Anonymity

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I wanted to write a post explaining why am I anonymous on this blog.  I’ve been thinking recently of opening up and saying who I am but I keep going back and forth.

No one apart from my husband actually knows who I am. There may be some who have put the pieces together but I have not confirmed anything to anyone.

There are some posts I want to do where I interview others (non-vegans) about their experience with me becoming vegan which I think would be really good to read.

However, I am afraid that if everyone knew I would be constantly over thinking what I’m writing. I want to be truthful in what I write and not feel I need to censor myself because I’m worried about offending someone. As I’m sure you know I can get pretty raw about things and I pull from my personal life and can totally picture someone reading this saying ‘hey, I’m the one who said that! No everyone knows that I’m not supportive!” The last thing that I want to do is rethink things and add fluff or worse, leave it out entirely because I’m worried about someone being mad at me.

This is my platform for releasing thoughts and feelings that I can’t really discuss with other people because they don’t care (honestly).

So I think for now I’ll remain anonymous, for now at least.

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30 for 30

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I am turning the big 3-0 this year and in honor I’ve put together a list of 30 things I’ve learned throughout my 30 years on this planet.

  1. Be who you are and be unapologetic.
    I am a self-professed nerd who likes 60s and 70s classic rock, Harry Potter, and can quote Monty Python from memory. If you don’t like it that’s your loss because it’s awesome, and so am I.
  2. Speak your mind.
    I used to sit shyly by, not wanting to stir up trouble and have people be mad at me. Now, you will get an earful from me if I hear you use a derogatory term or make someone else feel less than. (This is better in a face-to-face atmosphere.  I don’t condone internet bullying or trolling).
  3. Vote with your dollar.
    Money makes the world go round. Your time standing in line to vote for the next round of politics is not as effective as spending your money on things you believe in (organic, vegan, sustainable).
  4. Don’t be forced into things you’re not ready for.
    This is different from taking a leap of faith and getting out of your comfort zone. The main thing I’m thinking about here is kids. Throughout our relationship, we were pressured into having kids. We decided to when it was right for us and it was absolutely perfect. I don’t know if I would have been as good of a mom a few years ago.
  5. Your health is the most important thing.
    Without your health you have no quality of life. “If I’d have known I was going to live this long I would have taken better care of myself,” I knew a 75-year-old say once.  When I am 75 I want to keep exploring and don’t want my health (or lack of it) to hold me back from things I love to do. I’m not saying don’t indulge in that piece of cake; I’m saying make time for your health. Make it a TOP priority.
  6. Collect experiences instead of things.
    Is that 45th knickknack going to bring you joy or will gaining a new experience bring you more joy? Memories matter more than things.
  7. It’s ok to move on.
    We all grow and change (hopefully at least) and it’s ok to move forward with your life. It’s ok to move on from friends and hobbies that you used to have. It’s ok to not want to be the same person you once were. You can still have love for the people and be appreciative for the good times you had while not living in the past.
  8. Don’t get so caught up in how things are ‘supposed to be’.
    Things happen for a reason, when they are supposed to and not before. Stop paying so much attention to what others your age are doing and focus on what you are doing.
  9. Sleep!
    Turn off the computer. Put your phone in a different room. Keep the TV out of the bedroom and get some sleep. All that stuff will be there in the morning. GET SOME SLEEP!
  10. Invest in a good camera.
    Not a new phone with a ‘better’ camera. I mean a separate camera that only takes pictures. Learn how to use it and take some amazing photos! It will be worth it to look back on high quality images of your kids, your travels, or events instead of blurry, tiny ones from your phone.
  11. Learn to be without technology.
    Even if it’s just for a walk. It’s ok to not be accessible 24/7. You’ll return that call/text/Facebook message in 20 minutes, but for now just be without.
  12. Be frugal, not cheap.
    I’m all for saving money and I research different options and prices. However, I am more than happy to spend more money for a quality item as opposed to something that’s going to break in two weeks and be back where I was.
  13. Go neutral.
    Furniture is expensive. Go with something neutral colored and timeless. You can always change up pillows, paint, or rugs but you will regret that bright green couch in five years.
  14. Learn to let things go.
    I am not super good at this because I seem to remember every detail about everything, but it is definitely something that is important and I need to work on more. It makes life less complicated and helps you de-stress.
  15. Drink water when you’re thirsty.
    Our bodies are made from mostly water. Drinking that coffee, soda, or other beverage may taste good but it’s not what your body really wants or needs. Sure, you’ll be going to the bathroom more often but you’ll look better and feel better.
  16. Don’t be afraid of getting older.
    I hear it so often, “I am going to stay 29 forever” or “Don’t say ’40’, it will upset them.” Seriously people? There are so many who never get the chance to make these milestones. Appreciate it and the wisdom you get with it.
  17. Don’t just do/like/believe things just because others do.
    It could be sports teams, religion, eating habits, whatever.  Just because you were raised a certain way doesn’t mean you need to continue with those beliefs.  If something doesn’t feel right to you, find something that does feel right.
  18. Treat your credit card like a debit card.
    Pay it off right away and don’t spend more than you make.  Seems pretty simple but we live in an instant gratification society with many spending way more than they make.
  19. Life goes on.
    This is a blessing and a curse.  When you lose someone you love it hurts that life can just keep moving on without them when you don’t know what you’re going to do without them. But the sun will always rise again and tomorrow is a new day.
  20. Happiness comes from within.
    You are in charge of your happiness. No one else.  Those purchases wont make you happy. That house wont make you happy.  You make you happy.
  21. Be flexible.
    I’m really really bad with this.  It’s something I’ve struggled with since I was a kid.  I have learned that I need time to wrap my head around plans and get my self mentally ready for them, and when things happen out of the blue I can get upset about it because it messes with the plans I have in my head.  Being flexible is very important and it’s something I truly need to work on.
  22. Take time for yourself.
    Many people run themselves ragged with their days (and weekends) planned down to the hour.  Take some time to be with yourself and re-charge.  Even if it’s just a little bit of a longer shower.
  23. Be with the people who are here.
    When you do have face-to-face plans with people you love, be with them.  Turn off your phone, or at the very least, put it away (OUT OF SIGHT!) and give them your full attention.  You don’t need to Google every answer to a question that is asked or immediately check your notification for that junk email you received.  Your phone will still be there later and the conversation, laughs, and love will stick with you longer than that phone will.
  24. Wear a helmet.
    I don’t care if you think it makes you look dumb, a smashed in head will make you look dumber. Your parents worked very hard to make sure you have that nice round head. Protect it. And while we’re at it, wear a seat belt too. (Do you hear me BB?!)
  25. Don’t be an ass.
    There’s a famous quote, “A person who is nice to you but is not nice to the waiter, is not a nice person.” Be nice to everyone. Waiters, retail workers, telemarketers, CEOs…everyone. It can make someone’s day to hear a few kind words. Plus (and this comes from a long line of retail/service jobs), they don’t make the rules; they just have to follow them or they’ll get fired.
  26. Cognitive dissonance is ok.
    That’s what lead to my veganism. If some kind of information is making you feel uncomfortable, try to figure out why. Maybe it will challenge your beliefs; maybe it will make you re-think everything, and maybe that’s ok.
  27. Get in the pool and get in the pictures!
    No one else cares about that extra fat on your tummy or those dimples in your thighs or the way your hip bones and shoulder blades stick out.They’re all too worried about themselves and how they look.  If you keep focusing on that and that’s your reason for not going in the water or getting in the pictures then you are going to miss out on so much. If you jump in, your kids will remember how much fun it was that you were swimming with them. They’ll get to look back on those pictures and see how much love you have for them when you hold them or smile at them. They can look back forever on that. And you will have those great memories too instead of sitting on the sidelines being too self conscious to join in the fun.
  28. Have a hobby.
    It’s so easy to go from work, to TV/computer, to bed day after day until one day you realize you aren’t happy.  This happened to me a few years go and for some reason sewing kept popping into my head. So I bought a new cross stitch kit and the rest is history! Even if I can only do a couple of lines a day I still feel like I accomplished something just for me. I have other hobbies to fill the void when I get tired of this one too. Find joy in doing something for no other reason than the fact that you enjoy it and your life will be richer for it.
  29. Laugh.
    Laugh loud. Laugh long. Laugh often.
  30. Love.
    No matter what the outcome, love is always worth it.

 

And lastly, one to start off with that is very very important and I think everyone needs to remember:

  1. There is ALWAYS ALWAYS ALWAYS someone willing to help.  If you think that you’re alone, you are not. No matter how bad you feel, there is always someone willing to help or just listen.  Reach out if you need help. Reach out if you need someone to talk to. It doesn’t make you weak. It makes you strong to admit that you need help. And the people who love you will be so grateful you did.

Vegan Podcasts

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I have gotten into podcasts in the past few years and they’re amazing! Listening to music is so last year! My love started with This American Life (an actual radio show…yes they still have those) and snowballed from there. I have a friend who knows what I like and is always willing to recommend new ones for me (Baby Sitters Club Club!, Snap Judgement, Beautiful Anonymous). One area that I’ve discovered for myself is vegan podcasts. I’ve listened to a few different ones and some are better than others (without naming names) but in my opinion they’re  just lacking. The premise of one is having people ask questions about veganism (what to eat, what to tell people when they ask questions, etc.) and she answers with her thoughts and experiences and sometimes tackles other issues. Another one is about mainly vegan issues but goes into movie reviews, gender inequality, race, politics, and other things that aren’t necessarily vegan.  It’s not necessarily my cup of tea but I still listen.

In February it was announced that Evanna Lynch (Luna Lovegood from the Harry Potter movies) is planning to launch her own vegan podcast. I am pretty excited and I hope it comes out soon!

The podcast market is definitely lacking in vegan podcasts and if anyone is ever interested in staring one, now is the time!

Do you listen to podcasts? Let me know your favorites!

What Being Vegan Means To Me

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I know, sounds like an essay paper for an English class.

To me, being vegan doesn’t just mean not eating meat or dairy or eggs.  It doesn’t just mean not wearing leather or wool.

Being vegan also means being a steward for the environment.  Not consuming animal products helps save water, land, and the ozone (you know because of methane) but purchasing and eating organic  is something that’s important as well. Organic doesn’t ruin the environment by polluting our air, water, land, and bodies with harmful chemicals. Organic saves the bees and butterflies and the neighboring plants and all those people who live next to GM fields (which if you live where I do almost every neighborhood is surrounded by cornfields, some houses even share a property line. Kind of scary to think about the consequences of living right next door to a non-organic ‘farm’).

I also don’t spray my lawn to get rid of ‘weeds’. Sure, I like the greenest of grass just like the next person.  Not enough however to spray chemicals all over the lawn that my son plays in. He should be able to run around and play and watch all the bees, butterflies, and birds enjoy it too.  Weeds are just social constructs after all.

Being vegan also means living cleanly with no man-made chemicals.  (I know that everything is a chemical-thanks periodic table!).

The first aspect of this is food. If I don’t know what something on the ingredient list then I don’t eat it. Just because it’s listed as vegan doesn’t automatically mean it’s healthy.

The second aspect of that is that there are so many new smelly things out there-to hide cooking smells, to hide bathroom smells, to hide dirty smells-but do we know what the outcome of using all these unnatural scents are?

It also means drinking the purest of  water, untouched by chemicals like chlorine, fluoride, or the molotov cocktail of prescription drugs that are in there.  Getting pure water is one of the most important things you can do for your body.

It means being a steward to animals and the environment. It means ‘clean-living’.  Clean eating, clean smelling, clean cleaning.

It’s more than just a diet. It’s a lifestyle.

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I’m Back!

After a VERY long hiatus (two years jeepers) I’m back!

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Lots has happened in the past two years – trips taken both near and far, pregnancy and birth of my amazing little boy, time spent with friends and family, loss of special people, job changes, life realizations, growing, changing, and of course-food!

Lots of new posts (if I don’t get distracted again), some focused on veganism, some on life and fun, and some of both.

So please stay tuned because I hope to dazzle with some great posts and impart my wisdom.

I am pretty wisdomous.

UN Says Veganism Can Save the World From Destruction

Re-blogging a short article I found on the MSN homepage yesterday.  It’s amazing the amount of people (and by people I mean people ‘in-power’ or those who are looked at as having an influence on others) who are coming out in favor of veganism.  Together we can make a difference!

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Veggie burgers may soon rule the land.

Can a vegan diet save the world? According to a new report from the UN, the answer is “yes.” The Guardian writes that “a global shift towards a vegan diet is vital to save the world from hunger, fuel poverty, and the worst impacts of climate change.” The report notes that the Western preference for meat- and dairy-heavy diets is “unsustainable,” especially as the population is expected to grow to 9.1 billion by 2050.

The report adds that “animal products cause more damage than [producing] construction minerals such as sand or cement, plastics or metals.” Plus, livestock raised for meat consumes a large portion of the world’s crops and a lot of freshwater. Currently, agriculture, “particularly meat and dairy products,” account for 70 percent of the world’s freshwater consumption. It also accounts for 39 percent of the globe’s total land use and 19 percent of its greenhouse gas emissions.

Importantly, as the population grows, the impact from agriculture will substantially grow as well, thanks to the the increasing consumption of animal products. The report notes that “unlike fossil fuels, it is difficult to look for alternatives.” The only option is to cut down on the number of animal products consumed.

The UN isn’t the only one advocating a more plant-focused diet. A couple from the United Kingdom are working hard to make “Veganuary” a global movement. The duo are trying to convince people to eat less animal products by going vegan for the month of January. According to a press release, 50 percent of last year’s participants said that they “intended to remain vegan for good.” Perhaps the UN just found a new partner in their global mission?

I Wanna Go Shopping: Conscious Box Review Month 1

The year 2015 is a grand time for all of us to be living in – we can order anything online and have it delivered directly to our door.  So many companies have started coming up with trial boxes (chocolate, wine, make-up, pet supplies) that I decided to jump on the gift box bandwagon myself and got a three-month subscription of conscious box.

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Their website says

  • More premium and full-size products
  • Hand-selected food, bath, beauty and home products
  • All-Natural and GMO-free
  • Ships FREE!

And you can choose from “Classic”, “Vegan”, and “Gluten-Free” options (obviously I chose vegan) and anxiously awaited my first box.

Two weeks later I come home to find a box sitting on my front step! Finally!  Although, it was much smaller than I thought it would be, I was still excited.

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Inside I find:

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As I pawed through my new goodies, I was more and more disappointed.  As many of you know, I am finicky about ingredients:  just because something says “vegan” or “natural” doesn’t mean that it is good for you.  (I will go through each of the products I received below).  Also, it seemed that the majority of the box was pharmaceuticals (the kind you find on infomercials late at night and on the Walgreen’s check-out counter)…but ‘natural’.

We’ll start with the food items:

Bean Field’s Bean & Rice Chips

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It seems great – vegan, gluten free, made with black beans what really concerns me most is the flavoring part:  while everything is vegan, ‘natural flavors’ is a hiding term for MSG, and other potentially gross ingredients.

(But there are other reasons why we shouldn’t put too much stock in “natural” flavors. For a really fun example, let’s look at castoreum, a secretion that comes from the two castor sacs located under a beaver’s tail, right next to a pair of anal glands. (I’m salivating already.) It’s classified as a natural food additive—because it comes from an animal source, after all—but, as you’ve probably guessed, it isn’t valued for the beaver-butt flavor it adds to foods. Nope, castoreum tastes and smells like vanilla, which makes it an option for baked goods, frozen dairy treats, and puddings. Yum! Just like mom used to make!)

 

Zevia Zero Calorie Soda

sodaEveryone seems so obsessed with no calories these days so there are more and more products using alternative ingredients.  This particular sodas claim to fame is that it doesn’t contain any sugar or artificial sweeteners (such as aspartame).  That being said, it does contain erythritol.  Supposedly this is a type of sweetener but I don’t know anything about it-what is this ingredient that I cannot pronounce?  Also, Caramel Color…what is in that?  And look, our good friend “Natural Flavors” made an appearance again.  So far 0 for 2.

 

Nature’s Bakery Fig Bar 

fig-barThe first thing that turned me off from this bar is that it’s lemon flavor. (I have been told that I may be the only person who does not like lemon but anyway…) The second and third ingredients are a type of sugar.  Again we see natural flavors (twice actually) and caramel color (but it’s ammonia-free woo!)

 

Nurturmeals

quinoa-mixThis was one of the best pieces in this box, ingredient wise.  There were 3 and all organic: quinoa, apples, and peas (actually it says ‘pea’.  Is there just one that was in there?) I do not have kids but this is a great idea and actually a great looking product.  Score one for Conscious Box!

 

Choice Organic Tea

teaThe second product that won my approval – this Choice Organic tea.  Not only are the ingredients top notch it is certified organic and is very yummy with a refreshing peppermint taste to it.  I will actually purchase this product on my own!  Once again, nice job Conscious Box!

 

Here’s where the box starts to go downhill.  It seems like they ran out of food/home supplies and threw in whatever they had left, which was pretty slim pickings.

Berry Sleepy

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This is a (supposedly) all natural sleep aid and to be honest, the ingredients do not look too bad, however I am a little concerned because although these unpronounceable ingredients are vegetable, what does that mean?  My rule of thumb is if I can’t pronounce it I’m not going to eat it.

 

Drinkwel

drinkwelThis made me laugh when I actually figured out what it was.  The front of the package says: drinkwel. The multivitamin for people who drink.  Your body will thank you.” What does this mean?  Well it turns out that it’s supposed to help your body recover after a night of heavy drinking by being designed to ‘replenish nutrients, support healthy liver function, and help your body process alcohol induced toxins’ however it does not ‘prevent intoxication’.  The directions state to take 3 capsules with food and water before starting drinking and 3 after your last drink.  A very interesting idea however I do not drink and there are no specifics on ingredients listed (except for ‘other ingredients’.) I have checked and they do list it on their website though.

 

Own Eye-Cream

eye-creamThis was one of two body products in this box and would create a fun game of ‘how many words can you pronounce’.  I don’t think so.

 

Dr. Jacobs Almond Honey Soap

almondhoneyI freaked out a little bit when I first saw the word ‘honey’ (‘HONEY ISN’T VEGAN!’ I said shrilly to my husband). This looks pretty good until the ‘fragrance essential oils’…what does that mean? Why isn’t it just ‘essential oils’? Also, what is in the caramel listed?  Almost…

 

Gummy Multi-vitamin

gummyOf course what healthy products would be complete without a multivitamin?  None I tell you!  However, there is a ton of sugar in this (tapioca syrup, sugar, fruit juice, sucrose…geeze!)  Also those pesky natural flavors again.  Also it’s gummy which is gross anyway (at least to me).

 

Oh I almost forgot…

COUPONS!!!

COUPONS!!!

 

There were 10 different products in this box.  Of which, 6 had the term ‘natural’ somewhere on their package (other than natural flavors) – as in “all natural” or “100% natural”.

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You can’t fool me with your ‘natural’ claims!

 

Right there I feel that’s a red flag.  ‘Natural’ is a term that has not been regulated by our government so it can contain virtually anything.  Also, if it’s so natural, why not make it an organic product?  Organic is the most natural you can get-with no pesticides it’s good for the plants, animals, environment, and you.

2 others did not claim to be natural, however their ingredients were questionable.

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phlkjsdfoiuawoenrofnaiohj? hsuoiusdw? Why yes! I’ll put those ingredients on my face!

 

 

Out of these 10 items, there were only 2 that I would actually use:

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Coincidentally, these were also the only 2 that were certified organic.  TWO out of TEN in a box that is labeled as healthy, natural, and GMO-free.  I am pretty astonished by this.

Sorry Conscious Box.  So far I am very unimpressed and pretty disappointed.  Slim food choices and no home products (which was advertised).  The money that I spent on this was not worth the glorified drug box that was sent to me this month.  Stay tuned for next month’s review of box 2 of my 3 box subscription.

Thanksgiving Series: Apple Pie

The third part in our four part installment, Thanksgiving Series…Apple Pie.

I’ve never been a big fan of apple pie.  I just never really liked fruit in my dessert (I know I’m a strange person but at least I gave this a try this year, right?)  My brother LOVED apple pie so I wanted to make sure that it was still represented this year as a tribute to him.

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This recipe (crusts and pie) came from Gluten-free Vegan Comfort Food and I was surprised at the result….I actually liked this apple pie!  It turned out that we used a little too many apples and should have cooked it longer as the apples were not quite as tender as we’d hoped (we were worried the crust was going to burn!) but it still worked out.

I forgot to take pictures as we were putting the pie together-oops-but we had made it up ahead of time and froze it, then cooked the pie from frozen state the day before so that we saved time on Thanksgiving Day.

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(Get ready for a long post!)

Two-Crust Pie Crust

(Makes two 9-inch crusts)

  • 3 cups sorghum flour (or 2 cups sorghum flour and 1 cup brown rice flour -I used buckwheat flour for rice flour)
  • 1/4 cup organic sugar (I used coconut sugar)
  • 1/4 t sea salt
  • 1 1/2 cups organic coconut oil (in solid form)
  • 6 – 7 T cold water
  • 1 T white vinegar (I used apple cider vinegar, after all you’re making apple pie)

Preheat the oven to 350 (if you’re cooking right away, if freezing just ignore this step), and grease 9-inch pie pan with a little coconut oil.
In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, and salt. Stir to blend.  Cut in the coconut oil with a pastry cutter or fork.  This takes some time as you really need to work with the coconut oil to incorporate it into the flour mixture.
Once you have the coconut oil fully incorporated, add the water and vinegar together in a separate bowl then slowly pour it into the flour mixture.  Don’t add all 6-7 tablespoons at once or it might make your dough too wet (I added the vinegar to 5 T and added that right away, then added each additional tablespoon as needed).  You want to be able to use your hands to form the dough into one big ball.
Tear off two good sized pieces of waxed paper and place one on your work surface.
Break the large ball into 2 smaller ones and press the first ball between 2 pieces of waxed paper, rolling into a large circle.  Be careful not to roll the dough too think as it will tear when you’re shaping in your pan.
Slowly pull the top piece of waxed paper off the pie dough (This was difficult so take your time), and carefully flip it into the pie dish.  Once you have it in the dish, slowly pull the second piece of wax paper off and form the dough to the pie dish.
(Add your filling and repeat the process for the top crust.)

Pre-baking, aww our little maple leaf

Pre-baking, aww our little maple leaf

Now for the filling!

Apple Pie

(Makes 8 servings)

  • Two-crust pie crust
  • 6 cored-thinly sliced cups of apples, peeled if desired (we did peel, otherwise the skins were too chewy)
  • 1 T arrowroot powder
  • 1 T tapioca powder
  • 1 heaping tsp cinnamon
  • pinch of sea salt
  • 2/3 cups of organic sugar (I used coconut sugar)

Preheat oven to 350 (Or not at all if you’re freezing). Prepare the crusts.
Place the apples in a large bowl and add the arrowroot, tapioca, cinnamon, salt, and sugar.  Stir this mixture together really well and toss the apples to coat them with the mixture.
Carefully arrange the apple slices in the bottom pie crust, then gently cover the apples with the top crust.  Pinch the edges of the crusts together and cut small incisions in the top crust to let steam escape before putting pit in the oven.
Bake for 50-60 minutes, or until the apples are bubbly and the top crust lightly browned.  If the top crust becomes too dark, cover lightly with aluminum foil (or use a pie crust saver).

The crushed piece

The crushed piece

COOKING INSTRUCTIONS IF YOU FROZE IN ADVANCE:

Bake frozen on cookie sheet
450 for 15-20 minutes, then turn down heat to 375 and bake for an additional 20-30 minutes (use a fork to test the texture of the apples and bake longer if they seem to need more time.)

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What I noticed about this pie is that the crusts are very flaky.  The first piece that I scooped out I had to use a spoon as it fell apart.  The more pieces I removed the easier it was to keep the whole piece intact but even with them falling apart, it still tasted fantastic!

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Moosewoods Chocolate Cake

As promised, a new recipe! I made this cake for my birthday for the second year in a row and it was STILL a hit (for vegans and non-vegans!)

MOOSEWOOD’S SIX MINUTE CHOCOLATE CAKE

For my birthday I made it in a round cake pan but these pictures are from when I made it for work in a Pampered Chef container-still worked out fine and it tasted great but it didn’t look as pretty.  So if you want a pretty, easily removable cake, a round cake pan is the best!

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Dry ingredients in a pan

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Added wet to dry in the baking pan and mixed together.

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The swirls after the vinegar was added!

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Fresh out of the oven!

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Melting the chocolate for the glaze

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The glaze (a little chunky from impatience but still yummy)

 

Ingredients: (With my substitutions-for original recipe see link above)

Cake

  • 1 1/2 cups Oat Flour
  • 1/3 cup Cocoa Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • 1 cup Raw Rapurda Sugar
  • 1/2 cup Coconut Oil
  • 1 cup cold Water
  • 2 teaspoons Vanilla
  • 2 tablespoons Apple Cider Vinegar

Glaze

  • 1/2 lb Bittersweet Chocolate
  • 3/4 cup Hot Water
  • 1/2 teaspoon Vanilla

CAKE

Preheat the oven to 375°F.

Sift the flour, cocoa, baking soda, salt, and sugar into an ungreased 8 inch square or 9 inch round baking tin.

In a 2 cup measuring cup, measure and mix the oil, water,  and vanilla.

Pour the liquid ingredients into the baking tin and mix the batter with a fork or small whisk. (Fork worked really well)

When the batter is smooth, add the vinegar and stir quickly. Pale swirls will occur where the vinegar and baking soda react. Stir just until the vinegar is even distributed throughout the batter.

Bake for 25-30 minutes. Set aside the cake to cool.

GLAZE

Melt the chocolate in a double boiler (or make-shift double boiler-see picture above) until the chocolate is melted. Stir the hot water and vanilla into the chocolate until smooth. (Stir carefully! This part can get messy!)

Spoon the glaze over the cooled cake. Refrigerate the glazed cake for a minimum of 30 minutes before serving.

 

Unfortunately, I did not take a picture of the cake once it was all together.  It has a delicious rich flavor so it goes great with vegan ice cream!

 

Animal Abolition & Ethical Consumption

Description: “Enlightening interview with Gary Francione about why we need to start applying the concept of nonviolence to our food consumption.”

I was shown this video and blown away by the truth of how we treat animals. There is no difference between dogs, cows, lions, chickens, etc…they are all animals and all deserve to be treated the same.

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