Pickings are getting slim in the garden, so I grabbed what was left: lots of marigolds. They're a little wild-looking, having grown bent stems to spill over the side of the garden box.


One day's food

For those who wonder what plant-based eating looks like day to day, here's what we had today.

We typically all eat different things for lunch: my husband and I eat leftovers; the big kids take lunches to school; and Baby has whatever I can scrounge up that I think he will eat. The big kids usually take peanut butter or meat and cheese (obviously not plant-based) sandwiches in their lunches, or cheese and crackers, granola bars, applesauce, fruit, etc.


Cream of wheat with brown sugar and raisins
Smoothie made from oranges, mango, banana, spinach, and water

For me: Leftover minestrone soup and leftover Hawaiian haystacks (rice, beans, tomatoes, green peppers, green beans, and gravy)
For Baby: Whole wheat pasta with homemade vegan parmesan and an orange (parmesan made from nuts, nutritional yeast, and salt)

Date-sweetened oatmeal cookies, crackers, pretzels, raisins

Baked potatoes, canned meatless chili, "cheese" sauce (made from potato, carrot, onion, cashew, and spices), cooked frozen broccoli


Zipper pouches

I finally made something I've been wanting to make for a long time: zipper pouches. My favorite is lined with red velvet. I'm not sure about the blue zipper on the other one.

I have no idea what we'll use these for. Time will tell. Meanwhile, I should probably make a few more—I still have some zippers left, and I could definitely use some practice.

This was my first time sewing zippers! One day I'll make Tiger Lily a dress with a zipper. I've made her several dresses, but have always managed to avoid zippers.

I used this tutorial.


Another beginning

Red Chief's school just hired another fifth grade teacher, and he's in the new class. I am thrilled that his class size will be going from 33 to 24.

As a creature of habit, I am less thrilled about adjusting to a new teacher all over again—we just did that. We have to figure out homework, where to wait in the mornings, how best to communicate. But I've met very few teachers who aren't incredible people, so I'm sure things will work out.


Fruit and veg

Tiny plums and grapes from the farmer's market, and onions and garden tomatoes for our hamburgers.


Minus one tooth

Red Chief had oral surgery last week to have an extra tooth out. (The dentist called it a "supernumerary" tooth.)

We stocked up beforehand on soup, smoothie ingredients, and other soft foods he requested. I also collected some surprises for him to occupy his time in convalescence: Legos, movies, a stained-glass painting kit from the dollar store, the 2017 Farmer's Almanac.

The surgery went well. He was brave and is recovering nicely, but he's glad to have it behind him.

We're still having soft foods this week: smoothies, oatmeal, and other porridges for breakfast; soup, pasta, applesauce, and mashed potatoes for dinner. I don't love cooking two dinners, so I'm just trying to plan soft things that everyone can have.

Image courtesy magazineart.org



A bunch of small sunflowers appeared in my garden; I'm not sure where they came from. But I cut them with pleasure to display on my mantel.


Treasure seeker

Baby can't stay away from the fridge. Usually he's into the grapes, but corn is tempting as well.

Baby literally throws his weight around to get what he wants. He's learned to open the fridge, the oven, and the dishwasher by hanging from them at the right angle. He is slowly but surely breaking his high chair by "bouncing" on various parts of it. He gives high fives with a running start. He puts his all into everything!


Garden gift

I attended an orchestra listening party, where we listened to the symphony we're about to start learning, and ironed out many little details that we now won't have to work out in rehearsals. Fun and worthwhile!

I wanted to thank the friend who hosted us, so I grabbed some garden veggies and herbs and bagged them up. Garden veggies are my go-to gift in the summer, as long as the recipient doesn't have a garden already.