Store-bought natural peanut butter? RIP-OFF. Make your own, boss!

In recent years, of course, I got into eating natural, no-crazy-sugar-or-other-bullshit-added peanut butter.

But have you seen straight up peanut butter in the store?! Freaking $6, $7, $8 – who has that kind of cash for luxury peanut butter?! I don’t live near a Grocery Outlet anymore, so I’ve paid crap prices for peanut butter a few times. Luckily I don’t go through peanut butter that quickly.

My baller friend Ashley, one of my high school besties, posted about making her own peanut butter over at her blog.

ZOMG I HAD TO DO THIS.

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Vegan ice cream!

The day arrived on Saturday afternoon at the New Moon Farm Goatalympics in Monroe.

I saw it in person: Seattle Cookie Counter.

A sight for longing, hungry eyes.

A sight for longing, hungry eyes.

It was tough to choose a flavor. I wanted all of them. Ice cream was just about my favoritest thing as an omnivore and I hadn’t had anything quite like creamy ice cream in ages. Sorbet, yes, and some So Delicious ice cream sandwiches, but a place where I had more than one choice of dreamy ice cream on a hot day was such a delight.

I picked coffee chip ice cream snuggled between two snickerdoodles.

Insert into face.

Insert into face.

It was so wonderful! The ice cream was cold, but creamy enough that I didn’t have to jam my teeth through it and give myself an ice cream headache. The cookies were sufficiently chewy but held together. It was delightful. What a wonderful combination!

Perfect start to my visit with my boyfriend to the Goatalympics. Let me tell you, the goats were not impressed with the contests. They required, er, coaxing.

Anyway, go see Seattle Cookie Counter if you’re in town!

Support vegan ice cream in Seattle!

Gee golly has it been a long time since I’ve posted here. I have tons of posts in the queue, but work and life have been crazy. You know how that goes.

Now even though I have plant-based adventures to share with you, this piece is time sensitive and I should have posted it sooner!

Last week I found out about Seattle Cookie Counter – a vegan ice cream sandwich project that will travel throughout Seattle in a VW bus selling ice cream sandwiches to the masses.

It’s raising money on Kickstarter until 11:59 p.m. tomorrow and you should pitch in! It only requires a $1 minimum donation.

Now I didn’t really have enough dough to donate as much as I wanted until today and fortunately, it has already surpassed its minimum goal of $18,000. Hooray! This is now a reality!

But I think local, vegan small businesses are peachy keen and wanted to pitch in, anyway. And cash in on an awesome little reward for donating.

Plus their video on their Kickstarter page made me drool. I lurrrve sorbets and stuff, but their ice cream looks like the rich, creamy stuff I have honestly missed since going plant-based. Now I want it in my tummy!

Here’s what they promise if they exceed their goal:

-A permanent curb space in the U-District
-Wholesale sammies at small, local businesses
-A private ice cream sammie party for all the backers

Support them now.

Portland!

After some tough weeks at work for the both of us, my boyfriend and I went to Portland for the weekend.

My main experience with Portland is my mom taking my brother and me to the Clackamas Mall (quite outside of Portland) for sales tax-free back-to-school shopping. Of course I’ve been to Portland proper, the metropolitan neighbor to the south, but I hadn’t explored it on my own.

Seattle is an easy city in which to be vegan, but in Portland they totally cater to you. I had a waiter volunteer to check on the veganness of a salad, went to places with special vegan menus and you can just say “make it vegan, please” and they know what to do (too many people don’t know what that means, so I always have to specify no mayo/sour cream/cheese/aioli, etc.). Portland is particularly vegan-savvy.

Now eating out with the man friend means seeking out omni restaurants that have something I can eat. Homeboy doesn’t quite get that it’s possible to have a meal without meat.

But it was so easy!

Oh and we drank lots of craft beer. So happy beer is vegan.

Not pictured: a grilled PB and J from the famous Bunk Sandwiches. Yeah I’m gonna make those at home now.

Recommended brewery: Pints.

Maybe next time I’ll go to Portland with girlfriends who will eat at the vegan joints with me.

What vegans eat

I always love vegan food porn where I can peep what other people eat, like what Bianca at Vegan Crunk does now and then.

So I’ll offer up my own food porn. Captured by my crappy cell phone camera. Sexxxxxi.

Easy peasy

… lemon squeezy.

I really did squeeze a lemon for this one.

I almost always make recipes that will last me at least a couple days – if it lasts me a week, even better. I love cooking, but ain’t nobody got time for that every day.

A recent super-de-dooper easy recipe that I went through for about a week came from Budget Bytes with Beth’s oven roasted Greek stuffed pitas.

Budget Bytes is an omni website, but it has vegetarian and vegan tabs and many of the non-vegan recipes are easily vegefied – like this one.

I nixed the chicken and made the Happy Herbivore feta to go with it. Chickpeas would also have been a great add if I’d thought of it.

After I used up all my pitas, this filling was great on a salad.

Speaking of salad, it makes an excellent side next to the pita.

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