Well, I didn't quite reach my goal of finishing up talking about my now-ancient vacation back in April/May. Life kind of just got really crazy in the last two weeks. Not just a little, but A LOT. Something that has been brewing for a while finally became real, and there has been a lot for John and I to discuss. It has to do with my job, and I can't say a lot about it here (not that I really want to; my blog is about my life outside work, and that is the way I like it), but suffice it to say, I'm going to be going through a large change within the next few months. I will be leaving my current job at the end of July due to a reorganization (my choice, although it might not have been if I waited for a few months), and it's very likely that we will be relocating as well. More on that as it develops.
But instead of focusing on the future, I'm going to share what I did in the past. Specifically, my visit to my grandmother on Easter this year. My grandmother has always loved to cook big dinners for family visits on holidays, but she has had some health issues recently and many of us have gotten dietary restrictions, it's become a lot harder to feed us all. Since my mom and I were going vegan, we decided to bring our own food for the Easter get-together. We brought a green salad with goddess dressing, Hoppin' John salad, and a lemon pie. I was having a crazy craving for lemon pie, and I was afraid I wouldn't be able to make a satisfactory vegan version, since the one I used to make was definitely egg- and dairy-laden, but it was a case of Fatfree Vegan to the rescue. I adapted this recipe, making it a little bit less fat free by using Earth Balance in my graham cracker crust and lite coconut milk to create a sweet drizzle. The taste was just what I was looking for! It made a perfect light spring/summer dessert.
Beyond the great meal that we had, we also got the chance to visit with my grandmother, aunt, uncle and my cousin's daughter for the entire afternoon. The dishes that we brought also opened up a really interesting conversation about food, and it turns out the rest of the family is pretty interested in eating more healthfully as well. We talked a lot about saturated fat, and about how my grandparents' longevity (my grandfather died at 95 and my grandmother will be 90 in December) and my grandmother's relatively good health into old age is probably attributable to diet. My grandmother in particular was a vegetarian for all intents and purposes for a number of years due to stomach problems, and she, unlike many others of her age, has not had to deal with extreme heart disease and other diet-related issues that plague most of the population.
I'll leave you with this picture of three generations. Yes, that is my hot mom on the left, looking like my slightly older sister, and that is my awesome grandma in the middle! More to come soon, as I still haven't even gotten to the New Orleans part yet.