Friday, April 28, 2017

A Short Visit Home Part One: Butter Cafe Goodies & Mom Love

Whenever in Dayton, a vegan's best bet is always a morning trek to Butter Café for delicious plant based dishes. I tried out the tofu scramble tacos (which was a special of the day) on a bed of mixed greens with a side of breakfast potatoes.

Tofu scramble tacos also featured slices of ripened avocado, corn, and black beans with a side of mild salsa.

After breakfast, I visited my mom who is in fine spirits. I thank everyone for their well wishes. She is doing great. I brought her my first watercolor still life that I completed in a continuing education class. Mom liked the piece so much, it's pinned to her corkboard alongside with a craft bunny she made on Easter.

Mom holding Butter Café's signature pink dessert box.

It was difficult to pick a cupcake. I love having many vegan options to pick from. Unfortunately, there were no lemon treasures and I hadn't had the time to find the raw vegan lady specializing in raw lemon blueberry cheesecakes. Yet Butter Café is no mere loser. In fact, I think we scored big with these pretty delights. I decided with the vegan trio-- strawberry kiwi, snickerdoodle, and banana.

As we watched Maleficent, we ate our delightful, yummylicious cupcakes, the beautiful yellow rose banana being a sweet surprise. Ma had the strawberry kiwi (which flavor wise was the best! with a fruity, citrus cake and light frosting).

The snickerdoodle cupcake was phenomenal, tasting like my favorite scrumptious cookie in a moist, fluffy cake with an irresistible cinnamon cream cheese frosting.
All in all, I enjoyed spending precious moments with my mom. I only see her once a year. Perhaps, I must change this habit. Time is a short, fickle thing that one cannot take lightly. The second I saw her smiling wide, sitting in her wheelchair waving from the window was a highlight of this trip back to Ohio.  I learned a lot: from talking a bunch about past and future, watching her undergo leg therapy, beating her old walking distance on the walker, retaining a happy spirit....
There are just some experiences a child (even at adult age) shouldn't miss out on when it comes to their parents. They are getting older, but also fragile too.


  1. Your watercolor piece is absolutely beautiful! I'm sure your mom treasures it! I'm so glad you had a wonderful visit, and also that she is doing well.

    1. Thank you! Thank you! I appreciate your kindness as always. <3

  2. Glad you got some quality time with your mum. I only see mine a few times per year, and it's really tough.

    Those cupcakes look delicious!

    1. Thank you!!!

      I bet it's tougher in your case due to the traveling, right? Still, it's wonderful that you get to see yours as well.