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Archive for the month “January, 2010”

Honesty is the best policy..

I was nominated by my dear and lovely friend DJ of skintvegan  for an honest scrap award.  I “heart” DJ.  She is the best.  I have known her since I was pregnant with my little bear Adam.  She rocks.  Now about honesty.  My honesty has gotten me in trouble before, with friends, family, even strangers.  I have seen Josh staring at me dumbfounded by some of the things I say. He literally has to pick his mouth up off the floor from his jaw dropping.  But hey, would you rather me lie?  Probably not.  Sometimes the truth hurts, but I prefer someone be honest with me any day than candy coat it.  So here goes.  The rules of the award are simple:
1) Thank the lovely person who has nominated you and link back to them. Thank you DJ!
2) Tell your readers 10 honest things about yourself. (Hide the childrens eyes.)
3) Link to 10 other blogs you feel embody the spirit of Honest Scrap and whose blog you find brilliant in design and/or concept.

So, here’s my honest scrap.  This should be interesting.

1.   I have been told before that I have an “I don’t care attitude” by certain people.  I don’t think it is my attitude.  I just don’t care what people think.  I actually don’t give a rat’s arse what people think. I am going to be who I am, wear what I want and speak my mind.  Either you like me or you don’t.  I will always start out being kind to a person until they do me wrong. 

2.   I love being a mum.  I never thought I wanted kids or considered motherhood until I met my sweet Joshua.  Then that all changed.  I love it.  With motherhood, there is something new everyday.  I love my boys more than life itself and would walk through fire for them without hesitation. 

3.   I have a dilemma as to what to do with my life once Adam starts Kindergarten.  I plan to go back to work, but don’t know what I want to do.  I think I would make a great teacher, but would rather not go to college for another 4 years.  Oy.  I could always go back to healthcare, but feel I am a bit tired of it.  I am a great cook and wonderful with the little ones, but I don’t want to run a daycare and chefs sometimes are not paid very well.  I also write, but freelance work is hard to come by.  So, for now, I stand in the middle of nowhere career wise.  I  have several years before he starts school, but it is frustrating. 

4.   We were married in Scotland.  We actually spent 3 weeks driving the lower eastern coast of Scotland.  The reason I mention this is because I fell in love with the country.  So much that I would move there in a New York minute if Josh gave the go ahead.  Seriously.  There was not one thing I disliked about it.  I loved the land, the people, the animals, you name it.  When I was there, I didn’t want to leave.

5.   I am  neurotic about housekeeping.  I think that is why I was blessed with two very messy little boys.   I sweep 2-3 times a day and mop at least twice a week.  I straighten my house up every evening once the boys have gone to bed.  So as to wake up to a nice clean home.  If someone comes over, the house is most likely tidy with the exception of the boys making a mess in their room.  And my bathrooms are spotless. I cannot stand dirty bathrooms.  It is a pet peeve.  If someone’s bathroom is dirty, it really bugs me.  I am not  a picky mum, telling the boys not to make a mess.  I expect them to, they are boys after all.  And I have no problem picking up after them. 

6.   I love the American Pitbull Terrier breed of dog.  I can hear the gasps of horror.  They are a great dog, listed in the top 10 for intelligence.  They were actually known as “nanny dogs’ in England due to their kind nature and how well they were with children.  It is people like Michael Dick, I mean Vick who give this breed of dog a bad name by abusing them.

7.   Sometimes when I hang out with other mums in various group settings, I feel totally out of the loop.  They are all very kind to me, but I don’t feel like I am part of the group.  More like maybe they are just being nice because I am there.  It is a weird feeling. 

8.   I had a lousy childhood to say the least.  Some of the events still haunt me to this day.  I will say that it has made me the strong woman I am today and that I love my two little guys so much.  Something I never had.  Everyday my two little men wake up, I want them to know that they are loved  more today than the day before.

9.   I love reptiles.  The creepy crawly kind.  Josh does too.  I love snakes, lizards, tortoises, you name it.  I think they are awesome. 

10.   I hate the taste of raw tomatoes and raw onions.  Cooked is fine, but not raw.  I don’t even like a tomato seed touching my food.

Well, that’s enough honesty for now.  I am now going to nominate some people who I think have pretty cool blogs.  These are a few blogs I like to read and have come to greatly appreciate.  And the Honest Scrap award goes to:

1.   Mary the Lamb

2.   The Crafty Kook

3.  Haymarket 8

4.    Lazy Smurf

5.   City Vegan

6.   30 Bucks a Week

7.   Don’t Trust an Insomniac

8.   Scratch and Sniff

9.   Hungry Hungry Veganos

10.   Kirk Kitsch

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Jamaican me crazy….

I am sitting on a beach right now with the sand between my toes, staring at beautiful blue water.  I have a fruity drink in my hand, you know, the kind with the paper umbrella.  There is no laundry to be done, nor house to be clean.  It is so lovely.  Wait!  What’s that sound in the distance?  Oh, it’s reality calling.  Now that I am awake and out of daydream land, lets talk about food.  For my E.A.T. World contribution, I made Jamaican food.  Since I can’t be in Jamaica, I decided to make some Jamaican food.  The recipe came from Vegan Fire and Spice.  I made Jamaican spiced tempeh nuggets with Jamaican baked vegetables and a side of brown rice.  I have not made tempeh in forever.  I don’t know why. I always seem to forget about it.  Oh my, it was so good spiced for this dish.  The vegetables were sweet with a subtle hot kick to them.  And the brown rice was a perfect side.  I of course overkilled a bit when it came to the servings.  I made way to many vegetables.  There was more than enough for the dinner co-op and we now have a large container full in the freezer.  The meal was delicious and Josh requested I make it again in the future.  I have to agree.  It was quite tasty.

As of now, we have visited the following countries via our mouth:   Ethiopia, Mexico, India, Tunisia, and Jamaica.  Where shall we go next week?  Any suggestions?

Last night I made apricot date bars.  The recipe comes from How It All Vegan.  The recipe actually is date bars, but I wanted a combination of dates and apricots, so I subbed half of the dates for apricots.  They turned out perfect and made a ton.  I love homemade bars.  They are so much better than the store bought ones.  There are no added ingredients or preservatives.  Perfect.  If you have this cookbook, check out the recipe.

Well I am off to eat some breakfast and get Arthur ready for dance class.  Hope you have a lovely day. 

By the way, we are going to have another cold spell this weekend, so I have decided to create a roasted poblano chowder recipe.  Stay tuned for a new recipe and pictures.

peas and love….
Krys and the boys

Co-op food…..

The co-op is alive and kicking.  Our Monday sub is doing great with the meals too.  This week she delivered spanikopita, falafel, pitas, a cucumber salad, tahini sauce and a chocolate tofu pie with fresh strawberries on top.  Delicious!

Last night we were delivered a mustard green and tomato soup with brown rice and lemon rosemary baked tofu.  The soup was served over the rice.  It was light and very tasty.  The tofu was superb.  I was very impressed with the meal because the mum who delivered it has a sick child at home and she did a great job on the food.

Monday we went to the zoo.  Normally I cannot stand the zoo, but this is not your typical zoo.  It is an animal sanctuary here in the city.  All the animals are rescued either from the circus, idiot owners, and other places that had no business having a wild animal.  We saw lions, monkeys, tortoises, potbellied pigs, lamas, bears, tigers.  “Lions and tigers and bears, oh my.”  You name it.  It made me sad to read the stories of how the animals got to the sanctuary, but happy to know that they now have a forever home, they are loved, cared for and being treated very well.  They can never go back into the wild due to the fact that they were all around humans.  The boys loved seeing the animals.  Arthur was in heaven and Adam just stared and smiled.  They loved petting the goats and sheep.  Arthur was a bit hesitant where as Adam was ready to climb into the pen with the animals.  It was a beautiful day and we had a lovely picnic while we were there.

A female lion staring us down and ready to spray us.  The caretaker had a sign saying she likes to spray the visitors.  Yuck!  She is a naughty girl. 

A sweet giant tortoise.  One of my favorite animals.

Riding the zoo train with Boogie.

Very friendly goats.  Adam loved them.

Josh and Boo Boo.

Well I am off to deliver my co-op meal.  I cooked Jamaican food.  Details on tomorrow’s post.  Hope you have a wonderful Wednesday.

peas and love….

Krys and the boys

Weekend update…..

Good morning.  How was your weekend?  Our’s was great.  I will first start off with the food.  Thursday we were served tamales, black beans and a Mexican spiced rice for our co-op meal.  A side salad was included.  The tamales were from a local vegan/vegetarian restaurant.  They were tofu and sunflower seed tamales.  So good.  I hope to one day make tamales.  When I do, I plan to make a ton and a large variety to freeze.  Friday is our usual pizza night, but after running around all day, I was too tired to make pizza dough. I opted for a baked ziti dish with garlic bread.  It was simple and delicious.  The cooked ziti was mixed with a cup of Veganaise, some cut up Italian “sausage” pieces, and a cup of homemade marinara.  I put it in a 8×8 baking dish. Poured marinara all over the top and sprinkled it with FYH cheeze.  Josh was skeptial about the Veganiase in the pasta, but once he tried it, he informed me that it was very tasty.  I have to agree.  We all loved it.  Adam inhaled a serving and Arthur was pleased with the dish.  He has been our picky eater lately.  When he sees a meal on the table he is unsure of, he tells me “that’s not my favorite.”  Silly boy!  Saturday I got my hair cut.  I have a pixie cut now.  Which I love. 

Baked ziti

Sunday was the 1/2 marathon.  We woke the boys up at 5:45am.  Considering how early it was, there were no meltdowns or crying.  We arrived at the starting line 15 minutes early. When all of a sudden there was an announcement regarding the weather.  It was really windy and due to the high winds, the city was delaying the race to make sure it was safe for all the runners.  The wind was blowing the barracades away from the race route and cars were driving where the runners would soon be.  After 45 minutes of waiting.  The race was about to start.  It was funny, Josh and I were waiting for the start gun when he said “look over there.”  Standing next to me was a team with red running jerseys.  The coporate sponsor was the Beef Council.  Their jerseys said “fueled by beef.”  That made me laugh.  Because later in the race, we passed several of them and I said, we were fueled by vegetables.  They giggled.  Once the race finally began,  Josh noticed that we were the only people pushing a double jogger.  90 pounds of kids and jogger.  There were two other people pushing single joggers.  5500 people participated in the 1/2 marathon and this was Josh’s first 1/2 marathon.  We are by no means fast runners. We split running and power walking. Which is better on your joints.  We divided the time pushing the boys too.  He pushed for the first half of the race and I took over the last half. There were a lot of hills through out the course which was a pain in the arse, but downhill was nice.  I love seeing every age, shape and size of people doing the race.  It is very inspiring.  I loved doing it with my family and the coolest part of the race was a surprise from a good friend.  Right before the 3 mile marker, our dear friend Leanne was standing on the sidewalk with her 2 year old son and a handmade sign saying “Go K–ans!”  She waited in the cold and the wind as well as a 45 minute delay to cheer us on during our race.  We stopped and gave her  a big hug.  Wow!  Now that is an awesome friend.  And definitely motivates you too.

After the race we stopped by the vegan bakesale to benefit Haiti. It was hosted by Smurfette and several others.  I also got to meet Smurfette in person.  She is awesome!  It was cool to meet some other local vegans in person.  That I have always spoken to online or via email.  The bake sale had two tables full of heavenly goodness.  Arthur saw the goodies and kept pointing to items  he ‘needed’. I had $12 on me, so I got two oatmeal cream cookies, a chocolate cupcake with pb icing and a red velvet cupcake.  I wish I had more cash on me, because I would have walked out with a lot more goodies. 

Tables full of baked goodies. 

I  almost forgot to mention.  At Arthur’s Campfire Kids group on Friday, they did a lesson on bugs.  They learned about how bugs are our friends and they help our plants and in the garden.  The kids made catapillars with carrots and cucumber slices using cream cheese to hold them together.  I baked for all the kids so they could make ladybug cupcakes and spider cookies.  The kids and parents loved all of the baked vegan goodies and had a blast making the ladybugs and spiders.  It was fun and made some really cute treats.

catapillar

Well, I am off to get the boys down for a nap.  Hope everyone has a lovely week.

peas and love….
Krys and the boys

Curry……

This week we have  a sub for the co-op.  Actually, she will be subbing for the next 4-6 weeks.  On Monday, she brought over curried lentils with a side of green beans, a beet and carrot salad.  And for a treat, dark chocolate chip oatmeal cookies.  The lentils were delicious.  They had pototoes in them as well.  The cookies, heaven in my mouth.  What’s not to like?

In “Eating Around the World” news, thanks to the co-op this week, we visited two more countries, Tunisia and India.  Tuesday we were delivered a Tunisian couscous dish with brussels wraps on the side.  The couscous had potatoes, chickpeas, onions and bell peppers.  So good.  The recipe comes from Vegan Fire and Spice.  The wraps were my favorite.  They were full of sweet potatoes and a cilantro lime dressing.  So good. 

For my co-op meal, I made Indian food.  I made curry tofu, with tamarind lentils and samosa stuffed potatoes.  The meal was a little more work than I would have preferred.  But it was so worth it.  Very tasty.  All three recipes came from Veganomicon.  And the cost to feed everyone was around $21.  Not to bad.  Thankfully the store sells organic potatoes in a bag.  So, that helped to keep the cost low.  It was a very satisfying meal.

Well, the 1/2 marathon is this Sunday.  I am excited.  Josh and the boys are coming along and the weather is supposed to be perfect.  As a treat we are going to the Vegan Bakesale for Haiti after the race.  A well deserved prize for completing a 1/2 marathon and it is for a good cause.  The place where it is being held is still under discussion.  But if it is at a particular bookstore, the race my be going past it, so I might grab some goodies while running by.  That would be kind of funny.  By the way, if you are able to, please donate to the Red Cross.  The people of Haiti really need some help right now.  Any amount will do.  And please remember all the families in your prayers.

I am off to Arthur’s dance class, then to the store.  We are making cupcakes and cookies for Arthur’s Campfire Kids group tomorrow.  They are doing a lesson about insects.  So, we are going to have the kids decorate cupcakes to make ladybugs and cookies to make spiders.  Fun!  I will post pictures of all the bug goodness later. 

Hope everyone has a lovely day.

peas and love….
Krys and the boys

Weekend update…..

How was your weekend?  Our’s was relatively quiet.  Josh had to work Saturday, so the boys and I took it easy.  It was beautiful outdoors so I did some half marathon training with the boys in tow.  I also did some cooking.

Friday night I made black bean burgers.  The recipe is from the site My Vegan Cookbook.  They were delicious. I doubled the recipe and froze the rest to eat later.  The boys liked them as well.  I served them with homemade burger buns, lettuce, tomatoes, cheeze, veganaise, and guacamole. I also made some sweet potatoes fries to top off the meal.

So, have you looked into the “Eating Around the World” series that River started.  It is fun.  Check it out.  Over the weekend, I cooked two meals from the same country.  We travelled to Mexico via our dinner plates.  Saturday night I cooked from the book Vegan Fire and Spice.  I made a red bean and rice casserole.  It was under the Mexico section of the cookbook.  The casserole was simple, yet so tasty.  It was creamy and spicy.  And made a ton.  I also made potato flautas.  They were so good. It was a recipe I created.  I served them with homemade tomatillo sauce, black beans and Mexican spiced rice.  Yum!  I am looking forward to leftovers.

Red bean and rice casserole.

Potato flautas.

Sunday morning we always make a big breakfast, whether it be pancakes, biscuits and “sausage”, breakfast taco, etc.  Yesterday morning I made waffles.  The recipe came from Vegan Brunch.  I made the gingerbread pancakes.  I put peaches in the waffles as well.  We had some peaches in our freezer that we got from the Farmers Market last Spring.  Oh my.  These were so good.  Nothing beats ginger peach waffles with fresh maple syrup.  Wow!  The boys loved them as well.  What’s not to love?!?

The half marathon is next Sunday.  The weather is supposed to be nice.  I am excited.  The boys will be none to pleased since it starts at 6:45am.  Oy!  Hopefully they will fall back asleep in the double jogger once the race starts. I also have another half marathon in February, on Valentine’s Day.  Yippee!

Here is Arthur showing off his tattoo.  I bet you didn’t know he was that hardcore.  A 3 year old with a tattoo.  Hee hee.  If you can’t read it, it says “Tofurky“.  He loves it.  So, do you think if I get a real tattoo like Arthur’s showing my love for Tofurky, I might get free Tofurky for a lifetime?  That would be awesome.  There was actually a restaurant in California that gave its patrons free meals for life if they got a tattoo of the restaurant’s mascot.  Only three customers did it. T hey loved the food, so apparently it was worth it.  Something to think about. 🙂

My little grumpy bear Adam.

Well, I am off to do a little baking for the week’s breakfast and take the boys out for a 4 mile run.  Hope you have a lovely day.

peas and love….
Krys and the boys

TGIF…

Good morning. It is Friday.  Yay!  What are your plans for the weekend?  It is raining here and is supposed to do the same tomorrow.  So, there will not be to much excitement around here.  Just some grocery shopping.  I need to get some boys ballet shoes for Arthur’s dance combo class, get a run in and do the never ending mountain of laundry.  Ugh.

Speaking of Arthur’s dance class.  It is great.  The class is all boys.  Which the teacher just loves.  He did so well in it.  And had a blast.  When Josh came home, he showed his daddy how you take a bow after a performance.  I am going to get his ballet shoes and tap shoes tomorrow.  He is excited. 

Now, on with the food. Wednesday night we had a sub for the co-op. One of the ladies is on holiday for the week.  The sub brought over a delicious coconut lentil curry served with brown rice that had carmelized onions in it and a side salad. It was oh so good.  I “heart” lentils.  Yum.  She also send over some tea.  My favorite.

Last night for my co-op meal, I served Cholent.  It is a Jewish stew.  The recipe comes from V-con.  It is full of potatoes, carrots, onion, peas, kidney beans, french lentils and TVP chunks.  Such goodness.  It was a perfect meal for a cold and rainy day like last night.  I served it with bread.  The bread recipe comes from vegweb.  It is a simple recipe that makes two huge loaves of bread.  Seriously big.  Geez.  Arthur made us laugh last night.  We put a bowl of Cholent on his placemat.  He looked at it and said “that’s not my favorite.”  Silly boy.  He opted for carrots, bread, and fruit.  Little bear Adam had a small serving of the Cholent.  He is our little bottomless pit.  With my co-op meal, I also included a mini loaf of chocolate zucchini bread.  I estimated the cost of the meal for all 4 families was around $25.  Still cheaper than dining out and cheaper than going to a bakery.  Plus I had tons of lefovers.  Which, I forgot to mention.  I tripled the Cholent recipe for fear I would not have enough for the co-op.  Holy crap!  The recipe tripled was over the top.  It made enough to feed an army. There was meals for all the co-op families, plus three extra containers worth to freeze.  And the containers hold 4 cups each.  Wow!  Thank goodness we have a deep freeze.

The bread looks small in the picture, but it was seriously huge.  It took up a whole large cookie sheet.

Cholent

I am off to give my two little guys some breakfast.  Hope you have a lovely day and a great weekend.

peas and love….

Krys and the boys

Around the world….

Travelling the world via your tastebuds.  This genius idea is from River.  And I love it.  Check out the details on her blog.  I am going to try to make a unique cuisine from another country at least twice a month.  I don’t know if I will choose countries alphabetically or what.  I will have to ponder that one.  Now I am excited and want to start searching the world wide web for unique dishes from other countries.  Thank you River for such a creative idea.  I can’t wait to start this taste journey.

Monday night our co-op meal was “meat”loaf in the shape of muffins.  They were cooked in a muffin tin.  Served with mashed potatoes and a beet salad.  It was great.  The “meat” loaf was one of the best I have had in a long time.  And I love the idea of baking it in a muffin tin.  Here is the recipe.

Tonite’s dinner was just as tasty.  We had a dinner pie made from swiss chard, fresh from the garden.  A side salad and a pineapple fried quinoa dish.  It was delicious.  Little bear Adam ate a slice of the swiss chard dinner pie.  The couscous was terrific. I am so happy there are leftovers for tomorrow.  Yum!

Well, my half-marathon is less than two weeks away.  Yikes.  I am both anxious and excited.  Today I did hills. Just 4 miles, but man they sucked.  Especially when you push 90lbs.  That is the combined weight of both boys and their double jogger.  Oy!  Tomorrow we are doing 8 miles around the lake and there is one big hill I loathe.  It is bad going up it by yourself, let alone with 90lbs to push.  Oh the joys of running. 

I am off to fold some laundry and sit on my arse for a bit. Hope you have a lovely evening.

peas and love….
Krys and the boys

Weekend update…..

It was cold here over the weekend.  Friday night it got down to 14 degrees Farenheit.  That is cold for us.  Super cold. It is usually 60 this time of year.  So, what do you do when it is to cold to go outdoors?  Cook.  Well, at least I do.  I cooked and baked.  For dinner Saturday, I made a big pot of cheezy jalapeno cailiflower soup.  It is a recipe created by Isa.  It is delicious.  The grocery store had organic cauliflower on sale.  When I saw the sale, I knew I had to make the soup.  I have made it before and I love it.  It is spicy and cheezy.  I found it strange that it received mixed reviews, because I found absolutely nothing wrong with it.  It is simple to make as well.  You should try it. 

Sunday morning, I woke up and made pumpkin pancakes.  The recipe is from Vegan Brunch.  I love pumpkin pancakes.  And we were given some maple syrup from Vermont for Christmas.  A lovely gift from my brother-in-law and his family.  So good on the pancakes.  The boys inhaled theirs.  After breakfast we went to a local coffee house where they have a childrens program.  They sing songs, dance and the kids play.  It was fun.  I liked seeing all the hippy parents with their kiddos.  The boys loved it. 

Yesterday I did my weekly baking.  I made some chocolate zucchini bread.  The recipe is from vegweb.  This bread is divine.  The store had organic zucchini squash on sale and I could not resist.  The recipe also makes two large loaves.  I am going to freeze one.  I also made banana walnut muffins.  I  used the banana bread recipe from theppk.  This is my go to banana bread recipe.  Simple and tasty. I made a dozen regular size muffins and a dozen baby muffins.   Or as Arthur calls them baby cupcakes.  He liked them so much.  He ate 5 at once.  Lastly I baked cranberry orange scones.  I was reaching for my VWAV cookbook because I always use the scone recipe in it and realized my friend still has the book. So, I went on vegblogsearch and found this recipe.  It was very good and uses maple syrup instead of sugar.  Now, some of you might be thinking, “Wow, this is a lot of food for breakfast.”  Well, I have two growing little boys and they love to eat.  The worst thing is to wake up in the morning and find nothing in the cupboard for breakfast.

Banana muffin

Cranberry scone

I almost forgot to mention. I made one of the tastiest dessets over the weekend too.  I made the peanut butter caramel apple bars from Veganomicon.  Wow!  Is all I can say.  I didn’t have graham crackers to make the graham cracker crust, so I used the lemon bar crust recipe and cut down on the powdered sugar.  These were superb.  And peanut butter caramel?  That is just the best invention ever.  It was a hit all around.  I am glad I made this dessert.  Yum!

Last night was pizza night. It is usually Friday, but we went to visit a friend, so we had leftovers that night. Now the picture of the pizza may not be that exciting, but let me tell you about the taste.  I made homemade marinara using the beefsteak tomatoes I grew in the garden this past Fall and some fresh herbs from our herb garden.  That is thankfully surviving the freeze.  Fresh marinara is so much better than store  bought.  There is a night and day difference in the taste.  And I love the color of the marinara.  It is a pinkish red.  Now on to the pizza.  I sauteed a whole bunch of garlic in olive oil.  Spread it all over the pizza crust and marinara.  I threw on some Italian “sausage” chunks. I used the “sausage” recipe from Julie Hasson.  This sausage recipe is the best.  I tossed some FYH cheeze on the pizza.  It was oh so good.  The sauteed garlic made it absolutely perfect.  Next time I plan to do sauteed garlic, spinach and sundried tomato on the pizza.

Now for a pretty plant picture.  Since it is freezing all the plants have been brought indoors as not to die.  Well with the exception of my airplane plant. There is a family of finches living in it and I did not want to take away their home.  So, I sacrificed the plant.  I love plants, but I love animals more.  Being Winter and all, most plants do not bloom. Especially hibiscus plants.  They love the sun and the heat of Summer.  You would think that mine would go into some kind of hibernation.  Well, I woke up to this lovely site yesterday morning when I came into the kitchen.

Lastly, here is some little boy cuteness.  Little bear Adam is walking even more.  He is getting confident on his little wobbly legs and trying to take even more steps.  Arthur is so cute.  He will hold his little brother’s hands and help him walk. I love it. 

Well I am off to do the task of cleaning this place.  I hope you have a terrific Monday.

peas and love….

Krys and the boys

Oh Hazel…..

how I love you.  Hazelnut that is.  And to be more exact, Hazelnut Coconut Milk Creamer.  Oh my!  Iwas at the grocery store doing my usual weekly shopping when from a distance I noticed something I had never seen before.  Coconut creamer.  And then I saw the Hazelnut Coconut Milk Coffee Creamer.  Hello?  Where have you been all my life?  It was an impulse buy, but I just had to do it.  The creamer is a wonderful creation from Turtle Mountain.  They are the makers of all the delicious frozen non-dairy treats you see in your freezer case.  I purchased the creamer and was looking forward to a nice cup of joe today.  I woke up this morning and poured some in my coffee.  It smelled really nice I must say.  Then for the taste.  It was a little taste of heaven in my coffee.   It was creamy, had a hint of coconut and a hint of hazelnut.  A perfect combination.  It made this morning’s coffee one of the best I have ever had.  If your store carries it, you should try it. It is definitely worth purchasing.  Like I said, “heaven in a cup”.  Yum!

Last night for our co-op meal we were delivered a white bean and roasted garlic soup.  It is a recipe from VWAV.  It is one of my favorite soups.  But then again, I love anything with garlic, well almost anything with garlic.  It might be gross in dessert. Hee hee.  It was served with bread and a salad.  Which was perfect since the temperature was quickly dropping.  Last night it was 19F.  That is cold for us.  Very cold.  I keep hoping for snow.  The boys loved the bread.  I was happy to see that there were leftovers for today.

Soup garnished with croutons and fresh parsley.

Tonite we are going to happy hour at a local restaurant.  We are going to celebrate a friend’s job promotion.  As usual, if I find out we are going to a place we have never been before, I check the menu online to see  if there is anything we can eat.  Being a vegan as most of you know can be difficult at a place that serves bar fare.  I looked at the menu.  The items for us are chips and salsa, french fries, a side salad and maybe a veggie burger.  Some as you know are not vegan.  And the veggie burger with fries cost 9 bucks.  What the hell?!?! That is pricy. I told Josh I plan to eat before going and just much on some chips and salsa. Ugh.

Okay, so I saw this on Facebook.  A friend posted the link.  It made me laugh.  Because I thought, they have to be kidding.  Nope, they are serious.  Taco Bell, the fast food chain is telling people to start their New  Year out by being healthy and doing the “Taco Bell diet”.  No joke.  Wow, that boggles my mind.  Check out the article.  http://abcnews.go.com/Business/taco-bells-counterintuitive-diet/story?id=9483251

So, baby bear Adam is walking even more. Last night he took about 20 steps. I think he will most likely stop crawling all together in a week or two and start running.  Boy are we in trouble.  He is still wobbly when he walks.  It is so cute.  And big brother Arthur will hold his hands and say “I’ve got you brother, don’t worry.”  It is so sweet.  And Adam is our climber.  Arthur never was.  He climbs everything and is fearless. I caught him the other day climbing the end table next to the couch.  Look out!  I think he will be our extreme sports kid.

Well, it is the weekend.  Have any plans?  I am going for  a run tomorrow morning.  The 1/2 marathon is at the end of the month, so I really need to get at 8 miles in tomorrow. I have been working out indoors the past few days due to the weather.  Sunday we have a birthday party to attend.  And as always, Arthur and I bake some type of dessert on the weekend. He told me that this weekend he wanted to make silly face cookies.  That should be fun.  And tomorrow is pizza night since we are going to happy hour this evening.

Hope you have a wonderful Friday.

peas and love….

Krys and the boys

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