It’s November, which means it’s the start of missing family. Any other transplants out there who start to think of home during this time? In my family, November is a celebration. There are birthdays every week leading up to Christmas & into January. Growing up with so many birthdays at once was great because it meant that I got cake every week for a whole month!
Now that I’m older and 3,00 miles away, birthdays are a lot quieter. November is the first month of rain in New England., which means more of the train and less time on my bike. It means more nights indoors reading books & less out under the stars. Last night, I found myself debating over birthday cards in the bookstore. I’m usually the type to text, send an email or if I’m feeling especially gregarious maybe even make a phone call on birthdays. Of course, most my cards this year will be late – because what else can you expect from the youngest in the family?
I don’t know about anybody else, but there is something I love about picking out birthday cards. I always opt for the beautiful cover that is blank inside. I’ve never been a big fan of standard messages like HAPPY BIRTHDAY. I always find some obscure cover that reminds me of the person or has a relevant message to symbolize where somebody is at in their life.
If I’ve ever written you a birthday card, then you know it’s usually a stream of consciousness that covers the main points as to why I love you & then some…This year, I’m trying to call people more by squeezing in time while walking to the train, washing dishing, cleaning the house or even biking home from the yoga studio.
I called my brother last night & I almost forgot what it was like to hear his voice. You think I would remember after sharing a room for almost 18 years. It’s his big 3-0. We talked about video games, recipes & babies – the big topic of the year. My birthday is coming up next week & I have no clue what I want to do – bake myself a decadent cake or just escape to the ocean for the day. I am just letting it all happen right now. I’m trying not to make plans. I’m trying to just let it unfold as everything always does.
– Vegan Tortillas –
2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
1 tsp sea salt
3/4 warm water
3 tbs olive oil or vegan butter
In a large bowl, combine unbleached all purpose flour & sea salt. Once the two ingredients are thoroughly mixed together, add the remaining ingredients. If you are using vegan butter, make sure that the butter is soft before adding it to the dry ingredients.
Transfer the dough onto a floured surface and knead for 8-10 minutes. You can add additional flour or water if your batter is not too sticky or too dry & crumbly. Let rest for 10 minutes. Cut the dough into eight even portions and roll out into tortillas about 1/4 inch thick. You can store these in a container or eat them fresh & warm.