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Vegan Picnics

Steven and I walking around the floating homes on Fisherman’s Wharf in Victoria, BC. Hi! Sorry for the silence the past few weeks. I have been planning, preparing, and then enjoying my 10th wedding anniversary trip! We celebrated ten years of wedded bliss in Vancouver and Victoria, British Columbia. I am still floating on a…

Zero Waste Vegan by Cindy Thompson

Photo by S. Ross Morris on Unsplash Becoming vegan has been transformational. What started out as a personal campaign to improve my health and prevent disease ten years ago led me to examine of all areas of my life. I developed an incredible stewardship for animals and the environment. Veganism truly opened my eyes. One…

Running + Vegan = A How to Guide, By Steven Draper

Steven running the 2019 ORRC Champoeg 30K. The American Heritage dictionary defines a vegan as a vegetarian who only eats plant-based foods, and avoids using products deriving from animals. In other words, a “vegan lifestyle” is the avoidance of any animal-derived products for food, clothing, entertainment, commodities, transportation, beauty, fashion, or experimentation, whereas a “vegan…

Take Me Out To The Ball Game!

It is time to “Take Me Out To The Ball Game!” I can’t tell you how excited I am that the baseball season has started again! I’ve been attending major league and minor league baseball games since I was a kid, and still, become giddy when the season begins each year. ​ There are ample…

Veganism: It Is Not About Us.

​There are many different reasons why people go vegan – for the sake of the animals, to help stop and reverse the damage done to our planet by animal agriculture and factory farming, to prevent or cure a disease, to improve their athletic performance, or just because people are following a trend. I’ve always believed…

Living with Doubts and Learning to be Uncomfortable

​Many self-doubts stem from moving outside one’s comfort zone. We have been conditioned to seek and build comfort, safety, and a secure future. But in that process, we lose the ability to know ourselves and our limits honestly. In turn, we restrict the size of our comfort zone. I didn’t take many risks growing up,…

Basic Vegan Cheese Sauce

There are countless ways to make a vegan cheese sauce. You can use vegetables, nuts, or commercially available vegan cheese shreds to create a creamy and delicious sauce. I love experimenting with different base ingredients; in fact, roasted butternut squash is still one of my favorite base ingredients for a cheese sauce, but has been…

What is Your Time Worth?

​I usually increase my reading during the winter months and recently finished three books that left me contemplating many things. But mainly, they left me with the question – what is my time worth? The books I read were, The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, and Meet the Frugalwoods. I have…

Happy International Women’s Day!

From Women’s eNews March is Women’s History Month, first recognized in the United States in 1987, and March 8th is International’s Women’s Day. Events and recognition for International Women’s Day date back to 1911, in which we started celebrating the advancements and achievements of women in the social, economic, cultural, and political outlets.  A call to action…

Quitting Meat Can Save Your Bank Account as Well as the Animals By Amanda Keohane

Often, when people cite their reasons for making the switch to a vegan lifestyle they cite one of three reasons: their health, the environment, or animal rights.  When people cite reasons for not making the switch, they suggest that they can’t give up their favorite food (usually cheese or bacon), they don’t have the time…

Cocoa Date Bites

I love these easy dessert bites! I make them about once a month for me and Steve to have in the evenings, or to take to parties or potlucks. They are easy to make and are a great snack when I am craving something sweet. I have made them using different nuts, but I recently…

The Sunshine of My Life

The night of September 11, 2015, is still as vivid as if it were yesterday. Steve and I ate dinner and watched TV as we usually did. We played with the cats and all of our foster guinea pigs. I, for one, had a particularly fun playtime session tickling Sunshine that evening. That was our…

Third Rock from the Sun

​The subject of food and eating animals, even though emotionally difficult to discuss sometimes, is an easier topic for me to cover. You can observe personalities, habits, and see connections by interacting with different types of animals. It is from those observations that someone might take a different perspective on how they look at and…

Teenage Mutant Tree Frogs

​Have you seen this article? https://www.mercurynews.com/2019/01/19/new-gene-editing-kit-puts-the-power-of-frog-growth-into-citizen-scientists-hands/ I recently saw this article in my local newspaper, the Columbian. The article talks about Josiah Zayner, founder of The Odin company, and his use of green tree frogs in genetics-altering experiments.  He uses tree frogs to see if he can genetically alter their genes, and to grow additional tissue…

Ten Year Challenge

​I am guessing if you are on any social media platforms, then you have heard about the trending Ten Year Challenge. People are posting pictures of themselves to see how they have aged over the past ten years. I am not sure why it became popular in 2019 and not 2020 (I mean, wouldn’t it…

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