Monday, August 31, 2009

Here is a picture of me from this week. Items of note:



Crazy green bug glasses- $1 garage sale
Big thermos full of green smoothie

And if you'll look closely at the necklace...

Ok here's a closer shot.

How cool! It's a vintage necklace I found on Etsy. I had seen the symbol before, most recently on the cover of a book I read. I am really curious about its origins. Here's one bit of info I found.

I keep imagining some crusading woman in the 1960's and '70's wearing this necklace while she blazed trails. Inspiring!
And finally, my satisfied self wearing $3 purple loafers from the thrift store. Yay!!!!

Friday, August 28, 2009

Macro Vegetarian Yums

Lucky lucky me! I got to try all these delicious Macro Vegetarian (but actually vegan!) Asian foods from a local health food store, Fiesta Nutrition Center. I love being a guinea pig when it involves stuff like sushi rolls and Shanghai dumplings!

All these foods are pre-prepared and packed in these little recyclable cartons. I previously tried and reviewed the Seaweed Salad from this brand.



These are the brown rice sushi rolls. I have to say, these were surprisingly good in taste and texture for pre-made rolls. The package has a use-by date, and these seem to hold up well during that time frame.



Here is a variety plate of all the other foods. The Shanghai dumplings were delicious and stuffed with shredded cabbage. The Pad Thai wasn't as great as freshly made, but it was satisfying for an easy meal. Finally, the Spinach with Soy-tein! Yum! It was this weird stringy fake meaty stuff with a tangy sauce. Brad was not a fan, but I loved it.



These little meals are filling, healthy, and all around $3-$5. Not too shabby!

P.S. I went a week without sugar, then had Mountain Dew, a cookie, and two pieces of cake all in a 24 hour period. I feel all kinds of blechhy and my stomach hurts. I am back on the green smoothie challenge wagon after my little day of debauchery.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Happy Women's Equality Day!!




What is Women’s Equality Day?
At the behest of Rep. Bella Abzug (D-NY), in 1971 the U.S. Congress designated August 26 as “Women’s Equality Day.”

The date was selected to commemorate the 1920 passage of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, granting women the right to vote. This was the culmination of a massive, peaceful civil rights movement by women that had its formal beginnings in 1848 at the world’s first women’s rights convention, in Seneca Falls, New York.

The observance of Women’s Equality Day not only commemorates the passage of the 19th Amendment, but also calls attention to women’s continuing efforts toward full equality. Workplaces, libraries, organizations, and public facilities now participate with Women’s Equality Day programs, displays, video showings, or other activities.

Y0u can read more at the National Women's History Project and here. This is a list of 2009 Honorees. Try the Women's History Quiz!



And on to the food...The smoothie challenge is going great. I love green smoothies for breakfast and I am finding myself wanting one in the afternoon too. It could be my imagination, but I feel a little more energetic. I am not sleepy as early, and my mind seems to be working a little faster...could be anything though!

We went on an epic bike ride with some friends and I got enough exercise to last me for weeks...ok days. I got a sunburn too. Ooops!
I've had some white sugar in things I had already bought like Frosted Mini-Wheats and Raisin Bran, but I am watching it. I plan on reading the actual label of cereals from now on, as I didn't realize how sugary "healthy" cereals are. I still haven't had any soda and I haven't really had any cravings for it either.

I have had all types of smoothies so far. I used some coconut water and cashew water as bases for something different. Both were pretty sweet, but tasted good. I have started just using regular filtered water rather than soy milk, and it's fine. I think its the frozen banana that adds the creaminess anyway. I've added in greens power, chia seeds, and hemp seeds to my usual mix of liquid, fruit, and fresh greens (usually kale, spinach, and/or romaine lettuce).
I am eating salads with delicious homemade dressings from various cookbooks.

Here are a few of my smoothies.

Captain Kirk holding my spinachy goodness:



A grown-up glass for some berry green smoothie.


I also used the blender this week to make strawberry vinaigrette from La Dolce Vegan. Isn't it pretty?

Monday, August 24, 2009

No-Parm Penne!

I am back in the cooking groove and enjoying it! Every time it even clouds over a little outside, I pretend that it's Fall and make something cozy. You gotta take every fantasy you can get when the reality is 4 bagillion degrees with no signs of stopping 'till October!

I made Penne Alfredo Pasta from Yellow Rose Recipes. It was delicious! As Bianca mentioned the other day, cashew-type cheeze sauces tend to look a little dry, but always taste so good! I also used herbs from the yard :)
Here's my dish, followed by the pic from the cookbook.


Happy eating!

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Green Smoothie Challenge Update

Everything is good so far.

I had two green smoothies yesterday, one with greens powder and berries, the other with spinach and tropical fruits. Yum.

I haven't had any soda. I have had some incidental sugar, but I am keeping an eye on it. I made my coffee with soymilk and about 2 teaspoons of maple syrup this morning :) Also, my friend gave me some banana chips. Yum! They are like candy.

Gotta get going on that exercise thing...

Friday, August 21, 2009

Book Notes

I just finished Eve Ensler's book, Insecure At Last. I wanted to share a little bit of it, and I definitely say get that booty down to the library and enrich your life with some good reading!



Eve says:


"Freedom can only come from contemplating death, not from pretending it doesn't exist. Not from running from loss but from entering grief, surrendering to sorrow.

Freedom comes not from holding your life more precious or sacred than others'. Not from consuming more than your share.

Freedom is not knowing something when you don't know it.

Freedom means I may not be identified with any one group, but I can visit and find myself in every group...

Freedom cannot be bought or arranged or made with bombs and guards...

Finding the place in me that connects with every person I meet rather than being different, better, or on top...

Freedom is not knowing where you are but being deeply there."


There's a lot more where that came from. Read up!!

Bonus: Interesting article from the NY Times

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Green Smoothie Challenge

Ok, I'm giving this a try. It started is 8/17 through 9/17, but I'm a little late, so it will be 8/20 through 9/20 for me.



Challenge is right! Here are the guidelines.

Drink at least 16 oz. of green smoothie per day (a quart would be even better!)

Do some sort of activity every day. This could be an intense workout, or just dancing with your kids around the living room. It could be a 15 minute yoga session or a walk around the block.

Add a green leafy salad to your lunch or supper (with light dressing…stay away from the creamier sauces).

Stop drinking pop.

Cut out all white sugar.

Ay ay ay! I dunno if I can do it...but I'm gonna try! Follow update from Happy Foody here, and follow my progress here at Pixiepine!

Addendum: I read some comments and added a few more thoughts :)

My biggest challenges will be:
*sugar in my coffee (I could go straight soy milk, but is there refined sugar in that? Eeek!)
*hidden refined sugars/HFCS in sauces and stuff, and ahem...my Bloody Mary mix...hehehe
*Dr. Pepper (don't have it all the time, but looooove it!)

The smoothies shouldn't be too tough, besides washing the blender every day and getting up in time to make them. I generally use frozen fruit and a greens powder, which is a little bit cheating, but gets the green job done and is fairly inexpensive. I like a fresh spinach smoothie when I have fresh greens on hand.

Salad with meals is an easy one I already do, and I love making my own dressing.

Thanks for the encouragement and suggestions!

Monday, August 17, 2009

Coffee, Doorknobs, Greek In A Box

Hello readers! Here's my update from this weekend...full of activity.

First, pre-season football started. Here's my little buddy in his jersey! He gets really excited that he gets to sit in the big chair and experience all the excitement too.

I was feeling lazy ( I think the heat is finally making me crazy as a bat) so I made some food from boxes. It all tasted pretty nice, considering. I made the Fantastic Foods mixes for hummus and falafels, and we had Ezekiel bread pitas. Pretty good!
We woke up early on Saturday and went to some garage sales. I got these cute little vintage dishes.


Finally, I busted out the French Press for some amazing coffee. I love my Bodum Eileen French Press, and I love the coffee that comes from it. It's kinda fancy price-wise, but I have been using it for about six years now with no replacements needed. I used my caffeine high to install a new locking doorknob on the boudoir. Brad and I must be the least handy people ever (crafty and brilliant...another story! Check out Brad's current adventures in handy-man-ism!) and we certainly abused the old doorknob with hammers and drills before Brad found that the thing released it with just a click of a barely-hidden button. Yeesh! Then we managed to get the rest done without much trouble. Heehee.
I also worked on some writing submissions for Room Magazine and Rachel Kramer Bussel, listened to a lot of music, and let the box set of Sex & The City melt my brain just a little more...

Hope you all had a lovely weekend!

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Weekend in the life of me...

I had the lamest day ever at work last Friday...I came home for the weekend, feeling utterly like a dejected 7 year-old. Here's how I bounced back by Monday morning!
First, due to having the best husband in the world ,had a fab Bloody Mary about 3 seconds after I got home, crying and sputtering and such.


Then these.



The next day I sipped Dr. Pepper through a bendy straw, further nurturing my wounded inner something or other. I bought this dress, which should go great with the pink glitter heels hiding in my closet. It's a nice thick tank top attached to a basic net skirt. Just enough costume-ness to be fun, but not so much that it's weird. Date night, yeah!


Then I had some of this...



and these.


I listened to this song about 100 times because I really like it.



All the work strife has reminded me to do the stuff I like outside of work too (besides drinking and eating chocolate!). I write, and when I make the effort, get my stuff published. This weekend I sharpened my Ace Hotel pencils, cleared off the desk, and cranked up the tiny pink laptop. I am really excited that I have already submitted one story and have several more essays and things in the works. I'd really like to get something in Bust Magazine. My favorite places to send submissions are usually feminist/woman-run presses, so I keep an eye out for calls from Seal Press and the like. (Did anyone else obsessively love the books in the Live Girls collection?)
31 is a really good year so far. Even the shite that happens seems to come back around and validate the good things going on. Score!

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Polyvore: Today's Excitment

Bright
Bright by LeslieR featuring 6thJune watches


I have never thought of making stools or tables from luggage! I have tons of vintage train cases and small suitcases in all kinds of colors. The most creative I've gotten is decoupaging and stacking them up really high with a bunch of Mexican prayer candles all over them (the Holy Mary of Guadalupe in rose scent is my favorite).

The rest of this montage is all about bright colors and DIY projects and showing off the kickass lady (or gentleman) each of us is!

Monday, August 10, 2009

Putt-Putt Pie

Actually called Three Layer Mexican Pie, this dish entails using a whopping FOUR cans of beans. Needless to say, putt-putt was a euphemism among old friends for, uh, poots!




This dish is from Fat Free Vegan.com. It has a nice "cheaze sauce" in it that I can see using for other recipes. The top is covered in hash browns. Home-cooking, easy, cheap, and good for you. Yay!!

Friday, August 7, 2009

Fat Free Vegan: Tofu & Vegetables With Lower Fat Thai Peanut Sauce

As promised, here's the first of many of our recent meals made from recipes off Fat Free Vegan.com. These recipes aren't always literally fat-free, but they are healthy and balanced.

I am not a huge tofu fan at home, as I just cannot figure out how to get the taste through the tofu. Some kind of magic happened when I made this recipe, however, because it was amazingly delicious!!! I would highly recommend this stir-fry. It's so good you don't even notice that there is no rice on your plate!
Please excuse the picture showing only a peanutbuttery blob...this meal was so so tasty!

Here's the recipe at Fatfreevegan.com.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Vegan Peanut Butter Cups!

Wheeeee! These were so easy and good! I can't believe I never tried making them before. My next step is to buy a little mini-muffin tin to really impress my friends with these home-made, better than Reese's cause they're vegan and sorta healthier, tasty cups of goodness!
The recipe is from Sarah Kramer's La Dolce Vegan (I could be lying about which book, but I know it's from one of her cookbooks!). I say try this ASAP. A box or bag of these would make great gifts. You could get really crafty in time for Halloween!




These are less sweet than store-bought pb cups, but just as satisfying and a lot more chocolately. Yum!!



Couldn't for the life of me snap a great pic, but these get the point across: make, eat repeat!

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Winky Blinky!

Happy Birthday to my dearest little brother today! Cheers!



And now...just a short post about a small item that has made my boring work days more fun!

Behold! The Space Needle Pen! I bought this doozy before we ate dinner in the spinning restaurant in Seattle and then I subsequently got merry-go-round disease. Yack!

The Space Needle being casual and elegant...



The Space Needle lit up like a party! It turns red and shines whenever you press the tip of the pen. This pen also reminds me of the Frasier opening credits when the Space Needle blinks in red :)
Ahhh...the little things are the best.