My perfect home situation is a cool, breezy day with windows open and white curtains blowing and a candle lit and sunshine shining in and music playing and fresh flowers placed on an uncluttered surface.
While not all of these things happen at once every day, the fresh flowers really pull their own weight and add a lot of sunshine and freshness to any room. I used to think flowers were a waste of money and just didn’t get it. These days, I like to keep one bouquet around at all times if I can help it. I’ll pick one up every other week or so during my food shopping trip. By the end of the second week they tend to stop looking so fresh, but the bright colors and the green have the same effect.
Dinner Parties at Home:
I haven’t had many dinner parties, but I find I really enjoy hosting people over for dinner at our house. I like making the house cozy, planning the menu, and sitting around the dinner table enjoying the food and the company. I like that I can control what I’m eating, since I’m the one making the food. I also like to share delicious plant-based recipes and food with the people who are dining with us. I think it’s important to show people that vegans aren’t missing out.
Last time we had people over for dinner I made bruschetta, roasted brussels sprouts, spinach basil pesto with pasta and roasted sweet potatoes, cherry tomatoes, and sautéed Tofurkey sausage. For dessert we had Turkish figs, dates, and vegan pastries from Whole Foods.
There was wine and beer and coffee and tea. There were records spinning on the record player. There were candles and flowers. It was lovely. Other people can bring food too of course. If you are selective about what you eat, just be sure to respectfully let your guests know what you want to avoid.
Buying Dry Beans in Bulk & Soaking Them at Home:
As I try to move away from packaged products, buying beans from the bulk section of the grocery store is something else I’m trying to make a routine. It’s cheaper, avoids packaging and any possible BPA. It takes a little planning, but we’ve gotten into the routine of soaking some beans on Sunday and cooking them that evening so that we have them in the refrigerator for the week.
Making My Own Nut Butter & Nut Milk:
Similar to why I like soaking my own beans, I like making my own nut butter and milk. This way I can avoid any weird ingredients found in commercial products, avoid packaging (if I buy the nuts in bulk), and store the products in nice jars. Here are my recipe videos for how I make my milk and nut butter:
If you’ve watched my last two videos or read my past two blog posts, you’ll know how much I appreciate Colleen already. She is an author, speaker, and educator working for the animals. She’s the best kind of advocate, if you ask me - helping us to navigate our everyday lives with compassion. Below you can find my video about Colleen’s effective communication strategies as well as my video about Colleen’s 10 Stages of Veganism. In addition, I will link the video that introduced me to Colleen HERE.
What were your February favorites?