Chilli for Community Cats at Sadies

Chilli for Community Cats poster

event on facebook Sadie’s Diner is hosting a Chilli-for-Charity fundraiser in support of the Toronto Feral Cat Project and Urban Cat Relief’s efforts to humanely reduce the population of cats living on the streets through the City of Toronto’s Trap-Neuter-Vaccinate-Return (TNVR) program. Learn more at feraltoronto.com and ucrcats.com. A suggested donation of $10 gets you All-You-Can-Eat vegan, gluten-free chilli and chips! Drinks (alcoholic and non-alcoholic) and dessert are available, but the rest of the menu/kitchen will be closed for this event. There’s going to be a raffle with some great prizes including Blue Jays tickets in awesome 9th row seats to the Jays v. Atlanta Braves game on April 18th! Sadie’s is now a cash-only establishment. There’s an ATM on site. They will also be accepting donations of cat food for colony caretakers in need! Come out for some good food, good company, and help out a good cause!

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Things I Love Thursday – Cats, Having the Right Name on Envelopes, Zevia, etc.

I’ve been having a very good week this week. And probably last week too. It’s one of those weeks where things are going so great, and I felt so positive and optimistic, that I simultaneously felt myself bracing for something bad to happen. So, yesterday, something sort of bad did happen. Our newest rescue cat, Marmie, escaped from our front door. We’ve had Marmie in our house since sometime in October, before JC and I got married. Initially she was feral, initially we were just fostering her briefly for a friend, initially we weren’t sure if she would be sticking around. But at some point along the way, she warmed up to us, and we warmed up to her, so the arrangement became more permanent. So now, yesterday she escaped for the second time. And this time all blame was firmly planted on me, which might be worse than feeling mad at someone else. I hadn’t locked the door & the wind blew the door open, Marmie took her chance, and left before I could do anything. I spent at least an hour afterwards beating myself up over it. It was one of those terrible cycles of should haves and would haves that aren’t constructive at all, and it wasn’t going to bring Marmie back home to me. Once I realized it wasn’t a very constructive cycle and wasn’t going to solve anything, I shut it down and tried to spend the rest my day as normally as possible. On the bright…

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Things I Love Thursday – Soy milk at Tim Hortons, probably other stuff.

I mentioned this on Facebook, but earlier last week a friend us a picture from the new Tim Hortons in Liberty Village. A Tim Hortons location with soy milk. I wasn’t able to go check it out for myself until yesterday where JC and I have a standing Wednesday lunch date. The same friend that passed on the news initially, said that there was a new sign. A less exciting sign, but we opted to check it out anyway after lunch. We walked over to the Liberty Village Tim Hortons and saw the sign our friend was talking about. See what I mean? Neither of those interest me. I wondered if the soy was gone – so I asked, and the manager just happened to be there, and we asked about soy and they had a bunch (in case you’re curious, they’re using Silk Original flavour). He mentioned that their location, as well as a couple of others, were doing the soy thing independently. Corporate was okay with it, but not making it a regular thing (yet.) So of course, I got an iced capp. Post by Vegan In Your City. It’s sort of surprising to me that I would even write about Tim Hortons, the grand corporate entity that still dominates the Canadian coffee market. In all honestly, I am more likely to walk over to Balzac’s or Uma when I feel like getting a cup of tea or coffee, since I like the feeling of going into a…

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Things I love Thursday (on Friday) and a Sunshine Award from Sarina at Earthgiven Kitchen.

The lovely Sarina from Earthgiven nominated me for a Sunshine award last week, and it happens to be Things I love Thursday day so it seemed perfect to combine the two posts together. I’ve already written a little blogger love note to Sarina after she sent me a bunch of treats for Vegan Food Swap back in August. Everything I said still stands, I still really love her blog, and her seemly endless positive outlook on life. Rules: If you are nominated you must include the link in a blog, linking to the person/blog that nominated you. You must answer some questions and nominate 10 fellow bloggers and link their blogs in your post. Let the people you have nominated know that you have nominated them! The questions: 1. Who is your favorite philosopher OR your favourite activist? I really like the work that Connect the Dots, Food Empowerment Project, and the Vegan Police are doing. I think their focus on connecting human, animal, worker, class, poverty, health, race, gender, and politics together is important to me and others. 2. What is your favorite number OR your favourite cookbook? Vegan Soul Kitchen by Bryant Terry is easily my favourite cookbook. It’s also one of the ones that I had a paper copy of… and then it mysteriously disappeared! Thank goodness for Kobo’s and e-books. 3. What is your favorite animal? Any variety of cat. I’m also especially fond of cows. I also really like JC (what… humans are animals too.) 4. What…

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Vegan MoFo – Cats and Soup

Last week JC and I started fostering kittens from the Toronto Cat Rescue. We ended up with two “socialization” cases from a feral colony. They aren’t feral, but they are just a little skittish. I’ve fostered cats in the past, but in Saskatoon with Street Cat Rescue, but cats are cats no matter where they’re from, so the process is the same. They’re currently under quarantine in one of our bathrooms, a process which is slightly complicated by Emmiecat’s curiosity, but it’s not too bad. Neelix (white with a grey patch on the top of his head) and Kez (she’s black and white) were born (or at least the estimate) is around August 11, 2012. So they are tiny little creatures, but old enough to be on their own. It’s been interesting to watch as each of their purrsonalities develop and reveal themselves. I imagine it’s a combination of their increasing comfort level with us humans, and just growing up a little. Kitten development is surprisingly rapid when you compare it with human child development, so they are constantly changing and growing. This morning I took them in to the Vet for a spay and a neuter, and hopefully their surgeries are both uneventful. On Sunday after Soupstock and visiting Cherry Beach, JC and I (but mostly JC) made a stock and a butternut squash soup. I’ve been reading a book (the Elements of Cooking) that extols the virtues (and superior quality) of a homemade stock (and despite his near chapter length dedication on…

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Vegan MoFo – Challah becomes French Toast.

So last week I made Apple Cinnamon Stuffed Maple Challah, and it was delicious. After we finished the first loaf, I wondered if I could do anything fun with the second loaf – and french toast came to mind. My mom had bought a package of EcoIdeas Cinnamon French Toast mix (it’s vegan and gluten-free) but didn’t like it at all. So, she gave it to me. I figured I could do something with it to make it more appealing, so I took it home with me from Edmonton. I made the French Toast mix as described on the package, but I added an extra tsp of cinnamon, and more than enough brown sugar. Do not eat this stuff raw. I repeat, do not eat this stuff raw. It tastes like powdered mung bean. But once you cook it, and fry it up, it’s actually quite delicious. I really liked the layer of batter that attached itself to the bread. With delicious results! In non food news, we got a pair of kittens from Toronto Cat Rescue today, and they’re currently quarantined in one of our bathrooms.  They need to be socialized, but expect pictures as soon as they decide us humans are alright. 🙂  

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Things I Love Thursday – Middle of June edition.

Sometimes without my reminder on twitter that it’s #TILT day, I would forget it was Thursday. This week has gone by quickly, quicker than usual, for better or worse. Earlier this week I met up with an Edmonton friend at the Pearson International Airport while she was on a layover back from Cancun. I hadn’t realized how much I missed her, and also relatedly – how much I miss Edmonton itself. JC and I had been planning on going to Defcon in Las Vegas this August, but I think we may just go visit my hometown. It’s been nearly two years, and there are so many things about the city and around the city that I want to show him (in addition to Calgary and Banff, maybe Jasper). Plus I’m sure there are new and exciting things going on, and I want to find them. Other than the potential travel at the end of next month, I’m looking forward to the Dufferin Grove Farmers Market today (3-7) and sending out my Foodie Penpals Swap and my Vegan Food swap Packages very soon. More stuff I love:  Squatting 240lbs at Totum yesterday. It’s getting kind of amazing to me how powerful running/walking legs can be. I ran a quick mile and a half on the treadmill, and then thought… I should go home… but instead went back up stairs and did a little bit of weight training. Fitocracy is keeping me motivated. Good Dinners. Businesses involved in supporting organizations and individuals that…

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