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Walk for Farm Animals Atlanta

This Saturday we participated in the Atlanta Walk for Farm Animals at Piedmont Park. Atlanta raised over $17,000 smackeroos and there were over 170 participants.

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Despite the sorta rainy weather, it was a lot of fun. And I’m glad we registered (at the 11th hour). I mainly have pictures of just pups and food. Did you know that my camera mainly takes pics of only pups and food?

But there was also yoga by my pal Rachel from Tough Love Yogal, music by our friends New Terminus. And I got to hang out with a couple of internet pals (Becky from Glue and GlitterSeth and Elena from VeganESP, and Holly from Traveling Pink Lips).Walk For Farm Animals Atlanta- Luminous Vegans

Miles was shocked to see a dog bigger than him.Miles and a Great Dane- Luminous Vegans

There was a lot of that big dog- small dog thing going on.Pups-Luminous Vegans Walk For Farm Animals Atlanta-Luminous Vegans

Nikko and Miles refueled after the walk.

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So did we.

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Nikko only sorta begged for some food.Nikko-Luminous Vegans

Will you be participating in your city’s Walk For Farm Animals? 

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A Picture an Hour

My Saturday. A picture (or a few) an hour.

8am-Shut off my alarm on the nightstand. It was hard to get up because I stayed up late reading this photography book. (I went back to sleep and actually got up at 8:30am).picture-an-hour-luminous-vegans-2464-1

9am-Stayed in bed to read.

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10am-Had coffee and an apple and caught up on internets stuff.

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11am-Made a very late breakfast with Neal.

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12pm-French toast (using the Vegg) with a strawberry sauce.

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1pm-Read more. A different book. I am a multi-book reader.

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2pm-Started a hike at Sweetwater Creek State Park.

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3pm-More hiking.

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4pm-Traveled back down the trail. The dogs were pooped after climbing rocks and wading in the creek.

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5pm-Headed home.

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6pm-Made stuff and snacked on stuff. I made a batch of coconut bacon (from Veggietorials), roasted chickpeas and cashew cheese for the week.

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7pmCoconut bacon finished baking. This was my first time making it. I think my coconut flakes were thicker than Cobi’s on Veggietorials, but they came out DEE-licious either way! They were slightly crispy in some places and chewier in others (much like real bacon). I will definitely make these again.

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8pm-A little relaxing and reading after a shower.

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9pm-Neal prepared our late dinner of sushi rolls. He made a variety of rolls with cucumber, avocado, coconut bacon, shiitake mushroom, carrots and tofu.

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10pm-Watched the end of a silly “Ghost Adventures” show before watching “48 hours”.

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This picture an hour post was inspired by a recent post by Sayward at Bonzai Aphrodite. The goal was to photograph life as it happened rather than make life happen in order to photograph it.

I had an alarm set on my phone to go off every hour and when it went off, I snapped a pic (or a few) of whatever I was looking at at that moment. I had to estimate the hours during the hike based on when we left the car and got back though because I did not have my phone with me. I really enjoy documenting the world in pictures and I’m trying to improve my photography of things other than food, so I might revisit this picture an hour project again.

How was your Saturday?

A weekend, brought to you by the letter T

T is for Thai Larb Noodle Salad.  This dish is traditionally very pork-heavy.  No pigs were harmed in this version and it came out mouth-wateringly delicious.

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T is for three pups instead of the usual two. We were dog sitting for a friend, so that meant three times the cuteness in the house for a while.weekendT-8750-2

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T is for testing out making almond butter in the food processor. The first time I made almond butter was in my beloved vitamix and as much as I love that appliance, it didn’t come out as smooth and creamy as it did this time.weekendT-8540-4

Making almond butter is a practice in patience. It takes awhile for the almonds to release their oils, so I pulled up a chair and got comfortable.weekendT-8562-5

It was worth the wait.weekendT-8541-6

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is for taking walks. I’m enjoying the weather as we slooowly start to transition to fall down here in the south. weekendT-8608-8

is for take-out. We haven’t eaten out in a while so we treated ourselves to food from Greensprout Veg Chinese. We got hot and sour soup (no egg), chikin drumstucks andweekendT-8661-9

sesame portobello with broccoli.
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T is for time out to relax. I love lazy Sunday mornings where I can just graze on breakfast-y foods and read the paper.weekendT-8724-11

T is for tasty treats. A perfect way to end a late Sunday afternoon is with creamy root beer floats. I put two scoops of ice cream and then poured the root beer in. How do you make yours?

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is for tomorrow is coming too soon!

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According to my phone in the past few months I made stuff, ate stuff, did stuff and shaved stuff.

I finished up this Gemini top. The yarn is a hemp, cotton and rayon blend. No wool for me!IMG_2149Some amazing-ness that I got at Dough Bakery. I think it’s their Sunday “Southern Benedict”- open faced biscuit with eggless patty and Gutenfleischer’s meat topped with sausage gravy. IMG_1939Doughnuts from Revolution Doughnuts. They are not a 100% vegan shop, but they clearly label all the vegan doughnuts and usually about half of their doughnuts are vegan! These look like (CW from left) chocolate glaze, apple fritter, coconut and king cake.
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Typical Game of Thrones meal: vegan drumsticks grilled in BBQ sauce, sautéed green beans and shrooms, and mashed taters.
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The behind-the-scenes of a wannabe food photographer. This was for the Sansa lemon cakes.

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Leftovers from Cafe Sunflower. Quiche on the left and soy chicken enchilada on the right (these were on the “specials” menu).IMG_2130

Vegan junk food from Food Fight Grocery when we went to PDX. Can you guess what the non-labeled item is?IMG_2185

The tropical greens smoothie from Canteen in PDX.
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Nachos with Trader Joe’s soy chorizo, kidney beans, nacho teese (from my VVC swagbag) and green onions.IMG_2246

My most favorite candy bar. They’ve changed their packaging a bit and the bar looks a little different but it still is hands-down my favorite chocolate bar.IMG_2431

Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter (also from my VVC swag bag) with sliced strawberries snack time.
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Banana chia oatmeal from Oh She Glows.IMG_2350

Blueberry cobbler that Neal made. I think he just veganized this recipe from Rachael Ray.IMG_2368

Another goodie from my Vida Vegan Con bag. It’s a superfood disguised as a vegan starbust candy.IMG_2210

I made the Chipotle Mac and Cheese recipe almost as soon as Isa put it up. We ate most of it in one go and only had a little leftover. To make it another meal, I topped it with sweet baked beans and some cole slaw. I love this mac and cheese.
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This is the picture text I sent Neal after I posted the above pic on instagram. I realize I am an uber dork. I’m okay with that.IMG_2373

A morning of knitting wash cloths and drinkin’ a smoothie- almond milk, banana, chia seeds, Eat Pastry cookie dough and raw almonds.IMG_2441

Experimenting with a new phone app called “Over” that puts text over images. The cashew cheese spread is a recipe from an old VegNews magazine.IMG_2404

Hanging out with Neal at the art festival, Artlantis. He mostly does gig posters, but he has created an original illustration for the upcoming Atlanta Veg Fest.
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Miles- looking all goofy after Neal stuffed blankets around him.IMG_1898

An afternoon walk near the Chattahoochee river. A big storm knocked some trees in the path. Miles is already very afraid of sticks so he wasn’t going anywhere near this. Neal had to carry him over. Nikko (our other greyhound) jumped over it because she’s a bad*ss like that.IMG_2333

Oh yeah, and I shaved my head using Neal’s clippers with a #3 guard (I think).  It is something I’ve been wanting to do for a while now. It’s perfect for summer don’t cha think?photo

Vegans on a Monadnock

This weekend we went on a short hike in Arabia Mountain. We walked along two trails. The first was “Forest Hill” and it was, well, forest-y.IMG_0433 _Snapseed

We went past Arabia Lake. Nikko (our girl pup) was feeling adventurous and ended up falling in the lake. Poor girl. She was ok. I didn’t get a picture of her falling in…what kind of mother do you think I am??
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After we passed the lake, we took “Mile Rock” trail back to the nature center. This part of the trail is all rock. Although Arabia Mountain is called a mountain, it’s actually a granite monadnock. This just means it’s an isolated and exposed rock hill. IMG_0472 _Snapseed

Granite used to be quarried here so there are still big chunks lying about.
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The entire time it threatened to rain on us.IMG_0474 _Snapseed

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When we got home, I made us a couple of smoothies with mango, peaches, tangerines, strawberries and pineapples.IMG_0490 _Snapseed

And the dogs, who are city dogs through and through, recouped from being out in nature.IMG_5038 _Snapseed

The Last Weekend

As you read this, I am probably back at work answering a question that I answered five times already. This past weekend was the last weekend of my spring break. Cue the violins please. Here’s some random stuff I did on…”The Last Weekend”.

1. Caught up on blogs in the early morning. Since Google reader is going away soon, I transferred to Feedly. So far I like it a lot because it has a nice, interface. I set mine to show thumbnails of my feed.
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2. Spent time with puppies. Miles is waiting for his sister to come back up after their morning pee.IMG_0115 _Snapseed

3. Strolled through the neighborhood. I picked up an Arden’s Garden green smoothie with pineapple juice, banana, strawberry and mango.
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4. Hung out at an art festival.
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5. Ate a good brunch. Neal made the peanut butter swirl pancakes from Oh She Glows and I made my own chocolate raspberry sauce to go with it. Pure decadence.IMG_0124 _Snapseed

6. Spent a lot of a rainy day in bed. I’m drinking peach tea, reading Stephen King’s 11/22/63,IMG_0145 _Snapseed

and eating this.IMG_0179 _Snapseed

7. Made a snack. This is a raw cashew cheese dip with sundried tomatoes from vegreviews. It was pretty good!IMG_0184 _Snapseed

8. Piled fresh out the dryer clothes on Nikko. She likes the warmth.IMG_0072 _Snapseed

9. Watched Neal be weird. He was laying flat on the floor and then tried to get up without using his arms to prop himself up while holding one leg completely straight. He said it was impossible. I tried it. It was.IMG_0172 _Snapseed

What kind of shenanigans did you get into this past weekend ?

Rustic pumpkin cheese ravioli

“You are a ravioli making god!!!” is something that won’t be said about me. Probably ever.  But when you have an extra can of pureed pumpkin from pumpkin muffins  and an overly ambitious cooking agenda, this is what happens.

We’ve never made pasta from scratch before, let alone ravioli. But this recipe from vegandad was so simple. We don’t have a pasta machine so we rolled it out with a bread pin. It’s hard to tell, but each one is “uniquely shaped and specially hand crafted” (read: irregularly shaped). That’s the rustic part.

The filling was composed of a can of pureed pumpkin mixed with about a tablespoon of satueed minced garlic and some black pepper…

…and the cashew cheese pictured below. I was inspired by Tal Ronnen’s cashew cheese recipe but tweaked it a bit. I blended 2 cups of soaked cashews with 2tbs of nooch, 2 tbs of lemon juice, 2 tbs of almond milk, 1 tsp tahini, 1/2 tbs onion powder and 1 tsp of salt. I stirred in 2tbs of chives after that.

I then mixed some of the pumpkin with the cashew cheese to make the ravioli. I didn’t use all of the cashew cheese mixture, only about 1/2 of it.

We had one very wistful watcher while we worked (whoa, alliteration).

After giving the ravioli a quick dip (~4-5 minutes) in low boiling water, we tossed it with olive oil, salt and pepper and threw a dash of nutmeg on top. Even though the ravioli looked kinda funny, it was creamy, cheesy, pumpkin-y goodness!