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Happy New Year!

Happy New Year, everyone! Last year was a busy one full of a lot of ups and downs…a lot of downs honestly. My beloved Nana passed away in August and I still miss her everyday. My son J has been to so many doctors I feel like I’m in a doctor’s office at least once a week. 2013 was filled with lots of labs, doctor visits, hospital visits, visits to specialists, many hours of worrying over swollen lymph nods, and a diagnosis of eczema. He seems so miserable and the doctors say that there is nothing they can do and we are doing everything right. Meanwhile, J scratches nonstop, won’t sleep through the night and won’t sleep at all unless he is on us. It’s very exhausting and frustrating. I really hope he outgrows this.

But 2013 wasn’t all bad. My favorite band got back together and my wonderful husband finally took me to one if their concerts, after many hours of me shamelessly begging. We also saw the Alton Brown show and I reconnected with several of my dear friends that I had fallen out of touch with over the years. My daughter, A, also started preschool this year! Overall, it was a pretty big year and I hope that 2014 will be amazing!

To start the year off right I made some traditional good luck foods! My family gave me a bunch of vegan cookbooks for Christmas so I made two of the three foods from them. I made some cornbread, which symbolizes gold, from Skinny Bitch Bakery. I made Black-eyed pea and Quinoa Croquettes from Vegan with a Vengeance
, black-eyed peas symbolize pennies. Finally, I made steamed kale. Traditionally you are supposed to eat collard greens because they symbolize dollar bills, but I’m the only one in my house that will eat them.

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My family really enjoyed the meal! And it was vegan, so I felt as though I gave my family a good start for the new year. Hopefully, I will be able to post more frequently this year. My goal is to try at least one new recipe a week and then write a blog about it. Hope to see you soon!

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New Year, New Baby

Ok. I realize that I have been extremely neglectful of my blog and for that I am sorry. But give me a break! I had a baby :) My son was born on Thanksgiving! I am proud to say that it was a 100% natural birth and, in my mind, it was perfect. He was born vegan and completely healthy.
I’m going to be honest. After we came home with baby, I slipped back into non-vegan/vegetarian mode because of access to quick, convenient food. But I realized that the food I was eating was hurting my newborn and myself. Meat and eggs were making me sick and the dairy was making baby sick/colicky.
So, I got my trusty Kind Diet book out and started to make the easiest recipes in big batches. Even though I was exhausted, I knew it was the best solution for everyone. Even if it was just a pot of spaghetti and a side of sautéed kale and mushrooms, it was a hundred times better than an over processed ready meal. Once I started making real food again, instead of food like meals, Baby J stopped his colicky behavior, leaving mommy and daddy in a complete zen like state of mind.
Baby J is now two months old and growing like crazy! He’s almost 12 pound and 24.5 inches long. He is exclusively breastfed and I’m back to 100% vegan. So lets hope I remember my camera when I make things in the kitchen now!