birthday, breakfast, dinner, family, lunch, Seattle, sewing

Weekend treats + eats

Hello hello!

This may be the longest post in the history of TCEM but I hope you enjoy!

I had a fabulous weekend – finally some decent weather in Seattle!

Saturday I woke up and ate a piece of toast +PB and consumed a cup of coffee.

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I knew Seattle was going to get pretty warm, in the 80’s in some areas (!!!) so I went on an early run. I ran 6.40 miles in 58.37. I was pretty hot and sweaty after that!

I was craving something cool and semi sweet and I knew just thing to ease my post run craving.

DSC05740Shredded wheat, kashi Go Lean, almond milk, strawberries, cranberries and toasted coconut!

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I was still hungry after my shower, this time for something savory. Beans, rice, salsa and cilantro. Simple is always good!

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Let me ask you this: what does one do on a warm, sunny Saturday afternoon? Get ice cream, of course!

Everyone in the car!

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And if you are wondering, J is still way to young and small to be without a car seat. I had to put it in and the little monkey beat me to it! I think he feels like a big boy sitting in the car. =)

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YAY for ice cream!

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I choose a soy Cinnamon Swirl – my favorite! I absolutely love cinnamon!

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Now to walk off that ice cream – what a beautiful day!

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Even though we live in the suburbs, nature is in arms length. This is also my running trail as I love looking at green while I run.

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We also found several families of duck and geese. You should have seen J! He was so excited, he ran right up to them and wanted to touch them. Of course I was right there making sure he didn’t get to close, but they seemed friendly. Of course I am sure they were just looking for hand outs – I don’t feed wild animals, period.

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Let me just say that J zonked out as soon as he took his bath and was all snuggly in his jammies. He was one tired boy from all of the running around.

I was still a little full from ice cream so I ended up eating late, like 9 – crazy for me. I made a home made vegetable ragu with whole wheat noodles and sweet peas.

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I sautéed yellow onions, kalamata olives, garlic, fresh basil and parsley, mushrooms, red bell pepper and a little of jarred sauce. It was so fresh tasting with the herbs and I love the addition of kalamata olives to my sauce – delish!

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Today is my Mom’s Birthday!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MOM!

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There were a TON of good eats, vegan of course 😉

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My plate consisted of a veggie burger with the trimmings (lettuce, pickle, tomato, mustard, ketchup, onion) green salad with homemade garlic-lemon dressing, orzo Mediterranean salad that my Grandma bought for me =),  and raw veggies!

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After lunch, there was some play time!

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I know my mom is going to shoot me for putting this up, but I think J’s face is effing hilarious!!!

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And of course there were presents – many presents!

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My beautiful Mama!

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She loves grapes and has grape decor in her kitchen and dining area. A few years ago I had made her a set of placemats, but over the years they have started to look a little… meh. I surprised her with a brand new set of placemats. She loved them!

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They are made out of batik fabric. I appliquéd a grape motif on the front of each one, then quilted the entire top. They turned out great!

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Happy Birthday again, Mom! I hope you enjoyed your special day!

Phew… well that’s a wrap!

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dinner, lunch

I’m roasted

What I love about being a vegan is that all of my meals consist of vegetables. An enormous amount of vegetables, in fact. And you know what? I am 100% content with this!

You are going to laugh at me… I totally forgot what I ate for breakfast. I didn’t even take a picture to document! I was in a hurry to take Lilly to the groomers and in the shuffle of getting everyone loaded into the car it totally slipped my mind. But I am please to announce that we have a clean, super yummy smelling dog in the house now. It had been way to long since we took her to the groomers.

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Lunch was my infamous pizza sandwich.

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What’s a pizza sandwich, you may ask? It’s a delicious combination of my basil cheese spread, yellow onion, red bell pepper, sundried tomatoes, fresh basil leaves and avocado.

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And a side of marinara for dipping.

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I made yet another batch of Cashew Herb Spread. This spread is so versatile and complex tasting, yet so simple to make.

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J and I hit Costco after his nap and picked up a few things… like Pita chips and salsa. This is a warning: pita chips will be featured a lot for next week! 😉

For some reason I felt that today was kind of a carby day so I wanted to fill up on simple vegetables. I roasted some organic carrots and a half of a sweet potato.

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I drizzled each with some EVOO, then the carrots were seasoned with salt, pepper and basil. The sweet potato was coated with cinnamon. Mmmmm… then some ketchup / Sriracha dipping sauce for the potatoes.

I created a salad that used up some leftover vegetables and beans that have been in the fridge too long. I served them their evection notice.

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Romaine lettuce, roasted beets, yellow pepper, red onion, fresh basil, white beans, salt, pepper, EVOO and freshly roasted sunflower and soy nuts.

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Delish!

Have a yummy weekend all!

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breakfast, dinner, lunch, nablopomo, running

Time warp

What a day! It was a very positive and uplifting kind of day. =)
I started out with a wonderful rice and veggie wrap for breakfast.
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I sautéed yellow onion, orange and yellow bell pepper and white beans in a skillet with some EVOO, salt and garlic powder. I heated up some brown rice and stuffed it in a whole wheat wrap. I then topped it with avocado and hot sauce.
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Full or protein, carbs and flavor – a great meal!
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Around noon I started to feel a chocolate craving coming on. It had been a while since I made my CCB’s so I immediately started prepping for this wonderful treat.
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Here is the original recipe. Today I toasted the coconut and added a small dollop of peanut butter. Mmmmm these are so good! AND healthy!
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I had two. Quality control! 😉
When Marc came home this afternoon from a meeting I decided to lace up and go for a run. It had been POURING all morning long, but luckily the clouds broke and the sun came out. I had a great run!
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I was in such a positive mood when I arrived back at home. It’s amazing how exercise helps your entire well being.
I showered, then we went grocery shopping. We were both starving so we stopped and ate terriyaki before entering the store. As you can see, I never ate lunch before my run at 2:30. Only my protein packed breakfast and healthy CCB’s. It was 4:30 before I ate!
Tip: BAD idea to shop when you are hungry! I have made that mistake too many times!
I ordered Tofu Terriyaki with brown rice.
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And a TON of sriracha hot sauce!
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I was only able to eat half, so I packed up the rest to take home. Leftovers, YESSSS!
I settled for something light for dinner: half of an orange and a bowl of shredded wheat, topped with strawberries and almond milk
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lunch, recipe, vegan

Kale Cravings

I never in my wildest dreams would I have ever thought I would make this statement: “I love kale”. But I do. I love it. No – I ADORE it! It has a subtle flavor that is extremely versatile, and I am addicted to the texture. Not too soft with a nice crunchy bite. Mmmmm.

Thanks to OSG and her dinner the other night I have been dealing with my cravings for kale and mushrooms. After a 3 mile run today, I hurried home to make the best lunch ever! Well, at least for this week, 😉

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This meal was very simple to make, yet it looks so elegant.

I put a few tablespoons of EVOO in a skillet, added 1/4 cup of yellow onion and 5, quartered button mushrooms. I seasoned with chili powder, garlic powder, salt and pepper. After they sautéed for a few minutes, I added my rinsed kale with a few tablespoons of water, a few tablespoons of fresh lemon juice and a teaspoon of minced fresh garlic. A little more salt and pepper, put the lid on and let steam for a good 8 minutes.

I already had pre-cooked brown rice in the fridge. I heated about 3/4 of a cup with some salt and pepper. Top the rice with the kale and mushrooms and enjoy!

For dessert: crunchy, green grapes.

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Of course J had to help me eat them, as well. =)

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breakfast, jordan, life, lunch

Goals and Decisions

Yesterday I made an amazing vegan pasta sauce that I wanted to share with all of you.
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Serves 1
1/3 of a jar of your favorite pasta sauce ( I look for no sugar added and organic)
1/4 cup of sweet yellow onion, chopped
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1/3 cup kalamata olives, pitted and sliced in half
2 teaspoons EVOO
fresh or dried basil
salt and pepper
Add the oil into a medium sauté pan and place on medium heat. Add onion and a pinch of salt. Once the onions are soft, about 5 minutes, add garlic, olives and basil. Turn heat to medium low and cook for 2-3 minutes, making sure the garlic doesn’t burn. Then add your pasta sauce to the skillet and let simmer for 8-10 minutes. halfway through make sure to taste the sauce to see if it needs more seasoning – salt, pepper, basil, etc.

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I made some whole wheat pasta then topped it with some steamed organic peas and  sauce. It was a wonderful dish! The olives give it a hearty taste and texture, while the sweet peas add a fresh pop. Yum.
Breakfast this morning was another bowl of oats.
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Oats cooked in water, cinnamon, flax meal, maple syrup, banana, toasted coconut and a dollop of almond butter. Super filling and very tasty!
I even made J a small bowl of his own oats: oats, maple syrup, almond butter, cinnamon, flax meal, raisins and toasted coconut. He gobbled them up!
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He absolutely loves playing with the kitchen utensils while I am cooking.
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He is growing up SO fast!
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MissMatched

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Fact: I never have matching socks. Ever. No, there isn’t a monster in the dryer that eats them; I’m just lazy and throw all of my socks into my drawer with no organization or reason. Then when I go to grab a pair of socks I am never in any mood to search and find a matching pair. Alas – my mismatched feet.
Breakfast was another yummy bowl of cold cereal. I mixed plain shredded wheat bits, Kashi twigs, dried cranberries, roasted almonds and almond milk.
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Pre-run I had a piece of toast with Cashew Spread.

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I had a nice 4 mile run this afternoon. Very refreshing! I showered and then made a huge salad for lunch.
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  • romaine lettuce
  • red bell pepper
  • avocado
  • red onion
  • sundried tomatoes
  • artichoke hearts
  • soy nuts and sunflower seeds
  • cucumber slices
  • hummus
  • EVOO
  • salt and pepper

Super fresh, super tasty – it really hit the spot!
Dinner was a comforting mug of lentil soup, with another piece of toast with Cashew Spread. Can you tell I am pretty much obsessed with this spread?! If you haven’t made it yet, DO! You will not be disappointed!
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I have been sleepy all day – time to get some shut eye!
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dinner, faq, lunch, running

Gathering my Strength!

Look what I was able to do yesterday!
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While this time is not breaking news, nor has it been my best, it’s my best in a very long time! And you were all right when you said to keep my chin up with my running… My legs are strong and my lungs are expanding. WOOHOO!
I will never take granted that I am able to run, ever. When you go from training for a marathon to not being able to walk it really puts things in perspective and makes you realize that while you want to strive to do you best, pushing yourself past your means leads to disaster.

I was pretty hot and sweaty after my run so I made a refreshing PB & Chocolate shake.
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I was starving when dinner came around – I made a mexican salad.
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Black beans, rice, romaine, avocado, black olives, salsa, red onion and tortilla chips. I downed this salad in seconds!
Then Marc and I relaxed and watched Deadliest Catch. We’ve been watching this show ever since it was first aired on The Discover Channel – we both love it! I know it sounds a little contradicting coming for a vegetarians mouth… hmm. (shrugs) I normally do not watch TV, except the Food Network, and learning channels (TLC, Discovery, History, etc.) And most of the captains, boats and crew are from the Seattle region, too. In the summer you can drive past the docks and see the actual boats, even see the crew members, too! What is your guilty pleasure TV show?

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I want to take a few minutes and answer some formspring questions:

What other fitness regimes do you incorporate into your workouts besides running?

For right now I am sticking to running, with a few days of ab, leg and arm work; but nothing substantial. I am trying to be very careful and start off slow. I do love spinning and attend a class when I can. What can I say – I love my cardio!

Do you create these recipes on your own? You should try out for the next Food Network star. They don’t have any shows that focus on clean eating, vegan, organic, might be a great niche for you 😉

Thanks! I am actually very camera shy, but I guess if given the opportunity it would be pretty amazing that have a show! Recipes around the blog sphere is a touchy subject, or so I have seen. People use recipes, forget to give credit of the source, owners feelings get hurt and so on. My recipes have all been adapted from sources: whether that be from physical cookbooks, a combination of intuition and ingredients, Google searching, but I would have to say that I get a lot of my ideas from my fellow bloggers. I do, however, always give credit where credit is due.

What does your husband eat? do you cook for him? Does he follow your same eating lifestyle?

Kind of – sort of. He does eat meat and dairy, and will eat meat and dairy for the rest of his life. There is nothing I can say or do for him to change. I would LOVE if he would cut down his meat consumption but I know that will never happen. Since we eat so differently we rarely eat meals together. When I ate meat and dairy we always ate together and there never was an issue. Unfortunately,  we have argued about food and preparation now that I am a vegetarian, and was a pretty touchy subject when I first changed my ways. 
Even when I ate meat I was never the one that bought or cooked the meat. In fact, my husband cooked 90% of the time! That has dramatically switched, and I do more cooking for him and ALL of the cooking for myself. Raw meat really skeeves me out and I have NEVER been a fan of working or cooking with it. Plus, with his skills as being a certified chef, he knows the exact temperatures, seasonings and skills to cook meat. Me, not so much. Every day seems to be getting easier and better. He now has the understanding that this is not a temporary change for me.
Keep asking those questions! You can find the formspirng box on the right hand side of my blog. 

breakfast, dinner, lunch, sewing

A little of this, a little of that

How is everyone’s weekend going?

I started the day with my daily cup of decaf coffee and a lovely GM.
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  • cup of almond milk
  • 3 handfuls of spinach
  • 1 banana
  • 2 tablespoons flax meal
  • 1 tablespoon almond butter
  • a few handfuls of frozen fruit – grapes, strawberries and peaches

I forgot how much I love the flavor of adding almond butter to my GM’s. A little extra punch of healthy fat to keep me full.

Lunch was mouthwatering, to say the least.
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I made another batch of Cashew Spread with oregano, basil and red pepper flakes. I seriously cannot get enough of this spread! The spices I used made the spread taste very “pizza” like.

I spread a thin coating of Earth Balance on two pieces of sprouted bread and grilled them in a pan. On each slice of warm bread I spread the Cashew Spread, added sun dried tomatoes, artichoke hearts, red bell pepper, red onion and avocado. With one bite I knew it needed a side of marinara sauce for dipping. Pizza in a sandwich? Oh Yea!
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I also went on a nice run this afternoon – 4 miles. Funny thing is I don’t feel as powerful or confident about my running as I did last week. Could be stress, weather, food… I find myself getting discouraged that I am not improving more quickly. =(

Dinner was re-heated Chinese take-out from a few nights ago.

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Kung Pow Tofu, extra spicy, on a bed of brown rice.

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I have a weakness for take out once every few months. Not the cleanest of foods but once in a while I have to splurge!

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I promised I would post my embroidered towels once they were finished – I think they turned out great!

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I also dabbled in some pillow making. This is one that I simply appliquéd on fabric scraps, then embroidered around the edges to give it a “finished” look.

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That’s all for now – enjoy your Sunday!

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breakfast, lunch, running

Back on the pavement

How is everyone’s weekend going?

Mine has been filled with this:
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I love embroidering! I am making two towels – one is a margarita and the other is a daiquiri. Perfect for summer! I will post when I am finished.

I captured this little robin in the backyard this morning. Whoever said the early bird gets the worm was spot on!
 
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Breakfast was a savory bagel sandwich.

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I have been craving odd breakfast’s lately. Odd, but ever so tasty! I had a mini wheat bagel, a nice coat of my cashew cheese, red onion, baby spinach, cucumber, a bean burger and plenty of hot sauce.

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After J went down for his noon nap, I hit the pavement for a nice run. I haven’t updated my blog on my running but I have ran 4 times this past week! I feel amazing! Today I did a nice slow pace and was able to run 6 miles. Here are the stats for this week:

  • Tuesday – 4 miles 39:26
  • Wednesday – 4.56 miles 46:09
  • Thursday – 2.72 miles 28:48
  • Saturday (today) – 5.96 miles 62:14

My back feels great! But my legs are definitely getting a workout – I have missed the burn! lol

I came home sweaty and hot, and was craving something cold and refreshing. Tada – a Green Monster!

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  • almond milk
  • banana
  • frozen peaches, a few strawberries and blueberries
  • flax meal
  • a few large handfuls of spinach

Hit the spot! I also had a few roasted almonds.

I am off to jump in the shower and nosh on some more food. I have some great posts coming up in the next few days – more of your questions answered! =)

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lunch, sewing

Veggies Unite!

I had a lovely lunch today!

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1/2 of a cucumber, some carrots, hummus and an amazing grilled veggie sandwich! AAAHHHHH this was such a tasty sandwich!

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I grilled the bread before putting the filling in by using a little of Earth Balance and placing the bread in a skillet on medium heat. Then I spread my cashew cheese on each slice, added artichoke hearts, avocado, baby spinach and red onion. Heaven in a sandwich.

I love grilling the bread plain beforehand. Much better than toasted! And if I had to chose between fruit and vegetables, I would choose fruit each and every time! I am pretty picky when it comes to fruit and the taste has to be perfect. Not too sweet and not too sour. But with vegetables I always find them to be perfect. =)

And of course I was busy sewing this morning. I made this adorable little girls purse.

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With some yoyo’s for flare. I *heart* yoyo’s.

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My ultimate job would be to sew all day long. I feel most like myself when I am creating, whether it be by sewing, cooking, knitting or journaling. When I am expressing myself and my abilities I am at peace.

What do you do to feel grounded? Besides creating, running allows me to release stress and tension. Especially when I run outdoors with no music.

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