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Hi Everyone! I’m finally back to regular blogging once and for all. Things have been really hectic and we’ve been extremely busy. Now it’s time for a really long catch-up post. I also want to say thank you for all the nice comments and emails while I’ve been on hiatus. I will be returning emails very soon.

First things first though, a very big Thank You to Sara at I Like to Cook for including me as a Rockin’ Girl Blogger. Wooo Hoo! What a great compliment.


In keeping with tradition, I am passing on the honor to some more Rockin’ Girl Bloggers (in no particular order):

  • Udandi ( Udandi & the Craft of Money)
  • Selina (Vegans Rock!)
  • Randi (Culinary Adventures – 2 Girls in the Kitchen)
  • Mikaela (MDM*Intake)

We’ve been having fun exploring Chicagoland this summer. My parents came out for a visit earlier this month. We toured Frank Lloyd Wright’s home and studio. It was a wonderful tour and really surreal to see the property in person. We also went to the Volo Auto Museum. The trip there was a belated Father’s Day present for my dad. They had an awesome assortment of cars, including some movie cars. Rob will have a full report on our visit there on his blog soon. One of my personal favorites was the Ecto-1 from the Ghostbusters movies. If you look closely, you can see the Mystery Machine from Scooby Doo in the background.

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Even with some of the issues with my community garden, I’ve still had a lot of fun gardening there this summer. Here are some pictures of the tomatoes I’ve been picking.

Heirloom Tomatoes (these are so delicious, they’re usually eaten before they can be photographed)

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Grape Tomatoes. I’ve nicknamed one of my grape tomato plants “Insane-o” because it has totally outgrown the tomato cage, is much larger than the other grape tomato plants, and keeps growing and growing. We’ve also had to stake insane-o’s cage up with bamboo stakes because the tomato cage wasn’t enough to support it anymore.

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Roma Tomatoes – which I’ve used to make salsa fresca:

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I was obsessed with Thai food earlier in the summer. Here are a few pictures (with more to come) of some of the Thai food I’ve been making.

Tom Yum Soup:

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Pad Ped w/ tofu (I used eggplant from my garden in it):

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Thai Fried Rice with Basil (I picked the basil from my patio garden):

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While at Whole Foods in Chicago, I found Temptation Chocolate Soy Ice Cream. You might remember the fuss about local Whole Paycheck stores not carrying them. I guess there are 4 Whole Foods in the area selling Temptation now. I met one of the owners there who was doing a tasting….if inquiring minds want to know….I got a taste of the chocolate chip cookie dough soy ice cream. I bought some cookie dough, chocolate, and vanilla. I didn’t see Mint Chocolate Chip which is my favorite though. Boo! Oddly enough, I had an easier time finding Temptation back in the “D” than I do here! That’s crazy since it’s made locally!

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I used the chocolate Temptation to make chocolate soy milkshakes:

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A recent snack I made for us – Hummus and Trader Joes’ mini pita:

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I know I always rave about Rachel’s Eggplant Marinara from Coconut Lime. This time I made it with eggplant from my garden and served it with garlic bread. Apparently Rob wanted to show off his hand, er, finger modeling skills by pointing to the yummy food. LOL

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It’s good to be back to blogging. I’ve missed reading and commenting on your blogs. I can’t wait to catch-up. Take care and I hope you have a wonderful day. 😀

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  • Aurora's Mom August 23, 2007, 7:48 am

    So glad you’re blogging again! I was getting worried about you ;o)

    Glad you’re having such a busy summer. Those tomatoes are beautiful! Lucky you. We’ve hardly had any rain here and the only thing really growing in my garden are the zucchini, and a small bunch of cherry tomatoes. All the lawns in my neighbourhood are brown. :o(

  • Vivacious Vegan August 23, 2007, 9:02 am

    Glad you’re back. My town sounds like Aurora’s. No rain and everything is drying up. Nearby towns have been getting notices that they’re only allowed to water one day a week. Anyway, I’m glad someone’s garden is growing. The insane-o plant sounds awesome. THat eggplant marinara looks so chunky and dcelicious. I’m printing out the recipe right now.

  • johanna3 August 23, 2007, 9:50 am

    Im so happy to hear from you! i was missing a lot your posts!

    thanks for the link, i will be cheching that marinara.

  • Midwest Vegan August 23, 2007, 7:50 pm

    Welcome back! I’m glad you’re back to posting.

  • Melissa West August 24, 2007, 6:52 am

    Wow, your garden is really producing a huge harvest this summer. Glad to see you back blogging. Your thai dishes look absolutely delicious!

  • selina August 24, 2007, 5:36 pm

    Wow! Thanks for the nomination!
    I love Temptations Ice Cream!
    Hope your doing ok with all the storms & rain. We’ve had them here pretty bad but not as bad as around Chicago.
    The Riverwalk where I normally run is flooded.

  • Randi August 24, 2007, 6:40 pm

    Welcome back. Life can sure get hectic, especially in the too short summer. Thanks for including me in the girl bloggers!! Do I just add the link to my blog?

  • bazu August 24, 2007, 11:21 pm

    Great to have you back, Emmy! You know I’m sitting here drooling over your garden produce and all the great food photos!

  • River August 26, 2007, 7:18 pm

    Lovely to see you here again – I don’t often comment (or have I ever here?), but I DO like to read!!! Don’t disappear again, please, and I’ll try to be visible here too in return! Hugs from another (sometimes absent) blogger.

  • vegandiva August 27, 2007, 8:18 am

    Thanks for all the lovely comments everyone 🙂

    Aurora’s Mom and VV, I wish I could send some of this rain we have been having here to you both. We’ve had so much rain it has caused flooding problems in some areas this past week.

    Randi, just copy and save the image to your blog and honor some of your favorite Rockin’ Girl Bloggers

    Selina, we had some really nasty storms where we are. It took Rob two hours to get home from work on Thursday. I ended up hanging around work for another 40 minutes, waiting for the storms to ease up, before I headed out. We had high winds, heavy rains, and a lot of thunder and lightning. The storms wrecked havoc on our garden plot. We tried to go over there this weekend but we only got a little bit of work and harvesting done. The ground it still so wet that in certain areas of our plot, your feet would really start to sink down into the mud. Several of our tomato plants toppled over. It was kind of sad to see everyone else’s garden plots in such disarray too. Unfortunately, with all the rain, the weeds have gone out of control. Ugh! Is the riverwalk by your back to normal or is it still flooded?

  • Kumudha August 27, 2007, 11:46 am

    Everything looks great. I love pita with hummus.
    You have a great garden!

  • Sara August 27, 2007, 4:52 pm

    So glad to see you’re back! That Thai rice looks amazing! Thai food is our current favorite right now.

  • Judy August 29, 2007, 8:48 am

    So glad to see you back and find out what you’ve been cooking! I am not a huge fan of Thai food, but my faves are always homemade versions. Everything you made looks fantastic. And what beautiful tomatoes!

  • pinknest September 4, 2007, 6:48 am

    welcome back! and thanks for coming back with some yummy tomatoes.

  • mikaela September 6, 2007, 5:18 pm

    Well, I think YOU rock, too! Thank you 🙂

    When I went to Fallingwater and Kentuck Knob a few weeks ago, I totally thought of you. Isn’t it funny how us bloggers have virtual relationships that seep into real life?

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