Sunday, December 30, 2007
The chard that won't die. I thought we pulled up all the veggies in August, but this chard just never dies. It is gigantic! I think it is pretty, so I'm just going to keep watching it and see what it does.
We also still have pumpkins growing. They are barely surviving, but Athena still enjoys checking on them and I like looking at them.
Chris made Energy cookies from Vive Le Vegan. He tweaked the recipe quite a bit, but they turned out well. I like to think of them as energy bars, and then you won't be disappointed. If you are expecting a cookie, then it most likely will be a let down.
I'm still on a waffle kick and made some killer blueberry ones on Saturday. I like to use a combo of soy and hemp milk because otherwise I can't palate the hemp milk at all! Mmm.
Rowan can actually ride this little bike now, he looks like such a big boy.
Athena made a "feast" for her "kids" last night. She really goes all out.
Athena made herself a comfy bed out of her dress up clothes bench/box. Her baby had it's own little spot too, complete with pillow. A good little cosleeper.
Athena has been loving to play with this barn that was actually for Rowan. She plays with it everyday and insists that the fence pieces go vertically. It works but is driving me crazy because I can't think outside of my little box.
Saturday, December 29, 2007
I had a glass of wine and on the way home there was a sobriety check point, but on the other side of the street. I'm sure I would have been fine as I didn't drive for a few hours after the drink, but it still freaked me out for a second. Then I just laughed and called my sister to tell her about it.
When I got home, Rowan was screaming. He was tired and Chris had run out of milk for him. I felt bad, but I guess he was only really upset for 10 minutes. Chris was walking him around in the ergo and Athena was reading books on the couch. He went right to sleep once he had mom. Anyway, now I know I'll need to leave more milk for him next time I leave him for that long! Hope everyone else had a fun Saturday night!
We also tried to play this American Idol Karaoke game, but my sister's CD player wasn't working and the game was kind of boring so we cheated and skipped ahead to the singing part without the CD.
Thursday, December 27, 2007
Tuesday, December 25, 2007
She also got a new pink bike because her purple one was getting too small. We are going to save it for Ro.
Rowan felt left out of all the bike giving, and so we got out the radio flyer push bike and Athena's old helmet for him to try. He thought he was pretty cool.
And just because Athena was puking, didn't mean that Chris and I couldn't enjoy a nice breakfast on Christmas. I made pumpkin chocolate chip waffles (from VwAV) and they were fantastic. It was my first time making waffles, other than a failed attempt in college, and I was so pleased with the results. And yes, they are farm animal shapes, a barn, pig, rooster, and cow, all rescues and living in a farm sanctuary.
And keeping with that theme, here is a picture of Rowan's own little farm sanctuary that Santa brought. He loves to play with the fence pieces the most.
I really hope Athena is well tomorrow, she has only eaten a bit of rice in the past 2 days and has almost no energy. She is hanging in there and has hardly complained at all. My heart aches to see her so sick, but I know she will get through it. It just sucks when you can't do much to make your kids feel better. So please send healthy healing vibes our way. We need it after the week we have had. On the plus side, it forced us to catch up on our laundry so yay for that. Now if I can just get the rest of my house in order. The bedrooms are neat and tidy, but the rest is disastrous. Who thought we could cram as much crap into this little 800 square foot house as we have. We used to be so good, but I really think we are outgrowing this place.
Monday, December 24, 2007
Friday, December 21, 2007
Athena helped make vegan sugar cookies. I wasn't feeling very good so I used a mix where you just add the earth balance and some soy milk. I decided not to use artificial colors this year so while they aren't beautiful, we definitely enjoyed the process and the final product didn't taste bad, plus it made me not feel as guilty for letting her eat crap loads of candy at the ginger bread house decorating party.
We went to a holiday/birthday party which gave me another excuse to get Rowan dressed up. I LOVE this picture of him!
I made some really easy and good pancakes from How it All Vegan. They were the "Classic Pancakes" with added blueberries and carob chips.
We mailed out holiday cards to as many people as we could and then emailed the rest because we ran out of time and stamps and cards. If you didn't get one it is probably in the mail, or I didn't have your address, or I ran out of cards before I looked up your address because you weren't on our 2006 card list. Please don't take it personally! And if you are really sad about it you could always send me your address, just to be sure your on the list for next year!
Friday, December 14, 2007
Ro turned 9 months yesterday so I will tell you 9 things about him.
1. He just got his 6th tooth.
2. He is a FAST crawler.
3. He loves to stand up and can do so without holding on for a few seconds now.
4. He is very easy to get to smile and laugh. Just make a face or say boo a few times.
5. He is starting to like food but has a very strong gag reflex. He wants to eat real food but can't really chew it enough not to gag. We keep trying though since he is very demanding. He puts EVERYTHING in his mouth.
6. He says "Hi Da" when Chris gets home from work, well it is more like "Hah, Dah, dah, dah". We are pretty sure he says hi and dad though I'll admit I can't say for certain.
7. He waves bye bye to Athena when we drop her off at school.
8. He loves to dance and sing.
9. He is the most adorable, curious, loving little boy I know.
He has also not slept very well for about, um, 9 days or so. Now that the tooth is through and the cough is hopefully subsiding, we should return to our regular nights, I sure hope so because veganmomma is tired.
Tuesday, December 11, 2007
We all went to native foods for dinner and it was so good. Athena loved her kids meal which consisted of kids cup of native tea, veggie chicken nuggets, brown rice, cucumbers and carrots with vegan ranch, and a slice of mango. Plus an order of native fries to share.
We weren't going to get a tree because we figured this would happen (Rowan pulling it over). Athena seemed really disappointed though, especially since her cousin's house had a tree over the weekend that she couldn't get enough of. I decided we'd get a small one and let her pick it out. It is the funniest tree ever! Short and round. The guy at the lot said he didn't think anyone would buy it and that it had been there for awhile. Athena was set on it. There were 4 to choose from in our size range but she only had eyes for one. It is perfect.
Friday, December 07, 2007
Tonight in the bath she said, "Yeah, I think I need another one of those baby carriers. The one like the ergo." I said, "Well, we gave that one away because you already have enough carriers." Then she responded, "I don't really have enough, just one Maya Wrap and one sling. I don't have ANY like the ergo."
It cracked me up because she is just as much of a collector as me. Anyway, I just thought it was cute.
Oh, and Rowan can wave bye bye now, I am a very proud mama. Athena didn't wave goodbye until she was 11 months old. She was too cool for it. I remember being at the park playgroup and saying to the other moms, "yeah, she doesn't wave yet," and she looked right at me with an annoyed look on her face and waved. She was like, "Duh mom, FINE, OK, I'LL WAVE".
Thursday, December 06, 2007
Rowan face planted on the wood floors this afternoon. His sister was involved but not to blame for the incident. Poor baby. Oh, he is totally fine though, I promise and the lip is hardly swollen anymore. And as you can tell from the pictures, he recovered very quickly!
Wednesday, December 05, 2007
I took the kids to JC Penney's for portraits today. A family friend works there now so she gave us an extra long session. Let me just start by saying if you think this sounds fun, you'd be very wrong. Ok, well the cute pictures of my kids made it worthwhile, but it was downright exhausting. Ro was being so very curious and Mr. "smiles all the time", wasn't really feeling it. Surprisingly the photographer captured some pretty awesome shots. My sister in law told me it only gets worse since she has a walking toddler now (more like running from what I heard). Anyway, it was fun and exhausting, but so much more fun when I just had one child. We did it though, and I am glad. I'll share photos when I have them but I did snap a few of my kids myself today.
Tuesday, December 04, 2007
1. YOUR ROCK STAR NAME: (first pet & first car) – Puff Honda
2. YOUR GANGSTA NAME: (favorite ice cream/favorite cookie) - Cookie dough Chocolate Chip
3. YOUR “FLY Guy/Girl” NAME: (first initial of first name, first three letters of your last name) – Scun
4. YOUR DETECTIVE NAME: (favorite color, favorite animal) - Green Dog
5. YOUR STAR WARS NAME: (the first 3 letters of your last name, first 2 letters of your first name) Cunsa
6. SUPERHERO NAME: (The + 2nd favorite color, favorite drink) - The Black Chai
7. NASCAR NAME: (the first names of your grandfathers) – Lawrence Clifford
8. TV WEATHER ANCHOR NAME: (Your 5th grade teacher’s last name, a major city that starts with the same letter) – Dempsey Denver
9. SPY NAME: (your favorite season/holiday, favorite flower) – Summer Orchid
10. CARTOON NAME: (favorite fruit, article of clothing you’re wearing right now + “ie” or “y”) –Watermelon Jeanie
11. HIPPY NAME: (What you ate for breakfast, your favorite tree) – Toast Pine
12. YOUR ROCKSTAR TOUR NAME: (”The” + Your fave hobby/craft, fave weather element + “Tour”) - The Knitting Thunderstorm Tour
13. YOUR SOAP OPERA NAME: (middle name, city where you were born) – Faye La Mesa
14. WITNESS PROTECTION NAME: (mother’s & father’s middle names ) – Elizabeth Allen
Sunday, December 02, 2007
Vegan Latkes from (veg kitchen)
You can find recipes for traditional latkes, in which the grated potato is held together with eggs, almost anywhere, but a vegan version is harder to come by. Here, the latkes are held together with something just as sticky as eggs — oatmeal! It works splendidly. I’ve also added a carrot for extra color.
- 2/3 cup quick-cooking oats (oatmeal)
- 6 large potatoes, peeled and finely grated
- 1 medium carrot, grated
- 1 medium onion, finely grated
- 1/2 cup matzo meal
- Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
- Light vegetable oil for frying
In a heatproof bowl, combine the oats with 1 1/3 cup boiling water. Stir and set aside while preparing the other ingredients.
Combine the grated potato, carrot, and onion, and matzo meal in a mixing bowl. Stir in the oatmeal, then season with salt and pepper.
Heat just enough oil to coat the bottom of a large, nonstick skillet or griddle. Drop enough potato batter to form 2 1/2– to 3–inch pancakes. Fry on both sides over medium-high heat until golden brown and crisp.
Drain briefly on paper towels and place in a covered container to keep warm until serving. Serve warm with applesauce.
Saturday, December 01, 2007
Friday, November 30, 2007
Last night, I took Athena to see the Grinch at the Old Globe Theater. It was her first theater experience and I think she liked it. It was a special night for us, and she even convinced me to dress up with her. She said, "Mommy, that is a good one, that is a good dress. You look beautiful." With her stamp of approval we were off. We enjoyed wandering around the park to look at the lights. We even ran into one of her friends from preschool who was also going to the grinch with his mom.
She sat well throughout the show. When it first started, she was asking a million questions. Why is it dark? What animal is that? What is the white? Where did the people go? But by the end she was more focused on figuring it our for herself and was clapping after every number with the rest of us. Now, she wants to go again with her cousin Oli. I think we will definitely go again, probably next year though.
Thursday, November 29, 2007
I went back to the store today and it turns out the code for bananas is 74 and the cashier had typed 774 which is the code for dry milk powder. They credited that charge back to me so I ended up getting the bananas for free. Hopefully that will cover my gas costs since it is a 20 minute drive to People's for me. Moral of the story, always check your receipt before you leave the store.
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
Rowan has 4 teeth now, it happened over night Sunday. He had bonked the top ones so many times that they just had to break through. It is funny though because it isn't the 2 center top ones, but 1 center and 1 to the right. This was because of him falling that way so many times. So now he is super close to having 5 teeth, whenever the other top center on decides to grace us with its presence. This has happened so fast, his first tooth was on Oct. 20, so just barely over a month ago. A tooth a week is sure a lot of teething. He has been so good about it though. I tried the gumomile teething remedy yesterday and he start screaming. I think it hurt him, probably burned is my guess. I'll probably just stick to his herbs "Tender Teeth", especially since he doesn't complain too much.
Rowan is also standing up very well now, and can let go for a few seconds and stand unassisted. That really scares me because I think he will walk soon, too soon.
Athena in 10 years, if she follows my footsteps...
Last night I made the baked mac n cheez from the uncheese cookbook and it was really good. I don't have a picture because my camera was missing for a few days.:( I'll make it again though.
Monday, November 26, 2007
Sunday, November 25, 2007
I went to a friend's birthday party last night without the baby! I stayed away 5 hours and he was asleep when I got home. He stayed with Daddy and took a bottle and ate some banana and rice puffs. I woke him up a little bit just to nurse though so that I could get to sleep since pumping at midnight didn't sound very appealing to me. Anyway, that was pretty much my first night out since he was born, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I did a lot of karaoke so my throat is a little scratchy today, and I'm a little tired from staying up so late, but it was worth it. There *may* be a photo or 2 coming of me doing karaoke since I know I was photographed. We'll see how they turn out...Did you know I LOVE karaoke? Really, I do.
Saturday, November 24, 2007
The brunch went well. Chris took the kids outside from about 8:30-11 so I could get everything ready. It felt good to be in the kitchen without distractions, and I even took a shower while the potatoes were in the oven. Very good times. It was hard to talk too much, with the kids running around all crazy style, but they were entertaining and so it was OK. And actually, the kids were pretty awesome without any "difficulties". I wish we could have hung out more, it was really nice to be with old friends.
I'm also thinking of starting a monthly vegan brunch bunch. It was a lot of fun, and if I make it potluck, it won't even be very hard. Wanna come?
Friday, November 23, 2007
My friend Marlene, I can't pinpoint when we first became friends. Probably in Berkeley, but it was after I graduated I think. She was full of coolness and I knew I wanted to be her friend. We stayed with her for a week in Venice, Italy while she studied abroad. She took such good care of us, I could almost cry, because traveling vegan can be hard, and she could speak Italian and hooked us up with the soy gelato. Anyone who hooks me up with soy gelato is a friend for LIFE. She also doesn't mind if I call her "Aunt Marlene" or "Marlene Ciao Prego", even when neither make any sense.
I'm excited about the other couple coming too because they are awesome and we don't hang out nearly enough. Plus they are friends with Marlene so it's like a lil reunion. Anyway, I'll try to take a picture or two, I seem to always forget. Like tonight, we went out to Sipz with the inlaws and I ordered the "caterpillar" roll and had no idea it was going to look so much like a caterpillar. It kind of felt wrong to eat it, as it was so cute and lovely, but it was delicious too. Damn, I wish I had taken a picture.
Tomorrow I'm going to make roasted potatoes again, tofu scramble, pumpkin carob chip muffins, and probably chocolate walnut scones. I also bought some assorted organic fruit including a pineapple. I hope I have time to prep everything, it can be a real pain when I get these visions and the kids don't cooperate. So, this weekend continues to be all about food, and so far I can still button my jeans.
Thursday, November 22, 2007
More than just pie and my kids, but those are pretty darn important (my kids are total hams). It was a lovely day with family, and the food was fantastic. We had our own vegan table (with my 1 cousin who ate standard stuff) so the kids didn't even notice the rest of the people eating up a carved bird, yuck! The pie/cheezcake turned out well. The cheezcake was a bit of a nightmare because it made 2 x's what it was supposed to, as in I filled 2 pie shells instead of 1. No biggie, but I'm wondering where I went wrong. And last night I was convinced it hadn't cooked all the way through, but it set more in the fridge overnight I guess.
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
I'll be making the chocolate pumpkin pie for EDBV, and have also decided to make a pumpkin cheesecake from the "Uncheese Cookbook". It may sound like overkill on the pumpkin, but I love all pumpkin baked goods and look forward to this every year. I bought some Rice Divine to go with the pies. I'm going to try and get both desserts made tonight after the kiddos are in bed, and tomorrow I'll be making rosemary oven roasted potatoes in the style of VWAV. I can't wait to try all the delicious foods. My mom is making the stuffing from Veg. Times (Nov.), minus the chestnuts because she couldn't find them anywhere, and a carrot yam soup, plus the traditional veganized sweet potato casserole. She used to make 2 separate casseroles, one vegan, one not, but now she just makes it vegan and no one notices. Thanks Mom. I think I already said this but my bro/SIL are making a seitan roll for our main course and a delightful green been/yam kind of casserole. I'm seriously getting hungry over here, we are going out for dinner tonight!
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
"My Dad is more of a man than Dora's Dad." It was hilarious, mostly because it was totally out of the blue, but not really as funny as it sounds.
When I asked for clarification she said "it's just that MY Daddy looks like more of a man and Dora's Dad is more of a Papa". We have a Dora book and her Dad is referred to as "Papa" which to Athena means Grandpa so I think that is what she meant. It was still super funny, she said so many funny things today like "this playdough is getting all over town" and she called me "Mom-ski".
I just bought Rowan a new pair of Isabooties. I then found out they make vegan soft stars though, and now I am so anxious for him to grow and need new shoes. When Athena was a baby I couldn't find any vegan soft soled shoes and now there are so many to choose from.
Monday, November 19, 2007
Another awesome thing I've discovered is that Rowan can be transferred. That's right, now that he is in a regular car seat I can transfer him asleep from car to bed. This just amazes me as Athena could NEVER be moved, not ever. He also unlatches himself from nursing when he falls asleep which is also amazing to me because Athena used to stay on for hours until I finally would force her off. Anyway, that was a totally random bit to share, but I'm just amazed at my 2 little people. We had a great day today, I tried so hard to be patient with Athena and I didn't turn my computer on in the morning which is really hard for me to do. I also tried to DO stuff with her while Ro was asleep like build a train track and paint her toe nails. I know she enjoyed it.
Sunday, November 18, 2007
Saturday, November 17, 2007
Here's my potluck plate (kind of a mess but it was hard to fill her up with 2 kids hanging on me). There were some outstanding dishes, one with sweet potato, and a really good mac n cheez, salads of all kinds, plus a slew of desserts. I sampled the chocolate silk pie, triple ginger cookies and pecan tarts a la Lindsey of Day to Day vegan, and a peanut butter cookie, oh and some kind of chocolate cake with whip cream on top. Yum Yum Yum! I didn't even eat any of the tofurkey but Athena liked it. I've had it a few too many times the past few holidays and am fine without it now.
Friday, November 16, 2007
Thursday, November 15, 2007
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
After the drain clogging, and nap refusal by the baby, we headed of to the playground to meet some friends. Athena was only slightly more clingy than usual, the park was hot and it was not a good combo. She only played on the playground for about 30 seconds and spent the rest of the time clinging to my side, only to take short breaks to dangerously wave sticks at my side. These breaks ended with me angrily throwing the sticks in the trash can because I just cannot negotiate with someone waving a stick at me. (she ignored my requests to move to a safer area)
Awhile later while Athena was snacking on some nori, she started complaining of an owie. "It hurts, ow, ow!" she cried and pulled at around her shirt collar. I peeked around and saw nothing but she kept complaining. I took her shirt off and still saw nothing, but a few seconds later a bug landed on her and I swatted it away. It was larger than a gnat but smaller than a fly. I then noticed 2 or 3 little bites on her upper back. She was whining but not completely losing it so I got her a calm drop and some rescue remedy and washed the area with a wet washcloth. "It's still owie!" she complained. "You could try some breastmilk," a friend suggested, after all it was the La Leche League Playgroup. Rowan helped me get an easy let down and then I popped him off and gave Athena's back a spray of milk while Rowan grasped for the nipple that was rightfully his. "It's warm", Athena laughed, "it's feeling better," and then a few seconds later, "it doesn't hurt anymore!" Wow, the miracle of breastmilk.
Anyway, after we left the park the kids battled against naps and I lost my cool a few too many times but now everyone is asleep and tomorrow will most likely be a better day. Oh, and Chris got home and had the drains flowing again in about 30 minutes while the neighbors, who also seem to be having some plumbing issues, are on their 3rd plumber of the day! Bummer for them! Oh, and about our drains, chris said their was a huge white clog and this is the 2nd time our drain has clogged in the past few months and never in the previous 3 years and the only thing different is that we often use coconut oil now. Does anyone else think this might be relevant? Because I know coconut oil hardens unless it is about like 75-80 degrees. I think we might be on to something even though it is not like we pour oil down the drain but maybe the residue could build up that fast, I have know idea.
Oh, and I forgot to mention, Rowan turned 8 months yesterday, he has 2 teeth and loves to stand and cruise now. He has been crawling really well (not his old army style) for a few weeks now too. He also started clapping which of course I think is really advanced. He makes good noises and screams with delight when Athena screams. He says Mama a lot but I still can't be sure he "means" it. I am trying to sign with him more and love to see how he manipulates his little hands. I think he will be an early communicator, he seems to really get it already.
And before I forget, with a day like today I couldn't be bothered to cook so I let Athena try a new frozen meal. It is vegan, mostly organic and she ate everything but 1/2 of the foccacia bread. It also had ziti pasta, broccoli, and and apple crisp. Long live TV dinners.