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Okay, I want to start by apologizing for totally neglecting my blog for the last week.  I have been craft obsessed this holiday season and totally immersed myself in creating all kinds of holiday fun.  But I am back in the blogging saddle and ready to update everyone on the happenings in my world.

First we’ll back track a bit to Thanksgiving.  My family and I traveled to Boise and had Thanksgiving with our relatives.  I spent several days before the trip preparing road snacks and gathering plenty of vegan friendly menu items for our holiday meal.  Pretty much everything that had been made by my relatives had butter in it so I improvised for my Thanksgiving meal.  I had a lovely lentil soup with mashed potatoes, pumpkin biscuits and cranberry sauce.  My family were even willing to try a few vegan items.  They loved the pumpkin biscuits and chocolate cupcakes (I neglected to tell them there was silken tofu in the cupcake recipe, tee hee).  Everyone accept my cousin Becky were a bit leery of the green smoothies though.

When I got home from Thanksgiving I fell headlong into preparations for a small craft fair that I was doing with some friends.  I made several teddy bears and sock monkeys and printed up some original art work on greeting cards.  The show went well and I sold a few items.  I also bought a few items so it all balanced out.  : )

Now I am in the home stretch for Christmas.  For me that means baking up a storm.  This year will be a bit different from the Christmases of years past.  While I have gone vegan most of my friends and family are not and quite a bit of my gift giving revolves around home-baked goodness.  So while I am not depriving them of homemade caramels from my grandmother’s recipe I am veganizing all of my cookie, zucchini bread and truffle recipes.    I am excited to experiment a bit with the caramel recipe and see if I can successfully veganize it.

That is all for now.  How are the holidays going for everyone else?

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Thanksgiving is nearly here and it will be my first vegan holiday.  I’ve spent most of the week getting things ready.  I will be going to have Thanksgiving with family in Idaho this year and I will be the sole vegan in the group. 

The feast with the family is sure to be replete with butter, eggs, milk and all manner of non-vegan food.  I am also sure that there will be quite a bit of good-natured ribbing.  But I also intend to show the family how tasty veganism can be.

I will be bringing pumpkin biscuits, pumpkin truffles and chocolate cupcakes.  It will be interesting to see how it all goes.  I will be taking a lot of pictures and will more than likely have more than a few stories when I get back.

To everyone who will be celebrating this Thursday, Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

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I was reading through some of my favorite blogs and I came across this post by Bianca at Vegan Crunk.  She had just adopted this handsome fellow named Gideon.

Image from Farm Sanctuary

After reading about her post I felt inspired to pop on over to the Farm Sanctuary website and check out this Turkey Adoption thing for myself.  Once I got there I became immediately taken with this little sweetie.

Olive (as pictured on FarmSancutary.org

I gladly contributed my $25 donation to be able to adopt Olive.  Her gentle eyes paired with the obvious trauma of  debeaking tugged at my heart-strings.  At a time of year when we are all gearing up for the holidays, seeing Olive and Gideon makes you realize that one of the greatest gifts we can give is to help those in need.  Whether they be people or turkeys.

Another way to help others this month is to visit Chocolate Covered Katie and help out with the Operation Chocolate-Covered kindness page view charity drive.  Just by visiting her blog and clicking on the different pages you will be helping to raise money that will go toward the Enough Project.

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