Monday, May 27, 2013

Strawberry Cashew Shake- So yum!

Judging by past photos of our garden, spring was indeed early this year in the Pacific Northwest.  This is both a good and a bad thing, in my opinion.  Good because spring is fun and I love watching things bloom and grow and burst into life.  Bad because weeds are also doing this.

I spent a couple hours weeding in the strawberry patch and "orchard" today, in between rain showers.  While I was out there, I collected our first good strawberry harvest of the year.  I'm glad we decided on getting varieties that fruit at different times, so we can have a prolonged strawberry season!

I thought I would share a really simple recipe for a drink I've been having a lot lately, usually with frozen strawberries.  Tonight's strawberry shake was a treat because I made it with fresh-from-the-garden strawberries.  The cashews have a substantial presence, without making the shake too rich.  Yum yum yum.

You should really try this and get your yum on.

Strawberry Cashew Shake

This will make one large shake or two medium-sized shakes.


4 good-sized strawberries*
1/4 cup raw cashew pieces
2 cups non-dairy milk of your choosing (I usually use rice)
3 dates, pitted
Agave, optional (if you want added sweetness)


Blend all the ingredients in a blender until smooth!

*If you use frozen strawberries, as I usually do, the shake will be a little thicker.

Friday, May 24, 2013

Vida Vegan Con and Bad Dogs!

I've been a bad, bad blogger, but that's going to change.  Thanks to Vida Vegan Con (and Vegan Cuts' generosity), I'm going to get back into the swing of things.  And I think I'm going to open this blog up to be more of an "everything" blog...pretty much like my previous one.

While I was busy attending VVC sessions, eating tasty samples, and mingling with bloggers from around the world today, Andy and Emerson were having their own fun.   Kittee will have good laugh at this.

Previously encased in that very bag were all of those styrofoam peanuts left over from our
Vegan Cuts swag bag-making party.

Notice the area Emerson cleared, wagging his tail, as I snapped this photo.

Swag bag contents of particular interest to me include Missionary Chocolates*, a full tub of Booda Butter, Pacific Northwest kale chips, and Wayfare Foods' Bacony Bits.  Lots of good stuff.  Good job, organizers!

I really enjoyed today's sessions, especially the panel on vegan parenting (although, I wish there was someone there representing adoptive parents) and Vegan MoFo.  I don't know about the rest of you, but I'm getting excited for MoFo!

Okay, okay!  I'm off to the Vegan Mini Mall for s'mores and tacos, and socializing, of course!

*Not officially part of the swag bag, but I managed to snag a few.  The Cinnamon Chipotle is SOOOOO good and palm-free and fair trade and organic!  Seriously.