Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Pierced Ears

Olivia has been asking to get her ears pierced for some time. Her pediatrician recommended waiting until age five so that Olivia could better understand how to care for the piercings and keep them clean. Well, Olivia is five now. And at her recent wellness visit, she got her ears pierced! She was very brave, and now she is counting down the days until she is allowed to change out the studs and wear earrings that express her personality. For example, she informed me that she really wants a pair of taco earrings

If you are a regular reader of this blog, you know that Olivia and I always seem to pick up a few goodies while we are out running errands. Here are some recent treats.

Buddha's Brew kombucha. I couldn't pass up Tangerine and Sea Salt!

Kosmic Kombucha in a more traditional flavor, Ginger Spice. I love both of these local kombucha brewers! Don't make me choose! Haha.

From Rabbit Food Grocery, some mozzarella Teese to try on pizza, and a vegan raspberry zinger (the company, Dillos, also makes vegan Twinkies!)

Also from Rabbit Food, some gelatin-free gummy worms and fruit chews (you can see the kids had already torn into them when I snapped this pic), and Big Island Organics gingerade mate. This drink was super-heavy on the ginger if that's what you're into (and I am!)

From Trader Joe's, Goddess dressing, Mandarin orange faux chicken, some very Gardein-esque chicken tenders, baby carrots, and sliced watermelon.

Soccer snacks: peanut butter dark chocolate Kind bars, juice pouches, and mandarin oranges.

Chips ahoy! First, two new Kettle flavors, Pepperoncini and Red Curry. 

And some local Paqui tortilla chips, in roasted jalapeno and grilled habanero flavors. 

Chillin' on the Whole Foods patio, one of our frequent hangouts. Red Rabbit Cooperative Bakery maple donut and Suja green juice for mama (they cancel each other out, dontcha know!) Lavender donut and apple for my shopping buddy.

I feel like this post needs to end with some Jackson to balance things out.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Olivia Turns Five

Olivia started off her fifth year of life by feeding breakfast to her ponies.

For a special dinner, I made the Leek and Bean Cassoulet with Biscuits from Veganomicon.  I stuck it under the broiler for a minute after it finished cooking, to get the biscuits nice and golden.

I subbed chickpeas for the navy beans. It was so good!

Olivia requested a Rainbow Dash cake this year. She is just a little obsessed with My Little Pony these days (and Shopkins, and Monster High!) It was fun and challenging to make and to decorate. For the cake and frosting, I doubled the vanilla cupcake and vanilla buttercream recipes from Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World.



At five, Olivia loves roller-skating, gymnastics, fairies, princesses, hour-long baths, board games, cuddling, being tickled, and all things pink and purple. She can count to one hundred and she is starting to learn her sight words. She wants to grow her hair long like Rapunzel and she is excited to start kindergarten in the fall. She is a delightful little girl and I am so lucky and thankful to be her mama.

Friday, March 27, 2015

Master Builders

I love it when Jackson and Olivia build together. 

Navigating their relationship one train track at a time. Give-and-take. Sharing. Splitting responsibilities. Team effort. Such important life lessons. Kids learn so much through play.

Sprouts was having a nice sale, so we picked up a few goodies. We always need more Nag Champa. Alaffia bath products are the only ones I buy for the kids. They seem like a wonderful company, committed to reducing maternal death rates in West Africa.

How could I pass up Way Better sriracha chips, made with flax, quinoa, and kale? Those are like the top 4 hippie ingredients all in one chip. I also grabbed a local Tom's Tabooley Spicy Thai tofu wrap. It was good, but no match for their hummus falafel wrap, which they were sold out of or else that's what I would've gotten, since it's amazing.

Old-school tea vendors Celestial Seasonings have come out with a line of kombuchas. I always like to try new kombucha flavors. Their Hydration blend contains coconut, lime, and hibiscus, while the Immunity blend is grape. I believe these are the two Sprouts exclusive flavors, if you want to look for them. I also grabbed a handful of Larabars since they were buy one, get one free.

Dinner was veggie burgers with Veganaise, dill relish, jalapenos, and mustard, with crinkle cut fries. Chomp!

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Park Play

I'm so happy spring is on its way! After school it was warm and sunny, a perfect afternoon to hang out at the neighborhood park for awhile.

Creek exploration!

We had a simple Mediterranean feast of baked falafel (from Appetite for Reduction, our favorite falafel recipe), bulgur tabouli, hummus, and tahini lemon sauce.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Random Eats

Just some meals that were too good not to record for posterity.

Taco Fiesta Potato Crisps from Oh She Glows. Tony and I both love these savory little bites of potato, walnut "taco meat," cashew sour cream, and salsa.

Lunch at Juiceland with Olivia. She had the Clementine smoothie with OJ, mango and peach. I had a Ninja Bachelor Party juice with pineapple, celery, kale, parsley, spinach...and jalapeno!  I prefer my green juices to have a strong green flavor rather than a sweet, fruity flavor, and this one definitely fit the bill! I loved it. We also shared some sour cream and onion kale chips.

Green Bean Casserole Pizza from Bake and Destroy blog. I made this once before using a store-bought crust and I wanted to try it again with a homemade crust. This pizza is completely ridiculous and totally awesome.

Tony brought me lunch one day, a quinoa, wheatberry and Brussels sprout salad from North. I've never eaten at the restaurant but the salad was fantastic.

Remind me to buy more coloring books! They tear through 'em.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Go Dragons!

Spring soccer season has begun. Jackson is on the Dragons this year. Earlier games mean sleepy players.

And sleepy spectators.

But everyone is still having fun.

To warm up afterwards - Sweet Potato Succotash Stew from Vegan on the Cheap.  So good. I'm always excited to make a recipe that uses the underrated lima bean.

Friday, March 20, 2015

Cupcake Practice

A chilly morning in front of the fire. We may not have too many more of those! Spring is on its way.

Vegan on the Cheap's Almost-Instant Chickpea Tomato Soup. Five minutes and you have lunch. We love this recipe.

And VOTC Baked Ziti for dinner, except made with whole wheat elbow macaroni because that's what I had.

Oh yeah, we also made cupcakes! I've decided to add more vegan baked goods to my repertoire. It took me forever to master buttercream, and now I'm working on my decorating skillz. Every batch of cupcakes is practice. I love practicing.

These are the PPK Chocolate Mousse Cupcakes. I don't believe in food guilt or using words like "sinful" to describe my food but I will make an exception for that chocolate mousse because it's like, how can I be eating something THIS insanely rich and chocolately and oh yeah, it's also attached to a delicious chocolate cupcake.