Monday, February 27, 2012

Veg of the Week

...a little late!
I have lots of fun pics to share with you all from the past few days, but for now...Veg of the Week!

I realize I just talked about pizza not too long ago, but....this was good!!

And I'm starting to realize that when you live in a household that has a vegetarian/ vegan sympathizer and a meat-eater, pizza is one meal that is easy to make to please both parties!
(A vegan sympathizer is someone who is not vegan but who has altered his or her diet to consist of more vegan options, with the possibility of moving closer to a completely vegan diet).

I bought a couple pre-made pizza crusts. You'd be amazed at how many options there are at the grocery store for pizza crust- I even saw a gluten free one! I want to try that one next time!

So I basically followed the directions on the pizza crusts I bought- it consisted of saying to lightly oil the crust (I used a tablespoon or two of olive oil, then sprinkled garlic powder over that), putting on your sauce and desired toppings, and then baking at the designated temp and time. So simple. For my vegan toppings, I literally just used whatever was in the fridge.

This picture makes me want to act like a 5 year old and say something like...

"Mommmm, his pizza is touching my pizza!"

So anywho, my pizza had:

-Enough canned pizza sauce to just cover the crust so there weren't any spots without it, leaving about a half inch of crust around the edge.

-About a half cup (I didnt really measure...I just loaded the thing with toppings!) of Daiya brand cheddar and mozzarella style "cheese" shreds on.

-Then on half I put fresh green peppers and canned mushrooms

-On the other half I put 3 or 4 tomato slices on, and I also put about 3 Morningstar veggie "bacon" slices on- I microwaved them for about 20 seconds just so they weren't frozen, then tore them up and put them on the pizza. And I also had I decided to tear off a little and sprinkle it on top (spinach or basil would've been better- the kale kind of just shrivled up and was useless lol).

I love to sprinkle crushed red pepper on my pizza....and sometimes dip it in hot sauce too... but that's just me!

As you can see, I like to take a laid-back approach to cooking. It makes it more fun and allows me to learn more about cooking in a comfortable way!

When it comes to desserts though, I have learned that the measurements definitely need to be pretty precise....but for other types of things like basic meals, many of the ingredients can be altered to preference or taste- especially pizza toppings!

~Loving vegan melty "cheese" pizza, ~Anna (&And the Pooches&Chad)

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Yayyyyyyy! HB 14 Passed!!!

I am so pumped! HB 14 passed. I'm posting this from my phone but the article I read about it is posted on "Life With Dogs" blog. Their link should be on my page under "dog blogs we read." Take a look! Clap your hands for Ohio!!! ~Happy Tail Wags, -The Pooches & Anna & Chad

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Veg of the Week

...on the go.

I'm not saying it's good to always eat frozen meals.....but what I can say is that sometimes you just gotta make do, and there are some really cool vegan "on the go" options. Since this past week has been so much GO GO GO, I thought I'd share with you one way I made dinner quick, easy, and vegan.

Step 1: Stopped at the grocery store across the street from my work.
Step 2: Rushed inside and grabbed an Amy's frozen dinner.
Step 3: Microwave via directions.

...devoured food. :)

I found myself tired and lacking motivation, and also craving a tomato verde sauce smothered on something. I could have caved and bought a jar of tomato verde salsa and a bag of tortilla chips and eaten the entire contents of both, but I knew there was something better out there!

I had a faint memory of an Amy's brand burrito I had eaten a long time ago... I thought it was tomato verde related.....and it was! Score!
It is good even cooked in the microwave :)

And it's healthy! And vegan!

And in keeping with the "taking it easy" theme, that's all I got for ya. Goodnight :)
~Keepin' it simple and veg, -Anna (&And the Pooches)

Saturday, February 18, 2012

We Got Tagged to Play a Game!

Our nice furriends at Mayzie's Dog Blog tagged us to play this game where the pooches get to tell you more about them! Without further are Spuds and Shadow....

1. Describe yourself in seven words.
Spuds: Herrro alll my 7 wurds are: Tuff, Funnie, Tailented, Old Fart, messy, anddd Cool. Its my favrit wen peeple say i'm a Cool Dog.

Shadow: Hello all, dont mind my brofer he is a d-o-r-k, dat shoulda been one of his werd hehehehe! My 7 werds are: Wiggly, sweet (as a cupcake), diva, j-lo curvacious, a shadow (becuz i am clingy i like to live up to my name duh!), annddddd luv-a-bull of cours.

2. What keeps you up at night?
Spuds: Dad snoring louder than me.

Shadow: Finkin about breakfast. yummmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm...........

3. Who would you like to be?
Spuds: BARRY SANDERS! Dats who i try to be lik when me and shadow play outside, im all like "juke move, stiff arm, you cant catch me!!"

Shadow: Uhhh, myself. Duh. Unless i could be dat Strawberry Shortcake gurl becuz den i wud assume i would taste gud and be able to luv myself as much as food becuz i wud be like food!

4. What are you wearing right now?
Spuds: My cool brindle patch. Dats all i need to b Cool Dog.
Shadow: My most diva BLING collar dat my dad picked out fur me.

5. What scares you?
Spuds: When mom or dad is opening those tubes of rolls dat pop when u open dem, i hate da popping sound!
Shadow: Platic bags, trash bags, ne plastic bags. Dey sound funny!

6. The best and worst of blogging?
Spuds: Best part is dat it makes me a Cool Dog, but da wurst part is dat summtimmeessss, a certin HUMIN put unflattering pichures of us on heer and its embarrising!!!
Shadow: Diva's should b shown off. Dats da best part is dat everyone gits to see my amazing cuteness. But da wurst part is dat i share da lime-light wif Spuds.

7. What was the last website you visited?

Da last one we visited was Mayzie's Blog! Hi Mayzie, Shadow heer, I would likes to know where u got ur cute outfit wif da pink and da pearls and all dat. I need to tell me mom so she can make me luk dat hot!
8. What is the one thing you would change about yourself?

Spuds: Ermmm....dis is pawsonal. But...wen da Vet took my man circles, he umm...left da skin in dat area and it hangs funny...i wish dat didnt hang der..
Shadow: I wish i could manooover better when i am chasin spuds becuz i hav no good juke movs and i hav to run in big circles to turn direcshuns!

9. Slankets, yes or no?
Spuds: I'm not too shur wut deez r, but i can tell u i furry much enjoy wen i am under da blankets becuz i get cold eezy.
Shadow: I like to chew holes in blankets and den wen u git under dem its lik u hav a tent! I make da windows hehehehee!

10. Tell us something about the person (people) who tagged you.

Spuds: Mayzie is a furry lucky dog to hav such a great famurly and she is furry pritty (more pritty den Shadow dont tell hur i sed dat!)
Shadow: SPUDS!!! I KAN SEEEE DIS! Ugh, ne wayz....da ones who tagged us seem like such a Cool famurly and dey r Defurnitly cooler den SPUDS!

I will take over frum heer since i obfurously cant trust Spuds to be a Gud Dog on heer. We gits to pick 8 furriends to play!
1. Dog is God in Reverse- My Life With Dogs (fellow OSU fan furriends)
2. kissa-bull (da most furriendly and luv-a-bull furriends)
3. Dennis's Diary of Destruction (da most adventurus furriends)
4. MargeBlog (one of our oldest bloggy friends!)
5. It All Started With a Pit Bull (a new furrend)
6. Pip (another new furrend)
7. El Diario de Lorenza (a furry fashionable furriend)
8. The Happy Pit Bull Blog (one of da most funny pibbles in da hole wurld!)

We hope you all wants to play!!!!!!
~The Pooches (&Anna & Chad)

Sleepy Saturday

Herroooo all, Spuds heer. I wud like to tell u all dat mom has been furry bizzy this week. She started her new job wich u all know, and i heerd her say she likes it lots! Probly as much as i like a fresh bowl of cold water, if i had to gess.
So I wud like to also tell u dat she got a cold on her first week at her new job and dats no gud, she did not like dat. Probly as much as a dont like lik bath time, if i had to gess.
But her is startin to feel better becuz she gave me and Shadow bath time today (I tried to tell her just becuz she gots the cold duz not meen we hav to hav sumthin we dont like but den she distracted me wif a dog cookie).
So ne wayz her is catchin up on sleep time today and i am helping her, seee:
See, dat luk of mine is my "dont mess wif mom while her is needing sleepy time or else i will slobber all over ur ears". Humins hate slobber in der ears, heh.
So ne wayz me and my most perty sister Shadow ar not as nice wen daddy needs to catch up on da sleep time. After he gets home from a hard day uv werk he luvs to put on his comfy hats and fall asleep to watching tv. So we mostly wait til he is alllmoosstt in the sleeps til we start to bug him, den we compeet to see who can get da most attenshun, while dad tries to give us attenshun and sleep and we dont let him sleep....seeeee:
our dad is furrever trying to get da sleep time and we dont let him becuz our favrit cuddly time just so happins to be wen he wants da sleep time. Oh well furr daddy he cannot resist our furry cuteness love. heh.
I hope u all gits to cuddle wif ur humins, dont let dem sleep too much unless they say da werds "bath time" den give them watever dey want!
~Furry cuddle time, -Spuds (&Shadow&Anna&Chad)

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Happy Valentine's Day!

Happy V day! Bear with me here.... I'm posting from my phone so I can't get the pics in the order that would make sense....
But this "take and bake" pizza place in my town was selling heart shaped pizzas! So i bought one half non-vegetarian for chad and half plain for me. I added my own vegan toppings to my side (veg "bacon," tomatoes, vegan cheese, basil). We are a couple who is half veg, half not, so we just find ways to make it work.
Cute v day cupcakes!
The pizza before I added my own toppings ...
The pizza after cooking...(see what I mean about the pics not being in order?)
Bottom of the cupcakes!
Shadow wanted a cupcake.....not surprising right!? I didn't give her one, but I did give her a taste of frosting. She is my little cupcake :)
~Hope your day is filled with love from your furry and human loved ones, -The Pooches (&Anna&Chad)

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Veg of the Week


I was offered a new job a few weeks ago (YEA!) and took myself out to breakfast to celebrate.
I had heard of Muesli but didn't really know what it was. I saw it on the menu at the restaurant I went to, and thought it sounded good, so I ordered it!

Doesn't it look so yummy?! The served it with vanilla yogurt.

After trying it, I couldn't wait to eat it again. So I looked around at the grocery store, and found Dorset brand cereals. Check them out here:

Once that was all gone, I wanted to try to make some because I knew I had a lot of the ingredients on hand. I found an easy recipe online, here:

Here's how easy their recipe is:

4 1/2 cups rolled oats
1/2 cup toasted wheat germ (I didn't have this so I just left it out)
1/2 cup wheat bran (I didn't have this either! So I used ground flax seed)
1/2 cup oat bran
1 cup raisins (I did a half cup of raisins and a half cup of dried cranberries)
1/2 cup chopped walnuts (I did a mix of cashews, pecans, and almonds)
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup raw sunflower seeds (I didn't have these so I used Chia seeds!)
Mix it all up and store in an airtight container!
Then when you eat it, add in fresh fruit. I added many different fruits when I ate it. I like to eat this best with almond milk poured over it. I tried it with soy yogurt and then realized the soy yogurt still had dairy in it. FAIL. (note- read the labels if you want to try something non-dairy!)
Muesli with blueberries and strawberries...

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Look Who it Is!

For any of you who have been following my blog from the beginning, you know Kado was a big part of it for quite some time, pretty much up through 2010.
For our newer followers, here's a quick run down: At one time, Kado, Spuds, and Shadow all lived together, as Chad and his sister lived in the same house.
But one day Kado got to move out and start a new journey with his family. We let you guys know about it here:
and in that post we said we'd keep you updated on him......I haven't done a very good job of that.
We saw our ol' orange buddy yesterday! He wants you to see his daily life. Ahem:
Hey blogger furriends! LUK!:
Here's me hugging my dad:
and heer is how i like to roll all over da floor at my house:
And HEEEEEER is the front entrance of my house!
and den of course heeer is my gud side model face duh.
Heer is how I luk when Uncle Chad has food,
and of course most importintleee, heer is where i git dinner at my house. Isn't it grate! I luv my house.
We all got together for dinner and had so much fun visiting everyone. I looked at Chad and said, "We have to get some pics of Kado for the blog!"
Kado would also like you to know that his mommy is in the process of getting a blog up and running specially fur him, so you can see what he's up to at
I'm sure all of you who loved having Kado as a regular on the blog will be excited to check it out and get to stay updated about him!
~Excited to share our weekend wif you, -The Pooches (&Anna & Chad)

Friday, February 10, 2012

Happy Friday - Obsessions

Just sayin...

Just in case you were wondering...this was not planned. I was just sitting eating my cereal and I saw I got up and took pics with my phone...and she just sat there with her cupcakes lol!

~Loving Friday and Cupcakes, -Shadow, The Pooches, & Anna

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

HB 14 progress and postcards

Hi everyone! I just wanted to take a minute to update you on the postcards (HB 14 Update) I made, and HB 14.
1. The postcards have all been distributed! I gave them to my dentist's office, friends, coworkers, family, and on and on. Many people took several because they knew other people who would want one. I even had someone in a coffee shop ask for some when they overheard me explaining them. It was so exciting to see peoples' enthusiasm about them and their desire to know more about HB 14. The people I passed them out to have let me know that they have been sending them in and passing them along. One person wrote on their postcard "no discrimination, whether human or animal" on the card. That's a good way to sum up what this bill helps represent. WOOHOO!
2. HB 14 was passed in the senate, however they proposed a few changes. What has to happen now is that the house will review the changes and then it should be passed on to the governor. I wish I could see the amount of postcards that have made it to the governor's office already. It makes me smile to know they are floating through the USPS and landing in the office of a person who can make or break this bill.
My sister sent me this link (Thank you!) which helps explain what's currently going on with it.
Keep sending pawsitive prayers and thoughts or whatever it is that you do , to support Ohio's pooches and HB 14. Are paws are in prayer here!

Monday, February 6, 2012

Cupcake Musings

Hey huminsss...Shadow here...
Sumthing is missing from this sitting spot...hmmm. My butt herts.
I think I kno what's missing here...guess I better git warmed up and seerch for my beloved sitting spot.
Ahh, heer they rrr. Which one of thees do I like better?
This one smells like feets.
This one smells like oven. fooooodd...mmm. its a winner.
Jus chillin on my cupcake rug. Don't mind the dish washer exposed. It flooded and then I broke stuff trying to get sumthin out from under ther. Oops. Gud thing mom and dad luv me more than da dish washer.
*GASP!* MOMMMMMMMMM, get OFF my cupcake. NOW!
Ur not gittin off? Fine, I will stick my tung out at u. Pffft.
HAVE A HAPPY MONDAY FROM SHADOW! And just stick out your tongue at anyone who tries to take over your favorite thing :)
~The Pooches, (&Anna)

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Veg of the Week

...healthy super bowl food (minus the super bowl!)

I didn't actually watch the super bowl, but I wanted the food that comes along with it.

The first dish I made was the healthy vegan spinach artichoke dip from Daily Garnish, here:

It's another great vegan recipe blog!

Getting all the ingredients out! Here's what you need:

5 cloves garlic
1 14oz can artichoke hearts
1lb bag frozen spinach
2 tbsp Nayonaise
2 tbsp Tofutti cream cheese
1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
1/4 cup nutritional yeast
1/4 cup Daiya cheddar style shreds
pinch of salt

So first take 5 cloves of garlic and mince them. Put them in a pan on med-high heat and brown them for a few minutes.

Then add in your drained can of artichoke hearts and cook for a few more minutes.
After that, add in the whole bag of spinach and cook for about 10 minutes.
When you've cooked it for about 10 minutes, put it in the food processor. My processor is what I like to call "vintage" :)
Add in all the other ingredients (nayonaise, tofutti, daiya, almond milk, nutritional yeast, salt) and mix in the processor for 30-45 seconds.
The recipe then says to put it in a 1 quart baking dish but I only had a 2 quart dish, so that's what I used. Use what ya got!
Sprinkle a little cheese on top.
Bake at 350 degrees for about 10 minutes and then EAT with yummy chips.
I actually took this to my parents' house and made it later in the night, so I just refrigerated it until I was ready to bake it.
The other dish I HAD to have was pizza, but I didn't want it to be an unhealthy pizza. I used a recipe from a magazine, changed a couple things based on what I had on hand, and veganized it! Here's what you'll need:
(Inspired by Better Homes and Gardens Special Interest Publications)
3 English muffins (whichever ones you like best), split and toasted
Approx 1 cup Pizza sauce
1/2 cup Fresh spinach (the recipe calls for arugula but I had spinach)
fresh tomato, diced
4 pieces of Morning Star veggie bacon, cooked to crispy and crumbled up
1/4 cup of vegan mozzarella cheese and 1/4 cup vegan Daiya cheddar shreds
Getting my stuff together...
Get your broiler started on the oven.
Then toast the english muffins to desired crispyness, and set them on a lightly greased pan.
Spoon 1-2 tbsp (or however much you like...) of pizza sauce on each piece of english muffin
Then put spinach leaves on, covering the surface of the english muffin
Then put the diced tomatoes on
THEN sprinkle the bacon pieces on
And finally sprinkle the cheese on. Just have fun with it and put however much of the toppings you want really....
Broil for 1-4 minutes or until the cheese is melted. Just watch them so they don't burn! When the cheese is melted, they are ready to eat!
I was so excited to try this stuff that I forgot to take a picture until half way through eating... YUMMMM!!!!
For dessert I had a macintosh apple cut into chunks with a tbsp of peanut butter melted and drizzled all over the apple pieces. Peanut butter makes my day :)
So I got to have all the "super bowl" type food-veganized and healthy-without the super bowl. A pretty nice relaxing Sunday if I do say so myself :)
~Having fun veganizing pizza, -Anna (&The Pooches)