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June 3rd, 2008

This week....

We hit 5 1/2 months this week. It is crazy how time is flying by. We found out it is going to to be a baby boy. We are very excited. Josh and everyone else say they can't tell I am really pregnant. They say I look like I just had a really big meal. The newest Kagan will be making his debut in October.

It has been hot here. Seriously hot. It is not even officially summer yet and we had 100 degree days in May and we still have 100 degree days. It is crazy. If I want to go for a walk or take Arthur to the park, we have to go before 11am. On a good note though, Arthur starts swim lessons this Monday, so it will be nice to cool off in the pool with him. By the way, you know it is hot, when you go to the zoo and the animals from Africa are hiding in the shade.

We went to the insanity called IKEA the other weekend. We had never been before and we had heard about it. It is a crazy store. It is like a maze. The prices are good and your could easily blow a couple of hundred bucks without thinking twice. Fortunately, we did not. We got Arthur a wooden table and chairs for the kitchen so he can eat, color, do projects, etc. It was a good deal. $20. He loves it.

Arthur eating breakfast at his table.

Such a big boy!

Isn't he just the cutest?!?!

Now for the cooking. I have made some really great meals this past week, but only took a picture of a few. We had a "Hot as Hell" potluck at work this past Sunday. All the food was spicey and tastey. I made some jalapeno cornbread and my famous peanut butter fudge that everyone at work is addicted too.

Potato Kale Enchiladas, yummy!

Double chocolate walnut cookies

Homemade cinnamon rolls, best breakfast ever!

Miso Ginger Noodle Bowl, very tastey and perfect for the summer.

Arthur's mac and cheese with mixed veggies. One of his favorites.

Our big guy turned 21 months old today. I can't believe he will be 2 in September. He is growing so fast. He is saying alot more words and is still learning more sign language. And this weekend, we saw on the news that the first tropical storm of the season is named Arthur. That made us laugh.

Here is the little man in the kitchen playing the pot lid cymbals.

Have a great week. Stay cool out there.

peas and love....

May 13th, 2008

food glorious food....

I am not saying that because I am pregnant. I am quoting Josh. He is very happy the first trimester is over and I can cook now without feeling the urge to puke. We are now hitting month number five. It is just a week away. Crazy how time flies.

So onto the food. Those of you who know me, know I like to cook and it is a hobby I do quite well. Here are some of the latest dishes we have had.

Blackeyed peas w/sauteed spinach and cheeze grits. A delicious Southern recipe.

Asian Noodles w/ Peanut butter and chilies. This dish was awesome. The leftovers were great too. It can be eaten hot or cold. Yum!

Spicy chickpea snack. Really good and healthy. They turn out crunchy. Arthur likes them too. They kind of remind me of corn nuts.

"Chicken" and dumplings. Such good comfort food.

Tofu lettuce wraps. These were freakin' awesome. I made a peanut sauce to accompany them. Yum!

Lowfat chocolate bunt cake. This is so rich, it does not taste lowfat or vegan. Eat your heart out Betty Crocker.

Aloo Gabi, darn good Indian food I made.

Simple Blueberry Muffins, that Arthur loves!

Ethiopian food that we made. This stuff was freakin' awesome. The recipes came from the zine Papa Tofu. Thanks KitteeKake!

I know this a long post, but I three weeks of catching up to do.

Mother's Day was nice. We went and saw my grandparents on Saturday and then hung out on Sunday. Josh, Arthur and I went to a park here that has beautiful peacocks that run around on the grounds. After that we went to dinner at one of my favorite vegetarian restaurants.

Arthur checking out one of the peacocks.

Hanging out in the trees.

A male showing off for the females.

Me and my handsome little man.

Arthur acting silly with his Daddy.

My sweet Arthur. He's so cute.

This past Saturday, some coworkers and I participated in the March of Dimes WalkAmerica. It helps to raise awareness for premature babies and birth defects. Thank you to all of those who donated to such a worthy cause.

Okay, this is weird, but true. I was talking to one of my friends about this and they seem to have felt the same or have known others who feel the same way. Do you ever get the feeling that you have relatives who just do not like you? Even though you have never caused them harm. For some reason you are not what they want in a relative and the only reason they associate with you is because you are related to them and they feel an obligation. Or they talk to you because you have a kid. Why bother? If you don't want to be around someone, don't waste your time or their's. I feel that way sometimes. They seem annoyed by us or embarrassed and always are short with us in their tone of voice or are just rude in their comments, but never seem to talk to other relatives that way when we are around. They act as if we are just dumbass kids. When we are hardworking, God fearing, good parents, who ask for nothing to harm them. It is almost as though, if we disappeared off the face of the earth there would be no love lost for them. Sad, but true. The definition of family has definitely changed over the years.

Alright, enough of that. We have a baby check up this Thursday. I am not sure what the doctor is going to do this time around, but we shall see. Josh is hoping to find out if Arthur is having a brother or sister. I haven't decided yet, if I want to know. I just want a healthy baby like Arthur.

I am going to close for now. I hope each of you has a wonderful week. Happy Mother's Day to all the mom's out there.

peas and love....

April 22nd, 2008

Here I go again....

A long awaited post, but here it is.

Arthur is doing great. He is 19 months old, talking more, he throws occasional temper tantrums, but not too bad. He loves to play outside and brings me his sneakers all the time when he is ready to go. He loves to wrestle with Maggie and thinks that she is his pillow when he lays on the couch. He is a big boy. He is already 34 inches tall and weighs about 30 pounds. And people say vegetarians aren't healthy. I guess the laugh is on them.

Arthur and his pillow, Maggie.

Josh started a new job at a pain clinic less than 2 miles from the house. He likes being so close. He can ride his bike to work, walk or catch the bus. The best part is, he gets to come home for lunch everyday. Arthur loves that. He gets so excited when he hears Daddy open the front door. He runs to him and says "DADDY!". It is too cute. Josh took a day off before he started at the new clinic, so we took Arthur to the park. It was really nice that day. We rode the little train, played and walked around the botanical gardens as well as the nature center.

Arthur and Josh on the train at the park.

Arthur very relaxed riding the train.

A cool horned lizard at the botanical garden.

Arthur digging for fossils in the prehistoric garden.

Me and Josh at the prehistoric garden.

A couple of weekends ago we took Arthur to a town east of here, Lexington and picked strawberries. It was super windy, but we had fun. We even got a little sunburn, even though it was so cloudy. Arthur liked it. He would pick strawberries right out of the patch and eat them. The strawberries were so sweet and delicious. I made shortcake that weekend so we could have strawberry shortcake. We still have strawberries in the freezer. Yummy!

Arthur picking strawberries.

Arthur eating strawberries he just picked.

Pulling the wagon around the srawberry patch.

Me and my sweet little man.

We are 3 1/2 months pregnant this week. I am not showing yet. which annoys some of the ladies at work. I cannot run anymore, but Arthur and I walk 12-15 miles a week which is good. We alternate 4 mile then 2 mile days. Josh and I haven't decided yet if we want to know the gender of the baby yet. Everyone keeps saying we need a girl. We just want a healthy baby. That is what matters most. We had an ultrasound done last week and listened to the heartrate. The baby looks good. I go back for my next appointment in May. We will decide then if we want to know or if we want to be surprised.

I am able to cook now. Josh is very happy about that. I couldn't cook much during the first trimester without feeling the urge to puke. Last night I made tofu and greens. We got some fresh mustard greens from Nana Donna's garden as well as some fresh spinach. I am making a blackeyed pea dish with that tonite.

Tofu w/ fresh greens

I have been a bit crafty lately. I embroidered a sweatshirt for Arthur and made him some more cloth diapers. I am going to start sewing cloth diapers for the new baby soon.

Arthur's sweatshirt.

I am going to close for now. Josh will be home for lunch soon. Yippee! I hope each of you has a wonderful week.

peas and love....

April 8th, 2008

A boring post....

We are still waiting on our insurance to come through and decide if they want to cover me or not. So, I will be two weeks late on seeing the obstetrician. Which isn't the best for a high risk pregnancy, but what can you do. Seeing that I do not have $4-6 grand to pay out of pocket we are SOL for now. We are just hoping and praying they give us prenatal coverage. If not, I do not know what we are going to do. The healthcare system here really sucks. No wonder people move to the UK and Canada. Can you blame them?!?

So, my running is pretty much on the back burner until the little one arrives. I cannot run during the pregnancy, so I am now power walking. Ugh. I told one of my running friends, that is something old ladies do in the mall. Oh well, once the little one gets here, I will start training for the next half marathon in March. It benefits breast cancer. I have two more 5k's coming up and a 10k I am signed up for, before Mother's Day. Then the races will be out due to me having to work every weekend until August. Boo!

In the world of Arthur, he is 19 months old now and is doing great. He throws fits sometimes which is to be expected. It was funny, the other night he threw a big temper tantrum because he didn't get his way. Josh starting saying, "I need an old preist and a young preist, the power of Christ compells you, the power of Christ compells you". Quoting Dr. Evil from Austin Powers. It was pretty funny. Sans the temper tantrums, he is a very good little boy and sweet.

Nachos and chocolate chip cookies. Obviously he enjoyed them.

I love this picture. They are the best of friends. Arthur loves his Maggie.

Okay, so like the running, the cooking has been mediocre lately too. I did make chickpea cutlets the other night. But I was so not into them. I can hear Mary gasping as she reads this. Yep, I barely ate half of one. I even made some cream gravy to go with them, in hopes that it would be more appealing to me, but no. I did like the mixed veggie casserole I made and the roasted new potatoes. This is such a strange pregnancy. Definitely different from Arthur. We will be 12 weeks, 3 months pregnant this Thursday, maybe the food taste will change by then. Who knows.

Well, I told this post was kind of boring. Oh well. I hope everyone has a wonderful week.

peas and love....

March 26th, 2008

Crazy past few days....

so, finally an update. it has been a crazy week and half. one of my friend's wife died. it is so sad, they haven't even been married a year. i am sad i missed the little farewell they had at her house, but that is what happens when people say they will call and then do not and don't keep you posted. we are going to send them some food next week after everything has calmed down a bit in their household. then, one of my friends had a miscarriage. it was early on in the pregnancy, but still difficult and sad for her. and today, one of my other friends had to make the decision to take his mom off of the ventilator at the hospital and say goodbye. we have been talking everyday for the past few days. it has been really tough for him. like i said, these past few days have been crazy.

arthur had his first Easter egg hunt over the weekend. it was cute. he didn't quite know what to do with the eggs, so he would pick them up, yell the word "ball" and throw them. silly little man. we took him to see "horton hears a who". he seemed to like it alot. he sat in my lap the whole time and watched it. it was a cute movie.

arthur trying to grab the camera

arthur and his Easter bucket

my two handsome guys

arthur and a garden buddha statue

me and my sweet little man

at the Easter egg hunt, there was a potluck. i actually made something. shocking, i know. i haven't been cooking much due to being queasy.

Easter cookies


we are 10 weeks pregnant tomorrow. this pregnancy has been a bit different than when i was pregnant with arthur. i can eat food, but i get queasy often after eating and i cannot stand the smell of garlic. it is banned from the kitchen right now. the smell makes me want to vomit. how odd?!? and what is even more weird, the smell of cooked meat doesn't bother me, where as before, it would make me gag. strange. this pregnancy has also made us broke for the month. insurance companies as most of you know, suck ass. we had to pay out of pocket for our first visit before being covered. $382 for the office visit and $333 for bloodwork. seriously. i kid you not. that pretty much d-cked us for the month of march and now we will be playing catch up. insurance companies suck ass. there was a girl here in austin, her insurance denied her claim for a rabies shot when she got bit by a dog. they said the rabies was pre-existing. what! if that was the case, she would be dead. if you are bit by a rabid dog, and do not get treated, you will die within 24-36 hours. i hope the insurance doesn't pull anymore stunts. if they do, it will cost 4 grand to cover this pregnancy and we do not have that. ugh. things are just so freaking frustrating and then you see these punkasses who have everything handed to them on a silver platter and do not have to do anything. they have no idea what it is to have to work hard or struggle. ugh.

9 1/2 week pooch, more like a bagel pooch from breakfast

i have a 10k this Sunday. i haven't trained much due to arthur having his first ear infection and josh getting over his second bout of bronchitis. they are both feeling better now, which is good.

well, i am going to close for now. i won't wait so long to post next time. hope each of you have a great week and weekend.

peas and love....


March 7th, 2008

Finally an update...

Yes, I am behind on updates, but hey, what can you do. I do appreciate my friend runrevolt sending an email and checking up on me. He rocks! Speaking of running. I only got out once this week and did 2 miles, which sucks. The weather was mediocre and I was feeling really mediocre. I plan to go out at three times next week. I can easily get two miles in on Wednesdays when I take Arthur to the book store for storytime. It is 2 miles roundtrip. It is nice to get out and he loves books. The weather is supposed to be nice next week. Also it will be Spring Break so I can go for a quick 2 miles everyday and then let him play at the playground at the elementary school by our place.

So, Josh went to orientation to get into the Radiology Tech program. They send out acceptance letters at the end of this month. He will probably be on a year waiting list which is good for us because while he is doing the program for 2 years, he will not be able to work much. That is going to suck for us. It will be almost impossible for me to attempt to work 40 hours in the evening and care for two kids while he is in school. He is going to try to work alot this year to save money. And hopefully he will get a scholarship. Talk about being broke. We will be ridiculously broke. I don't know how we are going to swing it. Once he finishes school he will be doing great and we will be doing way better financially, it is just while he is in school is when we are going to get our asses handed to us. It pisses me off when I see these kids at my work who "work for fun", meaning the money is pissed away on whatever they want. Their parents pay for everything, house, car, school, fun money, etc. They have no idea what it is like to struggle or to worry whether you will be able to pay bills. They take what they have for granted. Where as if we were given assistance. We would knock school out in no time, and work hard to make a difference. I know things will be good when he gets his degree, but until then. Geez! Once Arthur and his brother or sister are in pre-k, I plan to go back and become a Surgical Technician. I have always been intrigued by it and think that I would really like it. I think I will do a specialty as well, maybe neurology or cardiology. Or I could always go where the money is and be in plastics and help on the vain women get their fake boobs. We shall see. That is about 4-5 years away.

I have not been cooking much lately due to the fact that almost everything I eat, makes me queasy. So, the next several weeks there will not be much food posts. Just the thought makes me want to puke. The food tastes great going down, but then makes me nauseated later. Oh well, the first trimester blues. It also affects my workout sometimes, when I am queasy, the running or walking fast makes my stomach churn too. Sorry TKWRT. I have a race next weekend, just a 5k and a 10k at the end of the month. We will have to see how those turnout.

Arthur turned 18 months old this past Monday. He is getting so big. He still loves to dance and play with the dogs. He is starting talk alot more and knows how to do things like open the front door, so it is always locked now. Silly boy. He loves the neighbor's cats and they love him. They brush up against him and he points at them and says "what's that?". He is the best. He makes us so happy.

Well, I am going to have a bit of soda. The belly is queasy as usual. I will post again in a few days. By the way, for those of you who do not know, my grandfather was recently diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. It is terminal. I would ask that you remember him in your thoughts and prayers. He is the greatest man I have ever known. Genuine, loving, strong, great, honest, sincere, you name it. I am a better person for having him in my life. I love him and will dread the day he goes home to heaven. He is one of the heroes in my life.

Have a great weekend.

peas and love....

Me and my sweet little man. He gives the best hugs.

Arthur at the playground. A storm is brewing in the background.

An action shot going down the slide. He loves the slide!

February 26th, 2008


For the past week, I have been sick with some kind of bug and then poor Arthur caught it. We are feeling better now. Finally! At least I waited until after the marathon to get sick. I have not been able to get out and run or walk due to us being under the weather. Today was actually the first day we got out and went for a stroll. It was windy, but nice. We walked to the local grocery store and then to the bookstore. I plan to hit the trail tomorrow morning and at least to 4.5 miles. The weather was nice today in the 60's. Yesterday it was 92 degrees out. No, it is not a typo, it seriously was 92 out. If the weather is any indication of things to come, this summer is going to be hot as hell.

In the world of cooking, once I felt better, I hit the kitchen again. Here is all the goodness made in the past few days. Enjoy!

Apple Crisp(TJoVB) w/ soy dream

Here is a hearty stew recipe. Delicious!

Seitan Stew with Carrots and Mushrooms
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 pound small cremini mushrooms
2 cups chopped onion
3 garlic cloves, minced
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
2 pounds seitan, cut into bite-sized pieces
3/4 teaspoon salt, divided
1 cup red wine
1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme
2 (14-ounce) cans vegggie broth
1 bay leaf
2 cups cubed peeled white potato (about 1 pound)
1 1/2 cups sliced carrots
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Fresh thyme sprigs (for garnish)

Heat 1 teaspoon olive oil in a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add mushrooms, and sauté for 5 minutes or until mushrooms begin to brown. Spoon mushrooms into a large bowl. Lightly coat pan with cooking spray. Add onion; sauté 10 minutes or until tender and golden brown. Add garlic; sauté 1 minute. Add onion mixture to mushroom mixture. Place flour in a shallow bowl or pie plate. Dredge seitan in flour, shaking off excess. Heat remaining 2 teaspoons oil in pan over medium-high heat. Add half of seitan mixture; sprinkle with 1/8 teaspoon salt. Cook browning on all sides. Add browned seitan to mushroom mixture. Repeat procedure with remaining seitan mixture and 1/8 teaspoon salt. Add 1 cup wine to pan, scraping pan to loosen browned bits. Add thyme, broth, and bay leaf; bring to a boil. Stir in seitan mixture. Cover, reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer for 10 minutes.Stir in potato and carrot. Simmer, uncovered, 30minutes or until vegetables are very tender and sauce is thick, stirring occasionally. Stir in remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt and pepper. Discard bay leaf. Garnish with thyme sprigs. Yield: 8 (1 cup servings)

The finished product.

Homemade Miso Soup (I have this recipe if you would like it, very simple, and tastey)

Skid Wraps(letsgetbaked) to go with the miso soup. These were so good. They had avocado in them. Yum! And I made a homemade peanut sauce to accompany it.

Spinach Calzones, a little taste of Italy in your mouth.

Homemade marinara to go with the calzones.

Sunshine Muffins (carrot muffins) for my little sunshine Arthur. He loves these.

Lemon Poppyseed Muffins

Here is a video link to Arthur dancing. He is so cute. It is guaranteed to make you smile. Enjoy!

Here is a picture of me and Trudy aka Trudy Boo. I realized I have posted pictures of Maggie our other pup, but not many of Trudy. She is my running dog and our happy girl.

Well, I have to go and get dinner started. Hope each of you has a great week.

peas and love....

February 18th, 2008

Well, I ran a marathon. It was brutal but very satisfying once I hit the finish line. The course was about 80% hills and of course the last mile they make us go up another hill as if not to torture us enough before the finish line. It was definitely a unique experience. I started out pumped. And the sea of people was crazy. There were approximately 12,000 marathoners and half-marathon runners. My friend Mollie and I stuck together for about the first 12 miles and then I took off ahead. I think I was a mile or two ahead of her. The part that sucked about the marathon was having to stop and pee. I lost 10 minutes on my time to use the facilities. That sucked. So, I felt good for about the first 18-19 miles and then there is the infamous wall that hits. That makes you question your sanity and what the hell you were thinking when you signed up for a marathon. The weather was nice if you were at the park but not good for running on asphalt. It was at least 75 degrees and of course no shade in the last 10 miles. Ugh. The sun is not your friend when you are doing a marathon. So at around mile 19 I could feel the blisters on the bottoms of my feet. I was counting in my head how many I had on each foot. Around 4 each and praying they would not pop until after the marathon was over. I tried to run on some grass a bit to help my feet, but that was useless. The runners are very encouraging and there was this cyclist who was there for the last 7 miles who was our cheerleader. His wife or girlfriend was in the marathon and he just kept riding his bike back and forth around us yelling encouraging words. He would tell us how many more miles we had to go, how great we were doing and would stay stuff like "you know why marathon runners make great friends? because they never quit!" It was really cool. By mile 23 my feet were tingling and numb which was fine by me because then I couldn't feel any pain. The last 10k of the race, the mile markers seemed to get further and further away. You start to think someone is moving them and playing a joke on you. The last mile you see another big hill, but know that just around the corner is the finish line. I was so happy to see that last big hill. After the hill I turned the corner and what do I see? The finish line! Thank God! Finally! I pick up my pace even more, I see Josh with the biggest grin on his face and my little Boogie Arthur sleeping in the jogging stroller. I cross the finish and they put the finishers medal around my neck. When you do your first marathon and they put the medal around your neck you feel like you just won the Olympic gold. You are so excited it makes you want to cry with joy. And exhausted too. Then they made us walk four blocks to go get our finishers jersey. Come on, are you kidding? As if we hadn't run enough. They were out of medium jerseys, so I got a large. I didn't care. Hopefully, it will shrink. While running the marathon I learned to like and appreciate GU. I never liked it before, but when you are in need of it, it tastes pretty damn good. I went home, took a nap and Josh ordered takeaway for us. I am sore today and the blisters on my feet are ugly, but badges of glory. And I have a sunburn on my face that makes me look like a racoon or like I spent the weekend skiing in Tahoe. I am glad I had sunglasses on or my eyes would be bloodshot and sunburned too. My arms and neck are sunburned and my legs have the runners tan. I am sore, but I feel good and will do another one again, probably in mid to late 2009. I am also amazed that I completed it under the time given with only 4 months training. They say if you are to do a marathon you should train for at least a year. Ha! I showed them. I may not be the fastest, but I have heart. Maybe a little stubborness and insanity too. Ha ha. I am excited now, because my next runs are all 5k's and 10k's. So my training will be no longer than 7 mile days. Yippee. Go TKWRT!

Sunburned and tired, but happy.

I cooked this week of course. There are not alot of pictures on this post, but I will let you enjoy the ones I made.

Homemade Samosas, delicious!

Coconut Curry Chickpeas(vegandad) Great with the samosas.

Orange Poppy Seed Pancakes (TGoV) Saturday morning breakfast. Yum!

Last but not least, pictures of my cute little man.

Papparazzi style, no pictures please!


Puckering up to give a kiss.

Well, I hope everyone has a great week. I am going to sit and do nothing and relax. 5k and 10k training will begin on Thursday. I think I deserve a few days off from running. Talk to all of you soon.

peas and love...

February 13th, 2008

Happy Valentine's Day!

I hope everyone has a lovely Valentine's Day. Here are some goodies I made for the Valentine's in my life (Joshua and Arthur).

Mini happy hearts for my little man.

More love in the form of baked goodness.

and one more cookie picture...

Here is some yumminess I cooked up in the kitchen the past few days.

Blueberry granola bars as requested by Josh. Arthur likes them too.

Portabella Coconut Stirfry over Jasmine rice. Delicious.

Wild Mushroom Soup with Thyme (TGoV). This soup was freakin' awesome. We ate it with the homemade wheat bread I made.

Here are some pictures of Arthur and Maggie. Arthur loves his Maggie girl.

The marathon is 3 days away. Yikes! It is supposed to be cold and rainy that morning too. Ugh! Wish me luck.

Happy Valentine's Day. Have a wonderful day.

peas and love....

February 11th, 2008

5 1/2 days to go.....

The marathon is 5 1/2 days away. There was a handful of us who were going to run it, but now there are only two. Myself and my good friend Mollie. We have 7 hours to complete, so come hell or high water, it will happen. Go TKWRT! I am excited and anxious about it. The freakin' course is mainly uphill too. Oh joy. Not! So, I am taking it easy this week on the training, just a few short runs here and there, nothing crazy. And the best thing about the marathon being done, well I get to focus on speedwork and training for 5k's and 10k's. That means my longest run for the next few months will only be 7 miles. Yippee! Then when fall hits it will be focus on half marathons and contemplate a full one for next year. So, wish me luck, remember me in your thoughts and prayers as well as all the other runners participating. We will need the well wishes. Oh, yeah and here's hoping for decent weather!

In the world of cooking, this is a big post. Obviously I cook. That is why most of you read my blog. Here are some of the meals we had for the past week. Enjoy!

Ginger Scones for breakfast. (tjovb)

Kuching Tamarind and Coconut Milk Curry (wfc), this was a Malasian dish we had for dinner. It was really tastey.

Banana bread, one of Arthur's favorites!

Yucatan Seitan w/black beans and sauteed plantains (veganyumyum), this recipe was delicious. I used the seitan I made the night before. The sauteed plantains were a perfect touch.

crazy tastey pumpkin cinnamon rolls (donteatoffthesidewalk), this recipe was excellent. The pumpkin is very subtle. Such goodness for breakfast.

chickpea coco-oat cookies (vegweb), these were great. The whole family loves them. The chickpea in the title comes from the use of chickpea flower. I drizzled them with some lime icing. Yummy!

Spaghetti and Beanballs (veganomicon), this recipe was different. The jury is still out. I think I will tweak the beanball recipe some more. It was a very hearty meal.

African Rolls, a favorite in our household. Definitely a 5 star recipe. The sauce alone is a taste of heaven. You can't beat the combination of kale, sweet potatoes and rice covered with the sauce.

Broccoli growing in Nana Donna's garden. I used in tonite's dish. It was so good. She has cauliflower that will be ready to eat next week, I can't wait to taste it. You can't beat fresh veggies.

Crispy Sweet and Sour Seitan (veganyumyum) over jasmine rice, I used the seitan I made the other night and the broccoli we got from Nana Donna's garden. This was very flavorful.

Whole wheat bread fresh from the oven. This beats store bought any day!

Now for the best kind of update, an Arthur update. He is already 17 months old. Can you believe it? Time has flown by. He is talking more and signing more. We are already looking into swim lessons again this summer since he loved it so much last summer. One of our friends who bought a house nearby, thanks to his dad buying it. Lucky! They are getting a swingset and their daughter is a year and one day older than Arthur, so he will get to go over there and play which will be nice. I take him to the playground at the elementary school nearby. He loves it. He especially likes it when I bring Trudy. The play in teh fenced in "little kid" area together.

Here is a picture of the little man being silly. "No pictures please!"

Well I am going to close for now. I will try and post before the marathon, if I don't I definitely will afterwards and give a post-race update. Have a great week.

peas and love....

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