The Cottage Life

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Sketchie says hello….and also, GO AWAY, please. ;)

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Sketchie rocks the stink eye!

The three, crazy cats are very sleepy today because they had a party in our room all night!

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We got trampled and walked on and meowed at from dusk til dawn. ;) They now need their beauty rest.

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Don’t they look alike? They are brothers. :) Finnegan is the grey and white and Clancy is the black and white.

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This morning, after an unrestful sleep, this was needed…

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Then it was time to hit the road to a local greasy spoon.

Do you ever wonder how a vegan eats at a local greasy eggs & bacon breakfast joint?

I find it is best to approach these types of restaurants with an easy going manner and not get all worked up about it. I have found through trial and error the best way to find an option for myself is to work with the server and to be creative. Just because something is not on the menu doesn’t mean that you won’t be able to order something else!

More green tea was consumed. :)

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If you can believe it, the ONLY option for me on the menu was toast! I had to get creative, so I ordered a side of lettuce, tomato, balsamic vinegar and fruit and threw together a sandwich! It was the best I could do, but I think it worked out quite well. It was a nice little breakfast.

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This and this…

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Turned into this…

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I drizzled the tomato with balsamic vinegar and sprinkled lots of pepper on it. The only thing the sandwich was missing was a protein, but they didn’t have any options to offer me.

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There was no fruit to speak of on the menu, so I just asked if fruit would be possible and they brought me the most delicious strawberries!

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Eric surprised me yet again with a new diet modification. He now orders poached eggs instead of fried! Who is this guy? ;)

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When we got back I had a high protein chocolate shake made with some new Vega Chocolate Powder I got from my HLS swag bag.

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I have not had success with Vega products in the past (they upset my stomach), but this one is REALLY good. I just mixed it with water and it still tasted like chocolate milk.

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Organic pea protein…who knew?! I also love that it has a dairy-free digestive enzyme in it. Great for those of us who have sensitive stomachs. Also, check out that iron!

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Shortly after, my mother-in-law took me on a wonderful tour of her garden. She is the gardening QUEEN! :) She spends hours and hours out here all summer long.

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I love this shot of Eric and Margaret.

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Her awesome herb garden!!! Her basil is struggling this year too!

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Love the bark on this tree. This tree has to be over 150 years old.

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Blogging station!!! We have about 4 laptops set up and we are all sitting around the table chatting as I type this. Good thing I am good at multi-tasking! ;)

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Well, it is almost time for a late lunch. Today is also a major rest day after yesterday’s 10.5 mile run. My legs feel like bricks!

Tonight Eric and I offered to make dinner so we have to come up with a meal plan and go buy groceries! :) Have a great day.

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Jessica @ Black Cat Kitchen August 22, 2010

awww, Sketchie is adorable! My cats are always attatched to my like glue when I come home after a few days. I secretly love it :) All your photos are so beautiful!

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Jennifer@ knackfornutrition August 22, 2010

Your photography is stunning!

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Sara August 22, 2010

Aww Eric looks just like his mom, how cute :)

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Samantha August 22, 2010

Your cats are so cute, I just want to snuggle them!

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Lena @ Blissfulbellas August 22, 2010

when i began reading this post and saw u were going to a diner i was intrigued by what u got!! everytime i have to go to a diner with family its nearly impossible to get anything since everything is cooked and grilled on butter! i usually just roll w/ toast w/jam and a side of fruit! The ppl at the diners are pretty helpful from my experiences but i think ur right, as long as u go in with a good attitude, everyone is USUALLY more than caring to help! definitely gonna try the lettuce and tomatoes on the side w/ bv next time tho!

Gorgeous picsss by the way! i love ur photography!

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Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin August 22, 2010

Wow, it looks like it’s a major pain to eat at breakfast joints! You’d think they would at least have oatmeal or at least a better fruit selection. It’s a good thing you’re creative enough to come up with a sandwich like that! :D

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Amber K August 21, 2010

When I add protein powder to smoothies or oatmeal I use an organic pea protein! I love that the only ingredient is 100% Non-GMO Organic Pea Protein. I REALLY love the fact that it doesn’t cause me any gastrointestinal distress!

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Heather McClees August 21, 2010

Oh my gosh! I use this Vega powder everyday in my smoothies! I just used two new products I wrote about I’d love for you to check out!:) Don’t you just love the Vega powder? I ordered the large Whole Health Optimizer too in Vanilla Chai. I definitely recommend it! It’s great!
http://www.thesoulfulspoon.com

PS- your blog is beautiful but your story is even more beautiful, much like my own. Great post:)

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Wendy @ Seriously Sassy August 21, 2010

Oh me, oh my. LOVE the kitties, LOVE the makeshift greasy spoon lunch, and LOVE the photos of your mother-in-law’s garden! Best blog post ever! What camera do you have, if you don’t mind my asking??

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Paige @ Running Around Normal August 21, 2010

AWww – the three cats!! Love them:)
Such pretty flowers! Great shots, Angela.

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Alycia [Fit n Fresh] August 21, 2010

Wow your mother-in-law’s house is GORGEOUS! I love that it’s right next to water. So so so super pretty. And all of your photos are fantastic as well :)

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Dee August 21, 2010

OMG! i just had to comment on that ghostbuster glass! soo cute!

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eatmovelove August 21, 2010

Ummm…can I have Sketchy?? So adorable.

Photos are stunning. Breakfast looks good – you made do with what you had I guess! Was there PB to smear all over that sandwich?

Good luck with dinner plans.

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Gypsy August 21, 2010

you have 3 cats? We’ve only ever seen Sketch! cute cute :)

I have the same problem every time I visit my family in Michigan (very limited “dining” options I’ll just say) – I’ve learned to do the same as Eric – order poached eggs and dry toast!

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Jess @ MTL Veggie August 21, 2010

I LOVE Sketchie’s expressions- your cat has got quite the personality :)
Your pictures of the gardens look beautiful as well!

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Kate August 21, 2010

Love all your pictures. I have two black and white kitties just like Clancy! They’re ladies, however. Cats can be so silly. They’re always making me laugh with their expressions and mannerisms.

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Erika @ Health and Happiness in LA August 21, 2010

Beautiful pictures!

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Wei-Wei August 21, 2010

Lovely garden photos! I love that shot of Eric and your mother in law. I also very much admire your ability to be so relaxed and survive as a vegan! You’re amazing. And cunning. :D

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Nancy August 21, 2010

Are all three cats yours? I thought you just had the one – sketchie :)

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