Being Thankful

Yay, a truly food-related holiday is upon us! OK, all holidays revolve around it, but I am BEYOND excited for my very-foodie Thanksgiving this year. Pics to come later, friends!

For now, I want to leave you with some inspirational articles about alternative ways to do Thanksgiving, and a reminder:

When giving out praise this Thursday, make sure to thank all your friends and family for preparing the food and sharing it and the holiday with you, but please also consider thanking the people who grew, processed, shipped, and sold the food that you were able to cook this holiday and all year-long. And, as a vegetarian side note, please consider and thank all the animals who sacrificed their lives for you to enjoy.

I would like to give a special shout out to all the under-appreciated farmers out there who provide me with fresh fruits and vegetables, grains, legumes, and even that processed stuff that has to come from somewhere and someone. And also, thank you to cows, goats, and hens that occasionally provide me with cheese and eggs. I am sorry for your suffering, and I am trying not to contribute to it any longer. Sorry for the semi-rant, but hey, it’s my blog…

And finally, thank you for reading.

Happy Thanks-Veg-Giving! 



A Thanksgiving Feast, No Turkeys Allowed

Gluten-free, Vegan Thanksgiving

4 Tips for the Perfect Vegan Thanksgiving

Thankful Turkeys

Vegan Thanksgiving Done Deliciously


Random Happiness

1. Sunday’s very good sports day in Detroit. Lions and Tigers and Red Wings, oh my!

2. Carbo-loading in the ethnic aisle at the grocery store:

3.  FREE chocolate covered strawberries & apples:

4. Random occurrences of Heinz Ketchup animal art:

5. The Food & Drink Issue of the New York Times. Yay!

Hope you’re having a good week so far…be back soon 🙂

Royal Bunny

King Baby Bunny graced my office this week.
No, he did not come in with a crown on his head, but he earned it.
No animals were harmed in the making of this blog post.

That is all.

She’s (Not So) Crafty

I wish I could say I am creative. I’ve had crafty bouts here and there with scrapbooking, but I never picked up drawing, painting, knitting or crocheting, or even sewing.

I prefer giving my opinions and telling people what to do, hence the many product/book/restaurant reviews! When it comes to crafts, I need someone to tell me what to do and show me how. And then they need to be very patient and fix all my screw ups…because that will inevitably happen. And it will shatter my ego. And then I’ll quit the whole damn thing… 🙂

So, to avoid that whole mess, I much prefer to support other crafty people. Enter the I Made It! Market. These local craft markets pop up all over Pgh to fulfill all your creative purchasing desires. A couple weeks ago, I toured the I (re)Made It! vendors during GA/GI, and last weekend I shelled out some cash at I Made It! Memorable at a local high school.

Planet Soap

A very crafty high schooler making flowers out of duct tape!

Duct Tape flowers. Amazing! I bought a flower headband, of course.

It's the Cracker Barrel Game (triangle with pegs)! I bought one for the puzzle-loving Hubs

My fave - Jilsy

Reasonably priced and adorable bags. yay!!

I am happy to support other creative people (Planet Soap, BandyWoodworks, Jilsy, etc.) so they can further their business/hobby and grow their ideas. Hey, we’re not all meant to be crafty… 🙂

If you like what you see here (and are in/near Pgh), you should totally check out Handmade Arcade this weekend. These pics are just a taste of the over 100 vendors that will be downtown on Saturday! I am so sad I won’t be around for this giant craft fair, but I suppose my wallet will be happy…

P.S. Keep entering my Happy Herbivore Cookbook giveaway! Contest ends at 11:59pm tonight! Winner will be announced tomorrow.

Film Buff

I totally knew this was coming. Dark Knight Rises will be filming in my new hometown this summer! Who wants to stalk Christian Bale with me?

On another movie related note, Perks of Being a Wallflower is being turned into a motion picture and will also shoot in Pgh. I was an extra in a film shot in Detroit a couple years ago…Perhaps it’s my time to shine in Pittsburgh?!

🙂 Happy Hump Day!

Brunch with Friends

This past weekend, I filled my social calendar with friendly gatherings. It certainly helped that I was staying in the city (ahh, house-sitting) and was near all the action.

Saturday started with a lovely 3-ish mile walk/jog around Squirrel Hill, with a Starbucks stop in the mix. Gotta have some liquids, right? 🙂 Then came brunch!…gluten free pancakes and fruit salad with (gluten intolerant) friend Amy and then some shopping around the ‘Burgh for a groovy inspired ensemble at Goodwill and Avalon Exchange.

Saturday brunch-o

Dinner was spent with Hubs – he came to visit! We dined at Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery at the Waterfront. Who knew there’d be an hour and a half wait for a table at 8:30pm?! We decided to sit in the farthest corner of the bar (directly below a dart board) so we didn’t have to wait as long to chomp on tasty burgers.

Writing on the darts scoreboard...

Mmm handcrafted veggie burger with broc!

Sunday morning started with a quick work thing (blech), but then it was quickly redeemed by brunch with my friend/coworker Stephanie. We had both been wanting to try Square Cafe, this colorful, cute breakfast and lunch diner in Regent Square. I’m really glad we went because the atmosphere was hip, the food was super tasty (and easily recognizable as veg/vegan with menu icons), and they featured artwork from Budapest :-).

Steph! With mug o' coffee, veggie omelet & hash

Peanut butter pancake topped with bananas, choc.chips & real whip, leeks & goat cheese egg beaters, hash AND unpictured rye toast!

Hungarian art

We had a serious meal! I just finished the leftovers…

Sunday afternoon was baby time! I visited my friend Amy and got to watch a beatiful newborn do what they do best – eat, sleep and poop 🙂
Then I got yelled at by Jillian Michaels (read: workout) and relaxed with a good book. Ahhh the weekend! I’m ready for more!

Cuddle with Kitty Cat

It’s the middle of the week…time to cozy up with your furry pet!

In case you didn’t know, I have a cute cat. Her name is Lucy.

peek a boo!

You’ve probably heard or read it before, but pets are great companions in life. They help reduce stress, can make you more active and social, and are all around fun to love. Doesn’t it feel great to get unconditional love from a pet and know that you get to take care of them and make them happy as well?

My favorite part of the morning (besides eating :-)) is cuddling up with Lucy while I brush my teeth. She loves to nibble on the end of my toothbrush. I get clean teeth and fresh breath, she gets a chew toy 🙂

OK, I know I’m souding cheesy here, but I didn’t have a real pet until I was 16 when we got a family cat that was really my brother’s. Now Hubs and I get to share our catdaughter and treat her like our baby until we’re ready to have a real one of those. That won’t be for a long time, so this is good practice! 

I will also get some practice with dogs over the next couple weeks since I’ll be house sitting for a friend and her cute doggie, Nora. What an adventure it shall be! Now I’ll have to clean up fresh poop vs. the oh-so-easy litter box 😦

P.S. Check out this great cat poster from The Oatmeal – “17 Things to Know About Your Cat

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