Hot Totties

So, because I have the luck of the Irish blood that runs through my skin, I suppose that is why God gave me this wretched cold AFTER Christmas and BEFORE New Years and hopefully not during either of the two holidays :) Either way, I felt it coming on yesterday and I woke up feeling utterly wretched. To make matters worse I am spending the week with my boyfriend's family in Northern Illinois and away from home. Being sick is always a million times worse when you're away from home. But my man and … [Read more...]

Cold Weather Veggie Soup

Cold Weather Veggie Soup

Ingredients:1 large sweet onion4 large carrots6 ribs celery4 cloves garlic6 small red potatoes2 cans diced tomatoes1 c. assorted beans (dried beans that have been soaked over night)5 medium parsnips1 head green cabbage2 bay leaves1 c. brown rice1 Tbs. Fennel Seed1 tsp. red pepper flakessalt and pepper to taste1/2 Tbs. Cumin1 Tbs. Dried Oregano1/2 Tbs. Dried Basil3 Tbs. Olive oil4 Qt. Organic Vegetable Stock1. Chop up carrots, onions and celery.2. Add Olive Oil to large 8 Qt. Stock pot. Add … [Read more...]

Yoga class!

Yoga class!

So I took my youngest brother Jay to his first Bikram yoga class! We both sweated and stretched and did our Bikram for 90 minutes straight. Afterwards I asked him, "So what did you think?" He looked at me with tired eyes and said "I'm exhausted, and hungry, and sweaty... it was definitely hotter than I expected. The stretching was intense but I feel great. I'd go back!"What a sport he was and I really enjoyed sharing something with my brother that has become a huge part of my life. I actually … [Read more...]

Another Thought on Earthlings…

A few days ago I put up a post about the film Earthlings--a documentary about the treatment of animals. The film is about mankind's treatment and abuse of animals--animals as pets, animals that end up on our dinner plates, animals in the entertainment industry and animals used in scientific research. It definitely shook me a up a good deal and I was pretty fired up after I watched it. But now, it's been a few days and I've had a little more time to think about it. The thing is, I'm a Biologist, … [Read more...]

Scarlet Roasted Vegetables

Scarlet Roasted Vegetables

At my Mama's house for dinner, and I brought along some yummy root vegetables to roast in the oven. I got my recipe initially from The Kind Diet, and alter it depending on what I have on hand. The secret to Scarlet Roasted Veggies is beets--because that is what gives them the beautiful scarlet color. Sometimes I make these veggies savory--with tamari and lemon juice, but sometimes I make them sweet--with cinnamon, nutmeg and dried raisins or cranberries. Here is my recipe for what I whipped up … [Read more...]

Earthlings-A Documentary

I just finished watching Earthlings. It is a documentary about mankind's treatment of animals. I had heard about it through Vegan and Vegetarian Books, Blogs and Online Forums, so I decided to give it a try.  The reason I watched the film is because my initial reasons for becoming a vegetarian were health related; however, as the  months went by I learned so much about the treatment of animals that it began to grab my interest and tug at my heart strings. Let me start off by saying I cried … [Read more...]

My Baby Girls…

My Baby Girls...

...Looking her finest.I have two sister black cats--Phoebe and Nala--both adopted by me from the humane society when they were kittens. They truly are my dearest loves and I'm sure this blog will be splattered with posts about my Girls. In all honesty, one animal lover to the next, isn't she beautiful? She is almost regal looking. I named her Nala because even when she was a kitten she had this narrow lioness face, and it reminded me of one of my favorite Disney movies The Lion King. But I can't … [Read more...]

Quick fix dinner

Quick fix dinner

I am not a huge fan of "dinner in a box" foods or processed foods in general. But, with that said, sometimes there is just not enough time to do a full dinner prep. I consider myself a master at pulling out my rice cooker and a can of beans and coming up with something delish and easy--in no time at all. But let's all admit sometimes that gets a bit boring. If I do buy a processed food the very FIRST thing I do is look at the ingredients. The fewer and the less-strange sounding they are--the … [Read more...]

New cookbook

I just picked this up at the bookstore today. It's titled Veganomicon-The Ultimate Vegan Cookbook by Isa Chandra Moskowitz and Terry Hope Romero. I LOVE collecting cookbooks and being inspired with ideas and recipes. This is a complete vegan cookbook so I'm excited to see what it has to offer. I'm sure I'll be posting some fun recipes from it later :)2 Weeks til Christmas and I'm almost done with my Christmas shopping. I feel pretty good about that considering a lot of people haven't even … [Read more...]

Cold Bean Salad

Cold Bean Salad

Bean salad is one of my favorite lunch foods! I LOVE it! I crave it actually, especially when I haven't had it in a few days. Every time I make it, it turns out a little bit different, depending on what ingredients I have in my fridge. Let me start off by saying my favorite way to have bean salad is by starting with dry beans, soaking them overnight, cooking them, and chilling them in the fridge. This is a bit more work so sometimes I cheat and buy canned beans--try to get organic though. My mom … [Read more...]