Thursday, 31 December 2015

Happy New Year + Our 7 Year Anniversary!



Holy crap! I can't believe another year has gone by in the blink of an eye! I'll be old and grey before I know it, haha!

I also can't believe that today marks mine and B's 7th anniversary. We're pretty much an old married couple at this point.. minus the old and married part, but still!

Anyway, I hope you all have a fabulous new years!

 
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Sunday, 27 December 2015

Snap Happy Sunday // Christmas + Ellie's 2nd Birthday!

Christmas morning in Townsville.
Ellie and Nala scoping out the Christmas presents.

Our little Christmas babies!
Ellie having a sniff of my new pyjamas.
Nala chilling out with Grandma and her new bone!
Two of my awesome Christmas presents from B. The cookbook was so thoughtful!
My yummy Vegan lunch! :D
Ellie and I on Boxing Day, Celebrating Ellie's 2nd birthday!
Ellie and her Daddy before he left for work! :)
Birthday kisses!

Opening her birthday present!

Hello everyone! I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas! As you can see from the photos above, B and I finally celebrated our first Christmas in our own house. Usually we are travelling all over the countryside trying to visit all of our family, but as we both had to work over Christmas this year, we ended up staying in Townsville and my Mum came to visit us instead.

This year was also my first Vegan Christmas, and although it wasn't as great as it could have been (I'm still learning new recipes!) it felt amazing to know that I wasn't contributing to the torture, rape and slaughter of innocent beings over the holidays. :)

We also celebrated Ellie's 2nd birthday on Boxing Day. I can't believe just how quickly she is growing up! It's insane!

 
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Wednesday, 23 December 2015

Happy 1st Birthday Nala!

Twelve photos of Nala over the past 12 months!


I honestly cannot believe that it has been one year since Nala entered the world. This year has flown by so fast that we've barely had the chance to stop and appreciate just how wonderful our lives are since Nala became a part of them. So this is what this post is for.

Nala truly is the most beautiful dog, both inside and out, but even more so on the inside. She has such a calm but happy nature and is always up for a cuddle. She isn't afraid of strangers (but will bark at everything and anyone anyway, especially bigger dogs) and we imagine that she'll be perfect with our children one day. Nala and Ellie also get along wonderfully and were truly a match made in heaven. Nala looks up to Ellie, and Ellie is Nala's protector. They're like two peas in a pod and I really do hope that they live a nice long life together.

We love you so much Nala Bear and we hope you have a wonderful first birthday!

 
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Thursday, 17 December 2015

Vegan Slow Cooker Chilli.



If there's one thing I know how to cook well, it's chilli. Thankfully chilli is super easy to veganise, and so this is the new Vegan version of my original slow cooker chilli (that I no longer promote eating, but the recipe is still there if you want it). I love it so much more than the original version as it doesn't leave me feeling heavy and bloated afterwards. It still tastes pretty much the same as it's the spices and chillis used that give it most of its flavour. :)

Ingredients:

1 brown onion, diced
1 large zucchini, diced
3 birdseye chillis, finely diced
1 tin red kidney beans, drained and rinsed
1 tin mixed beans, drained and rinsed
1 tbsp chilli powder
1 tbsp ground cumin
2 tins diced tomatoes
1 jar medium salsa

Method:

1. Turn your slow cooker onto a low heat approximately 6 hours before you plan to serve.
2. In a non-stick frying pan, brown your onion, zucchini and chillis together with a tiny bit of olive oil.
3. Add your pre-drained kidney beans and mixed beans, chilli powder, and ground cumin, and mix together until the flavours are well combined.
4. Throw mixture into the slow cooker along with your diced tomatoes and salsa. Stir to combine, cover the slow cooker, and leave to cook on a low heat for 5-6 hours.
5. Serve hot with corn chips, rice, a baked potato, or even on its own. Perfect with homemade guacamole or your favourite Vegan cheese/sour cream.

Serves 4-6.

 
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Tuesday, 8 December 2015

The Video That Changed It All.

Following on from My Vegan Story post that I shared just over a month ago, if I had to pinpoint the exact moment that I first began to question everything and really started looking into Veganism seriously, it would be when I first watched the video clip below. 

 

I stumbled upon this clip by accident in someone else's video, and decided to sit through it when I was told it wouldn't be graphic. It wasn't, but it was probably one of the saddest videos (and still is) that I have ever seen in my life. I remember walking into our bedroom and telling B that I had just watched a video of a baby calf being removed from its Mother (which is standard practice everywhere) and that the baby was loaded into the back of a van and the Mother cow chased after the van as it drove off with her newborn. I couldn't even finish explaining what happened in the video without writhing with tears. I ended up sobbing myself to sleep that night as it was the first time I had ever been made truly aware of the fundamental cruelness of the dairy industry.

This was also the first time I associated the dairy industry directly with the veal industry. Call me stupid, but I actually thought that by boycotting veal I was making a difference. However, as long as humans still consume dairy there will always be veal on the shelves. The only reason we are able to consume dairy products from cows is because the baby cows are taken away from their Mothers almost immediately after being born. They are then fed on milk replacements whilst we as humans drink the milk that was by nature meant for them. It just doesn't make sense.

It overwhelms my heart each day to know that this is reality, but I am glad I am no longer ignorant. Hopefully by writing this post some of my lovely readers will be awakened just as I was.

 
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