No-Bake Peanutty Cookie Bars
October 2, 2010, 5:36 pm
Filed under: food, recipes, Veg Fest

Dear October,
Thank you for producing such beautiful food!!!

On another note, here is a simple recipe for these delicious bars I’ve been making all the time. I’ve been wanting peanut butter cookies, but not wanting flour and sugar. If you like peanut butter cookie dough, you’ll like these…

No-Bake Peanutty Cookie Bars

-1 cup peanuts, or a combination of peanuts and raw almonds (unsalted)
-3/4 cup dates
-1/4 c natural, unsalted peanut butter
-1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
-1 teaspoon agave
-1/4 teaspoon salt

Combine nuts and dates in food processor and mix until well combined and sticky. Add peanut butter, vanilla, agave, and salt and mix it up even more! For some crunch, I add ¼ cup extra peanuts at the end and pulse for just a second. Freeze and cut into bars. MMmmmm.

p.s. If you live in San Francisco, check out the World Veg Fest this weekend! A copy of Garlic-Onion-Beet-Spinach-Mango-Carrot-Grapefruit Juice is in the Children’s Corner.

Home Again
September 24, 2010, 11:10 am
Filed under: Veg Fest, veg restaurants

Hello, and happy Fall!
Well, I’m back in Nashville and I’m recalibrating from our trip. Ki and I had a fantastic time in Seattle and Portland, and we got to check out a bunch of great veg restaurants. My favorites were definitely Plum Bistro and Café Flora.

Thanks to everyone who visited my table at Northwest VegFest! People were so friendly and supportive, and I had an awesome time sharing my book with all of the kids who came by. I was really flattered by the kids who insisted on reading the entire book while their parents tried to drag them away.  ( : It was also exciting to see what other businesses, organizations, and chefs are doing. I wish I had more pictures from the event, but the whole weekend was a whirlwind of talking and I never really picked up my camera. Here are a few photos from Saturday morning:

…Some little guys really liked the finger puppets:

In Portland, Ki’s talented cousin Bella made her own mini-tweeters and they are SO cute! I love their nest and eggs.

I don’t have plans to exhibit at any more VegFests this year, but one copy of Garlic-Onion-Beet-Spinach-Mango-Carrot-Grapefruit Juice will be available to read at the upcoming festivals in San Francisco, Boston, and Vancouver BC. Stop by the children’s area to check it out!

That’s all for now, but check back soon because I’ll be posting about a fun contest! And if you haven’t already, please feel free to subscribe to ThoraThinks.

Have a fantastic weekend-

headed to VegFest
September 13, 2010, 12:00 am
Filed under: diy business, making!, Veg Fest

Hello hello!

Tonight I’m finishing up dolls, etc. for VegFest because tomorrow we’re leaving for a trip to Seattle! Then we’ll head down to Portland next weekend for the big event.  I’m SO looking forward to meeting lots of great people at the festival… if you’re in the Portland area, please come by on Saturday or Sunday (the 18th/19th) and say hello! There will be lots of great speakers/chefs/classes and veg vendors (I’m gonna get me some samples). Check out the Northwest VegFest website for more info, and tell your friends! I’ll be selling books, dolls, buttons, and magnets, and I’ll have free coloring pages for kids. Just look for a big, felt sign that says “ThoraThinks Press”…

Currently, there are bits of fiberfill (“fluffing”), half-sewn tweeters, buttons, shrinky dinks, suitcases, dolls, etc. all over my house.

Mega-thanks to my partner Ki, his industrious parents, and my friends Kaitlin, Holly, Emily, and Rachel for helping me prepare. The magnificent Kaitlin came by this evening for a little last-minute button making, and brought some really beautiful jasmine tea. Ahhhhh, what a pal.

I should mention that since ThoraThinks is a one-woman-business and I’ll be out of town for the next week, all orders placed through my website during the coming days will ship during the week of Sept. 20th – 25th.

On another note, last week I made a little 5×7” painting for an auction supporting the Nashville Jazz Workshop. It’s called absent referent, and it’s basically a little version of a really big painting I made a year ago. I thought you all might be interested.

The time has come for me to pack. I hope everyone has a fantastic week, and I can’t wait to meet some of your smiling faces in Portland!

All the best,

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…


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


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