Hi Friends! How is your Monday going so far? I am happy to be off work today and tomorrow. I have major work, errands, and projects to get going on.
Like addressing envelopes because I also ordered our Holiday Cards and they arrived. You’re thinking isn’t it a little early? Well, yes, it is. But, I will be traveling in December and without access to US Mail so getting the cards in the mail that is crucial.
I got a package in the mail from Navitas Naturals: Hemp Seeds, Trail Mix, Lip Balm, and a Superfoods Recipe Booklet
I have a homemade throw-together Trail Mix Recipe Here
Back to Navitas Naturals…I love lip balm. This one smells lovely!
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At the grocery store the other day, I bought a huge container of chili powder. I put it to use by making Raw Taco Salad with Raw Taco Nut “Meat”
Like plate it on top of dressed Romaine, carrots, tomatoes, and cucumbers for a deconstructed Raw Vegan Taco Salad
And also make a pot of Hearty Vegan Southwestern Sweet & Spicy Soup
The broth has a kick, but is tempered by the tiny addition of sugar. Sweet with heat. My grandma always said to add a pinch of sugar to tomato sauce to bring out the flavor. She was right!
From yesterday’s post and my newest cookie recipe, thanks for the compliments on my Vegan GF Peanut Butter Caramel Chocolate Chip Cookies with Peanut Flour and for telling me what your fave cookies are and most everyone said you like your cookies soft and chewy. No hard and dry cookies!
These cookies are probably my best recipe to date. Ever.
1. Best thing you ate or did over the weekend?
Cookies, power walking, and power shopping. Alone. I can really make tracks at Target, the grocery store, and all my errands when Scott has Skylar.
2. Holiday Cards. If you’re a parent, do you send them out? With or without pictures of your kids?
If you’re not a parent, do you write holiday cards out or send them to others? Why or why not?
I wasn’t going to do them because it’s a pain and a time suck selecting photos, editing them, cropping them, and working with the semi-glitchy Shutterfly software or other photo websites to create holiday cards.
But not sending cards to family and friends with our precious 3 year old in them just doesn’t feel right. Holiday Cards + 3 Year Olds = The stuff that Parenthood and Memories are made of.
Plus, I know that my relatives who I don’t see often really enjoy getting a holiday card and so I do it for them, too.
3. As a child, did your parents have you pose for holiday card pictures? Or pose for family portraits? How was it?
Part of the reason I am probably “loyal” to the idea of holiday photo cards is that my parents sent out cards of my sister and I every year until we were in high school.
My sister is almost 4 years younger than I am and getting the two of us to “post” for pictures and both look acceptable was quite a challenge. And back in the day before digital photos, online photos services, and everything being nearly instant gratification and instant result, it was very different.
My parents would haul us to some kind of “pretty landscape” type place so we’d have a “good backdrop” in the photos, and would proceed to take 3 or 4 rolls worth of film and then send them off to be developed and we’d hope for the best. No tongues sticking out, no crying, no melting down, no arguing, and both of us looking at the camera. That’s all you can hope for with two little kids sometimes!
4. Do you like getting your picture taken or posing for pictures?
I like it and I think it’s fun but I know some people hate it. My dad, for instance, does not like it, at all. In fact, there are considerably fewer pictures of him that we have as keepsakes over the years because he’s just not into it.
And then there’s always that person who has to run to the restroom or run out of the room when the camera comes out and someone wants to snap pictures.
Or that person who runs to the front of group shot and has to be front and center because they just love being in pictures.
5. Do you like the way you look in pictures?
I would suffice to say most of us are hyper-critical of the way we look in pictures even if someone else thinks you look just fine.
I mean, how many times have you instantly ruled out a photo of yourself because you found a flaw with it, but that your friend, boyfriend, husband, mother, etc thought you looked good? Lots, I’d suspect!
Time for me to get my workout going! I’ve streamlined my fitness routine into 20 minutes, and it can all be done at home, with a yoga mat, a pair of dumbbells, and an exercise ball. Not much space or budget$ required!