It has been a great couple of days!

Stocked up at the East Nashville Farmer’s Market this wednesday. The market runs every wednesday from 3:30 to 6:30 for those of you Nashvillians. There is also a similar market at Sevier Park every Tuesday from 3 to 6.

Cooked up some of my new fresh veggies. Sautéed the veggies in a light balsamic vinaigrette, and then put them over tomato garlic risotto. So delicious!

Then it was time for Supper and a Song at Imogene and Willie

A bunch of friends, local food, and live music! Imogene and Willie does this every wednesday night during summer; it’s always a great time.

 Finished a great couple of days with some quality time with this little friend of mine.

Hope you guys have been having a great week too!

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Super Easy Vegan Pad Thai

Vegan? check. Gluten free? check. Super easy? check. Delicious? CHECK!

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Ingredients:

8 oz rice noodles (fat style)

2 tbsp peanut butter

1 tbsp olive oil

1 package firm tofu

1/4 cup soy sauce ( I prefer light sodium)

2 tsp rice vinegar

1 Tbsp ketchup

2 tsp Sriracha (optional)

scallions

peanuts

1 lime

Directions: Cut the tofu up in to squares and lightly cover with oil: bake at 400 degrees until golden

Cook the rice noodles according to package

then in a large skillet add the peanut butter, ketchup, soy sauce, vinegar, and sriracha. Cook on medium until peanut butter melts: Add the tofu, noodles, and scallions. Mix until sauce is thickened and spread evenly. Garnish with peanuts and lime and serve!

For those of you wondering about the chicks, they are doing great! They are growing so fast. I’ve had them for officially one week today, and they are twice the size already. 

See those little tails popping up? The yellow one, I haven’t named them yet so for now she goes by yellow, can fly! Well fly for a chicken haha. I put them in a box today to clean the brooder and turned around and she had flown out! The black one is a little jealous. I need to hurry up and get the coop done! We went dumpster diving for wood yesterday at some construction sites and hit the free would jackpot.

Stay tuned for more recipes, bigger chicks, and a finished coop!

DIY split bottle

Pencil Holder, Tooth brush stand, Vase, this project can make so many things.

All you need is:

Nail polish remover : $0.97

Yarn: $1.77

Beer or wine bottles: recycled!

Lighter: we all have one

Sand paper sheet: $1.00 (not necessary, but helpful)

Fill sink with cold water

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Wrap the yarn around the bottle three times where you would like it to split. Tie the yarn very tight and cut off extra. Slip the yarn off and submerge it in the nail polish remover.Image

Place the soaked yarn back on bottle where you want it to split. Make sure your sink is filled with cold water, then light the yarn on fire. Spin the bottle continuously so the fire spreads evenly. Continue spinning for about a minute or until flame dies. Holding the top and bottom of the bottle drop it into the cold water. The glass should split into two. Sand down the split and put it to use!

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Fun in the Sun

This weekend was my mother and aunt’s (twins) birthday. Happy 50th! Also, Happy Father’s day mom, you were the best father I could have asked for.

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The apple doesn’t fall from the tree.

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These ladies know how to celebrate! A day of wine in the pool, followed by a steak and lobster dinner (I obviously did not partake). The table settings looked gorgeous though.

I loved these adorable floating can holders. How convenient!Image

It was a great day with my small family. I’m sure these ladies have another 50 years of being “fabulous”

ahead of them.

Vegan/gluten free Must have!

Hey guys!

It’s been a crazy couple of days so this is going to be a short and sweet post today. Emphasizing on sweet! The hardest time to be a vegan is during a sweet craving. I’m not much of a sweet fan fortunately, but today all I could think about were baked goods. Not having time to bake anything made this extremely irritating. I ran to Kroger and picked up some of Van’s Gluten Free Cinnamon French Toast Sticks.

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I strongly recommend them. They hit the spot perfectly. I put a little bit of syrup and Tofutti cream cheese on them. I think I’ve found my new go to junk food!

The newest addition!

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After months of talk, I finally have my very own baby chickens! These love buckets have yet to be named. They’re the cutest! I’ve been planning out the coop for what seems like eternity, and getting everything these little guys could need. I finally got to bring them home today. I’ve been just watching them for hours! Me and Murray( the cat) side by side watching these sweet birds adjust to a new home, learn to walk/ eat, and fall over face forward to go to sleep. This is going to be an adventure!

For those of you curious, I do plan on cooking with their eggs when they get to that stage. Since there is no rooster, and I’m raising them properly as well as organically, I feel morally okay with eating them. Brunch party at my house in about 20 weeks!

Becoming Vegan

I’ve been a vegetarian for 8 years now, the idea of eating an animal now doesn’t seem fathomable. I did a project my freshman year of high school on meat eating. The project made me dig a little, and actually think about where my food is coming from. Something sadly most people do not think about these days ( not just meat products, but all things we consume.) I looked up the horrible conditions animals are raised in, treated, and murdered. I also looked into the hormones, antibiotics, and preservatives I was getting second hand through meat. Needless to say, the project made my mind up for me at a young age.

Giving up chicken wings was tricky, but in a short amount of time I found myself never craving meat. Then about 4 years after being a vegetarian I wanted to step my commitment. I wanted to cut out animal products completely. This was harder than I imagined. Cheese pizza, mac ‘n cheese, cheesecake gone forever? it took about two years of being an on again off again vegan and moving to a more vegan friendly city (Nashville) for the lifestyle to stick. It has been two years of no animal products, and I feel happy and healthier than ever!

I’m not here to push my thoughts or feelings down anyones throat. I’ve made the choice to eat food that doesn’t cause the suffering of a creature. That is my choice, and I respect yours. My strongest opinion is that people need to take a moment to think about what they eat and where it is coming from.