Friday, January 1, 2010


A few visuals for you's partly cloudy, 48 degrees going up to 54 or so (I'm tired of these 10- degree-lower-than-normal temps...this is not why I came to northern Florida, instead of the Tampa Bay area this winter.)

Here's how it looks out the front door (click photos to enlarge):

The extent of my Christmas decorations this year:

And how I still feel about being here, even though it's not as warm as I would like:

Kick-Off Day

It's Day #1 of the Vegan Kick-Off Day sponsored by PCRM (as I've blogged about in previous posts) and already I've veered off the path.  Note that I haven't "cheated" animal products....but I'm not following the prescribed recipes they suggest. 

I had marble rye toast (no butter) and grapejuice for breakfast.

But that's okay.  They just "suggest" recipes, but I think you are encouraged to "do your own vegan thing" if you want to, too.  Here's what they suggest for today:

Breakfast: Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal
Lunch: Couscous Confetti Salad and Carrot and Red Pepper Soup
Snack: Fantastic Fruit Smoothie
Dinner: Hoppin’ John Salad and Kwick Kale

Ok, let's get real.  I am going to the local Publix in an hour, but I hate, hate, hate oatmeal, unless it's swimming in brown sugar, and although brown sugar isn't "animal", it's not real healthy, either.  (Hence the toast this AM)  I am going to prepare the soup, but not the couscous.  Instead of the fruit smoothie, I'll have my yummy chocolate soymilk/banana smoothie and forget that entire dinner.  I have another vegan one planned.

To be continued..........................................