Yep. I abandoned the blog. Everything was going so well until an unexplained abdominal pain made me lose the will to blog. And cook. And pretty much anything else. To keep this story short, I went to an urgent care clinic with a lower-right abdominal pain right around where the appendix is. There they did a few tests and they misdiagnosed me with something not even remotely close to whatever it is that I have. The tests (including a CT Scan) were expensive, and the only reason why I chose to have them done was because our incompetent health insurance broker (he is our ex-broker now) told us that all tests were covered. We actually called him from the waiting room to double check. Now it turns out that the tests were not covered and we have a big hospital bill to pay - and nobody figured out what the abdominal pain was all about. I am done with doctors and hospitals, even if I grow a furry tail - no more doctors and hospitals for me! If we had been home it would have been better, but we were traveling which made things even more uncomfortable. We are still traveling, but we are going to take a week off soon!
Anyway, I have been feeling better these past few days so enough about that. There hasn't been any craftiness going on around here, but a couple of people at a little health food store in Colorado liked my seagull wallet and asked me if I sell them! It inspired me to get crafty again, so hopefully I will make more goodies to participate in the W.I.P Wednesdays soon.
Travel Update - Who wants to see some furry cuteness?
Our first fun stop of the year was at Theodore Roosevelt National Park in North Dakota. We visit the park every year and we always have lots of fun stalking the wildlife... from a safe distance. I made a little video of the buffalo, wild horses, and cutie patootie prairie dogs. It's shaky and a little awkward but I hope you enjoy it! The background song is Lisa Loeb's very soothing version of Home on the Range. It's my favorite version of that song! Warning: the following video will de-stress you and make you wish you were a sleepy, slow-chewing buffalo.
*Zzzzzz* Did it make you fall asleep? If you visit TRNP, don't forget to check out Theodore Roosevelt's cabin while you're there. It's a charming little cabin where Roosevelt lived for a while. It's furnished with a few of Teddy's personal things, and some period pieces that even though they did not belong to him, they represent what you would have found in a typical cabin back in the 1800s. Unfortunately (though totally understandable) all the rooms are protected by glass panels, so the pictures that I took of the interior don't look too great. Here are a couple anyway:
Moving on from real-life travels to imaginary ones! It has been so long since my last E.A.T World post! What a slacker! The total opposite of a slacker is Mandee, who has been kicking some serious E.A.T World butt! Check out her blog, Cupcake Kitteh, to drool over all the awesome Viva Vegan yummies she has been making. Mandee pimped Viva Vegan so well that she made me buy the cookbook. I'm glad I bought it before we found out about the hospital-bill fiasco, or I would have had to show some restraint! Expect a cookbook spotlight for Viva Vegan and Vegan Cookies Invade Your Cookie Jar soon! :)
But now... it's time for E.A.T World: Germany! When I decided to make some German dishes, I didn't need to look around for recipes because I knew exactly who to turn to - Mihl from the Seitan Is My Motor blog! Mihl has so many awesome recipes that it was hard to pick just a couple, and I ended up with a long list of dishes and breads to make in the future. First up is the best faux sausage ever with a yummy sauce: currywurst!
Currywurst is a cut up sausage smothered with a curry-ketchup sauce. So simple! So good! Never mind my soggy oven fries, the sausage had an amazing texture and the curry-ketchup sauce was delicious. The texture was excellent actually, sometimes faux sausages can get a little chewy for my taste - not these! Check out Mihl's recipe and definitely make yourself some currywurst soon! :)
For dessert I made some of Mihl's Rote-Grütze, which is a red berry compote that was obviously created by the gods. So fruity! So sweet! So pretty! Mihl said that Rote-Grütze is traditionally served with a thick vanilla sauce or whipped cream. I went with a vanilla custard because I don't travel with an electric mixer, but when we go home for a while I will top it with a good scoop of coconut whipped cream! *drool*
Well, I think I've done my damage here. One more thing about the hospital nightmare - because of the unexpected bill, I have decided to try to monetize my blog a little. See the little Amazon widget on the sidebar? Yep. Those are affiliate links. I do not care much for ads, but I thought this widget which is personalized with some of my favorite things was a good compromise. I hope you guys don't find it too obtrusive! :)