Your Weekly Diversion, Week 44

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Recent sunset we savored here in Naples, my iPhone photo

It’s Week 44, and another week gone where too much weirdness is happening, and it’s not worth the effort to even allude to much here. Let’s just hope that we and our kids, grandkids and elders don’t lose essential, potentially lifesaving medical coverage. And may the powers that be refrain from giving our hard earned money and benefits to those so wealthy they won’t notice it, yet alone need it. And then there are the women who’ve been abused by public figures, now courageously speaking up, something many of us never had the guts to do, only to be trashed by the so-called godly. I have no words.

We have all earned our diversions this week, for reals. So let’s get to it!

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A fun image I made with Recolor last year for Thanksgiving

It’s almost Thanksgiving and it’s been a challenge finding what I needed for our feast. First we checked out restaurants here in Naples. The local paper did a great job listing all who’ll be open with links to their websites. The best places were charging a lot, especially when I only eat their sides, and the ones offering affordable meals weren’t appealing to us. So I decided to cook. Actually I do enjoy cooking. The main obstacle in the last 7 years or so has been the fact that I’m a vegetarian (and I was vegan for 5 years) and my husband is not. I wanted a vegetarian main dish, such as a Gardein, Field Roast or Tofurky roast. I visited each of their websites and couldn’t find any of these roasts being offered at the stores in Naples. The health food store near here closed. Not even Whole Foods or Trader Joe’s, at least as far as I could tell on their websites, appeared to have what I was searching for.

 

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Photo courtesy of Restaurant Guru

We were having a good day. An authentic bagel store, Brooklyn Dough with a Hole, opened up recently and we made it over there for the first time that day. They were totally legit! Just how they looked in the case told me that. Fat and shiny, the holes very small. It was around 1pm so pickings were slim, but we bought 4 of them. They were wonderful, by the way! After that we were heading to the big Publix market near us, and they are great stores. I’d given up on a veggie feast and planned on sides and maybe a package of Gardein faux-turkey cutlets. But my husband suggested we go to Lucky’s, a wonderful combo of gourmet and natural foods, much smaller than Publix and easier to navigate when tired.  A local friend calls it “the poor man’s Whole Foods.” It’s all that and more!

I decided on making salad, rolls, mashed potatoes, stuffing, green beans and mushrooms, gravy and a rotisserie chicken for my guy plus whatever I could find for me. I have the lastest issue of VegNews and their recipe for seitan turkey Wellington looked great but labor intensive.

We started filling our basket in the produce section, and then I headed down the frozen foods aisle toward Meat Alternatives, hopeful for one of the cutlet packages. And then, lo and behold, cue the celestial choir, I saw it: a Tofurky Holiday Feast!

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“Lucky” we are indeed (or at least I am)! My cousin is joining us the day after Thanksgiving and we’ll have plenty of everything to have a second feast while she’s here.

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As far as other diversions, do you need a new iPhone case? Here are some fun ones, especially some very cute cat designs.

And to bring us all into the gratitude of the season, here is a hymn I learned as a grade school girl and love even today. This hymn comes to us from the clear and touching voices of the a capella group Glad. It’s worth hearing with the speakers up!

 

Namasté, and

Happy Thanksgiving from our home to yours,  

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9 thoughts on “Your Weekly Diversion, Week 44

  1. Lemme know how that Tofurky things works out! Not vegan or vegetarian here but I sometimes eat their ‘deli’ slices for a snack and extra protein so I’m wondering what it will be most like. Yum for the bagels! Good bagels are a GOOD THING!

    • Thanks for the comment, Na’ama! The Tofurky Roast is basically tha same as the slices except you have to slice it as thin or as thick as you want. They suggest roasting it with a glaze but it’s not necessary. The stuffing inside is really nice. Non-veg friends who’ve made it have said they didn’t like it, but maybe they expected it to taste like turkey. It doesn’t taste like turkey, but I love it sliced very thin in sandwiches. And on a plate of side dishes with a good gravy, it’s totally fine. And it’s sure easier than making a seitan roast from scratch. I make seitan meatballs once every year or two and freeze them. They keep very well, and taste great. But I need to set aside a lot of time to make seitan.

  2. Love your turkey image! With all the selection at grocery stores, it can still be difficult to find exactly what you want. My husband and I are headed to a local restaurant for a Thanksgiving buffet. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

    • Thanks, Sandy. The turkey image is actually 3D, and when you’ve colored it, you can set it to revolve and change the angle before sharing it with others. Check out Recolor. It’s fun! I use my Apple Pencil but you can use your finger to color. Buffets are great for me, but the only one our paper says is open here is $75 per person. Yikes! Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!

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