Tuesday, October 17, 2017

...Tuesdays with Julia...

...so this week...I stepped WAY out of my comfort zone and made vegan brains...or Vegan Cervelles Braisees...which sounds a lot nicer...
...and with the veg/ham mixture it was actually pretty tasty...

...all the particulars are over at The Vegan Version...

~Have a lovely day!

Monday, October 16, 2017

...Over the Weekend...

...we had vegan pancakes for breakfast...and I stood over the griddle eating the first one...

...do y'all do that too...the first one is never quite perfect for some reason...and I usually just eat it plain while I'm cooking more perfect ones...
...and we really did get another bag of fresh okra from our gardener...

...so I cut that up...
...and froze it for the coming winter...there's nothing better than getting fresh garden veg out of the freezer in the middle of winter...
...and this happened over at the Church...
...huge mounds of mulch were delivered to our two playgrounds...
...and some of the menfolk got together and spread it all out...now our playgrounds smell wonderfully piney...and will cushion any falls our little ones have...
...and finally...this arrived anonomously on our doorstep...
...and I just LOVE it...

~Have a lovely weekend!

Saturday, October 14, 2017

...Date Night...

...so...just dinner...out with the Man...and no photo of dinner...
...but the kiddos went to a Halloween party as Anthony and Cleopatra...so CUTE!...so I'll show you a photo of that...

...so the Man and I were on our own...and we hemmed and hawed about whether to stay in (as usual)...or go out...things are usually pretty crowded on Friday night you know...but the Man suggested that we just drive into our little town...park and walk up the street and see if any of the restaurants looked like they might have seating for us...

...so that's exactly what we did...and we stopped into our favorite little trattoria...and just asked...and sure enough they had a table for 2...

...sorry I didn't get a photo...but I had a delicious entrée salad called the "Autumn Harvest Salad"...with apples, cranberries, curly cabbage, roasted butternut squash and pumpkin seeds...it was perfect...

...and then because this restaurant doesn't have any vegan desserts...we walked back across the street to the ice cream parlour which always has a couple of vegan options...and got the strawberry sorbet...

...so that was pretty much a perfect impromptu date night for me...

~Have a lovely weekend!

Friday, October 13, 2017

...Friday Favorites...

...although I didn't do a What I Ate Yesterday post...I did track everything...

...y'all know...I've been vegan a long time...but people still occasionally ask me the age old question..."but...where do you get your protein?"...

...and I always try to answer truthfully that almost all foods have protein in them...and plant based foods especially so...beans of course...but...spinach and broccoli especially...and lots of seeds and nuts too...

...and of course I always try to discuss these things as kindly and gently as possible...I always want people to see how easy it is to be vegan...how much lighter...kinder...and just better they will feel...about themselves and the world...because...if there's a way you can have all the foods you love without the rape, torturing, and murdering of animals...why would you not?
...anywhoo...I've got this great new app for tracking nutrients...Cronometer...

...it's fun and easy to use...you just search for the food you want to enter...and put how much of it you ate...and it tracks all the nutrients for you...
...this is what my Cronometer looked like right after lunch...
...and this is at the end of the day...

...and that's all just from the food I ate...I do take some supplements...you can read about those on this W.I.A.Y. post...

...but I've not entered the vitamins here...so you don't have to worry about my vitamin D, E or Potassium...

...and I don't use the app every day...but it's fun to track sometimes...just to see where I'm at nutrient-wise...and I don't worry too much if I don't get enough...say selenium one day...because the next day I might get 150%...

...have you ever tracked your nutrients?...

~Have a lovely day!

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

...W.I.P. Wednesday...

...again...not mine...(but I'm helping)...

...Our Girl finally has her blanket finished...and properly shaped for it's border...

...we got a nice creamy chenille for that...you know how babies love different textures...

...what's in your workbasket?

~Have a lovely day!

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

...also...also wik...

...also over the weekend...

...if you're not a Monty Python fan...you probably won't get the title...

...Scout is on Fall Break (2 days)...so after Mom left...we still had Scout and Our Girl visiting...
...so we fired up the fire pit and roasted some Dandies...we totally intended to do this with Mom and Frank...but it was raining...
...Vegan S'mores are the BEST!

~Have a lovely day!

Monday, October 09, 2017

...Over the Weekend...

...we had another wedding...it was lovely...and simple and sweet...
...and then Mom came for a quick visit Sunday and we went out for dinner...so that was super fun and nice...

~Wishing you a lovely start to your week!