Friday, July 6, 2007

Holiday Celebration

SKO had been begging and pleading to make cupcakes at the beginning of the week because

a) she enjoys baking
b) she lives for sugary goodies
c) she'd rather make cupcakes then deal with the tons of homework due for her online classes
d) all of the above

So we finally made some plain ole vanilla cupcakes with buttercream frosting from VCTOTW:
SKO insisted on decorating hers pink & green because she is the ultimate girly girl and I let her even though it offended me to have to add nasty-god-knows-what-toxins-are-in-it-food coloring, but I must say her little pink hearted cupcake is very very cute amongst the motley crew.
This week I also had a hankering for French toast that I found from a recipe forum online. This was my first time making it & I was absolutely impressed. It was delicious & tasted just the way I remember them tasting- yummy. I also made a little compote of my own by cutting up some apples & throwing them in the pan with some Earth Balance, cinnamon & a touch of mapple syrup.
There was also a morning of lowfat pancakes that I made with white whole wheat flour, brown sugar & half a banana in place of the canola oil that I would normally use. Since I started out with the lowfat base, I felt I could add with impunity a ton of chocolate chips, rasberries & blueberries & drench it in maple syrup & Earth Balance alongside some sausage patties.

Also made the sesame crusted tofu sticks recipe from Veglicious served with Trader Joe's Mandarin Orange sauce & some raw zucchini & green bell peppers. Not only was it delicious as Fcat pointed out, he loved the way the tofu sticks looked.

And the best way to celebrate a 400th Birthday? With the Macy's annual firework celebration of course, which we went to LIC on the Queens side of the East River (which had never occurred to me ever that one would ever go out to Queens to see the fireworks). The impending threat of thunderstorms and rain almost led us to stay home, but at the last minute, we decided to give it a go- armed with rain boots, rain hat & umbrellas.

With gear in hand Fcat & I met SKO & Grandma in LIC (our new 'hood to be) and walked down to the water with hoards of other revelers. We huddled under the night sky with the masses as the rain poured down on & off for half an hour. And finally as the beginning booms of pre-show fireworks began, the rain was replaced by a spectacular show. Afterwards, we went to a lovely Italian restaurant nearby for some late-night red wine, pasta & brick-oven pizza. Grandma declared that in her thirty-five years of living in NYC, she had never seen the fireworks show except on tv. Fcat & were thrilled to take her. Next year, we will be two blocks away from the fireworks & we will be planning a big dinner party before the show!




Hope everyone had a wonderful & safe holiday!

12 comments:

VeggieGirl said...

great food and fireworks pictures!! looks like you had a fun celebration. nice to see you posting again, as well!

urban vegan said...

Great cuppers. I think all of SKO's reasons for making them are quite valid ;) What a good big sis you are. And what a nice granddaughter you are, regarding granny and the fireworks.

Love the firework shots--it poured here, so we opted out. Some folks in our neiughborhood did light off some firecrackers, which scared the b'jesus out of poor Bossa Nova. How did BooBoo fare?

La Principessa said...

Everything you've made looks so delicious! If I lived in NYC full time (I'm usually there about four or five weeks a year), I would be tempted to eat at Gobo and Curly's Lunch all the time. Have you been to Red Bamboo? Do you like it?

Also, you might appreciate this. I'm totally buying it at Seph during my next venture into NYC!

SKO said...

The cupcake/cornbread muffins were pretty good, if I do say so myself. ;)

Also, I AM the ultimate girly-girl, and my cupcakes ruled the world! Mwahahahahahaha. <---kind of like Emperor Palpatine/Dark Lord of the Sith, except, you know, pink and green...*hums Most Evil Theme Song of the Most Evil Dark Side*

The 4th was real fun, and next time, we are so playing the Game on the 6 train.

Often blog more to please. <*^*> (Yoda face that is, know you.)

bazu said...

There is no invalid reason to bake cupcakes. Mmmmm, and yours certainly look beautiful!
I love the look of your pancakes too, hard to believe they're lowfat.
Your fireworks shots are gorgeous- glad your grandma enjoyed herself!

healthnut said...

Thank you so much for the nice comment :)

Vegan_Noodle said...

Wow, those are some amazing fireworks!! Thought you and your sis's cupcakes were cute, I'm sure they tasted yummy too. I made french toast this weekend as well, if I had the time I would make breakfast everyday!! Also, thanks for posting the sesame tofu recipe link, I've been looking for a new way to make tofu and yours looked delicious!

Tofu Mom (AKA Tofu-n-Sprouts) said...

I LOVE the tofu sticks. They look so pretty and tasty too!

And your fireworks pictures - I am so impressed!

Sounds like a good time was had by all. Way to go!

madeinalaska said...

lots of good breakfast food happen at your house... I too agree those tofu sticks look awesome...
nice fourth story too... ahhhhh...

aTxVegn said...

Great looking cupcakes, breakfast, and tofu sticks! I'm glad you got to take your grandma to the fireworks. We were almost rained out here too.

KleoPatra said...

i love those fireworks photos, those are totally fun. And your cupcakes are tempting!! i am so glad to see you post... you go away and i miss you, but you come back, too... so that makes me smile.

Thank you for your kind comments about Mattie... i really appreciate your thoughts for her continued healing. It's been hard on me but even harder on her. Thanks for caring!!

Melisser; the Urban Housewife said...

Darling little cupcakes!

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