Tuesday, December 31, 2013

A New Year

New Year's Eve- the last day of 2013. Where did this year go? This year has been marked with so many tragedies and few triumphs. We look into 2014 with uncertainty, but hope. I think everyone looks to the new year thinking of things they would like to do differently, things they want to leave behind and change.

 In 2014 I can think of some things I plan to do-

1. Eat Better!

Despite the fact that I have been living a vegan lifestyle, I have certainly indulged in a lot of vegan junk food. I want to change that in 2014 and eat more plant-based foods. I have subscribed to Vegetarian Times and plan to spend even more time in the kitchen in 2014.

2.  Live Better!

Last night at church the pastor spoke about optimism and pessimism and I thought I am a true pessimist. This year I want to let positivity in. Look at the glass half full instead of half empty.

3. Be Better!

Exercise is something I have always hated. This year I would like to engage in it periodically, not just for the dream body but for relaxation and the calmness that comes after a good workout.

What will you do better in 2014?

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Thanksgiving Redo-Anticipating Christmas

Oh Where, Oh Where has the time/year gone?
Wow! December 17, I can hardly believe it. Just a few weeks ago I was spending most of my time reading recipes trying to decide what to prepare for "Thanksgiving." I do say Thanksgiving with a bit of a smirk, because here in The Bahamas where this is not a holiday, Thanksgiving seems to be only about the FOOD. I finally found the recipes I wanted to try but wait.... Angela from Oh She Glows decided to post a step-by-step Thanksgiving meal. VOILA! Problem solved. Lentil Walnut Meatballs, Maple-Cinnamon Sweet Potatoes, Kale Salad and Pumpkin Pie with Coconut Whipped Topping. This meal was absolutely delicious and a triumph for me. Not only did I make my own cranberry sauce but I also made the coconut whipped topping from coconut cream. The best thing of all was that my mother who hardly ever likes "that strange food" actually ate and (sort of) enjoyed her meal.

Christmas is fast approaching and I have big plans for our family potluck. Normally my family steers clear of anything that appears healthy/vegan. I plan to recreate the Lentil Walnut Meatballs with cranberry sauce (Why do people eat that stuff in the can?) and add a great vegan dessert. I just have to search for the recipe!