Friday, December 31, 2010

My Vegan Dinner Party Cinnamon Rolls

I had a super fun vegan dinner party at my place last night. I always overestimate the amount of food needed when I cook. I guess it's better than not having enough! The biggest hit at any dinner party I have are my homemade cinnamon rolls from scratch. I got the recipe off of veganyumyum.com and made my own modifications to make it a bit healthier. just a bit;) The rolls are made from scratch so you have to be patient and accurate with your measurements. I highly recommend making them instead of rolls with butter, eggs, and milk. You don't need to use those items to have a good cinnamon roll!




Monday, December 27, 2010

I gave up coffee about 4 months ago so this blog should be called "Tea & OJ" instead- lol! BUT- since I DO drink coffee when I'm on set, I will keep the name. I had early call times before the holidays for the film, "Now", which caused me to falter and drink a few cups o' goodness.
So.... I want to talk about food. MMMMmmm...yummy yummy food. I like to talk about vegan food a lot because I'm vegan AND I want people to know that vegan food is delicious! Being vegan is definitely viewed as being eccentric by most people around the world. It's...umm... different, and because of that, it's feared even. It is always the topic of conversation when I'm out to dinner...but not because I've brought it up. People are interested, but don't always want to hear the truth behind my decision. I don't like talking about it while I'm trying to enjoy a dinner out with friends because my carnivore friends often end up feeling as if I'm judging them...and IM NOT! What I do like to talk about (and get asked about often) is what I eat. It's super easy being vegan. Let's start out with what I call my "staple items." Here are items that should be in the pantry or fridge at all times if possible.

1. black beans
2. olive oil
3. japanese soba noodles (great with stirfry and cook in only 3 minutes)
4. wheat bread
4. tortillas
5. avocadoes
6. tomatoes (or salsa)
7. onions
8. tempeh
9. quinoa
10. almond butter
11. vegan sausage
12. spinach
13. seitan
14. apples
15. bananas
16. tofu
17. jalapenos
18. red or green peppers
19. daiya cheese
20. frozen grapes

These are MY staple items, other vegans items will vary. I could make atleast 10 different meals with combinations of these food items. Except the frozen grapes; those are just for snacking on. They're like little slushies!!! Having mixed nuts in the pantry and chickpeas is a good idea, too- but I don't keep them around often.

I'm going to a vegan dinner party on Thursday night at a secret location. I'm making baja tacos, a pepperoni pizza, and cinnamon rolls- I'll be sure to post photos along with the recipes. Ciao!

Random thoughts

I ran out of soap- so I borrowed my brothers Nivea for men body wash. OMG- let me just say that this stuff is the BEST smelling soap EVER. all men should be using it...and some women, too ;) I don't even care if I smell like men's cologne...it's amazing.

On another note....
I love to cook things from scratch. Cupcakes, cinnamon rolls, biscuits, breads, gravies, icing, etc... it's fun. ;) I am sick of hearing people say that they "love food too much" to be vegan. WHAT?! Vegan food is delicious and often more fresh and flavorful. I want to prove that going vegan doesn't mean giving up many of your favorite foods. For instance, I make killer cinnamon rolls. I got the recipe off of veganyumyum.com and have friends drooling for more. This morning I made biscuits and gravy from scratch- the gravy was made out of black beans, olive oil, and vegetable broth. SO YUMS! I'm having a vegan dinner party with a few friends this week and will be trying more recipes...I'll be sure to post photos and whether or not the recipes turned out to be good. (I'm sure they will) ;)

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

One of the most important things to know in order to move forward with happiness...

Learning to accept the things that we perceive as wrong can be a difficult task for many of us. Often we have been brought up to accept that it is normal to feel guilty about our actions and that by doing so we will make everything seem alright within ourselves. Even though we might feel that we have a reason to make up for the choices we have made, it is much more important for us to learn how to deal with them in a healthy and positive way, such as through forgiveness and understanding.

When we can look back at our past and really assess what has happened, we begin to realize that there are many dimensions to our actions. While feeling guilty might assuage our feelings at first, it is really only a short-term solution. It is all too ironic that being hard on ourselves is the easy way out. If we truly are able to gaze upon our lives through the lens of compassion, however, we will be able to see that there is much more to what we do and have done than we realize. Perhaps we were simply trying to protect ourselves or others and did the best we could at the time, or maybe we thought we had no other recourse and chose a solution in the heat of the moment. Once we can understand that dwelling in our negative feelings will only make us feel worse, we will come to recognize that it is really only through forgiving ourselves that we can transform our feelings and truly heal any resentment we have about our past.

Giving ourselves permission to feel at peace with our past actions is one of the most positive steps we can take toward living a life free from regrets, disappointments, and guilt. The more we are able to remind ourselves that the true path to a peaceful mind and heart is through acceptance of every part of our lives and actions, the more harmony and inner joy we will experience in all aspects of our lives.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

iStart a Fan War

In case you missed it(or had no idea that it happened), I was in a recent episode of iCarly called iStart a Fan War. It was an hour long, special episode with Jack Black. Very funny and an awesome experience. :) Here are a few of the scenes:

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Let's wrap up this year and stick it in the closet

Change is good. Change is a must. I believe we must accept change in order to become what we are meant to be. As the year comes to an end, I find myself wanting to let everyone who has made my life better know how much I appreciate them. This task would be daunting as there are too many to count. Some people I will never even see again. Here's the thing...yes, I do chase my dreams and try to pursue many different things...but that's only because I am scared most of living a life of regret. I never want to look back and wish I had tried harder or not spent my life on a couch watching TV. I believe that the reason many people don't get out in the world and DO something they are passionate about is not only because they are scared of failure, but because they are scared of change. Come on people! Change is inevitable. It is here, now. I know that every single thing in my life has happened so that I could be where I am today. I am so proud of myself for the way I think, the causes I support, the people I let in, and the dreams I chase. I'm not saying I'm without fear....I just try to stay one step ahead of it. It's always chasing me---I just can't let it catch up! For the new year, I think I will make a point to change anything negative in my life. I will encourage others to be themselves and not follow a crowd. I will embrace my faults and work on the attributes that aren't doing any good for me and the ones I love. So...here's to change...here's to looking fear in the face and spitting...and here's to a happy happy new year. 2011 FTW!