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Well yesterday was my cats 16th birthday. I am completely blessed to have him in my life all these years. I haven’t lived with anyone this long, not even family. I feel like time has gone by so fast. He used to be a high strung brat but now he is a sweet, gentle cat.

I know he loves his scratching boards so I replaced his old ones. I also bought him a cat grass plant and watched him gnaw away at it.

I’ve been spending more time at the gym, trying to wait patiently for results. It will probably be a long wait. I’d really like the things I used to do, that I struggle with now, to become easier.

Last weekend we got some vegan nachos and we went to Green Acres Nursery and I lost my shit there. I wanted to spend all my money on plants.



I brought home this staghorn fern, which is a planet I have been wanting for a while. I also got some seeds and a bag of bulbs, but let’s see if they sprout before I get into detail.

Relaxing Saturday

Today has been relaxing. I woke up early but relaxed in bed, playing on my phone, without any sense of feeling rushed. We got up and went to Sactown Vegfest. I didn’t stay as long as I usually do. Instead, I quickly walked through the aisles and only looking for food rather than other merchandise.

The goodies I obtained were:

Fried Chik’n and Mac & Cheese sandwich by Compassion Meals

Vegan Conchas by Jaguar Baker

Seitan Mix by Bread Runner Kitchen

Vegan Monkey Bread by Olivier’s Vegan Bakery

I took the last three home, but I did try samples of the last two. I have tried the Conchas before and I love them!

I went home and relaxed for a while. I started watching the series called “You”. It’s interesting so far, although it’s different than what I usually watch. I have also been listening to my Elizabeth George audio book. Another about D.I. Thomas Lynley and Sargent Barbara Havers. I really like that Barbara Havers character.

It’s amazing how lazy I was feeling, but then I got up and went to the gym for a bit and did legs. I got a good workout, but should have spent more time on core. I have showered and am listening to my audio book again. I think we might go to Six Flags tomorrow, but it’s the shitty one in Vallejo.

A vegan food weekend

Every weekend is a vegan food weekend for me. Every day is a vegan food day. But I got to sample some new good this past weekend! Saturday was Sacramento VegFest! I got there a bit early and ended up getting too full to try everything. I didn’t even eat that much! Here are a few things I purchased…

Cashew Sauce by Beyond Better

Pan Dulce by The Jaguar Baker

Ice Cream by Conscious Creamery

Vegan Carrot Chili Dawg with heirloom beans by Chili Smith Family Foods

I do want to point out the amazing shopping bag I brought with me!


I purchased that bag in Portland years ago and use it on special occasion.

I was finished with the VegFest and almost home by noon. I stopped to get one of those nice sour beers on the way home and took a sweet little foodcoma nap before enjoying a nice lazy day, complete with some video game playing. I’m revisiting The Legend of Dragoon. I haven’t played that game since not long after it was released!

My goal on Sunday was to go to Oblivion Comics & Coffee because they were having vegan cannoli by Love + Flour Bakery. It would be my first time trying it, and they had three different flavors, so I needed one of each!


The one with pistachio was my favorite! I ate them with some coffee and was pretty happy about it. My friend Mischa and I went back to that brewery so I could have another sour beer. She’s going to move back to Sacramento soon, so I am sure there will be plenty more brewery visits and food adventures!



Vegan Banh Mi

Ohhh. 😑❤️

I’ve never made a Banh Mi in my life. I couldn’t stop thinking about having one today! A fresh, flavorful, tasty Vegan Banh Mi! 🥰 I looked up a recipe and veganized it. It was INSANE!!! 🙌😍

For the Chikken:

1/2 cup soy sauce

1/2 cup fresh lime juice

1/4 cup granulated sugar

3-4 cloves garlic, minced

1 chopped jalapeno

1 1/2 teaspoons salt

1 bag Gardein chikken (or any vegan meats)

For the Pickled Veggies:

1/2 cup hot tap water

1/4 cup cup rice vinegar

1/4 cup sugar

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper

1 carrot, sliced thin

For the Sandwiches:

6 soft sub rolls

1/3 cup mayo

1/2 cucumber, sliced thin

1 cup cilantro leaves, or mint

1 sliced jalapeno for extra heat 🌶

For the chikken: Mix the first six ingredients in a baking dish. Add the to the dish, cover, and refrigerate at least an hour, the longer the better. (Or do what I did and skip the fridge: put it in a pot under super low heat for a few!)

For the pickled vegetables: Stir the hot tap water and sugar in a medium bowl, until the sugar dissolves. Add the vinegar, salt, crushed red pepper, sliced carrots. Cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.

Heat the pan to medium and cook the chikken. Open the sub rolls and throw them in the oven until toasted.

Drain the pickled veggies. Slice the chikken into thin pieces unless they are already in strips.

Spread mayo over in the sub rolls. Layer the cucumbers, chikken, pickled veggies, cilantro leaves and jalapeños in the rolls. Add sriracha if you want to have more fun. Serve immediately!