What I’ve Been Up To Lately

I am pretty sure that the clocks in my apartment are working against me – making time pass quicker than normal. No matter how much I try to stretch out my days, darkness swallows Portland by 5 PM and my productivity levels drop. I’ve been busy though! Here are some highlights:

Tim and I went to watch a cyclo-cross race a few weeks ago (at the farm where we pick berries in the summertime). I am always amazed at the abilities of these riders. I especially love watching the women riders – they kick some serious butt!

Thanksgiving is often a quiet affair – just Tim and I at our apartment cooking and eating together (just like every other day!). This year, we stayed with our friends in Seattle and made a magnificent feast that left all of us too stuffed to do much more than play games and watch movies. Oh, and we squeezed in some time for breakfast at Mighty O Donuts (can’t live without ‘em!). We have actually contemplated moving to Seattle – I just need to find a job first…

I spent a majority of this past week cutting out hundreds of little red hearts and a considerable number of teal-colored cats. What for? I was asked to design some cards for the Teal Cat Project website! The proceeds from these cards will go directly to House of Dreams, a cat rescue shelter in Portland, OR. These cards are perfect for the holidays. Please consider purchasing some cards and helping some kitties who need extra love! I’ve also been updating my Etsy shop with new cards!

Tim and I took a road trip into central Oregon today and inhaled our fair share of waterfalls, rolling hills, and mountains. The sun was shining all day and we enjoyed a picnic lunch amongst curious birds and the sound of rushing water.

Lastly, I am working on writing a small cookzine with about 25 vegan recipes. I don’t know when it will be available yet, but I will be sure to let you know!

Hope all of you are enjoying the first week of December so far!

Dinner & Dessert

Happy, happy, happy Spring!!

I worked all day today and came home exhausted, especially after riding my bike straight into some fierce wind. You would think with a change of seasons the wind and rain would go away (even if just for one day). Apparently Portland is holding on tight to dreary weather a little longer…

Tim was a champ and made dinner while I battled the mighty winds (Mother Nature’s winds, NOT gas!):

Quinoa, Tofu, and Kale with Walnut Pesto from Color Me Vegan by Colleen Patrick-Goudreau

I completely forgot to add the kale to my bowl before I photographed it – ooooops! This meal was so simple, clean, and delicious. We’ve made several recipes from Colleen’s new book and have enjoyed them all.

The woman I work for brought me a to-go meal from Blossoming Lotus before I left to head home (thank you!). That will most certainly be lunch for Tim and I tomorrow. It is the Southwest Bowl, which consists of brown rice, butternut and black bean chili, avocado ranch, roasted red pepper sour cream, and scallions!! Sounds incredible, right? Hopefully I can take a photograph to share with everybody.

What about dessert? Well, hand pies have been flying out of my oven lately:

Strawberry Hand Pies! The recipe is courtesy of Kittee, who is diligently working on her next cookzine (click here to order her first cookzine, Papa Tofu) – guaranteed to be amazing. She has a knack for sweets and ethnic foods – total treasures for your tummy!

I made some chocolate pudding hand pies as well, but they erupted in the oven. They were still enjoyable, just too messy to be considered a hand pie (more of a spoon and fork pie!). Oh well!

Hope you all enjoyed the first day of Spring. Send me some sunshine (please)!