Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Day 3 A-Ok

Did it again! I got up at 6:40, hooped twenty minutes to vintage Prince, and made me and the mister a murky and delicious green smoothie. Go Me!!!

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Hooping Day 2

I did it again! Again, it took some moderate grumbling and a little accountability check-in, but at 6:40-something this morning me and my dog were outside! It was nice outside with a little Fall chill...yay! The dog explored and I hooped up a good sweat.

Hoop Songs for Today

Bonde Do Role: Melo de Vitiligo

Bonde Do Role: Funk da Esfiha

Bonde Do Role: Melo do Tabaco

Peaches: Rock Show

Mistah F.A.B.: Hula Hoop

Ahhh...I'm gearing up for Vegan MoFo 2009!!!

Monday, September 28, 2009

Hoopy Loopy

Last week my husband sent me this article. I have totally been neglecting my hula hoop and any workout efforts. The article really got me thinking, and I came up with a plan to start hooping before work every morning. I am soooo unmotivated to exercise, but I want the results, so I pepped myself up all weekend. I made a hoop playlist on my Ipod, and I hopped (okay moaned and groaned) out of bed this morning. Anyone out in my neighborhood at 6:45 a.m. would have seen me in my t-shirt and sock monkey PJ pants rocking out. It's really fun once you get going. Tomorrow, I will overcome laziness and actually wear shoes with laces, as the Chucks without laces did not help with my awesome hoop moves...

My goal is to hoop at least 15 minutes every morning this week, then work my way up. I really want to use my Hoopnotica DVD to learn some new moves, but I have been lazy about setting up a situation where I can play a DVD outside. I tried once inside and that was a disaster, what with spinning the hoop over my head and such.

I have this kind of hoop. I got it from here.

My hoop mix this morning included vintage Missy Elliott this horrible/excellent song . This is my favorite hula hooper! Here she shares the secret to the booty bump move! I'll keep updating on my plan!

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Apple Streusel Muffins

Whenever we have some sad looking apples lazing around in the fruit bowl, I made Apple Streusel Muffins. They are a valiant way for an almost-expired apple to make a fabulous comeback!!

The recipe is from Sarah Kramer, and the secret to deliciousness is the sugar-n-spice mixture you sprinkle on the top before baking. Yum!!!

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Monday, September 21, 2009

Vintage Digs

I am just obsessed with vintage kitchens! I was perusing blogs a while back and came across a post on the kitchen from Mad Men. I couldn't believe how much it looked like the kitchen in my house. We definitely have that 1950's wood thing going on.
I don't ever wanna gut and start over with this kitchen. I think that giving the granite-and-steel treatment to a perfectly great vintage kitchen is a travesty!

I would like to go back in time with a remodel though. Check out these awesome vintage kitchens! I love this picture because of that crazy combo of blue, pink, and wood. The crazy old school tile floor, which is kind ugly on it's own, fits perfectly in this style. That lady looks pleased about her big empty fridge.

Love this one, with the checkered wall and cool little rounded counter. I want a serving cart like that!

Space age 1950's style! I love this!!!A little workstation is such a neat idea.
Here's a shiny and room kitchen, complete with teevee!
And finally, a great take on vintage done these days.

Friday, September 18, 2009

Vegan MoFo III

Yay! October 1 marks the beginning of the third year of the Vegan Month of Food. Blog particpants post every weekday about vegan food and related stuff.

Check out Kittee's blog for more info or to be added to the list of Vegan MoFo-ers!

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Red Beans, Replacement, & A Robot

Hello all! Let's start this post with a shot of some yummy, cheap, and (pretty) easy dinner. I made Red Beans and Rice from Fat Free Vegan. The side salad is topped with homemade French dressing a la Sarah Kramer.

The red beans took many hours to cook, and didn't get completely broken down, but were really tasty. I LOVE that things like Liquid Smoke and Zatarain's Crab Boil are vegan. They make Louisiana foods taste so good. I used Camelia brand beans because apparently not using them if you can get them is an insult to red beans and rice!

Here's the newest addition to my kitchen. I had the butterfingers the other day and dropped one of my little vintage Pyrex refrigerator dishes. Smash!! I try not to get wrapped up in "stuff" but I really wanted to cry! I hunted up a replacement and found a very fairly priced blue one on Etsy vintage (a site with which I am in love). I am naming him Percy. I don't normally name dishes, but this one looks quite intelligent and sensitive :P

In other news, we had a little breakfast-for-dinner night this week. I made these excellent wheat pancakes from How It All Vegan. Very tasty! I like 'em with Earth Balance and syrup.

Other bonus items:

My beautiful child resting her noggin on the blue coffee maker. She loves warm appliances.

And it's finally getting to be boot weather again! This little disembodied leg is me...I am so excited to have my new handsome robot, done by Gerry at Tattoo Zoo, peeping out of my boots this Fall and Winter.

Lastly, I bought four Christmas issues of ladies magazines from 1958 at an estate sale. I am getting totally obsessed with these old ads and wacky projects! Everyone I know might get weird 1950's crafts for Christmas this year!!!

Tuesday, September 15, 2009


Firstly, we went to New Orleans this weekend for the first Saints game of the season. It was great to be back to New Orleans and I can't wait for the upcoming trips. The shopper in me is just swooning over the fact that I can walk to Lush and Urban Outfitters from where we stay. Yay! Here's our gear from this trip...I love luggage! The trip has me all in a tizzy about some good Southern food, and I stayed up late last night making red beans and rice. Sooo good with some French bread.

Secondly- this thing is magical! It's a bookshelf, but the shelf part is invisible. I have adopted one to come live with us and I cannot wait to figure out where it will perch.

Thirdly..quesadillas!!! I made these delicious quesadillas from Fat Free Vegan. I have tried several faux cheese quesadilla recipes, and I have to say, this one is excellent. I added some sauteed spinach. We had seasoned black beans with onion and cilantro as well. I ate my quesadillas with raspberry chipotle salsa (yummmmm) and Tofutti sour cream. Fat Free Vegan always comes through on terrific recipes. I love it!

Have a great day!

Friday, September 11, 2009

Maple Flax Brownies

Yum. These babies are dense, covered in glaze, and a little bit better for you because they use wheat flour, ground flax seeds, less white sugar and more maple syrup, and are all-vegan, all-the-time!
Serious brownie presence!

The glaze is just vegan chocolate chips and Earth good with that salty/sweet thing going on.

A little piece of heaven...

The recipe is from La Dolce Vegan.
Bonus: cute little window lizards!

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Chicken in a Biscuit

...but not really! (anyone remember those crackers? I inhaled them when I was little).
I made one of our favorite breakfasts, biscuits and gravy. I always use some combo of recipes from Hot Damn & Hell Yeah/The Dirty South because that cookzine is the best!

I enjoyed my breakfast with a free cup of coffee from Starbucks. I'm pretty sure I'm supposed to hate and boycott them, but I don't wanna. The baristas there are super nice, it's at the end of my street, and their coffee is good. I want to make a project out of the bag my coffee beans came in. It's an anniversary blend and the design in a mermaid holding coffee! Two of my favorite things! That cute little coffee cozy is from Flapper Girl.

Happy eating!

Monday, September 7, 2009


Here's an easy one for Labor Day!

Click on over to Kitchen Stewardship for a chance to win Lunch Skins.

Happy Holiday!

Friday, September 4, 2009

Ani D Appreciation

I happened upon Ani DiFranco's So Much Shouting, So Much Laughter double set at the Goodwill for $1.99 the other day. Score! I love it. The set is divided into two cd's: Stray Cats and Girls Singing Night.

I am always (this has been going on for years!) astounded at how Ani DiFranco can capture things so perfectly. I know the Ani fan can be kind of a stereotype at this point, but I will just have to be cliche', cuz she always gets it right. Plus, I will remain a devoted fan of a woman who maintains that dresses are for wiping faces! Yup :)

Here are some of my favorite quotes:
"this melancholy that i carry makes me feel so grown up
at my kitchen table
doing shots of resignation
i never thought i'd see the day when i would say
i give up
and break the stallions of my wildest expectations"
"i said, look at you this morning
you are, by far, the cutest
but be careful getting coffee
i think these people wanna shoot us
or maybe there's some kinda local competition here
to see who can be the rudest"
"watching children run
with their arms outstretched
just to throw those arms around their grandpas' necks
watching lovers plant kisses
old men to their misses
at the arrivals gate"
Oh there's tons of them! Here's a really cool site of lyrics.

Stuffed Shells & Records

To Do List:
Make mess in kitchen.
Sing/dance/listen to records.

Check, check/check/check!

I made a giantly messy meal of a house favorite, Stuffed Shells while Brad DJ'ed with all the new records we gathered on our recent vacation. It was the perfect Saturday night for old fogies such as ourselves.

Stuffed-shell making is messy!!

But so worth it...there's treasure under all that sauce and nutritional yeast! Wait, nooch is treasure too!!

I sing while I cook and it makes the food taste gooood!

We listened to quite the variety of music and had a good old time.

Check out that Heavens to Betsy and Bratmobile split my friends sent me for my birthday. Whoa!!!

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Cooking Adventure: Pho Soup and Spring Rolls

Last week I helped my friend Melanie, possessor of a doctorate of some magical jigowatt science (for real!) and lover of ethnic cuisines, make a homemade Vietnamese meal. It's NSFV (not suitable for vegans, heheh, I think I am funny at least...) as there are shrimp present, but the artistry still stands for all home-cooks!

I made the soup and Mel constructed the rolls, as my past experience with spring roll wrappers ended in doom and destruction. I do however, excel at chopping, stirring, and cooking!
Here are the spring rolls in process and finished. Perfect, right?! I am way to impatient to do that.

Here is the Pho soup, along with a link to a vegan version that looks sooo good!

What are your favorite ethnic meals?