Monday, May 30, 2016

Milwaukee Veg Expo

I checked out the first ever Milwaukee Veg Expo at Hart Park in Wauwatosa on Saturday, May 7th! I attended the Mad City Vegan Fest in Madison last June and loved it. I was secretly hoping that someone in Milwaukee would start one up too, so I was very excited when the expo was announced months ago!

The organizers' mission is to "educate and give people the tools to live a life that is good for all of us, the animals and the planet. It is our hope that you experience the joys of plant powered living."
I arrived right when a cooking demonstration was beginning. Breast cancer survivor and Food for Life Instructor Amberlea Childs made a Kale and Brussel Salad which looked delicious and easy to make!
Milwaukee Veg Expo, May 7, 2016
Following the demonstration, I went to hear integrative nutritionist and gourmet cook Carol d'Anca speak on the topic of "Food Not Meds." She was a fantastic speaker! Since nutrition is my hobby, I was familiar with much of the material she covered, but I still found it to be very inspirational and reassuring. 
Doesn't this dessert look divine? You can find the recipe for it in Carol's book, Real Food for Healthy People: A recipe and resource guide
I found some time to walk around the exhibitor section! There were so many great booths to check out.
Loved these bumper stickers, especially the "McShit" one.
I tried Gorilly Goods for the first time and they were so flavorful and full of wholesome ingredients. I love that they are made locally in Jackson, Wisconsin. 
Attendees could also enter to win raffle prizes. 
I picked up lunch at the Indian Village booth which was quite popular. The sampler plate I had was spicy and tasty! 
I can't wait to see what the second Milwaukee Veg Expo has to offer next year! 

Sunday, May 29, 2016

My Everyday Life [Week 22]

I was off of work on Monday and supposed to go hiking with a friend. She had a sick kid, so I took advantage of the extra free time I had and prepared for something next to these snuggly guys.

I enjoyed being home with my three guys and felt like I got everything I wanted to done. 

Craig and I went to the library on Monday night. I checked this book out and I can totally relate to Tess's story right now. 

We attended a program on rain barrels and rain gardens at the library. This was the library's fairly large rain garden. 
Drainage from the parking lot into the garden. We learned so much! I am not sure we'll ever have a rain garden, but I'd like a barrel someday to use for watering flowers and washing our cars. 
I was off on Wednesday too. I was all dressed up and trying to look as professional as possible in a black dress and cardigan.  
I was eating at the breakfast counter and Pema was annoying me by trying to eat my food, so I pushed him away and he ended up loving sitting in the middle of the room like this.
Watched Genealogy Roadshow time and distractions courtesy of Shiva, who was being naughty.
Mushrooms starting growing out of my mushroom kit even though I hadn't officially started it yet! Guess that was mother nature's way of saying I better start properly growing them. 
I received a lovely package of Bobs Red Mill's protein powder and this blender bottle. I tried the chai protein first and it was delicious!
We walked around Carroll University over the weekend. We were the only people on that part of campus! So many pretty buildings and flowers to check out. 
 One of my favorite flowers, lilacs.
 A gorgeous house near campus.
 We both liked this arch and yard in general.
The song I've had on repeat lately by the band Miike Snow. Craig doesn't like it. The lyrics are a bit weird, but there's something about the composition of the song and singing that I love.
I enjoyed looking at old plat maps at the library. It was fun to see the history of the land and farmers' names. I was checking out the New Berlin land I lived on from 1989 through 2000.
Made my annual spring strawberry rhubarb crisp tonight. I had a little helper, food lover Pema. His new thing is walking into the kitchen, smelling the air and then hovering if he likes the smell of what I am cooking or chopping up. His favorite lately seems to be eggs. 

I made the crisp in the microwave for the first time ever and it actually turned out just fine. So easy! 
 Pretty salvia in our front yard. Spot the bee?
I've got a big week ahead of me! Lots of changes ahead and I am ready for them. Have a great Memorial Day holiday! I'm actually heading into work tomorrow so I can save my holiday time and get it paid out.