Work in Progress…

…But actually finished! I was lucky to be selected to participate in the 60-Day Project for the incredibly super-cool-as-heck Shellyfish. The idea behind the project is to send Shel’s mom, who recently had a milestone birthday (her 60th!), a series of gifts from volunteers over 60 days. I love this idea and think it is very creative. I hope Shel’s mom is enjoying her steady flow of love from bloggers around the world. My gift goes in the mail today:

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A beautiful ball of organic cotton and linen yarn (because she knits), pretty color, isn’t it?

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A homemade card.

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And, a few Snickerdoodles!

Hooray! Oh! And Happy Earth Day!!!!!!!!!!

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It was absolutely beautiful in Portland on Sunday! The temperature reached into the 80s, the sun was warm and comforting, and there was a soft, cooling breeze. I rode my bike around enjoying the freedom of the weekend. When dinnertime¬†approached, I wasn’t in the mood to spend a lot of time preparing my meal. Luckily I had printed off a recipe Lolo from veganyumyum had posted a few weeks ago for Simple Fried Rice with Japanese Seven Spice. The only change I made was substituting Chinese Five Spice since I didn’t have Japanese Seven Spice (feel like you’re in math class anyone?). I know they contain different ingredients, but this meal was incredible anyways! It truly is fast, simple, and tasty. I halved the recipe and still have plenty left over for two more meals.

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Sweetness

What’s one to do when there is a happy stash of homemade pita in the freezer and a grumbling belly waiting for dinner? Make falafel!! Last night I prepared a new kind of falafel made with sweet potatoes instead of chickpeas. The recipe is from Fat Free Vegan and it is delightfully delicious!! I halved the recipe and it made just enough for two meals. The accompanying Yogurt-Tahini Sauce is my new favorite. It has a sweet tang from the addition of ketchup, but all the richness I love from tahini – so good!¬†

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And, a lil’ sweetness for dessert:

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Tasty (well one of them was) vegan donuts from Voodoo Donut in Portland. I rode my bike over to Voodoo to satisfy a treat craving last night. Believe it or not, this was my first time visiting Voodoo. The donut on the left is a chocolate-glazed, custard-filled. The donut on the right was kind of stale, lemony (way too lemony), and dry. There was quite a selection of vegan donuts to choose from which was nice. I also tasted a regular glazed donut because apparently that’s how you tell if a place makes good donuts, you base it off their plain donuts. It was good. Fresh, sweet, donutty. Enough said. I shall let the icky lemon donut be forgotten…

The Way of the Noodle…

…is Long and Narrow

I have no idea what that means. I came across the quote on a menu and it made me laugh something serious. It doesn’t matter, I love noodles.

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This looks rather radioactive, but the colors were truly very bright! This is the Khao San Soba Noodle Bowl. The recipe is in Refresh by Ruth Tal. I adapted the recipe only slightly. My bowl includes shredded red cabbage, carrots, broccoli, cashews, and two (2!!!) sauces: a Simple Sauce (recipe in Refresh – think Braggs, garlic, lemon juice…) and a Tahini Sauce (recipe also in Refresh) with lots of chopped parsley. I really enjoyed this, even as leftovers the next day (and I usually detest leftovers).

And, check out my new stainless steel water bottle! I purchased it from Food Fight. I love them so much because they stopped selling bottled water awhile ago (something I wish all stores would do). They recently got these bottles as an eco-friendly replacement, and I am happy as heck with mine! Go Food Fight!!!

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That’s it!

Color for Cloudy Days

Just a quick post featuring some simple and colorful meals to ward off the cloudy days :

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Veggie Pizza - Homemade crust and sauce topped with mushrooms, bell pepper, spinach, olives, and some seasoned Papa G’s Tofu – Pizza is often a weekly staple and I am happy about that!

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Spicy Tofu Triangles on a Bed of Lettuce – The recipe for this meal is in Vegan Express. This was served with a lemony couscous and steamed broccoli. I really enjoy the simplicity and quickness of all the recipes I have made so far from Vegan Express. It is a great cookbook to own if you have lots of busy workdays and just want a tasty, fast, delicious meal. In the summer I can appreciate the recipes even more because it will give me more time to spend outside flying my kite, riding my bike, and causing trouble.

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Future tulips! Hooray for Spring! Although, it did hail twice yesterday in Portland and the snow levels dropped quite low on the mountain…