Day 2 dinner was a huge success! I attempted my hand at Pad Thai, or as the recipe called it “Cheater Pad Thai.” I can sum it up in 1 word….AMAZING! The only disappointment was that I had not been making this sooner. It will definitely become apart of the dinner rotation.
A little hot apple cider to finish my day…
This past weekend I watched a couple documentaries that really made me think. While I have been “veg” for a while I have never really tried to give up that all too flavorful and yummy dairy. If I am honest I am a true lover of all cheeses, I have not yet met one that I do not like. After watching the information about dairy, the health aspects, I have decided that I am going to try a week diary free.
I am not making a proclamation that I am a vegan, and I will probably never give up my love for beautiful leather handbags, but I am going to try being a little “veganish.” Luckily I have a husband that goes along with pretty much anything.
So first up on the vegan dinner plan was black beans and rice with vegan sausage. The sausage was more for D than me, but I enjoyed it too. I LOVE black beans and rice, and I have mastered my secret recipe, which really only consists of one secret ingredient! When I was in college in FL there was a little cuban restaurant called Espo’s that served the BEST black beans and rice, I still dream about that place.
For dessert, because I have the biggest sweet tooth known to man, I made a little non-diary wild berry smoothie. Not exactly ice cream, but it was pretty good if I do say so.
I love organization. I could spend hours here. Usually each season change I like to clean out my closet and re-organize it. I have a system I like to keep, and I tend to be slightly ocd about it.
At the start of each season I turn all my hangers in one direction. As I wear the items I change the hanger to face the other direction. This allows me to see what I have worn and what I have not worn in a while. Those items that have not been worn all season get to take a trip to the thrift store.
Of course no closet with complete without a pretty chandelier.
I am not really a heel kinda girl, I am more of a flats, Vans and sandal kinda girl.
And yes, the my closet is purple and I LOVE IT!
With 3 more recipes on my list I attempted 2 of them today. First up was some Sweet and Salty Chickpeas. These turned out pretty good and I would make them again. I would definitely suggest cooking them a little longer to insure the center gets crispy and I would also suggest eating them fresh out of the oven. They are not that great once they have cooled.
Next up was Cauliflower Crust Pizza. It unfortunately did not turn out as planned. My crust did not really firm up and stuck to the pan. I think next time I will cook the crust on parchment paper to keep it from sticking. Despite the crust not being very pizza-like, it tasted really good. Mine sorta turned out more lasagna than pizza, but the flavor was amazing. I would definitely try this one again and see if I can perfect it.
I am slightly addicted to Pinterest. Since I have been pinning all these recipes I decided that I would try a few this weekend. First up on the list was Gnocchi Mac and Cheese, which you can find the recipe here. I have to say that it turned out fairly good. I think next time I will add some spicier mustard to give it a little more kick.
I also decided to try Baked Parmesan Tomatoes, which was pretty tasty. I would make these again.
The best part of the meal was The Best Broccoli of Your Life! The title of this recipe is a bold statement, but I have to say that it is 100% true. It was amazing! The only thing that I would recommend is to cut the quantity of salt in half, it was a little salty for my taste. It would probably be really good with some red pepper flakes.
Overall it was a pretty good meal that I enjoyed on this rainy Saturday night.
A newlywed couple decide they are ready to expand their family. They decide they want to get a dog. In comes a little tiny 8 week old puppy who cries ALL NIGHT LONG! The new wife is not sure if she wants to keep the dog, so what is the solution…get a second dog!
9 years later these 2 little faces greet me at the door every afternoon. They are always there, tails wagging ready to give unconditional love that only a fellow pet owner can understand. Now maybe they are faces only a mother can love, but this mommy loves them whole heartedly!!!
Happy Friday! Have a great weekend!!!
January is the worst when it comes to trade shows. There are so many in this month that my love is usually gone the majority of the month.
Well the month is over and he is finally home!