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Holiday Happiness

"The moments of happiness we enjoy take us by surprise. It is not that we seize them, but that they seize us."—Ashley Montagu This morning (2 days before Christmas) the parking lot of the Trader Joe's was a zoo. People were honking, angry and agitated. The lines were long and no one looked happy. It… Continue reading Holiday Happiness

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Yellow Orbs

Settling into our new home, we’ve been taking the dogs on early morning and later evening walks. The sun of course bakes the asphalt during the heat of the day, so walking at cooler times works best. (I love that yellow orb in the sky! So delightfully warm compared to the PNW, and not the… Continue reading Yellow Orbs

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When Dad Buys You Lemons…

"Can I go with you to the grocery store? I have a list." "Uhhh, okay," I responded from the shower. "What did you need to buy?" I asked. "Lemons, sugar, a pitcher, cups, and straws. PLEASE Mom! Please! I have always wanted to do this. It's summer...." She'd been asking to do a lemonade stand… Continue reading When Dad Buys You Lemons…

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I Know What You’re Thinking…

I don't miss much about eating animals, but one thing I have missed is a really tasty BLT. Or a BLAT (bacon, lettuce, avocado and tomato) on toasted sourdough. There is something about the way the crunchy bread, complete with mayo all up in the nooks and crannies blends with the savory bacon, the creaminess… Continue reading I Know What You’re Thinking…

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Food Fun – Pita Pocket Joes

I love food, and part of my plant-based cooking excursions have been to incorporate as many healthy habits, as well as recipes, into our routine. It's been scary fun *interesting* testing out various internet recipe finds on my family. My husband grew up eating meat and typical American fare, so finding recipes that 1. don't… Continue reading Food Fun – Pita Pocket Joes

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What COVID19 is Revealing

On the phone while walking the dogs, my mom and I chatted about, what else? The virus. We were remarking on things we'd been seeing, hearing on the news, and from friends. Between poop pickups and her calling her dog, we had one of many of our "solving the world's problems" chats. "I wish more… Continue reading What COVID19 is Revealing

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That Escalated Quickly

Just a few short weeks and the world is slowly coming to a halt. It is serious and we must all do our part for the greater good. I love this post at Reluctant Xtian and what he recommends about thinking of others and not just ourselves. While I agree and will implement those suggestions, I'm… Continue reading That Escalated Quickly

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Sauerkraut…and a Bar

I did some new things this week. For one, I made sauerkraut. (Yep, totally had to look up how to spell it correctly.) I've had it before as a kid and detested it, but like other foods, I've developed a taste for items previously not preferred. So pretty and purple! The recipes online all say… Continue reading Sauerkraut…and a Bar

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My Job

It has been nearly 2.5 years since I made the decision to no longer eat anything with a face. I'll gladly offer resources and information when requested, but am not out to convert others to become vegetarian or vegan. (I will never be accepted in the vegan camp becuase I still have a leather couch,… Continue reading My Job

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Plant Life

Today marks two years of not eating anything with a face. I discussed my reasons for moving toward a plant-based diet here, but two years in, a review of the process seems in order. There have been many failed recipes. Homemade bean burgers that fell apart before we even got them out of the oven,… Continue reading Plant Life