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Vegan Lemon Ice Cream Recipe & Happy Thanksliving!
November 17, 2011, 9:44 am
Filed under: book reviews, food, Happy Thanksliving! coloring zine, interview, recipes

Hello all!

A few bits of Thanksliving lovin’ before we get to the way-too-delicious lemon ice cream recipe.

-Thanks to Marsha at the Institute for Humane Education for her super-supportive review. IHE has also compiled a list of 9 turkey-friendly children’s stories for Thanksgiving. Sweet! (This one also looks promising). I recommend browsing this wonderful site to learn more about IHE’s compassionate work.

-Want your copy of Happy Thanksliving! to arrive before Thanksgiving? Place your order by tomorrow!

-Here’s a fun, new interview!

-Adam Gnade of Microcosm Publishing has put together a vegan recipe zine, entitled Let Gluten-Freedom Ring!  This collaborative cookzine is only $4 at Microcosm and includes my recipe for raw cheesecake balls. Not exactly Thanksgiving-themed, but fun news nonetheless!

-On a glutenous Thanksgiving note, this looks incredible.

On to the rich, creamy, tart, sweetness! Yesterday we celebrated a family member’s birthday and his request was lemon ice cream. I stuck with my tried and true cream base– coconut milk and raw cashews– and the rest was so simple and terribly delicious.


A juicy lemon was perfect for this moody November day.

Vegan Lemon Ice Cream

INGREDIENTS
-1 can coconut milk*
-1/2 cup raw cashews, soaked for at least an hour
-1/2 cup liquid sweetener of your choice
-1 tsp. vanilla extract
-1/4 cup + 2 tbs. lemon juice
-1 tbs. lemon zest + more for garnish

*I recommend Native Forrest brand organic coconut milk, because the can is BPA free.

Combine all ingredients in high speed blender and blend until smooth. Pour mixture into ice cream maker and follow manufacturer’s instructions. Garnish with additional lemon zest. I recommend serving this ice cream with the blackstrap gingersnaps from Vegan Cookies Invade Your Cookie Jar. (Or something similarly warm and gingery).

So wonderful! More ice cream here, here and here.



Turkey Friend Coloring Sheet & More!
November 15, 2011, 12:39 pm
Filed under: book reviews, coloring pages, Happy Thanksliving! coloring zine, TurkeyLove

Hey friends!

I’ll start by saying THANK YOU to all who have shown their support for Happy Thanksliving!. It feels wonderful sending copies all over the country, imagining lots of vibrant, compassionate kiddos reading and coloring. Working on this project has surely ignited my excitement about the holiday, and I hope that Happy Thanksliving!  brightens your celebration as well.


image borrowed from Bonzai Aphrodite

*If you want your copies of Happy Thanksliving! delivered before Thanksgiving, place your order by THIS FRIDAY!*  (If your order also includes a hardcover book or dolls, your shipment will take longer to deliver.

Want to read what other people are saying about the Happy Thanksliving! coloring zine? Check out these sweet reviews by:

-Your Vegan Mom
-Bonzai Aphrodite
-Little House of Veggies
-The Vegan Mom
-Vegan Crunk
-Our Hen House
-Vegbooks

Now let us color!
What would you like to say to a turkey friend?

PRINT COLORING SHEET

Love,
Nathalie VB



Thanksliving Lovin’
November 7, 2011, 12:02 pm
Filed under: book reviews, coloring pages, Happy Thanksliving! coloring zine

Hello all!
I’m sewing up fresh copies of my new coloring zine, Happy Thanksliving! and wanted to give a warm, fuzzy shout-out to all who have voiced their support for this project.

Thanks to Mariann Sullivan & Jasmin Singer at Our Hen House for their sweet, shimmering review
…and
their podcast love!

Thanks to Jessica Almy at Vegbooks for her super-supportive review.

Thanks to Microcosm Publishing for naming Happy Thanksliving! as their Featured Awesome Product of the Week.

AND thanks to all who have purchased a copy for a friend, family member, or for themselves. (If you think you’re too old to color, you’re wrong). I’m so thrilled to hear that everyone is enjoying the zine! Wahoo!!!

While we’re on the topic of Thanksgiving, I’d love to re-introduce you to these turkey-honoring coloring sheets from last year. They’re pretty fun!



Feeling the turkey love? Head on over to Farm Sanctuary’s Adopt-A-Turkey Project and donate $30 to help some feathered friends.

More reviews, turkey-love, and recipes coming soon!



Ingvar’s VeganMoFo 2011
September 28, 2011, 10:22 am
Filed under: book reviews, bookmaking, food, free stuff!, reading, VeganMoFo

Hey wonderful people!
Have you heard that it is almost October?
This means orange, red, yellow, brown, crunch! Sweaters, bonfires, winter squash, Halloween!
And this year, it also means VeganMofo.

VeganMofo stands for “Vegan Month of Food” and was originally created by the fine folks at Post Punk Kitchen. During this month, hundreds of bloggers from around the world write as much as possible about vegan food. Participants share recipes, product reviews, cooking techniques, gorgeous foodie photos, and more- (VeganMoFo.com)

This October, with the help of my dear friend Ingvar, I’ll be a MoFo! Some of you already know Ingvar from my veg-themed children’s book, Garlic-Onion-Beet-Spinach-Mango-Carrot-Grapefruit Juice  (he’s the narrator). Fans have shared some great photos of Ingvar posing with their favorite foods…

…and during Ingvar’s VeganMoFo, I will too! I plan to post an Ingvar food photo every weekday. Some days I’ll share recipes, and on other days I’ll just share pictures for the sake of pictures. (A photo diary, if you will). I certainly enjoy looking at the pretty veg dishes other people make– and I often discover new ideas for basic weekday meals by seeing what others are doing. You feel me?

Because VeganMoFo is all about community, I want to see your Ingvar food photos too! As if drawing a face on your finger and snapping a photo with your dinner isn’t easy enough, I’ll offer some incentive. At the end of each week in October I’ll be giving away a free, signed copy of Garlic-Onion-Beet-Spinach-Mango-Carrot-Grapefruit Juice. To enter, simply follow these directions for submitting a photo. Winners will be selected using the names-out-of-a-hat-method on the 9th, 16th, 23rd, and 30th. Open to kids and adults living in the U.S. Feeling totally pumped? You’re free to submit as many photos as you’d like.

In addition, I’ll be posting lots of new veg-themed coloring sheets! If you or a kiddo in your life like to color, keep your eyes peeled for those.

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On another note, remember Vegbooks?

It’s a fantastic site that reviews children’s books/media in search of those which promote veg values. Vegbooks is currently hosting a book review contest to celebrate their 500th review (what an accomplishment!). The winner of the contest will receive three veg-friendly children’s books: That’s Why We Don’t Eat Animals, Garlic-Onion-Beet-Spinach-Mango-Carrot-Grapefruit Juice, and Our Farm. Learn more here.

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Lastly, Handmade & Bound Nashville is this weekend! I’ll be reading at 11am on Saturday. If you’re in Nashville, come on out for a fun day of bookmaking!



THE juice!
May 17, 2011, 10:41 am
Filed under: book reviews, free stuff!, kids, recipes

Someone finally made garlic-*shallot-beet-spinach-mango-carrot-grapefruit juice!  Gabby, a young fan of the book, made the following recipe with her aunt Amy and shared it with their family.  Gabby’s mother said it tasted like a better version of V8.

Gabby and Amy’s recipe:
2 mangos
6 carrots
1 grapefruit
1 beet
1 cup spinach
1 medium clove of garlic
½ shallot (the only concession made to make the juice semi-drinkable!)

Thanks for sharing, Gabby! You’ve inspired me to try the recipe myself… especially since green garlic, spring onions, spinach, baby beets, and carrots are all in season here in Nashville! If anyone else decides to try the juice (either with this recipe or your own), I would love to hear about it.

On that note, Your Daily Vegan is giving away a signed copy of Garlic-Onion-Beet-Spinach-Mango-Carrot-Grapefruit Juice (plus 5 buttons) this week!  To enter, comment on this page with a juice recipe containing at least two of the ingredients from the book’s title.

Thanks also go out to Jasmin and Mariann from Our Hen House for their super-sweet review of G-O-B-S-M-C-G-Juice in Saturday’s podcast. Listen here (the review is at the end of the episode).

Hope everyone is having a great week! More to come soon–
Nathalie VB



fancy commercial
December 16, 2010, 9:10 am
Filed under: book reviews, Buddy the hamster, interview, SALE

Hello all,

My friend Luke and I made this very fancy book commercial that I think you’ll enjoy.    : )

Also, one final reminder… Place your order by this Friday if you want your package delivered before Christmas. Some items are still on sale at the ThoraThinks store. Check it out!

I hope everyone is doing well and staying warm. I’ve been spending lots of time crafting with friends, making soup, and playing with my new adopted hamster-buddy!

p.s. You can read a new book review here, and an interview here.



Holiday Sale
December 4, 2010, 8:42 pm
Filed under: book reviews, coloring pages, SALE

Whoa. How is it December already?

It would be hypocritical for me to tell you, “Happy Holidays! Buy a book for every kid you know! Buy! Buy! Buy!” because as much as I love giving gifts, I don’t think we should feel obligated to buy a bunch of stuff. There are many ways to celebrate holidays, and gift giving is just one of them. (Sharing meals, sleeping in, and snuggling are some of my favorite forms of celebration).

With that said, if you are looking for a gift for a special kid and you’re interested in supporting a small DIY business, check out my book and other handmade goods at ThoraThinks.com. Thora dolls are currently on sale for $30 each ($10 off the original price), and buttons- which are also handmade and make great stocking stuffers- are on sale for $1 each.

*** For those who celebrate Christmas:  To guarantee that you receive your package before the big day, place your order by midnight on Friday, Dec. 17th

On another note, thanks to Shellyfish at Musings From The Fishbowl for her thoughtful book review this week!

Bundle up and have a great weekend!


print coloring page



Hello, September!
September 7, 2010, 9:35 pm
Filed under: book reviews, dolls, making!, Veg Fest, vikings

Hello all! I’m sewing, button-making, and drawing away, so I’ll keep this post brief.

I finished making vikings for VegFest, and now I’m working on Thoras and tweeters.  If you’re in Portland on the 18th or 19th of this month, I hope you’ll stop by my table and give these little cuties a squeeze!

Thanks again to The Wild Cow Vegetarian Restaurant for hosting storytime this weekend!

And a big thanks to Bonzai Aphrodite, The Vegan Mom, and Fertile Ground Zine for their lovely book reviews! The support and encouragement I’ve been receiving from readers is totally, TOTALLY, TOTALLY appreciated. I’m just trying to help animals (and humans!) in my own small way, and I am always thrilled to hear that people are enjoying the book. It just makes me want to make more books! (:

Do you have a Netflix account? Have you seen “The Future of Food” (2004)? If you answered “yes” followed by “no,” please do yourself a HUGE favor and check out this super-important film. It’s currently on the ‘watch instantly’ list, so I’m encouraging all of my friends to check it out!

I hope everyone is doing well. Keep your eyes open (or better yet, subscribe to ThoraThinks) for another post later in the week. Please feel free to leave a comment or email me to let me know what you’d like to see on this blog! New coloring pages? New recipes? Some questions for discussion? Your wish is my command…

-Nathalie

p.s.  Click here to read my guest blog “Five Tips for Talking about Veganism with Kids” at CrazySexyLife.com.  (:



Chocolate, etc.
August 27, 2010, 11:53 am
Filed under: book reviews, food, recipes

Hi! I hope everyone has had a nice week.  I’ve been busy with all things ThoraThinks, and I also just started my new job at The University School of Nashville. All of the kids are fantastic little people, and they fill me up with love, excitement, and ideas. Their coughs, sneezes, and germs have also infiltrated my body, but that’s another story.

A huge “thank you” goes out to vegan cookbook author, Dreena Burton for her super-sweet book review this week. You can check out Dreena’s cookbooks here.

On Sunday, Sept. 5th (Labor Day weekend) I’ll be having a storytime & book signing at The Wild Cow Vegetarian Restaurant. If you’re in Nashville, come on out and tell your friends! Check out the Facebook event page for more info.

Have I told you that I’m REALLY into chocolate right now? Well I am. I want to taste it all! I have yet to really explore the social/political/environmental issues surrounding the chocolate industry, so if anyone can point me to some good sources of info, I’d appreciate it. From a purely sensory point of view, however, I am totally enamored. I’ve been experimenting with making my own mostly-raw* chocolate treats, and I thought I’d share a simple recipe.

*I use maple syrup to sweeten the chocolate. If you want it completely raw, try using agave instead.

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Vegan Ganache

-1/2 c raw cacao powder
-1/2c raw carob powder
-1/2c raw cocoa powder
-1 c maple syrup
-1/2 c coconut oil

Combine all ingredients in a high speed blender and blend until smooth. Store in fridge or freezer.

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So far I’ve used this ganache to make two things:

1… DELICIOUS Chocolate turtles. Filling is equal parts pine nuts and pitted dates, plus a little vanilla and a tiny pinch of salt- pulsed in a food processor until sticky and well combined. It has a nice, caramel-y flavor. Next time I’ll add some whole, raw peanuts or almonds to the filling. These should be frozen until ready to eat.

2… Frozen, chocolate-covered bananas. I made these for my girls Emily, Kaitlin, and Holly, because they helped me cut viking bodies out of fabric this week! : )  They’re kind of messy, but really tasty. These are great with any combination of nuts, nut butters, coconut, hemp seeds, etc. My favorite is peanut butter, chocolate, and almonds. Mmmmmmm



vikings and pickles
August 25, 2010, 3:08 am
Filed under: book reviews, diy business, dolls, food, vikings

I’m doing an experiment. I usually make one doll at a time, but since I need to make lots of them for VegFest next month, I’m trying to maximize efficiency without sacrificing the handmade-ness or attention to detail. This week I’m sewing Vikings, and today I drew lots of eyes. Tomorrow I’ll finish faces. Thursday I’ll make arms and legs. Doing things this way kind of makes me feel like a little factory.

A new review of Garlic-Onion-Beet-Spinach-Mango-Carrot-Grapefruit Juice was posted on VegBooks.org today. This site is a great resource, offering children’s book and movie reviews from a veg point of view.

In other news, over the weekend I made pickles for the first time! Cucumbers are in full force here, and we grew lots of dill in our backyard. My grandfather gave me some delicious pickling spice, and I’ve been quite excited to try it out. When I was a kid, my Papa called me a pickle fresser. I think fresser is Yiddish for “gluttonous foodie,” or something like that… so it was an appropriate name. He has always made incredible, garlicky dill pickles (they’re much better than any others I’ve tried) and I can never get enough!  My maternal family is of European Jewish descent, and we have a rich food history. I respect and value the role that food has in my family, but of course most of the dishes call for animal flesh and bi-products. I’m so glad my Papa shared his pickle recipe with me, so I can enjoy them for years to come and pass it along to my kids.

I also made a small jar of bread and butter pickles that are just sweet enough, and already so delicious.

(:




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