Monday, January 16, 2017

On the Menu this Week - FOOD!

We've just returned from a week-end road trip for our Granddaughter's competitive cheer leading competition (2nd out of 6 - they were AMAZING!).  We had a great trip to beautiful downtown Fort Worth, TX..  Nice hotel, gorgeous architecture, tons of restaurants...


Which leads me to what I really need to complain about!  Food!  I get that Texas is all about the southern fried food and manly steak, etc..  


This is an actual place in Amarillo where your 72 oz. steak is free if you can eat it in under an hour.  "You", as in one person.  72 oz., as in 4.5 lbs....

That's obviously one end of the spectrum but at the other end seems to be - nothing.  

Because of crazy scheduling, we left Fort Worth quite late in awful weather so thought we'd find something to eat on the way.  To be fair, we're a tough crowd.  My husband is British (meat, two veg), I'm vegetarian, my granddaughter is getting much better at trying new things but our 8 yr. old grandson has A LOT of food allergies and only considers chicken nuggets and fries food anyway.

I despair.  No matter what you think, fried fast food is not going to make anyone feel better when they're tired and hungry.  We ended up at a BBQ type of place where I can at least eat the side dishes and the kids can have somewhat real chicken and potatoes.


Anyway, my take-away from this is that I need to be WAY better prepared for these trips in the future.  The big cooler is going to have to go with us for at least healthy snacks and real juice and water.

As for meals, I'm going to have to do some serious research and planning ahead of time for that.

I'm kind of upset today thinking about the amount of money we wasted in restaurants where the kids just ate the bread and, as any vegetarian knows, 'they have salad' makes me murderous...

Enough complaining!  Today I'm making a gorgeous vegan pho to get us back to healthy land...


health, happiness and nothing fried,
xoxoMary


Friday, January 6, 2017

Affirmations for the New Year

I loved my friend Linda Page's post "Words of Wisdom for 2017".  So inspiring!
 Here are a few of my own favorites...







xoxoMary


Monday, December 26, 2016

Travel Time


Off to England tomorrow to spend New Year's with my husband's family.  We're taking our two grandchildren which just makes everything so much more fun!
Cheerio! (no one says that)
xoxoMary

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Christmas in Cape Breton

I've had a dream for many years of having Christmas at our old family home in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia.  Like so many dreams, this one is neither practical or possible.  Sigh...















 

“Nollaig chridheil agus bliadhna mhath ur” (nollyk chree-ell blee-un-u va oor).

xoxoMary




Monday, December 12, 2016

A Little Christmas

Some of the seasonal decor around our house...





I bought a make-your-own banner kit and these were the best words I could think of -
Be kind.
xoxoMary

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Home Improvement

We've had our SMEG fridge for a month or so now and it's great!  Fits much better in our little old kitchen than the previous stainless steel giant...

smeg fridge

We bought this metal cart on wheels at Ikea for vegetables and cookbook overflow...

ikea metal cart

We also added this pretty blue bread bin with a cutting board on top.

blue bread bin

Finding lots of ways to fit in to our downsized house!
xoxoMary