Tuesday, June 28, 2011

my ears are still ringing

my anniversary gift to danny was a date night out to see one of his favorite older bands from when he was younger. a couple weeks ago i surprised him with tickets to see dinosaur jr play live in chapel hill, so last night our friend compton kindly came over to watch malcolm (alanna is away at 4H camp this week), while we ventured out to the show. we shared a veggie burger, endured the most terrible opening act/crowd ever, and had a great time out sans kids. before the band played their set, they came on stage and sat down for an interview by the one and only HENRY ROLLINS, which was nothing short of spectacular. i've never seen him in person before, so it was pretty rad to have him right there in front of us. the show was amazing. but boy was it loud. seriously, so, SO loud. the venue is small, and those guitars were intense. i think i'm gonna be hard of hearing for a while.

oh, and they also totally played this cover. awesome!





danny really enjoyed himself, which makes me happy :)

Sunday, June 26, 2011

six years

happy sixth anniversary danny. i know i've posted this photo a million times before, but i love it. and i love you. i'm so happy we found each other.
always & forever ;)



more wedding photos here and here

Thursday, June 23, 2011

so, sooo behind

wow, i cannot believe that there is only one more week left of june. i feel like i say this all the time, but boy of boy has it been crazy around here this month. my family came and went, so i took quite some time off of blogging, and now i am trying to play catch-up. their visit was nice, but exhausting, and i am still trying to recover from it all. i really have no idea who or how many people still visit this blog of mine, but to those of you who do, thank you for reading. and please bear with me while i get back on track. i guess i will start with a wrap-up of leftover photos from may.

malcolm listening to and "reading" along with one of my old record/book sets during lunch


he loves to turn the pages when it "dings"



my work schedule for the week of the (alleged) rapture. bwahaha.
(p.s. funniest boss ever!)


alanna in a sombrero :)


baked salt & vinegar kale chips, and steamed artichokes! yum!


plus gardein chick'n scallopini, crescent rolls, and quinoa melange! best meal ever.


memorial day hangouts at lia & gannon's house. malcolm loved running around with the dudes.


alanna and i loved stuffing our faces, and chatting with the ladies.
(photos stolen from jp's fb page)


last but certainly not least: my new shark steam mop. finally! i love it.

Friday, June 3, 2011

the other day

on our way to pick alanna up from school, malcolm rode like this:


with a bowl balanced on his head.


no big deal :)

tofu scramble ring

we've been doing our best to try out and incorporate new recipes into our weekly meal plan. on wednesday i finally used a recipe that i had clipped months ago, and wow was it good! i posted a photo of the finished product on my facebook page, and many friends requested the recipe. this was published in the january 2010 issue of vegetarian times.  

tofu scramble ring
serves 8

ingredients:

1/4 cup nutritional yeast
1 16-oz. pkg. extra-firm tofu, drained and crumbled
1 Tbs. plus 2 tsp. prepared mustard
1/2 tsp. ground turmeric
1/2 cup chopped onion
4 cloves garlic, minced (4 tsp.)
2 cups frozen chopped broccoli, thawed
1/2 cup shredded vegan cheddar cheese, optional (i used about 1 cup of 
daiya cheddar style)
2 8-oz. cans refrigerated vegan crescent dinner rolls, such as Pillsbury (i used kroger brand)

1. Stir together tofu, nutritional yeast, mustard, and turmeric in bowl. Season with salt and pepper, if desired. Set aside.

2. Coat skillet with cooking spray; heat over medium heat. Add onion, cover, and cook 3 minutes, or until softened. Add garlic, and cook 1 minute more. Stir onion-garlic mixture into tofu; fold in broccoli and cheese, if using. Cool.

3. Preheat oven to 375°F. Coat large baking sheet with cooking spray. Unroll both cans of dough, and separate into triangles. Arrange triangles on prepared baking sheet with short sides of triangles toward center and points facing out, making sun shape of overlapping triangles with 4-inch round opening in center. Lightly press dough to flatten slightly.

4. Spoon tofu mixture around crescent roll ring, leaving center clear. Pull points of triangles over filling and tuck under to form ring. (Filling will be visible.) 

5. Bake Brunch Ring 25 to 30 minutes, or until crust is golden brown. Serve warm. 

here is mine before it went into the oven...


the recipe (with photo for inspiration)


and after! delicious!


this thing was huge. the black dish that it is sitting on is actually a large pizza pan. we ate nearly the entire thing. malcolm even ate his whole serving without complaint, so we will definitely be keeping this in the recipe folder. let me know if you try it, and if you liked it as well! click here to visit the recipe online at vegetarian times