.  When we lived in Thailand, I was confronted every day with the reality that many people don’t have everything, such as materials possessions, food, shelter etc.,  that I’ve been blessed with.  Since we moved back to the States, however, I’ve found it’s easy to forget.  I like watching movies that deliver prespective right to my front door. This movie really made me think about all that I have to be thankful for.  It also made me really evaluate the things that I really don’t need.  More on that to come in the future.

What is your favorite thing you did and your favorite thing you ate over the weekend?

Do you find it hard sometimes to keep perspective in this material driven world that we live in? What kinds of things do you do to keep yourself in check?

I hope you have had a great start to the week.  Here we go again, ya’ll!

G’night.