When Weekends Fly By…

The weather in Portland has been amazing this past week. Every day has been sunny, warm, and filled with blue skies. Spring is pretty much shoving winter aside and I am a happy camper! Tim and I noticed buds on trees this morning and lots of birdies trotting about on the ground looking for treats. Ahhhh… Here is a weekend recap:

Dinner Friday night:

My co-worker is writing a cookbook (yay!!) and was kind enough to give me her recipe for black bean burgers. She has been bringing them to work for lunch and enticing me with the aroma for months. They are ace. It is really great having co-workers who share a passion for healthy, delicious foods!!!

Tim and I spent much of Saturday riding our bikes and relaxing in the park:

In the evening we had a pizza party with friends and ate this cake:

A chocolate peanut butter cake I made for our friend Emiko’s birthday.

Today we volunteered at Out to Pasture Animal Sanctuary in Estacada, OR with several other people. We spent the day building fences, digging ditches, clipping blackberry brambles, and chatting with animals. It was a wonderful experience and I cannot wait to go and help again next month. The animals are so sweet and loving I wish I could scoop them up and lounge with them for hours (although horses and pigs are mighty heavy!).

A silly llama eating grass through a fence.

Tim (in the white top) helping make sure the fence components are level.

Here I am helping dig a drainage ditch to prevent flooding in the pasture.

Singer, the horse. She is nearly blind and followed Tim and I around when we were digging the ditch. She nearly bumped into the wheelbarrow once and it made me sad.

The envious life of a kitty. She lounged in the sunshine all day!

A quiet donkey munching in the pasture.

Best weekend!

Knock, Knock. Who’s there?

Tahini.

Tahini who?

Tahihitoo!

Ah hahaaa! Lame (not really a joke) joke. Goodness, it’s been awhile, huh? Let’s catch up on the last month, shall we?

First, Tim and I celebrated his birthday with cupcakes and lots of laziness:

Jaffa Cupcakes: Chocolate-orange cupcakes with orange frosting and drizzles of chocolate ganache. These were yummy.

Next, I attended an inspirational talk given by Jasmin Singer (big thanks to the Let Live Foundation for organizing this event!). The talk focused on how we can extend our advocacy beyond just the food on our plates, and speak up for animals in our daily lives. It was really wonderful to sit in a room full of people with a passion for animal activism. It’s easy to get lost in the shuffle and forget that we can all do more than just eat vegan food. Watch the talk and learn how you can use your talents to further help those without a voice:

Then, I baked up a few storms for Portland’s Vegan Bake Sale for Haiti. The sale made over $3,000!!! Woohoo!! Here are a few photos of the treats I made (with plenty of help from Tim!!!):

Rocky Road Cookies: Chocolate cookies with toasted almonds, dried sweet cherries, and vegan marshmallows.

Savory Soft Pretzels: Chewy, soft pretzels sprinkled with lots of yummy seeds.

Chocolate Almond Sandwich Cookies: Dark chocolate sandwiched between chewy almond cookie wafers.

And finally, Tim and I visited Out to Pasture Animal Sanctuary in Estacada, OR. There was a big open house and lots of people showed up to meet, feed, and play with the resident animals. This was my first time visiting an animal sanctuary and I absolutely LOVED the experience!! My favorite animal was this sweet lil’ piggie who walked right up to me and gently snorted his wet snout in my face:

Here are some more photos of the animals we met:

My favorite part of the day was feeding the pigs lettuce and seeing just how happy they were waddling around in the mud!

My birthday is Wednesday, so stay tuned for photos of the cupcakes Tim will be baking!!!


Tahinitoo Turns One!

Exactly one year ago I started this website (formerly Vegan Addict) with the intention of promoting veganism through food, craft, and adventure. I will admit, I used to scoff at the thought of maintaining and reading blogs. Now that I am immersed in a community of like-minded folks sharing recipes, photos, and perspectives on veganism, I can’t imagine why I had been so close-minded! I am forever printing out recipes, bookmarking links, and checking for new posts on my favorite blogs. It’s mighty addictive, but I would happily debate that it is a healthy addiction. Veganism is such an integral part of my life and I hope to continue Tahinitoo well into my elder years (as long as I can keep up with technology). As a rather reclusive individual, blogging has helped me feel more connected with other people, minus the anxieties of social interaction. Hooray for that! Anyways, this is simply a quick “Thank You!” to my readers. Ooooh, that’s way too mushy, but whatever. Go eat some pancakes.

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Chocolate Chocolate Chip Pancakes – a tester for 500 Vegan Recipes – Crazy sweet, fluffy, chocolatey, and yummy. This photo was snapped before I drizzled some pure Ohio maple syrup on top (thank you Tim’s mom!!!!!).

And, speaking of chocolate, you can enter to win an entire case of Jocalat Bars over at Chocolate Covered Katie. What’s keeping you?!!

My next post will feature reviews on some of my most favorite vegan health/beauty products! Yay!

Waffles Before Age

Tuesday was my birthday and I discovered that elderliness is creeping up on me way too quickly. I long ago predicted that my teeth would fall out before my hair turned gray, and would you believe that I woke up with sore teeth and gums?! Luckily I took the day off from work so that Tim and I could enjoy the sunshine and warm temperatures (it almost reached 60 degrees-in February!!!). Nice indeed. 

We started the day by taking a long bike ride up to Flavour Spot, a waffle sandwich cart in Portland with several vegan options. We each opted for a crispy waffle wrapped around two veggie sausages and drizzled with a maple/margarine spread. Delicious! We had also packed along a big thermos of tea to enjoy with breakfast. After we finished the first round of waffle sammies, I decided it would be smart to try the Nut Fluffer too. A Nut Fluffer is a waffle wrapped around peanut butter and Ricemellow. Who are we to resist? Tim and I shared the Nut Fluffer.

Here are some photos:

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Afterwards we sat in a nearby park and warmed in the sun while digesting breakfast. I also thought fondly of my co-workers seated in front of their computers… Heh, heh, heh…

The rest of the afternoon included a bike ride to a huge art store we had never visited (future W.I.P. Wednesday post perhaps?!!), Tim making me cupcakes (twice), and an awesome dinner. The story behind the cupcakes is quite humorous and sad at the same time. I had chosen Chai Latte cupcakes from Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World as my birthday treat. Tim eagerly mixed the batter and then asked me to fill the muffin pans. I had filled two muffin cavities when Tim realized he had forgotten to add the oil. The batter went back into the bowl and the oil was stirred in. The batter went into the muffin tins, baked, smelled amazing, and came out of the oven as golden cupcakes. And then… They sank into dense, heavy, rubbery pucks (we decided that adding the oil too late and mixing the batter too much as a result caused our disaster). Tim insisted I choose another recipe since the first batch wasn’t too tasty. I decided on chocolate cupcakes. He let me frost them:

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These super chocolatey cupcakes made my day!

For dinner we made Jessy’s Tempeh Meatlessballs with Green Rice. If you haven’t tried this recipe yet, you really ought too (I have posted about it before, here)! It has become one of my top ten all time favorites!!! It is incredibly tasty. We topped ours with a tahini sauce.

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The evening ended with a movie and an extra cupcake (or was it two?). 

And just because I love food in bowls, here is a photo of the dinner Tim and I made this evening:

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This was a compilation of veggie odds and ends: carrots, broccoli, shiitakes, peas, red bell peppers, kale, and tofu. Tim made an awesome stir-fry sauce and we served the result over chow mein noodles (the non-crunchy ones) and sprinkled black sesame seeds on top. 

That’s it. I’m off to have a cupcake. If Tim isn’t looking, I’ll take his too.