I knew the weekend would be the toughest part. Breakfast (especially out) just isn't as delicious or fun without bacon. Again, I've enjoyed the way it makes me feel getting in more fruits and veggies. I won't lie though...veggies go bad so quickly! We went shopping last Saturday and had some sweet potatoes (shocking because starches usually last) and avocados go bad as of Thursday! But here are some pics and updates as to meals we've been making...
Spaghetti Casserole (recipe can be found at this link from Spark Recipes)
This would be the dish in the oven. I forgot to take a pic of the cooked dish. This one was a HUGE hit with D. I made a few tweeks to the recipe. I ended up using some Morningstar Grillers, but they were meant to be a substitute for Italian Sausage. You could definitely taste that. I don't like bell pepper, so I substituted zucchini. D said he thought the zucchini was better than bell peppers would be. That's it. I cut the recipe in half for D and I, but we're still eating on it. Definitely a hit. We'll continue with this one even after our vegetarian days are over.
Obviously from the picture, the one we did was not crustless. We had some extra pie crusts in the fridge from the holidays. D wasn't feeling a crustless quiche, and we needed to use up our broccoli. The only tweek I made in this one was adding the crust and switching out one egg white for a whole egg. It was ok...I wasn't super impressed. Maybe it didn't blend well? I love a good quiche though. I'm sure we'll experiment with quiches again.
We went to North Carolina for Friday night. That was tough. We ended up eating only fried foods. It is definitely a challenge to eat out on a vegetarian diet...especially if you are at a beer pub of sorts. Neither of us were wildly impressed with our meatless breakfast meals either. We stopped at Cracker Barrel on the way home and both had "veggie" platters, which of course consist mostly of starches. Even the green beans are probably made with some sort of meat based broth. That's the good thing about vegetarianism though...we end up eating better and cooking more. I enjoy cooking with D.
I'm starting to get mildly overwhelmed with elopement/party planning stuff. I keep making a mental to do list, but barely checking anything off of it. We did finally send off our down payment to our photographer in Aruba. We are still trying to get the money together to send out the down payment for the actual ceremony in Aruba. Once we get that taken care of, I feel like I'll be able to focus more on the actual party. I mentioned before that I took my dress to be hemmed on Tuesday. They were super quick. I got a call on Friday that they were done, and it's going to cost $40. I am a little worried that they finished so quickly. I shouldn't be though! It was only hemmed. I'm supposed to be getting our save the dates on Sunday. I can't wait to see them! I keep having to get on D's case about getting me addresses and such. That's been frustrating. One thing I was thinking about this weekend...hair styles. Since my dress is one shouldered, I was envisioning a side bun or pony tail. Here are a couple ideas I've found so far:
(Pictures via Project Wedding)
I love the dishevled but polished look. I certainly don't want anything too slicked back and fancy looking. I like a little bit of wave since my hair is so thin and flat. I envision something probably more like the first, Michelle Williams, look since my hair fits that more. It is not likely to hold the waves of the second photo for very long. And I don't want a limp looking pony tail. I'm going to keep searching.