The Vegan ChewChoo

and its many eccentricities


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My (other) Other Half

Last week was so awesome. My favorite person came to visit! We had SO much fun seeing lots of sights and goofing around. Highlights included listening to the best pandora playlist in the world called Hip Hop BBQ, dancing like fools, stuffing our faces at every place imaginable, and watching Gay clean out my fridge. 🙂 I forget how awesome it is to have her around until she’s here and then gone 😦 

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Snapshots of Life

Snowpocalypse! Followed by 70 and sunny, boys, brats, fires, and crafts.

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Doesn’t look like much, but Austin police responded to 245 crashes between 6 pm Thursday and noon Friday. Yikes! There is simply no infrastructure for this type of weather down here.

The following day, the boys prepare wood for our firepit:

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Flowers in January

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Grant thought that clothespins were supposed to be used like this…Image

instead of this….Image and couldn’t figure out why they sucked so much 😀

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New project in the works! Not giving away any details yet, but it’s gonna be awesome!Image


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Happy New Year!

We made it, guys. We made it through another year! To quote every persons current status on Facebook: “there were the highest highs and the lowest lows”, but 2013 was, in all, a fine year. Grant and I successfully navigated our inaugural year of marriage, my family experienced the passing of my Grandfather, I had the adventure of a lifetime exploring our country (again) last summer, I moved far away from home, I began to explore a fun, new city, I spent my first Christmas away, I wore shorts and a tank top in November, I pet a wild manatee! Many good and challenging experience in 2013, just like life tends to be. 

I rang in the new year with friends, dancing, and lots of good food last night. My head almost exploded when I realized that we had actually missed the “new year” and that Texas was an hour late!! AHH. It was so weird, but I just pretended that the ball was dropping for the first time for us central folk.

I knew I was in good company when I looked around and here’s what I saw: Grant, Kate and I are the only three in the ‘dance’ room. The lights are dim and Nicki Minaj “Super Bass” is bumping on the stereo. Kate and I are each jumping-dancing on small trampolines while Grant is showing off his moves on the dance floor. All three are singing along. Kate looked around and proclaimed that she was so glad we were in her life. Ditto! 

We had a great visit with Gary and Emmy last weekend in The Woodlands. Highlighted by having access to a hot tub every night, the river walk, and going to the Sam Houston museum. Facts: Sam Houston spent years of his life (at two different times) with the Cherokee people. At some points giving up English entirely. His last words were “Texas……Texas……Margaret!” Surprisingly, he was against the Confederacy, and just wanted everyone to “get along”. He refused to partake in the Civil War, and died before its conclusion. Now ya know! But Grant only wanted to take pictures of the geese…

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Texas has graced us with a beautiful day to kick off the new year. Partly sunny and 68 degrees. I’m thankful for that, the toast and tofu scramble I had for breakfast, and the prospect of seeing the Desolation of Smaug later today. 2014- BRING IT ON! 

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Happy Thanksgivakkah

This week has been awesome. I can’t even remember all that we’ve done, but it’s been filled with friends, fun and laughter. Kesha and Oliver arrived on Tuesday and miraculously brought some warm(er) weather with them! We’ve been exploring new restaurants and new areas of town, and even managed to stay out till the bars closed one night. It’s so fun to see the city you live in from a fresh perspective! We had a blast prepping for, and hosting a 13 person Thanksgiving dinner. Our fridge is so full of leftovers that it’s really overwhelming to open our fridge. You never know what mysteries the aluminum foil holds! 

I finished my first crocheted blanket, and I’m really happy with how it came out. I was going for a real home-madey look. This is a Christmas present for my nephew, Kai. I hope he (and his Momma and Daddy) like it! I only used yarn that I already had, and it felt good to lighten the load in my yarn bag. Dulcinea helped me out by testing all the squares. She says they’re squishy and warm. 

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We made a giant bed in our room to accommodate our guests:

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Hanukkah candle lighting, Mayfield Park, Thanksgiving prep, dinner, and the aftermath! 🙂

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(Kesha is excited about the huge peacock roosting above her head)

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This year I’m thankful for: dishwashers, old friends, new friends, taking risks, new adventures, family, and delicious vegan food.

I thought it was really great that only 5 out of the 13 people at our dinner were vegan, but everyone was willing to go out on a culinary limb and try their hand at cooking a vegan meal. I really appreciated it, and was so happy everyone came and kicked off our first Austin Thanksgiving in style! 

The all important food list:

2 tofurkeys, stuffing, mashed potatoes, mashed turnip, gravy, sweet potato latkes with cranberry chutney and applesauce, kale salad, green bean casserole, 2 pumpkin pies, apple crisp w/ french vanilla ice cream, avocado and caramelized onion crostinis, quinoa salad, chocolate raspberry cake, sweet potato casserole, chocolate chip cookies, roasted vegetable medley, cranberry jelly, southern punch, spiked apple cider, and egg nog! YUM!