On Thursday, we slept in and then met my brother-in-law for lunch at Araya’s Vegan Thai Cuisine which is located near the Ave (by the University of Washington). It was really good! My brother-in-law and I got the buffet and K got the Avocado Curry. The curry had avocadoes, soft and fried tofu, bean composition, veggie beef, bell peppers and basil in green curry. The buffet had a variety of dishes like Vegetarian Spring Rolls (seasoned garden vegetables and bean thread noodles wrapped in wheat shells, deep-fried and served with sweet and sour sauce), Tom Yum (hot and sour tofu soup flavored with lemon grass, lime leaves, mushrooms, onions and chili paste), this was a favorite of my b-i-l and K liked it too. The buffet also had Fried Rice, Spicy Noodles and some salad. After lunch, we drove around a little. I wish we could’ve walked around instead, but it had started raining. We then went back to my sis’s house for a quick dinner and then off to my niece’s softball game (she’s in 3rd grade). The game was fun, but very cold! We were outside for about 2 1/2 hours on a windy night and this Arizona girl got a bit chilled, but it was worth it, her team lost, but they played well. The other team had a couple of amazing players that ended up ruling the game.
On Friday, off we went to the DaVinci Bakery, which is mainly gluten-free, but also has vegan options. Well, the bulk of their vegan options are on Saturdays and Sundays, so we didn’t get anything, but headed over to Whole Foods to grab a quick lunch and get the fixin’s for dinner, then headed off to Chateau St Michelle for a wine tour with my sister. This is the first wine tour we’ve been on and it was really interesting. It took about 1/2 an hour for the whole tour which was very informative. We got to taste their Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Moscato wines. We really liked the Merlot and Moscato wines. They are actually famous for their Reisling, although we didn’t get to taste it, but my sister says it is fabulous. Back home to hang out with the kids and to make some cookies and pasta for dinner.
I made some chocolate chip cookies with the help of my nieces:
Chocolate Chip Cookies 2
Prep Time: 10 minutes Cook Time: 10 minutes Yield: 3 dozen cookies
¾ cup applesauce (or prune puree)
1 cup sugar
1 TBSP molasses
2 tsp vanilla extract
2 cups whole wheat flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips (make sure they don’t contain milk fat)
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line baking sheets with a silpat or parchment paper.
Whisk together the applesauce & sugar until combined. Add the molasses & vanilla, whisking to combine.
Gently stir in the whole wheat flour, baking soda & salt until incorporated.
Fold in the chocolate chips & spoon onto a baking sheet, 2” apart.
Bake for 8 to 10 minutes, until lightly browned. Let cool for 5 minutes, then move to a wire rack to finish cooling. Enjoy!
Tip: You can add ½ cup chopped walnuts or pecans with the chocolate chips. Store in an airtight container.
For dinner, we had Sun-Dried Tomato Pasta that I have posted before with that Audrey III artichoke and some fresh baked french bread, toasted and rubbed with a garlic clove. It was a really nice day.