Three Things That Made Me Happy Today

by Holly on September 21, 2010

in breakfast,happiness,lunch,vegan

First and foremost, thank you all for your amazing support on my quest to stop biting my poor lil’ fingernails! In fact, your well wishes kept me from gnawing away at my nails several times today, and for that, I thank you. I do have to give a special shoutout to my friend Tracey, who told me via Facebook that she appreciated the linkage between Jungle Red and IMDB’s page for Mrs. Doubtfire. Love you Trackey!

Anyways…I only have 11 precious minutes to write this post, so let’s get crackin’.

Three Things That Made Me Happy Today

Thing #1: Hot oatmeal for breakfast, which hasn’t happened in a verrryyyy long time. Downed with a hot cuppa joe, I was almost sweating when I was done eating it.

1/2 cup oats
1 cup water + 1 egg (scrambled in)
1 diced apple
maple syrup
sunflower seed butter

But I didn’t.

So worth it.

Thing #2: Foods that are mashed to a baby food-like consistency, including the ultimate vegan mashed potatoes + sweet mashed butternut squash. Like my 4-Ingredient Pizza Dough recipe, I have to give credit to my friend Steph on the mashed ‘taters. She is the genius behind that idea; the other one I proudly claim as my own.

For the mashed potatoes, simply boil 1 lb. red potatoes until fork tender. Add 1 T minced garlic, 1/3 cup Tofutti Better than Sour Cream and 1 t salt. Top with sliced leeks (or green onions), and devour this vegan masterpiece. I swear, they will be the creamiest taters you’ve ever had.

For the mashed squash, simply roast 1 butternut squash at 400 degrees until fork tender. Scoop out the insides, add 1 T pure maple syrup, 1 t cinnamon, pinch of nutmeg, pinch of ginger and a pinch of salt. Mix well. Scarf.

Thing #3: Presents from generous people like Brett’s friends Garet + Bertz (you may recognize them from this post), who sent me a bottle of the world famous Arthur Bryant’s BBQ sauce. It is apparently a Missouri food institution and out-of-this-world delicious.

You can expect to see this regularly on the blog from here on out – especially since the ingredients list ain’t too shabby either.

Real ingredients? Me likes.

My lovely friend Lauren (also known as the sweet, caring and inventive mastermind behind the blog Say What You Need to Say), sent me the cutest dang card ever…

…alongside a six-pack of Zevia!

She somehow remembered that I like this stevia-sweetened soda and shared this variety pack with me. Thank you SO much Lauren! Seriously, if you haven’t already, check out her blog. She has some of the most inventive food combinations ever; I have a list of them written down somewhere to try.

There you have it: three things that made me happy today.

I have to admit that there is one thing that made me truly ECSTATIC today…


The return of Glee!


And I can guarantee one thing that is going to make me very happy tomorrow: rewatching it and having a Lady GaGa sing-off between Rachel, Sunshine and myself.

Bring. It. On.