holy wow, it's been a long time since I've posted. I've been taking lots of pics and up to lots of fun things, just haven't put my butt in the chair to do some posting. I'll get to everything eventually, but some of the things we've been up to: remodelling our last room in the house(well aside from two bathrooms, but they are in the future so I don't count them yet ;) , lots and lots of family visiting, meeting a brand new beautiful baby niece, helping with a garage sale at my parent's, gettting ready for our garage sale, a long Memorial Day weekend with my hubby which happened to be my BD this year :) , Detroit Tiger's game in the rain(two before the perfect game), back on the yoga mat (ahhhhhhhhhh), some severe weather with tornados near my hometown (my Mom lost her truck when a tree was uprooted, I'll share photos later, it's pretty amazing) and yesterday I was able to see Michael Franti play twice and I got to hug, oh man yesterday was a great one!!!! I'm still dancing and singing, pretty sure I was in my sleep too, there's nothing like it, go see a show if you can! (they'll be in Grand Rapids tonight)
I harvested our chives that had returned from last year, cleaned and prepped some for freezing, and gave a bunch away. That's a lot of chives for two folks ;)
I chopped, added a bit of water and froze into cupcake size discs for hopefully adding to recipes successfully. I haven't done this before, but I think it will work well ;)
after a bit in the freezer I let them hang until they fell out, it didn't take very long, it's been pretty hot here.
the end result
Some of the chive blossoms made a pretty bouquet.
Some of the fresh chives were made into Ani Phyo's Cashew Sour Cream and Chives from Ani's Raw Food Kitchen
a lightly baked sweet with sour kream and chives, yum yum yum!
A couple Saturdays ago Dave and I had a great day of errands together with success in both finding our outfits for an upcoming wedding where we both will be taking part in the service, Dave is so handsome in his suit and suspenders =). We also ordered our toilet for the new half bath that is almost complete now =) We decided on a dual flush Caroma Caravelle from BGreen in Ann Arbor, it should be in soon, I'm so excited! Yes, you read that right I'm excited about a toilet ;) We also found a sweet magnet for the Jeep in the store!
We hit up the A2 farmer's market, which was so busy =) We bought some organic tomatoes and a snake plant for the house. I've been wanting to find one since they are such good air cleaners for the indoor air. It was $16 for the pot and all, and the lady selling them was so cute!
Tomatoes came from here in the greenhouse, so delicious to have local fresh tomatoes already!
We also swung by Roos Roast just as he was leaving, he was kind enough to get Dave a cup of iced chicory. The aroma inside was amazing, brought me right back to my days of espresso slinging and coffee roasting at Gratzi (anyone else remember the Gratzi Coffeehouse days???)!
I was one of the lucky winners of Larabar's prize pack giveaways for the retirement of the Pistachio (which is delicious btw) Here's my swag they were generous to send, a tshirt, 4 pistachio Larabars, a sticker, and a rubber band. When I first became vegan these were my little saviours when I was in need of something quick, I think I will always remember just how delicious the lemon bar tastes on the drive home from Sunflower Farmers Market in the hot hot hot Las Vegas sun =) We still keep a little stash of these in the fridge ( I like them cold and firm) and will often share them on carrides or anytime inbetween meals. They are also perfect for taking in your purse incase you won't have many/any vegan food options at a destination/party, etc. Our alltime favorite is probably cashew cookie tied with key lime pie, but I am LOVING the new PB&J a lot! There are 5 flavors I haven't tried, so maybe I should get on that... ;)
the band hard at work holding our organic wild blueberries from TJoes tight
and me having some fun with Larabar and dancer
Mom and Dad gave me some flowers for the house as part of my BD, aren't these so pretty!
Mom also shared blooms from her rose bush, they smelled devine and brought a smile to our kitchen window.
And since I'm still singing I'll leave you with this
"you're perfect just the way you are, just the way you are, shake it shake it shake it"