Northampton, Massachusetts

The land of my college days, where I lived for the first six years of my adult life.

Where I found my heart and soul and where I transitioned from vegetarian to vegan.

One of the best things about Northampton is that everyone knows a vegan so most restaurants offer a couple of vegan items.

 

This list just covers the places I went to with some regularity, but this is by no means an exhaustive list of restaurants where you can find vegan food in Northapmton. And, since this list is in no particular order, I’ve bolded the restaurants that I would highly recommend.

Continue reading

Spinach Quiche – with Follow Your Heart Vegan Egg

Follow Your Heart Vegan Egg. So what? You make a mean tofu scramble. You can’t successfully flip omelettes anyways, and you’ve got bananas for any baking you might want to do.

But Quiche. Vegan quiche that’s yumm enough to bring to a brunch with omnis? This recipe is where it’s at yo.

Ditch the egg and still get your quiche on.

Vegan fact: 1 dozen chicken eggs = 6.6 miles driving in a car worth of GHG emissions.  (today’s fact is shamelessly stolen from followyourheart.com/veganegg)

Continue reading

The Vegan Dog

This past summer my boyfriend and I adopted this adorable cutie from a rescue where she had been for the last four years. That’s a really long time for a dog to be in a shelter.

So we’ve been working on fulfilling this little gal’s life and trying to make up for lost time.

 

We’ve taken her camping, hiking, swimming, kayaking, to the beach, etc. We buy her all the latest toys and fashion accessories as well.

The one thing Ariel doesn’t get, is animal products. That’s right! She’s a 100% vegan dog.

Mike and I read tons and tons of articles and did lots of research about it. (some were published papers, some opinion pieces) and ultimately we decided that yes we were going to make Ariel a vegan doggie.

Sounds hard right? Doesn’t have to be! Here’s a list of vegan dog food products

(Not all of which have been tried by Ariel yet, but we’re working on it. She has had all the treats though.)

Continue reading

Ariel: The Perfect Princess

So… I know I said I would be blogging a lot more.

And I have been posting a bit, but I’ve been so busy with our new DOG that i haven’t been writing as much. Or doing anything worth writing about.

Wait what?

Yes we adopted a dog!! Her name is Ariel. She’s a 7 yo brindle pit mix (part Am. Staff, part Rottie, part unknown).

I had been ‘eyeing’ her since her first post on Susie’s Senior Dogs on Instagram.

Mike and I weren’t in the business of adopting a dog, but we had discussed it casually before. My conditions were:

1. Must adopt – no breeder

2. Must be a dog that would normally have trouble finding a good home (pit bull, old dog, physical problems, etc.)

Ariel fits the bill in more ways than one! It took all of two seconds to convince Mike that we needed her as our dog. So after waiting much longer than normal (the cats we were fostering for a friend needed to go home first) we were finally able to adopt and pick up our sweet girl. You can read her pre-forever home story on the rescue’s website.

She is wonderful in so many ways. She likes low-medium exercise each day, she’s potty trained, she loves cuddling, she likes to please you, she trains well. Uh! I could go on.

Ariel is reactive towards other dogs. She seems pretty scared of them, but when you’re used for breeding and then abandoned to live in a shelter for four years I can’t imagine you’d be properly socialized. We’re working on it and while it’s not obvious we are making some progress.

Besides having an ‘only-dog’ really isn’t a huge challenge. We don’t take her to the off leash dog park and she doesn’t have doggie play dates. But other than that our lives are relatively normal dog-people lives.

She has been totally wonderful and I’m so thankful we have her. There are challenges – like the time she ate an entire pizza. But the rewards are tenfold.

Having Ariel has been a wonderful and time consuming part of my life for the last month or so and I absolutely love it!

You can follow Ariel’s new life with us on Instagram. She has her own account @arielthebrindle

Zucchini Boats

It’s that time of year again to get your squash on. And if you’re like me, and forgot to harvest your squashes from the garden, you have obnoxiously large zucchini.

IMG_20160819_180312

Seriously. Look at that monster. Just a tip! If you can pierce the skin easily with your fingernail the zucchini is still fine. If it’s super tough there’s a chance you let it grow too long. When they’re tough like that I’ll make zucchini bread with it but I wouldn’t use it in a recipe like this one.

 

Fun Fact: The Guinness World Record for zucchini length is 2.52 m (or 8ft 3.3in), measured in 2014 in Canada.

 

Continue reading

Strawberry Ice Cream

It’s ice cream season. And those of you that have an ice cream maker may be looking to put it to good use.

My garden has about 15 strawberry plants this year and I got a great haul of fresh berries the other week.

That’s when I realized that I haven’t used my ice cream maker, or made ‘traditional’ (aka not banana or avocado ice cream) ice cream since I became vegan.

IMG_20160629_211621.jpg

So please enjoy my veganized version of this strawberry ice cream recipe. I cut the sugar in it because I found it to be too sweet the first time, but you can add more if you like it to be sweeter.

History Fact: Former president Ronald Reagan made July the official month for ice cream in 1984 and National Ice Cream Day this year (2016) is July 17th.

Continue reading

Austin

Austin Tx

Capital of the greatest country in the world. I mean state. It’s a state.

IMG_20160601_111508

While Texas is generally not my idea of a vacation destination Austin itself was a complete blast. It’s like a little piece of New England got lost and ended up here.

My two best friends, one from high school and one from college, live in Austin. They really gave me an excellent tour of the city in a relatively short time.

Continue reading

Back

Well,

I took an unplanned break from my hardly-off-the-ground blogging.

These past few months have been really difficult for me in many ways.

 

I broke my foot

I lost my dad to stroke

Select members of my dad’s family clearly had a mental breakdown and my sister and I got caught in the middle of it

My childhood home burnt down due to the renter’s negligence

My boyfriend broke his ankle

I lost my phone and had to buy a new one

Grad school got pretty hard

Continue reading