Omigawd, I canNOT believe it’s January 8th already! Were the heck did the first week of 2011 go? I feel so behind. Wait, that’s because I am so behind! *sigh* Ok, let me start over, shall I?
(January 1, 2011)
HAPPY VEGANNIVERSARY TO ME!
So January 1 is (was lol) my one year anniversay of transitioning to full vegan! You know, I have to admit, I was a very strict vegetarian before my transition for… over a year maybe, at least a year anyway, so the ‘full’ transition wasn’t all that hard for me. Over the last year I have become more aware of the issues with cruelty in our country, in the food and fashion industries especially, so my choice to remain vegan, although still a good-health choice, has become a lot more about living compassionately than it was in the beginning!
I look forward to many more years of vegan healthiness, and raising my lil Beebits as a compassionate vegan too! Thanks to all my family and blogging friends who have supported me and from whose brains I have picked fun ideas and recipes too!
New Years Eve was a bit anti-climactic for me… I have he Beebits of course, so after he went to bed, bout 7:45, I sat to vega ltitle and watch some (online) tv… I told myself I’d stay up ‘past my bedtime’ (usually about 10-10:30) but wasn’t planning on staying up til midnight at all! By the time I managed to watch my shows, wash brush and get into bed though it was like 11:47. And then I had a hard time (every night lately *sigh*) falling asleep, so it was probably after midnight when I finally fell asleep anyway.
What’s really the point when you’re home alone anyway? Go into the bathroom, look into the mirror and Say, “Happy New Year Self!” Right. So… I didn’t see the big loss in not having ‘made it’. If the Beebits had been with his dad, I’d have probably been with a friend or friends and would have done it – but alone… I see no point.
New Years Resolutions… Hm…. Yep, I’ve been working on that. ONE, big one is still a secret, I’ll try to post on that Monday or Tuesday though. My big one, kinda, is that I’m going to work on cutting out sugar from my diet. At least processed sugars anyway.. I do still use, and plan to keep using, albetit sparingly, some agave and very rarely honey… as well as sweetening with stevia. But I need to get sugar out of my daily diet. I feel better, am healthier, happier, have more energy and am overall more vibrant when I don’t eat the damn stuff, and I just have to make this work. I was recently referenced to this book called The Sugar Addict’s Total Recovery Program, by Kathleen DesMaisons Ph.D., and in reading through it, I have discovered that I am most definitely a sugar-sensitive body type and need to completely re-think how i relate to food and sweets. This book is amazing, I’d recommend it to EVERYONE. Whether you thin kyou have a ‘need’ for it or not. You will learn stuff. Important stuff, about how to relate to yourself and others. It’s awesome! Life changing stuff here folks. So that’s my biggest ‘resolution’.
(January 4, 2011)
I’m a Giveaway Winner!
I entered a giveaway on Joni Marie Newman’s blog, Just The Food, for a free copy of her latest book, The Complete Guide to Vegan Food Substitutions. And, I won! Ack! I was so excited! Wait… I am so excited! I love this book already. There are so many awesome recipes… I can’t wait to try her hot dog and Eggs Benedict recipes! Seriously, Eggs Benedict is one of the thing I miss THE MOST since being vegan. Not even kidding around here, I canNOT wait to try making this Thank you Joni!!!!
(January 5, 2011)
I got a surprise in the mail last week too…. well, a few days ago anyway and I didn’t say THANK YOU. So… THANK YOU CCK FOR MY HOT CHOCOLATE BABIES!!!!!! Wow. I have to say, that although I’ve made my own babies a bunch of times, hers tasted better! Maybe it’s mental, lol, maybe having them by the Baby Creator really makes THAT much difference. I don’t know what it was but OMG. These grubby mitts were ALL over those babies, and in a matter of hours they were gone. Sad. No more babies. I’ll have to make MORE!!! Yay and yay and THANK YOU again Katie! You’re so darn sweet. Note: No, there is no picture because I seriously just gobbled them all up before I had a chance to take one! *giggle*
(January 7, 2011)
Awesome Green (Brown) Smoothies
SO, my new VitaMix has been burnin a spot in my counter *giggle*… I’ve made their recipe for ‘ice cream’ called Mixed Nut Freeze, which is AWESOME (though definitely best right away cause if you freeze any it gets VERY hard and kinda icy), I have made a Peach/Banana sorbet kind of thing, and now this week… bak to Green smoothies! I am in LOVE with my VitaMix. I can put ALL of my ingredients, frozen fruit and all, into this bad boy and (no joke) 45 seconds later, I have a beautifully blended wonderful creamy smoothie. *Died and gone to smoothie heaven!*
My new fav is:
“It’s a Brown Smoothie, Mommy”
- 2 c fresh pure water
- 100 g organic baby spinach
- 75-100 g organic frozen blueberries
- 250 g organic frozen strawberries
- 200-250 g fresh banana (frozen would be fine too I’m sure)
- 2-4 (tiny!) scoops of stevia (you know the miniscule scoop thast comes with the powder? That one. :))
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract (optional but good)
Blend all ingredients until smooth. Enjoy! The Beebits and I had this the day before yesterday and we LOVED it. It was enough for me to have a big glass, him to have a small glass and a mason jar’s worth in the fridge which I had later. SO FREAKIN GOOD! The Beebits was drinking his and (because of the blueberries it was a dark purple-brown color, not actually ‘green’) and he looks down at his glass and says suddenly “It’s brown, Mommy!” Yep, lol, it’s brown Yummy brown!
Score of the year! (So far, anyway!)
My local Henry’s store has begun carrying Daiya. In both flavors. Now, up til yesterday I had only been able to find it at our local Whole Foods Market, which was fine, it’s only an enery-now-and-then treat anyway… BUT now my Henry’s has it too and it was not $6.99 or $5.99 (like at WF), but $4.99 for an 8oz package of the shreds. That’s an OMG fantastic price! I called up MVM and was like, Um, “Got Daiya?” Hahahah! I grabbed 2 bags for a treat for both of us Henry’s you ROCK!
Ok, time to hit Publish on this thing and be done for today… all this buildup from missing my posts for a freakin week and I feel like I’ve got diahrrea of the blog HAHAhahaaah, yeah so what this post is a rambling babbling disorganized ‘run’ of information? It’s my blog, I’ll have the runs if I want to. Wait. Wel,l that sounded better in my head but whatever LOL!
Love y’all and hope to hear from you! Sorry I lagged this last week, NO MORE! Shoot, I have a Beebits right? I always have something to write about Hey, there’s another resolution… write more about MY BEEBITS! The stories are ever plentiful and ALWAYS entertaining. So there’s somethin to look forward to!
See y’all on the flip aside