The best hummus ever – Avocado hummus recipe

This delicious recipe came my way from Harmonia’s blog.

I took some pictures of this after I made it last week, but they have disappeared on my computer for the moment. Grrr. I’ll post one if I can round them up.

Avocado Hummus
(from Harmonia with my clarifications/amounts)

Ingredients:
1 can of chickpeas
1 avocado
5 T tahini
3 T olive oil
Juice of 1 lemon (or more to taste)
3/4 C water
4 or 5 cloves of garlic
salt/pepper to taste
Combine all ingredients in blender or food processor. Blend until smooth.
Enjoy! :)

Cool word cloud t-shirt and another update


This site is so cool. It will generate a word cloud directly from your blog. Then you can customize it to make it exactly how you want. I love what it came up with for mine and I only made a couple minor changes. I’m tempted to buy a shirt. ;)

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In Ava news – I’m starting to think she didn’t have food poisoning at all (maybe I didn’t either and I owe tempeh an apology??). But it really sounds like rotavirus (based on what I’ve read on askdrsears.com).

Rotavirus – one of the most common causes of diarrhea, especially during late fall and winter months. It causes very foul smelling, watery, green or brown diarrhea that can persist for weeks. Fever and vomiting are common at the onset of the illness.

The son of one of our friends had it and, though we weren’t around them at all recently, it may just be going around. Her diarrhea is not letting up yet and she’s eating very litte (though definitely keeping hydrated). I hope it doesn’t last too much longer. I’m very tempted to go buy some disposable diapers to get us through this. I’m a die-hard cloth diaperer, but even I have my limits. ;)

Quick update on the lil miss

Poor Ava had a very rough night. She threw up somewhere in the range of 15 to 20 times from 7 p.m. last night until 5 a.m. this morning. I felt so bad for her. :( All I could do was hold her little body and try to comfort her as she heaved over and over again. :( She couldn’t keep anything down, not even breastmilk.

She woke up around 5 a.m. and asked for some water. I knew she had to be really thirsty, but told her to take small sips because I didn’t want to overwhelm her stomach. So she’d take a sip and hand me the cup, several times. Such a good little girl. And she kept it down. Yay!

She then had some “na-na” (breastmilk) and later more water and then more na-na throughout the day and hasn’t thrown up again since. What a relief. :)

I’m not too worried about her not eating until she feels ready for it, so I’m not going to push food.

While she’s not puking anymore, she’s obviously really wiped out and has been sleeping on my lap most of the afternoon.

In the midst of the evening last night, before we went to bed, she and I were just laying on the bed looking at each other and I felt a rush of overwhelming love for her. I can’t quite explain it but even though I knew we had a rough night ahead of us and I wouldn’t be sleeping much at all, I just felt so much in love with her and so in love with being a mom. I truly can’t imagine what my life would be like without her. And it’s hard to remember a time when she wasn’t around.

Thanks so much for all of your kind words and thinking of us. Hopefully she will be back to 100% (or close) by tomorrow.

When tempeh goes bad, very bad

Along with the awesome hummus I made for dinner yesterday, I also made a tempeh, couscous, chard combination.

When I opened the package of tempeh, I thought the color looked a bit grey (but tempeh is normally pretty grayish, isn’t it?). And since I don’t have that much experience with tempeh and it didn’t smell and didn’t taste bad, I didn’t give it a second thought.

I woke up around 3:30 a.m. with my stomach in what felt like very painful KNOTS. I went back and forth to the bathroom at least once an hour for the next five hours and eventually threw up. All the while my stomach was killing me.

I asked Jody to hang out at home for a bit when he got up for work because I didn’t know how long I’d feel that way and I really needed some rest. He went to the store and got me some ginger ale which I could barely sip. Ugh. The stomach cramping was awful.

I finally started feeling better around 9 a.m. and slept another two hours.

The rest of the day I’ve been fine. A little pale, but pretty much back to normal stomach-wise.

I thought that Ava had avoided it since she hardly ate any of the tempeh yesterday, but instead was intent on devouring the hummus. ;)

Well, all was fine until about two hours ago, when she threw up all over the both of us. She’s since thrown up about 4 more times – twice dousing our clothes. I have a
feeling this could be a long night.

Jody has so far escaped unscathed, though he has a much heartier constitution than I do. Lucky bastard. ;)

By the way, I checked out the tempeh, since we had leftovers in the fridge, and upon closer inspection, it appears there may have been mold starting to grow on it! *gag* Uh, no wonder I got sick. Anyway, the expiration date on the package was Feb. 5 so I wouldn’t have even thought it possible that it would be bad. Guess I will be inspecting my tempeh a lot more closely (or avoiding it altogether) from now on.

Anyone else have problems with tempeh going bad?

Updated at 11:05 p.m. to add: I can’t even count the number of times she’s thrown up now. Ugh. The good thing (I guess) is that as soon as she’s done puking she seems to be feeling absolutely fine again – running around like her crazy ol’ self. So I keep thinking she’s over it, but then she pukes again. *sigh* Hopefully this won’t last all night. (Crossing my fingers)

A little “catching-update”

I’m bummed that I haven’t had a chance to blog much this week, but I’ve been staying pretty busy and just haven’t had the time.

I’ve been working on a newsletter in Publisher for our attachment parenting group. This one is bigger than the first one I did several months ago, so I’m having to reformat the layout a bit and it’s been time-consuming. I’m hoping to finish the rough draft tonight or tomorrow.

We had a nice weekend. Jody took Ava out to the library and to run errands on Saturday so I could finish up proofing my friend’s maternity pics in peace and quiet. She was very happy with how they turned out. (I’ll post some of my favorites later this week.) Then on Sunday we all went for a drive into the mountains. I took my camera but it was quite cold and windy that day so we didn’t get out of the car except to run into Subway for some lunch.

Our vegetarian eating is going well. Jody’s even decided he can give up cow’s milk and make the switch to soy milk like me and Ava. Though he is still reserving the right to eat meat outside of the house (and I totally respect that), he was proud to report to me that he got his lunch with tofu instead of chicken today. :)

I made some awesome hummus (a recipe I got from Harmonia) as part of our dinner tonight. OMG, it’s the best hummus EVER! I told Jody I want to marry it. It’s THAT good. :) I’ll post the recipe here, plus a pic or two, soon. I love that so many of my blogging friends have good, tasty vegetarian recipes for me to choose from! That sure makes it easier. :)

I have little news to report on the outrageous gas increase. I tried contacting the greedy bastards Xcel Energy to see if there is anything we can do and they were LESS than helpful. First they gave me the wrong phone number to call. Then they told me that the department I was calling was “very knowledgable” about helping people in my situation, when in fact there was nothing they could do. It’s so frustrating to me. In the meantime, we are replacing our furnace filter every month. ACE makes some 30 day filters that cost $1 each. We put covers over vents in three rooms that don’t really need heating. And we’ve turned down our heat to 67. Though today while we were out I turned it down to 65 and left it that low until about 6 p.m. I’m going to do my best to remember to turn it down whenever we leave the house.

Ava and I went to a play date today with about 10 other AP mommies and kids. It went really well and Ava had fun playing with her friends. Speaking of Ava, she’s taken to walking up and DOWN the stairs unassisted (if she can get away with it). Sure makes for several near heart attacks for mommy and daddy.

Better get back to the newsletter.

I’ll leave you with one of my new favorite pics of Ava. :) I took it this week while working on focus.