Sunday, June 13, 2010

“There is hardly a more gracious gift that we can offer somebody than to accept them fully, to love them almost despite themselves.”
— Elizabeth Gilbert

Thursday, June 10, 2010

It Takes Two To Tango

Who knew that all it would take is a few dance lessons to re-connect and find a new way to have a little fun every week? 
For years I've been asking my husband to take lessons with me and for years he's flat out refused. At Christmas, my wonderful Mother-in-law bought me a gift certificate and told me to go ahead and take whoever I wanted..... but I wanted Chris to go with me so I waited. And waited and waited and waited. Every once in awhile I'd mention it and he'd shut me down. Finally, after five months of asking (and waiting) he caved and I booked our first lesson!
I pretty much had to drag him in from the parking lot when we got there but an hour later as we were leaving he confessed to having a good time because it was with me. There's something about having to look into each others eyes as you move through the steps that re-connects what has always been there. Although we do Date Nights, we hang out watching TV and we plan family weekends away, we seldom do get to do something outside of the house that requires this much focus on each other and without the kids. We race through our chaotic lives of parenthood each and everyday, trying to keep the household running smooth and sometimes the romance does get lost in that shuffle.
I only love him more for doing this with me. Good thing it takes two to tango!

Monday, June 7, 2010

Veggie-Chicken Salad

1 pkg Yves Ground Veggie Chicken
1 green onion
1/2 each green, red & yellow pepper
1 stalk of celery
1 tbsp dill relish
1/4 cup of Vegenaise
Salt & Pepper to taste

Mix together and stuff into pitas or wraps with leaf lettuce or baby spinach on Foccacia. Add more Vegenaise if it's needed.

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Low Fat Brownies

  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup Dutch Process Cocoa
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp canola oil
  • 4 ounces unsweetened applesauce
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 2 egg whites
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray an 8-inch by 8-inch baking pan with cooking spray.
Whisk flour, cocoa, baking powder, sugar and salt in a small bowl. In a medium bowl, combine oil, applesauce, vanilla, egg and egg whites. Gradually stir in dry ingredients to wet ingredients until well combined. Pour into baking pan and bake for 20 minutes, until sides pull away from edge of pan. Cool in pan and cut into 16 squares.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Thank You For Being A Friend, Rue McClanahan

Thank You For Being A Friend

Thank you for being a friend
Traveled down the road and back again
Your heart is true you're a pal and a confidant.

And if you through a party
Invited everyone you everyone you knew
You would see the biggest gift would be from me
And the card attached would say thank you for being a friend.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Cucumber & Feta Dip

  • 1 cup grated cucumber (seeded if seeds are large), skin and all
  • 1 cup low-fat sour cream
  • 1 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • Fresh herbs, chopped, optional (fresh dill, basil, or chives)
  • Fresh vegetables in bite-size pieces such as carrot sticks, celery sticks, red pepper strips, cucumber spears and zucchini slices, mushrooms, broccoli etc
Stir together the dip ingredients. To blend the flavors, cover and refrigerate for at least a couple of hours, or even a day. Serve with fresh vegetables.

Vegetarians Are Empathetic Beings-There's Proof!

I've been saying for years that Vegetarians are more empathetic than most and I've tried to explain to people that true vegetarianism is neurological. It's not a choice for me, it's part of who I am and I was born vegetarian. On Psychology Today there was an article written about just that and so I have to share... check it out. Also, interestingly enough I had a random face reading done a few months ago and the word the guy chose to best describe me? ......  EMPATHY! Yep, I wrote about it here and find that to be a fun piece of info considering he didn't even know I was vegetarian. Hmmmm.... I guesss it's true what they say about Veg-Heads and Empathy afterall, and maybe I've been right all along. And now there are studies to prove it!

About Me

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Life-long Vegetarian and proud to be Canadian. Really, I'm a little bit of everything, all rolled into one. I'm a bitch, I'm a lover, I'm a child, I'm a mother, I'm a sinner, I'm a saint (I do not feel ashamed) I'm your hell, I'm your dream (I'm nothing in between) You know, I wouldn't want it any other way..... (I'd like to think that song was written about me! lol)