I’m back, at the end of a long, delicious weekend. It’s not over, since tomorrow’s a holiday! 🙂 And, in the spirit of holidays, our neighbors have invited us for brunch: crepes! The guy spent two years living in France, so I guess he knows what he’s doing; the bonus is that he promised to attempt vegan crepes. Let’s see how that goes…
Friday’s pizza and movie night went off without a hitch. We watched Disney’s Chimpanzee, a documentary about–yep! you guessed it–chimpanzees. It centers around a baby chimp named Oscar. Very cute, but it didn’t capture Seba’s attention for long.
Saturday we went for our twice-monthly Costco run, where we picked up a couple new things. Every now and then, I like to branch out. Let me back up a few weeks. The mister picked up veggie patties at Costco, made by Don Lee Farms. I normally am anti-veggie-burgers, because they always taste like mush, and I much prefer my own. I was really impressed with these, though. First of all, they’re BIG. Score! They’re a little fragile. I tried heating them a couple ways (since we don’t own a microwave): once in the skillet, where they got a little crispy on the outside, but still a little soft; and once in the toaster, where I had the same result, more or less. The taste, for me, is out of this world, which is strange considering how little I enjoy mixing my veggies together in that fashion. You really can’t beat ’em for the ingredients, which are obviously vegan, and gluten-free! I enjoyed these plain, and I also had one as a half sandwich, piled high with veggies and dijon. This week we made a new discovery in the open refrigerated cases, which is somewhere I don’t really bother to browse anymore, since I just assumed they are filled with sausages and various cheeses. However, we discovered that Costco carries vegan stuffed grape leaves by a company called Frankly Fresh! Oily, herby, savory grape leaves. They are the perfect little snack. Or dinner. Or for all-day grazing, if you’re like me! Finally, we bought rice noodles, otherwise known as mung bean thread. I was hoping these would be like a Ramen-type noodle, but they are actually the clear, gelatinous noodle. I don’t really know what I was thinking. 🙂 We made them tonight with some cabbage and veggies, along with a pickled fruit base from my neighbor. I don’t remember what it’s called, but it’s some type of Chinese fermented fruit, seasoned with garlic and sea salt. Not bad!
Yesterday afternoon, while the family were napping, I made a huge batch of carrot cake pancakes (from the PPK) to munch on for this week’s breakfasts. I used rice milk, whole wheat flour, and coconut oil. And to add a little volume and sweetness (and cut back on the agave I used), I pureed an entire pear and threw it in. Then I added extra water and got to work. I don’t know how many I actually made, but I’d say I at least doubled the recipe. The neighbors came drifting down the hall, telling me how amazing the place smelled, and they happily ate some of these fresh from the pan. 🙂 I ate a few of these this morning with pureed strawberries. Oh, so tasty.
I had a little editing work to do this weekend, and was finishing that up this morning with a hot cup of coffee that wasn’t instant. GLORY! It rained off and on, so we went out to shop for a bike seat for the little guy, and the boys went for a quick ride to the park and back. Seba’s so proud of his new helmet, and that he can ride on Papá’s big bike. ❤
When they got back, we went out to the garden and I did Zuzka’s latest ZWOW workout. Because I don’t have weights, I had to modify. I did 5 push-ups at a decline instead of the thrusters, 20 Russian twists with a small cement block, and instead of the mile run at the end, I did stairs for 10 minutes. Short and sweaty. Pretty sure I’m gonna be paralyzed mañana.
Any holiday plans?