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This certainly has been a week of rip offs…. (((sigh)))

First I get to the medical facility, unpack and spend the night then the next day before dinner I’m told my insurance decided I don’t qualify.

So back home I went. I think I have found another solution which does not require me to be overnight away from home. Which is nice.

Then today, I drive an HOUR to Whole Foods. JUST to get Candle Cafe’s frozen meals and a few other items I can only find at WF.

WHERE WERE THE ENTREES???  I looked everywhere. I also couldn’t find seitan but then found it after I asked the cashier. It was in a weird location.

I inquired about my missing morsels and apparently “…if they’re not there, there’s no label, then we don’t carry that any more and replaced it with new items….we can order something for you by the case if you like…”


So I sent CC a message via their website advising them of this situation and asked if I could buy online. I’ll let you know what the gig is as soon as I hear.

The other rip off has been happening for a couple of months. My favourite stir fry dish that’s vegan (and I add to it see my “Road Tests” or “To Eat or Not to Eat” tabs) is this Peanut Stir Fry by Snapdragon Foods. I could not find it at Fresh Market, Wegmans and Whole Foods. I have searched high and low.

I finally succumbed and ordered a bunch of their vegan box stir fry stuff for an $11 shipping charge. I felt this was reasonable since I no longer have to drive all over the planet searching for them. Watch…..now I’ll find them back on the shelves.

I love these products because I add all sorts of things to them to make them more healthy and to add variety.

Anyway…that’s my deal for this week.

Have a fabulous weekend!




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I used to love hearing good ol’ Gomer Pyle say that!

While perusing Whole Foods this morning, guess what I found?

Wait for it….. wait for it…..


YES! IT’S TRUE (insert cheering sounds here)

What a shocker!  I didn’t know they made such a thing. It must be new. I was so excited I tried to call my daughter to tell her the news. She didn’t pick up. What a let down but I did meander over and bought her two Candle Cafe frozen meals and some “new” kind of food bar. She likes trying new food/protein/energy bars that are vegan.

I can’t wait until we make the mochi.

She did finally call me back and I told her about it and all she said was, “…that’s weird…”


I don’t know why I even try haha.

Have a good rest of your Sunday!


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…love that song.

Made some edits and additions to several of my boards. Check them out!

We’re still here in veganville haha. Plugging along, trying new recipes or at least gathering new ones to try 😀

I spend a lot of time looking for ideas on Pinterest. That site, like StumbleUpon, is deadly…a huge time sucker…so I usually only go there every so often.

DS is back and had a nice spring break. I miss him already. DD continues to work and play/practice her instruments and plan for college. All else is same/good…so long as distances are kept, it’s all good.



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  …get back…I’m alright Jack keep your hands offa my stack…

This lifestyle of my dd’s is expensive. Even if you make things on your own

(as opposed to buying items prepared already), it’s still a great expense. I think this is


◊  Suppliers of the various raw ingredients hike up the prices due to the fact that they’re (insert specialty label here).

◊  This cost is passed on to the manufacturer who then passes it on to me (us).

◊  Also items are packaged in smaller amounts as opposed to selling in bulk. Not only is this not “green” (as some would say), but totally unnecessary AND another reason to hike up costs. I find it a waste personally.

Do they think we’re stupid? No, but they certainly have us by the whatevers, don’t they? Sell small amounts of an item at a high cost and rarely on sale, and you’ve got ’em (us). It’s like a monopoly only worse. They’re doing this in the name of healthier eating or “supporting” a vegan/vegetarian lifestyle. They try to argue that it’s because the items from the suppliers are more labor intensive. okay give me a break. they’re not out there raising small quantities of product, they’re raising large quantities and treating them accordingly.

Now I’m not dissing the farmer here, Lord knows how they are treated and “abused” by the “system.”  I’m just saying “specialty” products are a RIP.OFF.

Just like plus sized clothing. Oh give me a friggin’ break. When a retailer sells a blouse for 40 bucks I think they can afford to sell an item that’s a couple sizes bigger without cutting into their profit margin too much. Particularly since they are buying mega rolls of a fabric and it’s made in some other country.

I’m not crabby … just something I wanted to “say” out loud. I guess because the other day my dd and I were chatting and she told me of a friend who is not “allowed” to be totally vegan per her doctor, because of a medical issue. And I understand that. She can lean as much as possible to that lifestyle but not the whole meat free enchilada. Also, my dd told her that she could buy organic milk, etc. The girl responded that her parents won’t do that because it’s too much money. I suppose that was my trigger for this post lol.

My son (and I) made paella as a surprise for his gf who started classes this week (he starts next week) so she could have a nice dinner when she got here around 830. It was a very nice tasting dish. We added shrimp, clams and chicken. This dish can EASILY be made vegan and I will try that very soon.

I still have to post the recipe I made the other night. We had a decent amount of leftovers and dd ate it all over three days. She wasn’t tired of it either YAY!

I will do that tomorrow. Bourne Identity and Bourne Ultimatum are on and they require my full attention.


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…is just a Charcuterie.

Ha! Tricked ya, didn’t I?

In years past I would make the kids dinner and send their little butts to bed at the agreed upon time on Christmas Eve. As they got older, it became more difficult lol. After they were in bed, not sleeping, my husband and I would enjoy a nice meal served on nice china, candles glowing and a nice glass of wine. We would have this wonderful herbed quiche I would purchase from the caterer who was literally down the street and serve with it a nice mixed green salad w/a home-made balsamic dressing. We’d have music on and chat. Waiting patiently for those noisy children to finally drift off before the rush began.

The rush…hurrying to put together a million little pieces of a Micro Machines city set all packaged up in this container shaped like a van. You’d open it up and inside was a mini city that you could play with. I declare it had more than a thousand stickers… or putting together a Little Tykes toy w/o making too much noise.

Then we’d fill the stockings and put them by their doorways. They were allowed to open those when they woke up and go in each other’s rooms but they had to leave us alone until (we’d say a certain time) and only then can they come get us. THEN (we were so evil lol) we would go downstairs, making them wait at the top of the steps and have coffee and get ready, making sure the camera and video cam was ready and then we’d stand at the bottom of the stairs. We’d look up and they’d protest while giggling and we’d just sip coffee and tease them.

Finally we’d let them loose. Those were such fun times and times I hope they’ll never forget and remember with such fondness as we do.

So what does this have to do with meat … particularly on a blog about vegans?

Well with those days gone and my children in their teens and don’t just go to bed at 8:00. SO… every year we’d have a nice dinner with some seafood and a nice salad. This is not a possibility this year. One of us decided she was vegan. As I was wandering around Fresh Market tonight looking to spend money (apparently since I couldn’t just leave) and thought, I know, I’ll make a platter of assorted cheeses and meat. I was happily perusing all the lovely choices and then it hit me…DOH! We have a vegan amongst us.

I then went about and picked up grapes,  fresh made bruschetta and garlic toasted french bread rounds. Also I picked up lavash crackers and I have fresh humus already in the fridge. So we’re all set YAY!

Tomorrow I will make a vegan cheesecake for the girl child. I think everyone will eat it, shouldn’t be a problem. I do need to figure out what to serve her for her main dish. Maybe I’ll make that mushroom pie or even some “buttered” pasta and she can add veggies that I’m serving to the pasta to make a custom dish.

I should be wrapping gifts but I am happy to sit here typing and watching NCIS… gotta love the Gibbs…but that’s for another time.

PS: Isn’t that the coolest Christmas tree you ever saw? I miss the beach and the water and some day I’ll be going back there permanently…to where all our memories of Christmas as a family began…

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         …Joy, Joy


Cookies!!! YESSSSS!! 

My daughter made cookies yesterday afternoon ~ snickerdoodles, oatmeal raisin, chocolate chip and cutouts. Here is a phone camera shot of them below, not the best shot but it will do. Tonight she made chocolate chip cookies and they were AMAZING!! OMG.

Today I went to Whole Foods. The ENTIRE reason I wanted to go there was to buy Grainassance’s mochi sheets. I left there after spending $221 … nope, that’s not a mistake. (((Sigh…HUGE Sigh))) 

I bought a lot of stuff that normally, under any other circumstance, I wouldn’t buy … and I bought more than one. Whole Foods is about an hour from my house and not a place I would frequent except MAYBE once/month. I bought Earth Balance butter and “frying” butter i.e., lard. I bought one of the former and two of the latter. I bought several types of pre-prepared food from their “salad/food” bar(marinated tropical teryaki grilled tofu; “egg” salad; green bean dish). I bought three different types of pints of ice cream, several types of different vegan  yogurt, different “food” bars, fruit snacks, veggie sticks/chips and other assorted snack bags; organic baking ingredients; smart links and bacon; pie crusts; frozen meals (omg $5+ a pop).

Also I bought things like a healing lotion that’s vegan for my daughter, an odor eliminator that was $7; a vegan magazine; chicken curry salad for moi; I can’t remember the rest. But I will say I was VERY shocked at the bottom line. I thought maybe $125. Man oh man.

I was excited to be able to buy things that I can buy at my grocery store but they only have one flavor of the product or some other such thing. A lot of the stuff I bought was to taste how it “should” taste so that when I make it, I have a marker to work towards and possibly improve.

It’s kind of exciting to learn a whole new way of cooking and I will not be able to continue to spend this kind of money … I want to be able to make a lot of this from scratch and I know I can…I’m an excellent gourmet cook but haven’t been able to cook as such since children LOL.

I’ve babbled enough…the typings of a tired, old mom. 😀

And taaaa-daaaaaa my girl’s cookies from Sunday ~

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I got a package today in the mail… well UPS.

I was SO excited then I opened it.


I forgot I had ordered a bunch of stuff from Pangea Vegan Products. There was some stuff in there for me (chocolate lol) and a few stocking stuffers for my daughter. But mostly I found things like Chreese (I bought a packet of cheddar and two of mozz. to try); TVP; soy curls; rice “honey;” and did I mention “candy?” LOL  (By the way Pangea sent the stuff pronto! I am always surprised when an order comes to me within a couple of days.)

Oh boy, the arrival of this stuff means more work for MOM, that’s me, when it’s time for a meal for our number one daughter. Although I am a bit excited to try these new products…. shhhh don’t tell her haha.

I honestly don’t mind cooking stuff for her, it’s just that it’s complicated. Complicated in that I have to learn all sorts of new things, this isn’t necessarily a bad thing but for someone like me who is organised when it comes to knowing what to cook and what ingredients go with what and cooking times, etc., it has made cooking … complicated.

The one thing I really dislike trying to purchase for my daughter is bread. You would think this is a simple task…omg…you end up reading the ingredients for about five minutes! I’m thinking flour, water and yeast. Heck no! There’s sugar, honey, riboflavin, low-fat milk, dried milk, soy, butter — well you get the idea. So I let her tell me what she wants and I get exactly that.

Her latest issue was buying vitamins. We went to the health food store and weren’t pleased with the prices. She wanted to go from a vegan gummy style to a “regular” style but also vegan. Unfortunately the prices were astronomical. And…are you ready… vitamins have cellulose. Yes! And she didn’t know what that was. I tried to remember back to 8th grade science/biology and explain what it was to her…however I was met with severe skepticism. (((Sigh)))

I know cellulose is okay for her…but she has to believe it. For some reason she thinks that I, her mother who would do anything to protect her…who wouldn’t let one hair on her head be hurt…. would lie to her. So I found a link and sent it to her cell with the words “TOLD YA”

Yes I have reduced myself to an 8-year-old.

Today I bought some vitamins for her at Fresh Market. I think they’re okay…

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