Wednesday, January 24, 2018
Random Updates & My Parents Went to St. Lucia(...And All I Got Was Digital Photos)
Not only did they send me photos they also brought home some coins from the island - as well as - Canada - since they flew out of Toronto. I was greatly appreciated! St. Lucia is one of the islands/countries that use the East Caribbean States currency.
Since we used to live right near the Canadian border I still had a few low-value coins from a while back but since travel to/from Canada now requires a passport and I still don't have mine it's been several years since I have been up there.
I love the colors!
The first full day they were gone we had another snow storm. Blah!
Other than that, yesterday and the day before were pleasant...the weather was in the 40s each day. But today we are back to more snow and temps in the 20s.
Can you tell I was jealous of their beautiful weather and sightseeing?
In related yet additional news...DH was also out of town last week - Wednesday thru Saturday. So it was pretty strange not having anything to do but, to be honest, all I wanted to do is be under warm blankets when I wasn't at work.
As you can see...Cricket had the same idea.
The last couple of days, DH has been REALLY sick. He picked up some bug that he and at least 6 other people got, too, while at a convention. I've been sleeping downstairs so I don't get it.
I think the furkids enjoyed the HOME TIME. Paco has been burrowing under more than one blanket for weeks on end, now!
One of my default foods is vegan nachos. Sometimes I go simple with homemade vegan cheese and salsa. Altho, not pictured here, recently I added some homemade vegan sour cream, too! Sometimes I add veggies, other sauces, spices, etc.
About a week ago I did do a vegan grocery haul after watching The Vegan Zombie's take on it. 2 items that were not in his video that were also new-to-me items were these two soups you can see here.
As you know, I enjoy making my own soups, and you will see that I have done just that later in this post. But, I also came across these two at my local Dollar Tree and thought I would give them a whirl. For a buck - they come in handy at work - when I don't have time to make something else or get something downtown.
Both of these soups were clearly marked VEGAN, not once, but twice! I tried them both and they were pretty good. Heck, I would buy them again for a dollar! Why not!
Here's the other one I found. In addition to this thrifty vegan grocery shopping, I must tell you about another SCORE at the STORES, lately. I had won a gift card a while back and wanted to see how many articles of clothing I could buy with it.
I went to our local Label Shopper and to my surprise, they were having their $3, $4, $5, and UP Sale. I walked away with 16 shirts for a total of $57. I bought one shirt for $6 but the rest of them were between $2 and $5 each.
This was great because a lot of what I was able to find I could layer for the extremely cold weather we have been having lately. Which was something I was lacking in work clothes.
Ingredients include 1 C Black Beans, 1 C Salsa, 1 Small Onion, 2 Cloves Garlic, 2 Cooked Carrots, 4 C Water, Pinch each of sea salt - cumin - cayenne - celery salt - cilantro.
And then I added some of the cashew cream and a squirt of Sriracha.