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Thursday Menu 3/2 - Pumpkin Raisin Muffins

Cinnamon Life with soymilk.


I went to Romano's Macaroni Grill with my dad, so I ate a lot of bread and did the create your own pasta thing. Whole wheat penne, tomato basil sauce, roasted garlic, carmelized onions, and fresh spinach. Sounds good, right? It was, until I found a few bits of chicken in it. I sent it back and they made it fresh, and it appeared chicken-free but by that point I wasn't very hungry anyway. I ate a few bites and then packed it up and brought it home for The Boy.

A clementine.
3 Tbsp chocolate chips.
1 oz almonds
2 pumpkin-raisin muffins.

Yeah, tonight was a snack-fest. I never really got hungry, so I just kept grabbing a snack every few hour. The chocolate chips and the muffins were spread out throughout the evening, but it seemed stupid to list them separately.

The muffins were a variation on the Best Pumpkin Muffins from VwaV. We're driving to Connecticut tomorrow and I wanted something portable and yummy for the trip. These fit the bill. I made some changes, and also took some pictures, but the recipe and photos will have to wait. I'm having some serious color issues that I never had with my PC, so until I figure things out I probably won't be posting many photos. But the plus side is that when I do get everything worked out I'll have about 20 photos to post all at once. It'll be an embarrasment of food porn.

I'm taking the laptop with me to CT, but I don't know if I'll have internet access or not. If not then I'll see you on Sunday, hopefully with a newfound understanding of browser colorspace and a big-ass jug of maple syrup. Mmm, syrupy.

In completely unrelated news, I bought a sheet of very nice 300 lb watercolor paper this afternoon, brought it home, answered the phone, and when I came back into the living room to put it away what did I find? Scarlet chewing on the deckled edge that was sticking out of the bag, of course. Awesome! I love it when cats eat stuff that costs $10/sheet. I swear, she will try to eat anything she can fit in her mouth. And if she can't fit it into her mouth then she'll sit on it or knock it all over the place. I love her but she can be extremely annoying sometimes. Like a child, pretty much. Which is why I do not ever plan to have any.

Over and out.

Two cats are more than enough to drive me crazy, too.
I look forward to reading/seeing the huge food porn post.

At least your cat can’t open the refrigerator (you don’t want to know). Can’t wait for that muffin recipe, I love to bake!

I really hate it when restaurants accidentally serve meat in my food. This has happened at the Cheesecake Factory (bacon when I asked for no bacon very insistently) and at two different burrito joints, one where I ordered a grilled veg and got grilled chicken, and one where the chicken and veg marked wrappers got mixed up. I can still vividly remember biting into those burritos and instantaneously knowing something very wrong and very foul and just violated my mouth. Puke!

Ok, I’m done ranting now, have a great time in CT.

I've been fortunate enough in 3+ years of being vegetarian or vegan to not accidentally get meat - that I know of, anyway. I'm so sorry that happened to you! And Macaroni Grill is one of the few chains that has anything to offer vegans beyond green salad and French fries.

I don't have cats, but I do have a kid. She's 5 months old and I lover her to death, but she's teething, and like your cat, she will put anything in her mouth. Luckily she hasn't gotten a hold of anything expensive yet...

Enjoy your trip! I'm jealous of your huge jug of real New England maple syrup. I grew up in NH and only ever had the real thing - there was a local syrup producer that tapped trees in my grandmother's yard. How can people stand that maple-flavored corn syrup crap?

Aww, we miss you! Where are ya? In Mac heaven?

Once, I asked for "vegan pad thai", and got "chicken pad thai" instead. They redid the order for me. The next time, I made sure they heard me right- VEGAN, not chicken! But this time, my order had eggs! Sigh, but at least they redid it and I got a FREE lunch! I haven't been back there since.

Stop being such a tease -- where is the pumpkin muffin recipe already? I love pumpkin anything, especially in a recipe that is already vegan!

Oh man! I totally forgot about this post. I think now I have to make them tomorrow. Oh darn. ;)

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