Fall is officially here and I’m pretty happy about that! Maybe we’ll even get some rain soon. It was a quiet week here with hubby on business travel, it was me and the pups for dinners and lazy evenings.
It was a little tough with Leela since she needs to go outside a lot and is a little high maintenance with regular cleanups with age. But she still seems happy and loves to eat – she can go through a lot of V-Dog lately.
We went pumpkin shopping to decorate the house where I could have easily bought 20, but limited myself to 6 to decorate the front porch and around the house. The fall leaves, gourd, and tiny pumpkin make a great fall display with LED candles for a dining centerpiece.
Since I was home alone and Sprouts Farmers Market had a great sale on tofu, I kept dinners and leftover work lunches simple with veggie tofu stir fries and steamed spaghetti squash with chickpea marinara and Follow Your Heart Vegan Parmesan.
The vegan parm is very good, close to the dairy stuff in texture and flavor and even melts well.
Hubby got home Friday evening and we opted for Thai takeout and wine to keep it simple and watched more episodes of Ozark and Superstore. I know, exciting. But perfect after a busy week and Miko was happy to have him home for dinner too.
The next morning I whipped up a loaded tofu scramble with kale, black beans, and southwest seasoning for a fun breakfast.
And we ended up at Blaze Pizza last night for custom vegan pizzas and beer.
Roasted corn, black olives, roasted garlic, and artichoke hearts make a great combo with the vegan “chicken” chunks they offer for toppings. And hubby can never get enough red pepper flakes on his.
Today we stopped at Zest Kitchen for lunch before shopping and I need to get there more!
I got the veggie quesadilla because I love the vegan cheezy sauce as a healthier throwback to Taco Bell days. It’s loaded with fresh veggies, a kicky chipotle sauce, and avocado.
Hubby went for the chickpea tacos which were also a party of flavors and textures. So it’s been a good week and weekend of fun and eats and back to the grind tomorrow. But first the list!
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Michelle Curran says
Hey Christine! Hope you are well. Is Leela having urinary incontinence? If that is the case, there are a few options that the Vet has (rule out a Urinary Tract Infection; Proin for urinary incontinence; sometimes, spayed females need hormones to decrease the leakiness). It’s tough when they get old. I’m going through it now with my 15.5 year old rescued male bulldog. He’s a little better, thankfully- but we had to rule out the others before we found a solution for him. Hope that helps. Have a great day!
Hi Michelle! You too. Thanks for the info and I will have it checked out again. I don’t think it’s a UTI because the last time she had that she kept going little bits frequently and sometimes with blood. Now she still has larger volume, but more frequently which I’m wondering if is age-related because is is about 15 too. Thanks again and you too! :-)
I wish there was a Blaze near me. We really need more quick, easy, reasonable healthy, and affordable options in the area… And everywhere, really. That said, a Veggie Grill did just open up in Berkeley, so I shouldn’t complain!
Yes, you’d think Berkeley would have Blaze! Very jealous on the Veggie Grill, hope the Sacramento area gets one soon!
Linda from Veganosity says
Thai food, wine, Ozark and couch time with the hubby sounds like a perfect Friday night! It actually sounds like a typical Friday night in our house. :)
Poor Leela. I’ve been through the same thing with our previous pups, it’s so sad to watch them age.
Very true and that was a great season, sad we burned through it already. Agreed on Leela, little challenges are growing, but she does not need to be in pain or unhappy.