Hi Bloggie Friends!  How was your weekend?   Any fun stories to share?  On Saturday as I mentioned, we went on a nice, long, family power walk through Balboa Park and then I met up with my friend Amber, who I hadn’t seen in 10 months.  Amber and Jenny (who I mentioned before) are my two best friends here in San Diego and it was awesome seeing Amber and catching up on 10 months of life in 2 hours! (and Scott had Skylar so it was a no-holds barred catch-up session!)

Two women standing next to each other smiling

Back in the day, Amber and I used to get into some major shenanigans together and had no problems having more drinks than we could ever drink being sent over to us when we went out together.  And we loved every second of it.  What can I say, we created quite a commotion and had a tons of fun toying with our prey drink buyers.  Insert evil laugh.  Ahh, the memories!  Can’t wait to hit the town with Amber, soon!  Maybe this weekend if she’s not too busy going out of town and being footloose and fancy free!

Today I had an extremely busy and fun day!  Farmer’s Market, the Gym, Family Time, a Power Walk, lots of cooking.  Or shall I say un-cooking.   I didn’t get my first shower of the day in until 6pm if that tells you that I pretty much hit the ground running and didn’t stop.  I love weekend summer days!

Moving Onto Some Food…
You may remember me complaining a few months back that I could not find rice paper wrappers anywhere in Phoenix and had a major fresh spring roll craving Well, 9 months later, I finally took care of it.  I found these at the regular grocery store here in San Diego.  In Phoenix no stores from the regular grocery store to Whole Foods carried them.

Package of Spring Roll Wrappers
Hand holding one Spring Roll Wrapper
Close up of Spring Roll Wrapper
 Note to the gluten sensitive:  The Whole Foods in Phoenix (and perhaps other cities) carries some wrappers that look like rice paper wrappers, but they are not.  The first ingredient is Wheat Gluten.  Caveat Emptor for those avoiding gluten and a reminder to always read the labels! 

Assemble your fillings and a bowl of warm water.  Dunk each one for about 15-20 seconds, and wrap!

Sliced vegetables, bowl of water and bag of baby spring mix

I used This 8-Ball Squash from the Farmer’s Market as part of my filling.  Also carrots, red peppers, and spring mix lettuce.  I skipped any kind of noodles or tofuDidn’t plan that far in advance, truth be told.

Hand holding 8-Ball Squash
Close up of sliced vegetables

 

Wrap Up
Vegetables on Spring Roll Wrapper
Spring Roll Wrapped up

 

And Repeat x 3
Container with four Fresh Vegan Spring Rolls
 You can store extras in a container for 2-3 days in the fridge in my experience before they get a little slimy and funky
Close up of Fresh Vegan Spring Rolls

Next up, make your Peanut Sauce (Garlic, Added Salt, and Soy Free!)

Ingredients to make 2 Minute Peanut Sauce

Averie’s 2 Minute Peanut Sauce (Garlic, Added Salt, and Soy Free!)
1/3 C Peanut Butter
1/4 C Maple/Agave Blend (in whatever ratios you have/prefer)
1/4 C Sesame Oil (this is the Key Ingredient.  Do not skimp on this!)
1/4 C Apple Cider Vinegar ACV (if you don’t have ACV, use orange juice or regular vinegar)
1 Tsp Ginger Powder (optional)

Wisk to Combine
Ingredients in jar with whisk
Yum!
Finished Peanut Sauce

Shake it Up if you Wish or use a Blender of your choice.  I personally didn’t feel like washing anything extra so the whisk method works.

Hand shaking lidded jar of Peanut Sauce
Close up peanut sauce in jar
Will keep in the fridge for a week+.  It won’t last that long though!

 

Slather it On & Devour!
Peanut sauce on Fresh Vegan Spring Roll

 

Or just dip the Spring Rolls directly into the Peanut Sauce
Inside spring roll dipped in Peanut Sauce
Spring Roll with Peanut Sauce
I have to have Tons of Peanut Sauce with Every.Single.Bite.
 
Peanut Sauce + Rice Paper Wraps with Fresh Veggies = Perfect!
Close up of peanut sauce on spring roll

I’ve also made This other Peanut Sauce Recipe in the Past.  It’s fairly similar to today’s recipe, I used my Vita for it, but that’s not imperative.

Another peanut sauce recipe ingredients in blender
Side of blender with blended sauce ingredients
Pour Into a Container
Glass jar of Peanut Sauce

In the Past, I’ve made some Other Wraps:

1.  Here I made Raw Vegan Cabbage Wraps

Raw Vegan Cabbage Wraps
Hand holding one Raw Vegan Cabbage WrapInside view of vegetables in wrap

2. Here I made Raw Vegan Cucumber Wraps 

Raw Vegan Cucumber Wraps in clear container
You could swap out the Cucumber for zucchini and wrap those.  Cukes or zukes, doesn’t matter.
 Close up of Raw Vegan Cucumber Wraps

For Filling Options to go Inside the Wraps…

1. Try my  Sweet & Tangy Chicken-Less Salad

Sweet & Tangy Chicken-Less Salad on Romaine Leaves

2. Or, my Sweet-n-Nutty Un-Chicky Salad Recipe:   

Or Just add a big scoop on top of a bed of fresh greens
Sweet-n-Nutty Un-Chicky Salad
Close up of Sweet-n-Nutty Un-Chicky Salad

 3. Or Use Raw Vegan Taco Nut “Meat”

Raw Vegan Taco Nut "Meat"
 Raw Vegan Taco Nut "Meat" on salad
 Raw Vegan Taco Nut “Meat” on top of a green salad

 4. Fill Your Wraps with Sesame Ginger Maple Glazed Tofu

Sesame Ginger Maple Glazed Tofu on foil lined pan
Stacked Sesame Ginger Maple Glazed Tofu in clear container
There are so many things to wrap with: cucumbers, zucchinis, rice paper wrappers… 
And so many great Fillings to Put inside Them: Nut pates, seed pates, Tofu, Veggies… 
What’s your favorite combo?

From Yesterday, I’m glad you enjoyed my Shopping Finds and Deals of the Week

Tie-dyed purple sports bra
Dove Go Fresh Body Spray

 

Various Coffees on countertop

 

Container of blueberries

And I’m happy that many of you return things you don’t like or aren’t going to work out for you.  Don’t suffer with something you don’t like or won’t use is my motto!

Persistence.  Seems that about half of you feel you are, and the other half is working on finding that side to your personality.

More on my Scoby and Kombucha making efforts as the week plays out.  Tomorrow I am actually going to pick up another Scoby Mother from another lady.  So I will have two batches going with two different Mothers.

 
Scoby in plastic bag

 

 Yes, it’s super ugly I know.  That’s ok. I’d rather make my own and be in charge of the fermentation process.  And save some cash-ola in the process!

Gym & Weights Workout Today From This Tab: Upper Body Workout

 

Signature Series Chocolate
 
Who can pass up the chance to win 6 Chocolate Bars?
 

Questions
1.  Best Thing You Did or Ate over the weekend?
Me = Farmer’s Market and my Meetup with Amber!

2.  As I asked in the post:

There are so many things to wrap with: cucumbers, zucchinis, rice paper wrappers, tortillas,… 
And so many great Fillings to Put inside Them: Nut pates, seed pates, Tofu, Veggies… 
Katie did a post on her love of them!  What’s your favorite combo? 

3. Do you like to stay busy on weekends or use them as more of unstructured chill time?
I do love my unstructured chill time, but I had 9 months of that in Phoenix.  Here in San Diego, I am loving being busy and filling my days, weekdays and weekends, with all kinds of projects, hobbies, meetups with my friends, and whatever I can get into.  Tomorrow I have a Scoby pickup (oh that sounds so scandalous!) and a meetup with a friend and her daughters.

4. Favorite Song lately?
I will go with O.M.G. by Usher.  Skylar loves this one, too.  She belts it out from her carseat.  It’s quite comical!  The crazy thing, I cannot sing and neither can Scott, but she can actually really carry a tune.  Wonder where that gene came from?

5. Shenanigans and Crazy Stories.  Do you have any?
I have plenty.  Oh boy, I could tell you some tales.  Some people are ashamed of their past or they regret it.  Not me!  I loved every second of it…haha!  Anyway, as I said, Amber and I used to have plenty of fun together and one night we left the men at home and bellied up to a swanky bar and random men were sending over drinks, bottles of wine, sushi, food, notes, you name it.  Well, it was getting late and this one guy who had sent over quite an expensive bottle of wine came up to try to talk to us.  And he was trying to rub our backs…ewww!  We call this night the night of the Back Molester.  We reminded him we were not single!  So, we excused ourselves to the ladies room, pulled a disappearing act, and hightailed it out of there!  We were almost “home free” when we heard him calling for us in the parking lot.  Good thing both of us are excellent runners, even in 4 inch heels. 

I can’t believe I publish some of this stuff, but isn’t this a lot more fun than spring rolls, good as they are and all?

Regale me with your crazy life stories, please! 

 

 

Stay Tuned For Farmer’s Market Finds and Recipes…

We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to amazon.com.