Sunday, December 30, 2012

New Year's Eve Eve

I'll begin this post with my afternoon trip to Sprouts.  It was the first time I've been grocery shopping since our return from Kansas.
Avocado, kale, green bell pepper, cabbage, green onion.
Celery, shredded lettuce, shallot, onion, oranges, red bell pepper.
Oats, white corn tortillas, seitan, broth.

Any guesses on what I might produce this week? ;)
On to the meals. . .
Today started with a favorite breakfast:
Everything bagel (toasted) with Tofutti Better Than Cream Cheese

Lunch:


Tall Soy Latte (with a smidgen of snow)
Banana Chips
Dinner: stuffed bell pepper
Brown rice, soy crumbles, tomato sauce and paste, onion, garlic, celery and spices inside a bell pepper.  There are two more that I will have another time.

The evening ended with a trip to Caveau with a friend and a few glasses of bubbly alongside great conversation.  I would have taken a picture, but they keep it really dark in there.  

I wish you all a wonderful New Year's Eve tomorrow, and I'll see you in 2013!

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Holiday Travelogue Part Two

Christmas Day - Non-vegans had:
And some sort of breakfast casserole that involved grits (when your father is from Virginia and North Carolina, you eat grits).  My mother saved a serving of uncooked grits for me (I let them cool too long, so while they look lumpy, they were still good), and I had them alongside a tofu scramble.
A few presents exchanged, snowing outside, and snuggled near the fireplace.
Terra, my parents' Sheba Inu was exhausted after all of the present opening.
Remy with one of his new squeak animals:
Before heading back to my aunt and uncle's farm for the main holiday meal, I prepared some dry roasted cauliflower and then sauteed some kale, garlic, coleslaw mix, and spices.
There was also some green beans, corn, cranberries, and rolls on the table which I also enjoyed.  Mixed nuts and more vegan chex mix throughout the rest of the day.  It was snowy and just about zero degrees, so Remy couldn't frolick on the farm.
Instead, Remy tried to play with his dog-cousins: Cash and June, both chocolate labs.
Cash was found as a pup wandering in a field, and they got June as a pup from a neighbor. 

Wednesday: tofu scramble and wheat toast.
Napping and road trip. 

Upon arrival, I didn't feel like going anywhere and so whipped up a quick Creamy Avocado Pasta.
 
It was a lovely holiday all the way around, and I can't believe the New Year is around the corner.  And, in a little over a week, I'll be back with the freshman. *sigh*

I will now be returning to normal sized posts. Thanks for reading! :)

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Holiday Travelogue Part One

Sunday afternoon: no rivers, no woods, but fields to grandma (and grandpa's) house we went.
Photo
Upon arrival, I had most of the homemade soup I brought (seen here).
Christmas Eve: toasted onion bagel, tofu scramble (kale, red pepper, shallot - I also brought nooch, tumeric, and sea salt, which is also in the scramble).  FYI: you'll be seeing this scramble appear for breakfast every day I was there, so get used to it. ;)
This is one of the few small towns in America that doesn't have a single big box retailer.  Their (one) grocery store is named after the guy who opened it.  What they do have is a plethora of antique stores.  Here everyone knows your name (cue "Cheers" theme).  We talked to the owner of this shop for at least 15 minutes.
One day I will own a desk like this: (minus knick-knacks)
It has three secret compartments.  If this wood could talk. . .

For lunch I put together the Asian Chopped Salad 

I also had Chex Mix thanks to the small town being out of Worcestershire sauce.  Woo hoo!
The afternoon was spent being quintessentially Christmas: listening to Bing Crosby and trimming the tree.
Notice that Remy is "vacuuming" in the kitchen.
Grandma likes to use homemade ornaments, here are two of my favorites:

I knew we'd head to my aunt and uncle's farm after church, so I threw together my dinner to take along:
kale-potato-avocado salad, and some of the leftovers from lunch.
To end part one, a shot of my aunt and uncle's holiday decorating:
I think it's really beautiful.  Tomorrow I'll have pictures from Christmas day (including four furries - woo hoo!) and a quick recap of our return today.  I am so looking forward to sleeping in my own bed tonight! Thanks for reading!

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Holiday Prep

Whew! I'm about to walk out the door and head to the next square state to the east (Kansas).  I'll be seeing the farm folk and grandparents for about three days, and of course Remy will be coming along as well.  As we didn't want to bring a lot of presents, just to bring them back, I've already received my blender:
I am only bringing along small gifts for my immediate family and grandparents (Remy is getting a new toy, but I'll show you that one at a later date).
I've already been told it'll be SAD holiday food, and in a small town with one grocery store - it'll be slim pickings on everything.  Thus, I'm bringing a mini stock pile:
Cole slaw mix (I'll add mandarin oranges, whatever nut is available, and poppyseeds to make a salad), Kale, red potatoes, and this pre-bagged salad mix which happens to be vegan (minus the wonton noodles - not sure about those) and looks good:
Pears, avocados, cauliflower. 
I'm bringing what's left of my Broccoli-Cauliflower-Potato Cream Soup, and made some cheezy kale chips for the four hour drive.
Lastly, aseptic tofu (easier for travel), banana chips (for when everyone else is eating butter-laden cookies), and in a pinch back up meals.
 
I know I'll be able to read some of your blogs on my phone (g-pa and g-ma don't have internet), but I won't be posting again until the 26th.  That said, have a Merry Christmas! I adore each of you, and appreciate so much our interactions! *Big holiday hug*

Friday, December 21, 2012

Happy Winter Solstice!

Today's post is brought to you by my work laptop, as my three year old Toshiba laptop has decided that it no longer wants to accept being charged.  As in, the electrical port is damaged and must be disassembled to see if it is a quick fix or so corrupt that it reaches the motherboard - which means "buy a new computer".  Obviously, I am hoping for the former.

Last technology story before I get to the food: I inserted the USB cord from my camera into this (work) laptop - not realizing that there were 658 photos on the memory stick.  That is not an exaggeration.  658 photos that I will have to delete once I get my laptop fixed, and go back to work.  Awesome.

Breakfast:  Everything bagel (toasted) with Tofutti Better Than Cream Cheese.
Shopping. Too many people. Traffic.  Whole Foods.
And a box of hot/salad bar:
Broccoli Salad, Asian Sesame Slaw, Falafel, Rosemary Roasted Potatoes
Dinner was the second to last serving of Broccoli- Cauliflower -Potato Cream Soup.
It does not photo well, but trust me - it tastes delicious.  

See you tomorrow!

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Warm & Wintery

Meteorologist Remy discovered there was about two inches of snow on the ground this morning.
So, we did our best to stay indoors and eat warm food.  
Slightly mangled by the waffle iron, but nonetheless tasty blueberry waffle with syrup.
Broccoli - Cauliflower - Potato Cream Soup, made by yours truly.
There was also a few kale chips, but you know what they look like by now.
Closer to dinner time, a small snack of Tamari roasted pumpkin seeds:
Dinner was out for Pho with a friend:
Small #5 (tofu) with veggie broth, apologies for the blurry picture.
A variety of onion for garnish: green onion, white onion, and fried onion.  I added bean sprouts and Sriracha after the picture.

As Colorado has now sent the snow towards the mid-west, my apologies to Molly and her pack (specifically Emma!) in advance - apparently the storm will bring you a foot of snow! Stay warm!

Monday, December 17, 2012

Destination Wish List

I'm not going to post my material wish list this year, as I already know what I'll actually be receiving: a new blender.    Not to mention, I don't really "need" much of anything.  Nonetheless, wish lists are fun for dreaming and if I could do anything, I'd travel.  Here is my top ten state-side and international destination wish list. (In no particular order...)
Norway
Norway

Bath, England (I've been to England before, but never to Bath.)
Bath, England

Destin Beach, FL
Destin Beach, Destin, Florida

Smokey Mountains, TN
Smokey Mountains, Tennessee
source unknown

Seattle, WA
Seattle

Vancouver, British Columbia
Vancouver

Australia (this is an image of Whitsunday Island)
Whitsunday Island, Queensland, Australia

A trip along the Pacific Coast Highway
Pacific Coast Highway
source unknown

Alaska (as seen from a train, I'd prefer that to a cruise)
Alaskan train ride

Cape Verde, off the coast of Northern Africa
Cape Verde, off the coast of northern Africa

So, while we're dreaming - where would you like to go?