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Sunday, July 29, 2012

Cocks eat Kale to Grow Big & Strong. Blowhards and BullSht. Did the USDA eat some BSE? Virgin Mates. Rebels, Sisters & Puppies.

This Cock is making his way to the Kale (he already nibbled on the cabbage & broccoli).  He knows what makes a Cock grow Big and Strong! 
After reading and listening to the barrage of news, about, everything.

Time to christen a new mate gourd.  This was from WholeFoods! I have fried 3 computer keyboards from spilling other gourds, the gourds with the wire rimmed holders.  Luckily we had old keyboards and they are about 25 bucks. But that is why I can't get a laptop.  Yerba Mate is the tea I drink.....It is not officially a "tea", but close enough.  People traditionally drink it from a gourd, but first you must "cure" the gourd.......I drink Guayaki Air Dried San Mateo.  I say that, just because the majority of mates are actually smoked prior to being sold-that creates that gaucho flavor.  But that also makes PAH's, which aren't so great for the bod.  So truly air dried mate may be quite healthful for you.   But the smoked mate leaves too many unanswered questions in my book.  And I have already done enough bad stuff to my body!

You have to fill it with Mate & Warm water for a few evenings before using.  Like that this one has a wider base & may be slightly more spill proof in my clumsy hands.

Hubby like it's Visual Aspects.  

Just love getting articles like this, Meatless Mondays,  on my social media pages.  Just another reason why I bow to the Gods daily and praise all of them for the USDA and it's total integrity for acting as Good American Christians and putting people over profit.  Okay, so truly, I didn't bat an eye, because I am a jaded sarcastic Vegan who has little or no faith in what a bunch of old suits come up with-I know their Cock Ain't Comin' up On it's own though-Ain't no way WitheredWeiners can ComeToAttention with all that CloggingCockJuice they drink.  

"Meatless Monday at the U.S.D.A. is off the table. The USDA's "Meatless Monday" suggestion to its employees was rather short lived—apparently thanks to Republican outrage over the vegetarian-for-a-day idea. Sen. Chuck Grassley, an Iowa Republican, for one, had this to say: "I will eat more meat on Monday to compensate for stupid USDA recommendation [about] a meatless Monday," Likewise, Sen. John Thune, offered his take: "Who at USDA thought 'Meatless Mondays' was [a] good idea? Anti-[agriculture] agenda at USDA is irresponsible, even for a day."

And Apparently to some men getting their PantiesInABunch, The USDA had said this:

Here's what the USDA said in the original newsletter, for posterity's sake:
"How will going meatless one day of the week help the environment? The production of meat, especially beef (and dairy as well), has a large environmental impact. According to the U.N., animal agriculture is a major source of greenhouse gases and climate change. It also wastes resources. It takes 7,000 kg of grain to make 1,000 kg of beef. In addition, beef production requires a lot of water, fertilizer, fossil fuels, and pesticides. In addition there are many health concerns related to the excessive consumption of meat."

 So if you want your ManlyMan parts to still work, Ya might Want to stay away from the Cock & Eat More Maca.  Or Kale.  Eat Maca For Your Balls.

Yum! Beets! Their Greens are great for juicing.  And they are growing great in my parents's square foot garden!

Frozen Bananas & Strawberries.  For a little Flavor put a scoop of your favorite protein powder in it! Vita-Mix it and you've got some Raw Vegan Strawberry Smoothie!  For ice cream, just put the minimal amount of water in blender, just enough to get it started. Zero Fat. Zero Oil.  Zero Crap. Bullshit Free.

And More PlantPowered Foods......

The Black Forest Burger Recipe

I may be a Dirty Girl but I don't eat Poop! Fecal Free Pesto Kale Chips from "Everything Raw Book". Kale makes you Glow! Vitamin Vendetta? Do Vitamins increase your cancer risk?


  Sunflower Power Balls from Brigitte Mars's Rawsome Book.
GPG is a group of people, Pj & Friends.  Pj has gone to East St. Louis, Illinois every single day for well over a decade.  And she has not missed ONE DAY!  Pj & GPG feed, care for, and rescue the dogs & cats on the streets.  GPG is in dire need of funds now.  The heatwave has put so many of these kids in eminent danger.  We need your help!  Please spread the word!

Sharpei Mix and Friend.  The black dog in this video wasn't seen for a few days.  Now she has both front legs badly injured and she needs an emergency rescue.  Pj tried to get her the last time out, but she was still able to outrun Pj in a very wooded area.  She will need medical attention & then a foster home.

Rebel is a doll.  She hasn't been seen lately, but there is hope.  Sometimes we don't see a dog for a year, and then they show up again.  Although, often the story ends in a more melancholy tone.  Or we just never find out what happens.  In any event, we want to have a foster for this doll, if we are blessed enough to find her.

Pj found out these puppies are actually claimed.  However, they are always running loose in the streets so she makes sure that she stops & gives them hugs, kisses, and a steady supply of food.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Raw Vegan (Emergency) Brownies in under 10 seconds. PuraVegan Raw Vegan Pizza. Horton gets out of Jail. Laughing Giraffe Raw Vegan Granola.

PuraVegan. In St. Louis, Missouri-United States.  Barbecue Pizza.  Had zero idea what to expect.  Um, amazing.  I went home & made raw bbq sauce for a week afterwards!  Lots of food and the crust was dense.  Very filling, and that's no BS. I hate "light" dishes as I am a powerhouse eater & can't stand it when there are a few pretty sprouts with some "raw" dressing and some nuts and it's called a burger or something.  But PuraVegan totally delivers & I have been to a fair number of Raw Places.  Try it!

This was the Italian Pizza I think...Deliciousness with the olives.  Once again, a great crust that had lots of flavor and was perfectly "done".  Raw crusts can be tricky.  They have to be thick enough to hold food, yet thin enough that they can fully dehydrate.  Also, when "wet" food hits the crust, the crust (if not protected), can get a bit damp.  So you can protect the crust by putting down an initial layer of collards, a dry nut base, or something to create a kind of barrier between the sauces and the crust.  It is not essential, but it does help the integrity of the crust last a bit longer.  Loved these pizzas!

And Raw Vegan Laughing Giraffe Granola.  I have never tried this, since it is usually not on sale & it has agave in it.  Usually I aim for the snacky snacks that are date sweetened.  But, I splurged.  

 The stuff is delicious.  Cranberry Orange.  Yum.  But delicious comes with a price.

190 out of 260 calories from fat.  That said, it is all from nuts.  Walnuts, Pecans, Almonds, Pumpkin Seeds, and Raw Cacao.  I have been trying not to overdo the nuts (my belly revolts) but of course I ate the whole bag within the day.  Yeah, I know.  I tried to pawn some off on my hubby but he likes to "save" the raw treats for me.  The combo of cacao, cinnamon & oranges rocked though.  And I might try to make a low fat version of these same flavors.  Without the agave.

So the whole bag has something like 28% RDA of Iron.  14% RDA of calcium.  7% Vitamin C.  

Improvisational Salad......Cabbage, Apples, Avocado, Cayenne.  Have been using Apple Cider Vinegar, salt free seasonings, and some dates as toppings.  

Ever heard the jokes about how raw vegan cookies are some nuts and dates smushed (yeah, it's a made up word) together?  Well, they are wrong.  Because usually it is in the food processor! :) But if I want some chocolate, and I mean, fast.  I don't want sugar. I don't want preservatives.  I pull out those Cacao Beans & grab a few dates from my 15 pound box from The Date People.

Ingredients: Cacao Beans.  Dates.
Usually I don't get this brand of Cacao.  It's fine, but this type is pricey & from Whole Foods.  I shop online for the best deal, typically.  

Step 1. Gently Massage/twist the peel of the Cacao Bean.  You can eat it.  But it is a little bitter.  My hubby loves the things, straight up.  But for the 10 second brownie, I peel it.  The cacao bean may break into nibs.  Try to keep them kind of together.

Step 2.  Take the pit out of the date.

Step 3.  Put the Cacao Bean into the date.  And Smush!

Pj & Horton.  Before he was rescued.  Horton is a doll.  He has hung out with multiple packs of dogs & all of his friends had been rescued.  We had plans to rescue him, but he actually went in an Animal Control Trap just prior to that!  Luckily a beautiful girl who works at the adoption center part of that, recognized him from some photos sent out weeks before.  We were notified, and Pj & GPG made a beeline for Animal Control.  If I did what Pj did every single day, I would have either have a yearly subscription to yoga, an organic vegan wine club & mandatory meditation classes-or be on high doses of Prosac.  Going into Animal Control was hard............We left with Horton but heard the cries of so many other dogs.  It was hell.  I was trying not to actually just sob uncotrollably and have a meltdown.   That's when I play "The Suffering Game".  I just have to focus on all of the suffering on the entire planet.  The ocean that is polluted.  The millions of animals on factory farms, that no one cares about.  The chickens with their beaks cut off, laying eggs.  The people in other countries risking their lives just to make water runs.  The widows of India, exiled from their families, spending their days begging.  The plants that are crying because their planet has been so polluted.  And what is happening inside of this Animal Control, is just a small piece of that suffering, that is happening as I type this.  So we are saving this one life, reducing the suffering by just a little bit.  And we cannot alleviate all of the suffering, all of the time.  We can only do our best.  So I just take those bad moments & try to put them in another spot in my head & try not to visit it too terribly much.
East St. Louis, Illinois

Here is Horton walking out of Animal Control (in Illinois) with Pj & Gateway Pet Guardians.

Horton getting kisses from the gals at Hillside Animal Hospital.

Walking out of Animal Control. Sigh. Cry. Sigh.

Pj helping Horton out at Hillside Animal Hospital.

Horton gets weighed!

A doll!

RaRa.  Still on the Streets.  East St. Louis

RaRa is in East St. Louis, Illinois.  If you would like to help her out, or any of the other kids on the streets.........please contact us.  Horton still needs a forever home as well. 

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

My Fridge. Raw Vegan Ice Cream. Go Raw Spicy Seed Mix. Still Juiced. Dogs need YOU!

The inside of our basement fridge.  No, it isn't always this green or this awesome but had just come back from my folk's home & they have a garden.  A spectacular garden & I raided it.  So everything except the fruit is from their garden!  

Raw Vegan Ice Cream.  40 pounds.  Organic.  No Salt.  No Oil. 
 About 35 dollars and that's from Whole Foods!
Peel them.  Freeze them in ziplocs-I break into pieces.  Put in Vita-Mix or Food Processor & put in smallest amount of water possible.  Just enough water to get blender going.  If you use the Vita-Mix, then the tamper is a huge help.  Blend until smooth.  Don't do too much or it starts to melt!  I love putting in my PlantFusion powder as well, probably just because it is vanilla.  But it also has lots of aminos.  So I pretty much have been living on this stuff during the summer.  It rocks.

I used to balk at "Raw Snacks" because I used to buy all my seeds in bulk.  Have been eating gluten free these days and haven't found great sources for all my nuts & seeds.  Bremner Farms does have truly raw & organic almonds.  But Pepitas??  Just need to find a cost effective to buy.  And these were on sale......and Gluten Free.  Not too much spice, but very nicely flavored.  This was to bring to the Bhakti Fest in Madison, Wisconsin.  We had a "Sisters" weekend (I am the niece) with Yoga & Kirtan & Gong Baths.  Having no idea that there would be a raw vegan mecca there, I brought some snacks!

So I did a 5 day juice cleanse prior.  And I am still juicing.......just not everyday.  But Dave the Raw Food Trucker inspired me to truly make it a priority.  He also juiced 3 gallons at once which was 3 days worth-of green juice.  And he still got better.  So I am getting a little more adjusted to the idea of keeping green juices for 3 days.  

Beautiful Juices.  Great for this terrible summer heat.  Seems like a month of 100 degrees and up.  This is why it is cheap to live in the midwest.  To have San Diego temps, you must pay property tax in San Diego.......Sure, you can afford a bigger house in the midwest (the States) and you will need it because you will be confined to it the majority of the summer.

Breakfast.  People think you have to spend time cooking if you are Vegan.  That's BS.  You don't even have to cut the fruit up!!  A case of bananas, apples, berries.  You are set!  Want some density to that?  Add some almond milk & chia seeds.  Or make a batch of quinoa that will last you the week.  It is great in breakfast bowls!  Quinoa & fruits!  

Washington Park, Illinois.  One of the areas that Gateway Pet Guardians feeds/rescues the stray dogs & cats.

Pj feeding some new puppies.  She thinks these are "claimed".

Tony and Elsa are battling out the summer heat.  These temps are hitting 107 some days and it is very heavy on the heart to think of all the sentient beings out there, that do not have a cool place to go.  If we can get some dogs out of our shelter, we can bring more in.  These kids have been on the streets for a very long time now.....waiting.  East St. Louis, Illinois.

RaRa in East St. Louis.  

Dirk and "his girl".  Pj says it is more difficult to name the girls.  That's why they are always "the girl". East St. Louis

New dogs.  East St. Louis

Dinah.  Poor Dinah has been out here for years.  Had many litters but Pj can never actually find them.  GPG has searched many an abandoned building and wooded areas looking for her kids.  We think they probably don't survive.  She is on "the list".  We need fosters.  So badly.  And funds.

Bananas.  Morning. Noon. Night.