I know, I know. It’s been a while.
Life distracted me. And I let it.
What’s been going on in the last year? Well, my littlest got into the pre-competitive gymnastics program and was training 8 hours a week (on top of school and dance). My oldest keeps me on my toes in his own way, I’ve taken up a hobby of freshwater aquarium fish (don’t knock ’til you try it – everyone needs at least one “nerdy” hobby), we took a family trip home to BC for a couple of weeks …
And my Father-in-Law passed away at the end of July.
He was an amazing man. I was first introduced to him 18 years ago when Dave described him as “Santa with Tattoos”. I was fortunate to spend a lot of time with him over the years, especially once he moved closer to his grandkids and visited more often. He kept me up-to-date on the news (it was his favourite thing to watch in the morning), and was an asset around the house for all of my crazy project ideas, never once saying no – he would always just get to work. My kids absolutely adored him, and it was a devastating loss for everyone in our house. It still doesn’t feel quite real, but Dave and I spent a lot of time yesterday thinking of all the funny and happy memories he gave us.
His death wasn’t a surprise. He had spent a month in the hospital prior, and fought a long battle. In the end, he had my husband by his side, which I am grateful for. But, his declining health, and the aging issues on my side of the family has caused me to realize that I am directly responsible for 2 generations that follow his footsteps. I have a clear-cut glimpse into our future if I don’t make changes, and I wouldn’t be a good person if I chose to ignore it.
What does this have to do with food? Actually, a lot.
For the past several months, I have been eliminating processed food from our diet. I have been weeding out the dairy, refined sugar and cutting back on grains. Most recently (as in the last few weeks) I have brought back healthy grains, but ditched meat. It has been the hardest to let go of, and I’ve had a couple of slips (just nibbles or lack of options and being too hangry to care).
So, I’m now committed to being a vegetarian, with a lot of vegan tendencies. I can’t actually say that I’m a vegan. While I eat mostly vegan (usually 2 out of 3 meals), I still occasionally enjoy honey and eggs, and am not about to part with my leather jacket. My family is shockingly on board, making this transition really easy. Madelyn has never really enjoyed meat that isn’t “processed”, so she was easy. Logan eats just about anything I put in front of him, and Dave realizes that he can’t live like a human garbage disposal for the rest of his life without suffering some serious consequences.
I hope you’ll stick around. I’ve been having a lot of fun making some really, really good vegetarian and vegan stuff. So much so, that the boys in my house haven’t really asked for meat (on the odd occasion that Dave gets in the kitchen though, he makes all sorts of junk food for him and Logan. I’m just glad that it only happens once a week or so). I’ve been remaking some of my favourites from this blog with vegan ingredients (helllloooo oatmeal rum-raisin chocolate chip cookies!!), picked up some new camera gear, and will get posting here again really soon.
I’d love for you to leave me a comment with some of your all time favourite things to eat – I want to try my hand at giving them a meatless, healthy twist!