bachelor living with Edgar

7 Oct

Okay, so in the last post I mentioned that I’m not much of a girly-girl. And now here is more evidence to the contrary.

Jim was out of town last weekend and it made me think of a scene from an episode Sex and the City (yes, I’m a huge SATC fan) where Carrie is talking about her fears of living with Aidan (who was the best boyfriend, IMO, but he deserved better than Carrie) and her love of single behavior. She talks about how she likes to eat grape jelly on saltines while standing in her kitchen reading fashion magazines and wouldn’t feel comfortable doing it with him there. And I totally get it. I’ve been married for almost seven years and having the house to yourself is a rare thing. All of those single things, those self-indulgent things that we would be embarrassed to have someone else witness, have either come to the surface and been accepted at this point or have died a natural death.

But on the rare occasion when you have the house to yourself, you have the option of living like a bachelor again. Dishes piled up in the sink and I don’t care? Check. Unabashedly wearing mismatched sweats with bedhead because I’m not leaving the house today? Check. Eating food that doesn’t really qualify as a meal for dinner? Check.

In my preveg days a bachelor-style weekend would have probably meant lots of chicken Caesar wraps, fries and pizza. And it could have been vegan pizza this weekend, but I was too lazy to leave the house for the fixin’s (hence the sweats and bedhead). My bachelor food is not very scandalous and is far more animal and body friendly, but does involve another man: Edgar, the Vita-Mix.

In case you ever questioned it, yes, I am this lame. 🙂

But I’m going to share with you one of my favorite new beverages since coming upon the Vita-Mix. It’s truly the definition of “refreshing”.

You start with this:


Grape-Lime Slush Spritzer

Rough recipe for 1 serving:
1 cup rinsed grapes
1 very thin slice lime (with rind)
1/2 cup ice
bubbly liquid of choice (spring water, seltzer or champagne for a sLUSHy!)


Place everything (except bubbly) in the Vita-Mix. Process for about 20-30 seconds on variable speed 8 or high.


You can either enjoy it as a slushy or add some of the bubbly to make it a thinner spritzer.


Seriously delicious and guilt-free.

And now for the shameful bachelor dinner I had with this lovely drink.


That’s it. Just a giant plate of garlic roasted brussel sprouts. Nothing more, nothing less. Paired with this drink and enjoyed in front of some Netflix Watch-it-Now. What can I say, I’m a boring old married gal at heart, I guess. 🙂


14 Responses to “bachelor living with Edgar”

  1. jessy October 7, 2009 at 9:31 am #

    #1. Kris, you are cracking me up! i love your mofo posts the absolute most!
    #2. Aidan was indeed Carrie’s best boyfriend, but you’re right – he deserved better.
    #3. i too looooove having the house to myself. dan started training to become a firefighter and he’s out 2 nights a week & alllll day saturday. i fo ‘sho sit around in my jammies ‘n comfy hoodie and eat stuff that i know he’d crinkle his nose at. brussels (and why have i never thought to roast them with garlic?! i’m so gonna do that.), anything with mustard, parsnips, cabbage, and all kinds of greens. oh yeah – and sammies made with an ungodly amounts of earth balance and pickles. i swear they’re delicious!
    #4. your grape lime slusher spritzer looks most excellent, refreshing, and downright glorious.
    #5. i love your kitteh pint glass!

    • Kris October 7, 2009 at 10:09 pm #

      I’m such a pickle fiend! When we have veggie burgers, I swear my pickles end up nearly as thick as the burger patty!

  2. tahinitoo October 7, 2009 at 11:56 am #

    Hahaa! Comfy living at its best!!! The spritzer-slushy recipe looks amazing – I will be making that when the ingredients are stocked in my kitchen. And, hooray for the arrival of Brussels sprouts!!! My favorite!

    • Kris October 7, 2009 at 9:34 pm #

      It is SO good! I had something similar to it when I bought the Vita-Mix and they guys was demoing it- I couldn’t get over how it totally destroyed the lime rind!

  3. radioactivegan October 7, 2009 at 1:06 pm #

    I definitely agree about our little secret behaviors that don’t come out living with other people. When my bf isn’t staying at my house, I cook whatever I want to. I actually plan for weeks to cook something if I know he’s going to be gone!

  4. Courtney October 7, 2009 at 1:58 pm #

    Hahaha–I totally remember (and love!) that episode 🙂

    Instead of ice, you should try freezing the grapes! Yum!


    • Kris October 7, 2009 at 9:03 pm #

      Ooh, frozen grapes by themselves are good, too!

  5. Megan October 7, 2009 at 3:03 pm #

    That sounds like a divine weekend! 😀 And I also remember that episode (and totally empathizing with Carrie!)

  6. vegtasticvoyage October 7, 2009 at 3:32 pm #

    My go-to is brussels sprouts when the Mr. is away. I eat everything he hates or is allergic to. Mushrooms, tree nuts, the world is mine!

    And you’re so the devil when it comes to the VitaMix. I can’t do it until my trusty 13-year-old blender dies…but I’m thinking about ways to sabotage it and that’s not very nice. But grapes, a lime, and some bubbly stuff + 30 seconds = bubbly beauty? Come on!

  7. Whitney @ Lettuce Love October 7, 2009 at 4:48 pm #

    Ohh add some bubbly to anything and now we are talkin!

  8. Nora October 7, 2009 at 5:01 pm #

    I love dinners like that! Sometimes I’ll just have a huge plate of sweet potato fries for dinner 🙂

  9. Josiane October 7, 2009 at 6:25 pm #

    Your slush spritzer sounds amazing! What a great idea! I have a feeling that not so long from now, we may be hearing about them as much (or even more) as we are hearing about smoothies right now. And that will be thanks to you! 🙂

  10. Tofu Ted October 8, 2009 at 9:31 am #

    All drinks with fruit are betty with a little bubbles. As for the bachelor dinner… sometimes the simplest things are the best. Looked great!

  11. Vegetation October 9, 2009 at 12:01 am #

    I’ve been with my husband for so long I don’t even remember what I did before we lived together 😛 That being said, I’ve had the house to myself all week and can totally understand the sudden plate of single veg for dinner (or toast even! No one is here to judge :P) and pj’s till lunch (errr or all day!).

    That drink looks incredibly delicious!

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