Weekend Happenings

My weekend consisted of…

Campfires & cooking veggie dogs over the flame.

The best plum I’ve ever eaten.

Taking Pepper to get a haircut.

Eating tons of super fresh vegetables.

and my favorite vegan pancakes early in the morning.

I hope you all had a great weekend! Did you do anything fun?

Weekend Happenings

Early on Saturday morning I met up with Priyanka for spin. It was her first class and there was some kind of launch for the spin program at the gym so it was crazy. I promised her that there weren’t normally balloons, photographers, free shampoo samples and people taking video during classes. She did awesome though and it felt great to get a wonderful workout in and out of the way so early.

After class I stopped by Starbucks to get an iced coffee and had to take a photo of their chalkboard. Seriously, how cool is that?!

It was time for Pepper’s first obedience class after that. This class is positive reinforcement training so we had to being along a ton of treats. I chopped up some pricey hot dogs and cheese and just knew he’d love it. Yeah, well.. during our first exercise he goes absolutely nuts at another dog and will not touch the hot dog (!!!) and I could feel myself tearing up with a mix of embarrassment and frustration.

I freaked because I didn’t think I could grab his focus but luckily the instructor had a huge tub of peanut butter and gave us some on a wooden spoon and he really loved it. We were able to get his attention and he actually ended up doing wonderfully during class.

I really need to learn to be more patient and not get so flustered. Luckily I didn’t cry, but whenever I’m embarrassed and around a big group of people I act like I have no sense. I need to learn to breathe and that some things just aren’t that big of a deal.

On Sunday we took a trip to Home Depot to pick up a few things and they had ferns on sale for $6! I bought one of those, a blue shelf and a water hose that we desperately needed.

And then this happened. Yep. Greg & I bought Vibrams. I know, I know. I’ve always talked about how ugly these things are but after having so many problems with running shoes I decided to give ’em a try. They are super comfortable. I’m going to do a whole post on them soon and the pair of Merrell’s I bought.

I have flat feet and have gone to a couple of specialty running stores to be properly fitted for running shoes and I’m always put in an orthopedic shoe with a high arch. The pain those shoes cause is just too much for me to handle so I’m hoping that the Vibrams and Merrell’s will be different.

After some shoe shopping we went home and I made dinner. A baked potato with greek yogurt, asparagus with tamari, and some kale salad & jicama salad that I picked up at Earth Fare. Good stuff!

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend!

Weekend Highlights

I tried dates. I see Heather from Kiss My Broccoli always eatin’ them and she has pretty darn good taste in food so I decided to pick some up. I hate anything resembling a raisin. I don’t do dried fruit and I certainly would have never bought a package of dates if I hadn’t been seeing it on some of my favorite blogs lately.

The verdict… they’re good and not as gross as raisins. A little sweet and not too chewy. I wouldn’t crave them or anything, but they don’t make me gag which is a plus in my book!

I took Pepper to canine charm school. Yeah, he may be a cutie, but don’t let those sweet little eyes and adorable big ears fool you. This little guy is sweet as can be one second and a monster the next! We finally decided enough was enough and enrolled him in training classes. We had orientation on Saturday and the trainer brought her dog to show us some commands for us to work on until out first class on Saturday.

Let’s just say her dog was an absolute angel and if Pepper turns out half as good as that dog then it’s money well spent! He definitely needs a little more socialization too so it will be good for him.

I made the best sandwich ever. Using this recipe from Vegan YumYum, I made a batch of smokey miso tofu which is incredible! I toasted a couple of slice of Ezekiel bread, added avocado to both sides, some tomatoes and a few slices of tofu. So good! It was my first time using liquid smoke and it gives such an amazing smokey flavor and pairs so nicely with miso.

I made eggplant dengaku. I saw this recipe in Appetite for Reduction and was on a miso kick so decided to give it a try. It’s a delicious and easy side to make when you want something quick. here is a similar recipe if you want to try it yourself. I paired mine with a baked potato and greek yogurt for dinner and it really hit the spot.

I hope you all had a great weekend full of fun and good food! What was the highlight of the weekend for you?