Pink Party

So I’ve been a home owner for a little over two years now and I have attempted a few DIY projects and some things I have outsourced to those who are a little more skilled in those areas.  Now when we moved into our home EVERY SINGLE WALL WAS WHITE.  It didn’t bother me initially, I sort of looked at it as a blank canvas; at some point it became institutional like and something had to be done. So about a year and a half in I got motivated.

Along with many other women in our society I am a Pinterest connoisseur.  If you name it I have pinned it and can probably give you some pointers…though very few of those pins have I actually attempted.  So I began to look at different color schemes and painting techniques (link to board included below) and stumbled across a pin about painting your ceiling, which led me to search for painted ceilings.  BINGO!!!  This was it, simple, small scale, different.  I could handle this.

Now I am not the fru-fru-girly type but I like pretty things.  I had a pretty picture of an orchid hanging in my hallway and a cherry blossom wall sticker so I decided to take the pink and run with it.  Plus I knew there weren’t too many rooms in the house that my husband was going to be okay with me painting pink.  Okay on to the good stuff!!!

So as you can see it is a small space and there were already some consistent colors.  Please ignore the photo frame in the second picture that still has the demo pictures in it.  At least I got the frame up, that was half the battle.  I headed to my local hardware store and purchased all the trimmings!  I bought an extender, a roller, an edger, painters tape, something to paint in the corners, paint tray, paint; everything except a paint brush…which I didn’t realize until the kids went to bed and I got started.  I actually thought I wouldn’t need a paint brush because I had the roller buuuuuut turns out the roller was too big for the narrow spaces and I ended up having to use the thing intended for corners which led to a horribly drippy mess; but in the end I was VERY pleased with how it turned out.

So what do you think?!  Feel free to comment below.  If you have a painted ceiling please leave a picture.

 

 

Cabbage Steak

So I tried a new recipe over the weekend!  I just googled vegan ways to cook cabbage or tahini recipes and I came across a page with a cabbage steak recipe.

Am I the only one who sees a cooking show video and wonder if the people are being honest about how good it is? Oh it’s just me? Then ignore that question but let me just say this dish was amazing! Since beginning this transition I only have three recipes that I would confidently serve someone and this is one of them.

Now the red paper flakes were optional so I opted to add them to Mr. Smith’s steak 😈😇 and after one bite he added more peppers and more sauce. 

I followed the recipe exactly except I replaced the coconut milk in the sauce with soy milk. The crispy edges of the cabbage were divine. I’ve always doubted that I would be a fan of kale chips but now?!?! BRING IT ON!  Oh and did I mention the warm buttery center of the steak?!?! 🤤🙊😋

I honestly would not change a thing about this recipe and I can think of 100 other things to do with that sauce. Maybe use it on wraps, salad dressing, dip 🤔🤔🤔 you get the idea. 

So once I realized this meal would not be a flop I set the kitchen for a little husband and wife time (i.e. Clean the table, grab a left over party table cloth and light some candles). I sent the littles upstairs and I poured the sweet tea for my sweetie. It was a good night. 

True Story #386

One day I took my littles to a birthday party at a gymnastics center. All of the parents were sitting in the waiting area on bleachers watching their kids and chatting when in walks a parent and child I don’t recognize. She greets the hostess and proceeds to take her child’s jacket and shoes off. As she does this she begins to encourage him to “stay in the moment” and “let go and enjoy yourself”. My ears instantly perk up. Is this his social worker?  I’ve never heard a parent prep their child that way for a birthday party. It’s usually the opposite “please don’t embarrass me”, “be nice”, etc. So she sends him in and I watch and wait. I listen for clues and discover he is indeed her child. Other than that pep talk, all seems normal, until we start putting on coats to leave. “STAND DOWN!” “DISENGAGE!!” The mom takes off running towards him, the crowd, and my children. Now I’m running too! What is it?!  Is he attacking someone?!?  But when I get there I see nothing…I followed up and asked if that mom had any military background but the hostess didn’t know. #TrueStory

I’ll cry if I can’t have meat!

I’ll cry if I can’t have meat


“I’ll cry if I can’t have meat!”  This is the current phrase on repeat from my four-year-old daughter LadyBug.  I never considered her a picky eater until the vegan transition took place.  Now days her dinner usually consist of cereal, it’s as if meat is not an option then she wants nothing to do with the rest of the meal.

Mr. Bungalow, the six-year-old, stated the first week that when he turns 18 he will no longer be a vegan.  That gives me 12 more years to make a believer out of him.

Then there’s Sanchez who will pretty much eat anything and is my biggest fan when it comes to my cooking.

I won’t even mention Mr. Smith who is a carnivore to the core.

Back to the cereal, that was going fine for a while.  I serve dinner, she must try everything at least once, then after I feel the standoff has taken place long enough she can have cereal with soy milk.  Then came the protest against the soy milk “It’s disgusting!”

I’ve tried plain soy milk, vanilla soy milk, sweetened soy milk, and chocolate soy milk.  Chocolate is the only one she will drink so now I’ve started buying almond milk which has been accepted, only I’m allergic to almonds.  On top of that the girl takes every opportunity at school to eat non-vegan foods, even though I pack her lunch and have informed her teachers of our lifestyle change.  She shares lunch with peers and takes advantage of snack time which is provided by the school.

But I am not one to give up easily so in an effort to do what is best for my family I will continue to overcome these obstacles.  Until next time, stay classy San Diego.

From Meat to Plants

So here begins the newest chapter of my journey.  After binge watching documentaries on Netflix I have decided that if I don’t want to die from the inside out it is in my best interest to become a vegan.  My husband agreed that it was the best option and Sanchez, my oldest son, couldn’t wait to get started.


From there I checked out every book I could find at the library regarding the lifestyle and recipes and we began our transition; first week we switched out our breakfast, the second week we added lunch, the last week we added dinner.  This was in October and was surprisingly easy!  I didn’t crave meat at all, and this is coming from a family that has multiple meats at one meal.  What I did crave though was dairy.  I wanted cheese, eggs, yogurt, and all things creamy.  The hard part was figuring out what to cook for dinner every night.  Especially since my six-year-old is picky, my four-year-old is particular, and my husband decided that he did not want to be a vegan.

Add to the struggle that Thanksgiving was around the corner and we were headed out of town to spend it with my husband’s family.  Long story short Thanksgiving dinner was too hard to resist.  We came home and I attempted to get back on track, only to leave a few weeks later to spend the week in Houston with more of my husband’s family for Christmas.  This time I failed even more horribly. 


I comforted myself with the fact that the New Year was a great time for a fresh start.

Follow me as I navigate this new way of life.  Feel free to leave a tip or encouraging word.

New Orleans Part 1

DAY 1

New Orleans, home of the saints.  Sanchez speaking, I’m in New Orleans with my family, I have discovered new family members. One’s name is uncle K ,the other is K Junior, we are about to meet uncle C, we also met papa. We have road the ferry, we saw a cemetery too. We came here because we need a vacation, and we’re only staying for the rest of the week so we’re trying to have as much fun as we can. We want to try alligator tail and my mom wants to go to the Bayou.

DAY 2

We met new family members, Mrs.A, C Junior, and Kait, we also saw uncle T. We discovered there is a drawbridge. We are staying in our papa’s guestroom because we need some place to stay.  I sleep with Mr. Bungalow and Chickadee in the guestroom and mommy and daddy sleep in the study room. My brother, Mr. Bungalow, likes to mess with ant hills, I don’t know why, for some reason I think he just wants to mess with them.  If he gets bit he will be sorry, he’s only five years old and he’s my little brother.  My little sister chickadee likes to mess with them too, that gets me even more freaked out!  What if she gets bit?  But if I expect the best, the best will come, but right now I’m worried about my brother, he’s outside messing with it and I don’t want him to get bit but if I go out there I might get bit too, but my brother’s brave, I’ll be brave too and go out there an save him cause I’m not a wimpy kid.  I’m a tough strong brave kid who will stand up for his brother. 

DAY 3

Right now my mom is getting a makeover at the mall, dad’s watching. I don’t feel comfortable right now because I am sitting on something that is not feeling comfortable to my body and I want to get off it, but my mom wants me to sit on it so I’m going to sit on it until I can get up.  My sister is watching videos right now or playing a game, I’m not sure, but they’re doing somethin on the phone. 

DAY 4

Today is Thanksgiving!  I’m not sure what we’re doing yet but I know we’re doing something.

NOLA

I have arrived in New Orleans!  13 hours in a Chevy Malibu with a 7, 5, and 3 year old and we made it. I have repeatedly attempted to make a list of all the things I want to do but so far all I have come up with is:

  1. Visiting the French Quarters
  2. Going to the Bayou
  3. Tasting gator
  4. Visiting ninth ward
  5. Eat beignets
  6. I would also like to reenact The Princess and the Frog. 
  7. Take some amaze all pictures