Golden Adventures

First off, I’d like to express my thanks for all of your kind and uplifting comments regarding my previous post. This month has not been the best for me and I am truly ¬†grateful for the support! I am slowly moving forward from the job loss and seeking new ways to keep myself productive, happy, and fulfilled.

Earlier this week Tim suggested we take a little adventure. I’m always up for a change of scenery, especially during the fall months when the leaves are changing color and the air is crisp. This is, after all, my favorite time of year!

We decided to go on a photography journey so that we could capture all the golden colors before they disappear in a week. We went to two different places, the Clackamas River region in Oregon, and the Columbia River Gorge in Washington. Here are some photographs from our explorations:

Needless to say, I felt much better after escaping Portland for a few days. And, speaking of golden colors, I am currently testing recipes for Terry Romero’s forthcoming cookbook and made some Golden Tandoori Baked Tofu last night for dinner. It was top notch! On the side, Tim and I made Lemongrass Lime Jasmine Rice and Coconut Chili Collard Greens, also test recipes.

I have plenty more test recipes lined up for this week and next week. Hopefully I can post about them soon!

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!