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Marvelous Monday

Happy Monday!  🙂

That’s something you probably never thought you’d hear me say, huh?!  But how can you not be happy on a three day weekend!?! 😉

Yesterday was an awesome day– complete with a vegan BLT sandwich and some serious pool time.

I’ll start with the vegan BLT.

While perusing Ellwood Thompson’s a few days ago, I discovered that they carried Fakin’ Bacon.  Fakin’ Bacon strips are smoky flavored tempeh. 

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In the past, I have not had much luck with tempeh.  To me it has always tasted like feet, and although I am not a picky eater, feet tasting food kind of crosses the line.

However, I thought I’d give it a chance since I have read so much about it in the past few months on other blogs and in several vegan/vegetarian cookbooks. 

I am so glad I did!

This tempeh did NOT taste like feet at all!  It was marinated (which must be the key to tasty tempeh), and it really almost tasted like real bacon!  Larry didn’t necessarily agree, but he loves his real pork bacon, so he is quite biased!

First, I toasted some Ezekiel bread and slathered on some Nayonaise Vegan Mayo.

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Then came the “bacon,” lettuce (spinach), and tomato.

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Pretty face rockin’ if you ask me!

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After stuffing our faces, we headed over to the pool, which was incredible!

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I have to admit I was a little nervous about joining this pool.  We paid a pretty hefty price for a membership before we ever even saw the pool set up and running.  But I must say this pool is very, very nice. 

They have a made to order snack bar, plenty of chairs, clean bathrooms, working grills, water coolers, horseshoe pits, ping pong tables, basketball courts, XM radio playing in the background, volleyball nets, and these totally awesome slides :)  They even had baskets in the bathroom of emergency supplies and toiletries.

I say it was money well spent!

Today I got my car washed and started some laundry.  When Larry gets home (he did not get a three day weekend 😦 ) we may head back to the pool for some more fun in the sun (slathered in sunscreen of course!).  I’m thinking tonight’s dinner will be something served from the grill!

Enjoy the rest of your weekend and don’t forget the sunscreen! 😉

~Jen

magnolia Remember, Be Happy, Be Healthy, Be You!!!

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Dirty Little Vegan

Let me just say that this Memorial Day weekend has started off strong!

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(Doesn’t this picture just take your breath away?)

No, we didn’t pack up the dogs and head to the beach or river.  We didn’t even go out of town. 

But that is the beauty of it. 

We stayed in town and are enjoying a nice, relaxing weekend at home together.  I can’t even tell you the last time we did that… or the next time we’ll get to do it again!

Yesterday, after blogging and catching up on some reading, I spent some down time on the couch.  I watched the movie Precious, which I must say I did not enjoy.  A little too sad and slow.  I then watched a good 2 hours of the Food Network!  I learned how to make Braised Red Cabbage (which I will be making after my next trip to the Farmer’s Market), Apricot Oat Bars, and Stone-Ground Grits with Gruyere.  I decided I’d had enough of the boob tube when I saw Duff Goldman and Geoffrey Manthorne from Ace Of Cakes eat Rocky Mountain oysters.

I then went for a treacherous 6.6 mile run in the blistering sun.  It was the toughest run I’ve had in a long while.  It really didn’t feel that hot when I left the house, but the heat was intensified by my black pavement running path.  It took me 1 hour and 1 minute to run including two walking breaks, and a stop at the Cultural Arts center for water.  That’s an average of 9:24 minute miles, which isn’t too bad considering I thought I could literally to burst into flames during 5 out of the 6 miles! 

Boy was I glad I ran those miles when Larry and I feasted on these babies as an appetizer at dinner!

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After lounging by the pool for a couple of hours, we headed to Sticky Rice for dinner. 

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And yes.  We ate half a bucket of tater tots dipped in a spicy ranch type dressing.  They were melt in your mouth good, and I do not regret one single bite 😉

For dinner, Larry had sushi, and I ordered the Dirty Vegan Noodle bowl.  I was ecstatic to find so many vegan meals on the menu!  That is just not something you ever find in the suburbs. 

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This description simply does not do this dish justice.  It was chock full of tofu, veggies, edamame, cilantro, and sprouts served over udon noodles.  A little spicy, a little nutty, and a tad bit sweet.  Perfection in a bowl.

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It was seriously the best dinner I’ve had while dinning out in a LONG time.  I could only finish about a quarter of the bowl (the tots may have had something to do with this!), and I can NOT wait to have the leftovers for lunch this afternoon.  🙂

Today Larry and I are planning on heading to the pool until it is time to come home and get ready for our friends’ little girl’s first birthday party.  I plan on swimming laps for cardio and then doing some serious poolside reading 🙂

Enjoy the rest of your weekend! 

~Jen

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Weather, Work and Politics

Happy Memorial Day weekend everybody!

The weather looks a whole lot better than what they were calling for today. 

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I’m starting to think that being a meteorologist is the way to go.  You get paid to guess at the weather, and you don’t even have to be right! ;)  Thursday they were calling for it to be 73 degrees with scattered showers.  Last night they were saying it would be cloudy and raining on and off all day.  Now:

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Hopefully it will stay this way and Larry and I can go to our new pool for the first time!  ;)  We went running by it the other day and watched the swim team practice.  I can’t wait!

I want to take a minute to explain why I haven’t been posting every day the past few weeks.  At first I wanted to apologize, but then I realized that a simple explanation might do

I love to write this blog.  It has brought me so much happiness.  I have a more positive outlook in life and feel less stressed (most of the time!).  It  has been therapeutic for me.

This being said, there are some days, after a long day of work and daily to-dos, that posting would just be stretching myself too thin. On those days, I have to make a choice.  Some of those days I choose to write, and I feel myself relax, and I’m happy I did it.  However, on others, I choose to relax with Larry and take a day off.  That feels pretty good, too!

This week was SOL testing week, and work was pretty crazy.  Have you ever tried to keep a class of 22 eight  year olds silent for 3 hours, five days a week???  Talk about exhausting! 

Thank goodness testing is over now, and we can go back to a somewhat normal routine.  My goal is to get the kids outside as much as possible.  We are going to do a lot of Project Learning Tree lessons.  These kids need to be outside in nature, moving and being active.  Not stuck in a classroom, being silent, and filling in tiny little bubbles for hours on end.  I could go on and on about the demise of public education in America, but I won’t bore you with politics today 😉

Today I plan on going for a 5 mile run, followed by a thorough house cleaning, Target trip, and possibly a little Memorial Day sale perusing at the mall.  When Larry gets home we are going to the pool and then out to get some sushi :) 

Anyone know of any great sales happening this weekend? 

Happy Saturday!  Drink Responsibly and Wear Sunscreen!!! 

~Jen

magnolia Remember, Be Happy, Be Healthy, Be You!!!

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