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…

Free Turkeys!

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As I was thinking of a title for this post, I simply looked at the photo. I could have chosen Wild Turkeys but more appropriate was ‘Free’ Turkeys. I’m sure there are those who thought the post was about free turkeys to eat. Turkeys in their nonliving and non-feathered state. On the contrary, it’s about freedom. Being free to live!

We are almost two months away from Thanksgiving. We look forward to family and friends, being thankful and for…..food! When I became Vegetarian one might say I went cold ‘turkey’. Except that for several years afterward, I would eat turkey at Thanksgiving. Tradition and taste was a hard thing to give up! But the year came when I finally saw the living bird as wanting to live! I stopped excluding the turkey from deserving to live it’s life as all other animals deserved. There comes a day when one sees not life on their plate, but death. And it’s not happy, nor joyful, nor thankful. The turkey’s in the photo are getting their nutrients from the green living grass and plants. Plants are nutritious! Vegetation doesn’t cry out to us if cut or eaten, but an animal will. There is a vast difference there.

With Thanksgiving around the bend, let’s take a little time to comprehend life and how precious it is to all who have it. Shouldn’t animals have the right to be happy? For those who say “okay, I don’t want to eat precious birds any longer at Thanksgiving, but what do I do?” You have options: Health food stores sell a bean based food called Tofurkey! Look it up. You can try a nice homemade veggie loaf. They are usually bean based. Grape Nuts Roast is another alternative. I’ll include the recipe below. In the meantime, if you’re struggling between meat eating versus becoming Vegetarian or Vegan, please know this: even cutting back on eating animals will help to save them. It may not have saved the ones you ate, but it helps to save the ones you haven’t. Take it a step at a time and it gets easier with each step you take. May you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving and may our meal consist of kind food.

Grape Nuts Roast

 

 

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My Kind Of Activism

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In my previous post I promised to tell you why I post BOTH Vegetarian and Vegan recipes. It has much to do with my kind of activism.

My goal, like many others, is to make a difference for change. A change for the good of people, animals, plants and air, etc. The way that people do this varies between persons, groups, companies, etc. It’s important that when I post or say something that it is heard and received well enough to make one ‘think’. I believe being kind, patient and respectful of my audience’s intelligence is a far better way and far better reach.

There are many activists with fire in their veins. Their hearts are just as passionate as mine and there are those who will listen to them. I won’t judge them and say that their way has  less of an impact than mine. What I will say is that we both have a place in activism. Someone who will not listen to who they consider extremists WILL listen to me. On the other hand, there will be those who may say I have little passion and will listen to those with fire in their veins. But what people DON’T see are the hearts of activists. They beat the same. The passion the same. They both want change. They just take two different roads leading to the same destination. Activists shouldn’t criticize each others approach, but be encouraging what ever path they’ve chosen.

On the flip side of this activism coin is the uninformed or unaware public or ‘individual’. Just as one cannot see the heart of the activist, one cannot see the heart of the individual. To reach the top of a ladder one must climb. So too, to reach a better state one must progress. People all over the world are in different places in their progression. Some may be at the bottom, some in the middle, some at top and others in between. We MUST have patience with anyone who is even ON the ladder! We shouldn’t look down on the beginner, for we were once a beginner. We don’t know if a person will make it to the top or stay where they are all their life. But for me to have peace in my heart, I must be patient and love people where they are. I can’t climb the ladder for anyone except myself.Yet I can encourage those on the ladder without condemnation for where they’re at nor do I condemn them if they’ve stopped moving. Hence…..I post both Vegetarian and Vegan recipes. Where some may see Vegan as superior is not my argument here. It’s the fact that I want to celebrate ALL those who are on the ladder, the ladder with it’s mission to save the world!! ❤

Easy Lentil Meatballs

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Until today I’ve only posted Vegetarian recipes. Today I’ll post my first Vegan one! It looks really wonderful. It’s also gluten free. There is a reason that I post BOTH Vegetarian and Vegan recipes, but I’ll save that for my next post. In the meantime, I’ll post the link below for this recipe and if anyone tries it, do let me know what you think! 😀 I love the way the meatballs are a tad over-browned! It makes it look more authentic, not like retouched photography. Yet the photo itself is crisp and well done!

Easy Lentil Meatballs

Ravioli With Sauteed Asparagus

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Here is your weekly Vegetarian recipe. Vegans know to substitute the dairy. I actually made this and absolutely loved it! You should know that I used more butter than the recipe called for and I doubled the recipe. I also used pecans instead of walnuts and sprinkled them on at the end. If you like asparagus, I think you’ll love this! Click the link below for the recipe.

Ravioli With Sauteed Asparagus