Sunday, October 25, 2015

Dill Pumpkin Seeds Recipe

            Fall is upon us, and with fall comes Halloween treats, and everything pumpkin flavor. I am very much one for everything Halloween, the pumpkin carving, haunted houses, and the caramel apples. (Vegan of course!)
            One of my all time favorite things this time of the year are the pumpkins, and what’s inside of them! I love pumpkin seeds, as does my family, and a batch of them never makes it around to the next day in our house. They’re super simple and easy to make, so I thought I’d share my version of them!

            Ingredients you’ll need: 
            1 pumpkin
            1 tspn dill
            1/2 tspn sea salt
            First, cut open your pumpkin and scrape out all of the seeds.  Then wash them off really well and put them in a bowl; make sure the seeds are still damp, and slimy!

            Toss the dill and the sea salt in, and then mix with the pumpkin seeds until they’re all covered. I usually sprinkle in a little more dill at this point if there’s not enough, also just because I love the dill flavoring!

            Once they’re coated, toss them on a pan and spread evenly. Then throw into the oven at 300°F for about 10 minutes. For a more crunchier seed, put them in at 250°F for a little while longer so that they have time to really dry out.

Then take them out (put in a festive fall bowl if you have one!) and ENJOY!

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Seeing is Believing

So who cares about going vegan? What’s the point of it; why not just eat what you feel like eating, when you feel like eating it?

Going into a bit about me, why am I vegan? All vegans have their own reasons, be it for health, ethical, moral, cultural, religious, or dietary reasons, we all do it for ourselves one reason or another. For me personally, it’s because I don’t have to eat meat, you don’t have to kill animals, you don’t need another being in order to survive. I haven’t always been vegan, about ten years now almost, so what made me go vegan? What led me to this passionate path of compassion, of which I hope others will join me?

I do want to preface that the following videos are disturbing and hard to watch, but please do watch with an open mind, and an open heart.

Videos by PETA

I want to follow this with your first feeling right after the videos ended. Why do you feel this way? Did you understand it? Was it new to you? It’s difficult to think that the chicken or steak on your plate has been thoroughly tortured before making it to your stomach. It’s a cruel industry that has done an unbelievable job at keeping these things behind closed doors and cages.

It’s hard to believe what you can’t see, but that doesn’t mean things aren’t true, or that they don’t happen. I get that many vegans seem to preach their lifestyle, but there’s nothing wrong with sharing your knowledge and opening these doors to others who would otherwise remain oblivious and unaware.

This post isn’t to be that cliché lifestyle preaching vegan, but more to only shed light on what we can’t see, and to bring to light these dark corners of this industry.

So are you, or do you know someone who’s vegan?
Or even an animal enthusiast?
(Because I know I am!)
What’s their reason for going vegan?
Could you imagine yourself going vegan, even for just a day?