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A Vegan Halloween October 27, 2008

Filed under: vegan — Jessica Dixon @ 3:50 pm

Friday is Halloween and while many of you probably don’t give out candy to trick-or-treaters, you might have a Trunk-N-Treat event at your church like we do. If you’ll be buying candy for this (or for any other time of the year), please make it vegan. My request is not simply because of the dairy industry, but because of animal testing. Mars (Skittles, Twix, M&Ms, Dove, Snickers, Starburst, etc) is a specific company that tests its products on animals. At the very least, DON’T buy Mars products. The video below is short and highlights Mars in particular. I’ve also included a list of cruelty-free candy.


Airheads taffy
Atkins peanut butter bars
Blow Pops
Brach’s Cinnamon Hard Candy
Charms lollipops
Cracker Jack
Cry Babies
Dem Bones
Goldenberg’s Peanut Chews
Hubba Bubba bubblegum
Jolly Ranchers (lollipops and hard candy)
Mary Janes (regular and peanut butter kisses)
Now and Later
Ring Pop lollipops
Smarties (U.S. Brand)
Sour Patch Kids
Super Bubble
Swedish Fish
Sweet Tarts
Tropical Source mini chocolate bags


Bean dip (make sure it’s lard-free)
Cracker Jack
Lance’s Toasty Crackers
Lay’s Stax
Lay’s WOW! potato chips
Microwave popcorn (minus the real butter flavor)
Peanuts, sunflower seeds, almonds, cashews, and Pistachios
Trail mix
Wheat Thins


I’m so glad I’m vegan October 26, 2008

Filed under: vegan — Jessica Dixon @ 10:18 pm

While I was looking for a vegan cabbage soup recipe for this week’s ROTW, I ran across some new Peta investigation footage. This time they went into an Iowa pig factory farm that supplies Hormel. Here is an excerpt from their website:

“For more than three months [June-September 2008], PETA went undercover at an Iowa pig factory farm, which supplies piglets who are raised and killed for Hormel products. PETA found rampant cruelty to animals committed by workers and supervisors. The farm changed ownership and management during PETA’s investigation, but that made no difference to the animals who were born and confined there: Abuse and neglect were widespread during PETA’s entire investigation.

The following are just some of the abuses that were documented:

  • A supervisor shoved a cane into a sow’s vagina, struck her on the back about 17 times, and then struck another sow.
  • Multiple pigs were beaten with metal gate rods, and lacerations were found on more than 30 sows, which is probably evidence of more abuse.
  • A worker hit a young pig in the face four times with the edge of a herding board, and investigators witnessed dozens of similar incidents involving this worker and 11 other workers.
  • Two men, including a supervisor, were witnessed jabbing clothespins into pigs’ eyes and faces. A supervisor also poked two animals in the eyes with his fingers.
  • A supervisor kicked a young pig in the face, abdomen, and genitals to make her move and told PETA’s investigator, “You gotta beat on the bitch. Make her cry.” “

I can’t embed the video in my blog and it won’t upload for some reason, so please go to the site and watch it. Also, some of the investigators’ notes can be found here…Even after all this time, I’m shocked that people can act this way. The animal industry creates these desensitized humans. I’d hate to see how they treat the people they come in contact with every day, inside and outside the “farm.”

These abusive workers are a product of your food choices, but you can choose to stop participating in the cruelty. Please, go vegan and end this cycle of violence.


Recipe of the Week – Vegan Potato and Cabbage Soup October 25, 2008

Filed under: recipe,vegan — Jessica Dixon @ 10:03 pm

I bought a head of cabbage last week. I wanted to saute it with onion and some apples. While that was a good side dish, I still had a lot of cabbage leftover, so I’ve been trying to think of a way to use it. This is a surprisingly yummy soup for these cool fall days, altered from the original recipe…I still have some cabbage left though, so if you’ve got any ideas, please let me know!

2 large potatoes, peeled and diced
1/3 head of cabbage, chopped (bite-size)
1 medium onion, diced
2 carrots, thinly sliced
1 garlic clove, minced
1-2 T extra-virgin olive oil
4-6 cups of water (enough to just more than cover ingredients)
2 vegan vegetable bouillon cubes
1 T paprika
1 T Braggs
1 T onion soup mix
Salt, black pepper, to taste

Saute onion and garlic in evoo over medium heat in a large pot. When slightly softened, add carrots; stir. While waiting for these to cook a few minutes, chop the cabbage and potatoes. Add the cabbage first, then potatoes 2-3 minutes later. Mix everything together. Add the remaining ingredients, bring to a boil and then simmer, covered, for about 20-25 minutes, until potatoes are done. Taste for seasoning, add whatever is needed. Serve with peanut butter toast.


Nanowrimo! October 23, 2008

Filed under: Uncategorized — Jessica Dixon @ 9:35 pm

So, we are 9 days away from Nano this year. I can hardly believe it has come so quickly. I still have no plot, but at least a few ideas are percolating. Liz is ordering a writing kit for up to ten interested (including herself), so head on over to her blog and let her know if you’re in this year. Also, I just received an email this morning from Nano’s creator, Chris Baty:

“Last November, you and those typing fingers of yours did something amazing. And while you were busy bashing out your novel, we were frantically trying to line up a prize worthy of your feat.

Our goal was to find a self publishing company who would give every NaNo winner a free copy of his or her winning manuscript in paperback book form. It’s taken us until now, but we’ve finally found them.

CreateSpace, an Inc. owned company, is generously offering every NaNoWriMo 2007 winner a “free proof copy” of their 2007 manuscript. What this means: A free proof copy of your manuscript in paperback book form–just by following the instructions below. They’ll even cover the costs of basic shipping to you. “

Pretty sweet, huh? Now I definitely have to finish last year’s novel, which I think will have to wait till after Nano ’08. I have 6 months to take advantage of the offer.

I hope you’ll be joining us!


October 22, 2008

Filed under: Uncategorized — Jessica Dixon @ 2:56 am

Matt has surgery tomorrow at 9:45am. I’ll keep you posted as I am infomed about what’s going on. Thank you!

Update: The surgery went fine. He was in a quite a bit of pain this afternoon, but Mom says he has painkillers now so all should be better. He’ll go in for a check-up next Monday. Thank you for all your prayers. He can definitely still use them as he’ll be out of work for a while and needs a quick and full recovery.


Sand in Your Shoes October 20, 2008

Filed under: Uncategorized — Jessica Dixon @ 4:44 am

I really love this song…this is the best quality I can find of it. The album version is better, but it’s too good not to share.


matt update October 19, 2008

Filed under: Uncategorized — Jessica Dixon @ 6:24 pm

I talked to my brother Thursday night and he said his surgery is this Wednesday. It seems he broke his right pointer figure (writing hand) in three places. It’s very swollen and he’s on quite a bit of medication to keep the pain away. Please keep praying for him. This will likely keep him out of work for at least a month, if not two, and he’s concerned about paying rent.