Last night’s dinner offered a choice of soups, sweet potato or 10 beans, with salad and cornbread, followed by roasted zucchini, brussel sprouts and eggplant, an Amy’s veggie pizza and barbecued tofu steaks. Dessert got out of hand– I made Rita’s pumpkin muffins (with devils food cake mix) Veronica brought cookies she baked and Derek brought half of a left over carrot cake from Nicole I’s birthday, the day before. I tried hard to resist the sweets but did take a taste of all. Whoever thinks we that choose a plant-based diet are deprived, needs to come join us for a Thursday night feast.
Speaking of sweet treats, earlier in the week I mentioned meeting “Dr. Liz,” at the Farmer’s Market last week. Liz Schwartz is both a local optometrist and the owner and baker at The Conscious Cupcake. She made Mitch and I the beautiful “rack of billiards balls” cupcakes for our anniversary last month. While she will happily customize her treats, she also offers some delicious and gorgeous choices like the Oreo cookie cupcakes I noticed while visiting her booth. Stop by the Parkland Farmer’s market and tell her I sent you. She will know me as the woman she made the billiards theme cupcakes for….or as Jane’s trainer. The market is EVERY OTHER Sunday and this week is an off week…Mitch and I got there shortly after they opened at 9. When we left, less than an hour later, there had to be about 100 cars waiting to get in. It was incredibly busy, but very organized. It’s Parkland, after all.
Congratulations to those taking vows and tying knots, today and tonight. All across the world people are jumping on this special date, 11/11/11. If we listen carefully we can probably hear wedding bells in the air.
And last, but definitely not least, a million thanks to all the veterans who have given of themselves, risked their own lives and made incredible sacrifices in order to preserve and promote freedom and democracy. 11/11/11 and every year, this day honors YOU.
“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.”
– John F. Kennedy