Life in the Lost World

the continuing saga of an opinionated vegan mom blogger and her zoo crew….

   May 19

Menu Plan Monday #ExtremeVeganYumminess

Monday – in search of the perfect veggie burger

Chinese Takeout Burgers
Oven Fries
Cole Slaw

Taco Tuesday

Black Bean Burritos
Chips and Salsa


Pasta Salad with Black Eyed Peas and Corn
Veggies and hummus
Sugar Cookies


Vegan Spanish “Omelette”

It’s Pizza and a movie night! We’re watching Le Miserables!

Sammie Saturday

Tempeh BLTs
Sweet Potato Tater Tots
Fresh Fruit

Salad Sunday

Snow Pea and Soba Noodle Salad with Thai Peanut Sauce
Homemade Whole Wheat Cloverleaf Rolls
Apple Pie

What kind of awesome yumminess are you serving up this week? Salad days have officially begun here in the lost world. I can’t seem to get enough of those crisp crunchy greens! Do you know that Aldi has begun carrying gourmet baby lettuces? And at fabulous prices! Be still my heart! Have any wonderful salad recipes to share?

   May 18

Burn, baby, burn! (those icky calories)

Are you thinking about trying to lose weight and get a little fitter? Not enough change in your pocket for a gym membership? Housework is a cheap and effective way to burn some of those nasty calories!

   May 12

Menu Plan Monday – #ExtremeVeganYumminess

Monday – in search of the perfect veggie burger

Quinoa Burgers (use vegan ingredients)
Oven Fries

Taco Tuesday

Quinoa and Black Bean Burritos
Chips and Salsa


Stir fried veggies with lo mein noodles
Fresh Pineapple

Thursday – Breakfast for dinner!

Vegan ‘sausage’ patties
Fresh Fruit Salad


It’s Pizza and a movie night!


Vegan Cold Cut Subs
Peanut Butter Cookies


Quinoa and Smoked Tofu Salad on a bed of mixed greens
Homemade Whole Wheat Bread
Apple Pie

That’s my menu *fingers crossed* for the week. Yes, I’m still looking for the “perfect” veggie burger. Do you have a personal favorite to share? If you do, please leave me a comment, with the recipe, in the comment section, below.

Really, with the weather as warm as it has been, the only thing I’m in the mood for is salad, but the troops will rebel if that’s all I feed ‘em. It happens every year, but it’s unseasonably warm, even for Florida. C’est la vie, I guess.

   May 11

Favouritism: Pet vs. Partner? infographic

infographic courtesy of Gone Digging, your source for personalized gifts!

   May 07

A Parent’s Guide To Choosing The Right Babysitter

While parents love the chance to spend some quality time together devoid of kid interruptions, actually leaving them and entrusting them in the care of someone else can be incredibly difficult.

Because of the love a parent has for his or her child, it is challenging to be away from them for even a couple of hours without worrying about their well being. When it comes to choosing a babysitter, there are crucial things to consider in order to find the right babysitter for your family:


Chances are, you know someone who has a well-trusted babysitter to care for their children. Use your resources to narrow down the selection to a few who seem responsible, good with children, and have high recommendations from your friends.


Call potential babysitters on the phone, or set up a coffee meeting with them in order to get to know them. Ask questions in order to see what their natural response in any situation would be. Ask:

How much experience have you had?

What would you do in an emergency situation?

How do interact with children?

Are you comfortable helping my child with particular needs (if applicable)?

Explain The Rules

When it comes to finding a good fit, it is important the sitter feels just as comfortable. Explain to them basic rules like setting the ADT home security alarm. Tell them what you expect from them in terms of devoting attention to your child or children and that
friends are not allowed over. Give them an overview of your child or children’s behaviors and their typical routine.

Meet And Greet

If you feel the sitter is a good fit, invite them over to meet your children. This will provide a comfortable environment for your child to get used to listening and interacting with someone new. This is particularly important for children who have separation anxiety and feel nervous when their parents are gone. Meeting a new authority figure in a stable situation can ease their discomfort.

Don’t Forget About Boys

Often babysitters are thought of as girls; however, boys can be a great influence when babysitting, particularly when dealing with boys. Active boys sometimes respond better to an older, mature boy as a sitter, for they look up to him.

Talk With Your Children

Prepare them for a time when you and your spouse might leave for a date night. Talk with them about responsibility, listening to a babysitter, and how they can reach you when you are gone.

Be Prepared

Have a sheet of emergency contact numbers, a time schedule, and any other necessary things like medicine written down so the sitter knows exactly what to do and who to contact. Let the sitter know where you keep extra batteries, flashlights, first aid, and
where to find the children’s pajamas. If the children are older, discuss the homework schedule and what should be accomplished before playtime.

Spending the time to find a babysitter that fits your family will make leaving your children for a night a little easier.

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   Apr 28

Menu Plan Monday #ExtremeVeganYumminess

Well, the weather continues to get warmer in sunny central Florida. Right now, the computer says it’s 87 degrees outside. So far, I’ve managed to avoid turning on the a/c, but I won’t be able to for much longer. Hello $500 power bills! *sigh*

I’d much rather enjoy cooler temperatures for a while longer, but as long as I live in Florida, that’s just not gonna happen. The upside to all that hot weather? I can feed my family more cold meals and salads without complaint! Yay!

What do you do to stay cool during the summer months? Do you eat differently, too? I’d love it if you shared one of your special warm weather recipes in the comment section!

In search of the Ultimate Veggie Burger Monday

Couscous and Quinoa Patties with Vegetable Yogurt Sauce
Baked Beans

Taco Tuesday

Black Bean Cakes with Chipotle Remoulade and Corn Salsa
served rolled in a tortilla
Mixed Green Salad
Chips and more Corn Salsa


Vegan Fettuccini Alfredo and Garlic Bread


Chef Salad w/ Gardein Crispy Chick’n
Home made Whole Wheat Rolls


It’s Pizza and a Movie Night


Chickpea Salad Sammies (Tuno Salad)
Fresh Fruit


Sicilian Swiss Chard over Quinoa
Baby Beets
Whole Wheat Clover Rolls

That’s it for my menu plan. How about you? What manner of yumminess will you be serving up this week?

   Apr 27

Help! What should I do after an accident?

Every single day, the news reports are full of motor vehicle crashes. When I see them, I say a silent little prayer, thanking God that it wasn’t me or a member of my family.

What should you do, if one day you are involved in a crash? This informative infographic, provided by Results Matter, illustrates key points to remember if the unthinkable happens and you, or a loved one, has to deal with the aftermath of a motor vehicle accident.