I mean that in the loosest of ways, of course. I’m never so happy that it’s Sunday unless Monday is a holiday or I’m invited somewhere where I’ll get to eat cake. I can only imagine you feel true Sunday happiness if you absolutely love your job. Huh. I wonder what that’s like?
Happy Sunday. At least it’s not Monday.
Anyway, I had a really happy Saturday. You wanna hear a “small world” story? Well, it
used to be might still be my favorite right at Disney World. Wait. Did I say that out loud? Back to my story. Last summer facebook suggested that I may know a woman named Ellen. Of course I didn’t, but we both knew some of the same people – a bunch of gluten-free bloggers from all over the country, and the local Jewish Community Center. Another blogger, in my city, involved in the Jewish community? My world just got really small.
Ellen and I finally got a chance to meet over coffee a few weeks ago and could have chatted all day if allowed. We both had a lot to teach each other and much we can learn. And we were both really happy to meet a new friend! Yesterday Ellen invited my husband and me to services at her temple, and lunch at her house. Ben was happy to hack away on her grand piano (yes, a grand! he was in heaven!) while I could have spent hours perusing her cookbooks. Let’s just say, Ben is no longer allowed to tell me I have too many cookbooks. Or flours. She has a whole separate fridge for them!
Speaking of cookbooks, we thought it would be fun to snag a pic with some of our friends’. Who knows, maybe we can join their ranks someday?!
My happy little Saturday continued with some PicsArt action. Android users, this one’s for us! With PicsArt you can add all kinds of drawings and clipart and text to your photos, but I’m having most fun playing around with the special effects. I embossed us. I threw us in some vintage effect. I comic-booked us. And I made us into some cool pop art. I should have been doing a million other things, but you see where my priorities are.
I wouldn’t have known about PicsArt had I not signed up for appSmitten. So glad I did! the appSmitten newsletter delivers the best apps in a once-a-week email. And the best part is they are actually apps I’ll use. See?
You know what else makes me happy? Falafel. That’s because I can’t eat falafel without thinking about Israel. Falafel is really freaking good. Not like most falafel here, which can be too greasy, too bland, too not-the-same-as-it-is-in-Israel.
Unless you happen to get paid a visit from Falafel Republic. And I’m so glad I did.
I have a couple rules when it comes to processed/packaged foods.
- I try not to eat too many of them.
- If they’re going to be part of a meal in our home, they have to have a small list of ingredients.
- I have to be able to read all of those ingredients.
- They have to be nutritionally comparable to what I’d make myself.
- They have to taste as good, if not better than what I’d make myself.
Falafel Republic fits the bill. Check this out:
Just so you know…. Falafel Republic falafel is labeled as gluten-free, soy-free, vegetarian and dairy-free. But as the nutrition label notes, it is made in facility that houses some of these allergens. Only you know your body best; if your allergies are very severe, you may want to abstain.
And by the way, this stuff is delicious! At the risk of sounding like a know-it-all (who am I kidding) I know my falafel. Falafel Republic delivers crisp, perfectly spiced and flavorful falafel straight from your oven. (Unless you want to fry it, but since it’s already cooked, why bother with that mess?) If I could perfect my own falafel, it would probably taste a lot like this.
When it comes to falafel, you can’t go wrong by piling it on top of a big salad full of chopped fresh tomatoes and cucumbers and drizzled with tahini kind of like I did here with my baked pumpkin falafel. But this time I tried something different. Basically I made Ben’s version of heaven on a plate by topping falafel with poached eggs and drizzling it all with our latke benny sauce.
If you haven’t tried that sauce, on eggs, make sure you do that very soon, mmmk?
If you wonder why my eggs look funny, it’s because I’m obsessed with these!
Wanna try that sauce and those eggs on top of falafel?
Good news. You are just a couple of clicks away from FREE FALAFEL! That’s you and YOU and YOU.
50 of YOU!
The first 50 people to “like” Falafel Republic on Facebook will receive a coupon good for FREE Falafel Republic products. (Please tell them Cara’s Cravings sent you!) After you like them on Facebook, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with your shipping info.
And 3 of YOU will get even more lucky. After you’ve gone to get your free falafel coupon, come back and talk to me. You could tell me a small world story. Or what made your Sunday a Funday. Or all about the best falafel you’ve ever had. I just want to hear your happy thoughts. And then, I’ll randomly select three of you to win some serious falafel swag. Think a Falafel Republic tote bag with with a t shirt, stress balls, free coupons, $1 off coupons, etc. All worth about $70. But who’s counting?
No purchase necessary. The contest will close on Saturday, March 17th at 11:59pm EST, at which point three winners will be chosen via random number generator. Winner must reside in the continental United States and supply a valid email address in the commenting form. Winner will be contacted and have 4 days to respond, at which point s/he forfeits the prize and another winner will be chosen. Winner will provide name, email address, shipping address and phone number and give me permission to supply this information to the sponsor of the giveaway items. Please visit falafelrepublic.com to find stores where you can redeeem the coupons, subject to individual store rules.
Disclosuure: Falafel Republic provided product to me at no cost, but the opinions in this post and the recipe shared are my own.