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Saturday Garbage Plate: Vegan Meal Time

February 26th, 2011 11:28 am by Kelly


Garden Manicotti Pizza

Cheesy Vegan Garden Manicotti Pizza, with strips of red pepper and broccoli florets.
PCC image via Flickr user Bacon and Tofu.

All the pizza that’s fit to nom. All-vegan, too! (Like duh.)

Contests and Giveaways! Vegan Vagrant is giving away a package each of Fakin’ Bacon and Smart Bacon (both by Lightlife, for which I am a total fangirl) to one lucky winner; the deadline to enter is 2/28. Also ending on 2/28 is Vegan Machine’s Funk Off! Vegan Bath and Body Products Giveaway. Finally, TriniGourmet has a copy of Taymer Mason’s Caribbean Vegan: Meat-Free, Egg-Free, Dairy-Free Authentic Island Cuisine for Every Occasion up for grabs; enter to win by 3/2.

This just in: Daiya Pepperjack Cheese!

Support a prochoice vegan in The National Abortion Access Bowl-a-Thon! (Fuck yeah, prochoice vegans! Ditto: vegan mozzarella sticks!) Just $179 to go and Emelda will have raised enough scratch to fund one abortion for a woman in need.

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If you still have a little extra monies floating around after that, why not make a donation to Planned Parenthood in honor of Mike Pence, Congressional Rep. and woman-hater extraordinaire? With any luck, our collective snarkery will make his head implode while also supporting a good cause, namely reproductive health care (including but not limited to breast cancer screenings; pelvic exams; STI testing; and UTI and yeast/bacterial infection diagnoses and treatments). Please and thank you.

Want to help the nonhuman victims of the recent flash floods and landslides in Brazil but don’t know where to start? Check out this roundup of resources I compiled over at my other pad: 2011 Brazil Mudslides: Animal Rescue & Vegan Relief Resources.

Have you ever seen the web series Epic Meal Time? (Hint: it’s almost like a parody of the Food Network’s most obnoxious, testosterone-driven, artery-clogging, meat-loving hipster d-bag cooking show, whatever that may be. (Don’t ask me, I don’t watch such ridiculousness!) Almost, but not quite. Apparently people actually recreate some of those recipes, WTF!) No? Well that’s okay, cause Vegan Meal Time is hilarious either way. Basically it’s like a spoof/response to EMT, with plenty of self-referential vegan jokes thrown in for good measure.

Read vegansaurus’s rundown here, and then subscribe to Getting Friendly’s YouTube channel here. I’ve embedded my favorite of the two vids below.

“THIS IS WHAT VEGANISM CAN DO FOR YOUR BODY!!!!”

Epic.

Find-a-Friend Friday: Marshmallow Mary & Stella

February 25th, 2011 1:11 pm by Kelly


Update, 3/14/11: Today, The Gentle Barn posted a shiny, happy update on Stella!

I have great news that will start your week off well; Stella got a home today! She has a new mommy who will take her everywhere she goes and two new kitties to be friends with. Stella’s heart is sad now, but she will soon realize that she will be loved and cherished for the rest of her life!

Yay!

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This week’s edition of Find-a-Friend Friday is filled with double the cuteness! Animal sanctuary The Gentle Barn has been trying to rehome Stella for several weeks now; “Marshmallow” Mary has been available for adoption for a month or more. After weeks of seeing their sweet, beautiful faces grace the pages of The Gentle Barn’s weekly newsletter, I’m spreading the word in hopes that someone out there – somewhere, some way – can come to Mary and Stella’s rescue. (Note: The two do not come from the same household and do not need to be adopted together.) The Gentle Barn doesn’t specify where these girls are located but, given that the group is based in Santa Clarita, CA, methinks it likely that Mary and Stella live somewhere close by.
 

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Mary, a fluffy white cat with spots of brown and black, does her best lolcat for the camera.
Photo courtesy The Gentle Barn.

“Marshmallow Mary” Wants a Lap!

This beautiful, sweet Calico is looking for a home with a lap she can call her own. We call her Marshmallow Mary because she is so soft and sweet. She is 5 years young, great with people, and gets along with laid-back cats and dogs.

If you have a lap for Mary to fill, and a home that needs a great cat, give us a call ASAP at 661-252-2440 or email us at info [at] gentlebarn.org

 
 

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Stella is a stocky little pibbie with tan and white fur and soulful brown eyes.
Photo courtesy The Gentle Barn.

Please Help Us Find Stella a Home!

3 years ago Stella was one of 250 dogs and 37 cats left for dead by a hoarder. They were all living in tiny, filthy cages, sick and starving. We healed them and found homes for them all. It was the longest, hardest 10 months of our lives.

Stella found a home and was living there for the past 3 years, happy as can be. But, for personal reasons her person had to return her. Stella’s heart was broken into a million pieces.

Stella needs a home to care for her for the rest of her life! She is excellent on leash, wonderful in the car, affectionate, playful, loving and loyal! She is good with cats but has to be the only dog.

If you want unconditional love for the next 10 years, please email ellie [at] gentlebarn.org or please share!

Find-a-Friend Friday: Esme & Ester

February 18th, 2011 9:56 am by Kelly


The story of Esme & Ester (abridged, < 2 minutes). Doesn't the still shot just break your heart? YouTube video courtesy of Wayside Waifs.

When first I spied Esme in Wayside Waifs’ weekly newsletter (she was one of three “Waifs of the Week”), my eye was immediately drawn to her. Not because she’s gorgeous (though she totally is! such fluffy, snow-white fur – and so much of it, too!), but rather because I thought she was missing a leg. (Seriously, check out her photo! Do you see her front right leg?) And if you know me, you know that I have a soft spot for the hard luck cases.

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Esme (left) and Ester (right), a pair of bonded, purebred American Eskimo dogs
available for adoption through Wayside Waifs.
Photos courtesy of Wayside Waifs.

Alas, all four of Esme’s legs are intact and functioning. Yet, Esme’s is still a “special needs” case. At 6 years old young, she’s hardly a shiny new pup anymore. Plus, she has a younger sis (Ester) with whom she’d desperately like to be adopted. As hard as it can be to place one dog in a happy new home, try two! To say that it’s doubly difficult is an understatement. And yet, this is just what the nice folks at Wayside Waifs are trying to do.

Here are Esme and Ester’s Petango listings, in order:

Name: Esme
Animal ID: 12242995
Breed: American Eskimo
Age: 6 years
Gender: Female
Color: White
Spayed/Neutered: Yes
No: Small Children
Size: Medium

Hello everyone! It’s me, Esme, a 6 year old purebred American Eskimo lover of a dog searching for a home of my own. I’m so cute and soft and sweet and cuddly, I will take your breath away! I sure hope you fall in love with me, because I’ve had it with life in a shelter and I want to go home!

At 20 pounds, I’m a perfect medium size to cozy up next to you on the couch. I’m not too big, not too small. And are you familiar with my breed? Well, besides our beauty, we’re known for being loyal and smart. You can’t go wrong with those qualities, can you?

I came to Wayside as a transfer from another shelter. Well, first I was surrendered to that other shelter, along with my sister, Ester, when our owner could no longer care for us. Living in one shelter was bad enough, then no one came for us so we were sent here. It’s almost too much to handle! My sister and I would like to be adopted out together since we have lived our lives together.

I’m sort of shy, at least until I get to know you and trust you. No, I’m not the life of the party and probably never will be, but if a sweet, quiet girl is more your style, then you won’t go wrong with me. I love to go for walks with the volunteers around the Wayside campus and they say I do really well with leash walking. And after our walks, a little cuddle time is definitely in order. Anything to keep from going back to my kennel!

In my new home, I’m looking for patience, understanding, attention, and love. Do you think you can give me all that? I’d like a new home without kids under the age of 12. They are scary and unpredictable to me and they make me nervous. Other dogs are ok, but please bring them to meet me before we all go home together.

I’m in the prime of my life and I deserve a home of my own with people who care about me. Isn’t that what we’re all looking for? Someone to care for us and someone to care about? That’s all I want. Please come to meet me soon. I need you.

Love, Esme

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Saturday Garbage Plate (on a Sunday!): Can you taste the love on your plate?

February 13th, 2011 11:05 am by Kelly


Vegan Pizza!

Vegan pizza, topped with mozzarella Follow Your Heart Cheese and pineapple rings.
CC image via Flickr user tehbieber.

Wow, I totally flaked out and forgot to do the link roundup yesterday, didn’t I? I blame the craptabulous weather, which is slowly turning my brain into mush. Luckily, the temps in Kansas City should be warming this week, and I am super-psyched to spend some time outdoors with my five BDFs! (Best Dog Friends!) Also good: these links are just as delicious when served one day late. NOM!

(By the by, can you believe that the National Organization for Marriage has totally coopted this acronym for its hateful group? “NOM” should stand for all that is beautiful and yummy in the world. Denying GLBTQ folks their human and civil rights? Not so much. For shame!)

Contests and giveaways! Over at Vegan Planet, Robin Robertson is giving away a copy of her cookbook Vegan Fire and Spice; the deadline to enter is tonight, 2/13. Also, So Delicious is holding a “100 Days of Change Giveaway” on Facebook, with a different prize (and winner) each day!

Of course, don’t forget to vote in the 1st Annual Vegan Valentine Contest at Cook. Vegan. Lover. (I’m not saying that you should vote for me; just vote, mkay?) You have until tonight at 9PM EST!

Spay & Neuter Kansas City “is in desperate need of dry cat food and litter donations!! If you can help out in any way, drop your donations off at 1116 E. 59th street! Our kitties on out Pet Outreach Program will purr with JOY!”

Did you know that you can opt out of receiving the Yellow Pages now? It’s true! Welcome to 2001, y’all!

The SF vegan blog vegansaurus! has a guest post from St. Louis vegan Liz Miller, who gives us a tour of the vegan food options in that other Missouri city. Check it: Vegan in St. Louis: because you might have a connecting flight cancelled here someday.

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Pink Valentine’s Day biscuits that I made for my dog loves!
(& lovingly photographed on an animal-themed book pile.)
Recipe and details here.

Valentines Day! Whatever your plans for tomorrow, make them as cruelty-free as possible, yes? If you’re still shopping around for edible goodies, please use the Food Empowerment Project’s Chocolate List as a guide. Better yet, give your sweetie some handcrafted sweets, made by you with love (and vegan, fair trade chocolate, of course!). May I suggest peanut butter cups, coconut bonbons, rocky road bark, or chocolate covered pretzels? Or perhaps some chocolate-shaped vulvas for the vegan feminist in your life? (Oooh, me me! Pick me!)

Even a romantic vegan dinner at home, followed by a butter cream cake, would make for a nice surprise. For some ideas, check out VegWeb’s holiday page, as well as this guide to heart-shaped foods (hello, pizza!) from VegNews.

On the flower front, why not opt for living plants rather than decaying, pesticide-soaked, factory-farmed bouquets? (I’m partial to cacti, myself.) Or, if you simply must buy roses, think organic. VegNews also suggests making your own eco-friendly bouquet out of recycled paper, Martha Stewart styley. Finally, packets of heirloom seeds are a nice gift idea for gardeners. Plus, they serve as a much-needed reminder that spring is right around the corner. (And after that: summer!)

As always, I ♥ vegan etsy!

Also: these Vegantine’s Day Strawberry Love Bugs! from Wing-It Vegan.

(And yes, I totally cribbed the last few paragraphs from this post. That’s okay though, cause I wrote it, so it’s not stealing. Just cheating! You should also totally check out the v-day post I wrote a few years back, about pampering your nonhuman friends on this most cheesiest and manufactured of holidays.)

Finally, this week’s Valentines Day-themed video comes from Farm Sanctuary:


 

Reel Life at Farm Sanctuary – Ep. 5: Love on the Farm
On episode five of our Sanctuary Tails blog video series, Reel Life at Farm Sanctuary, National Shelter Director Susie Coston talks about love on the farm in honor of Valentine’s Day and introduces us to some very special bonded pairs, including Bing and Bessie — two incredible geese who have lived at Farm Sanctuary for 25 years. You’ll also get to meet some of our pig, goat and chicken friends too!

Love, it’s a beautiful thing. Ditto: compassion and respect.

Find-a-Friend Friday: Jessie

February 11th, 2011 9:52 am by Kelly


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Jessie, a brown and black striped domestic short hair/tabby mix with big, blue eyes, sits in a windowsill, bird-watching. Her gaze is directed at an object behind the camera.
Photos courtesy Prairie Paws Animal Shelter.

I had it in my head to find a cute, adorable little kitten to share with y’all this morning – a nice change of pace from all the hard luck cases, you know? But when I saw Jessie’s listing on Petfinder, I knew that she was the one.

Poor Jessie recently lost both her home and family when her person had to be hospitalized due to Alzheimer’s disease. (It’s a shame that nonhumans usually cannot accompany their human friends into assisted living facilities, but that’s another topic for another day. Ditto: homeless shelters and women’s/domestic violence programs.)

Can you imagine how this girl must be feeling?

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Something’s got Jessie’s back up. The inhumanity of humanity, perhaps?
Photos courtesy Prairie Paws Animal Shelter.

Jessie
Domestic Short Hair/Tabby – Brown Mix: An adoptable cat in Ottawa, KS
Medium • Adult • Female

Jessie is a 7 year old Brown Patched Tabby with beautiful colors. Jessie has pretty light green eyes. She was turned in to the shelter because her owner was placed in a nursing home due to advancing Alzheimer’s. Jessie is a lap cat who gets along with other cats. She likes squeaky toys and balls in a donut toy. Jessie has always been an inside cat so she cannot be let outside. She is use to a cat scratch cardboard. Jessie has not been around small children so a home without kids or older children is needed. She does prefer women over men.

All cats or kittens at the Prairie Paws Animal Shelter will be tested for FELV / FIV before being sent home with their adopters. We do not adopt out any cats or kittens found to be positive. All cats and kittens are also up to date on their vaccines and have been or will be spayed or neutered before going to their new homes. These cats and kittens are also litter box trained. All information known about this cat has been included in this bio. If you are interested in this animal, please either email prairie.paws [at] hotmail.com for an application or call 785-242-2967.

If you would like to come visit the shelter, the address is 3173 K 68 HWY in Ottawa, Ks. The shelter is open to the public, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 1:00 pm to 5:30 pm and Saturday from 10:00am to 4:00 pm. The shelter is closed on Wednesday and Sunday.

Off-site adoptions sponsored by HAHS are held at PETsMART at 115th & Metcalf in Overland Park every Saturday from noon to 3 p.m. To confirm that this animal will attend the off-site adoption at PETCO, please email the shelter.

More about Jessie
Pet ID: 1-1215 • Spayed/Neutered • Up-to-date with routine shots • House trained • Prefers a home without: young children

Jessie is currently staying at the Prairie Paws Animal Shelter in Ottawa, Kansas. If you’d like to offer this mature lady a kind, safe home in which to retire, I’m sure she’ll repay you with her undying love.

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