Archive for September 12th, 2011

September 12, 2011

Vegan Love – A First Attempt

Welcome back! So, I promised all the juicy details about last night’s amazing time! As you know, or will know eventually, I am not a girl into any sort of drama…the juicy details from last night are all…food related! Yumm!

Dixie and Bob had a Harvest Festival BBQ last night. The idea was to bring something from the garden or the farmers market that you need to use up! Super cute idea, yes?! It was amazing!

Thinking about fresh, wholesome ingredients, I immediately thought about Angela from Oh She Glows. She’s incredible. While we do not share the exact same food personality, (she eats an entirely vegan diet, I do not) I love her blog and her views on self-worth and positivity. I’ve been a little intimidated to try her recipes because it’s so foreign to me…but I thought the Harvest Festival BBQ would be the perfect opportunity to give my first attempt at a vegan recipe a whirl! Dixie was totally on board with it too…we decided on veggie burgers.

Angela’s recipe for the perfect veggie burger can be found, here. The only thing we changed was instead of milling the oats into flour, we used 1/2 cup of soy flour and 1/2 cup of buckwheat flour. (We couldn’t decide on which one to use…so we split the difference!)

Here’s how it went down:

Dixie and Bob’s kitchen. They’re about to remodel…how exciting!

We started by cooking up some garlic and onions and getting the dry ingredients together.

After mixing and mixing…the batter came together very nicely. Flax eggs…who knew?!

Working the patties!

Beautiful! We may or may not have tasted the batter at this point…yummmm!

On the skillet. The anticipation builds…

…and out to the table. Regular burgers were on the menu too…

…but the Sweetheart chose a veggie burger. I know, right?! Totally impressed, and flattered!

On the plate, it was a thing of beauty! But…how did it taste?

They were…everything Angela said they’d be! They were so delicious…everyone thought they had great flavor and amazing texture.

Oh She Glows Perfect Veggie Burger gets the Harvest Festival BBQ’s stamp of deliciousness!

As for the rest of the Festival…

Tomato salad with toasted pine nuts and balsamic vinaigrette.

Tossed salad with all the fixings.

Fresh Pineapple.

Bob’s secret home-made pesto. Yes, please! I smeared this on my veggie burger bun…perfection!

And a whole lot of fun!

We ended the night with a fire…

…and some S’mores…of course!

Dixie also made this CRAZY AWESOME fresh raspberry sorbet. I was too busy filling my tummy with it…and forgot to take a picture. Sorry….I couldn’t risk putting it down, you know!?

The really great thing is that Dixie and Bob proved with their Harvest Festival BBQ, an outdoor get-together doesn’t have to be a disaster for your healthy-eating lifestyle. Armed with the right ingredients and some great recipes…a fun, delicious, and healthy BBQ is yours for the taking!

It was truly an amazing night. Fresh food, great friends and a beautiful end-of-summer-evening…these are a few of my favorite things!

Have a great evening!

September 12, 2011

Weekend Happenings

Welcome back workweek! As always, you come a little too quickly.

What an amazing weekend! Did you guys enjoy the Out of the Fog series? I hope it gave you some helpful information and even a little motivation!

We spent our weekend all over the place! Here’s a little of what we got in:

Happy hour starts the weekend off right! The Independent Ale House is the new fun spot in town. Lots of choices and a great location!

Dinner Friday night at the Sweetheart’s cabin couldn’t have been better. There’s nothing like taco night!

Breakfast Saturday was a hit too. Yumm! Check back Friday for the “How To” on this deliciousness!

Breakfast was followed by a little of this…

…and this…

…all while the Bean did some of this. She’s pretty much a professional!

Finally, done with the lawn!

We spent some time at the Sweetheart’s cabin and found brand new flowers blooming!

Dinner Saturday night a friend’s house was amazing! Sorry, no photos…I would have had to remember to bring my camera!

And breakfast Sunday morning wasn’t too shabby either…

…you can’t beat fresh raspberry pancakes. Unless you have fresh blueberries…then there’s a toss-up!

After breakfast….a little time here. Always fun catching up!

After I got some work done, I grabbed this…

…and this…

…and headed out with Dixie for some Yoga in the Park. It was my first experience with Yoga in the Park and all I can say is…wow. It was one of the best experiences I have had all summer! The sun was shining, the breeze was cool and the people were amazing! I know I’ve said if before, but if you live in the Black Hills area, I highly recommend  The Yoga Studio for high quality classes, a friendly atmosphere,  professional and incredibly talented teachers, and an amazing practice that will leave you feeling relaxed and strong.

After yoga, the good times kept on rolling.

Here’s a little teaser to show you how the evening ended…

…h-e-a-v-e-n!

What a way to end the night…yes?

I’ll get back to you with all the juicy details about what happened after yoga (and an amazing recipe) later on today.

Happy Monday! How was everyone’s weekend?

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