This can be highly modified to your preferences. Play around with the types of peppers used, the beans, meat substitutes, etc.

Vegan Chili

  I haven’t updated the blog here in forever – work has been crazy and on top of that we have been spending a ton of free time volunteering at Carolina Waterfowl Rescue. Even though the rescue has dozens of volunteers taking care of birds every day of the week, […]


Felafel was always one of my favorite things, even before I went vegan. I had never really cooked them much before going vegan though, I guess figuring that it’s one of those things that you just kind of eat when you are at a restaurant. After the transition though, I […]


All ethical-basis vegans have a meaningful story about becoming vegan.  I’m no different.  For me, I was overcome by “The Rooster Effect.” My husband Lynn became a vegan after watching vegucated. I watched it with him too, but by the time the cruelty stuff came, I couldn’t handle it… I […]

The Rooster Effect

A week and a half ago, I returned home from NYC where I attended Main Street Vegan Academy. Now I’m a Vegan Lifestyle Coach and Educator. It was an amazing and life-changing experience, and has left me with tons of information to process. I’ve been thinking for many days, how […]

Main Street Vegan Academy – Part 1

A couple of weeks ago, we did a volunteer work day at Cotton Branch Farm Animal Sanctuary. It was funny, one week before, I had said, “We really should find a local farm animal sanctuary to visit.”  3 days later, Meetup informs me that our local Animal Rights Meetup group […]

First Visit to a Farm Animal Santuary

So, I have been pretty busy lately – I took up a new hobby. We were trying a lot of different soaps lately, to find a good vegan soap that we could rely on without spending a fortune.  One of my favorite pastimes is figuring out how to make things […]

New Hobbies and Palm Oil

No, I didn’t eat one, but this Twitter campaign by KFC really fits with the book I’ve been reading, Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs, and Wear Cows: An Introduction to Carnism. In the book, the Dr. Melanie Joy delves deeply into the reasons that so many people are able […]

My First Popcorn Nugget and a book recommendation

  This review should start with a disclaimer: I am not a cheese freak.  I also haven’t tasted dairy cheese in 2.5 years. I know it’s hard to believe, but I was never one of those “OMG WITHOUT CHEESE, LIFE IS NOT WORTH LIVING” types.  Almost everyone I know, though, […]

Chao Cheese Slices

When we started this blog, I had great intentions of getting new recipes up often, at least weekly or so.  As always happens, when great intentions exist, life happens. I think that I sort of underestimated how much work goes into developing, testing, documenting and photographing recipes!  The holidays and […]

I am a slack blogger lately.