My 1st Giveaway!

I wanted to thank my friends, family, and internet strangers for all the kind supportive words they’ve shared since I started this little snoop bloggy blog. So what better way to thank you than to give you free stuff? Are you ready for some good time happy free giveaway stuffs? Great! Here are the goods!Image

Lesser Evil is a company I discovered through my vegan cuts snack box. They sent the Southern Barbeque Chia Crisps and I fell in love! Today I tried the Kale and Roasted Garlic White Bean Quinoa Lentil Chia Bites and they are just as yummy!

Lesser Evil was nice enough to send me a bunch stuff to try or giveaway so I’m keeping the Kale Roasted Garlic Bites and the rest are yours!

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Upton’s Naturals is a brand I think I discovered at Whole Foods. They are a super cute mustachey company based in Chicago.I know fake meat is not for every vegan but if you’re going to  use a meat substitute, do it right. This is by far the best meat substitute I’ve ever tried. They have five different kinds of seitan. The Chorizo flavor is do die for! They also make tamales now! Say whaaat?! I haven’t tried them yet but I plan on makin’ it happen ASAP.  Anywho Upton’s was super nice and sent me over some cool time happy merchandise and coupons for free products!

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*I just added some yummy treats from Justin’s. Nut butters and dark chocolate peanut butter cups. WAAAAA!!!!

How to win!

I’m going to pick the winner Friday so you have a week to qualify. All I ask is that you “like” my facebook page or follow my wordpress blog and leave a comment in this post (or the fb post) about what you’ve done or are planning to do this year to be a little more veg friendly. Are you going to switch your cow’s milk to almond milk? Are you going to use tofu over chicken once a week? Are you going to switch your shampoo to one that doesn’t animal test? I want to hear about it! Also feel free to specify what product you’d like to try. I can’t guarantee you’ll get your 1st pick but I promise all the stuff is awesome! I’ll pick a handful of winners at random and announce the winners on Friday!

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Bark Box!

These fools are not vegan at all but I just had to show you how stoked they were for their Bark Box. Lady was so happy her ear turned inside out.

I got a 3 month Bark Box subscription for Christmas as a gift. Here is the joy that ensued.

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That stick under Harry’s nose didn’t stay in the box for more than a few seconds. Image

It was a little creepy to feed my dog alligator…Image

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Do any of you have vegan pets? What are your thoughts on the matter? I have thought about switching them but really don’t know much about it? Any advise one way or the other is welcome.

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Cheap Eats!

I live oh so very close to a farmer’s market called Farmer’s Market but I never seem to do much shopping there. I have been finding it difficult to eat enough food on a raw diet without breaking the bank so I decided to give it a try after hearing Plant Based on a Budget put out their $25/week grocery list and meal plan and talk about shopping at cheaper stores and buying bulk.

So here is what I walked away with for $9.99. I know if I got all the same things at Trader Joe’s or another market I would have spent double.

2 mangos (2/$1!)

2 bunches of cilantro ( 0.33/each)

2 bunches of kale ($1)

a bag of carrots ($0.45)

2 oranges

3 zucchini

a bag of sesame seeds (almost $3 so that was my most expensive item)

a carton of cherry tomatoes

a bag of green beans

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Vegan Girl’s Night!

Before I moved to San Francisco, the girls and I would get together for a vegan girl’s night every once in a while. None of them are vegan but a few dabble with vegetarianism and so we could all eat everything we just made it a vegan night (my girls are awesome).

So now that it’s been 2.5 years since our last vegan night, we were overdue and needed an excuse to go over and see Mayela’s cute apartment.

The Ladies:

Mayela, Michaeline, Michele, Wendy, Lia, Me (Stephanie), and Peanut (a dog)

The Ladies Night exception:

Charlie (and boy and a dog)

The Food:

Puff pastry mushroom/spinach/ v cream cheese things

Trader Joe’s Japanese rice

Pizza (from me-duh)

Ginger molasses cookies

Curry

Lentil soup

Cauliflower ceviche

Booze

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My cutie BFF Michele:

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Lia looking hood rich:

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Me waiting to get my CHOMP on:

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The other ladies’s pictures were blurry so here is a group shot of the gang:

Michele and Peanut, me, Lia, Mayela and Charlie, Michaeline, Wendy

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So much food, so much girl talk, such good friends. Thanks Yeller for being a cutie pie host!

Oh here are the cookies I made from Chloe’s Vegan Desserts by Chloe Coscarelli 

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2 c all purpose flour

1 t baking soda

1 t baking powder

1 1/2 t ground ginger

1 t ground cinnamon

1/2 t ground nutmeg

1/2 t ground cloves

1/2 c vegan butter

3/4 c sugar plus more for rolling

1/2 c molasses

1 T water

* t = teaspoon

T = Tablespoon

c = cups

Preheat 350°

line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper

In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, baking powder, ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves

Using a stand or hand mixer, beat butter, sugar, molasses, and water until well combined. Slowly beat in flour mixture. Scoop 1 round T of dough at a time and roll the top in sugar. Bake 10-12 minutes Let cool on the pan.

CHOMP CHOMP CHOMP!

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Peaceful Prairie Sanctuary Needs Your Help

Vegansaurus posted about this on their facebook and I felt compelled to share.

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This is from the fundraising page:

The record breaking freeze has been wreaking havoc on the sanctuary.

The main well and cistern for all the barns froze, broke, and then flooded the well house up to the electrical outlets, which then fried the electrical system for all the barns.  

We’ve been working round the clock in 22 below zero temperatures to truck water up to the animals, run back-up electricity to the barns, and do everything in our power to keep the 200+ rescued residents safe through this unprecedented arctic cold we’re experiencing.

Sanctuary operating costs usually triple in the winter months, but this past week alone will account for a tenfold increase in expenses.

We will NOT let the animals down, but we urgently need your help so we can pay for all of the additional services, repairs, vet bills, and other emergency measures that need to be taken.

Thank you!

Here is the link  http://www.youcaring.com/nonprofits/please-help-emergency-funds-needed/114996

Help if you are able!

Thanks!

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Why Are You Vegan? Let’s Talk About Books, Baby

If you’re even wondering what makes a vegan go vegan here is a little incite.

I have had a lot of people ask a lot of questions about why I’m vegan and if I really think that what I’m doing (or not doing) matters. Yes, by the way, I do think it maters.

I was vegetarian for 11 years before I went vegan. I was a chubby kid and my initial thought if I went vegetarian I’d lose weight! I think I was talked out of it or I tried it and failed. I remember crying and telling my dad and step mom that being chubby was my reason for the switch and I always went back to that story when people asked why I went vegetarian at such a young age (I was 14 when I tried it again and it stuck ). Looking back I remember picking out every vein I saw in my chicken at dinner time; why would I want to eat a vein?!  I always loved animals and thought each one of million stuffed animals had feelings and emotions. I was always a sensitive little kid and my dog Cocoa was my best bud. I think those were the real reasons I went veg and never really thought of them when people asked why I  stop eating meat.

So after 11 years of being a junk food vegetarian and only knowing one other vegetarian in the world, I borrowed Skinny Bitch from a friend and that was enough to get the vegan fire started in mah body. It basically tells you how dairy makes you fat and it’s got a bunch of gross stuff in it that makes you want to barf. It’s a quick and easy read and gives you the basic facts to start the ball rolling.

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They have a whole slew of books now, but I’m only read the original.There is even a Skinny Bastard for dudes.

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Then I read Eating Animals. This book is the book that made me stick with being vegan. The books starts off talking about how he was about to become a father and wanted to know where the food he would be feeding his child came from. He even joins a girl who breaks into a factory farm in the middle of the night to give water and care to some neglected animals. Never boring, occasionally terrifying.

In the beginning of my veganisim it was hard. I’d crave dairy and this is the book I’d turn to to remind me that that I was doing this for the animals and not so much for myself. For myself at least, I find that it’s so easy to stick with because it’s for someone/thing else. I also do it for reasons for myself but if those were they only reasons I know I’d struggle.

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The China Study

This book is pure facts. No funny stories, no crazy antics. Expect a lot of graphs, charts, numbers, and statistics. I thought it was fascinating but I’ve had people tell me it’s a chore to get through. I don’t agree, I loved it! i feel like this a must read for skeptics.  It focuses a lot on casein, the protein found in milk, and dispels a lot of myths like the one that says milk prevents osteoporosis. T. Colin Campbell is a total vegan celebrity.

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My creeper stalker shot of T. Collin Campbell at San Francisco Veg Fest last year. xoxox giggle omg I saw him.

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Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs, And Wear Cows is a book I have not read but really want to.  I saw the author speak at Farm Sanctuary’s Celebration of the Turkeys last month and she was so funny, nice, and articulate. She has such a great aproach  to being began, and living in a non vegan world. If I don’t get this for Christmas I’m going to buy it the 26th!

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Tell me about the books that have helped you along your way to veganism! What are some of your favorites?

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Look what I found

This badass shirt from Blood Tight Apparel. They are based in the UK but ship all over for FREE! I think this shirt is sold out but they have a lot of other cool stuff. I love finding little independent vegan stores!

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Tried to get the fuzzers in on the action…

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Harry stayed…for like a second.

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