Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Nature's Express

On Sunday the family went out and had lunch at our new local Nature's Express. Here's the menu.
Joe had a Pesto Burger and I had a regular burger. They were really good. They use awesome buns. The kids had "Chicken" Tenders. Ramsey tried to hoard them and not share with Isaac. They were the best I've ever had. The french fries were fresh but not really my favorite. My vanilla shake more then made up for the fries. This really is a great place to eat. We sat inside their cafe next door and had sample of their vegan soft serve.

I can't wait to go there again. I want to try the bbq "chicken" sandwich.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Winning Streak

I've been having a run of luck lately. First, I won the lovely Amey's contest for a Peppermint Ritter Sport. That was unbelievably exciting. I've been craving one of them since last Christmas. They are very hard to come across. My luck continued when I found 6 more, now all gone, at a local Cost Plus. In the past they never carried them Thanks again Amey!
Next up I won a gift basket at the new Henry's in my neighborhood. It had a bunch of organic baby shampoo, diaper cream, lotion, wash cloths. My kids are a bit out of that stage but both my sister and sister-in-law are pregnant. It'll make a nice addition to a baby shower gift.
And the one I just found out about today... The VegNews Gift Pack. "You'll receive a one-year subscription to VegNews Magazine, our signature oversized tote bag, a fair-trade cotton t-shirt, six jumbo vegan cookies, and the current Veggie Award edition." I have to admit I'm most excited about the cookies and maybe the bag for grocery shopping.

I hope my luck keeps running. Or that my refrigerator keeps running at least, that would be lucky. It is only 3 years old but having issues.
I hope some of my current luck rubs off on all of you.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Politics and Preschoolers

We spend many of our Wednesdays at the park with our friends. All of us moms chatting away with one eye on our munchkins playing. The major topic of conversation this week was of course the election. As week sat talking we could hear a conversation from the children that peaked our interest.

I'm not positive how their conversation started but my guess is because Sophia (3) was wearing a voting sticker. We only heard the end of their conversation. Bella (7) and Sophia (3) were talking with Ramsey about how they went with mom, Denise, to vote. Ramsey then informed them that she had voted also, for Obama.

I always find it amusing to hear the kids talking with each other without adult influence. This was just so cool to hear. They were so interested and invested.

Ramsey is thrilled with the Obama win. Oh, and so are we.

Monday, November 3, 2008

Esme's Sauce and Pickle Update

Tonight I made pasta with broccoli and Esme's Sauce. This sauce sounded delicious and it being quick and easy made it a no brainer for me to hit on a lazy night. After I had everything mixed up, I was a little worried because it smelled so strong. But once I mixed it in with my pasta and the broccoli it totally mellowed. This is very tasty. The husband gave it a thumbs up.

And on to the pickles. The cucumbers and carrots were finished fermenting in about 4 days. At that point they tasted what I thought they should. I found the pickles to be a bit to salty for me, just a tiny bit. But the carrots and garlic we perfect. When you open the jars you can just smell the garlic. It is mouth watering. So far, all my taste testers have liked how things turned out, even if a tiny bit salty.

Next up is kraut.