I'll start with my good news. I visited my family over the weekend and broke the vegan news to them for the first time. I was very nervous about their reaction--veganism is so alien to them. But, to my surprise, they were actually quite receptive to the news. They didn't act as though they wanted to jump on the bandwagon anytime soon, but they did ask me questions about it in a non-threatening way and I got to share something with them that I really believe in--something I don't often feel able to do around them. They know that my baking is good because I recently sent them some of my sister's birthday cake that I made, as well as some of my gingerbread cookies. Maybe that helped. Anyway, I'm excited that it went so well.
I was going to cook dinner tonight, but instead Bob wanted to go to a red beans and rice social at Common Ground Athens. They are a progressive movement that is affiliated with Food Not Bombs as well as Speak Out for Species here in Athens. It was really neat to meet other vegans and social activists in the community, see what they're doing, and find things that I can maybe get involved in. I have been looking for ways to impact the community in areas that I am passionate about, and I plan to look into these programs.
Anyway, since I haven't cooked today, I thought I would share a couple of products I tried recently. This is Vitasoy Holly Nog, which I found on sale at Whole Foods. It's the only soy nog I've seen so far this year, and Bob and I decided to give it a try.
The taste is very nice, sweet and spicy like I hoped it would be. I find it to be a little on the thin side, but that doesn't bother me that much. I have heard Silk Nog is good and I plan to try that as soon as it pops up on the shelves, but this is tasty and well worth the $1.50 it cost.
This stuff... amazing. It's Peanut Butter & Co.'s Dark Chocolate Dreams peanut butter spread. Bob and I loved Nutella before going vegan, and I have been hoping to find a passable substitute for it.
This is more than passable. It has no refined sugar added to it, and it bears the Certified Vegan label--definitely a plus. The taste reminds me very much of Reese's peanut butter cups, which was at one time my favorite junk food. We had this with braeburn apples, and it was a nice treat. There are other peanut butter varieties available from Peanut Butter & Co., and I would like to try them out too.
There you have it. Tomorrow there will be homemade food--probably a soup. We'll see. Enjoy your week, and take care!