Friday, February 17, 2017

Welcome Baby Mouse!

Just wanted to pop in to let you all know that my baby was born on February 11th at 9:38pm via c-section. I labored for 17 hrs and tried everything I could to deliver him the normal way. Baby was too big and wouldn't come out! So after a quick surgery, I was overwhelmed by the beautiful sound of my baby's cries and the exclamation of the Doctor and nurses  saying "He's a big baby!!!" I cried and cried and when they brought him over to us and placed him into my husband's arms, I was smitten. 

It was an amazing experience and an emotional one. It'll be one week tomorrow that we've had him and we are so very thankful. I cry every time I tell my birth story or even think about it. I am so glad we are all happy and healthy.

 Introducing Baby Hank. 
Edited to add: His name is Henri Bowie (aka Hank)!

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Locali sandwich and buffalo cauliflower.

Hungry Hungry Hippie sandwich.

Hummus, tempeh bacon, cucumber, avocado, red onion, red pepper and arugula.

Homemade buffalo cauliflower.

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Tofu and mushroom cheesesteak sandwich.

God dang this was gooood! You should try it. Pan fry firm tofu slices seasoned with soy sauce and black pepper. Set aside. Sauté sliced red onion and green peppers in olive oil until tender and onions are caramelized. Season with salt and pepper. Set aside. Sauté sliced mushrooms in olive oil, soy sauce and black pepper. Mix mushrooms with onion and peppers.
To assemble sandwich, cut up tofu into strips and fry in a hot pan until browned and then add some mushroom/onion/peppers. Heat through, and then place a slice of Daiya cheese on top then cover pan to melt the cheese. Slather some mayo on a French roll and transfer the melty mixture into your roll. Close up the sandwich and eat while it's still hot and gooey!

Friday, February 3, 2017

Native Foods lunch and vegan burrito.

Went to Native Foods on Wednesday with my folks. We had a massive lunch.

I had my fave BBQ chopped salad. I love big salads.

Dad had the Bangkok Curry Bowl. He liked it.

Mom had the Native Chopped Salad. She drowned it in mango line dressing. She loved it.

We all shared the chili cheese fries which are so delicious. The cashew cheese is tasty. We also had two cupcakes, chocolate ganache and carrot cream cheese. Yummmm.

Here's a burrito I made for dinner last night. It's filled with refried beans, veggie ground crumbles, lettuce, guacamole, sour cream and taco sauce.

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Cookie Time!

My dear friend Cam came over today to bake cookies and spend time together. I'm officially on maternity leave yay!

She made Anzac biscuits which are a delicious combination of oats, sugar, butter (earth balance) and coconut! She used 1/2 palm sugar, 1/2 regular sugar in this recipe.

My cookie contribution was a yummy double chocolate chunk cookie. Never made these before and I was pleased they turned out great. I added 1 tsp each of espresso powder and coffee flavoring to deepen the chocolate flavor.

First batch with a medium cookie scoop made large cookies. 

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Willow Tree Minerals and Mad Lab - natural and cruelty free cosmetics.

I bought samples from Willow Tree Minerals about a year ago and never made swatches. This is a great little company that makes beautiful mineral makeup in so many shades. Here's what I got.

Top to bottom: Passion Fruit, Pumpkin, Sunkissed Ginger, Tangy Tangerine, Praline, Cider, Antique Copper

Cider, Antique Copper, Chocolate Truffle, Boysenberry Tea, Bright Blueberry, and Rainforest. 

A few more: Olive Tree, Berries, Cinnamon Silk

Really beautiful duochrome happening with Cinnamon Silk. 

Go check out their Etsy shop. The photos are beautiful.

I also got a few samples from Mad Lab, also on Etsy.

Top to bottom: Pearl, Palladium Gold, Gold 2.0, Not Amused, Cinnamon Challenge, Dark God. Very nice neutrals.


Was in the mood for what I call "crappy tacos" which just means that they are not authentic in any way. Think "taco supreme" from Taco Bell. 

Picked up this package of vegan crumbles which I had never tried before. I sautéed a chopped onion, added the crumbles and cooked until heated through.

So here we have the veggie crumbles, refried beans, lettuce, cheese, tomatoes, sour cream and taco shells.

Came out very good and satisfied my craving. The taco sauce is by Ortega. The package of crumbles makes a lot so I'll be having tacos for a few days.