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Happy Spring! Did ya miss me?

Lots of changes in my life in the past two years. Check out “About Me” for  synopsis.

Altho my daughter is  no longer vegan or vegetarian, I will continue to post yummy recipes here and just chat about this, that and the other (as my friend, Shawn, likes to say lol).

After moving out July 2014 and then again April 2015, life has been topsy turvy and the dating world is not all it’s cracked up to be.  I’ve met some interesting men and some are friend now on Facebook.  Had my share of spamming attempts and I can smell them a mile away.

My ex and I are on friendly terms mostly. In April it will be 35 years since our first date. Long time.  He is very faithful w/alimony payments and whatever else was agreed to amongst us at mediation.

My son graduates in May. I’m so proud of him. He found his niche after a couple of changes in his major. He got engaged and they have been together almost 6 years. She’s a doll and I just love her. My daughter is a freshman at the same university and she makes me proud all the time. They are all my loves.

Tomorrow is Easter. I won’t be seeing my kids😦  I typically don’t get to see them on holidays but after I move (yes again but this is it for a while lol) in May, I’ll only be 10 mins from them and I’ll be able to see them before they head up to their father’s.  Right now I’m 1.5 hours from them and it’s been difficult for me.

I’m done for now. I want to wish you a blessed Easter!

Thanks for listening.

~V~

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I am so tired of the snow….omg…MAKE IT STOP!!!!

I am in the process of making potato soup. I don’t have a recipe for soups I make. I just go for it lol.

Tonight I caramelized mushrooms w/some thyme, tarragon, salt and pepper…..it’s hard for me not to want to eat every last bit of them…. I love my ‘shrooms

I cooked off the potatoes and then sauteed the onions and garlic, added the flour then the skim milk….nutmeg, potatoes and am waiting for it to thicken as I type this post.

I added some chopped frozen spinach and a wee bit of parsely too. Should be scrummy.😀

Psst….a good tip is to add a splash of your favourite vinegar e.g. red wine or a flavoured vinegar to  your cream soups….it helps cut back on the fat however, even when I was cooking vegan and now that I’m using skim milk, I find it adds tremendous flavour. I added a splash of tarragon vinegar and it now tastes AMAZING!

I love love love soup. My favourite daughter is at a friend’s house watching the Academy Awards.  I hope she leaves earlier than later…I don’t like her driving around in that tiny car of her in the snow on the back roads of Pennsylvania.

Enjoy your evening peeps!

~V~

 

New Year….New Stuff

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Hi everyone!

My life has been filled with many, many challenges…as well as my daughter’s challenge’s…physical-emotional-mental….life is life.

She, in preparation to a month long trip to Japan in August of 2013, decided to go ovo-lacto vegetarian as it is extremely difficult to be vegan in Japan … especially as a visitor.  She wanted to make sure she was tolerant of this lifestyle before she left.

My girl is so smart…wise beyond her years and I am so very proud of her.

Since then, she has remained on this lifestyle path. Maintaining a vegan type mind but eating the ovo-lacto way. She is happier. I am happy for her as I am happy if she is happy.

I will be updating this blog soon. I wanted to say hi and that I missed all of you. I have gotten your private emails and messages and I appreciate them all🙂

I’ll be back soon!

~V~

Easter Menu 2013

Here is my proposed menu for today. I say “proposed” because sometimes at the last-minute I’ll change the recipe or add something to the menu.

I just started cooking the make ahead stuff for the Vegan Mushroom Lasagna – It contains mushrooms, kale, marinara and béchamel sauce.

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~ LA MENU ~

Bourbon Glazed Salmon Steaks

Mushroom Lasagna

Roasted Asparagus

Crescent Rolls (vegan of course)

Dessert ~ Two small cakes from Vegan Treats

I can’t wait to dig in!!

 ~V~

PS: I’m posting the lasagna recipe now!

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~V~

WOOT!!!!

 

HAPPY SPRING!!

 

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~V~

Ltumblr_m2rcseZe3J1rtsdp6o1_1280UNCH!!!

Okay, I know it’s supposed to be “love” but I couldn’t help it….it’s an “l” word too!!

A Chorus Line is one of my all time favourite soundtracks. Never saw the play and I regret never having seen it. Maybe if it’s revived some day.

 

 

my lunch

This was my lunch the other day….

Was supposed to meet a friend for his bday lunch but he cancelled. So I made myself something I threw together…

Spring greens with some basil infused olive oil and a black currant vanilla balsamic (veryyyy syrupy)….and after I tossed that, I placed an avocado chopped on top w/some strawberries. On the side I cooked a tortilla.

“Cooked?”  You say?  Well, store-bought tortillas suck. I know this because I can and have made my own. My mother taught me (one of the very few things she has contributed to my life) and when you buy a pack of tortillas…. they aren’t really cooked. They’re doughy. I am alarmed at how people just take them, warm them in a microwave and then eat them.

The herecy!!  I have always cooked mine on an open gas flame.  Whenever one wasn’t available, I used a cast iron skillet.

 

That is the only way to get some semblance of an authentic tortilla when you buy a pack of them.

I was just sharing my lunch with you….maybe we can do this real soon!

 

~V~

 

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