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Happy Thanksliving!
November 6, 2012, 11:41 am
Filed under: Happy Thanksliving! coloring zine

Hello all,
My last post was MAY 9th!? Whoa. I spent my summer teaching lots of fun art camps for kids, and have otherwise been caught up in life away from the computer. A few folks have written and asked if Happy Thanksliving! (a vegan Thanksgiving coloring zine) is still available this year, and the answer is yes! It is available here at ThoraThinks and here at Microcosm.

…and if you’re looking for turkey-honoring coloring sheets for your kiddos, look no further!

turkeys
are
the
sweetest



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!



Coloring Zine & Halloween!
October 31, 2011, 12:01 pm
Filed under: coloring pages, Happy Thanksliving! coloring zine, making!, VeganMoFo

Hey everyone! Cheers to the final day of Ingvar’s Vegan MoFo! Today I do not have a recipe. I have something so much better.

Today my new coloring zine, Happy Thanksliving!  is available at ThoraThinks.com! This veg-friendly zine honors turkeys, thankfulness, and fall fruits & veggies in all of their much-deserved glory.  Happy Thanksliving! celebrates the warmth and compassion of the Thanksgiving holiday. It raises questions about turkey eating, the representation of Indigenous tribes, and more. Best of all, it does these things with a fun, rhyming poem and super-sweet drawings that beg to be colored!

Happy Thanksliving! is printed on 100% post-consumer recycled paper. It is bound with thread (rather than staples) for the safety of little ones.  Each page was drawn with tons of love. On the back cover you’ll find topics for further discussion and suggested children’s books containing relevant info. Did I mention that this little zine is full of love? Copies cost $5 each with free domestic shipping. So sharpen your coloring devices (vegan crayons, anyone?) and Check it out!

On another note, I couldn’t possibly post today without giving a Happy Halloween shout-out! I hope you all have a fantastic time dressing up, gettin’ spooky, and eating sweet things. I hosted a costume party this weekend and had SO MUCH FUN dancing the night away with a slug, a butterfly, a tree, a tide pool, a vampire squid, a very impressive Edward Scissorhands, monsters, zombies, anarchists, hispsters, cross-dressers, witches, and more! This year I made an angler fish costume because they are ridiculously awesome. I’d love to hear about your costumes, too! Ahhhhh, Halloween is just the best.

Halloween coloring sheets here & here   : )

Thanks to all who have participated in Vegan MoFo this month! I have had a great time posting, and have really enjoyed seeing all of the gorgeous food my fellow vegans are sharing on the web. More to come soon,

Nathalie VB



Zine & Za’atar!
October 26, 2011, 10:41 am
Filed under: food, Happy Thanksliving! coloring zine, making!, VeganMoFo

Hello again! I have some exciting news to share today.
I just finished making my very first coloring zine,
Happy Thanksliving!
  This veg-friendly zine honors turkeys, thankfulness, and fall fruits & veggies in all of their much-deserved glory.  Happy Thanksliving! celebrates and raises questions with a fun, rhyming poem and super-sweet drawings that beg to be colored! I really cannot wait to share this work, and you’ll be the first to know when the zine becomes available for purchase at ThoraThinks.com. (Start sharpening your crayons and colored pencils now… the zine will be here before MoFo is over!) In the meantime, here’s a little peak inside:

(Here’s an interesting article about zines that’s been circulating this week).

It’s important to me that kids have as many turkey-positive books as possible during this time of year, so I’ve been working hard to finish this in time for the holiday. As a result, my meals have been basic. I wish I had a brand new recipe for Caramelized Butternut Squash with Cinnamon-Vanilla Ice Cream and Fancy Shmancy Pecan Crumble or something like that, but instead I’m just going to show you what I had for dinner last night. Leftover beans, greens 3 ways, and za’atar spiced roasted roots. And a little smoothie too! I have so much gratitude for all of this fresh food.

…for those unfamiliar with za’atar, it is a super-delicious Middle Eastern spice blend traditionally eaten with pita and olive oil. It’s very high in iron and rich with antioxidants as well. Ki and I love to toss potatoes and other roots with za’atar and oil before roasting. YUM.

I’m giving away a free, signed copy of Garlic-Onion-Beet-Spinach-Mango-Carrot-Grapefruit Juice this Sunday and entering is a piece of cake.
Show us your Ingvar!




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