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The Marx Brothers

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Freckle Lettuce

I was super pumped about gardening this year. The last few years have been so so on the growing food front. It was hard to take care of everything while having a toddler around for 2 years and then last year it was just a horrible growing season for a lot of people around us. I was determined to get the garden in great shape and have a successful season. 

I decided to start most of the veggies by seed this year. Tomatoes I alway’s buy as seedlings. I just can’t be bothered with them and I have a great place to buy organic and heirloom varieties. My go to for seed ordering is Cubits, located in Canada. I’ve always been happy with their seeds and love the variety that they offer. Plus I like buying from a small family business. Their blog is a favorite as well.

French Breakfast Radish

French Breakfast Radish

At least 1/2 of the garden was planted directly with seeds from :zucchini, kale, freckle lettuch, raddish, beets, carrots, mesclun, mizuna, chard, arugula, basil, borage, burgundy beans and cilantro. I purchased seedlings of peppers, eggplant and tomatoes. Everything was growing really well and then…

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2 of 4 Marx Brothers

These guys showed up. We have alway’s had a groundhog. His name is Theon. Its alway’s been just him. We fenced in the garden. He jumped the fence anyway and ate some stuff. It was fine because he didn’t eat everything. This year we took the fence down because it needed to be replaced and decided not to replace it because well…he jumps it. So what difference does it make? Well. This is the first year that baby groundhogs have been born. There are 4 of them. They eat everything and I mean everything! Nothing is left except for the tomatoes and some of the basil plants. Only because they are in containers and not ground level although some bites have been taken from them. They’ve also eaten our neighbors garden. They live under his garage. 

I’m debating now wether to just give up this season or start over with more seedlings. I have plans to build my own row covers for all the salad greens and kale just to help out with the aphids so I’m hoping that will protect the plants. I’ve had offers for people who will come and trap them and take them away but I don’t want that. As destructive as they are I’m alway’s happy to see them. They need to live and eat and survive like the rest of us. 

I’ve dubbed them The Marx Bros. because one of the 4 babies is a grouch! He’s hilarious! You alway’s know when he’s coming because of the grumpy noises he makes and he’s always trying to intimidate us. So we have Groucho, Harpo and Chico. They elusive 4th one, who I rarely see, is Zeppo. 

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At least I was able to eat one Breakfast Radish and it was delicious! (I pulled it out of the ground by accident) :) 

 

 

VeganMoFo Post 12

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 There we are listed at the 3:00 demo!

A weekend or two ago I headed down to Bethlehem PA for the Bethlehem VegFest with Dianne from VeggieGirl. We were asked to do a cooking demo which I wrote about HERE. The demo was only a 1/2 hour long so we did some walking around, shopping and eating! I really wanted to eat at the Jenny Kuali’s stand but unfortunately they had a bit of an accident that involved the fire department and sending a few people to the hospital! Good news is that everyone involved is going to be ok. They are very vegan friendly and I might just plan another day trip to Bethlehem to have a meal at their restaurant.

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I ended up getting the PA Dutch Brown Bag Lunch from the V-lish stand. The brown bag lunch had a Faux Tuna with Beet Slaw sandwich on homemade bread, Dutch Potato-Onion Soup and a Debbie’s Kitchen Fresh Oatmeal Cookie. The whole meal was great. The faux tuna was a standard mashed chickpea salad. The beet slaw added something special to the common vegan sandwich. The soup was delicious but not what I really needed on what was turning into a warm day. The oatmeal cookie however was outstanding. I wish I bought a few extra to take home. I had other desserts to take home though!

Vegan Treats had their own HUGE stand at the VegFest! I have alway’s wanted to drive to the Vegan Treats bakery and have never done it so I was more then excited to finally be trying their desserts, although I’m sure I’ve had one or two while eating at a restaurant in NYC. You could smell the sugar from at least 10 feet away from the tent and then when you entered the tent you were easily overwhelmed by the sweet sugar smell. I didn’t mind one bit though!  We headed over to their table later in the day after our demo and it was quite picked through but they seemed to have everything in stock still.

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I was so happy to see cannoli’s on the table! I ordered 2 of them just for myself since my husband doesn’t like them. I also took home the biggest whoopie pie I’ve ever seen and Vegan Treats famous Peanut Butter Bomb.

I’ve been wanting a Peanut Butter Bomb for years now. My husband and I shared it while watching Breaking Bad the next night and it was everything I thought it would be. I’m at the same time sad and happy that I don’t live close to the Vegan Treats Bakery. If I lived close by I would be there all the time! It would not be good! I am looking forward though to next years Bethlehem VegFest with the hopes that the Vegan Treats tent will be back!

VeganMoFo Post 10

Dinner: Velvet Veggie Soup with Swiss Chard and Cashew Creme. #vegan

Velvet Veggie & Bean Soup w. Cashew Creme and Greens

First off I can’t believe I’ve made it to 10 posts in VeganMoFo. The first year of VeganMofo’s life I think I posted 29 posts that month. The rest of the years I failed miserably at it. I still blame my children. :)

Now onto the post. The weather was middle of August hot a few days ago and now I’m wearing my Herbivore hoodie I picked up while in Portland for VidaVeganCon. I’ve got fall flavors and soup on my mind all of a sudden and I can’t be happier. I freaking love the fall! Weather and food…all of it. With it being hoodie weather and all I needed to make a soup. I pulled both crisper bins from the fridge out onto the kitchen floor and went searching. I found some zucchini and celery from my last co-op box that needed to be used ASAP along with some sweet potatoes in a cabinet drawer. I diced them all small with some onions and garlic, broth and whole peeled tomatoes plus some herbs then added some beans. While it was cooking I knew my kids weren’t going to eat it as is so I decided to blend it all in the vitamix. Reno was intrigued by the beautiful color and agreed to try it. She actually liked it! Miles wasn’t having it which surprised me. I served the soup with a homemade sweet cashew creme and some sauteed swiss chard. My husband and daughter crumbled up some crackers into their bowls.  For my son I mixed some leftover pasta into a bit of the soup and he ate it up! Trickery FTW!

Reno's Lunch: velvet veggie and bean soup, crackers, apple, field roast sausage. #vegan

My daughter liked the soup so much that she immediately asked if she could have it for lunch. I was thrilled! She didn’t want the “green stuff” and I was fine with that since the soup was loaded with veggies and beans. We also had to leave out the cashew cream because we don’t bring nuts to school.  I quickly cooked up a Field Roast Sausage for her this morning and added a pack of crackers and a whole apple. She promised she would eat all the soup and sausage. I hope she did!

I have more ingredients to make this soup again so I’ll be making more today and freezing portions of it for lunches and dinners for all 4 of us. I’m already thinking of what soup to make next!

The Cinnamon Snail and Freezy Freeze at the Farmers Market

5 spice lemongrass seitan

5-spice Lemongrass Seitan

The Cinnamon Snail is at the Red Bank, NJ, Farmers Market on Sundays. Its not possible for us to go down to them during the beach season because traffic home on a Sunday is horrendous! A 1 our trip can take over 2 hours! So since we were south of Red Bank on our vacation we traveled UP to Red Bank in the morning to hit up the Cinnamon Snail food truck. Most importantly it was without the kids! They stayed back at the beach house with my mother in law.

It was still breakfast time when we arrived but we both decided lunch would be for breakfast. Since breakfast for dinner is a thing then lunch for breakfast could be a thing…right? I ordered the 5-spice Lemongrass Seitan sandwich. It was amazing. Probably my new favorite sandwich from the truck. It is loaded with cashews. Cashews on a sandwich. Brilliant. I love cashews and this sandwich had a ton of them! Along with the load of cashews is also arugula, wasabi mayo and chili sauce.

Korean BBQ Seitan

Korean BBQ Seitan

My husband ordered the Korean BBQ Seitan sandwich. I’ve had it before and it’s always delicious. It’s seitan with chili butter, kimchi and greens. You can’t beat that.

Cinnamon snail pastry treats! #vegan

Box of pastry!

I loved when Adams daughter asked if we would be needing a small or large box for the pastry’s. We went with a large box and ordered a few donuts, tarts and other sweets. Everything was amazing. I especially loved the S’Mores Donut and the turtle bar. This box of treats was very popular when we brought it back to the beach house.

Iced coffee...also makes ice cream to order with liquid nitrogen. All can be made vegan!

Freezy Freeze

Across from The Cinnamon Snail is a truck called Freezy Freeze that makes Ice Cream per order with the help of SCIENCE!….A.K.A. Liquid Nitrogen. All flavors can be made vegan and they have quite the list of toppings.

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I have yet to try their Ice Cream since I’m alway’s there to load up my stomach with some Snail goodies. I did order their cold brewed coffee with coconut milk and it was a delightful iced coffee. I’ve promised myself I’ll order an ice cream while I’m waiting for my Snail order to be made. (I’ve waited 45 minutes once. Totally worth it though.)

A Birthday

Raspberry Blackout Cake. #happybirthday #vegan #madebyme #mybirthday

Raspberry Blackout Cake

I celebrated my 30-something birthday at the beginning of the month. I made my own birthday cake, the  Raspberry Blackout Cake from Vegan With A Vengeance, although it wasn’t as pretty as the time I made it for my sisters birthday. Its my go to cake for family birthdays. I don’t know a single person who doesn’t like that cake. It’s easy to make and raspberry and chocolate go perfectly together. My daughter has already requested it for her birthday at the end of August. She also requested the Double Dare Peanut Butter Cake from Nut Butter Universe. In another week I’m sure a 3rd cake will be requested!

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Pad See Ew

We ordered some Thai takeout. Even though they added chicken to my Pad See Ew TWICE it was delicious when I finally got my correct order! Besides the Pad See Ew I also ordered my favorite Curry Puffs which are filled with potato-y goodness.

Now for the birthday gifts!

My husband gave me a machete for my b-day. #forreals I opened this coconut with it.

My husband bought me a machete! To open the coconuts the kids are alway’s having me buy. It was so much easier to open with the machete.

The Killers in Newark NJ last night. #mybirthdaypresent #thekillers #thekillersconcert

My Maa got me tickets to see The Killers a few days after my birthday! It was our second time seeing them this year. I love them and they put on an amazing show.

Not pictured is a new camera! For a year now almost all of my pictures have been taken with my iphone. My trusty point and shoot that took great photo’s crapped out on me after a few years of heavy use. I’m currently researching camera options. I can’t wait to have “real” photos on this site again instead of just pushing them all through instagram. I’m thinking of another point and shoot but a more souped up one. A DSLR would be ideal but in reality I wouldn’t carry it around with me. I think I’ll wait a few more years before going down that route plus I have one I can borrow from family.

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