Hey there one and all! Or just one...anyone? Who knows. Anyway...It's been quite a hiatus. I had to sort lots of things out. First of all I found myself getting way too absorbed in the "internets". Between Facebook, Yahoo, this blog, my family blog, reading the tons of blogs I subscribe to, online forums I read/contribute to...things were getting way out of hand! I felt I really needed to tone things down...a lot. So I deleted my Facebook. Then I stopped going into the online forums. Then slowly but surely I ended up kind of abandoning this blog and rarely updating the family blog (which I mainly do so our families in Montana, Arizona, Washington, etc can see what we're up to in Chicago). I guess it was all for the best because I was able to take some time out and just think with minimal interruption. And it helped! I feel like I'm in a better spot now and I've got my priorities in order, as least as far as the internet goes. I still limit myself quite a bit, but mainly so I can enjoy other hobbies of mine that I had kind of neglected. Reading, studying Japanese, playing Scrabble, and so forth and so on. I know I sound like a total nerd but I'm actually kinda cool if you get to know me!
One thing I'm disappointed about is that over the past few months I've actually been lots of cool places and had mucho delicious vegan food. But alas I have no pics! Jeez! I just wasn't in a bloggy mood and therefore didn't take pics. But I sure wish I had. We went to Seattle last month and I enjoyed some yummy Thai food from a place called the Long Beach Cafe (they have a separate veg menu, always great!) and I was able to get out to Mighty O Donuts and had plenty of that!! Wow I am SO heading back there next time I'm in Washington! Oh and overall I was impressed with the vegan findings at Pike Place.
And for Mother's Day I FINALLY got to go to Karyn's on Green! Again, NO PICS. Ugh I could kick myself. Even omni husband liked it! I would love to go there again, but our bill was $100 so I'll have to reserve that for special occasions! But if you find yourself in Chicago (or if you live here already) you have GOT to go there!
But, I figured I'd post a few pics in celebration of my return to the internets.
First off...has anyone had THESE yet??
Vegan? Check. Fair trade chocolate? Check. Delicious? Check! Holy cow these are awesome!! They are at Whole Foods here in Chicago (well the North Ave and the Northalsted locations anyway), so get some! I had a mixup with the staff and almost had to buy an entire carton of these bad boys (I thought they were ordering it for the STORE, they thought I was placing a special order), but thankfully they said they'll just put them out on the shelves since it's something they carry anyway. Whew! Not that I wouldn't want a carton of these but even I have to draw the line somewhere.
And here is my all-time fave cereal now:
I like to throw a handful of fresh blueberries on top, dump in some almond milk and I'm good to go! I like the fact that there's added protein, I use that to justify the wee bit of excess sugar in there. I have found this cereal at Whole Foods, but it's like $1.50 more there than at my local grocery store.
And finally...on June 9th my little boy turned 4. He's super into monster trucks, so I decided to make him a monster truck-themed cake!
Not the best pictures, I know. I tried and tried. But the good news is that the cake is entirely vegan! I used the basic vanilla and chocolate cupcake recipes from Vegan Cupcakes Take Over The World and converted them to cakes (I made two of each), then doubled the frosting recipe from the same book. I used Cosmic Cocos from Whole Foods, crushed up Oreos, and Sour Patch Kids apple stick thingys for the grass. Oh and pretzels for the "road". I've got a few vegan chocolate cookies on the side there as well, they're supposed to be boulders, but ended up looking more like wheels or something! Oh well, I gave it my best shot!
I love this crazy kid!
Song of the Day: "Wordless Chorus" by My Morning Jacket