Quick (and pretty!) breakfast and off to teacher training. Last weekend!!!! Written exam in the morning, and practicals all afternoon.
Even though I packed my lunch, I decided to join the whole gang for sushi, since this is our LAST weekend together. So sad…
Nothing will break Luke’s concentration here…
These two don’t have their food yet. So nothing to do, but smile.
Not my plate.
NOT my plate either…
My plate – seaweed salad! If you think that’s all I had, think again…
Avocado rolls! These were amazing!!! We did need to eat pretty light, as we were practicing all afternoon as part of our practical exams. So this left me just full enough. I’d say 75% full.
After a really long day (it wasn’t really long, but definitely seemed that way with all the exams), we were off for a belated birthday get together with some friends at Mandarin – a chain buffet. It was a central location, and it looked like people were trying to kill each other… Good thing we had a reservation!
Snack on my way over…
Birthday boy and a ridiculously large beer mug he got as a gift from Dan and Angela! Well, I thought it was ridiculously large. He thought it was JUST RIGHT. The mug had an engraving on it with his name and birthday wishes!!! How amazing is that?
Vlad and his hot and sour soup are sharing a moment. It was truly special…
Sam and sake.
We started with the most important food group…
I did my best to ask and figure out which dishes were vegan friendly. Some of my eats…
It may or may not have gone downhill from here with a pile of onion rings… Which are vegan, you gotta admit.
This beautiful pair finally arrived! They were stuck in traffic.
As the crowd continued the celebrations at a bar, I actually headed home to bake the second batch of brownies and head to bed. Early morning tomorrow will include an outdoor yoga practice and an all-day picnic/hot tub/pool celebration with the yoga teacher training bunch, as we party away. What an amazing six months it has been…
Ok, despite the ridiculous name, these turned out really good… You ready?
Scrum-Diddly-Umptious Vegan Brownies
* 1 cup unsweetened applesauce (I used 1 mashed banana and the rest apple sauce)
* 1/2 cup raw sugar (I used regular white sugar)
* 1 teaspoon vanilla
* 3/4 cup unbleached white flour (I used all-purpose)
* 1/3 cup cocoa powder
* 2 teaspoons baking powder
* 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
* 1/2 teaspoon salt
* 1/3 cup walnuts
* 1 dash cinnamon
Preheat oven to 350 and lightly spray or oil an 8 x 8 baking pan. Mix applesauce, sugar, and vanilla in a medium bowl. In another bowl, whisk flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda, and salt, and cinnamon together. Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and add the applesauce mixture. Mix until just combined. Gently fold in walnuts. Spread in prepared pan and bake 25-30 min, until center is firm and not sticky. Cool completely before slicing.
If you’ve ever purchased a brownie mix in a box that just requires you to add milk and eggs – this is probably what you are buying… Some flour with sugar and cocoa powder.
Ok, I realize this does not look very appetizing, but wait…
Ta da! These turned out much more brownie like. The batch yesterday was much more cakey – soft texture. I can’t say I can pick between yesterday’s and today’s batch. Make both!