The Vegetarian Mom

A veggie mom cooking it through the books!

Honeybun Cake January 1, 2012

Filed under: Desserts,Recipes — The Vegetarian Mom @ 4:30 pm

I actually wasn’t going to post this.  Then, at the very last second (literally already started to move the fork to the plate), I decided to take a picture to share it with you.  I’ve made this recipe several times and I still love it.  I must be honest though, it’s not my original recipe.  I have no idea where I originally saw this recipe, so if you are the creator, please let me know!  🙂



Please ignore the green plastic Ikea children’s plate.  Again, I decided to take this picture at the very last second.


Honeybun Cake

For the cake:

1 box yellow cake mix

4 eggs

1 cup sour cream

3/4 cup vegetable oil


For the swirl:

1 cup light brown sugar

2 teaspoons cinnamon


For the glaze:

2 cups powdered sugar

6 tablespoons milk

1 teaspoon vanilla


Preheat the oven to 350.  In a medium bowl, combine the cake mix, eggs, sour cream, and oil.  Mix well.  In a separate bowl, mix the brown sugar and cinnamon.  Pour half the batter into a 9×13 pan.  Add the sugar mixture to form a layer over the entire pan.  Add the remaining batter.  Use a knife to create swirl patterns.  Bake for 40 minutes.  Before taking it out of the oven, mix the powdered sugar, milk, and vanilla to make the glaze.  Pour over the cake while it is still warm.




Thoughts on Thursday ~ New Year Resolutions December 22, 2011

Filed under: New Years,Thoughts on Thursday — The Vegetarian Mom @ 4:24 pm

Every single year, I make resolutions.  I almost never stick to them.  I think I make my goals to broad.  I’m a big “lists” person.  I love my daily to-do lists.  I like being able to cross something off and know for sure that it’s done.  So, this year, I’m trying something new.  Instead of making the traditional resolutions of “lose weight” or “eat better,” I’m going to try giving it a list-style spin.


Here it is…

100 runs

100 strength workouts

100 new recipes

100 books


I have a new workout buddy and it’s been great.  I want to set a concrete goal though.  We exercise early in the morning (4:30), and it’s really easy to cancel.  We’re tired.  I have a headache.  Little Man was up all night.  So on and so forth.  If we stick to our plan, we’ll fit in well over 100 workouts.  Ideally.  Last year I resolved to run a 5K.  It didn’t work out.  I’m taking it back a step this year.  I just want to train for one.  If I end up signing up for a race later in the year, then yay!  🙂  I want to at least run 100 times.  I’m also planning on 100 strength workouts as well.


I want to at least try 100 new recipes.  Some will work out and end up being posted and put into the recipe box.  Some won’t.  I just want to at least try 100 new recipes.  Easy enough, right?


I love to read, but with grad school, work, and Little Man, I’ve slacked off a bit.  I just haven’t had the time.  I have officially graduated now, so I’m ready to tackle my to-read pile again!  Here’s how I count my books.  If I completely finish it, it obviously counts.  If I read at least half of it and know that I didn’t like it and don’t plan on finishing it, then I count it too.  I at least gave it a good solid effort.  If I read part of it, but put it down to try again later, it doesn’t count.  Short stories count (as far as I’m concerned), but several short stories in one book only count as one book.  I usually only read short stories if they’re part of a series that has full novels.  This method of counting isn’t the same as others might use, but it’s how I work.  And since I’m only counting for me, then I figure I can do it however I want!  🙂


I’m thinking about setting up a page to track my progress, but I’m sure you’ll hear about it through my “Thoughts on Thursday” posts as well.  I have a few other resolutions that I’m planning on adding.  More on those later…


Question:  Do you make resolutions?


Wordless Wednesday ~ A New Kitchen is Exciting! December 21, 2011

Filed under: Wordless Wednesday — The Vegetarian Mom @ 8:54 pm


Toddler Tuesday – Handprint Calendar December 20, 2011

Filed under: Arts & Crafts,Christmas,Toddler Tuesday — The Vegetarian Mom @ 12:02 am

I saw this idea on Pinterest and thought it would make an excellent gift for the grandparents. Being me, I waited until the very last minute to start it. I was rushing and trying to get all of the pictures done over the span of two nights. In the process, I discovered that I must have one of the only children in the world who hates to paint. It was like pulling teeth to get him to cooperate. Bribery. That’s about all that worked.



Unfortunately, I failed to take a picture of the final product. I was pleased with it though! I ended up using one 12×12 piece of scrapbook paper for each month. I printed off monthly calendars and used the poems from Little Giraffes.  There are great instructions over there!  I added the calendar, poem, and handprint picture to one sheet of paper and then placed them all with a cover sheet in a 12×12 frame.  Grandma will be able to rotate through them over the course of the year.



Easy (ha!).  Cute.  Grandma loved it.  If your kid loves to paint, go for it.  It’ll be great!  If your kid is like mine, make sure you have lots of iced animal crackers on standby.


Thoughts on Thursday ~ Mr. Willowby’s Christmas Tree December 7, 2011

Filed under: Children's Books,Thoughts on Thursday — The Vegetarian Mom @ 10:28 pm

Have you seen all the Countdown to Christmas ideas on Pinterest?  Super cute!!!  This year, I decided to try the 25 Christmas books idea.  Ideally, you would wrap 25 different Christmas books that you own.  Every night, your little one gets to pick one to unwrap.  It’s a great idea, really.  Unwrapping a present each night minimizes some of the rush to open all of the other presents.  Reading a new story each night has an almost infinite number of benefits.  You could even number the books to add in a few math skills.


I’m not that good.  We’re reading 25 different Christmas books.  However, they’re not wrapped.  Not numbered.  It’s not a huge production to pick one out each night.  Little Man probably doesn’t even understand the concept of what I’m doing.  Most likely because I never tried to explain it.  All of our books came from the library.  They’re in a stack on his shelf.  We’ve been reading two each night… a new one that I pick and a reread of one that he picks (he wants to read the “fire” book every night).


Anyway, most of the books we’re reading are new to me.  I’ve never read them before.  If you’ve every tried to check out holiday books from the library during the holiday season, you’ll know that most of them (especially the “big” ones) are already checked out.  I have my classroom collection of books, but they’re being used (in my classroom) right now.  They’ll be brought home after next week.


As we’ve read through these new books, I’ve found some that I really love and some that I didn’t love so much.  I did, however, find one that will be a staple for me every  year.  And I want to share it with you.


I bring you … Mr. Willowby’s Christmas Tree.



Mr. Willowby gets a new Christmas tree.  But it’s too tall!  It bends over at the top!  He chops off the top part and it gets passed on to someone else.  It keeps going in a great progression of “biggest to smallest.”  It’s such a cute story and so easily lends itself to discussion about sharing with others, giving to those in need, and the spirit of Christmas … not to mention some GREAT math skills!


Immediately after reading this, I added a few ideas into my lesson plans for next week.  Stay tuned!


Question:  What’s your favorite Christmas picture book?


Toddler Tuesday ~ Gingerbread House

Filed under: Christmas,Toddler Tuesday — The Vegetarian Mom @ 9:42 pm

I’m posting this a day late.  This whole “graduate school while working full time and a toddler running around screaming” thing is starting to catch up with me.  Two weeks left… Two weeks left…


This week’s Toddler Tuesday post isn’t very original.  I was at Michael’s craft store picking up a few things for some upcoming sensory boxes.  I saw that all of their foam crafts were 60% off for that day only.  Yay!  I picked up a gingerbread house and promised Little Man we’d build it right after dinner.



His job was to punch out all of the pieces.  He tried to help me put the stickers on the roof, but quickly decided that wasn’t as much fun as actually playing with the little foam gingerbread man.  He started to get frustrated that the door of the house didn’t actually open.


Now, we know that it’s the process, and not the final product that really counts when working with young children.  However, this process was a little less than exciting.  Mommy did all the building while Little Man kept trying to squeeze the pieces through the windows.  Anyway, here’s our final product.



We did have some fun with facial expressions after we finished though!


“Little Man, let’s take a picture with your house to send to Grandma.”



“Come on now, be serious.”



“Little Man!  Smile!”



And there you have it… I still never managed to get a real smile.


Question:  What projects have you tried with your little one that ended up being more work for Mommy?


Menu Plan Monday ~ December 5 December 5, 2011

Filed under: Menu Plan Monday — The Vegetarian Mom @ 6:29 pm

Yet again, I still have a few items left from last week’s menu.  It seems that lately we eat lunch so late (especially on the weekends), that we just snack a little for dinner.  It’s been good for my grocery budget though!  I only spent $18 on new groceries!  Yay!


Here’s the plan for dinner this week!


Monday ~ Potato Broccoli Cheese Soup and Salad

Tuesday ~ Spaghetti with Garlic Toast and Salad

Wednesday ~ Whatever Wednesday

Thursday ~ Mexican Meatless Meatloaf Muffins with Chipotle-Lime Corn*

Friday ~ Pizza Night

Saturday ~ Huevos Rancheros*

Sunday ~ Cream of Asparagus Soup* and French Bread


Recipes marked with a * are new recipes.  Also, the Mexican Meatless Meatloaf Muffins are a “try again” recipe.  They were originally Italian-style, but I didn’t love the Italian-style/pinto bean combination.  Hopefully this one works out better!


Question:  What are you eating for dinner this week?