Sunday, September 23, 2012

Working for the Weekend

It's been a long while since my family has had a weekend together.

It's been a busy few months and this was the first time we were able to all be together all weekend. We milked it for all it was worth!

I know I've been neglecting the blog this week but with work, kids, hubby, and a head cold to boot it's been rough. I'm feeling back on track though and should be ready to roll for this next week. Tonight starts 3 more nights of work the blog will be silent until Wednesday with a WIAW I hope!

Anyway...the weekend technically started on Thursday morning when I got off work. It was a quick beach run exploring the roads less taken...


And then breakfast on the boardwalk with my work buddy Alli. I had just gotten some fantastic news so we celebrated with mimosas!!

Please don't mind the decidedly un-vegan scrambled's why I say I'm "mostly" vegan...hey, I'm not perfect!!

Oh, and what is this fantastic news you ask???

Well about six months ago I started the long process of being commissioned into the U.S. Navy Reserves Nurse Corps...and Thursday morning I found out I was selected!!!  I'll be commissioned into the Navy Reserves next week!!! 

More on that later...for now back to the weekend...

Thursday night we BBQ'd with friends and tried to get to bed early! 

Friday wasn't entirely exciting...some shopping...spent some quality time with my buddy Bex. bed early for an early morning the next day.

Saturday started with the head cold in full force...but that couldn't stop me from dragging my butt out of a warm bed and into the cold waters of Mission Bay.  I'm lucky enough to be a mentor for the SheRox Triathlon Series here in San Diego.  I personally have 7 mentees and help put on clinics for the numerous other mentees in our area.  Saturday was our transition clinic and I was the demo girl for the "correct" way to was a great morning with amazing motivating women. 

After that we jetted home so I could eat and shower before taking the family to Balboa park.  Addy has ballet there weekly with the San Diego Civic Youth Ballet.  If you have a little ballerina and live in the San Diego area I highly recommend them! 

While Addy danced her little heart out we had a playdate with one of Shanne's friends from school.  We picked Addy up after class and let them all play in the fountain to cool off for a while before heading off to our next task...

We then went home to rest for a bit and prep for our long awaited date night!!

Mike has been so busy lately it's been hard to carve out some time for ourselves...but we had booked this night months in advance.  It was a murder mystery dinner in downtown SD with our good friends Daz and Sarah.  We dressed to the nines..

And started our evening at the Top of the Hyatt (more pics to follow later but they are all on Sarah's camera!!). 

We then cabbed it to the Marriot to start our dinner adventure....

Complete with murder...


And Mike acting ridiculous (doing Lion's Breath "face yoga")...don't's a long story...

Afterwards we headed to Searsucker bar in the Gaslamp. 

It was a great night followed by a rare morning sleeping in!!

This morning I had promised the hubs a big breakfast.  To him means biscuits and sausage gravy...clearly a vegan/gluten free nightmare!!

I make a non vegan/gluten filled version for hubby...but biscuits for the kids and I must be GF.  I found this mix...

And the cooking directions are already vegan when made with vegetable shortening...

Then I whipped up the rest of the gravy using my go-to soyrizo and my new fav vegan/gluten free goodie soy tempeh (I generally use soy products sparingly but at 22 grams of protein for 4 oz this stuff is vegan goodness!)...

Gluten Free Vegan "Sausage" Gravy

by Jaclyn Trosper
Prep Time: 10 min
Cook Time: 5 min

Ingredients (Serves 4)
  • 1 yellow onion diced
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 oz soyrizo (soy chorizo)
  • 2 oz soy tempeh crumbled
  • 2 tbsp brown rice flour
  • 1 tsp cornstarch
  • 2 cups plain vegan milk (I used plain almond)
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1/4 tsp kosher salt
  • Fresh cilantro to taste
In a greased saucepan cook onions until clear and slightly browning. Add garlic and continue to cook for another minute. Add soyrizo and finely crumbled tempeh. Cook until warm. Add brown rice flour and cornstarch and continue to stir. After another two minutes add milk and salt and pepper. Bring to a boil and stir continuously. The mixture will begin to thicken. Bring to a simmer, add cilantro and serve warm over warm gluten free biscuits.
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After that monstrous feast (there were hashbrowns, veggies, and eggs for the family) was time to harvest some tomatoes from the garden (tomato ideas anyone??)...

Now it's naptime!  Hope your weekend has shaped up as well as mine did!  Until later...enjoy!




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