The Vegan Experiment

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Carl decided to take this vegan challenge and eat completely vegan for 1 month, so we can see if he notices any positive or negative things happening to his body.  So far its going really well and I’m enjoying coming up with healthy, potato free vegan meals.

He did feel light headed at work so far, so I’ve upped his food intake, and that’s gotten rid of that.  Yes, apparently you shouldn’t get fed by me or you will get served small meals and expected to be fine with it.  We both take a multivitamin daily, because you know, health and stuff.

Here is what Carl’s been eating:

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^^ Edamame falafel wrap.  These also went along for his lunch.

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^^ Quesadillas filled with hummus, roasted vegetables and lettuce.  This was dinner the night before.  I’m the leftover queen.

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^^ Sweet Potato, lentil Cottage Pie.  He loved this and ate a whole lot.

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^^ Crumbed Eggplant sandwich.  Not seen – home made granola bars and fruit.

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^^ Stir fried vegetables over rice, served with crumbed eggplant.  This eggplant is out of this world.

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^^ Lentil and kale soup. Really filling and an explosion of flavour in your mouth.

Have a great weekend everyone.  Happy 4th of July to all my American friends. Have a festive time filled with family and fun.

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Why we are leaving…

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Why are we leaving South Africa? Is it the crime? the constant loadshedding? the fact that we basically live on murder street? No.

Since I can remember, I’ve never felt like I belong here. One of my earliest memories is getting asked what I want to do when I’m older and saying ” I want to go oversees, it doesn’t matter where.  I just want to go”.

One of the things I love doing is walking, I want to be able to walk around my neighbourhood or walk to a shop without having to pepperspray someone ( this, has happened to me everywhere I’ve lived), but mostly I want to travel I don’t want to be at the bottom of the world, I want to experience a first world country.  I want an adventure and I’ve already seen everything in South Africa and you know what I still don’t feel like I belong here.  Yes, there are lots of people that love it here and want to stay, seeing a reason to stay,and that’s great for them. Those are the people that feel like this is their home.  I’ve moved around a lot, but I can never truly call South Africa, home.  Maybe I’m just a gypsy spirit made to never find a place to call home, or maybe I will find the place I can call home soon.  Only time will tell.

I no longer want to feel desensitised to crime.  Carl almost got robbed on Saturday, after grabbing the phone out of this guys hand, and swearing at him, we carried on with our day like nothing happened.  I know the whole world has crime, and I completely understand, why people have to steal, the poverty here is insane, but I just want to feel a little safer.

I’m supporting Carl in his quest to better himself, with a honours in Bcom business management with specialisation in general management and a distinction in international business, he is also enrolled in the CFA program at the moment, obviously this guy means business 😉 He doesn’t want to stay in this country and stop growing, never getting challenged, he wants to be great.

That is why this new adventure awaits us.  Yes, I know it will be hard and challenging, but great memories and determination, comes from working towards something.  I’m ready for this adventure to begin.

What I wore Wednesday

Oh, Wednesday.  Here you are again.  The days are flying by and I’m loving it.  I’ve been feeling really calm about our move lately and like its just the perfect thing ever, so now it bums me out thinking how long 5 months are going to take.  I’m just going to enjoy my last couple of months here and just embrace it as it happens.

My latest cupboard cleansing has made me realize what clothes I just love and what I want to get, but this what I wore Wednesday should be called.  My favourite outfit ever!  I love this outfit,  I don’t think the photos do it justice.  It really makes my waist look tiny and I love it. Also stripes! Gah, I’m just to excited, lets just look at the outfit.

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^^ Its always a hat day.

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^^ stripes, scarves and oversized jackets.

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^^ This is a really short  shirt and I don’t like exposing myself for the world to see ( I’m the palest of pale and If you get a glimpse at my stomach you would think I’m wearing a white shirt), so highwaisted jeans make this a perfect outfit for me.

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^^ I love a good scarf.

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What’s the one outfit you love? Its strange how a modest outfit can make you feel classy and sexy.

Edamame Falafel with a Kale Slaw

I love falafel.  The taste, the way it looks, how I can stuff it in a pita, eat it in a salad or just devour it just as is.

A while bag I picked up a bag of shelled edamame, thinking it would be so much easier to eat without its little shell house, but I hated it.  I love the work involved with edamame, the almost relaxation that comes from popping out a soy bean and so my edamame falafel was born!

This beautiful green falafel is really easy to make and can easily be made gluten free.  Its incredibly delicious and filling. I love this falafel, but my favourite thing right now is this kale slaw.  I’m incredibly obsessed with and finished the entire bowl of it in a day.  Its so fresh and crunchy.  It just tastes like more.

EDAMAME FALAFEL WITH KALE SLAW12 falafel ( makes 6 pita wraps)

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Falafel

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cup shelled edamame (defrosted in warm water)
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper (optional)
  • 1/2 cup chopped coriander
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 cup chopped, spinach
  • 3 heaped tbsp flour
  • oil for frying

Directions

In a large bowl add edamame, onion, garlic, cumin coriander and cayenne.  With a hand blender start blending the soy beans, until you have a chunky consistency that is smoothish.

Season with salt and pepper, taste the mixture.  Fold in the spinach, coriander and flour.  If its a little to wet, add another tbsp flour.

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Form 12 small discs.

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In a large skillet heat some oil.  Fry on both sides until golden brown.

Kale slaw

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Ingredients 

  • 1 carrot, grated
  • 1 small bunch kale, washed, stems remove and chopped
  • 2 cabbage leaves, washed and chopped
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 1 tbsp liquid sweetener
  • a grind of black pepper

Directions

In a large bowl combine, carrot,kale, cabbage, mayonnaise, vinegar, sweetener and black pepper,  Toss.

Assembly 

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Ingredients

  • 6 small pita wraps
  • shredded lettuce, tomatoes, cucumber
  • hummus
  • edamame
  • Kale slaw

Directions

Smear half of your pita wrap with hummus, and place a dollop of kale slaw on the other half.

Add lettuce, tomatoes, cucumber and falafel.  Fold and enjoy.

an instant of life captured for eternity

Some weekends just outshine the rest and this weekend was one of the best of my life.  On Sunday my best friend, soul bro and all around amazing guy asked me to marry him. Of course I said yes!

It was the best proposal ever! He took me to a little forest and while walking around, he got on his knee, broke a branch, hurt himself and proposed.  I could not stop laughing and after saying the most beautiful things, I shed a few tears. I’m so excited to be spending the rest of my life and eternity with this guy, he’s the best thing that’s ever happened to me, he makes me want to be the best person I can be and is always pushing me to try new things.  Without him I would not be overcoming so many fears I have and be able to take a risk of going for a new adventure out of this country.

I’m excited to share our lives together, have fun and always play, because life is t short not to have fun.

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^^ Carl bought himself this beautiful trench coat this weekend.  I think he’s in love.

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^^ In this forest we got engaged. I was really bummed I didn’t get a photo of him hurting his knee, but I was laughing way to much.

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^^ Pretty ring!

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^^ A really unflattering photo, but it captures the moment.

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^^ Pretty skies.

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^^ Belphie is not sure how to feel about our engagement.

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^^ ending the day off with this doggy sitting on my lap! what a happy day!

How was your weekend?

Harry Potter Home Inspiration – Hagrid’s Hut

Rubeus Hagrid or Hagrid is one of the most interesting characters in Harry Potter.  The groundskeeper and general nice guy of Hogwarts,  stayed in a cut little hut on the grounds.  The lovable half giant, sure has a heart of gold and cared for any animal he got his hands on.

Hagrid’s hut is an inviting little place, that had a lot of regular visitors ( I’m looking at you Harry and the gang), it was homely with a lot of charm.

Quilts, wooden floors, a fireplace that was used for cooking, hanging baskets are just a few things I think about when imagining Hagrid’s hut.  Also pumpkins, lots and lots of pumpkins.  The pumpkin juice has to come from somewhere!

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Let’s bring Hagrid’s hut alive and a little bit more liveable.

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^^ Growing some pumpkins in unique ways is the first step in bringing a little Hagrid into your home.

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^^ Instead of hanging cages on your ceiling. Why not hang pretty baskets.

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^^ When your wand is an umbrella, you are going to want to store in a mighty fine place.

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^^ Cooking over your fireplace has never been so stylish.

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^^ Storing your firewood doesn’t need to look bad, these are wonderful, tidy and stylish ways to store it.

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^^ I love the look of a nice quilt.  Placing it on your bed creates a nice whimsy feel.

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^^ A nice faux fur throw over your couch is essential and looks so good.

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^^ Living in a small hut by the woods is a dream of mine, but boy would I be scared at night.  Candles on the wall is essential for keeping all the bad mystical creatures away.

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^^ Yes, you are a muggle and you have little muggle hand, unlike our half giant friend that would easily drink out of these teacups.  You will just have to settle with using them as a planter.

Happy Friday guys.  Have a lovely weekend.

Just Go With The Flow

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So many big things happening can really mess with your mind.  I mean I’ve never been scared of flying yet, last night while lying in bed I kept googling if they make sure the checked in bags don’t have bombs in them.  Yes, obviously I’m stressing myself out, but with the date for our departure getting closer and closer, I’m turning into a crazed freak. So much to do so little time!

It all started with Belphie, now a few things you need to know.  Belphie was a stray cat that kept breaking into our house stealing food and sleeping in the spare room that we hardly went into.  One day I casually strolled into the room, and immediately froze.  On the bed was the skinniest most sickly looking cat I’ve seen.  Of course he started yoda earing and hissing, but like the little animal rescuer I am, I had one of those ” need to safe this cat” moments and commenced with closing all the windows and luring him with tuna and milk ( Carl’s brothers food).  Three days went by of him coming here for food and so the cuddles started, the third day, was the day he never left  again. I mean I have to go outside with him so he can go pee.  Today Belphie is a spoilt cat, going through only child syndrome, he doesn’t like, cats, birds, dogs, horses and people.  Sometimes I’m not sure he likes us.   He cuddles you one second and brutally attacks you the next.  He poops on the couch when you don’t pay attention to him.  He’s living the good life now and refuses certain foods, he begs for anything you are eating and you can’t come into the house with french fries.  He absolutely loves french fries and goes mental when he sees them.  After an incredibly long couple of hours with him abusing me and peeing on the couch while looking at me, I reached a breaking point.  What are we going to do with Belphie?!  Carl’s parents said they would take him and take care of him for us, but what if he goes on a complete murderous spree and bites everyone in the house, will they still be so kind? and keep him?   I should just believe everything will be fine. Belphie PLEASE be good!

These will be the last couple of months when we still have all our stuff and our house wont be barren.  We’ve decided to sell all our belonging in October and November.  Starting fresh somewhere else requires a fresh start in all aspects of our life.  We want to be comfortable over there, so selling everything and getting the money for it will be great.  I’m not a hoarder in any sense, but everything in this house is basically memories of our relationship, that still makes my heart fuzzy, I’m a sucker for memory keepsakes, but I’m trying to remember that memories stay in your heart forever, and the memories we will be making with this adventure will be the best times ever.  As long as I’m with Carl that’s all I need….and my camera, I want to capture those memories!

In an attempt to save money Carl has decided to go vegan for a month, just to see if it will be cheaper and if it will help with his tummy issues.  I’ll be documenting his experiences, and how he feels, during this time.  We’ve also been talking about Carl writing a post about what it was like growing up with an autistic brother, and what its like for the siblings in these situations.  What do you think? would this be a good post?

and lastly.  My blog has become so much more than vegan recipes.  I started this blog as a way to escape a bad relationship I was just not happy in and now I’m happy, content, and enjoying documenting my life and all the experiences I’m dealing with.  Its become a way for me to vent and talk about all the stuff I’m interested in even if its just photos of my life.  I’ve been thinking about a blog name change for a while and finally came up with a perfect name.  The perfect name came from a lot of over thinking and asking Carl for the lyrics of a song he wrote for me and when I read the lyrics, I told him. “well that sounds like a melodramatic adventure”. And so my blog will soon be named MELodramatic adventures, hey when it has your name in it you know its meant to be.

And so the longest blog post in the history of blog posts comes to an end. Thanks for letting me get my rant out!

What I wore Wednesday ft. Dogs and Horses

The days seem to be flying by.  At the blink of an eye its already time for What I wore Wednesday.  I’ve been doing some intense cleansing of my wardrobe, trying to get rid of everything I don’t wear any more or don’t wear often enough to keep.  Now I have a giant pile of clothes and shoes, sitting against the wall mocking me.  I guess I could move it, but I feel like its great inspiration for Carl to start the cleanse of his clothes.

My style is all over the place, I like  a bit of everything and think the world is to beautiful not to take risks with clothes.

The dogs came for a visit during my photo taken, as well as an injured horse. Apparently I’m real interesting in the animal kingdom.

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^^ Dogs being dogs.  This dog is a complete nuisance.  He’s eaten grout, matches and putty.  I don’t know how he’s alive or what he’s trying to make in his tum tum.

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^^ A very brown background.  Its so dry here, my skin is hating it.

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^^ Horse with an injured leg and a tiny horse.

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^^ I just want to colour this kimono in.

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Shirt. Similar Here

Kimono. Similar Here.

Shorts. Similar Here

Sunglasses. Similar here.

Combat Boots Similar here

Orange You Mine, Green Juice

I don’t know why I have to give the juices I make a weird name, but it sure does roll of the tongue.  I love juicing, you get a fresh home made juice, that doesn’t have all that bad for you crap in it.  My garden loves the pulp, and I love the way I feel after I drink this juice.  This juice is loaded with vitamin C and just a wonderful nutrient boost.  Its sure to chase any sniffles away in an instant, it also tastes dreamy!

ORANGE YOU MINE, GREEN JUICE –  serves 4

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Ingredients

  • 5 oranges, peeled
  • 3 green apples, chopped
  • 1 inch ginger, peeled
  • 1 celery stalk
  • 1 cup spinach

Directions

Place everything in you juicer.  Give it a good old stir before serving.   serve over ice.

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^^ Yum! Juice!

an instant of life captured for eternity

This year sure is flying by! With a to do list that keeps piling up, as we get closer and closer to our anticipated move out of South Africa date, stress sure can sneak up on you.  Its actually strange I don’t feel that stressed out or scared.  I’m ready for this change, and all the fun that it will bring.  Carl is studying a lot, trying to be as prepared as possible for his CFA exam in December, but we’ve still managed to have some fun, with a busy schedule.

Please take note of the terrible photos Carl takes.  He’s got a gift for blurry pictures.

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^^ Kitty cuddles.  A couple of minutes after this photo was taken, Belphie bit me so hard on my ribs I was winded, just because I got up.

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^^ African market browsing.

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^^ Dirty Belphie sunning himself.

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^^ Thrift shop browsing.  The extreme dryness has been doing a number on my hair, but at least I have a fluffy coat.

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^^ That moment you realize you look like a centaur.

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^^ Pretty lamp post.

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^^ Everyday he’s studying.

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^^ Blue skies and cold air.

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^^ Green juice and no make up.  Beautiful days.

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^^ Green juice with a view.

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^^ The last leaf on this tree.

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^^ Self timer photos sure are fun.  Yet again we are wearing a similar outfit.

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^^ Surprise dip.  My hat got stolen by Carl here.

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^^ When the kiss is so good your leg pops.

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^^ Posing.

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^^ I think this is hat abuse.

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^^ Someone call the hat police

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^^ Such a happy guy.  I have so much fun with him everyday.

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^^ Charlie Chaplin’s son?

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^^ Lots of guys, at the back of our house.

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^^ The Drive home.

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^^ The can you believe what Belphie is doing face.  We have this face a lot.

Happy Monday.  I hope everyone had a lovely Fathers day and weekend.  What did you do this weekend?