Today I didn’t leave the house at all, except for a long dog walk, and it was wonderful. Yesterday was a busy day with my grandma. Last week she turned 93, so I spent most of the day with her to celebrate taking her to lunch then shopping. She gave up driving years ago, so she loves getting out when she can and for some reason she really wanted to go to Applebee’s for lunch. Even after I tried suggesting many other options, it’s one of her favorite places. Not my choice since going vegan means modifying a salad to an unsatisfying pile of lettuce, a few veggies and nuts – good thing I bulked my breakfast smoothie with protein powder.
After I took her to Wal-Mart – again, not my choice! But she wanted to load up on canned foods, a new phone, and some frozen veggies. It’s been years since I’ve been in a Wal-Mart and, well, I was reminded why! I did get a workout lugging the loot to her 10th floor apartment and that’s all good. It was actually a great day, I enjoy spending time with her and hope I can be as active and driven as her at 93. She’s even still writing books and as a retired well-traveled debate instructor, I never get tired of listening to her stories or getting toasted by her at dominoes.
All that fun yesterday left little time to catch up on house work today, so hubby and I hung around the house tackling yard work, laundry and kitchen projects while Shadow soaked up the sunshine.
Today’s weather felt like spring for a refreshing change, and I spent some time admiring the gorgeous blooms on our apple tree.
And the bees working on them.
I salvaged all the dinosaur kale from the last of our winter crops to freeze for smoothies since we’re getting ready to re-do all the garden beds.
And I finally created another jar of cultured veggies after learning how to nearly 3 months ago from Stacey.
Took me long enough, right? :-P But that last jar lasted over a month in my fridge, through many salads. So this is something I want to do more of because that monster jar is much cheaper than paying $5 for a small container of sauerkraut from Whole Foods. This time I used red cabbage and sprouted lentils to see how they do and used dill to season the liquid. I also used a sliced broccoli stalk to brace the veggies under the liquid since I didn’t have celery.
If you’re interested in doing your own cultured/fermented veggies, see this post.
I remixed last night’s Hemp Seed Alfredo leftovers for a quick lunch adding spinach and sprouted lentils to them for an Alfredo salad, it was wonderful!
It went perfectly with a big bowl of coconut oil popcorn. :-)
Dinner was also laid back, I roasted acorn squash in the oven with a little coconut oil, pumpkin pie seasoning and stevia and served with one of my favorite raw soups, Gena’s Red Pepper and Hemp Soup.
Not sure why, but I adore that soup paired with roasted squash, carrot fries or sweet potato fries. I think the slight sweetness complements the savory spice in the soup perfectly.
Have you ever tried sauerkraut or cultured veggies?