Unless you’re an adorable child in overalls, do not do this in public.
There are few things I like better than a list of things to do. So, of course, I’m attacking my 30 Before 30 list enthusiastically. The first item I knocked off was my 21 day Vega Kickstart, which ended a few days ago.
I’m particularly proud of accomplishing this one because the last two days of it occurred while I was on a cruise to the Bahamas with my mom. Cruises are essentially a celebration of gluttony. At one point yesterday I saw a lady double fisting ice cream cones. Lick one, lick the other, back and forth, like someone was about to take them away from her even though ice cream was free in unlimited amounts aboard the ship. I’m not usually super judge-y about food — what do I care what anyone else eats — but that one turned my stomach.
Needless to say – not an easy place to complete the kickstart. (Again: free ice cream.) But I did it. Actually, I liked it so much and I feel so great, I’m going to see how long I can continue this for. I’m not sure it will stick forever because it really does require a lot of work and time that I don’t always have. I figure at the very least I can stay away from dairy for another month though, thanks to the image of weird double-fisting ice cream cruise lady that I can’t un-see.
I just ran a marathon. It was amazing, horrible, fun, so hard and by far the most challenging physical thing I’ve done in my life. I can’t wait for the next one (in February.) I have a ton that I want to say about the experience, but I’m tired and weirdly sort of emotional about the whole thing so I think I’d better wait until tomorrow.
In the meantime, please enjoy these pies I baked and never blogged. Work was bananas the last couple month – busy to the point where I honestly didn’t have time to think about this blog. Luckily, I did have time to bake.(It’s my favorite de-stresser activity and I was plenty stressed out so there were pies.)
First off, a pie that I neglected to photograph. I went through a vegan attempt earlier this year – not going so well at the moment – and so I wanted to make vegan pumpkin pie at Thanksgiving. You might remember these beautiful babies from October during my bout with pneumonia. Well I turned them into homemade puree via this recipe from No Meat Athlete and then into this pie, also via NMA.
I have to say it was… kind bad. I definitely did something wrong because it was really dark and weird-looking and I also think the cashew butter was just too much. I plan on making pumpkin pie again this winter (my Papa loves it so I’m trying to figure out a way to make it low sugar or sugar-free for him) but I’ll probably use the traditional ingredients. I just couldn’t get the right creaminess. I made it for Thanksgiving and only two slices got eaten. That’s not normal for my pie and super not normal for Oliver and his brother. So – bad pie.
Luckily, earlier in the month for my friend Ren’s annual “friend thanksgiving” I made this apple pie and I was really pleased with it:
I definitely ate the leftovers with my hands the following Monday at work because I'm real classy.
I used my typical extra flaky crust recipe and for the insides used three variety of apples (just seasonal local ones), pumpkin pie spice (just a pinch -weird but good), a bit of cinnamon and some sugar. I really liked the mix of apple flavors and spices. I highly recommend it, but I’ll have to bake and more carefully blog another because I can’t remember all the steps now.
Good pie, bad blogger.