Swap Love

I recently participated in a PPK package swap. My swap partner (thanks Aimee!!) sent me a package that was literally bulging at the seams! Thankfully I have a nice mailman who brings bigger/heavier packages to my door. He isn’t the most timely dude (I know it’s not his fault that the package took two weeks to arrive, but you know…), but I’ll still give him some praise.

Onto the package contents!!!!


-A huge tin full of homemade yummy cookies (brownie bites, chocolate chip, peanut butter, and sugar)

-Two kinds of herbal teas

-A handmade snowflake apron that pretty much rules my kitchen

-A long-sleeved tee (in my favorite color: brown) that says “Go Green” on the front, and “Go Vegan” on the back. I am pretty sure she had this specially made, how sweet is that?

-Tons of gourmet chocolate bars

-Butterscotch chips (I’ve never found vegan ones around Portland, so I am psyched to have these)

-Pure Ohio maple syrup


-Local handmade soap that smells lovely

- Trader Joe’s Candy Cane Joe Joe’s (not pictured, I took these to work to share with my co-workers, and they were devoured)

-Snacky-type chips (also not pictured)

This package made my weekend. Aimee put a lot of time, thought, and effort into all the contents. I love how two people with the same name were paired up! Too fun!! Thanks so much, Aimee! You are the queen of package swaps!!!

On a different note, please take the time to send an e-mail to the Oregon Zoo asking them to stop using bullhooks on the elephants. It’s incredibly cruel and painful to the elephants. Even if you don’t live in/near Oregon, taking this simple action (seriously, it will take you a few minutes max) sends out a positive message of compassion for animals. Please help the elephants. Please?

Oh! This past Sunday Tim and I went to a Culinary Activism lecture at Portland State University given by Isa and organized by the Let Live Foundation. We saw a similar talk over the summer at the Let Live Animal Rights Conference, but it was worth going a second time. Isa gave people cookies (chocolatey gingery yummy ones). How cool is that? Plus, there is always something new to learn when you are in a room full of like-minded people. The new video footage isn’t up yet, but you can check out the footage from her first lecture here (along with many other awesome videos). Go take a peak!