Sunday, December 12, 2010

snow, food, and simplicity, continued. (edited Monday to add pics)

vegan daiya cheddar bake, a staple menu item in my kitchen

simplicity has been ruling my life lately. erm, and food. lots of food!

here are a few pictures so you can see what i've been up to.

naked burritos with sweet potatoes and pinto beans

it's currently snowing here. very pretty, and hoping for a school closing tomorrow so i can finish packing for my big trip home to connecticut by train! (we DID get a day off today!! yippee!!)

a green pepper and tomato pizza on homemade crust is waiting for the oven, once a from-scratch zucchini bread comes out. (bith came out amazing! i added chopped pecans to the bread and it was a GREAT idea!)

earlier today i made a huge yummy pot of chili and had two big bowls.

for breakfast i made the best oatmeal ever: with bananas, ground flaxseeds, toasted almonds (thanks milton for the heads up on almonds, i've slipped back into a temporary - hope! - vegetarian phase for the time being), peanut butter, maple syrup, vegan butter, cloves, nutmeg, cinnamon.

i attended a clothing swap this afternoon and feel like i came away with a new wardrobe::free! this is really the best way to get new clothes. i got dresses, sweaters, skirts, even a pair of shoes! and socks! and a scarf! and TWO pairs of jeans!!!

i bought falafel, onion rings, grape leaves and french fries last night and shouldn't have. it was warm and cozy and dinner spent with fine company. breakfast was much the same: a place that serves locally-raised eggs. i had the rancheras, with a side of hash browns and fruit. OHHHH yummy.

food seems to be front and center lately! :-)

tomorrow night, making golden lentil soup for a school teachers' potluck tuesday, and chocolate chip cookies for a guest. (i will do both of these today!! snow day!!)

i'm knitting my way through christmas presents, and finally finished the gift for my orphan baby in china

(sorry FT for sending so darned late, better late than never though, right?). i did not make the pig, it came from the local fair trade shop.


  1. Great to run into you yesterday :)
    Hope you get your snow day.

  2. You are so wonderful to do for others during the hectic holiday season. <3

    I am SO super jealous that you'll be riding a train home!!! I LOVE trains. Love them.

    And yeah, I feel like food becomes so important during this time of year, when you're trying to stay cozy (it's almost innate, since it's kind of like preparing to hibernate or - hopefully we're not, but - gathering an insulating layer of fat, you know?). I usually get very into hot stews and hearty meals around this time, and it lasts through March. I enjoy it - you just gotta be mindful! :)

    Can't wait to see you soon!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. Gorgeous hat!! --What pattern is that? I'd love to knit it sometime. :)