Vegan MoFo Day 4 : Lovley Leaves & Hawt Dogs!

I grew up around the forest, taking long walks with my family when I was a child, in awe of the “Fall Colors”. I was very blessed as a youngster because my parents spent time with us outdoors nearly every weekend (or so it seems to my 30-something memory). Sometimes it would seem we’d just drive forever along densely tree-lined highways until we’d reach destination : an abandoned logging site in Northern Ontario, a semi-isolated island, waterfalls rushing with fascinating red-colored water for the tree sap, clay and decaying leaves in the water…

Of course now that I live on the edge of the largest forest in France, I’m still a forest baby. I’ve never been much for doodling or drawing – I usually would jot down phrases or words – but for the past six months I can’t stop drawing, and now embroidering, leaves…

This little journal made its way to the U.S. recently as a birthday gift for my brother. It was accompanied by these cute and random things :

Aranzi-Aronzo inspired coin purse & card holder for him and these…

went to two little girls, ages 11 and 13. I never dreamed I’d be making gifts for people I love. Who knew?

And speaking of making things for people I love…I had this flash back not to long ago to an after-school snack my mum used to make for me when I was in primary school. They were hot dogs – well, she did use turkey dogs – wrapped in crescent rolls & baked up golden brown. I used to love these things as they were the closest thing to fast food my mum ever really made for us. Maybe it’s this Fall weather, but I remembered these, and thought how much Guppy (and M. Fish) might like them.

Days later, I was looking through my new copy of the most excellent Vegan Lunch Box and there was a lovely little recipe for “Pups in a Blanket”, the veganized rendition of my much-loved childhood food!

Try as I might, no matter how I photographed these things just look phallic – I’m so sorry, maybe it’s just me. Either way, they were a huge hit with ma petite famille. I do admit to using tofu-dogs, which I don’t often buy, but I think next time I’ll try them with homemade doggies… yum!

Oh, and thanks for all the great suggestions for the sinus infection…I ordered a Neti pot today. Hope that helps!