On the fifth day of Christmas my true love gave to me...
Five containers of organic orange juice*
Four Kucinich years (as president)
Three alternative heating options (multi-fuel stove, pellet insert, solar)
Two cast iron pans (one a skillet, one a muffin pan) and
A Bakfiet to easily carry Parker, Dema, and Josie.
*Rob started teasing me years before we had kids (read when we had two incomes, lived in the DC area and could afford it), about my organic orange juice. I'm an organic freak and would sometimes not buy any produce if I couldn't find organic (I admitted a long time later that Rob was right and eating conventional produce was better than not eating any). Back to the juice, I am not known for paying attention to food prices and he informed me that buying this organic juice at $7/half gallon was pretty much like buying gold. I still love my organic (calcium-fortified) orange juice, as with all juices, we don't buy it often.
We spent all night last night playing games; Harvest Time and Sand Castles are co-operative games which the boys received from me for Christmas. Parker is naturally a co-operative game person and Dema does better, especially when playing with older kids, if the game is not competitive. Rob, on the other hand, is a lost cause. He played the games (over and over), but would make comments which clearly were not co-operative and blatantly competitive. Rob was just trying (and succeeding) to push my buttons. To be fair, he really enjoys Sand Castles and as I started doing other things around the house and the guys all played together there was lots of co-operation. Rudolf would certainly be included in our games.
Here is Broccoli Soba with Peanut-Pumpkin Sauce from Vegan Family Favorites from a few days ago, but I used whole-wheat spaghetti instead of soba. Also from VFF is Sesame Tofu (but you really don't need a recipe...think Bragg's Amino Acids, sesame seeds, and tofu...next time I'll add nutritional yeast). Parker loved the tofu, but Dema prefers his "white" with no sauce right out of the package. I toasted the whole-wheat bread with a little Earth Balance and some nutritional yeast.