An Afternoon in Austin

I was extremely excited this past Sunday because I had an opportunity to spend the afternoon with my super awesome friend Ashley who flew into Austin on her way up to Waco for work. Ashley is not only one of the smartest and coolest people I have ever met she is one of my bestest friends. She was one of my maid’s of honor at my wedding; she is my big sister (sorority) and just one of my favorite people. Just ask Paul, he was our third wheel in college 🙂

Although we have lived apart from each other since 2005 I am lucky that she so kindly came to visit me in some of the places I’ve lived.

Like Ohio

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And Philadelphia

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I only got to hang with Ashley for a few hours on Sunday; I really wish it could have been longer.

We met in Austin at a Mexican restaurant on 6th Street for lunch.

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Then, because I’m a giant dork, I asked if we could walk to Whole Foods’ flagship store so I get some kombucha. Our store in San Antonio, like the ones in Austin, has kombucha on tap and they carry a variety (Buddha’s Blend pineapple and super greens) that is not bottled. Over the past few weeks they have been out of the pineapple super greens kombucha (I usually treat myself to one whole shopping) so I have been craving it like crazy lately. Thankfully Paul and Ashley obliged so off we went.

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On our way back down 6th street we walked past a billiards place and through the window we noticed skee ball. We had no other choice to go into said billiards hall and get our skee ball on.

Ashley totally kicked my butt.

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This picture is not staged. We both just happen to stand like that. Weird, isn’t it?

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We even let Paul play some skee ball, too.

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It was hard saying goodbye to Ashley especially not knowing when our paths will cross again. I hope it is soon but I am thankful to be able to stay connected to her through this blog, FB, texting, etc until then.

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Thanks for reading!

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March 2, 2012. Tags: , , , , , . Friendship, Life. 1 comment.

Recipe Review

This week I tried a few new recipes from the Whole Foods website. If you are ever looking for recipes or new ideas check out their website; it’s awesome. I love it because I can search for recipes tagged vegan instead of searching through all of them trying to find some that might work for me. They of course have a ton of non-vegan recipes and from what I’ve seen they look fantastic.

My favorite recipe I tried this week was Pasta Bake with Tofu Cheese. Oh my word it was amazeballs. It’s like having baked ziti or lasagna without the layers. It was very reminiscent of the heavy, cheesy, ooey gooey yummy pasta dishes I grew up eating. However, it was cheese less. It wasn’t heavy at all. It was filling but not in a ‘I have to unbutton my pants’ way and just as tasty (tastier in my opinion) than the original it’s based off of. Since you are using tofu instead of cheese you totally up the protein content making it a dish that keeps you feeling full long after you’ve eaten. It rocks.

Go make this

Now

It has only nine ingredients and you probably have at least three (olive oil, salt and pepper) in your pantry already.

Pasta Bake with Tofu Cheese
​*From Whole Foods
Serves 4
Serve this vegan baked pasta with a simple salad and steamed vegetables.

Ingredients

8 ounces small whole wheat pasta shells
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
2 cups pasta sauce, divided
1 (14-ounce) package soft tofu, drained
1 teaspoon dried basil
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1/2 cup soy or rice Parmesan-style cheese, divided
Salt and black pepper

Method

Preheat oven to 375°F. Cook pasta in boiling salted water according to package instructions. Drain well and transfer to a 7-x-11-inch baking dish. Stir in olive oil and a cup of the pasta sauce. Set aside.

Put tofu, basil, garlic, half the cheese, salt and pepper in the bowl of a food processor. Process until the mixture reaches the consistency of ricotta cheese. Taste and adjust seasonings. Spread tofu mixture over the cooked pasta and top with remaining pasta sauce. Sprinkle with remaining 1/4 cup cheese. Bake until bubbly, 30 to 40 minutes. Serve immediately.

*I had some Daiya mozzarella vegan cheese on hand so I topped the pasta with that instead of the remaining ¼ cup of parmesan. It was so good. This would be the perfect addition to your Meatless Monday repertoire. Two thumbs up!

Speaking of food, what do you have planned for the big game Sunday? I checked out a bunch of vegan-friendly party food/snack recipes posted on different websites but I haven’t really decided on anything yet. To be honest, I am more concerned with packing for my vacation next week than I am with the Super Bowl. Can you blame me- I’m an Eagles/Bills fan so I have a strong dislike for the Giants and the Pats. Oh, well. I will still watch. I love the commercials 😉

Thanks for reading!

February 3, 2012. Tags: , , , , , . Cooking, Vegan. 6 comments.

{Semi} Wordless Wednesday: Shopping

Every time I go shopping people ask me to post pictures of what I buy. Sometimes this is difficult because I don’t go home and try everything on and take pictures. Usually what ends up happening is I take pictures as I wear something. Luckily the past two times I’ve gone shopping I went by myself and I have photos of everything I tried on because I was sending them to Paul for his opinion. So here are some pics of what I’ve bought recently.

A new coat

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This top but in a different color

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These sweaters

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Picture from home- not the best- of the ‘large’ shirt I unknowingly bought from Old Navy.

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It looks better in natural light

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Also, did I show you this? It’s the Arcade Fire shirt I bought at ACL. We bought a men’s large and a few weeks ago I was able to fit in it finally. Yay!

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Oh, in case you were wondering if I went out for Black Friday; yes I did. But I only went to two stores- Whole Foods and Bed Bath and Beyond. I bought 12 bottles of Kombucha and a pair of Toms from Whole Foods and 4 boxes of Keurig K-cups from BB&B. Not your typical BF purchases but I was pretty excited!

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Thanks for reading!

November 30, 2011. Tags: , , , , , , , , . Life, Shopping, wordless wednesday. 7 comments.