It has been a while since I’ve posted but there really is a good reason…my husband and I are expecting! So my life has been pretty much been consumed by that the past few weeks, and I’ve been too busy trying to keep cravings under control to try any new recipes. However, I just got a new vegan pregnancy cookbook that I am excited to try new recipes out of. Between emotional eating and cravings I’ve been pretty much eating whatever I want for the past few weeks but now the free-for-all is over and it’s time to get back on track (please, someone hold me accountable for this).
I’ve made the decision to hold off on going full vegan while I am pregnant. There are women all over the world who do stay vegan their entire pregnancy and are very successful and healthy while doing it. However, I know myself- I had a hard enough time those few weeks saying no to cheese and ice cream. Now it really is all I can think of. Cheese based foods are comfort foods to me, and try as I might I was not able to find an acceptable substitute for it. This is not to say I’m dropping the vegan thing all together, I’m still cutting out milk and egg products. I’m just not going to make myself feel guilty for eating a greek yogurt if it’s what my body is asking for at this point. And I know there are lots of ways to get protein, but with my palette being so sensitive these days I don’t think experimenting will end well. So, long story short, I’m still going to attempt to incorporate veganism into my daily life, but if I want honest-to-goodness mac and cheese I’m not going to deny myself. I will however strive to purchase local products that come from humanely raised animals and kind farmers so that I am making the best choices possible. And once this baby is out in the world, I will try again to transition to full-blown vegan.
Ok, now that that’s done, I want to brag about my garden.
My friend Tiff and I rent a box in our local community garden. It’s $25 for 6 months and they provide compost, tools and a watering system. We started this garden On February 3rd. The first few weekends we were very good about going up and checking in on it. This is what it looked like feb 25th
Not a bad start considering we were growing from seedings. Next pic is from March 9th
At this point I got a little antsy and was like “EEeeeehhhh Its never gunna grooooowwww”. It’s not like there was an amazing miracle happening in this little wooden box or anything. Sheesh. Since apparently I am in need of instant gratification, I kind of lost interest. Plus i thought, like that wild rebel guy you chased in college, maybe if I gave it some space it would come to it’s senses and GROW UP ALREADY. So between busy weekends and other preoccupations, we became bad garden parents. I never thought it would happen to me, I’m so ashamed!
Today I got off work early so decided to go apologize to the garden and bring in some new plant friends to play with. I didn’t know what to expect, but I had a haunting premonition that it would either be overrun with weeds or completely dead. This is what I found.
Holy. Cow. It lives! I couldn’t believe it! I was actually a little overwhelmed by the whole thing. I had already started to mourn the loss of my veggie buddies and here they were, thriving without any help from me! It was really amazing. I still haven’t quite figured out what to do with the peas, clearly they are taking over the joint. I thinned them out a bit to give my lettuce a little breathing room and this was what it looked like when I left today
A little tidier with some new additions in there as well. I’m really quite pleased and I can’t wait to make a salad out of our garden. Speaking of which, I was trying to thin out the carrots bit and I accidentally pulled one out before it’s time. My bad.
But the effect it had on me was astounding. I looked at this little carrot in wonder and was like “Whoa, that just came out of the ground!” It felt like when I was little and would pick tomatoes out of our garden and eat them right there. They were the best tomatoes I ever tasted, because we worked so hard on that garden. I was amazed, just as I was today, that this amazing food came out of the earth right in my backyard. So that’s kind of neat. And, as freaked out as I am about bringing a kid into this crazy world, I can’t wait to see the look on the little guy’s (or gal’s) face when they experience amazing things like this for the first time.