Cartoon characters tilt kids\ food choices toward junk food – USATODAY.com

Cartoon characters tilt kids\ food choices toward junk food – USATODAY.com.

Sad, but not surprising. Money, money, money…. that’s what it’s all about. Too bad they don’t use this tactic to sell organic spinach. 😉

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YouTube – Ellen DeGeneres on being vegan

YouTube – Ellen DeGeneres on being vegan.

I recently watched this clip for the first time, and all I can say is WOW, Ellen is truly wonderful. She has such a clear and beautiful way, of describing why she chooses to be Vegan. I only wish there were more people like Ellen, who use their celebrity status to be a voice for voiceless animals, who suffer and give their lives so needlessly.

Summertime “Lavender Lemonade”

As the the days inch closer to the official start of summer, I am beginning to plan family get~togethers, picnics and beach trips. It gets a little boring serving water, tea & juice all of the time, since we don’t do soda, so I was pleased to come across this beautiful and oh so tasty drink, from the book, “Vegan Soul Kitchen”. I have a feeling that this will be a hit with my friends & family!

*Look for lavender buds at farmer’s markets and online*

Ingredients:

6 cups water

1/4 cup lavender buds, plus 2 sprigs for garnish

1/2 cup Agave nectar

3/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice

1 large organic lemon, ends cut off and sliced thinly lengthwise for garnish

In a small saucepan, combine 2 cups of the water and the lavender. Bring to a boil, covered, for 10 minutes. Remove from heat and let steep for 10 minutes, then uncover and set aside to cool.

Strain the lavender water into a serving pitcher and discard the cooked lavender. Add the rest of the water, Agave nectar and lemon juice and stir well. Add the lavender sprigs and lemon slices and refrigerate until cool.

“My New Love For Gardening”

Since going Vegan a year ago, I have been dreaming of starting a vegetable garden. There is something beautiful and fulfilling about creating your own food. I began growing seedlings in my dining room last March, and now every cabbage, pepper, bean, cucumber, squash, zucchini, tomato, lettuce, broccoli, brussels sprout, garlic & onion has been planted into the earth.

I am so excited to nurture my little plants and watch them sprout & grow every day! I am loving every minute of this fascinating process!

The kids enjoy checking on the plants each day and watering them in the evening, I just wish they would help me with the weeding!

I’m not sure how long it will be until we can start eating our garden veggies, but for now I’m having a great time watching them grow! Who knew plants could be so much fun?

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