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Hello! I hope everyone is having a fantastic week.
With the weather still very mild here, (more an extension of Autumn instead of winter), we are taking full advantage of hiking and exploring.
I snuck out of work early (so yeah. my office is still only 20 steps from my bedroom.) But it was such a nice day! We went hiking, did a bit of shopping and had a nice meal out. #Heaven
So when we aren't on the trails, I'm trying new things. Here are a couple of cool finds for November:
We are LOVING Forbidden Rice!
Healthy, tasty and a great addition to any meal. It's pre-made so heat it up on the stove to in the microwave for a nice addition to your meal.
Grab it at Amazon before it sells out. HERE
And I am sooo late to the party on this next one!
Alpha Skin Care Renewal Body Lotion
It's sooo worth the hype!
All the beauty guru's talk about this lotion and for some reason I was put off trying it. But this month I broke down and tried it! WOW! I love it and it will become a stable in my war against aging.
It is affordable at under $20, goes on thick, but absorbs well and by the second use I could see a difference on my sun damaged skin. BIG WIN!
Okay, I still have about 30 books to review and a couple of new recipes to share...Stay tuned!
How is it already November??
September and October flew by because life was so busy!
We took a road trip to Roswell, New Mexico, then returned home, repacked, and took a month-long road trip to Texas. #Yeah It was great to be able to travel again!
We also went apple picking, (worked of course), made a couple of videos, baked, met up with old friends, and chilled at the river and the lake. Oh! And there was also a hurricane hitting Texas while we were there and we had to nix the beach part of the trip.
"More than 100,000 Texas electricity customers without power after Nicholas. Restoring it to everyone could take days." Read about it here.
But all-in-all it was a nice adventure! If you missed those short posts I have listed them below.
We made our annual trip to Roswell at the beginning of September. The weather was good, and just about everything was open. We overate, shopped a bit, and had a few adventures. I always meet interesting people there, lol
I didn't take any fanatic pictures or, well, any many pictures at all this trip.
But it was nice to get away...we stayed a week and then came home and repacked for a month-long road trip in Texas.
While in Texas, we made another detour to meet up with friends at Boerne City Lake Park in Boerne, Texas. (Find it: 21 Upper Cibolo Creek Rd, 78006) The lake is approximately 1 mile northwest of Boerne off of Upper Cibolo Creek Road. Their website is here.
The weather was perfect! We lazed around, had a picnic, and just relaxed. Because it was during the week, we had the place almost entirely to ourselves.
And then it was time to go because there was a Hurricane building in the Gulf, and the weather was getting unpredictable. I do miss the meet-ups with friends and lazy days spent outside, just chilling. (But not enough to move back, lol)
More about this month-long trip later.
I'm so excited for the cooler weather and slower days.
I have a tall stack of books to read and later collection of new teas.
Several balloons flew over before the Balloon Fest.
Not the prettiest apple pie I've ever made, but it was eaten so fast it didn't matter!
We went to pick apples here and had an excess of sweet, tasty apples that were begging to be cooked. I have tried a few recipes and most are full of unnecessary sugar. This simple recipe will make a delicious pie and doesn't require extra sugar or take all day to make.
I also bought a vegan pie crust and to make it even simpler. I used a large 10.5 deep dish pie plate, but you can adjust this simple recipe to fit your needs.
Simple Vegan Apple Pie
2 Prepared vegan pie crusts
2 pounds apples
2 cups natural vegan apple sauce (unsweetened)
2 tablespoons cinnamon
1 tablespoon nutmeg
Preheat oven to 350' (read the instructions on your pie crust)
Place one pie crust in the bottom of your pie pan.
Peel and cut your apples into thin slices.
Transfer apples into a medium bowl, sprinkle in spices and stir to coat.
Place coated apples in pie crust, add apple sauce till almost full and place the top pie crust over the apples.
Seal the edges, and cut small steam slices in top crust and gently brush with vegan butter.
Bake for for 50-60 minutes or until the apples are tender.
Allow to sit for 20+ minutes before cutting.
Tropical Depression/Hurricane Nicholas snuck up on us. We were already on the road to Texas when it hit. But we were still over 100+ miles away from the Gulf Coast and managed to miss most of the rain. It was downgraded to a tropical depression this morning and is dragging itself slowly over southeast Texas, leaving thousands in the dark and dumping a foot of rain. #OMG!
While waiting for the storm to pass, we decided to stay north of the Gulf Coast and visited River Park in Boerne, Texas. We had a lovely picnic on the river and avoided most of the weather.
The river was up due to the rains, but it was a nice break. There was plenty of wildlife out enjoying the overcast skies, and I'm sure, avoiding the high winds and rain south of us..
If you need a break watch the video...
Welcome to my (I'm excited to travel again) blog, my healthy Vegan lifestyle blog and my life! It's a lot, but it's my passions and I just love to write about it. Here I share tips, stories and photos from my adventures and life. This is the place where people can find daily inspiration to travel and motivation to live healthier lives and laugh a bit too!
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