35 before 35 – August 25, 2019 – Update 10

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1. 65/105 new recipes

63 – 64. Verdant Couscous with Spicy Mustard Greens – Afro-Vegan: Farm-Fresh African, Caribbean, and Southern Flavors Remixed: A Cookbook by Bryant Terry – I’m counting this as two recipes because the Spicy Mustard Greens are definitely their own thing. I tossed them into a few recipes over the next week and they were SO TASTY and spicy. This was so smokey and bright tasting. Just really great.
65. Crispy Chickpea Tabbouleh Bowl with Creamy Feta Dressing – Hello Fresh – Got a Hello Fresh box for my birthday week and it has a couple of new recipes in it. We have had a few recipes with baked chickpeas in them and now I bake chickpeas before I put them into anything. They’re so delicious! This was maybe the second time I have used Bulger wheat and it was really good.

4. Saturday movie nights

27. Spider-man – Into the Spider-verse
28. Christopher Robin
29. Rocko’s Modern Life: Static Cling
30. Wine Country
31. Frankenstein’s Monster’s Monster, Frankenstein

We’ve decided anytime we movie night it’s a ~Saturday Movie Night~.

13. Play more video games

No Man's Sky_20190825164017No Man's Sky_20190825174302I played some Detroit Become Human and Dragon Quest Builders 1 and started a brand new game of No Man’s Sky on my birthday which quickly began to consume me. Look at my cute little alien friend.

14. Get 30 before 30 film developed ✔

AHHHHHHH. I did it. Finally!

I posted the first roll here: https://www.patreon.com/posts/29317010

15. Let myself shoot film again ✔

I have four film cameras loaded up! I shot a bunch over my birthday weekend. Yay!

17. Monthly date night

We went on a couple of dates for my birthday this past weekend!

18. work on the house/yard

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I cleaned out the pantry!!! My mom helped a lot, actually. You can’t initiate a cleaning project in my mom’s presence without her wholeheartedly joining in. I wasn’t being crafty, though, I just got the cleaning bug and she was there!

19. Cull wardrobe/take to goodwill

goodwill001A summer away from my closet is always good for reminding me how much of it I don’t actually need. I have several BIG boxes of stuff to take to goodwill soon.

21. One 365 day project

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I started one on my birthday, August 25, 2019, to finish up the day before my 35th birthday. 👍👍👍

22. No strict photo projects for one year ✔

That finished this one up. I didn’t do anything strict. I mean, I’m always doing stuff, but I tried to be chill about it, I guess.

23. Try 5 new restaurants in Tulsa

  1. The Local Bison

Shaun got an Impossible burger (our first, I had a taste. I think it was better than the Beyond burger but also I’m not missing meaty tasting things. I really, really like a veggie burger that tastes like veggies and grains. It’s fun to try new things, though!) and I had the vegan sandwich of the week, which was deep-fried mushrooms on a sub. I definitely want to go back and try more of their vegan options, of which there are many.

25. Read 10 fiction books

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  1. A Place Beyond Courage by Elizabeth Chadwick
  2. The Greatest Knight by Elizabeth Chadwick
  3. The Scarlet Lion by Elizabeth Chadwick
  4. The Terror of the Loom by Paula Minton
  5. The Serpent Of Lilith by Margot Villiers
  6. Winterwood by Dorothy Eden
  7. Labyrinth by Diane Stevens

34. Do another sketch a day journal

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35 before 35 – April 25, 2019 – Update 7

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1. 46/105 new recipes

 

 

39. Veggie Chile Rellanos with Avocado Salsa and Zesty Crema (Hello Fresh) – This was super good.
40. Roasted Broccoli and Potato Chowder with Pepper Jack Cheese and Garlic Toast (Hello Fresh) – This was good, maybe the best soup like this I’ve ever had, but the toast was boring.
41. Smoky BBQ Veggie Burgers (The Minimalist Baker’s Everyday Cooking by Dana Shultz) – These were super good. A little crumbly but still extremely good. The ones that had fallen apart were extremely good the next day all crumbly in a sort of burrito bowl.
42. Miso Soup – I just looked at some general ingredients and threw this one together. But I’m still counting it because I had never made it before! :D
43. Bok Choy Namul (https://www.onegreenplanet.org/vegan-recipe/bok-choy-namul-korean-bok-choy/) – Oh I loved this A LOT. So simple and delicious.
44. Dobu Jorim (https://www.abeautifulplate.com/traditional-korean-braised-tofu/) – I used this specific recipe because this wasn’t something I specifically SHOPPED for and I had everything for this particular one. It was fine but I would like to try some others!
45. Katsu Curry Sandwiches – I wasn’t going to include this because it’s just me putting a bunch of pre-packaged stuff together. The Gardein veggie-turkey cutlets reminded me of chicken katsu sandwiches so I made some Golden Curry sauce and got some sweet Hawaiian buns and it was really tasty. Steamed some broccoli and made frozen steak fries to go with it. I want to remember that I made this and it made me pretty happy so I’m putting it in my 35 before 35, so there!
46. Tofu Curry with Mustard Greens (Afro-Vegan) – This was outrageously good. I love greens so much. I burned the tofu (first time in almost a decade!) so I used some pre-packed seitan in its place. I can’t wait to remake it properly!

3. A Weekly Effort 

 

4. Saturday Night Movies

 

20. Ocean’s 8
21. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

7. Keep my Patreon up to date!

https://www.patreon.com/rachelakelso

I’m feeling pretty good about what I have been working on lately, and I’m enjoying seeing it all put together on Patreon.

13. Play more Video Games

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I have played lots of Breath of The Wild, but even though there is a camera function in the game there’s no good way to share the pictures. OUTRAGEOUS. Anyway, I started a new Stardew Valley farm and I’m using the super cute guidebook and I’m enjoying it a lot. I’m feeling like playing some sims and revisiting some Bioware games right now, though, the nostalgia is so strong and comforting. I just installed Dragon Age Origins on my laptop, so that’s exciting.

17. Monthly Date Night

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Had a nice one last Friday night, things are pretty busy and hectic right now but it’s always nice to sit down for some curry together.

18. Work on the House/Yard

 

I got a new toilet seat and replaced the fill valve in our toilet! I’ve also been working on the yard a lot the past few weeks.

20. Yoga Goals

I’m definitely doing less than I want to be doing right now. My shoulders have been acting sketchy and I’ve been being very careful, as well as being super active in other ways lately.

35 before 35 – March 25, 2019 – Update 6

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1. 38/105 new recipes

31. Tofu Chorizo I googled tofu chorizo and combined and adapted 3 recipes to make some yummy taco filling.
32. Spicy Roasted Paprika Chickpeas with Mac-n-Trees Made this one up and it was really too fancy not to include. I used a daiya cheese for the mac.
33 & 34. Balsamic Dressing and Honey Mustard Dressing I forgot to buy dressing when we were having guests so I made some myself and it was way better than store bought. Balsamic: https://barefeetinthekitchen.com/best-balsamic-vinaigrette/ Honey Mustard: https://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/food-network-kitchen/honey-mustard-dressing-recipe-2011614
35. Cheezy-Rice Mexican Casserole – Made this one up and it was a delight. Rice and veggies and beans and daiya. Topped with crumbly chile-lime chips. A little too salty, but a good start.
36. Thai Baked Sweet Potatoes (The Minimalist Baker’s Everyday Cooking by Dana Shultz) – I made these with the next recipe & rice noodles for guests with a bit of an adapted version of the tahini sauce because it wasn’t quite to my taste. It was really seriously delicious.
37. Thai Quinoa Meatballs (The Minimalist Baker’s Everyday Cooking by Dana Shultz) – Yeah, this whole dinner was super good. I hate rolling up doughy balls but they’re always so tasty, it’s worth it. Since these are gluten-free they aren’t heavy at all, which is probably the worst thing about most vegan meatball recipes.
38. Mediterranean Baked Veggies with Couscous, Almonds, and Feta (Hello Fresh) – I’m still mad about how much I enjoy everything we make from Hello Fresh. It’s great. >:(

2. Bullet Journal 2019

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I really enjoyed setting up the first few weeks of March but I took Spring Break off (even though it was a busy week full of things I probably should have written in my bullet journal, OH WELL.)  Trying to use my stickers more!!

3. A Weekly Effort 

I definitely put in more effort every single day than I did before I started this (the real goal!) but I never remember to take selfies, SHRUG. Look, I even wore MAKEUP last week.

4. Saturday Night Movies

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I got hit by my movie anxiety (basically I just wanted to comfort watch Parks and Rec, and we did, we rewatched the whole series in the past month or so) and we only had one movie night this month, but it was a super good one. I loved this movie a lot.

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5. Finish 5 TV shows

I guess re-watching Parks and Rec doesn’t count. :D We started the second season of Legion last weekend and I think it’s one of my favorite shows ever. Wild. I did some sorting in my TV Time account and I’m feeling like really getting into watching TV again. Oh and the first five seasons of Murder She Wrote are going to be on Prime April 1st? I mean, I was on Season 10 when it left Netflix, but I’m very pumped to do household chores while JB solves crimes.

7. Keep my Patreon up to date!

https://www.patreon.com/rachelakelso

I got all of my February posts up in the first week. I’ll have more to share next month, for sure!

8. Keep my website updated

I added several photo sets this month! Fuji Instax Wide 001, Winter 001, Self 002, and Kodak Cameo Motor-EX 001.  I added a day from last August to my day in the life page.

13. Play more Video Games

I’m well aware that this is just too much but I didn’t put very many game pictures in my update last month so I over-compensated! I played a bunch of Final Fantasy IX (COMFORTING), Kingdom Hearts III (Sora selfies!!), one play through of Dream Daddy (got with the coffee dad, mmm), so much Sailor Moon Drops on my phone before it ends (I am SO SAD), a little Final Fantasy XV Pocket Edition on my iPad, a little Hue (until it got TOO HARD, platformer puzzle games, my dudes) and started Breath of the Wild (oh no, it’s so fun!)

So have a gallery of THAT:

 

Yay!

17. Monthly Date Night

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Yeah, we chutneyed.

 

20. Yoga Goals

I didn’t do as much as I wanted to, but I found a good routine at the beginning of the month. I’m working on other things a lot more than I was a few months ago and I’m more active because of it, but it makes it harder to do yoga!

 

35 before 35 – February 25, 2019 – Update 5

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1. 30/105 new recipes

It was kind of a slow new recipe month but I’m finally getting some baking done in the new oven!

27. Garlic “Cheddar” Herb Biscuits (The Minimalist Baker’s Everyday Cooking by Dana Shultz) These were a bit too Nutritional Yeasty for my taste and a little dense (my fault!) but they were super good dipped in soup!
28. Simple Carrot & Curried Lentil Soup (The Minimalist Baker’s Everyday Cooking by Dana Shultz) The maple syrup made this too sweet as it was written, but I remade it a couple of weeks later without it and it’s a new favorite for Shaun.
29. Heirloom Tomato Flatbreads with Pesto, Fresh Mozzarella and Balsamic Greens (Hello Fresh) I loved how green these were. I’ve been craving the heck out of a salad lately and getting it on a pizza was dreamy.
30. Roasted Garlic Herb Penne with Asparagus, Tomatoes and Crispy Capers (Hello Fresh) Capers are the best thing that has ever happened. Crispy Capers are like superhero Capers. Caped Capers. 

 


3. A Weekly Effort 

I’ve been going to school with Shaun once a week and working in his office. It kind of defeats the idea I had that I would be more productive AT HOME if I pulled myself together a bit but the whole experience has definitely been good for my brain. I never remember to take pictures. It’s where I am today though, so here’s a fresh selfie! The freshest!

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4. Saturday Movie Night

We skipped one Saturday this month because I took my mom, brother & Shaun out for a big birthday dinner. 

 

16. Murder on the Orient Express (2017)
17. Incredibles 2
18. Isle of Dogs

7. Keep my Patreon up to date!

https://www.patreon.com/rachelakelso

My output it significantly less than it was last year, so this one has become super easy! I’m feeling pretty motivated to get film developed soon. It’s what I think about when I let myself have a ~creative break~ so that’s exciting, actually. 

13. Play more video games

This has been a great video game month! Kingdom Hearts III came out at the end of January. Shaun and I have been taking it pretty slow because we are playing it together and we don’t have as much overlapping video game time but I’m actually enjoying the pace. I have so many feelings. I love that I get to take lots of pictures in the game! I’m not at home so I can’t get them off of my account to put them in this post and I’m full of regret. I’ll put a million Sora selfies in my update next month!

I have gotten super-duper into Sims 4 again. I started a new legacy challenge style game and I have been really working on building cute houses. 

 

I got Final Fantasy IX for the Switch this past month too. This is the 3rd or 4th time I have gotten this game, haha. My brother got the first copy for me for Christmas 2000! I like the PC version because of the modded background improvements and there are some glitch fixes but I honestly haven’t been bothered by any of this playing it on the switch, especially when I’m playing it handheld.

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17. Monthly Date Night

It still counts as a date night if my mom & brother are there, right? Family date! I love my birthday kids!

 

18. Work on the house/yard

I got a lot of stuff figured out in the kitchen. I’ve switched a bit of my mental house effort into helping my mom get the house she is moving into livable. It needs a lot of work!

20. Yoga goals

This took a total backseat to everything else this month. I haven’t been home as much and I need to figure out a new routine because I actually like being home a little less and I want to fit yoga into that. I did do a bit of yoga that I didn’t take photos of. Maybe only 7 days total in the past month and that was mostly the first week. 

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My latest 100 happy days, the last 50 (and the last 50 days of 2015!)

I started my last #100happydays project so that it would finish up on New Year’s Eve. Here are the last 50 days, full of good food, NaNoWriMo, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and snow!

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Click the photos to view them larger! <3

Seven Months into 30 before 30

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1. Cook 30 new recipes 57/30
Japanese Vegetable Curry Thai Coconut Pumpkin Soup Bombay Beans and Chutney Very Vegan Mac-n-Cheeze
gnocchi & marinara Strawberries and Cream Bread Pudding Ancho-Lentil Tacos Samosa Stuffed Baked Potatoes
Lentil-Mushroom Meatloaf with Ketchup Glaze Lentil, Chard and Sweet Potato Curry Southern Biscuits on Portobello Pot Pie

46. Japanese Vegetable Curry (One-dish Vegan)
47. Thai Coconut Pumpkin Soup (The Vegan Slow Cooker)
48. Bombay Beans and Chutney (One-dish Vegan)
49. Very Vegan Mac-n- Cheeze (from here)
50. Homemade Gnocchi (Vegan with a Vengeance) & Marinara (Veganomicon)
51. Strawberries and Cream Bread Pudding (Isa Does It)
52. Ancho-Lentil Tacos (Isa Does It)
53. Samosa Stuffed Baked Potatoes (Veganomicon)
54. Lentil-Mushroom Meatloaf with Ketchup Glaze (But I Could Never Go Vegan!)
55. Lentil, Chard and Sweet Potato Curry (But I Could Never Go Vegan!)
56. Southern Biscuits (But I Could Never Go Vegan!)
57. on Portobello Pot Pie (But I Could Never Go Vegan!)

 

2. Shoot 1 roll of film per month. 7/12 I knew we were going on a trip this month so I thought a roll in the Split-Cam would be fun!

7. Reach Advanced Level yoga with Erin Motz’s DoYouYoga courseI did some really non-yoga yoga to start the month, this 14 day shred with Sadie Nardini. Generally not my thing, but I’ve been wanting to do more real cardio, so I think it’s been good for me. I don’t regret doing it, but I doubt I’ll ever repeat it. I got knocked down by some bad allergies in the middle of it, which made breathing a struggle, but I made it through the 14 days. I decided to check in with Wii Fit yoga after I finished that challenge and immediately pulled something in my shoulders, so I had to take some time off to heal. Slow and easy stretching yoga for a week or so and I think I’ll be back on my feet.

8. Finish 5 video games. 2/5 I’ve left some visual novels off of this, but I am counting Gone Home, I don’t know why, maybe because it was so damned good. I also played through a couple of scenarios in Hatoful Boyfriend, but it’s so quick and silly, and I played The Yawhg with friends and with Shaun a few times. Mostly I have been playing Dragon Age: Inquisition for a couple of months and I beat it on March 5th, I clocked just over 100 hours in my first play-through and started a new character immediately. I need to mix it up a little because I’m not going to count it twice if/when I beat it again!

  1. Gone Home
  2. Dragon Age: Inquisition

9. 30 self portraits in 2015. 

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12. Day trip to Norman.

March 17, Norman, OU Campus
We did it! Full post about the trip here.

21. Start a 365 photo set on my 29th birthday. Finish it! Here are some favorite photos from this project this month!

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28. Write a list of major cleaning projects and do them all!

  1. move all furniture and clean behind/under it. (fridge, dressers, couch, entertainment center.) (Progress: Kitchen, bathroom, living room done in month 6. Moved everything on the side of our bedroom where the bed is this month, still have a lot to do in there!)
  2. clean the fridge out. (Progress: I was in a bit of a rush the other day, but we were between groceries and it was pretty empty, so I gave the whole interior a good wipe down. I know there are some things in the back recesses that still need tossed, though!)
  3. take ALL THAT RECYCLING so the cozy system can start working. (Progress: Still need to take the paper. Also have another full load of cardboard boxes already.)
  4. take everything to Goodwill. (Progress: Added two boxes and one large tub to the piles of stuff that needs to go.)
  5. finish each room. If I still have to have stuff piled in a corner, at least let it be stored in a plastic tub. (Progress: Got curtains hung in the living room, I need one tension bar and 4 hooks installed to pull the curtains back with and the room will be done.)
  6. closet overhaul. (Progress: Just little bits here and there throughout the month in the bedroom closet. I really thought I would get it done this month, but other life things kind of got in the way.)

25th of February – 25th of March is a short month! I didn’t get everything done this month that I had hoped to. I’m definitely starting to feel the crunch on some of these, I need to make a timeline list and work on some of the more ongoing things, like scanning my mom’s photos, more often.

Three Months into 30 before 30

30 before 301. Cook 30 new recipes. 34/30

I made 15 new recipes this month!

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Mushroom Barley Soup with Fresh Herbs Gardeny Shiitake and Chard Fusilli Alphabet Soup Smoky Ketchup
Acorn Squash Stuffed with Cranberry-Pecan Rice Asian-Style Winter Stew Soy Chorizo Black Bean Stew Not-My-Grandmother's Beefy Stew
What's-in-the-freezer? veggie soup Better-than-the-classic Shepherd's Pie

20. Ma Po Tofu (The Vegan Slow Cooker)
21. Potato-Asparagus Soup (Vegan with a Vengeance)
22. Baigan bharta (The Vegan Slow Cooker) pictured with
23. Butter Chick’n (The Vegan Slow Cooker)
24. Sweet and Sour Tofu (The Vegan Slow Cooker)
25. Mushroom Barley Soup with Fresh Herbs (Isa Does It)
26. Gardeny Shiitake and Chard Fusilli (Isa Does It)
27. Alphabet Soup (Isa Does It)
28. Smoky Ketchup (The Vegan Slow Cooker)
29. Acorn Squash stuffed with Cranberry-Pecan Rice (The Vegan Slow Cooker)
30!!!  Asian-Style Winter Stew (The Vegan Slow Cooker)
31. Soy Chorizo Black Bean Stew (The Vegan Slow Cooker)
32. Not-My-Grandmother’s Beefy Stew (The Vegan Slow Cooker)
33. What’s-in-the-freezer? Veggie Stew (The Vegan Slow Cooker
34. Better-Than-The-Classic Shepherd’s Pie (The Vegan Slow Cooker)

I’m going to keep tracking this. I’m really curious to find out just how many new recipes I can make in one year!

2. Shoot 1 roll of film per month. 3/12

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I got a late start. I ran out of film and couldn’t find it in the first several stores I checked. I tracked some down a week into November and loaded into my Minolta Himatic-G. I have a little pile of film accumulating! Maybe I’ll be able to get it developed over a break next month.

3. Write 9th NaNoWriMo novel.

Lots of updates about this in the NaNoWriMo tag!

7. Reach Advanced Level yoga on MyYogaPro. 

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What I really mean by “reach advanced” is: feel fairly confident in the Advanced level classes, I think.

I have done every Beginner and Intermediate level class. I had to make a few modifications to get through some of the Intermediate classes so I repeated them all a second time through with marked improvement. My practice is mostly pretty strong. This month has been harder because I do yoga in the morning and on the weekends we write in the morning and on Sunday mornings we also get groceries, so I have not done yoga every Sunday. I did get started on the advanced classes this month, though. They’re intense but I feel super strong and awesome after I get through one. So far the necessity for modification matches my first run through the Intermediate classes.

16. Veganize 10 of my family’s recipes. 0/10

Not quite started yet! But my mom brought over one of her family’s church cookbooks. It’s full of distant relatives! The only close relative recipe was from my Great Grandmother, and it was already vegan, whoops! She brought another church cookbook over just yesterday and it looks more promising. She’s going to hunt down her recipe box for me, too!

18. Print another photo book.

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This has been an excellent source of NaNoWriMo procrastination. I started back in my 2007 folders. That’s when I got my first dSLR. I got 300+ edits done before I realized I had only worked through a month and a half of my photos from that year. I am SO HAPPY with the new edits and how the book is coming together so far.

22.  Finish watching 5 of the TV series we’re currently working through on Netflix. 5/5

You know when you don’t want a thing to end so you stop watching it for a long time? That was Twin Peaks. But we finished it at the end of October, and, unlike everyone else who had watched it all already, we only have to wait a couple of years for more!

On November 8th we finished watching Star Trek: Voyager. I didn’t have the feeeeelings that I had when we finished TNG but I enjoyed the show on the whole, especially past Season 3 or so.

On November 9th we watched the last episode of Angel. I had sporadically watched the show when it was actually on and had actually already seen the last episode. I just didn’t realize it was the last episode. The whole thing felt much more unresolved than Buffy. I could have done with a couple more seasons.

Anyway, there’s that done! For some reason I thought this would take months and months, but we really started watching as soon as I started this challenge. I’ll keep tracking our progress, let’s see if we can double it! :0

24. Scan my mom’s family photos.

Got through a handful of them while I was procrastinating about working my NaNoWriMo!

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My mom chomps on Alpha-Bits with Aunt Dee & Uncle Larry. They’re pretty sure they were watching TV here.

 

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My Grandparents, October 26 1952. Jack and Winn.

 

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Uncle Bob, Winter of ’75. Photo taken by my dad.

 

 

27.  Design & Print a 2015 calendar of my photos.
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Done. It came kind of crumpled by the postal service but otherwise I am super happy with it!

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For the past year I have been photographing most of the dinners I cook. I’ve definitely missed some meals when it was something I had already gotten a picture of. I’m still really happy with the way the project has turned out. It’s almost like a menu, on uninspired days I can skim through it and remember a meal that was quick, easy, and tasty. It’s been really exciting, as well, to use it as a little extra push to make new things.

Here are a couple shots from each month of the year. There are more here. Recipes cited where applicable!

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Tulsa State Fair, 2009

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Tad’s Bodacious Burritos

Being a mildly lactose intolerant vegetarian at a State Fair is tough, vegan even tougher, but for the past several years we have been lucky enough to enjoy as our main meal of the day these Spinach & Black Bean Burritos (hold the cheese & ranch sauce) from Tad’s Bodacious Burritos, located on the median by the livestock arena. I will admit that I delve into the dairy at the state fair, I also have a soda or two, things that I don’t do often, but cheese is one of my biggest enemies and for some reason desserts are kind to me,  maybe it’s psychological, needless to say, I followed my vegan(-ish, I hesitate to call anything at the state fair truly vegan, if you’re particularly strict about it at all) burrito up with a very not vegan caramel apple.

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Photo by my husband, Shaun.

Because it’s a school night, and the hours are quite short, we always leave before the pageant ends, and don’t see who won until the following year. Such suspense!

We’ll return to the fair on Saturday because there’s so much to do, see and eat (onion blossoms, apple fritters, and funnel cake are on my list, as well as another burrito) that we could not possibly fit it into one short evening. Saturday has another of my favorite attractions, the sugar art show. We get to stand in a long and confusing line and look at practically inedible delights!

I’ve been cooking so much lately, trying new things, inventing and experimenting.  It has been pretty freaking awesome. Aside from invented recipes that live in my head as difficult to share conflagrations of pinches of this and about the right amount of that, I have been enjoying these sites and recipes:

The Vegan Yum Yum app for the iPhone + iPod Touch (from whence I am personally enjoying it) is a delight just to stare at when you’re sitting in a traffic jam (if you aren’t the driver, which I am not).

Have Cake Will Travel always gives me ideas.

I made Crazy Jay’s Easy Potato Soup last weekend, with a number of subsitutions & alterations.  I’m pretty terrible at following recipes, actually.

On Sunday I got a completely wild hair and made these cookies from Vegan Cookies. They were crazy delicious even though I was out of vanilla, chocolate chips and applesauce (I used flax seed instead.)