Today I thought I would share one of my more random, rambling posts – you know, what I’m eating, what I’m doing, etc.
We bought a new car last week.
After fourteen years of marriage, in which we lived in Chicago and metro NYC, we have only needed one car. Not so in Colorado! Public transit just isn’t the same. We are Subaru fans (we are still driving a 2001) so we bought the new Cross Trek with fabric seats – no more leather seats for me, yay! – and Subaru made a $250 donation to the ASPCA. Vegan win!
How about another vegan win? I have been looking for a new hairstylist (traumatic!) and discovered a salon very close to home. I got a great haircut
and The Beehive Salon is a Paul Mitchell concept salon. Paul Mitchell won the PETA Courage in Commerce award for pulling out of China for requiring animal testing. According to the Paul Mitchell website, “Almost all of our styling and hair care products (with a few very humane exceptions) are 100% vegan” (I believe the non-vegan products contain beeswax). After a fun afternoon at the salon, I met Dave at our new local pub, Trinity Brewing Company, and enjoyed these seitan gyros.
With seitan on the brain I decided to spend Sunday afternoon in the kitchen making two batches of my own recipes: Cinnamon-Ginger Seitan
and Pepperoni Sausage. It was my first time making “wheat meat” since moving and I had so much fun. I froze most of each batch but did keep a little in the fridge, unsure of what I planned to do with it.
On New Year’s Day I made my Black-Eyed Pea and Collard Green Chili.
It was my first meal of the day so I’m sure my year will be prosperous and full of good fortune! After eating our bowls of chili Dave and I decided to go for a drive. West. Just to see what is west (and south). About 45 minutes from home, having followed Highways 24 and 67, we found ourselves in Cripple Creek, CO at 9494 elevation! I drove up, Dave drove down, and I captured this through the window.
It was a beautiful drive.
When we got home from our New Year’s Day drive I was inspired to try something different with my seitan. I made it Country Fried!
Yesterday I started my day off right – by eating a head of lettuce for breakfast.
Actually I wilted a head of romaine lettuce in the skillet with apple cider vinegar and a pinch of sucanat, heated up leftover roasted cauliflower and enjoyed the savory breakfast with a tall glass of kombucha.
Mid-morning I got a text from friends inviting us to go bowling. I have a bowling ball. I used to have a bowling bag and shoes but I left both in New York – the bag because it was old and gross and the shoes because they were leather. A quick trip to a pro shop and I walked out with a polyester bowling ball bag and these awesome, vegan, Mary Jane bowling shoes.
So there, you have it. A week of living my vegan life.
Now, it’s time to work. I am so excited to go over coaching welcome forms – the response to my Let’s go vegan! ($50 off one session or $100 off one month (3 sessions) of vegan lifestyle coaching) special has been tremendous! (You can still join in as my offer is good through January 9!)
Have an awesome, compassionate day!