Wednesday, September 20, 2017
These days - I know what I believe and have strong beliefs but do not attend church regularly. I will attend different churches for different reasons such as volunteering or to see a speaker or attend a celebration, occasion, etc. I respect all other religions and feel my personal beliefs don't really match to any said place of worship. I also think that it's a very personal choice - and eventho I appreciate hearing what other people believe - I don't want someone telling me what TO believe or telling me what I believe is wrong.
Plus with the way politics have been the last several years that has been a real tough one for me too. It seems politics have entered the church and many churches are more political than about the fellowship and togetherness and equality. I rather hang on to the values I grew up on in the church that I remember and take them on my journey from here on out. To treat everyone equal, to be compassionate, help others when I can, and try and make the world a better place.
I'm sorry if that sounds like I'm against church - that couldn't be further from the truth - it's some of the people that confuse me - not the ideas and beliefs. My thoughts and feelings on the subject are very complex and many don't understand them but I'm ok with that. I feel it's what's on the INSIDE that counts. My purpose is not to judge people - nor is it anyone's job to judge people - and I think that many have forgotten or disregarded that simple way of thinking.
Sorry for the rant here - my real purpose - was to post a photo of my sweet niece - but wanted to explain why she was in a dress 6 times the size of her. Regardless - she is adorable and wonderful!
I enjoyed both of them. This first one is Butternut Squash and Rice and the other one below is Purple Potato and Leek.
This morning I had one of their Wild Cherry Cranberry Smoothies. It was lovely.
They have a new and seasonal smoothie for the Halloween Season called the Frankie that I am going to have to try before too long.
And speaking of weather - I hope everyone is ok with all of the hurricanes and earthquakes that have been striking! YIKES! Please let me know in comments! I want to hear from you!
I already have one more post on deck - hopefully I will be posting it tomorrow - it's something new-to-me that I have been eating that I am totally addicted to now.
I also have a few other grocery store finds I need to share with you so stay tuned!
Tuesday, September 12, 2017
Just a quick post today with 1 of the 4 soups I did with my 25 pounds of free mushrooms. This one was a sweet and tangy mushroom and rice soup. I have to admit at first it wasn't my favorite but I tweaked it a bit and it grew on me!
5 C Mushrooms
1 tea Minced Garlic
3 T Earth Balance
4 C Veg Broth
1 C White Wine
1 C Cooked Rice
3 T Tomato Paste
1 C Coconut Cream
1 tea Dill
Sea Salt, Natural Sugar & Old Bay Seasoning to taste
I sauteed the Onions and Mushroom on stove top while adding the liquid ingredients, spices, and Tomato Paste in a blender. Then combined everything into the blender and pulsed.
Monday, September 11, 2017
I can't believe it's fall already! Oye! It bums me out because I know that snow is right around the corner!
I will cherish the non-snow weather for as long as I can, tho!
The decorated rocks are popping up all over for various groups so we decided to do them for the radio station. Here are a few that I started already!
I'm not the best drawer but I try and it's FUN - it gets me out walking a bit more and it helps relieve some stress!
Friday, September 8, 2017
An activity I have been getting into lately is finding decorated rocks just about EVERYWHERE! I know during fair week the Queens Court was doing them on the fairgrounds for people to find but then on Labor Day I found one at our local Perkins Restaurant and it was from the #RockOutErie group. Less than a day later I found another one for #WarrenRocks and #WarrenPARocks. I found more of them with #RockOutWarren today, too! Because I work at a group of radio stations I figured it would be cool to do some for our 92 Gold station so I started the hashtag #92GoldRocks...and we are starting to make some and place them around town.
The one above is one I found while I was on lunch. A co-worker found a 'watermelon', too! I figured it was something to do, eh!? I think I needed a distraction from things happening in real life. Then again - don't we all? What have you been up to lately!?
Tuesday, August 29, 2017
The business is called Total Evolution Cafe & Smoothie Lounge. This place offers a LOT! There is a core group of people that attend exercise classes there. Some of the classes that I have been seeing info about are Kettlebells, Dance, Kickboxing, Tabata, Circuit Training, PiYo, Cardio, etc.
In addition to the classes they have a Cafe. Here is one of the things I ordered yesterday. It was from the Build Your Own Rice Bowl Option.
Here is what I chose of this bowl...Rice, Tempeh, BBQ Chickpeas, Avocado, Carrots, Sprouts, Marinated Mushrooms, and I ordered their vegan ranch but I think they forgot it. It was pretty good. I LOVE that they have Build Your Own Wraps and Rice Bowls. They have some non-vegan items but are VERY vegan friendly and knowledgeable. I can't wait to go back there and try something different! I'm totally digging this place because of the way you can customize.
Some of the other things I found interesting on the menu were Chia Pudding made with Coconut Milk...Super Food Energy Balls, Smoothie Bowls, Fresh Fruit Cups, Shakes, Juices, MANY Menu Wraps in addition to the Build Your Own.
I'm going to try their Oatmeal Bar one of these days! Hot cereal of your choice with about 22 different toppings to choose from.
This wrap had Cucumbers, Tomatoes, Carrots, Sprouts, Greens, Beets, Beet Hummus, and 2 dressings that they made in-house which was the Vegan Ranch combined with the Greek Balsamic type dressing. It was AWESOME!
So YEAH...needless to say I will be frequenting this place often. LOTS of options and LOTS of ways to incorporate different foods in different ways. PLUS they have healthy snacks! YAY!
Not to mention some of the things you can buy in their shop! I'll save that for another day!
Monday, August 28, 2017
Many activist get a bad rap because of all of the negativity that pops up. And I'm fully aware that we wouldn't be activists at all if everything was 'hunky dory' and all was perfect in the world. I have been thinking of more positive ways to spread the word and a few months ago when I saw that The Humane League had these static stickers for volunteers to hand out to restaurants I knew it was within my calling!
The first place is The Arbor House Cafe and Tea Room and their Facebook Page is located HERE. I've blogged about them before and I will blog about them again! It's a neat place and I graduated with the brother of the owner. He works there, too! Their mom was actually my Color Guard adviser while I was in high school marching band, too! Wonderful family!
Their walls are often covered with art and they have acoustic groups and bands in there every once and a while. Their tea offerings are expanding, too, and they even offer High Tea (Afternoon Tea) gatherings!
They are fairly new but the business owner has owned other businesses in the past. The sign outside and above their entrance currently says Seasons On The Avenue - that was her last business name.
As you can see she put TWO in the window...one on the left of the entrance which is near the bottom of the window near the wheel of the exercise bike.
What I find the most interesting about this place is that they have a base menu but almost everything is customizable, too! They offer an Oatmeal Bar with Steel Cut Oats, Grits, and more for your base and they have over 20 toppings to choose from, too! They do 'build your own wrap' and rice bowl meals, too! Very Cool!
I hope to make it over to Tabouli very soon, too, to see if they would like to put a Vegan Options Inside sticker on their window. I'm assuming they would because they note the vegan options on their menu!
There aren't any fully vegetarian restaurants where I live but a handful of them have been opening their minds and hearts to include vegetarian and vegan options lately and if that is the case I want to do what I can to promote that fact. I have mentioned before that the next city over they do have a veg restaurant but I haven't been able to visit as often as I would like to. I hope to go over there, too, and give one of these stickers to them!
Tuesday, August 22, 2017
What I will re-cap QUICKLY for you in that we are past fair week...which ended up being more like fair month OR fair summer. There was a LOT of preparation in this years county fair. There ALWAYS is but this year seemed to be even more so.
Here are photos of 2 of the concerts from this years fair. This first photo is from last year but this year it was more of the same from the Morning Show!
Tuesday Night - Neal McCoy was LIVE in concert at the Warren County Fair in Pittsfield, PA. It's was a HECK of a show! I've said it before and I'm sure I will say it again...I'm not the biggest country music fan...but I do know what I like and I've always liked Neal McCoy. He was actually the first performer I saw LIVE when I was in High School...and here he is 22 or so years later back at our fairgrounds! He's a wonderful individual and a HELL of a performer!
He performed to a jam-packed 'house' (building). He spent most of the show IN the crowd! I think it's fair to say that Warren County will ALWAYS love Neal McCoy!
I originally was going to do a longer post but we are under severe weather warning at the moment so I might do another post later today or tomorrow.
I have a lot to share but haven't had a lot of time to actually POST and for that I am truly sorry! Don't give up on me! I'm back but I'm still trying to get fully back in the saddle so to speak!
What have you been up to!?
Thursday, June 29, 2017
As for my Food Challenge for this week - I didn't spend any additional money yesterday on food and used leftovers and added it to something I had a little bit left of in my pantry...pasta! It turned out tasty! It was a bunch of stuff thrown together that is for sure! I ate it for dinner last night and the rest today for lunch!
This is a different take on a Vegan Macaroni Salad.
Also a good way to get in more veggies for the day!
I was pleasantly surprised!
Wednesday, June 28, 2017
OMG I can't get over her!
In other family-related news that I haven't mentioned YET while I share these photos...my cousin and her husband traveled up from Tennessee last week. They stayed for a week over at my parents house. It was WONDERFUL to see them. I was able to spend a little time with them while they were in town.
While they were here we were able to take a tour of Southern Tier Brewery. That was really neat! We got to see all the machinery and ins and outs of everything!
The event went really well! I'm super excited that my parents were in the committee, too! Next major event is Fair Week which is always in the beginning of August. If you have been around my blog for a while you know that I always share photos after that week is complete.
Oh! Another UPDATE...I was voted in as a board member with the Secretary position of our local League of Women Voters - so that's exciting!
What I ended up buying for food was Black Beans for $1, Chickpeas for $1, Corn with Onions and Spicy Peppers for $1 (all of these items were canned), then I found a frozen bag of Cauliflower Rice with Carrots, Green Onions, and Peas for $1.79, and a package of Tortilla Wrap/Burritos for $2.29. So that was really only $7.08 for the day but I got it at no cost to me because of the gift cards I used. But for sake of argument we will look at it as a 'charge' for the day and week. So far I have spent $14.58 on food this week. BUT...with what I bought yesterday that should take care of me for 2 to 3 days I'm thinking.
I have been doing a lot of research on other people and their vegan food challenges. Yesterday I found a girl online who posted about her food journey for the week. When she added everything up she spent $21.88 for 10 days of meals! I thought - HOW WONDERFUL - so for the heck of it - I went thru her list and put what my local prices were and came up with the total of $52.77 and that included me already having 5 items in my pantry and deleting 3 other items! So with NOT having to purchase 8 items from her list my total was between 2 and 3 times higher than hers! Oye!
I have been out of cashews for a month, I'm totally out of Nutritional Yeast at the moment, I have NO fresh produce either. I currently only have French Fries and Frozen Artichokes in my Freezer, and with what I got yesterday I have some leftovers but only have 1 unopened can of chickpeas and the Mexi-Corn for canned items. This will certainly be interesting! If I buy a 1 pound bag of Nutritional Yeast it's $19 here. If I buy 14 to 16 ounces of Cashews the cheapest price in my town is $12.99. If I buy only those two items the total would be $31.99. I guess THIS is what happens when you eat out of your pantry and take it down to nothing, eh!?
Last week I mentioned my first experience with their Peanut Butter Chocolate flavor of their Fermented Vegan Protein Bars and today I'm blogging about their Dark Chocolate Almond Flavor. I enjoyed both. I noticed they had two other flavors that I would love to try some day, too! They are Double Chocolate Chip AND Lemon Coconut!!!! YUMMO! Yes, I did receive these bars FREE from Genuine Health. But you know how I LOVE LOVE LOVE spreading the news about a new-to-me Vegan Product so I wanted to make sure I posted it and SOON since I just had it for breakfast this morning! I was pretty hungry and you know what? It was SO FILLING!!! I noticed that they are available on many of the sites I visit for Vegan Products! Check out their WHERE TO BUY Section!
Since there was some interest and feedback on my last post I have contacted the company about doing a giveaway here on my blog! They said YES! Keep your eyes PEELED because I hope to have this giveaway for one of their bars within the next week!