I must Congratulate Julie on the fact that...I have not had ANY of these items before. That's pretty cool! We do not have a Trader Joe's where I'm located, so she made me want to go even more!
The only thing I've tried so far is the hot sauce...love it!
This swap has been so fun! If you wanna participate, register here. Yeah, I know the holidays are coming, and life is busy...and so does the organizer Cat. We're taking a break for November and December for that reason!
In the spirit of random...my day:
People with drama
Long training classes
Prayers for patience
Children with cancer
Thankful for work
Loss of classmate
Loss of opportunity
I started out strong and motivated...then life...well you know, it happens!
I have made my Vegan Veggie Soup a couple of times...I'm so ready for cooler weather and crock pot cooking! Lots of people ask about it, so...figured I'd change things up a bit and share my recipe!
Vegan Veggie Soup
1/2 pkg frozen Mirepoix soup mix (celery, carrots, onions)
1/2 pkg frozen chopped spinach
1 pkg frozen beans of choice (crowder or speckled butter beans are my fav)
1/2 pkg frozen sliced carrots
1 large can crushed tomatoes
2 c. veggie broth
I put the leftovers from the ingredients in a gallon ziplock bag and put it back in the freezer for the next batch of soup.
I literally dump all veggies in crock pot, pour in tomatoes, fill the tomato can up with water (to get the rest out too) and pour in, pour two cups of broth (I love Better than Bouillon Vegetable Base) in, and fill with water if any other liquid is needed.
I cook mine on low all day (probably about 12 hours) and serve over sticky rice.
Tastes great and is a great way to get the family to eat spinach!
So, we start our day off going to the Annual Oliver Hardy Festival in Harlem, Ga. Frankly, it's like a big high school reunion! We watched the parade, checked out the booths, and ran into friends. One purchase was made, and I had no complaints because it is something that the kids have always wanted.
It's a Pitcher Plant and they were sooo excited!
After that we came home to relax and eat lunch.
Veggie Soup with Rice
I also managed to bake some Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies during this time.
Later, we were going back out...and we had goals.
1. Car Washed
2. Hobby Lobby for canvas
Which turned in to:
1. Car Wash is too busy...not today
2. Let's go by Party City and look at Halloween Costumes...which resulted in no purchases...and about an hour chatting in the parking lot with a friend. Good times!
3. Pick up Checkers for David and drive to plant to deliver it.
4. No one can decide on dinner and craft store is already closed, so we just came home.
Edamame with sea salt
Spicy Cucumbers and rice...don't judge me...these pickles are awesome!
Oh, did I mention this...yes, yes I did....
Homemade Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies are everyone's favorite!
Yes, I started with this simple quote on purpose. I need motivation. I've not been feeling well. Trying to infuse those positive thoughts back into my head! This is a beautiful thought, and does make you realize how much perspective plays into our daily lives.
Okay, so I'm a day late posting this...but I did do the work.
My food for Day 1 was horrible...you know you thought the same thing!
Well, Day 2 of Vegan MoFo did not go much better for me. Now I'm at the stage where I think I feel better, but then I get tired...I think I'm hungry, but nothing tastes good. I'm not making good decisions either...which turns me into a carboholic!
So, here's what my Day 2 looked like (with another bit of beauty attached).
I don't know if I'm trying to fool me or you...and note that the actual food pictures are the smallest! I'm ashamed, I admit it. I need to do better!
Breakfast: None...great way to start the day :(
Lunch: Black bean Taco Salad (I would say this was pretty good for me, but chips were involved, and yeah...crunchy, salty food is my weakness
Snack: I was starving when I got home from work, so I had my absolute favorite thing (currently, subject to change). Sticky white rice and spicy pickles...yummy!
Dinner: Terrible choice, but it was soooo good...Lo Mein and Spring Rolls
You know, I signed up for Vegan MoFo, and was sooo excited to be able to share because so many people are curious. Now I feel like I'm in some 'confessions of...' situation! So, I've told people before, and now I guess I'm showcasing it...Vegan does not equal Healthy!
I am doing what I said I would though...sharing my daily eats :)
I love reading everyone's posts...I already know I'm gonna have some new favorites! Favorite recipes and favorite blogs! YES!!
Okay, so I'm participating in a Vegan Swap this month! Cat, over at The Verdant Life organizes this.
I'm very excited! I've already gotten my recipients information...gluten-free Vegan (she's trying to make me work) and I've given my information to my sender.
I'll be blogging about this later this month when I receive my goodies ;)
In the meantime, I wanted to take some time and check out some of the blogs of the participants, and I thought that it would be a great opportunity to share with all of you!
Sharing the 'about' section (if present, 1st 2 lines) from the blogs:
The Verdant Life
Cat is a writer who really loves to eat. In fact, she's relentless in her passion for good food, environmentally friendly food practices, and wholesome, organic ingredients. She's also a budding photographer...
Veggie Next Door
Hi, I’m Diana. I’m not a nutritionist, a chef, or even a very good cook for that matter. I’m just a twenty-something Chicago-area girl-next-doortrying to cook up a quick meal after work, or looking for a...
Hello! I am a 27 year old vegan librarian living in Seattle, WA. Being kind to animals, which to me means not eating them (among other things) is important to me. I am trying to navigate being a vegan in a...
I love to travel and write about it. I spend a lot of time cooking and have a blog devoted to my favorite cooking appliance my stand mixer. I am currently adapting to a plant based lifestyle and have...
I am in love with expressing one's personal style at home through decor and design, entertaining, food and drink. I also love writing and great photos (and have a special fondness for parentheses and italics).
I'm a nuclear engineer by degrees, but more of a reliability engineer by practice. I research empirical methods for health monitoring of complex engineering systems. I'm also vegan. These pages will chronicle...
Have you ever put all your energy into creating something in the kitchen for others only to have them turn their nose up the instant they find out it’s vegan? Recently, I have been cooking for people more...
I am a loving wife, mother of 4, grandmother of 3, who loves to cook and eat good vegan food. I became vegan in February 2011 after being vegetarian for 3 years. In addition to my "human" family members...
Jen C. and Jen G. came up with the idea of starting a meal share group to alleviate the pressure of cooking for our households one or two nights per week as well as build community. We've also enjoyed using...
Hi, I’m Hindy! I started this blog as a place to catalog all of the goodies I was cooking up. I love to experiment in the kitchen, and rather than continue pestering all of my buddies with food photos...
Hi there, My name is Nicole. I’m a young professional living in NYC. Back in January 2012, I challenged myself to live a healthier life. Since then, I’ve lost 15 pounds, competed in a half marathon, and become...
Two of my greatest passions are eating good vegan food and traveling the world. I created this blog not only to display the good eats and amazing sights I encounter, but to inspire me to never stop moving. Meat-free...
Hiding out in suburbia – posing as a domesticated housewife. We live in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains and Mt. Rainier National Park in Washington State which helps feed our love of the outdoors.
I was a vegetarian for two years before I became vegan in January of 2010. I live near Austin, TX with my non-vegan husband, our French Bulldog, Siberian Husky, two parrots and a variety of saltwater fish. I...
Hi I'm April. I live in Central Massachusetts with my small family and our dog. I originally lived in Wyoming, and moved to Massachusetts in 2008. I enjoy new hobbies and some would say I am a serial hobbyist...
Hi, I’m Caren, founder of Voodies.com and author of Voodie Girl. I’m Canadian, but I decided to stop doing “the snow thing” in 2006. Now I live in Los Angeles with my husband, coco the pug and a mutt...
A born and raised Minnesotan who defected to Iowa. Welcome to a little glimpse into the good life that Iowa (yes, Iowa!) has to offer. Life in a small town has found a place in my heart and there is always...
Kelly is a 20 something yarn junkie, foodie, gardener, cake-decorating-addict, book-worm, baking queen, who cannot get enough of the outdoors. She has been vegan since early 2009. Since then, she has lost...
I'm a 24 year old vegan living in Washington DC. I became vegan three years ago when I still was living in Tennessee. There weren't many options for sweets in the town so I taught myself how to make what I...
Welcome! This is a new blog for a new chapter in my life. My previous blog – whereonearth was a travel diary of my adventures and mishaps throughout the world – mostly on a boat, but also on bike, foot, ...
Dianne "Veggiegirl" Wenz is a Holistic Health Counselor, Vegan Lifestyle Coach and Plant Based Diet Nutrition Specialist, as well as an avid cook and baker. She offers group and individual nutrition and...
During college, I waited a whole lotta tables at various restaurants. It was then that I became familiar with the term “86,” which means to remove, end usage, run out of, or take something out or away. For example, ...
We affect people everyday, though we may not know.
We are affected by people everyday, though we don't tell them.
It's hard to take time to slow down and appreciate all that it around us.
All of the wonderful people that we are surrounded by in this crazy, busy world.
Taking a moment to appreciate someone (copy and pasted as originally written)...
This man has taught me so much in my life time. He is my rolemodle and has been a father to me. He always see's the good in people never the bad and is always there to give a helping hand to anyone in need. Just like in this pic. he is helping build my patio. He has work like a dog his whole life and had just retired. This man has tought me to love,play, fish, take time for the little kids and get on there level, be kind,not to talk about people, help everyone, and smile even when your down, and don't give a crap about a doller bill, if someone need's give it to em, and respect people. I love him more that life it's self, and if God would take me and not him, I would die for him. He has suffered with RA since the age of 33 and he is 64 now. His life has been racked with pain for so long, it just doesn't seem right for him to have more pain. So if you guys can, please say a little prayer my big brother. He's my superman and always will be!!!
He is my rock, he has taught me everything I know! He taught me how to ride my first bike how to ride my first motorcycle how to drive my first car. He was my tooth fairy! He taught me to love everyone, to be kind to everyone and if someone is in need help them! I find a lot of him in me everyday.
Those thoughts are about a family member of theirs.
A family very dear to my heart has lost a great man.
I love them, and my heart is heavy today.
At the same time, I am thankful that he is no longer suffering and in pain.
It seems that I've not made it over to this blog lately. Life happens!
I realized I didn't even post a trivia question on last Tuesday's post, just gave the answer to the previous week?! Oh well, forgive me.
So, let's start this Tuesday off with some pictures!
Do you know who this celebrity is?
...or that his entire band is Vegan?
Pretty cool I think!
I'm not going to make excuses, I'm just going to admit that I've not been here on my blog! I have been working on some 'classes' so that I can get back in gear on my writing! I updated my profile and picture, and I am looking forward to doing that honestly.