I'll be honest, life has been handing us some crappy turns lately but I am trying to not to focus on them too much. Sometimes all it takes to cheer me up is my son Mac singing a silly song in the morning or a scoop of delicious ice cream or maybe a cute picture of a sanctuary goat (click for cute goat picture). Sometimes it's finding something you have been looking for and something you didn't even know existed. Today that's what is making my day! I went out this morning to check out a local South Asian grocery store for my (second) Vegan Food Swap pal and when I walked in I saw the back wall was crowded with pots, pans and serving dishes. I searched through it all to find one perfect tiffin and four stainless steel divided plates. My husband was laughing at my gleeful reaction (I was dancing in the aisles) and I'm sure the owner of the store thought I was nutters too but I had been dreaming about having those divided plates for so long and now they are mine! I absolutely adore my tiffin too! I was discussing with someone on Twitter recently where would be a good place to find one and suggested to him that an Indian grocery would probably have them and there it was. It's quite sturdy and to me, nicely priced at $16.99. Now I just need somewhere to go for lunch so I can use it!
Then we headed off to Rainbow Foods to stock up on all things vegan and while searching through the many flours I spotted two new bags my eyes had never scanned before.
This new brand is One Degree Foods and they make Veganic (absolutely no animal by-products are used in the production of it, so that means there's no poop in the fertilizer) breads, seeds and flours. I had found the bread last time we were at Rainbow and we tried the Ancient Whole Wheat. It was tasty, soft and made with just five ingredients! Sadly they were sold out of the bread by the time we went back but I did score a bag of Organic Sprouted Spelt Flour and Organic Sprouted Whole Wheat Flour so I can make my own at home. And yes, I realized how amazingly hippy granola I have become when I was shrieking in the aisles of the health food store over flour. I can't even explain how exciting it is to see something that says Veganic on it and I hope this catches on and really becomes as mainstream as organic has now. This company is promising a lot; transparency, sustainability and simplicity and I am buying it big time so please don't let me down! I can't wait to try more of their products in the future (hint hint Rainbow Foods!).