On the drive here from Fort Collins, D+M's Family stopped to see J+M and the Omaha Fun Kids, then drove to the Peoria, IL area to visit GG and my family. A good time was reportedly had by all.
Their time with us was too short, but our family of 12 will be together by mid-
August in Fort Collins, CO. And, JE's family will arrive here for a visit mid-July.
The insanity began when we invited some newly-vegan friends for dinner on our porch. No... back up a bit. Thursday early afternoon I stepped-off the cliff. Willingly. It was my idea. Why not bake cookies for the 16 university students and 4 leaders who are going along with the Fun Kids for 5 weeks in Slovakia--Cru's Slovakia Summer Mission? Why, I have almost 3 hours; I'll just whip-up a batch of Aunt Roxy's Oatmeal Crisps. With walnuts. And raisins. And dried cranberries. And chocolate chips. Oh! I'll top them off with M+M's!
Yep! Right off the I am woman, W-O-M-A-N... cliff.
Ta-dah! Unfortunately, one such victory inspires grandiose plans for unreachable goals; complex, highly-strategized plans--preparing dinner for vegans.
I've asked CA to just shoot me if I ever get anywhere near such a cliff again.
I pulled off a highly-edited, reportedly superb version of my original menu... On-the-fly. I made the enchilladas, but discarded plans for the taco entrée and used the oven-roasted sweet potatoes (already prepared) as a side dish. The two planned desserts--melon skewers and fresh berries in a tequila-agave syrup--were likewise abandoned. We were too full after appetizers and the meal. Really, though, there was no way I had energy to chop, assemble, and arrange one more recipe!
Roasted Red Pepper Hummuus.
A can of vegan chili and a package of vegan cream cheese. Nasty tasting, so doctored-up with green chiles, medium-temp red Salsa, a chopped Jalapeño.
That worked; it was palatable. Served with these:
twohottamales.com Guacamole recipe Also, served with Teader Joe's Sweet Pitato Tortilla Chips
We always use Tortilla Factory's White Corn Tortillas. These are lightly fried and well-drained just prior to assembly.
Sweet onions+mushrooms+baby spinach=vegan enchillada filling.
Oh, and some Green Rice--just regularly-prepared rice with green salsa added.
The kitchen was completely trashed and required a major clean-up before bed, and more today.
I sat on the couch and ate 1/2 bag of Trader Joe's Milk Chocolate Peanut butter Pretzels. Note: It is always advisable to shoot yourself in the foot after falling off a cliff.