Monday, October 17, 2011
Ready For Sunday!
This is one of those weekends that I wanted to end. I'm sorry to all of you because I wished it away. All the good stuff really happened on Sunday for me. Even though Tony was in NY for the convention this weekend, the boys and I still did our hors d'oeuvre dinner. The boys got to pick there meats and cheeses out of the deli department, which they find super exciting, and I went with some baked falafel (I used this recipe minus the artichoke), baked potatoes smothered in nutritional yeast and fresh red peppers all on top of a bed of crisp organic lettuce. This was so good.

I love the falafel done this way. Full of flavor, low in fat and super crispy (but not greasy)!

I had to work Saturday. I didn't mind working, it was the fact that I was working and so many of my friends were in New York where my husband was! The drunk texts by many of them at 1:30am Saturday morning were fun too, especially since I had to be up for work early in the morning. Good times. I guess at least I know I was missed! I also had an article I had to write so that put a little more on my plate. No worries though, I got everything done and I was happy with the article too! Saturday accomplished!

I was so looking forward to Sunday! My best friend from high school came over for a pizza lunch! You can never go wrong with good friends and good food! I will tell you, I have gotten to a certain comfort level with mine and Tony's food restrictions, but having my friend come over with a little one that can't have wheat, eggs, dairy or peanuts was a little scary. He's one and has allergies for all of these things. I would be devastated if I gave him anything that would remotely hurt him. I'm guessing this is how most people feel when our group comes over to eat. I made gluten/wheat free pizza for everyone. I used Bob's Red Mill's pizza dough (with a flax egg alternative)


socca made with Bob's Garbanzo and Fava flour mix. I'd never used that flour for socca before, but it worked like a charm!

(recycled photos, but the exact same pizza!)


After my lunch date was over, I had to get back to house work. I did a little laundry, also known as enough to not have everyone ask me first thing this morning where their favorite shirts are. Then I actually took a minute, watched Dirty Dancing (love that movie - I so wanted to be a dancer) and painted my nails. I thought I deserved a little me time this weekend.  

The best part...I got to pick up my man from the airport at the end of the day!

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posted by Sarena Shasteen - The Non-Dairy Queen @ 5:30 AM  
  • At October 17, 2011 at 6:39 AM, Anonymous Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga said…

    I know exactly what it feel like to have a traveling hubs. Scott is gone 50% of the month and Im working mommy and it's sooo hard. I feel ya girl!

    "a little one that can't have wheat, eggs, dairy or peanuts" -- now THAT is a big deal. Wow.

    Happy week, my friend.

  • At October 17, 2011 at 7:02 AM, Blogger Cotter Crunch said…

    i have understand those weekends. You just want monday to come! I didn't have to work this weekend so it was NICE!
    And I have to say, that is a perfect allergy friendly pizza. You are a GREAT friend!

  • At October 17, 2011 at 9:52 AM, Blogger Stephanie said…

    I have so much empathy for parents of little ones with food allergies. They must be worried all of the least now schools around here are completely nut-free. But you can't guarantee that, really.

    I'm so curious about what has caused the spike in food allergies. When I was a kid, almost no one had anaphylactic reactions to nuts. Now? There seem to be three or four kids carrying epipens in every classroom. It makes me wonder about where it comes from.

  • At October 17, 2011 at 10:08 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    need to make. baked. falafel. now.
    and sometimes I just want weekends to be over. I get lonely when things are so slow, you know?

  • At October 17, 2011 at 11:36 AM, Anonymous Anna @ On Anna's Plate said…

    Wow-- that is a lot of restriction to work with! I'm glad you found a dish that worked for everyone-- looks very tasty too!

  • At October 17, 2011 at 2:47 PM, Blogger Lisa said…

    I'm glad your weekend closed out so nicely :)
    Looks like a lot of great food, with a great mom who makes sure everyone has good food that meets their needs!
    Glad you got to pick up your man at the end of the weekend's like icing on your falafel!

  • At October 18, 2011 at 8:12 AM, Anonymous Heather said…

    What a fun Sunday lunch date! I love lunch with my girlfriends.
    Glad your hubby is home and the weekend is over for you! :)

  • At October 18, 2011 at 9:39 AM, Anonymous Cait's Plate said…

    Oh my - that pizza dough and those falafels look so delish. I love how light the falafels look!

  • At October 18, 2011 at 12:47 PM, Anonymous Alisa said…

    That is the best part! Glad he is home.

    Those falafels look too, too adorable! I love it when food is cute too :)

  • At October 18, 2011 at 1:17 PM, Blogger Heather Iacobacci-Miller said…

    I never think about making falafels until I see them. Yum. And you know how I feel about pizza. Pizza plus good friend & conversation is even better!

  • At October 18, 2011 at 3:42 PM, Anonymous Madeline- Greens and Jeans said…

    Solo time is always nice, but it definitely feels so good to be with your loved one again!

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