Thursday, October 25, 2012

Aspen's First Snow 2012

This morning, Aspen got its first snow of the season.  There's nothing like a brisk morning with fresh snow, a clear blue sky, and a good cup of coffee in Aspen.

Halloween is coming and it's a last blast holiday for the hard working locals before the tourist season starts. Happy Halloween, everybody!

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Really Yummy Vegan Sandwich Spread And Dip

My kitchen has turned into a test kitchen and we're always eating either a failed attempt at a recipe, or a yummy new something or other. This is a new recipe that we have used to stuff tomatoes, spread on a tortilla with veggies, or even mix with macaroni for a great "noocharoni."

Put all ingredients in the food processor;

1 cooked cauliflour
2 tablespoons of olive oil
4 tablespoons of Braggs Nutritional yeast (nicknamed "nooch")
1/4 c sesame seeds
1/4 c raw cashews
2 tablespoons dried herbs (your choice)
Salt and pepper to your own taste

Cream all ingredients in your food processor and add herbs and salt and pepper once all is creamed. This is all nutrition with a cheesy, creamy texture. I have been stuffing tomatoes with it, spreading it on a tortilla filled with veggies, and even mixed it with whole grain macaroni for dinner last night. This is like hummus, but lighter. Try it, it's really delicious. I suppose that you could substitute broccoli too.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Update On Bill And Lou - Rescue (Previous Post)

Just got a returned email from the folks at Green Mountain College regarding the rescue of Bill and Lou. The contact email addresses have been closed. Here is an update of current contact information;

Green Mountain College
Agriculture - Farming (Bill and Lou)
2500 Killington Road  Killington, VT 05751
(800) 776-6675

Monday, October 15, 2012

Took An Autumn Walk In The Park Today

What A Glorious Autumn Day!
The fall colors are exceptional this year. I took a long walk in the park today and fell in love with this tree. It's still warm enough to walk without a sweatshirt. What a glorious day!

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Act NOW To Save Two Hard Working Oxen Named Bill And Lou

ACTION ALERT: ACT NOW TO SAVE BILL AND LOU!
Green Mountain College is poised to kill two oxen named Bill and Lou who have served their college farm for ten long years. ACT NOW to prevent it!

Bill and Lou have been a working team of oxen at Green Mountain College in Poultney, VT for ten years. They were pressed into service by staff at Cerridwen Farm - the teaching farm on campus - to do everything from plowing fields togenerating electricity. Over the years, they became so well loved that they're even the profile picture for the farm's Facebook page!

A few months ago, Lou became unable to be worked any longer. Bill won't work with anyone else. Therefore, the college has concluded that both of them must be killed.

DEATH is their reward for 10 long years of hard work.

Yes, Green Mountain College has decided that Bill and Lou's long lives of service should be rewarded by their slaughter - and for what? According to their own press releases, the school will get, at best, a couple of months of low-grade hamburger out of their bodies.

This is especially heartbreaking because they have an excellent home waiting for them.

VINE Sanctuary has offered to provide Bill and Lou with permanent homes. We have the ability and resources to care for them for the rest of their natural lives. Sadly, though, the college is determined to kill them instead.

For ten years, they served the needs of those more powerful than they are.
Now it's time to let them serve their own needs.

ACTION YOU CAN TAKE - Please contact the folks at Green Mountain College and urge them to reconsider. Feel free to use and/or modify the letter below, or write your own.

All you need to do is send a heartfelt, courteous email to the following people:

Bill Throop Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs:throopw@greenmtn.edu
Kenneth Mulder Farm Manager, Research Associate & Adjunct Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies: mulderk@greenmtn.edu

Dear Sir:
I am writing to urge you to allow Bill and Lou to live out the remainder of their natural lives, in peace and contentment, at VINE Sanctuary, a reputable organization which has offered to care for them.

Should you choose to reverse their death sentences, the rewards garnered by Green Mountain College will far exceed whatever paltry sum their slaughter would bring to the school.

Conversely, whatever small amount of cash would be made by killing them will be far outweighed by the negative press which will follow in the wake of their deaths.
Bill and Lou have served your college well for ten long years. Students and faculty alike have expressed how much they care about these individuals. They deserve to be given the rest of their lives to live as they choose. Just because they are not human does not mean they do not care about their existence.

We will be watching to see what decision you make.

Sincerely,



Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Where To Buy Vegan Halloween Candy

It may surprise you to know that Candy Corn contains eggs. Me too. I was having a craving the other day so I was reading labels. Most chocolates contain milk, but many sugar candies contain eggs, and some sugars are sifted through animal bone ash. I don’t know what that’s all about, but I read it when I was doing a search on sugar candies.

I found a place called The Natural Candy Store that carries a variety of Vegan Halloween Candy and you still have time to order. Click Here to go to the Natural Candy Store Halloween Candy page.  Happy Halloween!

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

From Vegetarian To Vegan

When I first started this blog I was a vegetarian. I was headed for veganism, but that one cup of coffee with cream was stopping me. All I can say about that is that I LOVE my coffee with real cream. I had made it through missing sprinkles of cheese on my soup, or the Greek yogurt that I had for breakfast. All of it was now gone from my diet, except the coffee with cream.

I had already tried all of the vegan coffee creamer blends and a couple of them were pretty good, but what is a morning meeting without coffee and cream? With the ongoing changes in my diet, I began to feel really speedy and spacey and couldn’t figure out why. I was no longer eating sugar products, honey, nothing. Why was my heart beating a million miles an hour? The ND’s diagnosis? Aw, come on ... allergy to coffee beans? NO! I’ve been a coffee drinker all my life! 

I agreed to take a week off of my beloved drink. The result? Better rest, no more speedy heartbeat, and a renewed relationship with tea and other herbal drinks. There is no way to describe how good I feel. There was a time that I couldn’t imagine my life without a good hot dog now and then ... then it was cheese, yogurt, and now I am trim and healthy, and most of all, coffee and cream free!

With time, I’ve gotten rid of leather products in my closet, silk, wool, and anything that is animal based. These changes have made me a different person all around. I feel good about the animals that I’m not eating or wearing, and most of all, I feel good. I think that it was the dairy and not the meat that was making me feel all heavy and bloated.

If you are working towards a vegan diet, believe me, it’s worth every effort. There are so many delicious animal free meals to eat, I look forward to every one.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Autumn Is The Time To Cleanse Your Lungs And Large Intestine

According to Eastern Medical Traditions, Autumn is associated with the Metal Element. The Metal Element is characterized by expansion, contraction, and transformation on the physical, emotional, and spiritual levels.

What does this mean to you? The lungs and large intestine are the sister meridians that relate to the metal element. The expansion and contraction of the lungs and large intestine sustain the life of the body. The lungs receive and expel air with each breath. The large intestine is said to leave us "pure and brilliant" as it allows the body to release unwanted waste and toxins.

Together, the lungs and large intestine cleanse the body of unwanted matter. The unwanted physical matter is released by the large intestine, then, with each breath, unwanted emotional matters can be consciously released with each exchange of oxygen.

Another thing about this season is that it is the end of the cycle of life. In the fall, the leaves fall off of the trees, the harvest is taken, and the year ends. Although people don't always connect to it, feelings of sadness, grief, depression, nostalgia may surface during this season.

This is the season to take a look at the things in your life that no longer serve you. Treat it as if you are raking leaves. Get rid of the dead leaves and clear the lawn for the spring grass. Let go. Clean out your closet and eliminate unwanted waste like the large intestine does.

Breathe, exercise, get outside, drink water, do whatever you can to focus on the cleansing of these two organs. Let go of the things that are like dead leaves. There is no reason to keep them.

Foods that will nourish the lungs and large intestine are onions, garlic, chive, turnip, ginger, radish, dark leafy greens, broccoli, carrots, and sweet potatoes. Flax and sesame seeds with moisturize and cleanse the large intestine.

Don't think of this season as the gateway to the winter, think of it as the cleansing that will winterize your body in preparation for new life in the spring!

Think I'll make a pot of vegetable soup ...

House Plants That Can Freshen Your Home Environment


I live in an area where there is not only gas exploration, but lots of dry dust caused by it. I do everything possible to keep my home environment clean. In a book called Your Naturally Healthy Home by Alan Berman, he describes how certain household plants can actually help in ridding your space of air pollutants and toxins.

It is suggested that one plant should be allowed approximately 10 square yards of floor space, assuming that your ceiling height is 8 or 9 feet. This means that you need 2 or 3 plants to contribute to good air quality in the average domestic living room of about 20 to 25 square yards.

Berman lists the following 10 plants are the most effective all around in counteracting off gassed chemicals and contributing to balanced internal humidity.
  1. Areca Palm
  2. Reed Palm
  3. Dwarf Date Palm
  4. Boston Fern
  5. Janet Craig Dracaena
  6. English Ivy
  7. Australian Sword Fern
  8. Peace Lily
  9. Rubber Plant
  10. Weeping Fig
Although many plants like light, they don’t have to be placed directly in front of windows. Many indoor plants originated in the dense shade of tropical forests and have a high rate of photosynthesis. These plants are ideal for dark corners of the room. When positioning plants, Berman says to strike a balance between light and ventilation because the effect of plants on indoor air pollution appears to be reduced if they’re set in a draft.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Accounting For Nutrients

If you haven't already, checkout www.cronometer.com for a free, downloadable web application for tracking your nutrition and health data. This site also has an Android version. If you are willing to take the time to enter everything that you eat during the day, you can digitally track and compute how you're doing.

If you are trying to get away from meat and dairy products altogether, discovering and calculating alternative sources for proteins, B12, and calcium can be a real eye opener.

In recent years controversy has erupted about protein and how much is too little, and how much is way over-the-top. Until you ingest it yourself and experience the calculation, you can't really know your own numbers. Check it out. It's kinda fun!

Monday, October 1, 2012

Download Cronometer

Cronometer is a FREE web application for tracking your nutrition and health data. Digitally track your calorie intake AND Nutritional intake on your computer or your Android phone. www.cronometer.com

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