Warmer weather has finally arrived in the bay area so we have been visiting the beaches in Alameda.
Emma is growing so tall! Here she is next to maiki for comparison.
We finally went out on a date for my bithday.
We went to Almond & Oak. I will return for the foccacia.
We took Gene on a grocery tour of Berkeley. Monterey Market was the true winner.
A couple years back I received a small 3 cup food processor. It is easy to take apart and clean and easy to use. I have always been a fan of blending sweet concoctions and smoothies. My favorite is peanut butter and banana.
I was excited to try making vegan chocolate pudding made with avocados. It was a total success and so much cheaper than the local cafe. Emma would rather make pudding with lactose free milk on the stove top but I find chocolate avocado pudding very yummy.
My friend shared her home made hummus and I realized I could do this too! I bought tahini and citrus garlic powder from Trader Joe’s and was jazzed with the result. It was a lower acid version with the citrus garlic powder and I also like to add cumin.
Next I tried vegan pesto made with nutritional yeast and sunflower seeds. The processor couldn’t make the seeds smooth because they were below the blades but I enjoy the texture. Arugula pesto is also awesome if one doesn’t have basil.
I am having so much fun with this little appliance. I wish I would have bought one years ago. Do you have any good recipes for blending in a food processor?
Coffee, shortbread, received a special playlist, thrift store outing, finding a muppet comic, fennel and saltwater, windy shores, vegan cake, birthday cards, garlicy pasta, watching a favorite new anime and messages from loved ones all day long.
Pacifica is beautiful and has whales. It was brought to my attention that now was a good time to see whales so we had to check it out.
Pacifica in July is still foggy and gray. Looking for gray colored whales against gray skies and oceanscape is harder than I thought. We did see lots of fins and water spouts and a clear whale tail.
We went on the pier and walked all the way out. There were loads of fishermen out there!
We ended up at in a 50s style diner for lunch because my beloved Camelot was closed.
Eventually we caught on to the idea of sitting in the car and whale watching where we felt so much warmer! We could see dolphins playing in the surf.
July is concerts in the park, non stop swimming pools, learning to ride a bike, park afternoons, beach days, garden visits and celebrating friends.