Saturday, March 07, 2009

The second Veganetsy giveaway!

The second Veganetsy team giveaway is under way right now!

This time around you pick one item using the 'veganetsy team' search word to find an item starring an animal commonly associated as a food. You can click here to find all the details and enter; all you need is a blogger account.

The prize is a sample pack of veganetsy goods which includes many awesome crafters.

Friday, March 06, 2009

Bike ridding for Farm Sanctuary

Josh Hooten of Herbivore Clothing, is planning a bike ride of about 600 miles to raise money for Farm Sanctuary. The ride will be taking place the first week in May, and you can support him and Farm Sanctuary by going to first giving. Also from that page, you can link to his blog and find out more, and also find out more about Farm Sanctuary as well.

Sunday, March 01, 2009

Peppermint hot cocoa

This year I once again, majorly failed at stocking up Vitasoy Peppermint Chocolate soymilk, which has arguably the best workings for a hot cup of cocoa. So with one lonely soymilk sitting on my shelf, I decided I would try and recreate my own recipe. The result was awesome, and I think I like it even more then the packaged stuff (gasp). What makes it even better though, is that you can make sure your chocolate is fair trade and ethical. If you don't have coconut milk, you could probably sub out something else creamy like a soy creamer, if you buy those things? Or good old H2O if you get really desperate. I just had some opened in the fridge that I needed to use up.

Peppermint hot chocolate

1/2 cup sugar (I use raw stuff that needs to dissolve, so the instructions are geared towards that)

1/4 cup fair trade baking cocoa (I like equal exchange)

1/8 cup coconut milk

1/3 cup water

1 teaspoon of peppermint flavor extract

1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon

4 cups soy or almond milk (not the sweetened stuff)

Heat up coconut milk, water, and sugar over medium heat in a saucepan until hot. Add in cocoa and cinnamon, and stir until mixed and boiling. Reduce heat, and add in soy or almond milk and extracts making sure to heat, but not boil again.

Serve with optional soy whip and sprinkles and extra cinnamon.

Makes about 3 big mugs. The extra stores really well in an empty tomato sauce jar. Just shake and re-heat.