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Summer Bummer

Posted Jun 18 2009 12:06am
Looking at the calendar I'm in disbelief that it is Sept 1st already. NO! I really love the summer, and as many of you living in the Vancouver area know, our summer - well - sucked! A few days of decent weather here and there but many cool and rainy days.

I spent much of the summer at swim lesson for our older daughter. I loved being outside (well, when it was sunny), hanging watching her swim while our younger girl played around me. I was still very busy, but now I will be wicked busy with the start of school and activities. Plus, the cool damp weather sets in... and we bid farewell to bountiful organic produce like peaches, basil, tomatoes, and berries for another year. I'm just in denial that school starts this coming week and summer - is over. I've got the summer bummer, boo hoo.

Alright, enough of my pity party. The pic above is from sunnier days, enjoying our dinner in the evening on our patio, with that warm sunshiney love... okay, I said I'd stop. Anyhow, we had this meal at least a few weeks ago, but I'm behind on photos and lots of things! The rice dish will be in ED& BV. It's my Brown Rice 'n Beans "Jumble- aya". Why the silly play on words? Well, it's my adaptation on the classic Jambalaya dish. It's not quite authentic (particularly being vegan), and it brings back memories of a ‘Spanish Rice’ dish my mother often made for us six girls when we were young. So, I named my version “Jumble- aya ”! It's a one-pot meal - quite easy, comforting, and flavorful without being spicy.

Hanging out with the Jumble- aya are the green beans I've posted about before ( recipe here ), and Pizza Focaccia from ED& BV. An incredibly simple side bread that mimics focaccia using a whole-wheat pizza shell. We all love it - nummy!

Okay, I sounded just a bit too peppy that last sentence. I'm going back to sulking now - anyone wanna' join me? Go grab a spoon and pint of ice cream...
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