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Vegan Chili, Thrifty Finds: Buddha Figurines

I made Rob some chili for his lunches this week using Boca Crumbles. I like chili but not when it’s made with TVP or Boca. You can add this to my list of idiosyncrasies…I don’t like “meat” soup, real or fake. Although I won’t eat it, I have no problem making it. Go figure. At the very least, making chili is always the perfect excuse to make more mini-cornbread loaves. I’ll spare you another repeat picture…and yes I do realize I’ve become a bit obsessed with making mini-loaves lately. πŸ˜€

Vegan Chili

I went to a garage sale over the weekend and picked up two Buddha figurines and a blue and white “bamboo” dish for $3. I put the Buddha figurines on my desk. They are a nice addition to my collection. I bought the dish for my mom. My parents are coming to visit later this month so she’ll be able to pick it up soon.

Thrifty Finds

Things have been a bit busy around here. We’re also in the process of choosing another realtor. To say I am thoroughly disgusted with Michigan and its’ downward spiral is an understatement!!!! I’ve also been getting my gardening supplies around. I’m even planting some items on our tiny patio in addition to our garden plot. Look for more gardening posts from me in the near future.

I’ll be visiting blogs soon. Hope you have a lovely day. πŸ™‚

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  • laura jesser May 1, 2007, 2:15 pm

    That chili looks delicious. I like the bamboo dish–so pretty…

  • Kati May 1, 2007, 3:02 pm

    Ooh I love the Buddha figurines. You find some great stuff at those estate sales! I can’t wait to see what your garden brings this summer.

  • Kati May 1, 2007, 3:03 pm

    oops…I meant garage sale! But estate sales, too…

  • scottishvegan May 1, 2007, 3:07 pm

    The bamboo dish is lovely! And the chili looks yum πŸ™‚

  • bazu May 1, 2007, 4:37 pm

    I usually don’t make chili with tvp either, because Daiku hates it. Then the other night, he made beans and randomly threw in a handful of tvp- I was like, “what…?” It wasn’t too noticeable, though.

    You make me want mini loaf pans!!

    Nice garage sale finds. I too have a little buddha figurine collection. I hope all goes well once you change realtors- selling houses can be such a nightmare.

  • Aurora's Mom May 1, 2007, 5:40 pm

    You always find the best things at those sales! I really like buddhas, but I don’t have any as yet…maybe I’ll get lucky at a garage sale too.

    That dish is beautiful. Is your mom fond of blue & white or does she like asian-style items?

  • johanna May 1, 2007, 6:35 pm

    That chili looks . love the plate.

  • vicki May 1, 2007, 11:04 pm

    I’d like to go shopping with you! Your mom will be thrilled.

  • cherie May 2, 2007, 5:53 am

    I’ve been craving chili myself, which seems strange as the weather gets warmer, but, hey, sounds good to me!

  • vegandiva May 2, 2007, 9:07 am

    Thanks for the nice comments everyone πŸ™‚

    Aurora’s Mom, my mom has a few Asian pieces in her house…no where near the extent that I do though. She has a lot of blue and white in her house so that plate will match perfectly. I couldn’t believe I got all three things for $3. To make things even better…this sale was directly on the way to a library sale, where I found some awesome books (will post about them soon). I try to plan the sales we go to around the areas we’ll be in. And now to switch topics….Have you started getting your garden around yet?

  • Judy May 2, 2007, 9:44 am

    Ooh, I love that plate.

    I like meat and fake meat stuff, but there is something about TVP that I just don’t care for. It’s kind of sweet, and when I make chili with it, I have to make the chili extra spicy and flavourful to mask the sweetness.

  • Aurora's Mom May 2, 2007, 9:55 am

    I haven’t done any gardening yet….the weather here hasn’t been so great. Yesterday was so damp and cold, and today is nice but I have some other things to do. I’m waiting for a good warm day so I can clean all the dead stuff out from last year! I usually start things from seed indoors too, and haven’t even done that this year…it’s a little late to start it now, so I guess I’ll be buying the plants instead. Have you+Rob decided what you’ll be growing yet?

  • pinknest May 3, 2007, 5:34 am

    ah hah! yes! i was wondering if those mini corn loaves would fit in. this was just calling for it.

  • mikaela May 3, 2007, 10:18 am

    You have a Shakyamuni collection?! Cool πŸ˜€

  • K May 3, 2007, 7:09 pm

    Urrrrrrrrrgh! Sorry about the realty dilemma. Let me know (e-mail me if you want!) what is going on, Emmy. So disappointing, i’m sure. Maybe those Buddhas will help bring some good karma to you with this!?

    “Lettuce prey!”

    Nuttin’ wrong w/mini loaves btw, and that soup looks divine!


  • K May 3, 2007, 7:09 pm

    i mean chili… it’s not soup. Duh! i’m nursing a cold, so forgive my errant description of your meal, above. i could use some of it!!

  • atxvegn May 3, 2007, 7:38 pm

    I really hate TVP – always have. I LOVE the bamboo dish!

  • vegandiva May 4, 2007, 1:51 pm

    Aurora’s Mom, wow, this week really got away from me. I just posted in today’s post about our garden plans. Looking forward to hearing what you will be growing πŸ™‚

    Karen, thanks for the good wishes. I’m hoping it sells soon. Will drop you an email. Hope you feel better soon!