Archive for July, 2009

happy 7th bday izzy.

Sunday, July 26th, 2009

Today Izzy is seven years old.

She is growing so tall and weighs 58 pounds!

We are celebrating with ice cream cake from Baskin Robbins!

Some presents she recieved for her birthday …

Hanna Andersson outfits from Gram, Jane Ellen, and Jane Ann. Junie B. Jones books from Melanie & Camilla. Various toys and dvds. A princess pillow from Nini. Fun stuff like bath products and a crown from Sarai & Katie.  I am going to redo her room when we do the big room shift.  We are planning a princess room.  With Amanda leaving for OU soon she is giving up her bigger room to Bailey and the smaller room will be her room when she is home for the weekends and also have some of Izzy’s things in it.  Izzy sleeps in our room right now so it should work out fine.

It was a fun birthday!

barbie

around the world in okc

Saturday, July 25th, 2009

Matt took me to eat at Gopuram Taste of India tonight… we were mostly interested in their vegan menu choices.  They have a buffet, but we both ordered off the menu.  This was a little scary considering we had no idea what we would be eating.  There were brief descriptions, but nothing could prepare me for my food!  It was HOT!  The waiter asked if I wanted it spicy and I said, “sure.”  My sinuses are officially clear.  It was good and the indian bread was so good and cut the heat.  I had Malai kofta.  Which was vegetable dumplings cooked in a mild cream & almond sauce with rice.  The sauce was not mild at all though.  It was curry with red pepper and masala.  Matt helped me eat it while we waited for his weird order to come.  He was interested in a carrot pudding and LOVED it!  I had gulab junum.  It was pastry balls in warm sugar sauce.  Not at all what I expected.  It was like donut soup or something, but pretty good.  Next time we will probably try the buffet so we can try more things.

We waited for a what seemed like forever while they cooked our food…

waiting

There were interestng decorations there…

elephant

After we finished dinner we stopped at the Asian supermarket to get some different varieties of mushrooms.  I got a huge can of wasabi peas (yum!)… I was stuffed from the spicy Indian food and the awful fish smell at the asian market almost sent me over the edge 🙂 !

Then to Baskin Robbins for a special ice cream cake for Izzy’s birthday tomorrow!  I know she’ll love it.

Matt got me pretty red roses today.  I put half on my nightstand, and the other half in the pretty blue glass pitcher mom brought to me from her trip last week.

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Emelia had another sewing class today at the artz place.  She made a doll thing (?) and an apron.  She is sewing up a storm now… Bailey went to a birthday party today at the skating rink for a girl from school.  Amanda just worked all day, the chapel had two weddings.  I’m off to find free insurance quotes.

fave five

Friday, July 24th, 2009

It always starts with food 🙂 …

1.  Our meal Thursday evening was breaded portobella mushrooms on whole wheat hoagies with advocados.  Delish!  I first had this type sandwich at the golf course.  It was so delicious my friend Laura didn’t eat her chicken salad and ate some of mine instead.  In our attempts to eat no animal products finding vegan alternatives that are really yummy is a bonus! We won’t be looking for any cattle supplies.

mushroomsand 

2.  Amanda’s cute new hair cut!

amandahair

3.  morning run.

run

4.  my almost 7 year old girl iz…

meandiz

5. flowers I got from matt…

roses

 

Wanna share your faves?  Visit Susanne!

wordy wednesday.

Wednesday, July 15th, 2009

Whew…. what a day.

Started with a run/walk at the park in the crazy hot heat.  Even at 8 a.m. it was HOT.  Came home and got a lot of chores done.  Izzy had ESY today! 

Guess who showed up at school?  MELANIE!  Me & Izzy just ♥ Melanie!  It was nice to catch up with her… and see the pics of her thriving garden and new swimming pool!  I can’t wait for school to begin in August and I know Izzy will be so happy to get back to school too. 

Me & Emelia got a happy hour 1/2 price Sonic drink while Iz was at school… (here we are waiting for our drinks).

sonic

Matt had to work late…

I know you’re dying to hear about our vegan dinner for tonight.  Right? 

I bought these… (boca italian sausage (meatless))…

italian-sausage-natural

I sauteed them with sliced onions and green peppers with a dab of olive oil.  Served then on ww buns with mustard.  They were pretty good.  Good enough we both agreed we would have them again!  They tasted like sausage, they were softer than sausage and the texture was a little different, but overall I give them a thumbs up and was expecting to hate them.  We had baked potatoes and corn on the cob.  I am stuffed. 

OH!  I just remembered why I started this post… to put this recipe here so I would have it.   I made sour cream and onion dip (with no dairy).   We had this on our baked potatoes.  It tasted very similar to french onion dip.  I think I might make a batch without the onions too.  It was good though!

SOUR CREAM & ONION DIP

1 cup silken tofu (firm)

2 T canola oil

1 T dried onion flakes

1 T lemon juice

1 T apple cider vinegar

1 t. tamari (although I omitted this because I haven’t gotten any yet)

1 t. sugar

1/4 t. dried parsley (I used a dash of parsley and chives both freeze dried)

Mix with food processor and chill for a few hours.

I’m going to feed Izzy and then go for a swim before bed! How was your Wednesday?

bailey.

Tuesday, July 14th, 2009

We took the form for bailey do do parent instructed driver’s ed to my brother tonight (he works at dps).

I can’t believe he will be driving soon… I guess Matt will be his instructor.  Matt helped amanda learn to drive too.  Now I have to look at the list and find the best driver’s ed package to get for B.

Also Thursday is his ortho appt.  We will begin the long scary process of having braces put on him.  Pray. 🙂

hi.

Monday, July 13th, 2009

The vegan thing is going pretty well… my favorite kid comment from the week was from Emelia while leaving church yesterday.  She said, “Can you please take me by McDonald’s for some meat?”  Poor girl 🙂  I fixed sloppy joes for lunch with morningstar crumbles (meat substitute) and we had fresh green beans and carrot sticks with hummus (and veggie chips).  

Tonight we had ww pitas with beans and morningstar crumbles with taco seasoning and avocados.  Green beans and fresh corn on the cob were sides.  I was very full. 

I cannot honestly say I miss meat yet.  I am feeling healthier and seem to be losing weight too! AED

*subject change*

Spent the day helping the twins (lol) Emelia and Bailey get their rooms clean.  They needed mom help and I had to take the day off and help them.  All day.  Well, I did take time out for a pedicure mostly because those silly flags painted on my toes were getting annoying.  That sweet nail girl “tammy” always does something whacky to my toes and I can’t understand her well enough to stop it before it’s too late.  I picked a pleasant neutral hot pink and ended up with tropical designs :O… Oh well.

tropical-toes

We went for a nice swim after dinner, in this heat the pool is priceless for cooling off in the evenings.

Izzy.

Isabelle is doing well. She’s healthy and happy.  I will be so glad when school starts again!  I know she will be too!  She goes back to ESY this Wednesday (two weeks off for the fourth holiday).  She is growing so much it seems.  Maybe it’s my imagination but she seems bigger.  She will have a birthday soon.

Amanda.

Amanda is getting closer and closer to move out day.  I am in denial.  We got her bedding and other things for her dorm room last week.  I need to find a few more things and we’re going to make a curtain to fit the window…  She is so excited!

change is good.

Tuesday, July 7th, 2009

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Finally found time to get my hair done! Yay.  Not super thrilled with it, but it’s ok.   Here’s the only pic I have of the highlights… in my favorite place in the whole world.  My bed 🙂  I have to do a post on mobile homes first though.

So… Matt made the decision to eliminate animal products from his diet.  I was okay with it since I really don’t like meat… much.  I do like grilled steak, chicken, burgers, hot dogs (kosher beef of course).  But being the supportive wife I am I decided to join him in this quest for health. 

So Sunday evening instead of eating the leftover burger (with bacon and guacomole)… or the leftover grilled brats with the chili I made Saturday… we had meatless spaghetti.  I had some pasta that was whole grain with omega-3 and flaxseed,  I sauteed garlic, onions, mushrooms and black olives in a little olive oil.  I added a jar of roasted garlic pasta sauce and some spices.  Matt mixed some pressed garlic with a little olive oil and toasted on buns.  It was delish!

Last night I made stir fry.  I cooked some whole grain brown rice… then sauteed stir fry veggies adding some garlic and squash from dad’s garden, mixed it with rice when it was ready and put some soy sauce.  Delish!  We had some pita chips with roasted red pepper hummus on the side.

Tonight I made red beans & rice.  I cooked a pound of small red beans with some cumin, onion, garlic, peppers from garden, and cilantro.  I had plain whole grain brown rice leftover from last night.  I put the beans over the rice and some salsa to top it off.  Dad’s delicious potatoes were the real treat to me!  I microwaved a few small potatoes in the steam bags and then sliced them and sprinkled kosher salt and chives on them while they sauteed in a non stick pan until golden brown.  We had some corn from dad’s garden too.  Yummy.

Later tonight I was reading a few recipes and made some dairy free mayo and then some sandwich spread for Matt… He said if he didn’t know already he would think this was tuna when I gave him a sample on whole wheat toast.  I didn’t try it yet. 

chickpeasalad

  • 1 15 ounce can garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped celery
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped sweet onion
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped green onions
  • 2 tablespoons sweet or dill pickle relish
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup fat-free mayonnaise (I used the non dairy homemade version)
  • 8 slices whole wheat bread
  • lettuce
  • tomatoes
  • mustard

Mash beans with a bean masher. Place in a bowl and add celery, onions, relish, lemon juice and fat-free mayonnaise. Mix well. Chill to blend flavors.

Spread bread with mustard, if desired. Place about 1/2 cup of the spread on four of the bread slices. Add lettuce, tomatoes, close up and eat.

I’m not missing the meat.  At all. 

This is what I plan to cook tomorrow!

Chip and Salsa Soup
Servings: 4
Preparation Time: 10 minutes
Cooking Time: 10 minutes

  • 3 1/2 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 15 can black or pinto beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1/4 cup chopped green onions
  • 1 1/4 cups fresh salsa, mild or medium
  • 1 tablespoon canned diced green chilies
  • 1 cup corn kernels
  • 2 cups fat-free tortilla chips, broken into bite-size pieces
  • 1 cup avocado chunks

Place the broth, beans, salsa, corn, green onions and chilies in a medium saucepan. Cook over low heat for 10 minutes to blend flavors.

Place 1/2 cup of chips and 1/4 cup of avocado in each of four bowls. Ladle the soup over the avocado and chips and serve at once.

Mexican Bean Burritos
Servings: 10-12
Preparation Time: 20 minutes
Cooking Time: 3-4 hours

  • 2 cups dried pinto beans (using leftover red beans from tonight)
  • 8 cups water
  • 1/2 to 1 cup bean cooking liquid
  • 2 chopped tomatoes
  • 1 chopped bunch green onions
  • 2 cups shredded lettuce
  • 1 cup shredded soy cheese (optional)
  • Assorted Mexican salsas
  • 10-12 whole wheat flour or corn tortillas

Place the beans in a large pot with the water. Bring to a boil, cover, reduce heat slightly so they don’t boil over, and cook until tender, 3 to 4 hours. (This step can also be done in a slow cooker. Cook on high for 8-10 hours.) Drain, reserving the cooking liquid.

Mash the beans with a hand masher or portable electric beater. Add some bean cooking liquid after mashing and mix until the beans are a soft, moist consistency.

Place all the ingredients in bowls, except the tortillas. Let each person make their own burrito by layering on the ingredients of their choice. For instance, take a tortilla, spread a line of beans down the center of the tortilla, then add some tomatoes, onions and lettuce. Spoon a little of your favorite salsa over all of this, roll up the tortilla and, either place on a plate and eat it using a fork or pick it up and eat it using your fingers.

HINT: Make rice for the next two days’ meals.

I spent the entire day cleaning out my closet and my room.  Ugh.  But it’s done and since I’ve been working things like that get harder and harder to get to.  Tomorrow I have to do work.  I have to get a lot done and meet with the engineer asap to get this batch of spill plans out! 

Amanda got her housing assignment at OU.  She has been emailing her roommate.  (She’s from St. Louis and a mechanical engineer major).  I am so excited for her.  Gotta start looking for a mini-fridge now.  Her roommate is bringing a small microwave for their dorm room and amanda will take her television.