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Vegan Energy Bar Poll

Friday, October 23rd, 2009

So, I’m curious, dear reader: If you got to design your own vegan snack bar, energy bar, protein bar — whatever you want to call it! — which properties would be top of your list?

First a few quick multiple-choice questions before the essay. ;)

How often do you eat them?

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Would you eat them more if you could find the “right” one?

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What’s most important to you?

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And now, for the free-form questions to be answered in the comments. Which would be the runner-up? How about ingredients and flavors? Thanks! (I’ll add my preferences a little later. You first…)

Surf Shelf Coupon Code

Wednesday, October 21st, 2009

You may recall, a while back I wrote about the Surf Shelf laptop tray which lets me use the laptop while on my treadmill. (I hear it can also be used on other exercise equipment too, such as stationary bicycles.)

A lot of people thanked me for bringing this cool gadget to their attention, but many of you were bummed to have read the post too late, missing the deadline for the $5 off (which about covers S&H).

Well, good news; I’ve got a new one for you! :)

Surf Shelf gift certificate code

Pig Pals Shelter

Saturday, October 17th, 2009

I guess it’s fair to say, my little sister and I have a special affinity for pigs. If you read my story in the September issue of Vegan Done Light, you’ll appreciate why. The gist of it is we raised a couple in our young teen years (not our choice) and managed to get a little too attached. Anyway

That’s why, when she sent me a recent email about the Pig Pals shelter in North Carolina, where she lives, I immediately asked if it was OK for me to post about it on the blog. Her reply was a similarly immediate, “Go for it.” A week later (doh!), I’m finally getting to it. Sorry, sis. Hope this helps.

So, here’s the scoop. My sister’s friend at work has a potbellied pig veterinary service on the side and wants to help the Pig Pals miniature pig shelter in NC win a prize in the Animal Rescue Site’s latest contest, open until December 20th. There are even awards for top in state that would go a long way for such a small shelter.

When you think of potbellied pigs, you probably conjure up images of cute, little pets. While that may be true when they’re babies, they can grow to be quite big.

And, that’s when folks tend to either abandon or neglect them or just plain decide they can’t handle the responsibility anymore. This shelter seeks to provide medical care, spaying or neutering, and finding them good homes.

Just search for Pig Pals in NC and come back each day to add another vote until December 20th.

Vegan Mofo III

Saturday, October 10th, 2009

It’s that time of year again, and I keep forgetting to take my digital camera with me! Argh. So many lovely fall colors

OK, I’m back. Had to put it by the door, so I stand a better chance of remembering next time I head out. I kid you not. :)

Aside from the changing leaves, October ushers in all manner of winter squashes and pumpkins, Vegetarian Awareness Month, and the third edition of the blogosphere’s Vegan Month of Food.

This year’s host blog with a big list of participants.

The idea is to post vegan foodie goodness all month long, preferably more frequently than usual. I’m not off to a very good start, eh? Thing is, unless I’m cooking for others — which apparently I haven’t had the opportunity to do much these days — my meals are very simple, if “weird.” (That’s my trademark, right?) ;)

For example, I’ll share one of my favorites. It’s finger food masquerading as dinner. Or maybe it’s the other way around. Either way, it’s delicious and easy and I have it all the time.

You can probably name all the ingredients just by looking at it: 3 oz of tomato paste mixed with a little balsamic vinegar and water to a spreadable consistency, dash of liquid smoke, cumin, oregano, whatever. Zucchini and carrots cut in sections and halved, broccoli, and red cabbage (not pictured), all raw, serve as bases for the spread. Top with sliced onions, garlic, hots, and a liberal layer of nutritional yeast flakes (which I held off until after snapping this pic).

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