July 4, 2015 by pb&v
So writing a weekly post has motivated me to do something interesting every week, which is perfect because I am an extremely introverted person who would rather stay at home all day than brave the outside world. Ok, maybe not to that extreme. I will gladly go on a hike with family or friends, but don’t you dare make me talk to strangers. Haven’t you ever heard of stranger danger??
So anyway, I didn’t really think this week would be all that interesting, just the usual school work and daily routine, but it has turned out to be quite the week. On Monday afternoon the Currituck SPCA had a fire that started in the dryer in the laundry room and they are now working to clean everything up. They have to use chemicals to get everything back in order, so they need to foster out their animals. Most of their dogs need to be in homes that don’t already have dogs and the same goes for the cats, so we didn’t think we would be able to help foster any animals. Instead we bought some baby wipes to clean up the kittens and some cleaning wipes to take down and donate along with some fresh towels since they aren’t able to wash theirs.
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June 27, 2015 by pb&v
You know what I love the most about summer? All the fresh fruits and veggies. It’s like heaven. Yesterday we decided to get an early start to our day and go pick some blackberries and hit up one of the local farm stands for some other fruits and veggies. We got our morning run/dog walk done and packed up all our buckets ready to head out to the farm stand and when we pulled up, our eyes lit up. The stand had all kinds of fresh, local produce that we just couldn’t resist! We loaded up on peaches, nectarines, cantaloupe, tomatoes, sweet potatoes, garlic, purple cauliflower (because we’ve never had it), butter beans, cucumbers, okra, and corn. We may have gone a bit overboard, but how could we not???
With the car full of produce we headed over to pick some blackberries! Unfortunately, the blackberries were way too sour and very icky, but luckily we tasted one first before we picked 30 pounds of them! Oh well, just have to wait a few more weeks for the nice plump berries that are perfectly sweet and juicy.
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June 18, 2015 by pb&v
It’s been a while, hasn’t it?
Ok, so I kind of fell off the wagon during April All Natural and stopped posting everyday. I blame school though, all those exams getting in my way of blogging, geez! I finished up the school year nicely though and now I want to get back to blogging!
Clearly I’m awful at blogging everyday, so instead I’ve decided to post at least once a week, but most likely a couple days a week. These posts will probably not always be about food, but also document exciting adventures and things of that nature. While I will definitely be posting more of my favorite recipes (I actually have quite a few that just haven’t made it to blog status yet, oops!), I will also post about when we go pick various fruits and veggies, or when Rory and I go on adventures, etc. Maybe I’ll even do some reviews for recipes and such or something, who knows!
There’s so much I’d like to blog about, so I’m excited for to finally get back into the swing of things and get crackin’! This isn’t really the most exciting post in the whole world or anything, but I figured a little heads-up might be nice 😛 I’ll probably start sometime in the next few days, so keep your eyes peeled!
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April 1, 2015 by pb&v
Now that it’s April, I think it’s finally starting to feel like spring around here, we even have flowers blossoming! All that cold weather made us really just want some junk food, so we’ve been enjoying some cupcakes, cookies, donuts, all kinds of sugar filled goodness. Not to mention all those meringues and macarons! I have gotten to the point where I just can’t take it anymore. All I’ve been craving is fresh fruits and veggies, my face broke out in horrible zits, I’ve been tired and groggy, and overall just not feeling too hot. I knew the solution was pretty simple, just stop eating so much junk! We actually rarely even have tons of junk food in the house, we just happened to be feeling a little more indulgent lately. Plus, when your hobby is baking and cooking, it happens.
We originally decided to just cut out the sugar and processed stuff for a week or so, but then we figured we might as well have fun with it and go for a whole month eating 100% whole-food plant-based. This isn’t really anything new for us, we just usually do it in October, which is arguably one of the worst times to do it if you ask me. I mean come on, how am I supposed to resist all the fun fall treats (including Halloween??)! Warmer months are the way to go- all kinds of fresh fruits and veggies that are actually in season. Thats my kind of heaven.
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March 14, 2015 by pb&v
If people thought vegans were crazy before, just wait until they hear about this one….
So about a week ago Goose Wohlt posted on the What Fat Vegans Eat Facebook page that you can save the brine from a can of chickpeas, beat it like mad with an electric mixer (handheld or standing), add some sugar, and boom! Vegan meringue! Crazy right? Now we’ve all just gone completely insane playing around with said meringue making things from pavlovas to macarons to pies. There’s even another group for the hits and misses of various uses of chickpea meringue!
The first time we whipped up some chickpea meringue, my mom was double dog dared (the ultimate dare) by the lovely Somer McCowan of Vedged Out and I couldn’t have been more excited to try it. We played it simple and just whipped it up with some sugar and vanilla, popped it in the oven for a couple hours, and ended up with such light and airy little meringues. They were delicious and as far as I can remember, just like an eggy meringue! Being a science major, I was absolutely amazed that this was even possible!
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