Saturday was packed for me.  I woke up early, went for a quick 2 mile jog, showered, caffeinated my face, and hit the road.  Off to Glendale!


Both my cousin and aunt are preggo.  It’s really cool. 


This is the first child for my aunt and uncle and I’m pretty excited to be getting a new cousin.  I only have two cousins, so getting a third is a big deal.  And since we are (thus far) a family of girls, he will be the male heir carrying the family name on.  The fact that I have a cousin in utero at the same time as my other cousin is pregnant is kinda amusing, no?


So it was baby shower time on Saturday. 


My cousin generously hosted the event, despite being a month away from popping out her own little one.  Their house is awesome and the big yard made me wish I was a grown up with a house too.  One day…


Sisters and cousins.  [Laura you were missed]  🙁


The catering was not very vegan friendly, aside from the bread and the salad my mom made.


Luckily my mom gave me a heads up so I went with a BYOH approach. 


Bring your own hummus…that is.  The two pasta dishes were creamy chicken pasta and beef lasagna.  My sister was in the same boat as I was (she doesn’t eat red meat or dairy) so she, too, brought her own food. 


I was surprised when I tried the bread because it was olive bread, which I dislike.  I snuck my half-eaten piece onto my sisters plate and grabbed a piece of rosemary focaccia instead.  And then another, and another, and another.  They were small pieces, so my hummus lasted for all of them.  I even let my cousin steal a few swipes of hummus too. 


Dessert was next on the agenda.  My family has a BOMASS cheesecake recipe that I used to seriously devour back in my dairy-eating-heyday.  I think I need to try and create a vegan version. 


There was also nothing vegan about these seven layer bars…with white chocolate chips, butterscotch chips, chocolate chips, coconut, evaporated milk, graham crackers, and butter. 


Guess what I got my future couz?


Bruin pride!!  He’s going to be brainwashed from day one. 

And while all this was going on, guess where my dad was?!?


SF GAY PRIDE PARADE!!  He wasn’t just at the parade, he was IN it.  So proud! 

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Comments (35)

  1. Morgan @ Operation Hot Mama

    Hey there, new blog reader here! Love it and look forward to reading more!! I absolutely love your blog name btw!!

  2. Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga

    I love the 1st pic…tooo cute those bellies!

    And 7 layer bars! I just recreated those last week, called them Magic 8 bars. They are sooo good!

    I suggest replacing the sweetened cond milk with full fat coconut milk + agave and just using PB chips not butterscotch chips. And all other chips, just omit other than choc. I mean, not perfect, but it’s a start 🙂

  3. Salah (My Healthiest Lifestyle)

    Those 7 layer bars and cheesecake look amazing!!!! What a great time with your family!

  4. Katie

    Aww that first picture I thought was professional it was so amazing. DEfinitely frameworthy! I used to LOVE cheesecake,but dairy other then greek yogurt makes me sick and as of late gluten 🙁 Going out to eat was always hard, but now it’s even harder. I need vegetarian, dairy and gluten free please! I need to remember to just bring my own hummus 😉 Tis that time of year for babyshowers I think, long winters you know.

  5. Yolie @ Practising Wellness

    Aw, such BEAUTIFUL, blossoming bumps! <3 I know, I want to be a grown-up with our very own house too – Tom and I went looking at a gorgeous place in the countryside yesterday, just for fun (we passed the to let sign while driving), and it was truly beautiful, surrounded by fields and flowers! Not quite the right time yet, though…but one day! Dude, I totally love the bring your own hummus idea…genius, lol! 😉 xyx

  6. Yolie @ Practising Wellness

    PS: Love your flowery dress – so pretty and summery 🙂 xyx

  7. Yolie @ Practising Wellness

    PPS: Yay for your Dad…what a dude, lol! 😀 xyx

  8. Nikita

    What a beautiful photo of the mothers to be! Good call on bringing your own hummus.

  9. Kelsey

    you dad is seriously AWESOME! 🙂 love it.

    and congrats to your cousina and aunt–how exciting!

  10. hippierunner

    Your dad was in the parade? Niiiice! And you were in Glendale, that is literally down the street from me! So cute that your aunt and cousin are both pregnant!

  11. Red Deception

    Oh, I don’t know if I am at a phase where I would be able to resist all of those goodies. I would have to make vegan mac n’ cheese and chocolate tarts so I could have my own goodies!

    That cheesecakes looks so tempting!

  12. Paula

    He was IN the parade! Awesome. Also awesome that gay marriage passed in NY this – my brother and his husband can now be recognized as married in their home state 🙂

  13. Pure2raw twins

    two beautiful looking mama’s right there

  14. Elise (Post author)

    i know!!! so happy that NY is setting the trend. now CA (and the rest of the US) needs to get its act together and follow suit.

  15. Elise (Post author)

    i know right? she told me at dinner the night before the event so i really didnt have time. otherwise i would have brought something for everyone (but mostly me) to eat. ah well.

  16. Elise (Post author)

    it was so nice. hotter than here in santa monica.

  17. Elise (Post author)

    thanks 🙂 i agree…he rocks.

  18. Elise (Post author)

    its so fun to do that. kyle and i go on real estate sites all the time just to browse. its kinda fun and torture at the same time.

  19. Elise (Post author)

    thanks! sorry that youre having GI issues lately. just wait til the surprisingly vegan waffle mix is ready – it will be your saving grace…

  20. Elise (Post author)

    ill never doubt your sweet tooth averie. or the addition of more coconut!

  21. Elise (Post author)

    hi morgan! thanks for your sweet comment – glad you found me 🙂

  22. Yolie @ Practising Wellness

    dude, you totally hit the nail on the head, thats exactly what it is, lol! 🙂 xyx

  23. Jamie

    Hey there! I’ve been reading your blog for a little while now and decided to post my first coment! I love love love your blog and am so excited because next year I’m going to be a freshman at UCLA (Go Bruins!!). If you have any inside tips about the school and life in westwood I’d love to hear them! I have a lot of alergies including dairy and chocolate(like the worst thing to be alergic to huh?) and also am a pescaterian. But anyways, enough about me, I just wanted to let you know how much i love your blog ! And by the way the baby bruin outfit is adorable!!

  24. Lindsay@ In Sweetness and In Health

    Love the pic of your cousin and aunt! Congrats to both of them!

  25. ashley @ cookingforjohn

    i am so jealous of your dad, that is kickass!

    such a shame that gay marriage was repealed in CA, but it won’t be long until the entire country supports it!

  26. Emily

    BYOH = best idea ever!!

  27. shani

    how do you know the bread you eat out is vegan? doesn’t bread usually have at least egg in it but also probably milk?

  28. Elise (Post author)

    rarely. but yes, occasionally bread does, however, it depends on the kind of bread. i can tell egg rolls and sweet rolls that use butter (and/or eggs) by the looks of them. more traditional french bread, wheat bread, etc dont use dairy and almost never use egg. focaccia is also almost always vegan. its been a learning process. if in doubt ask your server.

  29. Elise (Post author)

    hi jamie, thanks for commenting and thanks for reading 🙂 congrats on starting at ucla next year. westwood (and west LA in general) is VERY friendly for those with food allergies, etc. there are whole foods, trader joes, and yummy restaurants with every option you could ever want. youll love it!

  30. Katie

    How fun! The preggo situation reminds me of ‘Father of the Bride part II’ – but not quite as weird. Also yay for another cousin!

  31. Heather @ Kiss My Broccoli

    BYOH…love it!

  32. laurasplanet

    How am I JUST seeing this??? Parker had to tell me about it! I must have missed it in my last sister-stalking session 🙂 Anyway, all you girlies look GORGEOUS! miss you! xoxo

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