Friday Five

Happy Friday everyone! How was your week? Mine was productive. I finished writing the last main chapter of my dissertation, which is a huge relief! Of course, I still have tons (and tons) of editing and re-writing to do and some more work to put into the intro and conclusion chapters, but it’s exciting to see the proverbial light at the end of the tunnel.

To my delight, I also found time for some holiday-related things. I made two batches of (raw, vegan, gluten-free!) cookies to add to my many trays of cookies to gift and share at various gatherings. And, I let myself take two hours to watch “Elf”! Yay holiday things!

I’ve got a great round-up for you today. Enjoy! (And then go have yourself a terrific weekend!)

1. Yam Noodles with Sweet Miso Sauce

So many amazing food blogs, so little time. Amiright? I had to add another blog to my list of “must-reads” after discovering This Rawsome Vegan Life. Her savory and sweet raw vegan creations look absolutely stunning and sound absolutely delicious. I can’t wait to try these yam noodles with sweet miso sauce. Yum!

2. Gift Guide + “Home Alone”

Loved this post from Angela. Not only is it full of awesome gift ideas (including charitable donations and DIY items), but she also provides a hilarious (slash, slightly depressing) introduction that involves a shocking fact about “Home Alone.” If you were born before 1992, you will understand. Check it out!

fancy ingredients you wouldn't spend money on yourself is a great gift idea!

fancy ingredients you wouldn’t spend money on yourself is a great gift idea!

And here are some more awesome blogger gift-guides! One from Linda Wagner, and one from Spinach and Yoga.

3. Meat, Dairy, and Prison Labor (Or: “More Reasons to be Vegan”)

This article from Mother Jones gives an overview of all the products in society that are made by exploited prisoners. One of the most booming prison industrial complex commodities? Meat, dairy, and eggs. “Each month, California inmates process more than 680,000 pounds of beef, 400,000 pounds of chicken products, 450,000 gallons of milk, 280,000 loaves of bread, and 2.9 million eggs (from 160,000 inmate-raised hens).”

4. Chocolate Peppermint Shortbread

I love Brandi’s recipes, and this one caught my eye as a definite “must-add” to my list of Christmas cookies to make. It’s gluten-free, vegan, refined sugar-free, AND oil free! Festive and amazing!

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So much goodness happening here!

If you give or get gifts this time of year, what’s on your list to give/get? Have you ever had yam noodles? Have you made any holiday cookies yet? Is that video not the cutest?!

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9 thoughts on “Friday Five

  1. The Healthy Flavor says:

    Aww thank you so much for featuring my recipe!! That means the world to me! I sure hope you love it as much as we do. It’s so nice to eat a much healthier version of shortbread. It was such a hit I will be making it for my Christmas party this year. I sure hope you enjoy it!! :)

  2. aratota says:

    OMG I CANNOT BELIEVE I let work get in the way of my enjoyment of your Friday Five last week! I saw that JF + MC video on Thursday and COULD NOT STOP singing the song alllll weekend. I would’ve been tickled pink to see it on your blog the very next day!

  3. aratota says:

    Oh, one more fun nugget…I had a colleague come up to my desk while I was oggling the Yam noodles above, and had to explain that I was scoping out my activist friend’s vegan food blog. No biggie. Needless to say, he was impressed and I felt like a badass.

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