A Fun Afternoon

Sorry for the delayed post! This is actually the first time I’ve been at my laptop all day. I misunderstood the shopping spree event today. It was actually a day of pampering for the girls because Saks and Mercedes Benz is sponsoring a fashion show next week with them! So, Ryan and I drove the girl and her mom we were assigned to Saks and there she got her nails done, her makeup done, a huge bag of goodies (including a new ipod!), and got to pick out her outfit for the show next week. She was soo sweet—16 years old and battling a brain tumor. She gave Ryan and I huge hugs when we dropped her and her mom back at their apartment and I’m so glad I got a chance to be a small part of the event today, even though it wasn’t the day in the sun I was imagining. Just seeing her face when she opened up her gifts was amazing.

For lunch, I picked up some food from the health food store: a veggie sushi roll and a big cup of vegan split pea soup. Later on in the afternoon, Ryan and I got smoothies (I got mine with peaches, stawberries, apple juice and a splash of soy milk) and even later yet, I nibbled on some trail mix. I love smoothies but they don’t fill me up very much because all they are is just fruit. I need some fat in the mix! Ryan got a smoothie with orange juice, bananas and strawberries–and he did a wheatgrass shot!! THAT is def. a first! Good thing I caught it on camera! 🙂

We are going to my parent’s house for dinner tonight. My mom is making, as we all know, my favorite bean dish as well as potatoes and a super yummy red cabbage dish. Ryan, her and my brother get chicken as well.

I hope everyone is having a nice, relaxing sunday!




That’s a keeper!!!!!

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  • Patricia
    February 24, 2008 at 10:17 pm

    Hi Jenna!
    I was at the library this morning in search for a good book. I looked at your ‘books’ section and decided to start reading Beach Music… I’ve only read like 60 pages of it but I LOVE it!
    I’m going to Italy this summer… so this book is definitely boosting up my enthusiasm for my trip!

    Have a good Sunday!

  • Emily W.
    February 24, 2008 at 10:36 pm

    I just “made” your banana with peanut butter snack this morning but didnt want it yet, so I stuck it in the FREEZER and took it out around 4. Then at 4:10 I folded down the plastic wrap and took a bite! YUM! It gets a little ‘slimy’ as it thaws, so keep the plastic wrap around it, but it was amazingly cold, creamy and tasty! MMMMM

  • Amy C.
    February 24, 2008 at 11:24 pm

    Emily, that sounds delicious! I’ll try it next time we have bananas in the house.

    Has anyone else tried unsweetened vanilla almond milk? I just opened a thing of it yesterday and I love it! I just enjoyed a nice tall glass with a vegan chocolate chip cookie. Yum!

  • VeggieGirl
    February 24, 2008 at 11:40 pm

    What a wonderful afternoon you had – full of great food and great company!! :0)

  • VeggieGirl
    February 24, 2008 at 11:47 pm

    **Amy C.:

    I drink unsweetened vanilla almond-milk everyday (the Pacific Foods brand) – it’s delicious!!

  • babycakes
    February 24, 2008 at 11:50 pm

    Amy, I drink the unsweetened (organic) vanilla almond milk all the time. It’s delicious (and has no sugar, which I really appreciate). Glad you discovered it too!

    Jenna, your smoothie looks delicious! And what a wonderful thing you and Ryan did for that sweet girl. I am sure your gesture of love and kindness will be something she remembers for the rest of her (hopefully very long!) life.

    Have a wonderful dinner with your mom tonight. I thought it was so cute that she posted on here yesterday with news of your favorite bean dish…just like a mom! 🙂

  • babycakes
    February 24, 2008 at 11:51 pm

    haha VeggieGirl we were posting at the same time. That’s the brand I buy too 🙂

  • arimcg
    February 25, 2008 at 12:56 am

    I’ve never tried peaches in a smoothie…I bet that would be good. I’m going to have to give it a go when they’re back in season!

  • Annie
    February 25, 2008 at 1:21 am

    I asked this on the last post, but figured Id post it again.
    Has anyone have eaten a Cactus Pear? I got one today at the store, but really have no idea what to do with it. Any advice?? Thanks!

  • nicole r.
    February 25, 2008 at 1:41 am

    Annie–I saw that at whole foods yesterday!! You are from boston too yes? Is that where you found it? I didn’t buy it because i didnt know what to do with it either haha. Did you google it? Let me know if it’s good–I love to try new fruits!!

  • LOri- the pleasantly plump vegan
    February 25, 2008 at 1:48 am

    that sushi is beautiful! i think vegan sushi might be one of my favorite things at the moment. we had some last night, actually.
    wheatgrass! good for him!!!

  • Annie
    February 25, 2008 at 1:53 am

    Hey Nicole,
    I was hesitant to buy it cause its the weirdest looking thing. I actually got one of the cactus pricklers stuck in my finger!
    I live 30 minutes north of Boston, but I got it at a Stop and Shop. I just googled it and I guess its the actual fruit that grows on cacti in the deset..pretty weird.
    Im gonna try it in the morning, so Ill leave a post and let you know how it is.

  • Ana
    February 25, 2008 at 1:57 am

    hey! i LOVE almond milk (i use almond breeze b/c we don’t get the pacific brand here) and it is SO good! i love nutty flavor of it (but i’m a nut fan anyway!). has anyone else tried the Oikos Greek yogurt? i just picked some up b/c the store was all out of Fage and it was REALLY good! a lot cheaper too and didn’t have that wet paper in it. Plus, it’s made by Stoneyfield which is all organic-i highly suggest it!^_^(comes in a pretty little container)

  • Annie
    February 25, 2008 at 2:00 am

    Ana, I didnt like the Oikos Yogurt, I thought it was a lot thinner then Fage or TJ’s. I dont know if you have a Trader Joes, but they have greek yogurt for way cheaper then Fage too. I think its pretty good, and better then Oikos.

  • Laura
    February 25, 2008 at 2:35 am

    You and Ryan are just precious!! Will you post some more pictures of you two!! How long have you been together? I love the fact that he is so supportive of your dietary choices, and even tries to embrace them a little (with the wheatgrass shot) HOW PRECIOUS!!!! I love your blog, and you provide so much inspiration and fabulous meal ideas, even for us “non-vegans!” I am not a vegan by ANY means, but found myself buying Boca Burgers and Boca Breakfast wraps because of you!! 🙂

  • Romina
    February 25, 2008 at 3:03 am

    That’s so sweet of you two! Sounds like you ha a really good afternoon. The food looks marvelous. Vegan sushi is the best invention in the world, I was never a fan of fish myself so I’ve always loved the vegan stuff anyway!

  • Lizzy
    February 25, 2008 at 11:22 am

    Sounds like you had a great day!
    And what an awesome picture! Did he like it?