The Great Vegan Adventure

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Lemon Poppyseed Scones

This is a recipe from Home-Cooked Vegan Comfort Food. Despite the fact that I frequent a coffee house at least twice a week, I have never tried a scone before in my life. Pitiful isn’t it? Anyway, I had no idea what I was really making, but I expected sweet. I demand something sweet in the morning with my coffee. So you could imagine my surprise when I tasted my first scone.

After mixing and kneading and baking and allowing to cool I bit into something that tasted less like a muffin and more like a biscuit. Overall I really enjoyed it. I didn’t get as much of the lemon flavor as I was expecting, but I ran out of lemons and couldn’t make the glaze to drizzle over the top of the scones. They were chewy and filling and they definitely prepared me for the long day ahead.

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Pear and Cardamom French Toast Casserole

This is a recipe from The Vegan Slow Cooker. Slow cookers are a marvelous thing, aren’t they? This dish was very easy to prepare. Cube a loaf of stale bread, cut up some pears, add spices and milk, and cook for an hour and a half.

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This dish was ok…maybe a 2.5 or 3 out of 5 rating at best. Baby J loved it, probably because it was mushy and sweet from the pears. The rest of us ate it, but I’m not rushing to make it again anytime soon.


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The Lunch Room

Last Saturday, B and I went to a hospital in Ann Arbor, Michigan to visit one of his coworkers that was in the accident with him. Before we went to the hospital, we stopped for lunch at a hip little restaurant beside the farmers market called The Lunch Room. It was so awesome because it was a vegan restaurant!! We don’t have any vegan or vegetarian restaurants in our town, so this was really thrilling to me. Everyone was super friendly and the food was delicious.

I got the Mac and Cheese. They used puréed squash instead of cheese and it was very filling and satisfying.

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B had a BBQ sandwich that looked really yummy. He said that it was really good, but he wished that his meal would have come with more food.

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This was a really cute spot to get a bite to eat in Ann Arbor. The food was a little expensive, but it was a nice little treat. I highly recommend it to anyone visiting the area.


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Let Me Explain

Earlier this year I promised to post at least once a week and for that last three(?) weeks I have failed you! Let me explain.
February 21 my husband was coming home from a business trip in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan when he was in a sixteen car pile up. He and four of his coworkers were slowing down because of white out conditions when they rear ended a semi. My husband was ok and climbed out of the window and tried to help his coworkers out of the van. Then another semi hit the van. The van hit my husband and sent him flying! He was able to get up and find somewhere safe to wait for help. Someone had a phone and he told them to call his mom, he couldn’t remember my cell number, and tell her what happened and that he was ok. She told me and I spent three hours trying to find him in the hospitals that were 8 hours away from me.

My father-in-law and I drove up through the night to get to him. We took several detours, drove through blizzard conditions and barely made it across the bridge (it had been closed most of the day). What should have taken about 8 hours took us 12 hours, but we made it to him. I am so thankful that he is ok!

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Here is a picture of the van.
On top of that, Baby J’s eczema is still giving him trouble. I have to hold him most of the time to keep him from scratching and he still won’t sleep by himself. My anxiety level is through the roof and my OCD has become too much for me to handle. What can you do? I just breathe deep and try to find my calm. I’ve been feeding my family meals that I made and froze last year so I haven’t really been baking or cooking. Hopefully things calm down and I can get back in the kitchen and do some zen baking.