This & That

Tim and I are currently cat-sitting for some friends. In our care are three, identical-looking black cats. It has been very entertaining trying to keep track of who is who. I think we are noticing distinctive features on each cat, but it’s quite possible that we are calling them the wrong name when we talk to them. Luckily they don’t seem to mind or notice.

I am a few days behind on my December Photo Project. To catch up, here is yesterday’s photograph:

Blurry Bowl Meal 01

December Photo Project 2012: Day #21

A terribly out of focus representation of a meal in a bowl: brown rice, kale, tofu, red peppers, and spicy almond-miso sauce (eaten while watching Cheers)

And, here is today’s photograph:

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December Photo Project 2012: Day #22

I received a box of homemade holiday treats in the mail yesterday! The lovely Sarah from This is What I Eat hosted a giveaway not too long ago and I was the lucky winner! She baked up a storm of delicious treats. She posted about them here, here, and here. Included in my package: Baklava Nut Medley in a super cute tin, Caramel Pecan Bars, Blueberry Spice Crumb Bars, Chocolate Chip Surprise Cookies, Gingerbread Biscotti, Peppermint Cookies-n-Cream Bark, and Chocolate Pumpkin Loaf. The last two are not pictured because greedy tummies monopolized the ride from our apartment to cat-sitting. Oooops! Sarah was sweet and packed the perfect amount of goodies for two people to share. Everything is absolutely amazing. My favorite is the biscotti because I love ginger. Tim loved (LOVED) the cookies-n-cream bark. Thank you a million times over, Sarah! You are so sweet and a super talented baker!!

 

A Special Night

Tonight my co-workers and I had our holiday dinner at Blossoming Lotus, an all vegan restaurant located in NE Portland. Gifts were exchanged, food was enjoyed, and desserts were demolished. The food at Blossoming Lotus is always amazing, beautifully presented, and nourishing. Despite the list of specials, I went with my all time favorite, the Crispy Thai BBQ Salad:

Mt. Hood Salad 02December Photo Project 2012: Day #20

This picture was taken in very dim light, but what you see is a Mt. Hood sized plate filled with mixed greens, romaine, cabbage, carrots, cucumber, raisins, crispy rice sticks, fresh herbs, curry peanuts, coconut, Thai spiced barbecue soy curls, sweet ginger dressing and sesame seeds. Crazy delicious. I cleaned my plate with the exception of a few random scallion rings and a leaf of cilantro (I am a hater).

Dessert was a share-all affair. We ordered multiple items from the menu, put them in the middle of the table, and dug in. No rules!

I only got a photograph of the chocolate coconut cake, which was too bad because the best dessert was a mixed berry pie.

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My belly is happy and full.

My evening was complete because I got to take home this lovely gift (click to see what was inside the package!!):

Gift 02

Many appreciative thanks to my incredible work family.

Goodnight :)