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We have a YARD!

Posted by: Lindsay S. Nixon |

Category: Advice

This weekend Scott and I moved into a new apartment. In the 6 years we've been together we've lived in 9 (9!) different apartments.... but #10 is the best yet because it has a huge yard and garden! 

Now, I know what you're thinking... "but don't you live in Manhattan?" Yes, I do. Manhattan is not quite as on top of itself as it appears. In between buildings you'll find lovely outdoor gardens. Of course, getting one of these apartments is all but impossible and you can read how we got one here. (Calling Elaine Benes!) 

Our new apartment is directly below our old apartment so it was an easy move. We didn't even pack. I dropped the pugs off at our neighbors and then Scott & I started loading our stuff up on a trolly and taking it down a floor. Several hours later we were moved in and I went to get the pugs. 

They were confused because the apartment looked the same, but smelled different. It took them a few minutes to find the door that led to the yard but when they did... wow. They started spinning in circles they were so happy. Here are some pictures of them discovering their new yard:

They are so happy! AND SO AM I! I spent all day in the yard yesterday trying to clean it up and plant my very first garden (you can read on and see more pictures on Hey Lindsay! HH's behind-the-scenes blog).

It's still very much a work-in-progress (but this is a big improvement from this, no??)

 

 

Easy Breakfast Cereal Bars

Posted by: Lindsay S. Nixon |

Category: Recipe

Scott's breakfast style comes and goes in waves. He'll get on a cereal + soy milk kick and then ditch it for whole wheat bagels with tofu cream cheese a few weeks later. The end result is that I always seem to have half-eaten boxes of cereal lying around just waiting to go stale. I'm not much of a cereal person (I used to be) but I was tired of throwing cereal away.

I figured cereal bars would be a great way to use up all the leftover cereal and this recipe couldn't be any easier. You just mix and go -- there is absolutely no baking involved! These bars are also portable, so they're a great on-the-go breakfast or snack. I also chopped a bunch of the bars into bite-sized pieces to make "energy bites" to fuel my workouts.

You can also mess around with this recipe by adding chocolate chips, flax seeds or dried fruit, just be sure to proportionately reduce the cereal in exchange. I used a combo of three different cereals, two by Nature's Path and then some plain brown rice crisps. Mmm mmm!

Recipe:Breakfast Cereal Bars

Description

The perfect way to use up leftover cereal! Mix and match with different cereals to keep it fun! If you don't have access to brown rice syrup you can try substituting other syrups like agave, barley, maple or honey. 

Ingredients

Instructions

Line a 9x9 baking pan with wax or parchment paper and set aside. Dump cereal into a very large mixing bowl, mixing it together if using different cereals, and set aside. Combine brown rice syrup with optional peanut butter in a medium saucepan and warm over medium heat, stirring constantly, until it becomes liquid-like and is no longer thick. Once it's liquid, dump HALF of it on the cereal and set the pot down in a safe place. Using a spatula stir the cereal gently, trying to coat all cereal with a little bit of the mixture. Add the remaining mixture as needed to make sure that all pieces are lightly coated but not well coated (or they will be mushy). Transfer cereal to the 9x9 pan and using a spatula, pack it down tightly and evenly. Let the mixture set out and dry for at least 4 hours before trying to cut blocks or bars. 

Another Vegan Taste of DC

Posted by: Lindsay S. Nixon |

Category: Travel

My best friend Jim lives in D.C. so I find myself there fairly often. We went down this weekend to see him and to check out the legendary Cherry Blossoms. Here's some pictures from our trip!

Cherry Blossoms in bloom!

Pillow Fight at the Washington Monument (no joke!)

More pretty flowers...

... And Now for the FOOD!


Cinnamon Bun at Sticky Fingers Bakery (hello lover!)

Lemon & Smores Cupcakes from Sticky Fingers Bakery (so good!)

Brunch Plate (tofu scramble, home fries, tempeh bacon and biscuits + gravy) at Sticky Fingers Bakery (yes we ate there both days!) This meal was especially wonderful because we met up with Amber, a friend I met through Twitter. 

I also have more photos up on yfrog that I tweeted throughout our trip plus flickr photos. (I'll upload more to flickr later, it was being very cranky this morning).