Amy’s. Organic. Vegan. YES! The Mocha Chocolate Chip is painfully sinful. The Mint is good too, but the Mocha really takes the cake! Thank you Amy’s!
Last night we had such a fabulously yummy dinner that I just have to share it. Trader Joe’s Organic Tofu Veggie Burgers, with tater tots and roasted brussel sprouts. YES!
I think TJ’s really scored again with the tofu burgers. First, I love that they come in a package of two. Very convenient for us families that come in a package of two, as well. But I thought the patties had a lot of seasoning in them and brought a lot to the burger. I’d never had tofu burgers before that are white-ish on the inside, so that was new. They were also filled with veggies and you could really see them, so that was nice. But let’s be real – the entire meal really came down to the tots. I don’t know why, but I love tater tots. They’re like my favorite version of potatoes. It’s funny because I remember they used to serve them in the school cafeteria and I thought the idea of them was repulsive. But now, in my adult years, I think they’re God’s gift to my stomach. And brussel sprouts…well Ben’s roasted sprouts are always amazing. Can’t get enough of them. Overall, a perfect meal to come home to!
Ben has the best taste in music. Reason #2,534,764 that I’m madly in love with this guy. Where would I be without the awesome stuff he exposes me to. Why did I deny electronic music for so long?
(stolen from The Frisky)
1. Your friends’ priorities can change — best to be okay with that. You will grow apart from certain friends because you choose different directions in your life. Things like career, parenthood, and relationships will cause rifts you never knew they could. If you want to try and keep those friends despite an emotional, physical, or lifestyle distance, best to let go of the past and focus on building something new with them.
2. Real friends sometimes have conflict and fight. In fact, this may be a sign of a healthy friendship, in which both people involved are open with their emotions and trust enough to drop their guards. Fighting sucks, but it’s always better than letting negative emotions fester until they explode or long-term resentment builds. A fight with your bestie is not the end of the world.
3. You can love someone dearly, but still have nothing left to say to them. On the flip side of #2, you can have friends with whom you never fight — because there is so little to say. These friendships may be more peaceful, but they’re not as rewarding.
4. Some friends are bad for you. They drain your energy and stunt your growth. You need to dump them. Maybe your best friend from high school begrudges your success and isn’t supportive of your life; if her attitude continues to bring you down, after repeated attempts to get to the heart of the problem — like, for example, her own insecurities — it’s on you to
5. Close friendships can be like romantic relationships. Some are short and intense, some are long-term, and some are on-again-off-again. One or two last a life time. Enjoy the time you have with a friend while you have it.
6. There are different levels of friendship. Make sure you know who belongs on what level when deciding how much energy to put into the relationship, how much to trust them, etc. All friendships can’t be the same and shouldn’t be compared. Recognize the role each of them plays in your life and the role you play in theirs.
7. It’s harder to make new friends as an adult, but the ones you do develop can be some of the best. I made my first best friend when I was in 1st grade and we were assigned seats next to each other. That was all it took to make us inseparable. It’s not that simple as an adult. Without school throwing your peer group together for eight hours a day, making friends is largely done at work or through recreational activities. Even if you’re lucky enough to work with people your own age, the priorities of adulthood make developing new friendships a slower process. That’s why the ones you do develop can be so meaningful — you wanted to put effort and time into it, rather than having it done for you as a result of circumstance.
If you want to know what people wore, or who wore what best, or how John Travolta totally screwed up a singer’s name…there are plenty of websites to help you out with all of that. This was the first time that I watched The Oscars in its entirety since I was in high school, so I just want to quickly mention my favorite moments of the night.
But I have to say, by far, my favorite moment of the night was that my boyfriend sat and watched the entire show with me. Not that he normally wouldn’t – but our schedules are soooooo different that we rarely get moments like that where we even have a few hours to spend together. And no, watching TV isn’t the best way to spend time together, but it was really interactive and we laughed a lot – so to me, that’s a win.
Since we tried Plated’s “winter rolls” we’ve twice made our own versions, but last night’s were the best (also because I didn’t do any of the work – my love made me a vegan feast!). Our rolls included: tofu, rice noodles, fresh mint, butter lettuce, carrots, cucumber, and mango! They were super fresh tasting and insanely filling. On the side, he made us Inari (sushi rice stuffed into deep fried tofu bags). I seriously loved this dinner so much and could eat it every night!!
On Saturday night, we tried out our second vegan Plated meal: Pomegranate Tofu with Warm Arugula Salad & Roasted Butternut Squash. First, let me begin by saying that there must have been a little mixup in our meal, because we were sent spinach instead of arugula. But that’s a very simple and easy fix for us since we love spinach. Anyway, it turned out honestly really fabulously and tasty and it looked like this:
I was really impressed with this meal because it taught us how to work with ingredients we’d never used before like pomegranate molasses and Israeli couscous (both much easier to work with than I would have guessed). I don’t know if we’ll keep using Plated on a regular basis, but the service did help us come up with ideas on new meals to create based on what we ordered. Oh and I did realize that I could share the recipes with all of you, so here’s this one, and I’ll add the Winter Rolls one to the previous post. Kinda small and hard to read, but I’m happy to email them out to anyone who wants to give them a try.