Thursday, December 22, 2011

"I Do My Own Stunts," Especially Around Christmas

 - it will be on my vehicle (;-) one day

An early dinner to be exact.  For the pictures above.  So, I wasn't that hungry, but it was pretty good and I had a flood full of ideas that could be added to this big, messy, overloaded, wrap.
Spinach Tortilla Bean Wrap:
Ingredients
1 Spinach Wrap
1/2 Cooked Rice
1 c Black Beans, slightly drained - don't keep all liquid, but just enough for a sauce
Tumeric
Cayanne 
Fresh Cilantro, roughly torn
Cumin
2 Long, Large-ish Carrots, broken
Lettuce (Optional)
Cut Tomatoes (Optional)

Directions
Lay out the tortilla.
In a separate bowl, mix rice with the amount of spices you want and cilantro as well and the carrots - if using lettuce, chop and mix, same with tomatoes. Then, put on tortilla and add beans with sauce.  Voila.  It really is a good, filling wrap.  Sadly, I overcooked the rice a little and I didn't think to add the bean liquid as a sauce - it was really nice when I had the final bite that did have it on.  It did change it completely.  

The only thing with my wrap, is that I couldn't wrap it together!  Too big! So, it was very complicated to eat.  Filling too.  I had a whole can of beans... Arghhh :) Lots of Protein and other stuffs... 

The wrap was also very hot.  It was, because I put the spices on the rice and mixed some with the beans.  I had a tall glass of Almond Milk, Crasins, some So Delicious Mint Chocolate Milk, and gum - still chewing... It hurt :( 
The carrots helped though too.

So why the "Stunts" sticker?
I really like it :)
I want it.  Badly :-)
Oh!  Also, the purple unicorn you see, which is also pink, is another gift from my friend Brandy!  Its name is Magical Unicorn.  Isn't that creative?  I got it right from the tag!  But maybe I'll name it Cake Dough :) That's what unicorns remind me of... Don't ask.  Brandy's boyfriend reminds me of waffles.





Today is officially the last day of school this year!  No school tomorrow!  :D  Exciting.
See ya tomorrow!

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

It is a success!

The Pumpkin Sage Pasta is still amazing two days later!  And it just keeps getting better!  Seriously, I think the flavors are definitely still coming together.  Yummm.  Today I had it for dinner with some bread on the side, and  I ate it with the pasta on top.  :) GRRRRRReat!  Hehe
So today I finished Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer, and it was obviously sad.  Not a happy, "fairytale" ending like we all hoped the kid, Chris McCandless had.  It is a shame... Anyway, I very much suggest reading it and I plan to watch it over Christmas break.  :D
Ah, tomorrow is the last day of school for a whole week.  A week, which includes the following: cooking, reading, TV, computer/blogging ;), Christmas, Church, Family, MA, Boston...but no horse :(
Oh, wait!
Two of my amazing friends, Keira and I think I called the other one Cathleen...? gave me a combined Christmas present that contained 2 Now Or Later Candy Canes - the grape one made me look "evil" apparently or so claims another friend named "Mac," and it turned my lips, teeth, and tongue nice and purple!  They also gave me a Starbucks card, and probably the one gift that I truly wanted: A stuffed horse!
His name is Honeycomb and is a Palomino horsey.  AWWW when I went back to my locker, I was like to Keira, "This horse is like giving me a sugar-high." and she just rolled her eyes and said, "Wow."

That was like the highlight of my day.

Now, on the Yahoo! homepage, there was an article about Japanese Shirataki Noodles; the almost-no-calorie, low carb, easy fiber, noodle.  It looks delicious and I have found a Vegan-friendly recipe!  Oh, goodness, I really want to try it!  It is from Vegetarian Times and it looks easy, simple, and delicious!  I will try it after Christmas or get the ingredients after this next food shopping errand.

Next thing on today's agenda, is a new recipe!  You have probably already tried this, but I will post it anyway :) because it is so good.  This recipe has been my breakfast or snack the past few days.  I just threw it together and voila!

Ingredients:
Vegan Chocolate Chips
Uncooked/Raw Rolled Oats
Cinnamon
Banana (1) - assuming this is a good sized banana

Directions:
Mash banana in a bowl.
When done, add the amount of cinnamon you want and mix together thoroughly.
Then, Put in the amount of Chocolate Chips you want, and do the same.
Now, finally, add the amount of oats and mix.
Eat and enjoy!

It really is good.
                                                              Honeycomb <333
                                    This was the best picture I could take yesterday of the oatmeal

Oh my goodness!  So today is a very good day for both my mom and I.  The food and friends for me, her job and other stuff...?  :)
Anyway, she just said that she met someone who knew someone who works for a local horse therapy.  My mom told her that horse therapy might be something I want to do one day.  Now, even though not with disabled kids and stuff - since that makes me a little uncomfortable, I am still wanting to give it a shot.  Maybe I will like it :) I hope so.

Oh yeah, so she said that I could help out there.  So there are three different jobs: Fund raising, walking beside the horse, or leading the horse.  Ahhhhhhhh this is very exciting.  As much horse experience as possible!  Psychotherapy is one of the things kids have here; seems to be the thing I want to do.  Cool.

:D Also, my dad's turkey blind and box caller came today.  So cool.

Anyway, have a good night!
(BTW "My horses are my friends, not my slaves."
     "In riding a horse, we borrow freedom."                                    "Horses change lives.  They give our young people confidence and self esteem.  They provide peace and tranquility to troubled souls - they give us hope!"



Tuesday, December 20, 2011

I Can Very Well Argue...

Now, and I have said this before, but I wanted to keep reading up about this argument about horses and vegans.   Is it the Vegan thing to do?  That blog didn't say so.  That post they wrote kept saying how it wasn't right even if the horse asked you to ride it.  How getting pleasure from it was okay, but still not right.  The example, "while horses enjoy running, it's not at all clear that they enjoy hauling a sack of human fat around on their backs while they do so." And, "they're also perfectly capable of running themselves and don't require human involvement to do so."
Furthermore, what they don't say, is that the horse might actually enjoy this activity of riding.  They might enjoy the other presence.
Seriously?
How could you miss the horse's pleasure?
When I ride Phantom on Sunday's, I am the first person to do so during that afternoon or day, so Phantom is all warmed up for the next rider.
Horses can feel how you feel and feel your body moving and twisting on their backs.  This is why if you look in one direction, and your hands don't exactly steer the horse's head in the same way, the horse will naturally feel the way you are looking and go that way.  Horses feel your emotions.  They can feel your nervousness, your confidence, happiness, and sadness, and all those feelings you think you aren't letting others see past your facial expression.  He can feel it though.

For example, these past few lessons I had with Phantom, I have been getting so giddy/happy/excited and confident during the trots, that when I finally need to let him cool off at the end, he has a hard time stopping because he wants to keep going!
You can ever truly speak for an animal, no vegan or "whisperer" can.  What we say are just observations maybe, thoughts, or even hopes that they might feel this way.
What if an animal was suicidal?  If humans are, why can't animals?
Animals can be depressed.  Humans and animals can be happy and share all the same feelings, right?
Suicidal Animal Study

Now, as you must have observed, I said that Phantom really enjoyed trotting.  So animals don't really have that clear of facial expressions, but their body language shows it, their eyes show it.
I could feel it in Phantom.  You could see it in his gait, muscles, and his eyes - big brownish-black, liquid-warm eyes.  How could you deny the happiness?
If he nudges you, answers your questions with nods and leaning into a kiss on the forehead, how could you not see his happiness?
You can tell a horse is: --- article about horse expressions

Song for the Post  

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Monday, December 19, 2011

"Happy Herbivore" and Stiff Legs

Greetings! 
I bring you a few pictures and reviews from Middle Earth! :)
Yes, I did watch Lord of the Ring: Two Towers yesterday.
Pumpkin Sage Pasta p. 199

Notes: Sadly, the beautiful, good-smelling dish had too much vegetable broth in it :( so that kind of ruined it for me.  I could smell it while it cooked and tasted it with each bite; completely took away from the pumpkin flavor. But I did try to cover it up with red pepper flakes that were called optional - I highly recommend it and use as much sage as possible :) Even though, this might have added to it, I only had enough sage for 1 tbs. that is used for one serving and I doubled it.  So!  I tried to use ground sage but that just wasn't the same.  Anyway, I would use less vegetable broth next time.  And don't fret!  This dish was probably going to be great if I hadn't put so much broth in - try it w/o my mistake please.  Otherwise, 4 1/2/5 stars :)

Now, it has been at least 45 minutes since I started this post, I had piano, but I came back into the kitchen and took out the Pasta from the fridge.  Who would have known?  It tasted great cold!  Yummmy.
                                                The Lemon Basil Pasta
                                                    Pumpkin Sage
                                               A little better picture; I was having a lot of trouble with the stupid lighting.
                                     
       
So why are there the words, "and Stiff Legs" in this post's title?  The saddle left bruises on the insides of my legs.  Ouch :) Oh well.  Plus, my thighs are nicely sore.

One can get in a car and see what man has made.  One must get on a horse too see what God has made. - Author Unknown

The love for a horse is just as complicated as the love for another human being...if you never love a horse, you will never understand. - Unknown Author


Riding is a partnership.  The horse lends you his strength, speed, and grace, which are greater then yours.  For your part, you give him guidance, intelligence and understanding which are greater then his.  Together you can achieve a richness that neither can alone. - Lucy Rees


He knows when you're happy.  He knows when you're comfortable.  He knows when you're confident.  And he always knows when you have carrots. - Author Unknown


No hour of life is wasted that is spent in the saddle. - Winston Churchill 


Stay away from a horse long enough and you'll start tapping your fingers to the beat of a trot. - Author Unknown 


When riding a horse we leave our fear, troubles, and sadness behind on the ground. - Judi Carlson 


A Horseman should know neither fear, nor anger... - James Rarey


I hope I left you with a lot of good words today :)

Sunday, December 18, 2011

"Happy Herbivore" Another Review

Lemon Basil Pasta p. 203


Notes:  I would suggest using half a lemon for two servings, and one lemon for double.  Also, 1 tbs. Capers for two servings, and 2 tbs. for double.  But, I might not even put 1 tbs. because of how acidic the whole meal was! I mean, it was great, and better the next day heated up because the liquid in the microwave was able to evaporate a little, but it really was a little too liquidy and acidic.  How sad, but I will want to make the meal again because of how simple it really was!

Now, I can't post a picture now because I really need to get in the shower and read, but I want to make either the granola bars, Pumpkin pasta, or ...there was another real simple one, but I might need to save it for tomorrow.

Went riding again today.
Two weeks - 14 days - has really been too long.
It felt like an eternity since I had ridden last; sigh.
Well, when I got onto Phantom, and started warming him up, I talked to my little buddy telling him how cold it was, asking if he'd be my Christmas present as I had been hoping for a lesson that can't happen on Christmas Eve - my instructor's b-day is on Christmas; my cousin's on Christmas Eve, and I told him that how much weight he had on his back that added to his ton or so, and asked we'd have a good, fun day today and if he could sing.
I was such a spaz today!  It was unbelievable!
I posted too high.
I felt I was like... I don't know... trying to fly!
My posts were way too high today even though, after a while it got better thankfully.
But it doesn't end there!
When I got on the lunge line, after I thought I could do the ring alone but my spazziness was too much, my instructor told me to take my feet out of the stirrups and I would do a sitting, no-stirrup trot.
I shrieked.
I felt I was going to fall at the same point each time out of the three times I tried to make it around the circle without falling.
I kept falling to the left of the saddle :(
Then, when I tried to get my feet back in the stirrup, my left foot found it right away, but it took five circles for my right foot to FINALLY get back in.

....
Phantom and me are good buddies. Love him :)
When the lesson was over, and as my parents talked to my instructor about the next lesson, I asked Phantom if he'd want me to bring him a treat next time I came.
What did he say?
He nodded multiple times and nudged his head against me.
My little beast is awesome!

We were both spazzes today.  With me flying everywhere and him tripping, we were a pair.

But, boy, is that beastie dirty!  Getting my fingertips all brownish-gray as I hugged him!  ....

Anyway, I will try again tomorrow for a recipe.  Laziness and business. Sheez.

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Here's the Deal:

What am I going to eat for Christmas?
OR
Am I going to have to starve?

- I just had to share that with you all even though it has nothing to do with this post. 

Anyway, I am planning on the following:
Dessert First :-)

Dinner/Appetizer 

As for an actual dinner, I had the idea that I could make the Pumpkin Sage Pasta from Happy Herbivore because it looked fantastic and it has pumpkin!  That is like a signature ingredient to these fall/water recipes right?? 
Well, anyway, I might make it tomorrow after my horse lesson even though I wanted to make the granola bars but my mum had to throw the unsweetened applesauce yesterday and I sadly forgot to get it today when my dad and I went food shopping! GRRRRRRR 
Sigh. And guess what!
Whole Foods, once again, has failed to have peppermint extract that I am dying to have :( 
I hope they give it to me for Christmas!  And if they don't, that means Santa never got my letter! 
                                           I'm hurt Santa.  Real hurt.

So what book are you reading now?
Actually, I think I am reading a book that is super, uber, goober, good!  It is called Into the Wild by Jon Krakauker who tells the depressing, most informative, story of the young man named Chris McCandless. Or also known by, Alex Supertramp.  
I am determined to finish it this weekend; it's just so good!
I was reading The Scarlet Letter before by Nathaniel Hawthorne (remember, or didn't I tell you? I stayed at his hotel in Salem, MA!) and it took me at least three months to read the 213 (?) paged book and two weeks to get to page 100.  Sadly, the S.L. didn't become interesting until the last three chapters :( BUT, in Into the Wild, I am already on page 76 and I started it only three days ago!  That has to say something.  I can usually read faster, but I've been too lazy even though I love it like crazy.  
I told my dad that we need to watch the movie when I am done, but he was like, "No, I don't think so..." 
"Why not?" I whimpered.
"That movie was just too sad and depressing.  I got it before I read the book."
"Well, why did you buy the movie?"  
"I didn't know it was going to be that sad." He mumbled.

-_- Must I watch it alone?  Maybe I'll have a friend over or something... :) Eh, I'll suck it up :-)

I am really sorry I haven't put up the picture or review yet of the Lemon Basil Pasta yet.  Tomorrow!  I will or I will... I don't know.... But I will :)

So what's your favorite kind of apple?
That's a hard question.
I had a Pink Lady Apple for the first time today!  It was so exciting!  I loved it!
But I can never forget my first experience with a Fiji apple that I got at Mount Washington Hotel at the counter... That was amazing too.  
They should come out with a Pink Lady-Fiji Hybrid Apple... That'd be nice :) and good for the best of both worlds... - no, not Hannah Montana... must I cry again?

Friday, December 16, 2011

I am going to explode!

BOOM!  and there I am.  All over your clothes and screen.  Pity.
For me, my small appetite just stuffed down a whole "buffet" for me.  For you, it was normal.
I do have a small appetite, and that's okay, but right now, I have just stuffed myself to the point I feel sick... and I have a Christmas party to go to in an hour and a half at a friend's house... Sigh.
So what did I eat?
Well, it all started with two candy canes, (btw, this is starting from 4 o'clock this afternoon) four huge chunks of bread - probably half a loaf (long wise), a few Saltine crackers, a banana, a granola bar, a tiny bit of peanut butter with oats and chocolate chips, and then, finally, just moments ago, I ate a potato with salsa... ugh my innards aren't pretty on you... Sorry.

Anyway, I have another recipe that I did try, but I can't post it now.  :( It wasn't my favorite, but I don't think it deserves anything under 3/5 stars.  It was a pasta dish.

Here's a little snack that I came up with and you probably have two but you just didn't feel like sharing it with me and forced me to find it myself...Thanks:
A spoon with a little clump of smooth peanut butter
1 1/4 teaspoons raw rolled oats
4 (vegan or dark) chocolate chips

Now eat it alllll together!  :D Doesn't that just put a smile on your face? :) Merry-Very Early Christmas!
Sorry about that...

Monday, December 12, 2011

Another "Herbivore" Recipe of Goodness

Mojito Smoothie!  Page 13
Five stars :)

Next announcement, one of these days, since I have all the ingredients, I am going to make the Granola Bars and the Lemon Basil Pasta.  Yummmm - hopefully :)  
So yesterday was my Profession of Faith, and after, I feel different.  I don't know what or why, I just do.
First of all, when I was up there, I said "I will, God willing me."  But I was supposed to say, "I will, God helping me."  
My friend, lets call him Blain, has an extremely deep voice so I heard him clearly as he said the correct words the first time as I said the wrong thing... How sad ;( 
 These are soooooo good!  

Saturday, December 10, 2011

The Salad

From Savvy Vegetarian

Notes: We did not cook the black beans.  Also, we used basil.  Another thing, I don't know what they mean by this country in the Cooking tips because Savvy Vegetarian is in Canada - I think... yeah?  We also used jalapeno, not ginger.  We used green beans not yellow.  We used garlic cloves not garlic powder.  

So today was Family Shopping day that we did for the first time... It was fun.  We went to a Vietnamese restaurant for lunch where I discovered I am really having soy in moderation; not once a month.  We had tofu battered with rice flour and spices and served with a really fantastic sauce.  Next, I had a bowl that contained food (will try to post picture) that would normally give me two meals a day!  :) It was mixed vegetables with vermicelli noodles and more tofu.  The waitress didn't hear me say the other similar option with no tofu, but it was great either way.  I also had Lemonade and Strawberry Lemonade.  Yummm...  Now, as for what we bought, we went shopping mostly for ourselves :) My dad got a Scent Lock Camo Jacket, my mom running shoes, and me a perfume from a local tack shop called Eau de Toilette that came from Goode Rider - it smelled really good.  Sadly, we didn't find any new riding pants there for me since my old pair is shockingly too big everywhere and my oldest pair almost fit but was a little small.  Me being picky, couldn't find the same brand as my most-recent pants from Kerrits or something Carrot-like.  
(My mother is very jealous of my new scent and is sorry that we can't have the same scent :) 

Ok, that's it.  I am going to explode and die.  But, before I do, I will finish my very first bottle of Fiji water of 15 oz. 

Friday, December 9, 2011

Very Bored...



Catching onto how miserably bored I am?  My parents are watching Christmas movies and I don't like Christmas movies... Sad, isn't it? :) Anyway, I could have posted another fantastic recipe (not from Happy Herbivore) from Savvy Vegetarian.  It was great!  Ah, I have been choosing really great recipes, yeah? ;) It was a Quinoa salad my dad made.  I was going to a few days ago, but I was too lazy...and busy!  So to explain the pictures,first, I wanted to find a possible new background for the blog, the dancing banana, but I found the decaying-looking flowers and chose that instead.  Next, the Saltines, I have the craziest craving for them!  Now, as for the cartoon, I loved it and found it on another blog that I didn't linger looking at too long... By the way, about the burgers I made - Quick Burgers - they are also fantastic when it is just the raw mix and it was really good as a chip/tortilla dip... same with the Quinoa salad I will hopefully post tomorrow.
Oh my goodness!  I am craving Tacos too!  Thank God Happy Herbivore has them!  Ugh I just need to get through the next recipes I planned... Grrrr...

"Everyday Happy Herbivore"


                   Someone heard me try to open the door for a better picture.... he had been sleeping and on his back... Thanks a lot Cole.


First of all, I just want to say how good my tummy feels right now.  It's great.  Yesterday, I think, yeah, I had the very first recipe from the cookbook called Cinnamon Bun Smoothie and then today, just an hour ago and a very moments, I made and cooked five bean burgers and ate two Quick Burgers. They were great! GRRRRR :) Besides the greatness of the recipes, I don't have dance again till January 7, 2012 :( but that gives my heel some time to heal!  Hehe Anyway, here ya go:


Cinnamon Bun Smoothie - Serves 1 page. 13


Notes: I used Oat milk and added no extra milk.  Also, "whiz" means blend :)



Quick Burgers - makes 4 burgers page 81


Notes: I cooked 10 minutes on each side and it still wasn't cooked all the way through.  I didn't have instant oats so I used rolled oats and soaked them in hot water till I was done smashing and mixing the rest of the ingredients.  I also used Dijon mustard.



Enjoy!  

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Novice Speaking Herbivore

I have found another dress!  It is more traditional then the other one and my teacher approved as we looked through page, after page, after page, of dresses.  She took my measurements again and told me what to look for - I am very happy with the dresses we found.  My heal has a huge! blister on my right foot; my left foot is getting there too.  It burns!  But I am used to it...stupid open calluses.  Next big news is, I tried the first recipe from the Happy Herbivore. It was a smoothie titled Cinnamon Bun Smoothie.  - Big thing is, I have never had a Cinnamon Bun before, and if I ever do, Veganized of course, I would be greatly disappointed if it didn't taste like how that smoothie did.  It was delicious!  Now, I can't give you the recipe now, or show the picture because I still have homework to do, but I will tomorrow.  I am so desperate for a Friday.  I have woken ever morning, asking myself, Is today Friday?  NO it isn't. I wanted to cry, but thankfully, tomorrow is finally Friday!  Also, I might make some simple black bean burgers tomorrow that look short, easy, and most importantly, I have all the ingredients it seems.  Anyway, with a bleeding heal, tired mind - my freakin' dog just licked the heal!  ARGH!, I need to share with my mum the pictures I found.  OH!  I forgot to tell you, I learned the Black Bird step tonight - mostly... I wanted to cry at each hop.
I can't show you the picture of the dress yet!  Just in case you're looking for one too!  ;)

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

"Everyday Happy Herbivore"

First of all, I am feeling extremely sick to my stomach because I just received news that the dress I became stupidly attached too, is not acceptable... My teacher will tell me why and show me more tomorrow, but I do have another choice as well (will have picture tomorrow).  Anyway, I am very broken hearted about that -devastated, but guess what?  I couldn't find the 30 Day Vegan Challenge book I wanted, so I got Everyday Happy Herbivore instead.  It looks delicious!  I can't wait to start, and I will try to next time we go food shopping.  The first recipe is a Cinnamon Bun Smoothie.  
Speaking of smoothies, I made a new one today, but it needs some modifications...
Recipe:
2 Frozen Bananas
1 Cup Frozen Strawberries
1/2 Cup Frozen Spinach
1 Cup Chocolate Chips (Dark, Vegan)
Non-Dairy Milk
Blend together while adding a non-dairy milk (I used Oat Milk).  Also, let bananas soften for 20 seconds in microwave before blending (My blender gets too hot and melts somewhat... I don't think that's safe or healthy).  
Anyway, that's it.  It needs some tweaking because it wasn't my favorite... I still don't know why... maybe vanilla is needed? No spinach? :(
Anyhow, good night people...

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

The History of the Dance

Ya know, it has been almost four years since I started dancing and I have never once went to the trouble to learn the history of the dance I love so much.  Well, now I did :) Just a few minutes ago, and boy, Irish dance has a history.  Since what I found was a lot, and since I don't really know how to summarize all of it, I decided to give you the links:
 http://www.irelandseye.com/dance.html

http://library.thinkquest.org/05aug/00374/history.html

http://www.socalirishdance.com/Irishstepdance.php

http://www.bbc.co.uk/irish/articles/view/741/english/


Keep On

We all feel overwhelmed
At one time
Or another

We all think it's impossible
Sometimes

But the key to not letting it destroy you

Is to keep dreaming

Keep imagining

Keep reaching to a star

Keep believing in your ability to shine


Keep dancing


Keep dancing,

And you'll get there

Someday

Someday soon
-http://irishdancepoems.blogspot.com/2011/03/keep-on.html

Sunday, December 4, 2011

"Congrats Novice"


$800 -----------

So today was also my official day of December or the Christmas month.  11:15 A.M. - 7:30 P.M for a dance show.  All three.  Painfully long day, but good in the end.  Also, my dance teacher decided to suddenly congratulate me on being a Novice :D I was like, "Really?" - I could barely speak.  I am still waiting for my results from the last feis but I now obviously know I got in the 80s or 90s or this.  I am sooooooooooo excited now!  I have $575  and still have dolls for sale.  I should have a dress, if not this dress, by June 2012. Wish me luck!

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Thanksgiving - Part 2

Well I hope everyone had a good Thanksgiving!  I know I did :)
For Thanksgiving, I made stuffing and cornmeal biscuits.  Sadly though, the biscuits tasted awful!  To me at least, but my dad was supposed to try it today with butter.  Also, the better part of Thanksgiving, was that a lot of my family (all of which are meat-eaters) took some of the stuffing I made and they liked it, if not loved it!  It really was fantastic even though it wasn't that pretty :) So here's the goods:

Cornmeal Biscuits
http://happyherbivore.com/recipe/maple-cornmeal-biscuits/

Note: I used at least 3 3/25 of cold bananas because the pebble-like dough wasn't appearing. They were bitter.

Vegan Stuffing
http://planetgreen.discovery.com/food-health/vegan-stuffing-meat-eater.html

Note: Best stuffing ever!  Seriously!  I doubled it, and added maybe 14 ounces of mushrooms, 1/3 cup of pine nuts which I smashed.  Also, while the rice was cooling, I added some of the celery, mushrooms, pine nuts into the rice while the rest went into the bread mixture.  I did the stuffing in only a few hours.  It still tasted great!
Enjoy!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

I Have Just Discovered the BEST Stuffing Ever!

First of all, the Four Post Series for the Holidays won't be posted again until latest Sunday, but hopefully Saturday.  Anyway, a lot of foods at Thanksgiving are filled with, are, or has some meat in it.  Whether it be a beef-stock, butter, or miniscule pieces of meat, it is not Vegan.  
Now, no one else in my family is a Vegan, and even though my mum is a Pesco-tarian, she won't eat the stuffing at our family's in case of beef-stock in there, because she made the mistake once, and it affected her greatly for a few hours.  
Anyway, I have made two new recipes today that are good.  First, is a Vegan Cornmeal Biscuit recipe that got a three out of five stars in my opinion, and a Vegan Stuffing.  Yummmm......... It is so good!  I know I shouldn't be eating it, but I only took a few bites, but seriously, it was so good!  
Everyone excited for Thanksgiving? :)
I am! 
If anyone else has any good Vegan Thanksgiving or any holiday recipes, please feel free to post underneath!  Thanks!  Happy Thanksgiving!

Sunday, November 20, 2011

"Do what you, what you want Your world's closing in on you now....Stand and face the unknown"



Phantom of the Opera.  One blue eye.  One brown eye.  
I went riding again today, and with a different, smaller horse.  Probably a paint or pinto crossbreed...His face was only half white and had white socks.  
I got to ride with no bridle sometimes for checking my balance and strengthening my legs.  It was really great. 
Anyway, today's going to be about some things that really irk me about what seems to be a lot of Vegans/Vegetarians.


1. If you type in "Vegetarian shirts" or Vegan, all the shirts have something political on them.  For example, "I don't eat meat" or "Meat eaters are murderers." ... That is really stupid because that is all that comes up!  Why can't there be something nice?  Like, "My plate looks like the rainbow!" with a plate of food.  
Doesn't that bother anyone else?
To be so stereo-typical about such things about meat and the consumer?
Sigh.


2. Do Vegetarians eat animal crackers?
   How do they get protein?
   Vegetarians are more prone to deficiency of some nutrient/mineral.
 Okay, I know these questions and words bother us all!  I mean really, we eat animal shaped foods - Annie's pretzels, ANIMAL CRACKERS, cookies.
  It is so stupid; all these wonderings and questions that are pointless and superficial.  My friend "Brandy" and my other friend "Alice" both were "shocked" at my birthday that I ate Annie's pretzels that were shaped like bunnies.
 Alice was like, "You can't eat those!  Only the carrot shaped ones!"
So, in mocking her, I ate a carrot shaped one, then took two bunny ones and tore their heads off and ate them viciously in front of her and everyone.  Lady-like right?  Whatever.


3.  Vegetarians don't know what they are missing out on...
We all started out as meat-eaters, so yes, we do know, and it was a conscious decision to become a non-meat-eater.  Also, we can have everything we want, but we have them in different forms.  
I can have the best scone ever and it can be Veganized for my diet.  
(I did, in fact, have a Vegan Oatmeal Date Scone yesterday from Whole Foods and my dad and I loved it!) 
So, see?  We can have EVERYTHING non-Vegetarians eat, but in different ways!


Being in a non-Vegetarian world, isn't all that hard.  Even when the ridicule is bad, you don't view it the same as me so I won't take it personally - all the time :). 
Different.
My way.
That scone, was really good.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Waking, I Crash

So tired.  Yesterday, at 5:45 A.M. I woke up because I was to go to Philadelphia.  We left a 6:30 and got there at a little after 9:30 I guess.
I don't really like Philly.  Like Boston history-feeling wise, but trashier.  No offense...
But that doesn't mean I didn't have good food :)
What I ate, I got excited about even though you are probably thinking, "Whatever..."

Bourse Hall
Lunch - A Banana, Garden Deluxe Salad w/ whole wheat roll, Nature Valley Trail Mix granola bar
Dinner was the most exciting meal yesterday!
Dinner - An Apple, Fruit Salad, and, wait for it, out of every food stuffs that was there, I found Vegan Cookies!
I got Chocolate ones; they were shaped like hearts :))

So I broke off a piece of cookie and asked my friend if she wanted to try it.  Now, lets call her Brandy (hehe).  "Brandy" hasn't liked any Vegan food I have given her except for the Vegan Chocolate Chip cookie from Whole Foods. Now, as she asked me with certain uncertainty and caution, I laughed and gushed over how good I truly thought it was.  It tasted exactly like the Kashi Chocolate Chip Oatmeal? Cookies.
Brandy, taking a nibble, handed it back to me with disgust.  All I did was wave her away and tell her to throw it out and what a waste it was to share my wonderful food with her.

Contemptment.  Exausted. And wanting to go to bed, I force my eyelids to stay open.
Drama Queen right?
:) Yeah.

This week I am making two things for Thanksgiving but won't be able to post them until the Friday or Saturday after.  Sorry, going up to Connecticut and won't have access to computer and plus, laziness from hopefully-tasty goodness warming me.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

A Rose in the Thorns


A rebellion.
A new voice.
A hilarious writing.
And something that has the possibility to fail. 
Majorly. 


I can't tell you till it is written, because there are certain people who read this who have the potential and powder to high-jack this wonderful idea myself and a friend, let's call him "Hector."  We are gathering more people to accept this idea, and we already have five people. :D Good start!  Out of 66...
Sigh.  


Anyway, that was the major part of this post because I am posting because I am bored; not for any particular reason. 


Thoughts about Veganism - http://www.gypsybandito.com/why-people-hate-vegans/

Disgusting! Slightly unbelievable, but is quite possibly true.

Love it.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

"As much as I'd like the past not to exist It still does And as much as I'd like to feel like I belong here I'm just as scared as you...I have nothing left And all I feel is this cruel wanting Take it all away Shadows of you Cause they won't let me go"


Death has never been something to hit me hard, but it has never been someone close to me.  The only close death that hit me was my cat.  Now though, it still doesn't hit me, but it does give me grief because my dance school is a family, and we just lost one of our little sisters.  
6 years old.
Killed in a mysterious way because how could you kill this way?  - I won't tell you.
It isn't right for such deaths; especially at this is age, and such a happy little girl!  She had just learned her over-two-threes that day, then went to a friend's house...
I hope God wanted her, because can the devil take away what is not his? 
Did she know God?
Probably not.
Hell?
Sigh...

The good of the day?
Ha! 
I wore my Tim Thomas Home Jersey :)) Bruins are playing today!  
Many comments!  Plus a merit!  Haha! 
Also, I made Mashed Cauliflower.
It turned out surprising well.  Bland a little, but not really.  Just simple.

Simple Cauliflower
1 Head of Cauliflower
Salt
Pepper
Chopped Parsley

Directions
Chop the cauliflower.  Don't cook cauliflower.
Put a few pieces of cauliflower in a Food Processor.  Pulse multiple times.  It now should have the consistency of Parmesan cheese.   
Now, take the rest of the cauliflower and boil till soft.  - I did not do this, but I put pieces in a bowl with water and put in microwave because I was too lazy to get the stove all set up :))
Put softened cauliflower in processor with some salt, pepper, and parsley.
When done, btw it should be mashed-potato like, put in a container or in your bowl and put some more pepper, salt, and parsley in and stir.  Enjoy! 

Also, I discovered I really am a 2nd Soprano :D Wait, did I post about yesterday?
Well, I had a voice lesson yesterday.  It was awesome!  No stress, comfortable, and good.  I can reach a High C so I am not an Alto but an 2nd Soprano.  HA I reached and passed my not-knowing I already had it, wish.  

"The hardest part of moving on is when you're going through every damn day, wishing it never happened.  Stay strong!" - Author Unknown



Monday, November 14, 2011

"Heart beats fast Colors and promises How do be brave How can I love when I'm afraid To fall But watching you stand alone All of my doubt Suddenly goes away somehow One step closer"


Why would some Vegans think horseback riding is abuse?  :(( I was so happy to be back on for my birthday... Riding a Draft Cross Breed Quarter Horse named Jersey Girl who stood maybe three feet higher than me; but maybe I'm exaggerating... :) I loved it!  It has been two years since I was on, and a while back I was thrown off and was scared but was saddened because I loved horses, and my love never decreased, but increased with the rising and growing hope of getting back on.  I have always wanted a horse.  A Friesian male purebred named Ranger - my dream.  But, the truth is, I love all horses, but Drafts are my favorite with their big muscles, height, elegance, and strength.  
Here's my answer as to why some Vegans dislike it: It is all about the execution.  
Yes, horseback riding can be abusive, but if you are like me, you love every second of it and don't want to hurt the creature in any way! The horses especially love the riding, even if they were lazy and tired like Jersey :)) but it is winter!  Hehe the horses at the stable were all quieting down and winter is cold!  
Ya know what?
I have never been able to get the posting correctly in trotting (second speed up from walking) in my on-and-off in the past six years.  I was younger when I started; small and scrawny and full of an excitement that felt as though it could never be diminished until the fall.  
The only good fall I ever had was rolling over a pony when he tripped in the dark!  But Waif, he just stood by me, content and waiting for me to get back on.  While the three adults watched my motionless body in the sand, calling out asking if I were okay, I just laughed a joyful laugh because it was so funny!  
Every penny I get is going to horseback riding.  Or at least, with college mixed in :)) 

Horseback riding is so much more than what some people think.  Yes, it is a sport.  Yes, it is a lifestyle.  And yes, it is a passion.  
"Horses are God's apology for men."

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Happiness in Food, Friends, and Life

11.13.## is my birthday!  Tomorrow.  :D SO!  I had all my best friends over, 7 - two boys and fours girls + me being a girl haha.  I LOVE my friends!  They are the best!  It was the best time ever and they all agreed too!  One of my friends, I think I had called him Bryant before... he locked himself in the uppermost room's closet.  I and the girls fled outside while my other friend, "Louise," was in the bathroom on the floor below Bryant.  When I and the girls came back in, since we had run outside, we saw Bryant looking absolutely terrified and seemed like he could have been shaking, he was so pale!  Thank goodness Louise saved him.  Well, we ran around the house even more after that for maybe three hours making fools of ourselves on my front yard since it is a busy street - dancing, waving and yelling.  The guys gave me and two of my other friends piggyback rides, which by-the-way, absolutely terrified me now.  Louise and Bryant are maybe four to five inches taller than me.  I didn't feel comfortable getting on Bryant's back, so my friend "Keira" had to pick me up the few inches and get me on... "Oh my goodness!" "Bloody hell!"  "Oh crap!"  "AHHHHHH!" "Put me down!  Put me down!  Bryant, put me down!" "I think I am going to throw up, oh no."  "Maybe not..."  I don't like the notion that I am going to fall.  Planes, backs, buildings, steps, elevators, ect.  Scared. My friends said I looked like I was going to puke, I looked extremely pale - which is saying something considering how pale I already am, and I was just so scared and wide-eyed.  While I was on him still, I was grabbing his shoulders, had my fingers in his neck, and arms wrapped around his throat.
"You almost made me fall," Bryant said from me holding on to his neck.
"Well, I thought I was going to fall because you leaned forward, so I thought that if I fell, you were coming down with me." I said in mock-amusement.
"That's not nice."
"Hm."
Love my friends.
Anyway, here is a recipe and then I shall go back to my amazing story and how Vegan ties into it:

Very Simple Black Bean Spread
1 can of Black Beans, not drained.
A little Lemon Juice
1 tsp. Salt
2 tsp. Pepper
Lots of Paprika - or to your liking

Put in food processor.  Blend to liking.  When ready, put some more Paprika on.

Oat Milk Smoothie
A little less than 1/4 cup Oat Milk
1 Chilled, In freezer for 1 hour, Chopped Banana
Vegan Chocolate Chips
Ice Cubes

Blend to liking in Blender.

Nice and easy!  Now back to the story.
Cupcakes - I will post pictures later - from Carousal Cupcakes.  Sadly, none of them were Vegan, so I happily got six cookies from Whole Foods that were.  They only had six... 3 Chocolate Chips and 3 Gingerbread/Molasses.  Yummm.
We also had pizza.  Peppers and Onion, Plain, and a Pepperoni.  I had a few bits with as little cheese as possible of the Peppers and Onions.  It was really good, but  I mainly had salad - Button Mushrooms, Kidney Beans, some lettuce, Craisins, and Tomatoes.  Apparently to my dad, this didn't sound all that great, but it actually was really good.  It was even better w/o the lettuce.
Have I cooked anything else recently?  Hmm... I don't think so.
Hey!  News!
I am going to try and be a Soy-Free Vegan!  But I will, on occasion, have some soy.

Life is soooo good.  Like food :))

Sunday, November 6, 2011

One Starving Girl, A Food Processor, and One Very Happy Stomach

Well, I don't have a picture, but I can sure tell you it was probably the most beautiful thing I've seen in a while ;)
I was very hungry, had tons of vegetables in the fridge to sate my veggie craving for the next few days and I should have them all the time, and have been wanting a wrap also.
And boy!  It was delicious!

Ingredients for Spread
about a teaspoon of salt
about of teaspoon of pepper
about 2 tablespoons of olive oil (yes, it will be a little watery, but the spread should be chunky and the taste it gives is good)
1 can of chickpeas/garbanzo beans
1 teaspoon of paprika
1 teaspoon of paprika on the side

Directions
Put it all in the food processor.  Leave it be chunky and serve or refrigerate.

Ingredients for Wrap
A few rings of Peppers (Green, red, yellow, ect.)
A little less than 1/4 cup Button Mushrooms (maybe 8 mushroom tops)
2 lettuce leaves
1 Tortilla

Directions
Spread 2 teaspoons of Chickpea Spread on the Tortilla.
Then lettuce.
Then mushrooms.
Then peppers.
Now eat it and love it :)

Hmmm... I will have more recipes over the next week, except the weekend - it is my birthday :D
Well, I am excited for the foods of this week, nutritionist tomorrow, but sadly, no dance :(

Monday, October 31, 2011

Pictures!!!!!!!!!!!!!

                                   The Venetian Mask :D
                         Tiny Pumpkins and Lil' Monsters
                        Bean Burger from the other night
                           Fries from the other night
               Before the Oven
                        Awwwwwwwwww
                        After the Oven - look in background at the Lil' Loner Monster
                                           Creepy :))

Let the Series Begin! - Halloween Part 1

My apologies, but I can't find the cord that plugs the camera into the freakin' computer.  This is sad because what I made, were FANTASTIC, GOOEY, CINNAMONY, SUGARY, SWEET, GOODNESS that is shaped into tiny little pumpkins and what I like to call, Lil' Monsters.
So!
Here's the recipe:

Notes: Now, what I did was I took maybe a handful of the dough after I mixed it all together, and I put that handful in a small bowl.  I used some green food coloring and turned the dough green.
After I had made the rest of the dough, the plain colored ones, and rolled them into the cinnamon-sugar mix and flattened them out, I took a tiny bit of the green dough and made a tiny stem and stuck them on each plain, coated, cookie.  Voila!  But, and here are the Lil' Monsters, I had three cookies worth of extra green dough and rolled them in the sugar-cinnamon mix and made them into cookies themselves.  Tasty.

That's it!  :D
www.sheknows.com/recipes/vegan-sugar-cookies

Breakfast -
1 Multi-Grain English Muffin with 2 teaspoons of Almond Butter - my first time eating this.  SOOOOOOOOOOO good!
Kashi Almond and Flax Seed Granola Bar

Lunch -
Smoothie
5 Whole Foods Red Licorice

Snack(s) -
4 Sugar Cookies
Piece of 80% Dark Chocolate
Handful of Kashi Autumn Wheat Cereal
2 Chunks of Bread

Dinner -
Very Vegan Personal Pizza from Pizza Fusion with no Roasted Garlic but Basil yummmmmmmm

I had hoped for a bunch of veggies for lunch, been craving that besides pizza and shrooms (I call mushrooms), but we had none :'( hehe

So it is Halloween. Mmmm... I am not going out, but I have a Venetian Mask on with a BIG peacock feather on the side of my head.  So pretty.

Trick-or-Treaters????
My town said no, but there are a few out.  - Stupid trees and fallen wires -_-

Have a tasty Halloween!

I will get the cord later...

Sunday, October 30, 2011

"How much pain they have cost us, the evils which have never happened." - Thomas Jeffereson

I am in utter shock... Speechless.  I just watched, not even a minute, of a preview of Meet Your Meat , and I am writing this post because now, I just... if I watched more of it I'd cry.  And I want to watch it more.  I want to be reviled because it will help deepen my perspective maybe.  Now this doesn't mean I am going to stop wearing leather, I mean I don't wear fur, but you know, I am not going that far, but I feel that could change the world, just that preview, if more saw it.
Netflix should have it.
But it doesn't.
Sigh.

Now here's a thought:  Vegans don't like any type of animal "cruelty," but not all of what is happening on farms and in hunting is cruelty.  The cruelty is happening in the government owned "farms" which are really just cages, factories, and prisons.  At least in hunting you aren't allowed to kill an animal unless over a certain age, and you can't let the animal go on injured.  You must kill it because you aren't allowed to leave it in pain.  Now that would be cruelty if you left it consciously, but if you lost the trail?  Let's hope a carnivore found it or hope it died quickly.
Why would our government hurt these animals?
Why???
These thoughts make my eyes feel like they are going to water over soon, but let's keep things in perspective...or am I just making a better fantasy if I do that?
The government is doing this just because it is cheaper.  So many mouths to feed in this country and so much abuse, practical, slow, murder is the way to get it to our plates.  I am thoroughly disgusted and I am not sorry to share these thoughts and views with meat-lovers.  Any converts tonight?
Look at Michelle Obama.  She is growing her own garden and doesn't have any chemicals in it!  And here the rest of the government are putting chemicals in our food!  And in an inhumane and selfish way!  Cheaper=Selfish.  Chemicals & Hormones that carry disease=Murder to the country.  Or at least, shortening of the life and probably causes the body to deteriorate faster.  Eck.
Did you know I haven't once gotten sick since I became a Veg?  :D Thumbs up!  And here my friends are, missing school because of colds, stomach aches, and other common sicknesses.
I just learned Bush was pushing torture...(the president).
I don't want to be disappointed in my government, but I am and that isn't right.  And right now, I feel like my feet should be on fire as they touch this American ground.  I am proud of other government areas, but others, obviously, not so much.
Absolutely speechless...writing my thoughts done as a way to let it out...fantastic.
I am going to see if Meet Your Meat is within my reach tomorrow so I can watch it.
Stupid Netflix...

Also, heads up, tomorrow starts what I added to, the Four Post Series About Vegan Holiday Treats, Meals, and Whatever I Can Get My Hands On.  :) I am only making one thing tomorrow because I completely forgot about the Series idea!  Arrghhh!  So, the recipe is filled with things in this house, and I would assume everyone would too :))
Be ready!

"Sometimes looking back on what you had, motivates you to keep moving forward...there's a reason why you left, keep going."

As I looked at some things on the internet this morning, a thought popped into my head that comes in every once in a while.  What would happen if I ever ate meat again?

A family member who was a Vegetarian for a few months said he was in pain when he went back to eating meat...during his...bowel movements...
So that obviously grossed me out.
Anyway, so I looked up some effects of eating meat when going back on a meat-based diet, and just a few articles about the side-effects of eating meat.

*Sigh in relief* Good

Disgusting. Meat Eaters Beware.

I found this interesting.

This eased me a little... just in case. A safety net if you will.

The Grass-Fed saviors

Let the hunting begin!

Mmmm...

Romantic, eh?

My food. Your food.

No one should think this way of all Veggies! And Veggies shouldn't HATE meat eaters either! That Vegan couple, maybe they didn't know what to do! That isn't fair or right, yeah. Vegetarians - the ones you hate give others a bad name. You believe what you believe, and I believe what I believe, and we can share our beliefs, but we don't need to believe each other. 







Saturday, October 29, 2011

When was Fall? Was I asleep?

Okay, first of all, it is snowing if anyone has noticed.  12-14 inches maybe; till tomorrow afternoon.  Well, at least my family and I like snow :) even if trees are falling everywhere.
So, digital feis.  How'd I do?  I really hope I am going to become a Novice, because then I can get a solo dress :) Plus, I just want to move up.

During my dances, my new soft shoes were coming off of my heels and they were WAY too tight on my toes... Anyway, during my slip-jig my shoe was half way off my right foot, but I kept dancing and I think that was my best dance because when I turned around, my teacher had a very big smile on her face.  Later, after my light jig, I thought of how happy I was dancing for just 2: 20 seconds.  Either it was the music and the dance, or the numbness in my toes was effecting my thinking... Let's hope the first one :)

Tonight is some cooking.  I will post the recipe, but I am not cooking it.  It isn't Vegan, but that is only because of the cheese that is supposed to go on it, but I asked for it to be on the side.
I got Soy Dogs today because I was craving a hot dog or something with mustard.  I was really craving Sausages but my dad and I were rushing to get me to the feis on time.

SOOOOOOOOOOOOOO excited for the results!  I hope we get them soon :))


Bloody... this snow is scary :( Stupid trees keep falling.... Broke our fence.... Crud... My mum let my dog out for a moment, and while they were out, two fell.  Then, a few minutes ago, a branch fell on a wire across the street and made a tiny explosion!  Freaked.  Out. 

Friday, October 28, 2011

My Opinion...Not Yours...

I finally made the collards!  I was so looking forward to them, but I discovered yesterday, that Garam Marsala is not my favorite smell or taste.  Anyway, Collard Greens recipes.  If you enjoy it, please tell me.  Or, if you did anything different to get rid of the awful smell, please tell me :).  That wasn't a very good impression to that recipe, so sorry, but I do have another one.
My own, similar to the original smoothie.

1 Frozen Banana
(3) Ice Cubes
A little smaller than a handful of (Vegan) Chocolate Chips
A little less than 1/4 cup Plain Soymilk

Blend and serve

I wanted something different, but I couldn't do no chocolate... and I didn't want peanut butter or almond butter, so I couldn't find anything else so I made it more banana-ey by having less chocolate chips.  Still really great.  Enjoy.

Feis tomorrow.  Will I go to Novice?  :) Got new hard shoes... I have really small feet! But thankfully, I am not using those to dance in on Sat. because I am not Novice yet.  One slip-jig, one reel, and one single jig.  Excited.

Did you know Panera bread has REALLY good apples?  Well, they do.  I suggest you get that next time instead of the bread.