An Easter Celebration!

Easter is my mom’s favorite holiday. She loves to bring out the decorations (we actually have an Easter tree, folks) and hide my brother and my basket in discreet places around the house. When I got in this morning around 10:00 I immediately went on the Easter basket hunt and was so excited at what I found!

I got a new lunch box, which is soo great since I’ve been using Ryan’s old lunchbox from the 80’s that randomly said “General Motors” on it. Who knows where it came from originally. My NEW lunchbox, which I’ll be using daily at work now, is from Pottery Barn and its a orange recyclable lunchbox with glass containers in it to pack fun stuff in. I also got a new recyclable pink water container since my old one is sort of ghetto and melted in the dishwasher. No candy in this basket—I got a gift card to Whole Foods and……….Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World!!!!!! SO excited to start cookin’ from this baby. I’m pretty much Isa’s biggest fan after cooking so much from Veganomicon so I’m sure this cookbook won’t disappoint either.


My dad and I went to ABC to get some Bloody Mary mix—one of my favorite drinks. Because I used to be a cocktail waitress I know how to make a good one. I mixed us up some using my favorite Zing Zang bloody mary mix with jalepino stuffed olives and lime slices “Lunch” was at a weird time–1:30, so I was hungry and therefore, snacking, all morning long. I nibbled on Peanut Butter Puffins, olives and crackers with hummus (random mix, I know). I didn’t want to eat so much that I wouldn’t be hungry for lunch but around 11:30 my body was screaming for lunch!



Speaking of lunch….it was fabulous! My mom was so sweet and picked up some stuff from the deli section of my favorite health food store here for me while the rest of my family ate chicken kabobs. (I thought mine was prettier!). I had a vegan spanakopita that I thought would be filled with tofu, but instead it was wonderfully seasoned spinach and golden pine nuts enclosed in a flaky phyllo dough. I had never had spinach pie before and LOVED it and am so excited I can eat the other half tomorrow for lunch, packed in my new lunch box! I also had roasted veggies—sweet potato, bell pepper, mushrooms and red onions—and a chilled beet salad. No one eats beets anymore, where’s the love? I love ’em! We all sipped on lemonade with lunch and it was ice cold and delicious.


The hit of the meal was Dreena’s Coconut Cake with pink buttercream frosting!!! My dad took one bite and went crazy! In his words, “This is fantastic and the way of eating in the future without animal products….no one would ever know this is vegan!” He loved the cake so much that he made me cut him a slice to take on the plane tonight while he travels to Dallas for business. My mom and my brother decided to wait til later to have a slice because they were too full from lunch, but of course I had a small piece and loved it as well! It was so moist and light and I loved how it is reduced fat, also, because of the addition of applesauce instead of extra oil. A sweet success, for sure!


Now I’m officially stuffed. I feel like I’ve been eating all day, which is not a good thing, but it’s a holiday so it’s forgivable. I’m about to take Mikan on a long walk outside to enjoy the weather and then Ryan is coming over later on. I hope you all are having a great day and holiday!!!


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  • ibex hk
    March 23, 2008 at 6:52 pm

    what a lovely basket full of treats! I got EAT, DRink and Be Vegan in mine, WOHOO!!! I’m so excited to get cooking! Enjoy the holiday with your family and Ryan, I know I will now that I have my new cook book 🙂

  • Tina O.
    March 23, 2008 at 6:55 pm

    It is SO nice that your family not only respects the way you eat, but actually seem to encourage and support you! My family (and friends) think I am insane and my husband hates my “food choices”. You should be very thankful! And you’re mom seems really great, I hope my kids still like me when they are grown!

  • Courty
    March 23, 2008 at 7:07 pm

    Happy Easter! What a great haul-your mom is awesome. And your doggie is adorable!!

  • erica
    March 23, 2008 at 7:30 pm

    mmm, your lunch looks superb! those roasted veggies look especially delicious. i never know how to properly make really tasty roasted veggies! and that coconut cake is making my mouth water!

    it looks to me like you’re having a great day.. your easter basket is adorable- your mom is the best!

    and your doggie is too cute!

  • Courtney B
    March 23, 2008 at 7:49 pm

    sounds like you’ve had a great Easter so far! lucky girl!!

    just something quick– I’m a vegetarian and lately I’ve been trying to limit my intake of eggs and dairy! I was wondering if anyone could tell me how Earth Balance whipped butter tasted? I want to try it, but I love getting feedback on products before I do! Thanks!!

  • Ella
    March 23, 2008 at 8:35 pm

    My friend told me about your site…and it’s so cute!

    It’s extra fun for me to read because when I became vegetarian in middle school, I went through such a similar food evolution, including my mom, dad, and older sister having something different on holidays (I’m 22 now). My family gradually started eating more vegetables and whole grains and less animal products, too…fun to watch. Happy Holidays and thanks for the site! I hope you never tire of photographing your culinary adventures!


  • Vegan_noodle
    March 23, 2008 at 8:55 pm

    SOunds like a great easter celebration!! I sooo miss the days of easter baskets… I should ask my mom to bring em back next year!

    Glad your family liked the coconut cake, gives me some confidence in mine (we leave ina little whil to join my parents for dinner). And oh I would so love to be in pastry chef school with you. I think it sounds like so much fun.

    Oh, and was curious about where you did your online nutrition course… I have been looking at a few and would love a recommendation….

  • Vegan_noodle
    March 23, 2008 at 8:56 pm

    Oh, and forgot… you are gonna love VCTOTW!!! The simple chocolate cupcakes recipe is the bomb. Everyone loves it. Oh and I just made the margarita ones this week and they were really good too. Wonder if you could make a bloody mary cupcake….

  • Laura
    March 23, 2008 at 9:02 pm

    I love yoru healthy attitude to eating! Holidays are meant for a little fun right?

  • BethT
    March 23, 2008 at 9:06 pm

    Bloody Mary Cupcake??!?!?!


    🙂 I hate bloody marys and to think of them in cupcake form….


  • Becky
    March 24, 2008 at 12:20 am

    Beets are the best! They are so yummy roasted although you have to be careful or you’ll turn half your kitchen pink in the process.

    Wish my fam was as healthy as yours. Went to the in-laws which was cholesterol heaven … they even managed to kill asparagus by drowning it in ranch dressing and cheese. Sigh … excited to make some veggies for dinner tonight the right way!

  • Erin
    March 24, 2008 at 12:37 am

    I’m so jealous of your Easter basket!! I wish I had one this year – I’m studying abroad in Ireland so I couldn’t spend the holiday at home unfortunately! And PS that cake looks DELICIOUS.

  • Romina
    March 24, 2008 at 1:50 am

    Your lunchbox is so cute. =) It looks like you had a delicious dinner. And congrats on getting the book!

  • ChocolateCoveredVegan
    March 24, 2008 at 1:59 am

    Wait, your dad is coming to Dallas?! LOL have him bring a piece of cak for me!

    I am so excited to see the cupcakes you’ll make! I am a little too obsessed with that book, so I hope you enjoy it even half as much as I do!

    Maybe our camera cords went on a vacation together… I guess my cord was jealous that I got to go on Spring Break and it didn’t.

    Happy, happy Easter!

  • Lizzy
    March 24, 2008 at 10:57 am

    What fantastic gifts. I’ve been dying to find a good lunchbox, but Germans aren’t too much into lunchboxes..

    You’ll enjoy the cupcake book for sure. I just made the PB ones and they got rave reviews!

  • Kelly T.
    March 24, 2008 at 1:09 pm

    Awww he looks like the dog from the grinch who stole christmas. He just needs some antlers.

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