Friday, April 24, 2015

Pretzel Date

Recently my parents agreed to watch Jackson and Olivia for a few hours so Tony and I could have a meal together. We headed downtown to Easy Tiger, a bakery/beergarden.

Literally a wall of bread. Be still my heart.

We each had a giant pretzel. Oh carbs. How I love you.

It was nice to sit and chat with my handsome husband over a couple of beers, about exciting adult topics such as getting our air-conditioning repaired.

Afterwards, walked around and enjoyed the constantly-changing wall art around 6th St.

Aww, friendly wasabi.

We also saw this. Yard art, or hoarding? Sometimes you can't tell.

On our way home, we stopped by Capital City Bakery to pick up some blueberry cheesecake and a lemon bar.

The kids were good for Grandma and Grandad, yay! 

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Short and Sweet

We are having our new AC installed today so this is short and sweet. Like Monster!

Homemade pizza with Teese, green olives and fresh basil. My pizza dough rose nicely -- baking practice is paying off!

A few squares of Perugina dark chocolate limoncello for dessert. 

Eating it reminded me of our long ago trip to Rome! We drank lots of limoncello. Has it really been twelve years? 

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

All Boy

Today we had lunch with my parents at Hat Creek in Georgetown. I found out that their vegan burger is made with Hot Dang grain patties, which are sold at Whole Foods. I will have to pick some up so we can eat them at home. They are made with wild rice and cashews which gives them a really different texture from other veggie burgers.

There is a play area behind the restaurant, but Jackson preferred to hop the fence and go up a tree.

I've found myself falling into the habit of referring to Jackson as "all boy." As in, "He is all boy!" Usually said while he is wrestling with a buddy, building crazy destroyer-robots and smashing them together, or tromping through the woods and getting caked in mud. It's kind of a shorthand language I can use with other parents while we observe our sons happily putting each other into headlocks.

But, he also likes to watch Monster High with his sister. He loves to help me in the kitchen. He holds my hand when we walk together, and he likes a good cuddle before bed. Not that any of those things can be characterized as boyish or girlish. They are what they are. My son is energetic, happy-go-lucky, enthusiastic, he is six and a half. He is all Jackson.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Wild Onion

I have been seeing a lot of "acai bowls" lately so I decided to make one of my own. Acai powder, frozen bananas, blueberries, flax milk, cocoa powder, PB2, sprinkled with shredded coconut and hempseeds.

Sweet Ritual sweet treat - BBQ potato chip ice cream (chocolate covered potato chips and smoky sea salt!), topped with cookie dough. Amazeballs. 

Dinner was Trader Joe's mandarin orange "chicken" with roasted broccoli and white rice.

After dinner, at soccer practice, Jackson noticed some unusual weeds growing near the field. We consulted my phone and decided that they were wild onions, safe to eat.

He liked them, even though he refuses to eat regular onions! I guess he is just a forager at heart.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Austin's Park

In lieu of a party this year, we celebrated Olivia's birthday at Austin's Park.  She and Jackson were a little excited to say the least.

We arrived right when they opened, on a chilly Sunday. It was awesome because hardly anyone else was there, so there were no lines for any of the rides.

Olivia was not quite tall enough for some rides, like the bumper boats. We will just have to go back next year after she grows a bit more!

She made up for it by riding her favorite rides over and over. And over!

First rollercoaster ride!

Lunch break/shark attack!

Austin's Park has an all-you-can-eat pizza and salad buffet. The salad bar had a pretty good range of offerings; I didn't go hungry.

Jackson came soooo close to reaching the top of the rock wall. 

After lunch we headed back outside for some mini golf.

"OK Mama, that's enough pictures, let's go ride some more rides!"

A great day of family fun. For dinner I made the Veganomicon French dip sandwiches with au jus. Our favorite meal.

Friday, April 17, 2015

Bunnies and Tacos

Easter is past, but we are still hanging out with a bunny. It's Miffy, as interpreted by Tom Sachs in this fountain at Laguna Gloria.

Miffy cries tears into the fountain.

Laguna Gloria always has cool sculptures dotting the lovingly manicured grounds. The kids were eager to touch the rough surface of this Ursula von Rydingsvard installation.

"Did it catch on fire?" Jackson asked about this charred-looking Paul McCarthy piece.

A moment of calm by the water.

Tony and I love, love, love taking the  kids to look at art and discussing it with them. They always have an opinion.

We also love tacos! The Vegan Nom was the perfect place to stop for lunch after our art excursion. We started with some chips and queso.

The kids had crispy-shell "beef" Taco Bell-stylee tacos.

I had the Vegan Del Rey, their take on the fish taco. So good, with cilantro crema, avocado, and lots of salsa!

Tony had a couple of the crispy tacos along with a BBQ seitan brisket and jalapeno mac n cheeze taco. Amazing!

My handsome husband.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Baking Practice

More baking practice today with Olivia. She's into it. She says she is going to open a bakery when she grows up. Ah! That would be nice.

Today we made salted caramel cupcakes. Salted caramel is everywhere right now, it seems like. For the frosting, you make real caramel on the stovetop, then mix in powdered sugar. I think these are our best cupcakes yet.

We had breakfast-for-dinner: tofu scramble (cubes this time, which I think I actually prefer!), and Vegan Diner biscuits and sage gravy. This was my first time ever having biscuits and gravy! I am a fan!

My biscuits rose. Woohoo!

Reading also takes practice.

Dressing like a princess helps with memorizing sight words. Fact.