Thursday, January 04, 2007

a post .. a post..

Hello to all! Here is to hoping every one had a fabulous holiday season. I have really felt guilty about not posting during my absence! I was still taking pictures w/ the intent of posting.. I swear! My life was kind of struck, well, more like blind sided in November with some bad news and then I was on a crazy emotional roller coaster until mid December. Anyway, everything turned out well, as well as it could and we are are extremely thankful for that! A cute picture of Eli and Emma in the Christmas duds from their Granny. (ya, the windows are steamed up -I was making seitan;)
On with some food now- huh? Like I said I have many, many pictures of our food for the last month, but, it is a new year so I will just start fresh.
Two days ago my oldest son who was down visiting us for the holidays was leaving. For his farewell dinner I made some peanut noodles (coconut milk, peanut butter, splash of maple syrup and soy sauce and a dab of red curry paste) w/ a side of spicy stir fried red cabbage, onions and mushrooms. To say this boy (oops, he is 20 years old- no longer a boy-rather my boy) is meat and potato kinda guy is an extreme understatement- he is a pure carnivore. Anyway, during his stay I did try to feed him familiar foods like spaghetti, enchilada's, pizza and what not- minus the meat. He didn't complain, but as he was saying his goodbyes he told me he would be going on a meat binge when he got home, he felt so deprived during his stay.
Last night the kids and I got home late and I made some clam-less chowder. I combined two recipes one from La Dolce Vegan and the other from 20 minutes to dinner. It worked out well, I didn't have any kelp powder but, I had some nori strips I shredded up instead -guesstimating how much was needed. I came very close but, ever so slightly to much. I also had to puree the onions, carrots and celery for the little ones sake. I was pleasantly surprised that both Eli and Emma liked the soup. No, it didn't really come close to my Mom's clam chowder but, it was very satisfying non-the-less!
Well, folks that's all for now.. I truly hope everybody has a fantastic, happy and healthy new year! I am hoping to get back in the swing of things again and become a more regular blogger as well as commenting again.... I am very grateful for all of my new blogging buddies! You guys are the best! Blogging for me has become a very satisfying hobby and I just wanted to say thanks- for all of your great comments and fabulous blogs!


At 1:02 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Julee !
I'm happy things turned out well :)
Didn't know you were going through something or else I would have send you good thoughts.

The chowder looks great ! and the noodles too :)

At 3:21 PM, Blogger Pixie said...

Welcome back, and glad to hear things are better. Hope things continue in that direction. Mmmmmm....good food.

At 3:33 PM, Blogger Dori said...

Glad to see you back. The soup looks waarm and comfoting, wish I has some right about now. :)

At 5:02 PM, Blogger bazu said...

Hello! I'm glad you are back, and I'm sorry that you have been through some tough times. You know, I'm glad you posted about clam chowder because I've been wanting to try to veganize that for a while, and now I see that it's possible!
I was thinking that even though your son felt meat-deprived, you feeding him for a few days probably did his body a world of good!
Happy new year to you, and I look forward to checking back on your blog!

At 6:04 PM, Blogger Urban Vegan said...

Missed you, Julee. Happy HEALTHY New Year. Glad everything is OK. Sending good vibes your way.

At 6:53 PM, Blogger Candi said...

I'm glad you're back and that things sound peaceful!! :)

I love the peanut sauce and noodle dish! :P

The clam-less chowder looks great too. :)

What an adorable picture of your children!!!

At 7:11 PM, Blogger Nikki said...

Welcome back! I'm glad things are going better for you.

The chowder looks amazing! My dad's favorite food in the world is creamy clam chowder. He gets it at any restaurant that he goes to. I want to make him a veg version someday...

I'm sorry to hear about your son's idea of a meat binge. Ugh, well hopefully he'll see the light! :)

Your little ones look adorable all decked out in their holiday outfits!

At 7:54 PM, Blogger Brooke said...

Yum, the soup looks inviting!
Good wishes for you in the new year!

At 6:03 AM, Blogger Kati said...

Wow- vegan clam chowder! That used to be one of my favorite foods before I went veg, so I definitely need to try this.

Glad to hear things are going better for you. I hope 2007 treats you well!

At 7:20 AM, Blogger laura jesser said...

I'm so glad you're back! No guilt for not posting... your life and amily come first, for sure! But it is nice to see a post from you.

Your children are so cute in that pic!

At 8:34 AM, Blogger Dan said...

Thanks for visiting my blog!

Let's see ... a photo of kids ... then loads of photos of food! Yeah!! What is it about us vegans? I became absolutely obsessed with food five years ago when I went from being a meat-eating person with a cholesterol level over 200 to a vegan with a cholesterol level of 134.

I guess it forced me to explore other foods. And I discovered how many there were!

Vegan food ROCKS!

Nice blog you have here.

At 10:21 AM, Blogger Britty said...

Hello Julee!

Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting on my blog! :)

Your noodle dish and clam-less chowder look So good!


At 12:51 PM, Anonymous Courtney said...

Great to see you back! Happy New Year, and hopefully it will be a good one for you and your family!


At 3:23 PM, Blogger Melody said...

mmmmm chowder! I actually like using nori strips more than kelp in seafoody type dishes..

I made a great almost fat free "cream" of mushroom soup today.. it is delicious..

At 3:37 PM, Blogger aTxVegn said...

Nice to have you back, Julee! And glad you survived the holidays. Your noodle dinner looks great! I had to laugh when I read about your son, because when I gave up meat I felt just the opposite!

At 4:01 PM, Blogger islandgirlshell said...

hi, julee! thanks for the comment :) i just discovered your blog early December and i really enjoy it. glad to see you posting again. your kids are beautiful and your food looks amazing.

At 5:41 PM, Blogger Melissa West said...

Happy New Year. That send-off dinner looks fabulous!

At 6:27 AM, Blogger Britty said...

Hi again Julee!

I was laughing at 'awesome chocolately goodness.' Lol! She's right! :P

Yes, we're still homeschooling. :) Yep! We did take a Christmas break. :) It depends though, some people can take no break while other might take a short break. We get to decide our schedule. =)

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