swamp cakes

Hi friends,

The lovely Katie is hosting a give away that I really want to win!  In order to enter, we needed to create some pancake roll ups.  After discarding some obvious choices (blueberry pancakes with banana butter filling!), I came up with these guys.  Despite the shockingly green color, they are tasty!

In to my blender went to extra-large handfulls of spinach and 1/4 cup of liquid egg whites.  After mixing them up, I stirred in a 1/4 cup plus a tablespoon of Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free Flour and 1 tsp baking soda.  While the pancakes were cooking, I lightly sautéed half a pink lady apple and 1/2 cup of broccoli slaw with a little cinnamon.  Once the pancakes were done cooking, I topped with mustard, a little feta, the apple broccoli mixture, and dried cranberries.   Perfect mix of sweet and savory! 

I kind of forgot about the whole “roll up” concept and made pancake tacos instead.  I should have made two bigger cakes opposed to three smaller ones to get sufficient rollage.  Katie, I hope that doesn’t disqualify me :)

Happy Saturday friends!


old and boring?

Hi friends,

Sorry for the lack of a post last night.  I need an evening to chill so I filled with some of my favorite things, a trip to Target and baking.  I made a so so batch of breakfast cookies that were not good enough to share the recipe with you all.  Watched some Olympics and went to bed early.  It was glorious.  About five years ago, I never would have thought that those things would have constituted and an exciting evening.  Does this make me old and boring?

Successfully completed my first week of my cousin’s vegan challenge.  As of breakfast today, I have eaten 14 vegan meals or snacks.  Here are photos documenting the vegan meals from yesterday and today. 

This weekend should be a busy one.  My parental units are in town for the weekend at a work conference so I’ll hang out with them and do some socializing with friends, included these lovely ladies!

Ok, I picked up a shift in the after school program today so I should my butt in gear.  It is hard to get motivated to work on a Friday afternoon :(




Hi friends,

I think Wednesday is most tired, uninspired day to the week.  I’m run down from two night plus early mornings in the before school program and the weekend still seems so far away.  At the coffee shop this afternoon, I was so tired that I brewed a batch of coffee without grinding the beans.  Didn’t realize it until I was done pouring a cup and saw that it was the color of dirty dish water.  bah!  Does anyone else drag in the middle of week?  If so, what do you do to pep up in the middle of day.  My iced soy latte did nothing to energize me.

Vegan meals/snacks eight, nine and ten today!

Same old breakfast.  Wild Wood Plain Soyogurt, strawberries, Kashi Go Lean, Almonds and ground flax.  I finished off the strawberries today so tomorrow’s breaky will be different.

Lunch and snacks pre lunch bag to be consumed while in the car or working.  The veggie wrap feature Trader Joe’s Horseradish Hummus.  YUM!

I enjoyed my favorite animal products for dinner tonight.  Micro steamed broccoli with feta and sriracha with an egg white, mushroom and spinach scramble.  About 2/3s of the scrambled got sandwiched in an Earth Grain’s Thin bun.

I should really go straight to bed but Olympic skiing is on. Yehaw!


Telling Stories

Hi Friends,

As I sat in my Spiritual Wellness class last night, I has so many moments “I NEED to blog about that!”  So to spare you from a novel, I decided to go with our discussion about the importance of story telling in the meaning making and healing process.  I probably don’t need to convince any of you bloggers about this.  There is something very therapeutic in blogging about my day and sharing the highlights and struggles with all of you.  It really helps me gain perspective and organize my thoughts.

What I found more interesting was the role of the listener, or in the case of the blog world, the reader.  It takes courage to share your story with others and sometimes this sharing comes with a great deal of fear.  As I read blogs, it becomes very apparent when people are sharing things that are hard for them.  We talked last night at length about the difference between supporting the storyteller in what they want reaffirmed and imposing our judgements on what we are hearing.  That is really tricky!  How do you censor yourself when you believe that you have the best intentions of the storyteller/writer in mind?  Does the storyteller want to hear your opinion or do they just want to be heard? 

I’d love to hear thoughts on the above paragraph. I think it is a tricky relationship to navigate.  As we discussed in class, there is no storyteller/writter without a listener/reader!

I ate/packed vegan meals and snacks five, six and seven today.  I’m already at half my vegan meal goal and it is only Tuesday.  I’ve always been a bit of an over achiever :)

Breakfast – Wild Wood Probiotic Soyogurt, strawberries, Kashi Go Lean, almonds and ground flax.  Exact repeat of yesterday.  I noticed that I took my breakfast yesterday and today at 5:24 am.  My birth month and day happen to be 5 and 24.  Does it make me really dorky to admit how happy that makes me?!

Lunch – Broccoli slaw with dried cranberries and Whole Foods Ginger Soy vinaigrette and perhaps the best sandwich I have created to date.  I grilled a slice of eggplant and red pepper in my cast iron grill pan.  I stuck some feta, spinach and kalamata olives on an Earth Grains Thin Bun, added in the grilled veggies, and let the whole thing get all warm and melty in the grill pan.  YUM!  I warmed up a little Newman’s Own Marina for dippage.  über tasty.

Snacks and dinner are repeats from last night but I subbed out the broccoli slaw for broccoli tonight.  The Galeo’s Ginger Wasabi Miso dressing still hold the top spot in my heart.  The Dijonnaise variety was good too but didn’t have the same zip.  I think it would make a good egg or tuna salad dressing.  (I’m hoping that if I keep linking to Galeo’s they will offer to do a give away on my blog!  Their products are tricky to find so this would be a great way to spread the word.)

Well friends, thank you for reading.  Again, I wouldn’t be able to write my stories if you didn’t read :)


4 Vegan Meals Down

Hi friends,

Decided to do a quick post before I crack into homework and class today.  First off, THANK YOU to those who left supportive comments on my post yesterday.  It is really, really nice to read those.  It is so helpful to have a supportive outlet to share things like that.  You all are the bestest :)

I think I am going to rock this vegan challenge my cousin posed to me.  I knocked out four vegan meals/snacks today!

Breakfast – Wild Wood Plain Probiotic Soyogurt, strawberries, Kashi Go Lean, almonds, flax and cinnamon.  The soyogurt was surprising good.  It was less creamy than regular yogurt but had a fairly mild taste.  I was expecting something that tasted like tofu and that was not at all the case.  For the duration of the vegan challenge, I am going to pretend that I didn’t notice that honey is like the 10th ingredient in the Go Lean ;)

Lunch – Sunshine Falafel patty, Trader Joe’s Horseradish hummus, spinach , cucumbers, carrots and onion.  How can you go wrong with Sunshine patties and TJ’s Horseradish hummus in the same meal.  It’s not mold on the carrots, btw.  I stuck them in the pan with the Sunshine burger to soften them up a bit and they got a little white.

All this is packed in my lunch bag for snackage and dindin this evening.  I’ll eat the peanut butter and celery for snack and have the crackers and salad for din.  I have high hopes for the salad.  In the mix : spinach, broccoli slaw, a stalk of celery, chick peas, and grapes topped with Galeos Miso Dijonnaise!  I replenished my Galeos supply at the Whole Foods this weekend.  I have yet to actually sample the Dijonnaise variety but I am sure it will fabulous.  I’ll leave you another shot of the salad for your viewing pleasure.

According to the news, we are supposed to get snow starting around midnight.  Boooooooo!  I have been loving the sunny, warm weather.

Take care bloggy friends,



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