Sunday, July 29, 2007

And We're Off!

Just a quick post before we head out for the beach. Saturday we celebrated my dad’s birthday. I brought food gifts. I baked him a very nonvegan chocolate birthday cake, his favorite with lots of butter, eggs, and buttermilk. I also made another of his favorites, deviled eggs. The vegan treats I made him are blackbean salad, which you’ve seen a bazillion times, his mom’s recipe for French Dressing (not much to see from the picture, but it’s deliciously sweet) and spicy mustard.



Since my dad was grilling burgers, I made Sunflower Lentil Pie (using carrots instead of the hated celery) and Tahini Mustard Sauce for me and Chase to eat. It was great! I also took a bag of broccoli took micro-steam and some sautéed veggies that needed to not go to waste. My dad also grilled us a wonderful assortment of veggies that included Brussels sprouts and potatoes. They were way better than what I brought!







My sweet wonderful mom bought me and Chase Oatscreme and 2 huge vegan espresso brownies from Dhaba Joy. Yummeeee!

I also made a loaf of veggie bread for my friend that’s keeping Smokey while we’re gone. It kind of sunk on top, so I’m hoping it tastes better than it looks.




Here’s our hotel food – lunch and snacks. I hope I have room for suitcases!




Wishing us all warmth and sunshine!

25 comments:

Cherry said...

Have a great trip! I could never bring myself to prepare nonvegan food, even for someone I love. Wow-that's a lot of hotel food!

Veg-a-Nut said...

Have a wonderful time with your family. Enjoy the vegan goodies. See you when you get back!

Johanna3 said...

Have a great trip! yum those foods looks good.

VeggieGirl said...

haha, my parents and I ALWAYS pack our own breakfast and snack foods for trips - you have a lot of the same items we pack! have a wonderful trip!! I look forward to hearing about and seeing photos of your experiences while on vacation :0)

bazu said...

Oh my gosh, you travel WELL! I hope you have a great vacation. When you get back and if you have the chance, check out my blog, I've tagged you...

Vegan*asm said...

I hope you have a great vacation at the beach. I don't know if you'll have internet access, or will even be checking this, but if you do I recommend Mod's Coffee House on the Strand. It is a nice, relaxing coffee shop, with lots of yummy vegan options (Thai wrap, soups, hummus, and sometimes tea cakes). Mmmm!

laura jesser said...

Happy birthday to your dad... And happy beach!!!

Vivacious Vegan said...

How did you make your spicy mustard? I'm not a big fan but Marty loves it and I'd like to make it for him one of these days.

Your hotel food looks wonderful. Marty & I often pack a similar assortment for our traveling journeys. Our food usually takes up a suitcase all its own. I hope you have a great time!

Vegan_Noodle said...

Hope you have a wonderful trip to Galveston! Can't wait to hear about it when you return....

Monika K said...

Have a blast! I'm headed to Dallas to visit friends and hope the weather is nice all over Texas...(-:

VeggieGirl said...

As I write this, I'm sure you've already left for your fabulous vacation; but I just wanted to let you know that you're one of the bloggers I've chosen for an award! be sure to check out my blog to see the post :0)

Judy said...

I just love the sunflower lentil pie, and the sauce too. What a great looking spread of food.

Poonam said...

Hey, I got here from Chris's blog. Enjoyed browsing your posts!

Judith MacCaellich-Young said...

You always inspire me with your blog, the fresh veggies always look so good!

On the celery front, I hate it too, have you tried replacing it in a recipe with celeriac or florence (bulb) fennel? I find both of them to be good replacements depending on the season.

JudyMac

Kati said...

Ooh have a great time at the beach, Diann! That lentil pie looks especially delicious. Happy birthday to your dad, too!

vko said...

Have a great time by the sea! Looks like you've got quite a stash there for the hotel.

Happy Birthday to your dad- how especially kind of your to prepare all that non-vegan food for him!

urban vegan said...

Enjoy! (And please let me know if you got the gift certificate. You should have it by now)

KleoPatra said...

Hope you're havin' a BLAST!! Lookin' forward to your report, complete with photos and everything, upon your return, Diann!

Kate said...

Hope your having a great time. I totally get you on the food bringing.

erica said...

I hope you're having fun!

Holler said...

Have a great time! I look forward to hearing about it when you get back!

Anonymous said...

WOW! Lentil Pie...I need to try that. Everything looks great as usual...I hope you had fun at the beach!!!

Vegan Expresso Brownies? Tell me more! lol

HARMONIA

springsandwells said...

ha ha! i love the picture of your hotel food. When we just took our trip to tahoe for a week, we brought all our food for 7 people for 7 days. Ha! It was a LOT of food.

hope you're having a great time!

:) amey

stonielove said...

have a great trip! what a great selection of goodies to take with you!

Carrie™ said...

Have a wonderful vacation! You've got lots of delicious treats to take with you - YUM! Even though your bread sunk, I think it looks fabulous. What vegetables are in it?