Oh hey. I’m just gonna be chillin’ at Vida Vegan Con (VVC) this weekend, no bigs. No, but seriously it is bigs!! Vegan blogging super stars everywhere! I don’t plan on blogging “live” for the rest of our trip, though I will be using instagram, twitter and facebook. Stay tuned for VVC/Portland/Seattle blog posts in the near future.
A few vegangrams of some of the vegan swag I got today:
After partying hard over spring break, I got hit with reality and have been super-cali-fragilistic-busy. I didn’t even get a chance to blog about my meet up with fellow Atlantan bloggers Former Fish Taco Fanatic and Adrienne from Crack the plates. So goes the story of my life…play hard, work harder! But I’m still here and I’ve been eating and taking pics.
For this dainty breakfast, I basically followed the directions on the can. I boiled 4 cups of water and tossed in a cup of these steel cut oats
When the porridge started to thicken, I stirred in some maple syrup (1-2 tablespoons) to sweeten it up. Then I stirred in a bunch of dried currants (seen below), some cinnamon, nutmeg and dash of allspice. I turned down the heat and let it simmer until it was all super porridgy.
When it was done, I mixed it with some almond milk (about a cup).
In the words of Goldilocks, “Ahh, this porridge is just nom!”. Wait, that doesn’t seem right.
When I got home from work yesterday, I was super excited. Not only because yesterday afternoon marked the start of a much needed week-long
coma break for me, but because I got a very special package and a letter in the mail.
The package was from my amazingly talented friend Sarah over at goodstorysarah. Unboxing…first, a pretty postcard with a nice message.
Next…I dug through the packing peanuts…and my jaw dropped because of what I saw next. A GIANT bunny!
Hints of foil continued to peek out from the box so I continued to dig and below are the final excavation results. The remote control is there for size reference. These bunnies are huge!
Oh yeah, did I mention these are chocolate bunnies filled with peanut butter?!
Completely vegan and completely homemade, these were so amazing to look at and even more fun to eat! I snapped a pic of the bunny ear before I gobbled it down.
The tiny guys are little chocolate turtles with peanut butter filling. So ridiculously cute, I could just eat him! Wait, I will be eating him. Sarah, you’re the best! I will be nomming on these over my break.
The letter was from my niece and includes a “flat scholar” (similar to “flat stanley“) that I am to take with me on my adventures and photograph so that my niece can share the locations and adventures with her classmates. Last time I did this for my other niece when she was this age, N also made a song to go along with flat stanley’s adventures. I love doing these for my nieces!
First adventure for my new flat scholar friend, watching me stuff my face with chocolate. Stay tuned for more.
I’ve made kale chips before, but never of the cheesy variety. So with two bunches of kale in the fridge and plenty of nooch in the pantry, I decided what the kale? Let’s do this.
I followed the fabulous recipe from Pride and Vegudice, however I didn’t have a red bell pepper on hand so I used a ripe tomato instead. I don’t know if the sauce is supposed to be this thick after blending, but this is what mine looked like before massaging and roasting took place:
This is what the final product looked like out of the oven.
These were amazing! My mouth is watering just thinking about them. A crispy, cheesy snack that’s actually *gasp* good for me?
Photo courtesy of the Vegan Ryan Gosling tumblr, which sadly, is no longer around 😦
Why thank you Ryan Gosling, thank you. I will use this to make more cheesy kale.
In other kale-yeah news, I was pleasantly surprised to be nominated for the inspiring blogger award by the Veggiewitch and the Liebster award from the Vegan Kat. Thank you!!
I’m supposed to share seven things about myself, but I’m gonna bend the rules a bit and share with you the top 7 artists that I have most recently listened to on Spotify:
- Sigur Ros
- Electric President
- Olafur Arnalds
- The Postal Service (Don’t hate)
In turn, I pass the award on to some very inspiring vegan bloggers who give me hope for the future b/c of the vegan families they are raising. Inspiring indeed:
- Two Vegan Boys
- Don’t Fear the Vegan
- Making a vegan baby
- Growing a Vegan
Vegan babies take over the world,
heck kale yeah!
N’s favorite meal growing up was beef stroganoff. When we first started dating, I tried to lure him over to the
dark enlightened side by veganizing this dish. It was a disaster.
Enter Veggie Grettie’s amazing recipe for mushroom stroganoff! N experienced a whole lot of compassionate nostalgia with this meal and all is right with his world again.
Thanks to Veggie Grettie and all vegan food bloggers for showing the world that compassionate has never tasted better! The cows (and all animals) thank you as they’d rather be invited to the party than be the main dish.
Press “play” below to see how excited Herbie and Kevina are to be invited to a vegan potluck party.
Read more on Herbie and Kevina here.