Broccoli Mac ‘n Cheese + Snowman Ornaments

Today was a great day! It began with a weekly play group at our local Family Resource Center, which Zander and I both love. After that, we got in a good, brisk 90-minute walk, first distributing flyers around town for the upcoming children’s toy and clothing swap, and then picking up a few items at the grocery store. We really enjoyed the fresh air, and Zander had a nice little nap, too.

20111129-171609.jpgI should pause here to mention that I did complete my weight-training work-out yesterday, so I am on track with this week’s fitness goals! Now back to today.

When we got home from our walk, it was time to make lunch. We opted for a quick and easy favorite, vegan mac ‘n cheese with broccoli. For the “cheese” part, we like to use Leahey Garden’s Cheese Flavored Sauce Mix plus a little extra nutritional yeast for added vitamin B12.

20111129-173146.jpgI would include a recipe for this concoction, but we really just wing it each time, combining whatever pasta we have on hand with the Leahey’s sauce (powder + water, stirred over heat until thickened) and heaps of cooked broccoli, then adding a little vegan margarine (I use Earth Balance), salt and pepper, and nutritional yeast to taste. Zander loves to help me add ingredients and stir, and he is getting better and better at it the more we practice.

20111129-171713.jpgAfter lunch, Zander normally goes down for a nap. But today, his sleep schedule was thrown out of balance due to the unplanned morning nap, so we decided to make some snowman ornaments for his grandparents instead. First, we gathered all of the materials: pom poms, foam squares, jingle bells, googly eyes, a red pipe cleaner, and a hot glue gun.

20111129-172704.jpgThen we had an extremely careful assembly session, with me doing all of the hot-glue-gunning and Zander doing all of the “smooshing” together of the various parts once I had applied the glue. He also really enjoyed playing with the cold glue sticks in between smooshing sessions.

20111129-171838.jpgThe end result was fabulous, and they’ll be going into the mail tomorrow to various parts of the U.S. and Canada. I am so proud of my artistic little guy!



About Kim McCoy

Kim McCoy is a passionate animal and environmental advocate with a B.S. in Business Administration from UT Knoxville and a J.D. specializing in Animal and Environmental Law. She graduated with honors from Lewis & Clark Law School, where she served as Editor in Chief of the internationally acclaimed Animal Law Review and interned with the National Center for Animal Law and the International Environmental Law Project. Kim is a member of MENSA (the “high IQ society”) and previously worked for Sea Shepherd Conservation Society in a variety of roles, including Executive Director, Director of Campaigns, and Director of Legal Affairs. Kim is also the former Executive Director of the One World One Ocean Foundation and the proud mother of a healthy, thriving son who has been vegan since conception. Currently serving as Executive Director of Big Life Foundation, which protects wildlife and wild lands in Eastern Africa, Kim remains deeply committed to the defense of animals worldwide.
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