Posts Tagged ‘kale’

Today I am helping a friend move to Annapolis. She and all her …… uh ….. younger friends will be driving in with all her stuff, and I will assist in moving boxes. I can move 300 hundred pounds as well as anyone half my age, but it is important that the 300 pounds be divided into various boxes. And that my dear friends, is where I come in!

To ready myself for the day I prepared a healthy breakfast – the first smoothie I’ve made in a long time. Delicious! There is orange juice, a banana, pineapple, rice milk, soy protein powder, and bright green fresh kale. So very very tasty and extra healthy for the day ahead.

In a cup my family friend Laura gave me last summer while in California. See how pretty?

On moving day when Brianna is busy with thoughts of what goes first, who watches her sweet little doggie at what time, and wondering all of what is in which boxes, she was kind enough to prepare some foods for her little elves to enjoy. But I agreed to fix my own snacks so she wouldn’t need to think about vegan for me today. Therefore, there will be peanuts, dried fruit, crackers, and a few carrots in my own little box from home.

Looking back a few weeks, just before Christmas, I made cupcakes for the grandchildren. What fun! Multi-colored cupcakes with white icing and chocolate sprinkles!

Here are a few pictures I took along the way. No pictures of the finished product. Somehow I forgot that part!

Making blue batter:

There was green:

A little purple:

And here is how they looked coming out of the oven!


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The Christmas Season is slower, giving me time to think and decide what to do better next year. I don’t make New Year Resolutions, but because of the slower times, I tend to start the year with a new pep in my step. Even though I returned to work the day after Christmas, the library has been mostly quiet and I have been weeding some materials from the stacks that haven’t been used for quite some time, something librarians occasionally do to make room for new materials. I’ve also had time to sit quietly in my office and prepare for the new semester. For this reason, I’ve had time to think.

Last year I began with the idea of again being a pescetarian, with the hopes of becoming a vegan in a few months. I called it “working toward vegan”. The fish I gave up entirely before the end of March. I’ve been a vegetarian ever since. However, as the year progressed I was eating more milk and cheese. There were about two eggs a week and lots of cream soups made with a little heavy whipping cream.

Now I will try harder. Coffee Mate I like as a substitute for Half Half, but besides being heavy with sugar, there is also a milk product included. The list of ingredients states this dairy product, but elsewhere on the label it specifies dairy-free, but that would not be true. From what I understand, they get by with that deception because the product no longer chemically resembles milk by the time it makes it to the rest of the powder. However, if it comes from milk, then in my mind it is dairy. Period. I’ll keep looking, but I’m going to finish up this container in the meantime.

So today, except for my morning coffee, it has been vegan with every mouthful! Started with creamy oatmeal with a little brown sugar and a few raisins. Dinner in a few minutes will be a quick and easy pasta dish with tomato sauce, onions, green peppers, and mushrooms. For snack today I had a few vegan ginger cookies, some peanuts, and some junk food – potato chips.

I just gave away a brand-new unopened container of Breyers low-fat ice cream. AUGH!!

Lunch was delicious! As you can see from the picture below, the New Years Southern tradition – black-eyed peas, collards and kale cooked together, a garnish of tomatoes and onions, and cornbread. It was so very very tasty! I need to work on the cornbread recipe, though. I just took my regular recipe and substituted rice milk for cow’s milk. And I did not include an egg. It was rather crumbly (as you can tell from the picture) but OK, and I’ve packed a piece for lunch tomorrow, but I believe it can be improved!


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