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I’m Back…

September 19, 2008

Well, I was back yesterday, but had the overwhelming job of unpacking & putting all my crap away.  For some reason, that seems harder than it should.  Boo hoo, I know.  I was also lonely.  Sometimes it’s shocking to be around a lot of people & critters, then come back to my solitary confinement, I mean studio apartment!

The coast was fun, as usual.  Cathy & David are so sweet & lovely.  They made me vegan enchiladas on our first night & took us to a lovely restaurant for Eth’s birthday.  I told them that I felt guilty having them spend $15 on a cucumber sandwich, but David insisted.  They always make me feel so welcome & taken care of.

Ethan took me golfing.  Well, I was the caddy, but it was fun.  I carried the clubs because I figured it was good exercise, plus it allowed Ethan to concentrate on his game.  This was only mildly successful because he was going through crazy nicotine withdrawal, but it was still fun & he’s been butt-free for 4 days so far!  We also went to the driving range a couple times.  He’s really good!  And I’m not just saying that.

I got to visit Yoda, my darling kitty.  When Eth & I lived together, he lived with us for years, but then he was hit by a crazy fucking driver.  His leg was broken (as was his beautiful right fang) & he had to have pins put into it until it healed (thank you, Cathy & David!).  Once he recovered, Cathy & David took him so that he could live a life surrounded by Nature, not cars & noise.  He’s so happy, but we miss him.  I can tell he missed me too, since he wouldn’t let anyone else hold him!  He was so snuggly & loves boobs.  Well, who doesn’t!  He’s the most badass cat in the world & has this “don’t eff with me” way about him.  The car that hit him probably instantly burst into flames upon contact.  And it was probably a Hummer too.

I can’t post a picture of Yoda without putting up one of his brother.  Here’s Ruben on the car ride home.  He’s got the classic “Are we there yet?!” whiny face on.  He’s so good at it too.

I’ve decided to make a big change in my life that has to do with what I eat.  It may seem extreme, especially since I’m a baker, but I’ve done it before & haven’t felt as great since going back to sugar.  I’ve gone through all my cupboards & the fridge & got rid of anything & everything that contained preservatives and/or sugar.  I’m not even going to eat “raw cane sugar” because I think it’s pretty much the same as refined white sugar.  The sweeteners I’ll still eat are maple syrup, molasses, agave nectar, brown rice syrup & honey (I still have a huge jar that I got from the Farmer’s Market before going vegan). I may make rare exceptions, but want to really stick with it.  And I truly believe that preservatives & other food additives do crazy shit to our brains & bodies.  The stuff they call “food” in America is banned in many other countries.  I’ll just institute a mini-ban over here.

Of course I didn’t throw the food away.  I set aside some stuff for Ethan & my sister, then took the rest down to the “free pile” in the basement here.  I just want to take care of myself & not feel that I’m full of toxic junk that will build up until it eventually turns into cancer.  Plus I’ll feel much better.  I think I had gotten into the habit of buying stuff just because it was vegan, even though it was just as crappy as non-vegan stuff, only cruelty-free.

Anyhoo, I made these little gems before going to the coast.  Ethan’s mom really loved them & asked for the recipe!  It’s adapted from this one, by Sally, at VegFamily.  Since we got a new refrigerated display case at work, I’m going to make these for people who wish to avoid sugar, but need a sweet treat.  They’re bursting with protein too!

Chocolate-Coconut Candy

  • 1 cup agave nectar
  • 1 cup almond butter
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 cup sesame seeds
  • 2 cups shredded coconut

Combine agave, almond butter & vanilla.  Stir in the remaining ingredients.  Form into small balls & roll in extra coconut, seeds, nuts, etc.  Refrigerate.

Inner ball action:

P.S. Do any of you recommend any particular juicers?  I am thinking of either getting a juicer, or a Vita-Mix, once I get my financial aid (next week please, oh Universe).  I know they’re not the same, but I can’t have both!  Something cool about Vita-Mixes are the way they make frozen fruit into “ice cream”, but I’ve also heard that some juicers can do this as well.  I’m off to research the pros & cons of each, but would love to hear your personal experiences with any of these gadgets!

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Book blurb time.  I read two more books while on vacation. Only 36 more to go before my next birthday!

15.)  Wise Child by Monica Furlong

16.)  Parable of the Talents by Octavia Butler

I have three more Octavia Butler books that I put on hold at the library!  I can’t wait to pick them up tomorrow.  I think I have at least one vegan cookbook to grab too.  Awesome!

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16 Comments leave one →
  1. September 19, 2008 10:23 pm

    Sounds like a great trip! And oh man, those chocolate coconut balls look delish! I really enjoyed Parable of the Talents – the different stories are heart wrenching and frustrating, and just really speak to the inherent problems with human nature. RIP Octavia!

  2. September 20, 2008 12:35 am

    I’m also trying to kick my sugar fix. I did a detox earlier this year that I am constantly trying to restart because I’ve never felt as good as I did when I wasn’t eat so much preservatives and bad sugars. Thanks for re-inspiring me to kick my sugar fix!

  3. September 20, 2008 6:38 am

    Your trip looks wonderful! And congrats going off sugar (come on over. . . .all my recipes are sugar-free!). It made a huge difference for me when I cut out wheat and white sugar (and yes, evaporated cane juice IS white sugar–the only REAL evaporated cane juice is UNrefined, ie Sucanat).

    Such cute dog pic, too! 🙂 (Okay, maybe the cat is cute as well. . . I’m just not a cat person).

  4. September 20, 2008 6:48 am

    your pet photos are so cute. Sounds like you had a great visit! I’m sure Ruben is happy that you gave him some blog love too.

  5. September 20, 2008 9:09 am

    I am a cat peron and I love your kitty! Oh grats on going off sugar. I have made the switch recently (except for theses damn chocolate chip cookies I keep buying) to using raw agave nectar, yacon syrup and powder and Date sugar, I love them all so much more than sugar so it has been great. Refined sugar is technically a drug.

  6. September 20, 2008 5:09 pm

    Welcome back! Those candies look great, and I bet they would make wonderful gifts, too.

  7. September 20, 2008 5:58 pm

    Chelsea—Heart wrenching is right! She definitely didn’t believe in fairy tale endings, but there is always a sense of sacrifice for the greater good. Today I picked up “Fledgling” & “Blood Child” from the library. Oh yeah.

    Liz—Thank YOU for inspiring me! I love hearing about other people trying to eat more “real” food.

    Ricki—I will gladly be guided by your sugar-free wisdom! I’ll have to pick up some Sucanat sometime (for moderate use!). I used to use it when I was younger & I really liked its strong, molasses flavor.

    That’s okay if you’re not a cat person, but Yoda acts just like a dog! People have actually told us that. I guess he was raised with dogs, so what can you expect?

    Lisa—Thank you. It was a blast!

    Nikki—Thank you! Ooh, chocolate chip cookies are a tough one. I can’t blame you. I’ll have to look up yacon syrup—that’s a new one for me! Cool. And I definitely agree that sugar is a drug. I recommend the book “Sugar Blues” by William Dufty. It’s been a long time since I’ve read it, but it was a real mind-blower.

    BitterSweet—Thank you. Good idea! I think I’ll give them out for Winter Solstice gifts this year. :o)

  8. September 20, 2008 6:10 pm

    i couldn’t agree with you more! i too believe that preservatives & other food additives do crazy things to us (and plastic, too)! there is SOOOO much here in the US that’s banned in other countries, and it’s so awesome that you’re do’n a personal ban! that rocks so hard!

    the candies look scumptious!

    i’m excited about your change, too! we could cut out a little more junk, too – and i think we’ll start cutting out even more crap as well! 🙂 thanks for the inspiration!

  9. Celine permalink
    September 20, 2008 9:23 pm

    welcome back! now give me some candy. 🙂

  10. September 21, 2008 1:10 am

    Welcome back! Sounds like a wonderful trip. And your candy looks divine!

  11. Courtney permalink
    September 21, 2008 2:37 pm

    Welcome back!

    I just wanted to comment on the Vita-Mix–I have one and I LOVE it! It is amazing! You can puree just about anything…it is seriously one of my favorite kitchen gadgets. I have never had a juicer, so I cannot compare, but I would go for the Vita-Mix!!

    Courtney

  12. September 21, 2008 7:57 pm

    Welcome home from a what looks like a fantastic vacation. Your pets are so cute.

    Those candies look plenty sweet and really satisfying. It’s hard to quit sugar, so I admire your effort.

  13. Jennifer permalink
    September 22, 2008 10:49 am

    Great post today! Congrats to Ethan on being butt-free! That’s hard to do, so I’ll send him encouraging thoughts.

    How great that you got to see your kitty and that your in-laws (?) were so nice to take him in and let him live his happy kitty life. I wish everyone was so compassionate!

    Those coconut treats look divine; I could really use one right now!

  14. September 22, 2008 6:37 pm

    Those coconut balls look absolutely decadent. I have yet to try out agave nectar, but will make a note to get it next time I’m at my coop. And I think I’m in love with Yoda and Ruben! They’re just precious.

  15. September 25, 2008 12:05 am

    jessy—I know! America seems like the most toxic place as far as what is “acceptable” with food. It’s crazy. I’m happy to inspire you. :o)

    Celine—Come & get it!

    mihl—Thank you! :o)

    Courtney—Thank you for the recommendation. I just ordered one today!!! I cannot wait to use it. I bought a refurbished one from Vita-Mix, so it is still guaranteed, but didn’t cost a bazillion dollars.

    Diann—Thank you. I feel so good without sugar that it’s an incentive to keep away.

    Jennifer—Thanks. I’ll tell Ethan–he needs encouragement to stay off the cigs–most of his other friends smoke. :o( I wish everyone were as compassionate as Eth’s parents too. They’re really special folks.

    Vaishali—Do try it! I actually read today that it’s even sweeter than honey, so it’s quite potent. Aw, thanks. They would love to meet your furry family (well, maybe not Yoda, ha ha).

  16. October 19, 2008 7:47 pm

    Oooo! These look so good! They are instantly going on my list of top 5 recipes to try! 🙂

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