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Instead of getting caught up in romance and fancy dinners this Valentine’s, have a blast cooking VEGAN DOG TREATS! You heard me! Your little critter needs love, and even if you don’t have a critter of your very own, what better way to spread the love is there than to donate a plate of yummy dog biscuits to your local animal shelter? You can spend your Valentines Day doing something that will make a difference.

Vegan Dog Treats:

5 cups flour
3 cups rolled oats
2-1/4 cups water
5 large carrots, finely shredded
2/3 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup applesauce

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

2. In a bowl, combine flour and oats. Mix in water, carrots, peanut butter, and applesauce.

3. Knead dough until people-cookie dough consistency. Roll out dough to desired thickness on a floured surface. Use cookie cutters to create biscuit shapes.

4. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until slightly firm. Let biscuits cool… and let pups enjoy!

Makes: 6 panfuls of biscuits, Cooking time: 20 to 25 minutes a pan

You can cut them out with any cookie cutter, but I personally  love hearts, bones, or dog shapes for these treats. There are many cookie cutter sites that sell these types of cutters, you could even find your dogs shape, or just one you think is cute. (I prefer the classic Westie) Here is just one of the sites of many that sell them.

http://www.kitchengifts.com/dogs.html

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Just what the title said… Silk Vanilla Soymilk is amazing. Cheap, too! The grocery store I go to always has special prices and sales on it. Yesterday I bought two large cartons for only six dollars! It tastes great on its own, or mixed with Hersheys Chocolate Syrup (which I recently found out is vegan) or dunked with oreos (also vegan!) The taste is so great and vanilla-ey. I just LOVE it. I do have to warn you, though; the origional kind is not very good. I drank some at my friend’s, because her boyfriend is lactose intolerant, and I didn’t like it at all. So, if you are going to buy it, blue carton is great, red carton is not my favorite!

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   Being a vegan in highschool is not easy at all, especially finding appropriate shoes. Well, today my life just got a whole lot easier when I saw that Toms had a whole vegan tab! Classic Toms and wrap boots filled about a half page. These vegan shoes are the same price as any other classic Toms, look just as nice, and another pair will still go to a child in need, PLUS their all made with sustainable, non-animal materials. YAY!! I am definately going to get a pair, the Silver Morocco Womens Classics, but there are others to look at, too. Here are some of my favorites!

They also have vegan mens styles, so be sure to check them out!

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Apparently I’ve been missing out on Mexican chocolate all my life, because, until I went to my local bulk/health food store I had never even heard of it. There I was, setting my bags of bamboo rice, red quinoa, and dried fruit down at the counter, when a little display of round packages caught my eye. They read TAZA Mexican Chocolate, and i was intrigued. I read the ingredients; they were vegan-friendly and all organic, then I read it was stone ground and had peppers in it, too! I instantly knew I would get the chocolate, especially since I had ran out of my Scharffen Bergers one or two days before. Once i got home I opened the chocolate and broke a little piece off of the first tablet and popped it into my mouth. True. bliss. Mexican chocolate is so different from anything I’ve ever tasted before, it has a very interesting, crumbly, almost dry texture, and a spicy, smooth aftertaste.

Go get some TAZA chocolate!

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   While shopping for my list of vegan groceries, i wasn’t sure what kind of faux milk to get… there were so many to choose from! From Soy, Rice, Hemp, Almond, Coconut, and Oat, I decided to take a risk and just pick two that looked good to me. So, that night in my kitchen, Pacific Natural foods brand almond milk and So Delishious brand Coconut milk had a chilled showdown. They both had their unique qualities, the almond milk had an, erm, interesting sort of nutty aftertaste, and the coconut milk  had a very sweet flavor. Compared to the old regular cows’ milk, they were both thinner, but lighter and they went down more easily. Overall, I liked the coconut milk faaar better than the almond milk. I still have the other kinds of milk to try, and I’ll post about those, too, but for now, I’m sticking with the sweet, smooth flavor of my coconut milk.

If you have any suggestions for what I should try next, just leave a comment!

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Going Vegan

Welcome internet wanderers!
    My name’s Gloria and as my New Year’s resolution I’ve decided to go vegan. Lots of people have questioned my decision, and hound me on ‘why’ or just flat out say that there’s no point in me going vegan, because one person could not possibly change anything. Well, I’m here to say, one person can. And as for why, of course i believe in fighting for animal rights, and I also believe it is a great health choice for anyone. I’ll be blogging my way through my vegan transition, posting some recipes, reviews, and anything thats on my mind that I feel like sharing. I hope this blog could inspire you to try the vegan lifestyle, or maybe just aid you on continuing it.I don’t mind if your not vegan or vegetarian, anyone’s welcome, hope you enjoy!

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