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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).


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))…


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!


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?


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.


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


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 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


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. 


  • 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.