Productive morning

Despite a late start (slept until 9:30 am, not intentionally), I’ve had a pretty productive morning. I cleaned the house, paid bills, and did a couple loads of laundry. Currently I’m waiting for a batch of vegan brownies to finish baking and then I’m headed out for a run.

I’m looking forward to the run. I have no distance in mind but it will probably be on the short side, since I’m still a little concerned about my groin. It’s a beautiful fall day – cool, crisp air, blue skies with fluffy white clouds. Perfect running weather.

J is at work, which sucks but there IS something nice about having a day to yourself every now and then (although I wish he didn’t have to work Saturdays so often lately). I use these days to run, read, catch up on trashy TV, and cook.

After my run I plan to finish the last of my library books (“The Coffins of Little Hope” by Timothy Schaffert), and roast tomatoes for roasted tomato pesto and roasted tomato, onion and garlic coconut soup. I’ll use the pesto on pizza tonight, with some Daiya cheese – yum!

Tomorrow I will be testing out some potential recipes for Thanksgiving. I’m the only vegetarian/almost vegan in my family, so I don’t want anyone to have to cook something special for me, but I’m happy to bring dishes with me. We’ll be going to dinner at my in-law’s first, then my parents’ later. I plan to make pumpkin butter swirl bread and carrot apple ginger soup for the first meal (where I don’t plan to eat a lot), and a few things for my parents': green bean casserole, mashed potato casserole, gravy, roasted butternut squash, cranberry sauce, and brownie pumpkin pie. I’ve already tried out the bread and pie. Tomorrow I’m going to make the mashed potato and green bean casseroles, and later in the week I’ll try out the soup. I’ve made cranberry sauce before so no need to test that out.

My goal for these dishes is that they don’t taste “vegan-y” even though they are all vegan. I don’t care if a dish doesn’t taste exactly like its non-vegan counterpart, but I don’t like when something gives itself away as being vegan. Some of my family members are pretty picky, and some judgmental about veganism in general, so I aim to impress.

All right, brownies are done, I’m headed out!

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