Friday, December 29, 2017

Christmas Trip

It has been since 2011 that I visited my family in Texas for Christmas. I've seen them since then, just during different times of the year, but it has been that long for some (and longer for others) since I caught up with relatives on that side of the family.

28 hours in the car (14 each way). 13 people sleeping in one large house. 24 people for Christmas Eve dinner. 3 days and 4 nights. I won't narrate the photos, as I'll let them speak for themselves.  Just scenery, no food.


One of my relative's neighbors brought homemade gifts over.  
 I can't stop eating the Jalapeno Jelly. On toast. On crackers topped with Tofutti Better Than Cream Cheese with jelly on top. It is a perfect spicy sweet flavor.

 I'll be back on New Year's Day with more! Enjoy your celebrations, quiet or loud, as you like!

Sunday, December 17, 2017

Try This

Hi Everyone! A quick little post to say hello, and wish you a wonderful holiday season! It has been super hectic, as I'm sure it has been for all of you as well.  I plan to be back on Wednesday, and then again after Christmas.

I needed to bring a bottle of wine for a gathering recently, and saw this:
 I tried it, and liked it! 

Guess what finally made it to our Trader Joe's stores:
 I can't wait to enjoy them! (I might have purchased two out of preemptive fear. Ha!)

Also from TJ's:
I'm going to drink it tomorrow, and will report back!

What new item have you tried, and would recommend?
See you on Wednesday!

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Wednesday's Intake

 Decaf with Caramel Almond Milk Creamer. Oat Bran with brown sugar and pepitas.
 Broccoli Quinoa Bake.
Dinner Course 1: Avocado Kale Salad.
Dinner Course 2: Tortilla Soup with Tofutti and crushed tortilla chip garnish.

See you this weekend!

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Soup Season

While the weather hasn't really shown that we are ending fall in less than three weeks, my palate is in the mood for soup! You've already seen the return on Tomato Coconut Curry and Butternut Squash & Shallot soups, but here are the other three that have emerged this week:

Homemade Miso Soup with Sriacha Tofu
Carrot Ginger Soup

Soups on deck for the upcoming winter season: Tortilla Soup (this recipe is a puree, but so good! You'll see it this week.); Beefless Beef Stew; Vegetable Soup; Corn Chowder; Tofu Pho (but not made by me - I'll leave that one to the professionals!).  What soups or stews are you looking forward to making during the cold weather? What do you serve on the side? 

See you  mid-week!

Thursday, November 30, 2017

It's Left Over

Leftover meal #1:
 Butternut Squash and Shallot Soup; mixed greens with pomegranates, candid walnuts and balsamic vinegar.

Leftover Meal #2 (taken to work everyday):
 Stuffing with Tofurky Kielbasa; side of green beans.

Leftover Meal #3:
Mixed greens, pomegranate, apple, candied walnuts, balsamic vinegar and EVOO; my mother's sweet potato casserole.

One more serving of soup; enough pome seeds for four more salads; three more servings of stuffing.
I'm over it, but will stick it out and get through it! Ha ha!

Saturday, November 25, 2017


Grocery prep for my "take along" Thanksgiving meal:
There are leftovers, so you'll be seeing them next week! 

Butternut Squash & Shallot Soup:

Stuffing with Tofurky Kielbasa

I did partake in some Black Friday shopping, but it was really only things I needed.
 I picked up this beverage (it was okay - a lot of tumeric, but I finished it).
 Finishing up the Tomato Coconut Curry Soup:
 Here comes the holiday decor! I purchased the mini tree and baubles for my classroom.
The treat bags with have a mints and chocolates for my homeroom students.

I'm currently watching "The Holiday" with Kate Winslet, Jude Law, Cameron Diaz, and Jack Black. It's one of my favorite holiday romance flicks!
I will likely begin putting out my Christmas decor after this post goes up. Ha ha!
See you on Wednesday...

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Some of Everything

Enjoying decaf with Caramel Almond Milk Creamer in my new San Fran mug (the other side features a cable car)...
 Vega Vanilla, frozen banana, frozen blueberries, water.
 Snarf's Veggie Sandwich: avocado, sprouts, lettuce, tomato, onion, pickles, and mustard.
 Beet Box Chocolate on Chocolate donut, GF Apple Cinnamon Scone.
ModMarket SuperFood Salad (sans fromage) with Tofu:
Made a batch of Tomato Coconut Curry Soup to deflate me post T-day.

I hope you will be spending Thursday in the manner you most desire! See you this weekend!

Monday, November 13, 2017

San Francisco & Sausilito

Walking across the Golden Gate Bridge.

Cable Car Ride

Lombard Street.

 Fisherman's Wharf.



Time to go home...

See you later this week!

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Just Lunch

My breakfast and dinners have been standard fare, often seen in my posts, so I thought I would spare you the oatmeal, baked potatoes and kale, wild rice and kale.

Finishing off the last two servings of African Peanut Stew and Cornbread at the beginning of the week:
 I then went back to Indian recipes for my remaining lunches, and made a yellow curry sauce. It is served over oven roasted sweet potato, carrots, russet potato, and broccoli. My colleague said he was envious of it today, while at the lunch table. Score!
 Bonus photo: these are my two new oils currently being rotated in my diffuser. On Guard has cinnamon in it, so it almost smells seasonal!

This weekend, I'll be making a quick trip out of town for a cousin's wedding. Where am I going?  
Hint #1: I haven't been to this state in so long, it hasn't appeared on the blog.
Hint #2: It's not east of where I live.
Hint #3: Lots of grapes.
Extra Credit: which city?