Friday, July 28, 2017

Phone Photo Friday: 7.28.17

Well hello again. How are you? Our week has been bonkers, but good. I feel like I am always just riding the crest of sanity. I think it is just motherhood, and working from home, but who knows?! Either way I like tickling the rim of chaos. Let's just take a gander at the photos from the week that was....

Last Friday evening we attended a large housewarming party that was pretty rad! Our friends were excellent hosts and so far beyond accommodating for vegans! They also had a snow cone type business parked in the alley. The business owners (who happen to be our neighbors) let the kids come into their portable shop and make their own. Here Elise weighs her snow come options.

Daily drawing.

Sunflowers are getting ready to impress us all.

I spotted this statue the other day and I had some thoughts. First off, that deer is a giant in comparison to the man. Secondly, the gun and hat are fit for the giant deer so one would have to imagine that this giant deer goes to a giant size hunting supply store for blood thirsty deer. Also, is the man trying to pet the deer? Does the man have pure black eyes and if so is he possessed? How will the thumbless deer pull the trigger or even load the gun? Finally, hunting is mean: human on deer or giant deer on small black eyed man--all mean.

Daily drawing.

Sisters painting with chalk paint.

Proud to be married to this etch-a-sketch genius. Also, I told him to say "fart" with his eyes as I took this photo.

Cordelia and Atomic Betty Sprinkles.

The girls were invited to a Moana themed birthday party. At one point a pet chicken was brought in on a leash and Cordelia was ready to chicken hug. Elise kept saying,"Cordelia, get that chicken out of my face."

Look at Cordelia though!

They both had their photos taken with this gal who was wearing a Moana costume. The children gladly suspended reality and accepted a blonde Moana.

Look at how happy/uncomfortable Elise was! Ha ha ha!

There was a zip line at the party too. Cordelia has crazy arm strength and was into the zip line as she could really grab on and hold with confidence. She is also an expert on monkey bars and I have had to firmly tell her that she can't lift people all of the time.

Wyoming is so beautiful. Just in case you were under some illusion that I don't live in a magical dreamland. Well, until the winter winds return and then this place makes me rage. 

Elise chucking rocks into the river at the conclusion of a play date, like you do...

Vegan food.

I was surprised with this beautiful bouquet when I was notified that I have been honored with an arts award! I will share more on that when the event happens in September.

This is my first year growing butternut squash. I had no idea how prolific these plants can be. I have at least fifty squash right now! 

Morning snuggle.

These girls. I am not sure what was happening, but they had a lot of fun for a couple of hours.

Daily drawing.

She insisted that the best place to color was on the carpet. When I suggested a hard surface she would have none of it.

Happy Friday!

Thursday, July 27, 2017



Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Confessions: Food Edition

I am pretty sure I  have had a food confessions in the past. Whatever. My father has been asking for another confessions post, probably because they are my weirdest posts. So let's dive into this biz-ness.

I don't get chai. So many people love it, but my mouth is super confused by chai. Apparently people want me to love it or assume that I already do as I am often gifted with chai. I always give it my best effort, but it just isn't my thang.

Speaking of my thang, here are foods that are not my thang:
•Anything not vegan, der.
•Kohlrabi, no flavor! Just because you can eat something doesn't mean you should. We need to take a stand somewhere.When I was a kid and my parents forced me to try it I shoved it into my mouth and walked to the bathroom where I disposed of it.
• Cilantro is a cilantNO
•Hominy is also homiNO
•If you want to become my mortal enemy you will make me eat canned green beans. Honestly that is my idea of hell, an eternity of canned green beans. Ack, even writing it is triggering my gag reflex. BARF

When I use a lot of spices in the kitchen I feel like a witch. Bonus points when I have dried the herbs myself. Extra bonus points if they come from witchy jars. I will say to myself "eye of newt" or whatever as I sprinkle in my witchy ingredients.

I am not a big fan of cake. I mean it's fine or whatever, but I don't really understand why it is a staple of weddings and birthdays. There are plenty of other desserts in the celebration sea.

I love tomato paste. One of my favorite things is to eat a sloppy combo of tomato paste, crumbled tofu and ground veggie meat. I will sit in a corner and gobble that mixture like I am Gollum hoarding the ring.

I use a giant spoon to clean out jarred pasta sauce. I have even been known to pour jarred sauce into a container when I have no plan to immediately use it, just to have at the jar with a big spoon. 

I freeze all of my chocolate so that I can really crunch it when I have a hankering for chocolate. If you are wondering just when I have a hankering for chocolate the answer is always and always.

When I was a kid we had this dinosaur book and it showed a drawing of one dino feasting on the corpse of another, but the guts looked exactly like lasagna and it always made me hungry for lasagna.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Vegan Recipe: Banana Walnut Muffins


I love vegan banana bread muffins, a lot. Who doesn't? Nobody that's who! Now you can make your own vegan muffins and pretend they are healthy because they have fruit and are vegan. Spoiler alert they are more like what we tell the girls is "a sometimes treat." 

You will need:
• 1.5 tsp Ener G Egg Replacer (easy to find at health food store or online) mixed with 2Tbs warm water
• 1tsp vanilla
•1/2 tsp salt
•1 tsp baking soda 
•1/3 c vegan margarine 
•3/4 c sugar
•1.5 c flour
•3 ripe bananas (when I have a banana that starts to turn I put it into the freezer where it will turn black and look like the limb of a bog mummy, don't panic it is edible and it tastes super sweet---just thaw it first) 
*optional 1/4 c walnuts, raisins, chocolate chips

1) Heat over to 350F and line a muffin tin with cupcake liners.

2)Mix all of the ingredients together. Make sure you separately mix the egg replacer and water before combing with other ingredients. Otherwise I don't think it really makes much difference which order you add things, but I generally add them in the order listed above.

3) Scoop the batter into the lined muffin tin. Bake for about 20-22 minutes or until you can put a toothpick into the center and it comes out clean.

Eat the muffins.

Monday, July 24, 2017











Sunday, July 23, 2017

Sunday Quote: Overdose of Satisfaction

There are some days when I think I'm going to die from an overdose of satisfaction.
-Salvador Dali 

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Le Jardin








This summer garden has been the most productive and satisfying yet! I am loving the fresh foods, but more than that I love that each season I am able to draw on the experience from the years prior.

Friday, July 21, 2017

Phone Photo Friday: 7.21.17

Hello and happy Friday! We are not quite a month into summer and I am already starting to panic about a heavy load this fall. Are you? I bought a day planner yesterday as my old one was done and I cannot be trusted to fly by the seat of my pants and keep everything together. Left to my own devices I will garden, hang out with the girls, draw, read and hammock. Anyway, let us ignore impending responsibilities and proceed with phone photos.

Been working on her confidence...basically in all areas. She has an interesting balance of timidity and a go for it attitude. When we started with bikes she was soooooooooooo slow. Basically she was going so slow that time moved backwards. With a lot of practice she is now occasionally pulling out all the stops and tearing around on her bike.

Spotted this dragon mailbox while on a walk. Just want you to know that there are many mailbox options. Another favorite mailbox in my neighborhood is a pig, but the butt opens for mail. Classy.

My new niece Hila. I am so excited and I cannot wait to hold her! I loooove seeing the photos and videos of my brother and sister-in-law Sara, but I am anxious to get there and hold her and hug her and basically weep over her sweetness! 

Daily drawing. Some dude on the internet tried to tell me that I did the reflection wrong and it should be reversed (thanks internet). He was very worked up about refraction, finally I showed him the picture I was working from (which looks like the image I drew) and he quickly apologized. His initial rude comments were all in Portuguese so I had to use google to translate the mainsplainer who was eager to give me unsolicited advice about how light bends. I wonder if the speed of my eye roll shifted earth's axis?  It ended very kindly, but man alive! 

Saturday hike with this beauty. She is getting so big. I am struggling with wrapping my mind around her growing maturity. Childhood is too short, how are we already at almost 8? A handful of years from puberty. Soon she won't want to hold my hand. Ahhhh!!!!

Ha! Nerds on a hike.

Drawing. Lots of moon and space drawings for the solar eclipse.

Elise is sporting the last trend, Play Do necklaces.

Daily drawing.

These sisters just finished swim lessons. Cordelia completed two sessions and jumped from level 0-5. She is a fish and really loved it! She went from not swimming at all to being able to swim this summer! Elise just became old enough (have to be 5) on her birthday for the last session. She is very nervous about the whole process, but was able to bob and blow bubbles and made it almost to level 2. She is just learning to back float.


Daily drawing. You may be surprised to learn that I have a really extensive knowledge about horror really extensive. Anyway, when George Romero died this week I had to do a commemorative drawing of one of his films.

Girls watching a movie. I draw.

Atomic Betty Sprinkles.  She is such a weird and lovely dog. For some reason she has decided that I am her person and she follows me everywhere. She only wants to be cozy and near me, nothing else matters much. 

Happy Fridaaaaaaaaaay!
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