Take a Stand: Ringling Brothers Circus Protest

15 Dec

Lex:

Check out my first circus protest!!

Originally posted on kind*self:

Last Thursday I got to participate in Indiana Animal Rights Alliance’s Ringling Brothers Circus protest. As an animal lover and an animal rights activist, I am strongly against the circus and the use of animals for entertainment, period. There are great reason’s one should be against Ringling Brothers Circus. “It’s the saddest show on Earth for animals.” Ringling Bros. beats animals. Why would anyone want to give money to any organization that beats animals? One great resource for people to find out about Ringling Brothers is this site: ringlingbeatsanimals.com

If you would like to find out more about why the group (IARA) I protested with protests the circus, you can check it out here: IARA Home

The things Ringling Bros. does to the animals literally gives me nightmares. Can you imagine the little baby elephants being torn away from their mothers and then tortured to extreme limits and forced to…

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My new blog and Meatless Mondays

27 Oct

Hey! Okay, so obviously I’m not good at blogging here. Actually, I’m terrible. Actually, I have absolutely no time. So, I’m going to forward you to a blog that I started with my friend Hannah. While it’s not a vegan blog, I’m going to be doing Meatless Monday posts that will be pretty similar to this blog. So, I’d love it if you could follow my new blog. At least check out my post below.

Meatless Mondays: An Introduction.

Vegan Oreo Cupcakes

4 Sep

I recently made some Oreo cupcakes with chocolate fudge inside. They were super yummy! I’m still fine tuning the recipe and once I have it all figured out I’ll post it. But I wanted to share a photo in the mean time. I’m so not trying to make you jealous or anything. ;)

oreocupcakes

Oh, go on… Be Jealous!!!

Hey!

4 Sep

Hey, so… I’ve decided to revive this blog. I had kind of given up on her for a while. And yes, I call my blog a “her.” So, I’m going to catch you up a little about what’s been going on in my life and let you know some things to come. And I did clean this blog up a bit so some of my older posts that were more personal in nature have been deleted. 

So, I’m gonna confess… I stopped being vegan for some time. *Gasp* I was dating someone who wasn’t on board with my veganism and so I decided to stop being vegan and just be vegetarian for them. I understand all the reasons why this was wrong and that some of why I stopped had nothing to do with them. 

But now that that’s passed and I’m back to cooking up vegan goodness I thought I would revive the blog. I’m excited to start sharing recipes again. 

I will share that while I’ve been away from blogging here I graduated from college! This was a big step for me! I now have a Bachelor’s degree. Yay! I think the goal to finishing strong was finding my passion. I’m pretty excited about it. I may share some graduation photos with you a little later. 

And since I’ve no been blogging here I attended my first ever vegan meet up. That was super fun! I really have never hung out with other vegans. It’s definitely inspiring. 

By the way, I no longer tweet from my vegan twitter. If you’d like to keep in touch with me via my personal twitter you can. 

I am planning on posting here weekly. Forgive me if I slack off on this. Life happens and sometimes we get busy. But weekly is the plan!

Anyway, I hope you’ll enjoy what’s to come.

Chickpea Sloppy Joes or Janes… as you wish

10 Oct

Again, here is a recipe that I kind of just make as I go. I make sloppy joes or janes all the time with various substitutes for the meat. On this blog I have a recipe using tempeh. But, here is my chickpea recipe.

What I used:

  • 1 1/2 tablespoons of oil  (your choice)
  • 1 medium-large onion, diced
  • 1/2 cup of diced carrots
  • 1/2 cup of diced broccoli
  • Garlic
  • 1 15 oz can of chickpeas
  • 1 tablespoon of mild chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon of cumin
  • 1/8 a teaspoon of pepper
  • Ketchup
  • Mustard
  • Vegan buns, bread or hoagies

What I did:

  • Preheat skillet with oil over medium heat
  • Add the onions, carrots, broccoli and as much garlic as you wish, saute until onions are translucent
  • Add the chickpeas and slightly smash them, if you desire, saute until browned
  • Add in the chili powder, cumin and pepper and stir till equally coated
  • Stir in the ketchup and mustard (use more ketchup than mustard)
  • Allow to simmer in skillet at medium-low heat for about 15-20 minutes

This time I served mine on onion buns.

Current Project….

10 Oct

Hey, so today I’d like to tell you about a current project I’m working on. Actually, I just started the project last Sunday. However, planning had been going on for months. It’s in part why I’ve been so neglecting of my blog. Which makes me sad and I’d like to change it.

On Sunday I started working on a new film project. It’s a documentary and will be about canine rescue. It’s a lot more in-depth than that. It’s a really exciting thing for me because I love both film and helping animals. And it’s not just something I’m working on as a telecom student. I have yet to share a project I’ve worked on as a telecom student. But, I’m very excited to share this project with you!

Just from the initial meeting on Sunday, I was blown away with the individual dedication it takes to run a canine rescue and sanctuary. These are amazing people giving back to the world, one dog at a time. One hope of the film is to generate positive awareness for the organization that will be highlighted in the film.

They need volunteers! They need volunteers badly. I know a lot of people that claim to be animal activists or animal lovers. So, I’ve been asking around IRL (in real life) if anyone would be interested in volunteering. So, far I’ve only had one of these people say they would. That’s pretty disappointing. I realize people are busy. But, the kind of volunteering needed would have required so little.

Anyways, I’m excited about the project and very excited to share updates about the project with you! As of right now, filming will be on or around Oct 27th. So, that means you can most likely expect some stills from me.

Moms are good for soup…

25 Sep

Okay, so I realize that moms are good for  WAY MORE than soup…. But, they are really good at making soup and bringing it to you. Or at least my mom is. They are also really good at not giving you their soup recipes. Or just giving you a little bit of their recipe. Or swearing you to secrecy.
Last Monday I wasn’t feeling very well. The weather had changed and either I had a cold or my allergies were terrible. So, I called Mom and asked her to make me some “No Chicken” Noodle Soup. Except, I told her she just had to add in some beans.

 

Yesterday, Mom was helping me set up my new office. Mondays are her days off. And I insisted that she make me some vegan chili. My mom has the perfect recipe for vegan chili. It contains a secret ingredient she learned from my dad. I don’t know what it is yet. Lol. An example of a recipe that I don’t have. ;)

 

Vegan No-Bake Cookies — Peanut Free

18 Mar

As you know I’m allergic to peanut butter. Typically, no-bake cookies are made with peanut butter. So, I’ve always had to make mine peanut free. My aunt use to make me no-bake cookies using marshmallow cream. You could use vegan marshmallow cream. However, when we made them last Sunday we used sunflower butter in place of the peanut butter.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups of vegan sugar
  • 1/4 cup cocoa
  • 1/2 cup soy or coconut milk
  • 1/4 cup vegan butter
  • 1 teas vanilla
  • 1/4 cup sunflower butter
  • 3 cups minute oats

To make:

  • Mix together the sugar, cocoa, milk, butter & vanilla
  • Cook those ingredients over medium heat, stirring constantly
  • When temperature reaches 200 degrees on a candy thermometer, remove from heat
  • Add sunflower butter mix well
  • Add oats and mix well
  • Drop by large spoonfuls onto wax paper
  • Let sit until cooled

I hadn’t been that sick in a long time….

10 Mar

I had a horrific cold/flu for the past 2 weeks!!! I hadn’t been that sick in the past 6 years. Actually, in the past 3 years that I’d been vegan I wasn’t sick once. I didn’t even remember what I felt like to be that sick.

I didn’t think I’d ever get rid of my 103. something fever. I felt absolutely miserable. I didn’t move off my couch for a whole week. And I could barely manage to eat.

I got sick probably because I kept getting coughed on by someone I know. Anyway, I also think I got sick in part because I hadn’t been being a healthy vegan. In fact I’d been being a junk food vegan. My life has been hectic to say the least, money has been a little tight and I’ve been eating cheap vegan junk food. After being sick for so long I’ve decided to put an emphasis on being a healthy vegan and eating right!

So, once again I’ve been absent from my blogging. Except this time it was due to being sick. And actually, I haven’t been making any awesome vegan food. But, I hope to get back to blogging about vegan food, issues & life soon!

To my blog followers…

5 Jan

First of all I just want to say THANK YOU!!! I really appreciate all of you following my blog over the past year. It’s only been around for a year. I guess I made it a year and part of why I made it was because of you all! I really love reading and responding to all of your comments. It makes the whole process so much more fun! I know it’s not always easy for everyone to comment on  blog posts. I’m kinda shy and have a hard time commenting on the blogs I read. It sucks!

Anyway, thank you so, so much! I cannot possibly say it enough! I hope that you’ll stick with me during 2012. It really does mean the world to me.

I know on Thursdays I’m suppose to do “get to know me thursday”…. Well, for this Thursday I’m going to tell you about a new blog I’m starting. I don’t really want to publicize it a whole lot. I kinda want it to be separate from other aspects of my life. But, if you want to get to know me a little bit better or are curious about the topics it cover give this new one a follow too! :)

My new blog

XOXO

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