I've planted four trees this summer (two apple, two pear), but one of these stands out for all the wrong reasons. While the others had blossoms earlier in the season and currently have leaves (two of them even have some fruit), one of them is completely barren. Now I bought all of these trees from … Continue reading Is your Tree Dead or Dormant?
Full disclosure: I do have a pit bull at home. Some people may think that makes me biased, but I think having one in my life, in addition to my time spent working with dogs at the animal shelter, gives me additional insight into this topic. I won't be getting into any anecdotes about my … Continue reading The Truth About Pit Bulls
What does it really mean to be vegan? On face value, it means not eating or using animal products. It also refers to abstaining from products tested on animals (whenever possible, I mean if you need life saving medicine that was once tested on animals, take the medicine! It's important to have reasonable exceptions to … Continue reading Vegan Gray Areas: Palm Oil
I think the average person knows bees pollinate plants and can deduce from this that they're good for a garden. However, I know for myself that I wasn't aware of just how important they are. In fact, they're quite vital. There are other insects that pollinate, such as butterflies, but bees appear to be by … Continue reading The Importance of Bees for your Garden
About four years ago we brought our cat José home for the first time. A coworker was no longer able to keep him and we took him off her hands so he didn't end up at the shelter. He was roughly eleven weeks old and I remember feeling nervous because even though I'd had pets … Continue reading Why you Shouldn’t Declaw your Cat
On face value the answer to whether or not eating oysters and other bivalves (such as clams, mussels, and scallops) is vegan would seem obvious. They're animals so of course they're not, right? The argument is that because they don't have a central brain it is unlikely they're able to feel pain. There's also no … Continue reading Vegan Gray Areas: Oysters
I want to make it abundantly clear that this is not my recipe. I simply veganized this recipe: http://www.foodiemisadventures.com/2013/02/southern-pecan-pralines.html I've been making my father this original praline recipe for years now. He grew up in South Carolina and these are a popular Southern treat. He said they remind him of his grandma's and I honestly … Continue reading Veganizing Pecan Pralines