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Today is my birthday and birthdays are always nice.  I get cards, calls, and texts and this reminds me how lucky I am to have the friends and family that I do.  It’s hard not to be in a good mood on your birthday because everyone is so nice to you.  When I was younger there was always lots of gifts and a birthday party to celebrate the occasion.  I have many pictures of me, my cousins and friends sitting around a table with a big birthday cake.

Birthdays are different now.  While we always do something to celebrate, it is not like it was when I was young.  This birthday was a little funky for me because I seriously can not believe my age.  It’s not like I need a cane or a walker or anything but I did turn 44 today.  I am trying to figure out how that happened.  So is my mother.  She can’t believe she has a daughter that’s 44.  I mean one day I’m 6 and at the beach with my parents, the next day I am 21 and partying in New Orleans and the next day I’m 44, my back hurts and tiny letters are starting to look blurry.  What’s up with that?  I think I am in need of a trip to New Orleans.

We had to drive to the coast today so breakfast was a quick one.  My daughter had an art class and we ran a few errands and then we went out for a birthday lunch.  I had some fried green tomatoes and a salad with macadamia nut encrusted tilapia (remember I am still eating seafood).  It comes with a key lime dressing that is outstanding.  Then I celebrated my birthday with a piece of key lime pie.  Yes, I do realize what that pie probably had in it, but it is my birthday and I have done extremely well on my road to veganland.  I do not stray often and have only stumbled off the yellow brick road a handful of times.  Most of these time were by accident.  None of these stumbles though include a land carcass of any kind.  I refuse to enter the world of guilt today because once again, it is my birthday.  I figure at 44, I can do whatever I want.  Here’s the scary part…next year I will have made it to the top of the hill that starts sliding down towards 50.  My one friend today told me that 44 was the new 22.  I liked that because other than the hurting back and the blurry letters, I feel 22.  Grill King, because he’s my husband and doesn’t want to lose an eye or any other body part, agrees that I am like a 22 year old.

If I would have had time this morning, I would have made waffles for everyone.  We are a breakfast loving family.  I truly believe that breakfast is the most important meal of the day.  We are going to have the waffles this weekend and it will be my late birthday breakfast.  I have now mastered the vegan waffle and it is oh so good!

After making several batches of vegan waffles in the last 6 months, I have come up with the holy grail.  Not that my other waffles were bad, they just didn’t make you want to sing hallelujah.  When my kids and Grill King ate these, they did not believe they were vegan.  The secret I believe is the self rising flour and brown sugar.  These waffles give you a “gotta have another one” kind of feeling.

2 cups of self rising flour

1 1/2 cups almond milk

1/4 cup brown sugar

2 Tbsp of regular sugar

2 Tbsp ground flax

3 Tbsp oil (I used canola)

1 tsp vanilla

real maple syrup

Mix all the dry ingredients together and mash to get out any lumps that might be in the brown sugar.  Then add the milk, oil, and vanilla.  Mix well.  Pour in your waffle maker.  I have the Calphalon non-stick no-peeking waffle maker.  It is fantastic and cooks 4 waffles at a time.  I bought it at Bed Bath and Beyond and used one of their 20% off coupons.  Can’t beat that!  Before I got this wonderful waffle maker, I was using a one waffle at a time maker that was shaped like Mickey Mouse.  Cute for the kids at the time but not real practical if you want to eat as a family or finish before lunch.  Anyway, this recipe makes 8 waffles.  So pour on the maple syrup, add the fruit of your choice and enjoy!

 

Super Yummy Vegan Waffles

I was so stuffed after my late lunch that dinner was not going to be an option this evening.  I knew that I would not be eating another thing so if someone got hungry, they were on their own.  The kids opted for a bowl of cereal and I started wondering where Grill King made off to.  Then I smelled it…the grill was smoking.  I heard the call of the wild and he walks in with a grin on his face.  There were feathers in his hair and a chicken wing hanging from his mouth.  The hunter had ventured off my yellow brick road into the disgusting realm of beaks and chicken parts.  He was celebrating my birthday in his own way.  I waited for him to start beating his chest but since today was my day he refrained from this vulgar gesture.   I guess he didn’t want to sleep outside.  He hasn’t had meat in several days.  Better the chicken wings than the dogs.

If you want some really good vegan waffles, try these.  They really are good.  Until next time, Enjoy!

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