“J” is for Joni Cookies!!!

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A few weeks ago Joni from Just the Food (and co-author of soon-to-be-released 500 Vegan Recipes) and I decided to do a mini homemade package swap. I sent her a jar of Roasted Squashkin Butter and she sent me these lovelies (which arrived Wednesday and made my day since I have been home sick):

Joni's Pressies!

Gluten-Free Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies (recipe here, on Joni’s blog) and a handmade (by the amazingly crafty Joni herself) crocheted winter hat!!!! Wow!!! I wore the hat while munching on cookies (four to be exact, you know, spread throughout the day…) and sipping a lemon elixir meant to make me feel better (it did a bit). The cookies are delightfully perfectly crisp and peanut-buttery with a generous amount of chocolate chippies mixed into each bite. They are a great dip-in-a-glass-of-milk cookie. Thanks so much Joni!!!!!!!

Fur Free Friday

First off, thank you for the kind words regarding my previous post. A four-day weekend and a partner who has been taking awesome care of me is helping immensely. Cookies have helped too!

I participated in my first protest today (!), and I definitely see myself attending more in the near future. As a shy, quiet, and likes-to-hide-in-the-shadows kind of person, this protest dug deep within and had me shouting phrases like “Forty dead animals, one fur coat” while marching proudly in the front of the group. It was quite an afternoon. Portland had a great turnout for Fur Free Friday, an event that takes place in cities all over the country on the lamest (in my opinion) day of the year: Black Friday. It felt awesome to promote something other than obnoxious consumerism and 4 a.m. “early bird” sales. I’ve never been one to shop on Black Friday, but being out amongst those that do while communicating a powerful message was exhilarating. Plus, marching through the streets (police escorted) and holding up traffic is pretty satisfying, so says the evil twin who resides in me…

One last issue: please click here, and encourage the soon-to-come Obama Administration to bring change to the US Department of Agriculture. It only takes a few moments and it will help promote more humane agricultural policies nationwide. Thanks!