South Lake Tahoe Vegan Lunch Meet Up

April 22 2023

Lovely drive to and from South Lake Tahoe for a vegan lunch meet up with the Lake Tahoe Herbivores. It was such a beautiful drive. I stopped for scenic photos on the way there. Loved getting to see my Pisces birthday twin, Tania. 💜💜💜 I had the enchiladas with red sauce and a horchata.

Vegan Eats: Delicious Soup and Stuffed Peppers

February 4 2023

This was so good. Thomas asked me to hurry up and put it away because he couldn’t stop eating it. 😋😋😋

Veggie Potato Noodle soup made for dinner last night. My take on chicken noodle soup.

I agree. I was having the same problem. Delicious!

It’s a mixture of two recipes, plus what I had in the fridge.

Here are the two I mixed together. I added potatoes, eggplant, yellow squash, corn, carrots, peppers, noodles, and chard. and

February 8 2023

Who likes stuffed peppers? It’s pretty much unlimited with different variations. 😋😋😋

Vegan Eats: Marmite

January 24 2023

Grocery store find. I’ve never seen this in our grocery stores. It’s a cute, tiny jar so I had to get it.

I remember a UK friend telling me years ago not to taste it straight from the jar. She said to put a thin layer on buttered toast for my first taste. 🎉

I tried it and love it! 💖 My Southern family is going to disown because I’ve been adding it to my grits! I’m ready to start experimenting!! 🤣😂🤣

This post got nearly 100 comments. Ha! Lots of folks passionate about Marmite or Vegemite.

The Interrupted Vegetable Soup

January 14 2022

This is a delicious vegetable and bean soup I made on Monday, January 2nd. I never posted it, and have been quiet on social media since then. When I go quiet on social media, it’s usually not a good thing. I’ve gone within and am processing.

I’ve had to work through embarrassment, guilt and shame before sharing with everyone. During a break between storms on the evening of January 2nd, the roads were clear and it had stopped snowing.

I decided it would be okay to take Thomas to a previously scheduled evening appointment. Our car is a 2 wheel drive, with the option to shift into 4 wheel drive so winter weather has never been a problem.

While Thomas was in his appointment, it began to snow. On the drive back the car began to malfunction, slipping out of 4 wheel drive. We were nearly home when I lost control of the car on ice. Miraculously we slid across the 4 lanes of highway without hitting another car, and without a car hitting us.

The car slammed into the highway barrier. Airbags deployed but we were fine, other than getting punched in the face with the airbags. The damn car was still running after all that!

I was knocked silly and couldn’t think straight. Thomas. That amazing person. He was on top of it. He said something like, “Okay. We’re breathing. We’re both conscious. Nothing is broken. But, I’m bleeding. Should I call 911?” (The airbag scratched his face.) Remsa checked us out. We all decided there was no need to go to the hospital.

Highway patrol stopped traffic so I could get to the other side of the shoulder as I was facing oncoming traffic on the opposite shoulder.

Once they saw the car was operable, they escorted me to the mall parking lot where Remsa finished checking us. I was so close to our place, the patrol officer said it was okay to drive the car home.

The car looks absolutely fine from behind. But it is totaled. I had a mechanic come look at it yesterday, and it’s not worth it to fix. The front end shifted by about a foot! It still runs though! It is a beast! Ha!

I’ve had this car since 2008 – fourteen years! It came into our life when we had been without a car for nearly two years. I had planned on passing it to Thomas this summer. I’ve had to grieve over my plans getting screwed, and now I have to buy a new car. I really needed to wait until I had finished paying for Thomas’s orthodontic work, and dental work I’ve been having done. Grrrr!

I had to keep reminding myself that Thomas and I came home that night, and walked into our house. That was truly a blessing. We had some incredibly scary looking bruises, but they have healed. I took photos of my bruises, and fat lip; which I shared with mom and Frank. I don’t want to trigger anyone with the photos though.

Why have I had to process embarrassment, guilt, and shame? Those of you who know me, know that it’s been a journey for me to not feel this way when things go wrong, or don’t go as I planned.
These were consistent feelings for me as a child, growing up, and into adulthood. A few years ago, I finally got to a place where I had released most of that. However, this was an unexpected, crisis situation. There was no stopping those feelings.

I usually end these personal kinds of posts saying something like I’m not posting for sympathy. That’s the case with this one, too. But I really don’t know why I’m sharing this. I guess just because my heart wanted to share. I do welcome love, hugs, and positive thoughts about my finances.

Who knows? Maybe there’s something in this long winded post that speaks to someone??!!

**Adding** Thank you for taking the time to read my post and for sharing in this moment with me.

I want to add that after about 10 years of chronic economic anxiety, I have a difficult time making a huge financial decision. I swing between being impulsive and indecisive with the what ifs swirling in my thoughts like a tornado. It is exhausting, with having gone through the day in a foggy soup of decisiveness and indecisiveness.

Add to this my current health difficulties and this neurodivergent brain, life has me in not a very good place mentally. Thank you to everyone for the love and support. xoxo

Happy New Year 2023 – Team TLC Celebrates

December 31 2022

Homemade hummus, sliceable cashew cheese, and queso done. Having our annual spread a bit earlier this year. ❄️❄️❄️

And it’s still snowing. ❄️❄️❄️ This is the most snow our lil balcony has ever seen. 👀👀👀

That’s it for us. I’m headed to bed, turning the lights out on 2022. Happy New Year from Team TLC!! 🎉 🥳🎉

Vegan Eats: Stuffed Butternut Squash With Apple Pie and Cinnamon Rolls

December 22 2022

Dinner tonight was delicious! Stuffed butternut squash drizzled with cashew cream.

The stuffing is basmati rice, pecans, eggplant, green peppers, and oyster mushrooms coated with a sweet, tangy tamari based sauce. I could only eat half (of my half). Very filling.

Dessert. Apple pie with whipped topping. This one is store bought and it’s actually very good. Best frozen apple pie I’ve tasted.

December 24 2022

What a treat this morning! Delicious!

Christmas 2022 Vegan Eats – Peanut Butter Pie with Pot Pie and Cheeseballs

December 24 2022

That’s the peanut butter pie ready. Looks delicious. Hope it tastes delicious!

I’ve never made this before so it’s not very pretty. Homemade pot pie for tomorrow. Hope it tastes good!

Two cheezeballs. One coated with pecans and dill, the other with pecans and red chili pepper flakes. I’m done. That was fun.

Not pictured to accompany the pot pie. Mashed potatoes and gravy. It was all so very delicious!

I like to use recipes from as a base. Then I add my own flare.

Vegan Eats: Chik’n Salad and Eggplant Parmesan

December 7 2022

This was delicious! And easy to make. Vegan Chik’n salad, on crackers as I didn’t make it home with my bread. 😋😋😋 It was in my cart, but not on the receipt. So weird!

December 16 2022

This was absolutely mouthwateringly delicious. I made vegan eggplant Parmesan for dinner tonight. I ate an hour ago and I can’t stop thinking about it. 😂 So good.

Vegan Eats: Stuffed Kuri Squash With a Vegan Thanksgiving

November 18 2022

For dinner I made stuffed red Kuri squash. Delicious! These are perfect for stuffing.

November 22 2022

That’s two cheezeballs made. Pecan pie next! 😋😋😋

November 23 2022

Vegan pecan pie is ready.

I usually only make the cranberry sauce and green bean casserole but I am in a being-creative-in-the-kitchen mode.

Next up is the cranberry sauce, green bean casserole, macaroni and cheeze, and vegan dressing. 😋😋😋

Cranberry sauce is done. ❤️

That’s it for today. Green bean casserole is now cooling. 💚 The Mac n Cheeze and dressing will have to wait until tomorrow as I don’t have room in the fridge.

November 24 2022

This looks amazing! This was my first time making Vegan Mac n cheeze. Think I’m going to have to sneak a bite or two once it cools. 😋😋😋

Okay. I’m finished. Vegan dressing is done! Headed to The Romano Duo’s place now.

That was fun! It’s been many years since I’ve made this much food, and have never made this huge of a vegan meal. Those B12 shots have made a big difference.