Monday, June 18, 2007

A Weekend to Always Remember

Okay, I'll get to the good part at the end, but first a bit about food. On Saturday I made my first attempt at vegan sushi (or any sushi for that matter). I made spicy tempeh rolls as well as some miscellaneous veggie rolls. Fillings included avocado, carrot, green onion, cucumber, and toasted sesame seeds. I could not have accomplished this without the first episode of the Post Punk Kitchen, check out the video online! John helped with cutting the rolls and with plenty of emotional support during the rolling. Altogether we made six yummy rolls. I served our sushi on my newly purchased Japanese-inspired sushi plates from Sur La Table along with some wasabi (of course) and low-sodium tamari. With so many leftovers, I brought them along to a party that same evening and they were gobbled up. No one seemed to notice or care that it was vegan sushi, all I got was compliments!

In addition to the sushi, I also made some cupcakes to bring (since it was a birthday party). And, I admit it, I cheated and made boxed cupcakes from Cherrybrook Kitchen. To try and make up for my laziness I bought my first pastry bag to try and decorate the cupcakes, as you can see I had a rough time, but I figure you have to start somewhere! Hopefully my skills will improve with time. The cupcakes were pretty tasty, of course no where near the yumminess of homemade, but sometimes shortcuts in life are neccesary. I promise my next cupcake post will be my own creation!

Sunday was a very special day. We celebrated father's day at my parents' house with me cooking dinner (tomato and mango salad, seitan fajitas, farmer's market corn, and banana pecan brownie sundaes). Yay for dads! I feel so lucky to have two wonderful parents who have always loved and supported me, even through some of my crazy decisions.

Last night we also celebrated ..... our engagement! John asked me to marry him on Sunday morning and I happily accepted. I came downstairs to find a beautiful flower arrangement, mimosas, and a little box on the table. The morning couldn't have been more perfect. I am so excited to marry John and spend our lives together! Of course now comes the hard part, figuring out the details of the wedding ..... I'll keep you posted!


braceyourself said...

Congratulations again. Glad to hear the great news last night.

Anonymous said...

Congratulations! Marriage is a beautiful and joyous thing, especially with someone who shares your passions and knows your heart. I wish you many long years of vegan eating (etc!) together!!

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Don't Get Mad Get Vegan! said...

Congratulations on the engagement!

your first attmept at sushi is fantastic. bravo!

KleoPatra said...

Engaged!! How exciting for you! Congratulations!! What a wonderful future husband you have in John. Love the flowers; they are gorgeous.

Diggin' on your sushi, by the way... it looks great! And your cupcakes are sweet (even if you did "cheat") and i am sure they tasted great w/your fancy icing atop.

Like you, i also am so thankful and grateful i have a father and a mother who are still alive and thriving who have always supported me and loved me unconditionally. Lucky us!

Wishing you an easy wedding planning and many years of good health, peace and happiness ahead.

Selina said...

Hey Congrats on the Engagement! Those flowers are beautiful!

I used
when I got married. I loved it it helped out So much!

You Sushi looks really good too!

Brooke said...

Congrats!!! Just found your's great!

Jackie said...

Congrats on your engagement :)

What a beautiful bouquet.

Your first attempt at vegan sushi looks really wonderful and I am sure everyone enjoyed it.

Vegan*asm said...

Wow! Sushi, cupcakes and an engagement. Now that's what I call an exciting weekend. Congratulations to the both of you! I wish you many happy, healthy years together.

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bazu said...

congratulations!! This is what I get for falling off the blogosphere for a few weeks- missing exciting news like this. The flowers are gorgeous, and I wish you both happiness!

Veg-a-Nut said...

I am sorry I have been away from your blog. I have been out of work with an injury and happened upon it again. I had you saved on my computer at work. Anyway CONGRATS on your engagment. Our daughter just got engaged and the wedding is Sept 15, 2007. Whirl wind yes! I am happy for you. I posted pics of our happy couple on my blog. Those flowers are beautiful!