I was pleasantly surprised to receive the Sunshine Award from V 8 Mile who has a great vegetarian/vegan blog. Be sure to check it out. This is such a great way to get connected with other bloggers and see what they’re cooking up. V 8 Mile lists some other great blogs and I’m looking forward to checking them out. So thank you, V 8! I appreciate the nomination! Now, onto the Sunshine Award questions . . . (which I may have, kind of, sort of deviated from the normal ones):
1. What is one of your favorite quotes?
I have so many, but I love this one from the late, the great, Dr. Seuss. “Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.” ~ The Lorax
2. What is your favorite time of day?
Early morning, around 6:30. The sun is beginning to warm everything up and it’s just a new day that can be whatever you want it to be.
3. What is your favorite holiday?
I have to agree with V 8 Mile on this one . . . I love Halloween. There are so many reasons why. For one, I love the fall time and even though we routinely get dumped on with snow—at least it seems that way—there’s just something about it. Costumes, party food, carving pumpkins! You name it!
4. What is your passion in life?
Everyone should know what their passion in life is (ideally, the sooner the better)! You may even have more than one. I love writing, art, music, veganism, creating anything with my hands, and helping those in need (both human and animal). I recently came across this amazing TED Talk from Kathleen Taylor called, “Rethinking the Bucket List.” I love what she had to say. It’s worth the 10 minutes of your time. I also just attended the Northern Colorado Writers Conference and our keynote speaker was Andrew McCarthy—-yes, the cutie from “Pretty in Pink.” He’s also a writer and said that each and every one of us are creative and every time we don’t honor that, and plop ourselves in the front of the TV and veg, our creativity rots. So true.
4. What is your favorite non-alcoholic beverage?
What?! I’ve never heard of such a thing! Ok, so I sure like my vino, but I also love an almond milk latte . . . or a hot mug of vegan chai . . . while we’re at it, my least favorite is water, but, for the last month, I make sure I drink 64-100 ounces of water a day. My trick? Warm lemon water. First thing in the morning, I heat up some water and fill up the large Nalgene bottle—even before my coffee! Using this method, I’m usually able to knock out 64 ounces before noon. (Your skin will thank you).
5. Where are you on Facebook and Twitter?
I know, not a very deep question, but hey, we’ll get it out of the way. Twitter (I tweet very little, however): @EpicureanVegan and my Facebook page can be found HERE.
6. Where would you like to see yourself in five years?
Well, alive and healthy for one—or is that two? All right, so I hope to be making a living as a writer and illustrator, and/or owning my own vegan store (which by the way, may or may not already be in the works ) Really, all I can ask for is happiness and good health for my friends and family. And lots of good, cheap wine.
7. Do you have a unique way of eating food that isn’t common?
I don’t know if it’s unique or not (The Husband calls it weird), but I like to slice an avocado in half, sprinkle a little salt on top and eat it out of the rind with a spoon.
8. What are the last four books you’ve read?
Well, that’s easy . . . (Thanks, Goodreads)!
*Just finished Gone Girl, by Gillian Flynn
* The Longest Way Home: One Man’s Quest for the Courage to Settle Down, by Andrew McCarthy
* The Dog Stars, by Peter Heller
* Bucking the Sun, by Ivan Doig (My all-time favorite author, by the way . . . in case you wanted to know)
9. How did your blog come about?
In November of 2009, I had picked up Alicia Silverstone’s cookbook, The Kind Diet (who hasn’t?) and began my vegan journey. Then in January 2010, while laid up after having my appendix out and nothing else to do but feel like a bloated whale on the couch, WordPress beckoned to me and Epicurean Vegan was conceived. (That sounded so romantic, huh?)
10.) What are your (vegan) “junk food” weaknesses?
Oh, man, Amy’s Kitchen makes this incredible mac and cheese that is gluten-free, vegan, and soy free that is absolutely to die for. Those darn things have 520 calories and a bit o’ fat and sodium. It’s ridiculous, but so good. I actually had to wean myself off of them and I haven’t had one in probably eight months, but I know how to get them! (At least they’re organic and non GMO, right?)
Now, on to my nominations . . . (Check them out!)
That Was Vegan?
Gypsy Roller’s Veggie Kitchen
The Cruelty-Free Review
JL Goes Vegan
Change for a Year
In Fine Balance
Healthy Girl’s Kitchen
My Good Clean Food