Surprise Kitty!

December 2, 2009 at 9:00 am (cats, cute animal videos) (, , )

Get ready to say hello to the single most adorable kitten EVER.

If you’re in desperate need of a pick-me-up to get through those mid-week blahs, then you fools are in luck. This is, hands down, the single cutest kit kat video I have ever seen in my life.

If it doesn’t make you giggle uncontrollably, then you’re an undeniable lost cause. There’s just no hope for you. My only advice–go hide under your comforter and wait for the weekend. 

The only way to possibly up the cute factor would be if Kingston or Monroe played the leading role. Unfortunately I don’t see either of them recreating this scene anytime soon.  

xxoo
v

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Happy National French Toast Day…Vegan Style

November 28, 2009 at 8:28 pm (cruelty-free cooking, vegan, vegan food) (, , , , , , )

When you think of November holidays, Veteran’s Day, Election Day and Thanksgiving most readily come to mind. But as a huuuge fan of breakfast foods, I was down right giddy to learn that one of my all-time favs has its own day of dedication this month.

November 28th is National French Toast Day, people! What a glorious holiday, just glorious indeed.

v's vegan french toast!

I could kiss the brilliant soul who decided French toast was so grand it deserved its own day of recognition. I wholeheartedly agree!

Even though I’m still stuffed to the brim with Tofurkey and all the yummy vegan sides, I felt compelled to honor today’s holiday. I mean, I really don’t see that I had a choice in the matter. In order to celebrate this national day appropriately, I was practically forced to make French toast…veganized, but of course. 

And as luck would have it, the secret ingredient for making extra-deelish French toast is plenty available this time of year. Because it’s the holiday season, you can find Soy Nog  just about everywhere. And let me just tell you, Soy Nog isn’t just for chilly nights by the fire. It’s the absolute best way to seriously fancy up some French toast.

Here’s my recipe. And as are all of lil miss vegan’s recipes, I promise it’s nearly foolproof. Trust the biggest kitchen fool of them all…yours truly.

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v

What you’ll need to make 3 slices of vegan French toast:

  • 3 slices of multi-grain bread
  • 1/2 cup of Silk Nog
  • 1/4 tsp. of vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup of whole wheat flour
  • 1/4 tsp. of cinnamon
  • organic canola oil for the pan

Mix soy nog, vanilla, flour and cinnamon in a bowl. Soak bread in mixture and add to the canola lined pan. Be extra careful because the oil will splatter. Cook each side of the bread until golden brown.

Add your favorite syrup and enjoy!

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A Vegan Thanksgiving

November 27, 2009 at 2:07 am (cruelty-free, food, Uncategorized, vegan, vegan desserts, vegan meals) (, , , , , , , , )

When you’re vegan, answering questions like, “Well what DO you eat?” and “How do you get your protein?” become second nature. I don’t even blink or hesitate anymore. My answers read like soundbites. Not because I’m being a smartass (in this particular case anyway), but just because I’ve answered these questions hundreds and hundreds of times over the years.

My nonvegan friends and family always seem especially concerned for my taste buds this time of year. The regular ole everyday questions are replaced with ones more seasonally appropriate, such as “If you don’t eat turkey, what do you do on Thanksgiving?”

Well here, my curious friends, is the precise meal upon which I stuffed my face today:

  • Many people who’ve never even seen a Tofurkey assume it tastes like shit. Well kids, we all know what assuming does, now don’t we? I assure you, Tofurkey is absolutely dee-lish! I crave it so badly sometimes that I have to go buy one and make a feast for no reason at all. It’s just that damn good!

tofurkey, tofurkey, tofurkey!

  • And we crazy vegans enjoy all the same yummy sides as the rest of you, just minus the insurmountable fat, calories and animal suffering. Here’s my plate full of faves: tofurkey and stuffing with mushroom gravy, mac ‘n “cheese,” baked corn and extra-yummy cranberry-filled dumplings. 

The whole spankin' plate of vegan goodness.

  • And if you know me, you know my obsession for anything and everything sweet…and chocolatey. I make one hell of a non-dairy chocolate cheesecake, but this time I got all wild and crazy and strayed from the recipe. With my ridiculous lack of food prep skills, any improv on my part is quite risky behavior. But I decided to live dangerously today. I made my very first chocolate/raspberry cheesecake. And the result, you ask? I know you’re dying of anticipation. Well, my lovelies, it was pretty much heaven. The pic definitely doesn’t do it justice…

One cheesecake. Two people. And nearly half of it's gone.

Thanks to a lovely friend’s recipe for pumpkin/cranberry cheesecake, I also gave that a shot. To my utter surprise, I was hittin’ 2 for 2 today and this one turned out oh-so-yummy, as well. But as with the choc/rasp cheesecake, appearance is certainly not my forte. If it’s edible, I’m happy. Screw what it looks like. I gave up on trying to capture a usable image for the pumpkin cheesecake so you’ll just have to take my word for it. It didn’t look great, but was truly scrumptious. Thanks, Sarah! ❤

Happy Tofurkey Day!

or

Happy ThanksVegan!

Whichever you darlings prefer. 🙂

xxoo
v

**If anyone would like any of the recipes, just let me know. I’ll be happy to share.**

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cute video alert: pug goes for a swim

July 6, 2009 at 9:00 am (Animal Adoption, cute animal videos, Pet Adoption) (, , , , )

Alright, so there’s no back-story to this one. I simply stumbled across this ridiculously adorable video of a pug goin for a swim in a pool.

The reason it jumped out at me is because one of my bff”s, Cody, is absolutely obsessed with Pugs and can’t wait til he’s settled enough to adopt one. Yes, that’s right…ADOPT one. Because Cody’s much too smart–well in this case anyway–to ever, ever buy an animal. Haha, c’mon, that lil jab was damn funny!

In all seriousness though, there’s just absolutely, positively no reason to ever buy from a pet store or breeder, whether you insist upon having a purebred or not. Always adopt!

Okay, that was my plug. Now watch this cute-as-all-hell Pug.

Damn, I’m on a roll today! Ha.

Miss you, Cody!

xxoo
v

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four ducklings rescued from drain

July 5, 2009 at 9:00 am (cute animal videos, ducks) (, , , )

Awww, this one is sweet! (Enter *tear* here.)

It’s a story about four lil ducks whose curiosity landed them stuck in a drain.

And it’s a story of the caring people who didn’t give up on the idea of reuniting the babies with their very distraught mum. 

After hearing of all the evil, hateful abuses animals suffer at the hands of people, it’s refreshing to hear the good stories every once in awhile.

Check the story and video here.

xxoo
v

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Canadian Official Eats Raw Seal Heart…No Joke!

May 27, 2009 at 7:25 pm (animal rights, Canadian Seal Hunt, Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , , , )

I’m not rendered speechless very often, not very often at all. But this story sure as hell left me at a total loss for words…well, temporarily anyway.

Thanx, flickr, for the crazy Jean image

thanx, Dimitri P, via flickr, for the great crazy Jean image

My stunned silence has since passed and I’m now able to say Canadian Governor General Michaelle Jean is utterly disgusting and her actions earlier this week are beyond comprehension.

I’ll start by setting the background. See, the European Parliament understands the annual Canadian Seal Hunt is vicious and cruel. As a result, they voted earlier this month to implement a ban on the selling of some seal products. The EU ban prohibits large scale trading of seal fur and other products throughout Europe. It’s set to be signed into law in late June. 

This ruling apparently did not go over too well with Jean. In her attempt to show support for Canadian seal hunters, the governor general decided to go crazy hardcore…crazy being the operative word here. During a community festival on Monday, Jean allegedly knelt in front of a number of seal carcasses, sliced into one of the animals and then, doing her best Hannibal Lecter impersonation, asked the woman next to her, “Could I try the heart?”

Yes, that’s right people, Jean then proceeded to swallow the raw seal’s heart whole! And animal rights activists are called extreme…really?!

I’m envisioning Jean eating the heart, licking her lips and then asking for a glass of Chianti.

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v

And if you’re wondering whether or not the seal hunt is cruel, watch this video and decide for yourself.

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Rat + Cat Love, Part Deux

May 14, 2009 at 8:07 pm (cats, cute animal videos, rats) (, , , , )

So a few weeks back I showed you lovely, animal-lovin fools an adorable video depicting true love if it ever did exist. Many who saw it wondered if the unlikely relationship lasted or if it–like many doomed loves before–fizzled in the end.

Well thankfully the brilliant “directors” behind the first video documenting this torrid love affair, chose to release a sequel.

And for all you haters out there–and let me just tell ya, lilmissvegan is one of ’em–this vid proves that true love really does exist…well for rats and cats at least.

Enjoy!

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Monster Cat

May 12, 2009 at 11:07 pm (cats, Kingston) (, , )

So everyone who knows me is fully aware that my lil kit-kat, Kingston, is the absolute love of my life. Although he’s a lil devil, he can do no wrong in my eyes. I kid you not, this cat has more personality than most people I know. And that’s a completely unbiased opinion…I swear. 😉

playin the suck up game later in the day

playin the suck up game later in the day

Because he gets whatever the hell he wants, whenever he wants it, he becomes infuriated when things don’t go his way. Our morning routine consists of him patting me in the face with his paw until I get up and feed him. If that doesn’t work, he ups it a notch. He resorts to digging his claws into my scalp, cheek, lip or whatever he sees appropriate at the time. I envision him saying, “Bitch, get your ass up now! I’m fucking hungry.”

After a few minutes, I fold. I find it’s easier to just get up and feed the lil man rather than put up a fight…a fight that I’m going to lose every time. 

I foolishly chose to fight the inevitable yesterday. And Kingston was more than happy with the challenge.

I wouldn’t get up and he got pissed…really pissed. He jumped off the bed and I heard the chewing begin. By the time I realized what was happening, within 30 seconds, the lil monster had chewed completely through the chord to my iPhone charger. I took it away from him, he flashed a total don’t mess with me, bitch look and off he walked to the kitchen. He sat his newly content self next to his dish and awaited my arrival.

xxoo
v

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another new obsession for v…Urban Decay!

April 21, 2009 at 11:23 pm (cruelty-free, makeup, vegan) (, , , , , , )

Thanks, Flickr.

Thanks, Flickr.

I definitely don’t consider myself a girly girl…not in the least bit. I’ve always had many more guy friends than girl friends. I can’t get enough SportsCenter. I grew up a total tomboy, always playing outside in the dirt with the dogs. But at the end of the day, there definitely is that side of me that loves clothes, shoes, good hair…AND MAKEUP!

This is a sad admission, but on days when I’m lounging around and kinda bored, I grab my makeup bag for some fun. Damn, it’s even more sad when it’s in writing.

Thanks, Flickr.

Thanks, Flickr.

As sad as it may be, it’s totally true. Makeup really has a way of upping your mood if you’re feelin kinda shitty.

For me, the first thing I look for when buying makeup is the cruelty-free bunny logo, which means the company doesn’t test on animals. Like I said yesterday, I don’t need a freakin study experimenting on bunnies to tell me where my makeup goes. Eyeshadow on eyelids, not eyeballs. Lipstick on lips, not in mouth. Got it.

I love awesome companies like Urban Decay, who not only refuse to test their products on animals, but they also offer a completely vegan line. And the adorable part about it…they mark all their vegan items with a purple “Marley-Approved” paw print. Soo freakin cute!

Again...thanks, flickr!

Again...thanks, flickr!

I’ve fallen in love with purples and greens as of late and Urban Decay makes the best, brightest colors of shadow. Plus they’ve created a miracle product to go along with it. Their Eyeshadow Primer Potion not only makes the color more vibrant, but it lasts longer, too. But the product’s most amazing feature is that it prevents shadow from creasing. And it bloody works!

So next time you’re lookin for a new makeup line, give Urban Decay a try. Their shiat is pretty, long-lasting and cruelty-free! You just can’t beat that deal, boys and girls.

xxoo
v

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Go Veg for Earth Day

April 21, 2009 at 3:03 pm (environment, vegan, vegetarian) (, , , , , , , , )

Thank ya, flickr.

Thank ya, flickr.

I’m sure many of you are quite aware that tomorrow is Earth Day. But did you know the absolute best thing you can do to help the environment is to cut meat from your diet?

No joke. And I’m not just sayin it because I happen to be vegan. I swear.

A 2006 United Nations study on global warming showed that raising animals for food causes more greenhouse gas emissions than all the planes, cars, trucks, trains and ships in the entire world…combined! That’s right, all combined!

In the US alone, every second, animals being raised for food produce 89,000 lbs of waste. That’s beyond disgusting. And where do you think that waste is going? It’s polluting our land and running into our waters.

And if you think the waste is bad, imagine how much gas is being released from the billions of chickens, pigs, cows and turkeys who are crammed into slaughterhouses at this very minute!

So what it boils down to is this. If you call yourself an environmentalist, you should also be calling yourself vegan or vegetarian. When I hear someone say they’re “going green” and are all about helping the environment, but then they laugh off the notion of going veg…I want to slap ’em. Seriously. It’s completely hypocritical. Following the UN’s study, you absolutely cannot be an environmentalist, and go home and have a hamburger for dinner. It doesn’t fit.

If you really are on a green kick and want to do the most you can to help, I’ve got a simple answer…go veg. It’s the single best thing you can do for the environment. And I bet it’ll be a lot easier for some of you than giving up your beloved SUVs.

xxoo
v

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