Apricot & Coconut Bliss Balls

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Three months have passed since my last post and although I’m not posting today about animal welfare or rights, I felt it was time to make my presence known again.

The reason for such a long delay are several. Without going into details: our daughter moved out of our home and to another state, I had a health concern, holiday planning, painting several interior rooms, and the sad passing of my Grandmother who was two months shy of turning 102! So here I sit at the computer thinking and happy to hopefully have some rest time.

A friend of mine who lives in Vienna Austria sent me magazines and sweets that I received yesterday and today. I know some German so the magazines help me to learn more. Among the sweets are my favorite apricot chocolates called Sissi Taler. They are WONDERFULLY delicious!

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To learn more about Sissi Empress Elizabeth of Austria click this link: Empress Elizabeth

As I enjoyed the apricot splendor, I began searching for apricot truffle recipes that I could make at home. I found this recipe that looks amazing and look forward to trying. You can find the recipe at this link: Apricot & Coconut Bliss Balls

I hope that 2017 brings you many wonderful and happy surprises. I look forward to doing what I can in the coming year to help the precious factory farm animals. They want to live just as much as any animal and I hope to make a difference.

May 2017 open eyes to kindness in our world. Kind Food, Kind You…

It’s A Bug’s LIFE!

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Today, as I was snacking on my beloved Raisinets, I looked at the ingredients list. People really do need to look at ingredients. They would learn a whole lot; things that would shock them into cooking more at home and be careful what they eat. One of the ingredients in Raisinets is Lac-Resin. I looked it up and here is what I found: “Shellac or lac resin is a product that is imported from India and is used in waxes for citrus fruits, apples and pears. It is a product that is derived from the secretions of the tiny lac insect. The lac insect secretes “lacresin” from its glands onto a host tree. I found an image of the insect and posted it above. The insect is called a kerria lacca. Cute little thing, but nothing of it do I want to ingest! I’m sure there are avid meat eaters who stick to steaks but would become nauseous at the thought of eating anything to do with insects! As far as harvesting, it depends on the use. If it’s a candy coating they harvest the secretion of the insect. If it’s a dye wanted, they kill the insect for it’s red color. For some, this article and realization of this bug’s life and what they’re eating won’t matter a bit. But for others it does. For me it does. If there are other means without using animals and insects I’m all for it! I know plants have lives too they say, but plants remain in the ground. Just sit and watch animals and insects, the way they roam and MOVE! They are meant to be happy and FREE…even the tiny insect. There is a difference between killing a plant versus an animal. One will cry out. I want to practice compassion and do the least harm. I hope many others will adopt that concept too. Goodbye Raisinets…

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