Perfect Imperfect Foods – A Pictorial

I got my first order from Imperfect Foods today and I’m pretty thrilled! As it was my first order, I had a $10 off code, making all of this food only $55 to my door! If you find yourself interested, this link will get you $10 off on your order. Note that it is an affiliate link, so I also get a coupon for my next order, so don’t feel like you need to use it. I’ve thrown some images below for a glimpse of what that gets you.

The first look in the box was exciting! Look at the produce goodness!

Cabbage, coba beans, sweet potatoes, brussel sprouts, jalapeños, green beans, carrots, green peppers, cilantro, and field roast sausages. I see guacamole in my future.

Blood oranges, clementines, capers, beets, and zucchini – it’s roasted veggie time for sure!

Forager dairy free half & half and dairy free cheddar dip. Yum.

Not pictured are some 3 pounds of very-not-vegan products for the omnivores.

All in all, I’m thrilled and glad that my cool sister-in-law got me to sign on!

Vegan Lemon Shortbread Cookies

I’m feeling a little dreary, so when a friend posted a picture of some lemon cookies, it seemed like exactly the right thing to bake. I scouted around online, read a bunch of recipes, reviewed my own shortcake recipes, shoved them all together, and this is what resulted!

Ingredients

Cookies

  • 1.5 cup vegan butter, at room temperature
  • 1 cup sugar or brown sugar
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoon lemon zest
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • pinch salt

Icing

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • oat or soy milk as needed

Process

  • Beat together the vegan butter and sugar until smooth and creamy.
  • Sift and then slowly add the flour, mixing until combined. Dough will appear crumbly!
  • Preheat oven to 350º F.
  • Now you have 2 options. You can refrigerate for an hour, roll out to ¼-inch thickness and use a cookie cutter. Or, you can skip refrigerating and press into mini muffin tins.
  • Bake for 10-12 minutes, and then watch until golden on top.
  • Cool on cookie sheet or in muffin tins for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.
  • To make the icing, combine the powdered sugar and lemon juice in a small bowl. Add oat or soy milk, a tiny bit at a time while whisking until the icing becomes smooth and is the consistency you like.
  • Spread or drizzle icing over cooled cookies.
  • Makes ~ 3 dozen

I See You in This Time of Uncertainty

Dear friends:

– who are college/university administrators, I see you. I know you are making the best decisions you can in an almost incomprehensible and totally unpredicted emergency. I know you are doing so with the well-being of students and the community in mind. I know that you feel personally responsible for the students in ways that those who don’t do this work probably can’t understand. I see you. 

– who own or manage a business, I see you. I know you are making the most sound choices possible with an eye to keeping your employees safely employed, keeping your customers safe, not losing the livelihood that you depend on, and being of value to your community. I know how hard that must be in this crisis situation. I know you probably feel like no answer will be the right answer and it seems like an impossible struggle. I see you. 

– who are teachers at any level, I see you. I know you are trying to figure out what will happen if your school has to go to online classes, or restructure the learning environment. I know you are worried about how you talk about this with your students of any age. I know that you are feverishly going over your plans for the rest of the term and feel rather underwater. I thank you for educating our world. I see you.

– who are students. I see you. I know it is worrisome to think about changing your way of learning. I know you may be worried about the impact on your grades and future. I hear the sadness of losing events and celebrations and the loneliness of being away from your peers. I believe you will make it through the year but know you can ask for help. I see you. 

– who are medical professionals. I see you. I know you are worrying about your patients, trying to figure out if there is anything you can do in this crisis, and working on practices and policies for your caregiving work. I know that it must be so hard to not really have answers for the people that rely on you. I know it will be crushing to lose patients to this. I see you.

– who work in vital public service fields. I see you. I know you are looking at the situation and realizing that if you or your co-workers start needing to take time off, you might leave the communities that you serve in the lurch. I know you took these jobs to serve others and so you care deeply about that. I see what an awful position this may put you in. I see you.

– who work jobs that don’t allow for you to take time off without losing the funds or insurance that you or your loved ones need. I see you. I know you feel like you are being squeezed by the opposing advice about social distancing and need to do your job based on economic and responsibility factors. I know there is no easy answer for you and you might be afraid. I see you.

– who are parents. I see you. I know you are thinking all the time about your children and if there is anything you can do to protect them. I know you are trying to toe the line between alarming them needlessly and getting them to understand the risks and take reasonable precautions. I know some of you are trying to be teachers and parents at the same time. If your children are grown or don’t live in your home, I know you wish they were in your sight so that you could check on them throughout the day. I see you.

– who are daughters, sons, children, in-laws, aunts, uncles, and siblings. I see you. I know you have worries about your family, particularly those who have other health issues or are older. I know you are losing sleep thinking about what you can or should be doing for them. I hear the worry in your words and sometimes the quiet panic. I see you.

– who are just plain afraid. I see you. This is surreal and awful. I know you are thinking that even if you come out of it fine, there will be lives lost and economic well-being destroyed for others. I know it is eating at you in a variety of ways. I hear you trying to keep your worry in check because you don’t want to be panicked or cause that in others. I see you.

I hope that today you can find an hour, or two, to turn off the news and spend that time doing something that fills your soul. It doesn’t have to be yoga (but it could!) or meditation (also good). I hope you can read a book or listen to music or play with your dog or annoy your cat or watch a silly movie or do a puzzle or whatever gives you real joy. 

I see you and care about you, my friends. 

xo