Monthly Archives: May 2011

In the Last Month Meme

Cover of "Remarkable Creatures"

Cover of Remarkable Creatures

I liked this idea of an “In the Last Month” meme that Dr. Katie from Making Food and Other Stuff came up with.  I’ve stalked her site before and feel a bit of a kindred spirit being a serial crafter myself.  Her genius idea for this meme was to answer a list of questions based on stuff you’ve done, seen, read, enjoyed in the past month.  If you have pictures, all the better.  So here goes…

In the last month…

…the best movie I’ve seen is BridesmaidsThis is seriously funny and not a Chick flick.  Melissa McCarthy steals the show as Dougie’s sister.  Go see this movie!

…the best book I’ve read is –  Remarkable Creatures by Tracy Chevalier.  A historical novel set in the 1800’s English seashore.  It’s based on the life of Mary Anning who made enormous contributions to the scientific world.  She was self-taught and discovered the first known fossil Ichthyosaurus.  Because of her gender and lower class station in life she never gained the recognition that she would have if she were alive today making similar discoveries.  The tongue twister, she sells sea shells, is about Mary Anning.

…the best magazine I read is – Mother Earth News.  I used to subscribe to this magazine in my hippy dippy, move to a commune, raise organic vegetables and live in vegetarian bliss days.  I picked it up on a whim and still enjoyed the back to the land folksieness of it.

..the best itunes download I listened to is – Coming Home by The 88.  OK, I admit I like this theme song from the Hilton Hotels commercials.

…the best iphone app I discovered is – I just don’t play around on my phone that much…so that and the fact that I have a Droid.  Well, enough said!  I did ponder making an ipad case for my soon to be open Etsy shop, does that count?

…the best new random product find is – Naturally Nutty Mocha Peanut Butter, need I say more?  After finding out that PB Loco was no longer in business my search for flavored peanut butter turned up this wonderful site.  Not all are vegan but plenty of delicious flavors are.

So that’s my month in a peanut butter nutshell



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Memorial Day

Today I’m stopping to think about why we have today off from the daily grind, why we get a chance to relax and barbecue with friends and family or enjoy time at the beach or in parks, or even just gardening in the sunshine.  What are our troops sacrificing so that we can enjoy the freedoms that we all take for granted?  As a woman I can exercise my right to vote, I can speak up in a business meeting with men in attendance, I can dress the way I want, even if what I want is sweats and a t-shirt.   For that matter I can hold down a job that has paid me enough over the years to support my kids as a single mom.  My friend lost her 23 year-old son 4 years ago and nothing will ever fill that void for her and her family.  By dismissing the wars that we’re involved in as pointless we’re disrespecting everyone who has sacrificed a loved one or are putting their life on the line fighting for these freedoms.  The same way WWI and II vets did, history shows us what power-hungry despots can do and I thank God I live in a country of religious freedom, where I can worship, speak, and dress, and even eat how I choose.  Wow…enough of that rant.  Enjoy a tofu dog today and raise a toast to our military!

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Since Special K turned one year-old recently his little stubborn self refuses to eat that mushy baby food and he wants to feed himself.  Even with only 8 teeth he does a pretty good job of gobbling up whatever is put in front of him.  I try not to insert my opinions about what they should be feeding the boy, it still feels like a not too distant memory of my ex-MIL trying to exert her influence over my choices.  But…living next door gives me the opportunity to bring over yummy vegan food for K to try on for himself.  Enter PPK’s most excellent Spaghetti Nos–a little time-consuming, lots of pots, pans, blenders, etc…but so worth it.  K loved them, N ate two whopping bowls the night I made it, and I had the leftovers for lunch the next day.  Isa totally captured the slightly sweet sauce and I see many uses for the mini lentil “meat” balls, they were right on!

Even though my kids strayed from the vegetarian path as they grew up and struck out on their own some of their favorite meals are still the vegetarian one’s from their past.  T and R are making good choices for Special K and the boy does love his veggies…my kind of guy!

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LaLaLa I Like Vegetables

Watch this and I dare you not to hum it during during the day.

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Sitting Much?

Things I liked today…

    Reminds me I need to get away from the computer more than I do.  RESOLVE to move more!

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Fires and Other Dinner Delays

Fortunately the fire wasn’t at my house but my heart certainly goes out to the three families who lost their beach homes today.  This calamity meant PCH was shut down, which in turn meant R. couldn’t make it home, which in turn left me to watch special K. while his mom went to the gym.  Now that’s a normal Thursday evening event for me, but usually the watching is for 15 or 20 minutes.  So before I dashed (dashed is really not how I’m moving these days, but it’s embarrassing to use a word that actually describes how I got to her house, so we’ll stick with dash and you can use your imagination) (boy did I get off track)…so here I am dashing to her house this afternoon and as I exit my house I throw some rice in the rice cooker and a sweet potato in the oven.  After feeding, bathing, and playing with K for an hour I figured I better take my potato out of the oven and turn said oven off.  And, no, I didn’t leave a one-year-old home alone.  I carried him next door and took care of potato business.  So another hour passes…and finally the mom comes home.  She says, “What, he’s not home yet”?  I explained about the fires and that R. decided to stop and eat at the Gyro place until PCH opened up.  Her response????  “Oh poor, R. Did he sound mad”?  Well, gee, you’re welcome and now let me go home and make dinner for N. who has been waiting patiently for me.  Ungrateful much?  Anyway, at least my rice and potato were done…I nuked some frozen kale, opened a can of black beans and made a layered bowl of goodness including some lemon thyme from my garden.  Sorry, T, you were right to feel bad for R; I just get crabby when I’m hungry!

The bowl (which is actually a gratin dish but what the heck)…layered brown rice, black beans, kale, sweet potato cubes, a sprinkle of salt, pepper and lemon thyme, and sauced with some seriously delicious Tangerine Vinaigrette that I picked up at WF this week.  Well worth the wait!

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Cooking by Death Metal

So who doesn’t love a heavy metal cooking show.  Rock on!

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