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I'm Shelly, a nature-worshipper, animal lover, mom, yogini, and adventure-seeker living in the great Northwest US! I share my life with an amazingly strong, kind man and a beautiful, compassionate and hilarious daughter. In 2009, we embarked on a new path of veganism, and are eating so many delicious, healthy foods, feeling great and finding the transition to be easy, exciting and fun! We also have the wanderlust! So this blog will include our journeys around the world!

Wednesday, August 5, 2020

Recipe from one of my favorite all-vegan recipe blogs "Oh She Glows"

And there's more! While I'm on a roll of posting some of my favorite vegan recipes from other blogs, and in the mode of "Easy and Fun", here is another time-saving hack from one of my all-time favorite bloggers Angela Liddon from "Oh She Glows". Her recipes are always healthy, great for all ages including many for kids. During school, I love to have some easy, already prepared items in the fridge, ready to pull out for easy bowls and wraps. I always have Tamari on hand for a lower sodium, but full-flavored seasoning for just about anything! Also lots of nuts, like pistachio (costco has great prices), almonds and cashews or peanuts, and seeds, like sunflower, hemp, and chia seeds!
Here's the link for Angela's power bowls recipe:

My very favorite go-to energy bites recipes!

Easy and Fun. My motto lately, what I'm aspiring to! Jossy started remote school today, and having these on hand for snacks or even a breakfast is so handy! You can keep them in the refrigerator or the freezer. They usually do not last long after I make them! My friend Keli shared these two recipes with me a while back, and they are definitely my go-to's! The blog is called gimmesomeoven.com, here are the links:

Absolutely delicious dressing recipe from "The Spruce Eats"

https://www.thespruceeats.com/easy-vegan-tahini-goddess-dressing-p2-3377694

I want to share this amazing and really easy recipe from "The Spruce Eats" blog. I made it last night using dried parsley, I bet it would be even better with fresh!  I love Annie's goddess dressing, but we go through it too fast! This is a yummy fresh homemade dressing, and super easy in the blender. Here's a tip, whenever I have extra fresh lemon juice, I freeze it in one tablespoon increments in an ice cube tray. You can use frozen in any recipe that calls for fresh lemon juice. 

Friday, December 7, 2018

New Mexico and Texas y'all!

Stayed just one night in a pretty little town in New Mexico called Las Cruces. Not too vegan friendly although we did find a place called Paisanos that had some yummy New Mexican food. Hiked at a beautiful place with red rocks, rolling hills and cactus, called "Dripping Springs" and went to "La Cueva" a cave that had inhabitants over 7,000 years ago.
At "Dripping Springs" park

On the way down the freeway out of town though, it was dairy after dairy factory farms. So sad. I really hope everyone gets off dairy soon! It is such a cruel industry. I dream of a vegan world and that makes me happy. 

Ok on to Texas and while I'm on my vegan soap box, I will just say one thing about Texas and then on to all the fun we had there. Please Texas please stop with the exotic game hunting ranches! We passed one where we saw a bunch of zebra and wildebeast they were raising for people to come and shoot for fun (I looked on their website when I saw their ranch sign, and it literally made me sick). OK now on to more positive stuff!

We stayed a couple of nights in San Antonio. Went to the Alamo and the Riverwalk. They were OK, not our favorite sights...food was not too great at the "Casa Rio", the oldest restaurant on the riverwalk. 
Jossy and I thought the coolest thing at the Alamo was this old live oak, it could be the perfect climbing tree!

And there were scooters in the square! San Antonio and Austin had these all over town for just 15 cents a minute plus one dollar to unlock, so cool!
This place in San Antonio was very cool. Jossy LOVED their biscuits and gravy and they had the cutest Christmas cupcakes! They used CANNED jalapenos though...really? Were you out of the fresh ones in Texas??
Jamison gave his notice and finished up his last few days of work while in Austin. We found a really, really good deal on a lovely airbnb in a great location on the eastside. 


We really liked visiting Austin. It is a beautiful, sunny city with a lot of things to do. It has lakes, rivers, hiking and a huge vegan scene! And we loves us some vegan restaurants y'all!!
It has 3 whole foods!! The one we went to has a Next Level Burger right in it. So yum!
There was a lot of new growth and sometimes the websites couldn't keep up though...we went to several food trucks and even brick and mortar restaurants that had changed their location without showing it on their websites yet. One day we walked and drove around all morning and kept running into this problem, but it turned out ok because we got some free roasted potatoes and beets from a street vendor who was trying to promote his new food truck! All in all we found more than enough to eat though, and most of it was delicious!!
 eating our free beets and potatoes!
 Juiceland for some healthy, organic and nutritious juice and smoothies!
 The Bouldin Creek Cafe. So, so good!!! 
 Nada Moo. Need I say more?
Oh, but this food truck was our absolute favorite meal ever. AMAZING ROCKIN Vegan Tacos at the VEGAN NOM!!!!!!

Some of the things we did for fun:
We stood on the Congress bridge at dusk and waited 2 hours to see the famous bats...in the summer there are up to 1.5 million bats that fly out from under the bridge and it is supposed to be really cool...but the night before we went they must have flown south! They had an estimated 43,000 the night before, and on our night...no flight! Still an adventure though, as the city was decked out for Christmas, and has such a beautiful skyline. 
Here we are standing on a bridge in the city, waiting for the thousands of bats who had already flown south the night before.

We went to a really great animal sanctuary called the Austin Zoo and Animal Sanctuary. They said they call it the Austin zoo, because more people will visit and help to pay fo the animals that way, although it isn't really a zoo, all of the animals are rescues and they have a lot of room and great care it seemed. It was one of the best I have been to from what I could tell. Jossy loved feeding the deer and goats and llamas, and of course seeing the wolves, bears and big cats! A lot of their animals were rescued from other zoos, or from people who thought it would be easy to have a wild animal for a pet.
 The Austin zoo is an animal rescue sanctuary
 These guys roamed around all over the expansive grounds
 The wolves looked just like Delberta the Woog
 These two were hilarious
This is not a zoom, we were right on the other side of the fence! He was so beautiful. They had a couple of males and we heard them roaring up a storm right before dinner time. I liked that they seemed to only have animals who could live comfortably in this climate. (I think). Not like Seaworld who uses their animals for entertainment and keeps Polar bears in 80 degree heat.

Another thing we did was visit THE BLUE CAT CAFE. We didn't eat there, but we paid $5 to hang out with a bunch of cute cats.

This is a minute and a half of pure kitty love. A free meditation for you. You're welcome (^.^ )~

After Austin, we drove to Galveston. I visited my lovely and sweet friend Janie. It was so great to catch up!!! She let us stay in her beautiful beach house rental just a couple of blocks from the beach. It was a blast from the past to be here. I had forgotten how uplifting and colorful the homes are with the charming architecture. We found some great vegan options here too at Eatcetera and Pho 20. 
On the pier with my friend Janie at a Greek restaurant.



We took the free ferry across to Bolivar Island and saw lots of dolphins swimming next to the boat!


We swam at the beach and it was so warm and beautiful, no crowds. We went to the fountain that I used to take Dell to jump in after a walk. Thanks sunny Texas!!



Friday, November 23, 2018

Arizona!

We are having a great time finally getting some warm sun in Arizona. Also some great vegan nummies! Visited our friends Melissa and Josh in Marana, and Jossy played for 2 days straight with Paloma and Vera! So fun!
Melissa made us a delicious mushroom alfredo pasta, the perfect comfort food. 
                 Thanks for all the good food and belly laughs you guys!!
We went on the most beautiful hike there and saw so many giant Saguaro cacti that only grow here in the Sonora desert.

This Saguaro looks like it's doing the Tango!

They are huge! Here are some fun facts: the Saguaro is very slow growing: a ten year old cactus may only be less than 2 inches tall! An old cactus, up to 200 years old, can grow as tall as 60 feet, and when fully hydrated after the summer rains, can weight up to 4800 lbs!! I had no idea that the desert here was so pretty and had so much color and plants.

I call this my Desert Rose (Sally O'Malley!!)

 It is hot though for sure, here it is November, and it got up to 80 today, and that sure felt hot to us north Idaho peeps! It's cold at night though.
We are now in Tucson, and have been enjoying meals at "Lovin' Spoonfuls," an all vegan restaurant.
some freakin' french toast!
We have tickets to their special Thanksgiving dinner tomorrow with vegan turkey, all of the delicious sides, and apple and pumpkin pie! I can't wait!!!!!!!!!!

Ok, here we are at "Lovin' Spoonfuls" restaurant in Tucson having our Thanksgiving meal. It was so nice to just relax and not have to shop, cook and do dishes! And the food was delicious!! We even had leftovers. Although we missed our family, friends and pets at home, we are so thankful we have each other and this opportunity to be out seeing the world, and for the wonderful vegan food to eat tooπŸ’—πŸ’—πŸ’—

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Nevada: Death Valley, Donkeys and Vegan Vegas, Baby!

We had a long drive to Nevada through two national parks, Yosemite again and Death Valley National Park. We are glad that Jossy's teacher gave us her common core math workbook, because Jossy was able to do some math in the car. We are also trying out a new app online called "The Adapted Mind." I will take all of the help we can get for math, and this seems to be a fun break for Jossy from the workbook, with some good instruction if we need it.

Death Valley was cool, a very relaxing drive with not too much traffic. My favorite part might just be my favorite part of our trip thus far: wild burros on the side of the road!!
wild burros!
We saw four of these adorable little guys just outside of Beatty, NV. It really warms my heart to know there are still some wild creatures of the horse variety out there in the world. 

Next was Vegas. Just 2 nights and one full day here (which has been the way of this U.S. part of our trip so far, and it is proving to be way too hectic). Anyway, Vegas was really fun for our one day! It was sunny and lively with lots of music and things and people to look at on the strip! 
Vegas baby!
And it is a VEGAN PARADISE!!! I had no idea we would have so many options. We found a cheap room ($40!) at the Orleans and it was really nice (except the hot water was just luke). Our bellman told us all about the vegan scene and was so helpful! (Thanks Jeremiah!) We went to some super yum places: Go Vegan for chocolate maple pancakes and tofu scramble with green juice! They used a delicious vegan cheese called Violife that was amazing.  Also, Violette's Vegan for teriyaki cauliflower bites, chips and queso and yummy chocolate cake. But our absolute favorite was Pancho's Vegan Tacos: we had a huge plate of nachos, quesadillas and carne asada street tacos, also a fresh canteloupe agua fresca which was crazy delish and came in handy because the salsa was hot hot!!  It was all home-made and very delicious, and amazingly inexpensive for what you get!!

Pancho's Vegan Tacos!! Nachos bigger than Jamison's head!

Saturday, November 17, 2018

Sunny (and smoky) and breathtaking California!

The drive into California was kind of depressing because of the drought. Everything looked so dry dead, and a lot was burned. On the way to Fresno, we could see a terrible wildfire that ended up killing lots of people who were trapped in Paradise, CA. On a happier note, we then met up with Jamison's friend Bob, from his men's group, in Roseville. Bob said he grew up in Roseville when it was 10,000 people and it has grown to over 150,000.
We visited Jamison's uncle Jason and his lovely wife Danielle, and their daughter Taylor. Such gracious hosts and their home is like pottery barn with an Italian flair, so beautiful and comfortable! Jason made us a hearty vegetable soup with garlic bread and olive oil, mmmmmmm!!!
 Last Monday, we arrived in Yosemite National Park. I have wanted to visit for years, and we finally got to spend an entire day in the park. Jossy's school was reading John Muir before she left, AND she just finished a book that was a mystery called "The Wolf Keeper," set in Yosemite, so she was excited to hike, yay!! Yosemite is a hiker's dream. Just spectacular!! The enormously huge granite cliffs go straight up from the valley floor and are so white next to the blue sky, it is simply breathtaking. I want to come back someday and spend at least a week.
We hiked to the top of Vernal Falls, a lot of steps but Jossy was a trooper, and we actually ran into a really nice family of whom the Dad started the Powerbar company!...and he had a nine-year-old daughter! Woot! All made it easier to get Jossy up the trail! 


We found just a couple of vegan options to eat in the park. The first was at Degnan's where the cook told us he was vegan, and he made us delicious avacado toast with gomashio for breakfast! If you don't know what gomashio is, it is a seaweed and sesame seed salt seasoning that is yummy and very nutritious! We also found the Beyond Burger and fries in the lodge which was perfect after our 18,000 steps and 150 flights of stairs that showed on Jamison's fitbit after our hike! The best meal we had though was at a hostel called "Yosemite Bug," about 25 minutes outside of the park. Jossy had spaghetti and Jamison and I had a really nice tofu vegetable stirfry with orange sauce, washed down with my favorite draft... Sierra Nevada Pale Ale (in the Sierras!) of course! They also sold Justin's dark chocolate peanut butter cups, that we purchased and saved for our hike. They tasted so good when we reached  top of the waterfall!!