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!


16 thoughts on “Vegan MoFo Day 4 : Lovley Leaves & Hawt Dogs!

  1. Had to laugh at the appearance of you pups in a blanket!!

    Oh and your embroidering is so lovely!! I’m taking a sewing class at the end of the month and I’m hoping to be able to do stuff like that eventually. I love making gifts for people. I also never thought I would be a crafty vegan!

  2. you make the most adorable things, Shelly! i ♥ it all! the embroidered leaves are so beautiful! making such wonderful gifts rocks so hard!

    that’s so awesome that your parents spent so much quality time with you all when you were wee! especially in the outdoors! my parents took us hiking A LOT – it was awesome, and i’ll never forget those memories! the colors, the conversations, the adventures – yay!

    pups in a blanket?!?! mmmmmmmmmmm!

  3. The embroidery all looks wonderful!
    Vegan Lunch Box is a great book. I can’t remember if her vegan Twinkie recipe is in it or just online but they are really good.

    Just so you know, only the morels are grown in the yard (or in my case I’m making a forest patch). The three logs I had pictured grow indoors. If you can find a source in France for the indoor logs they take up less space than most houseplants.

  4. i make these every once in awhile! they are my boyfriend’s favorite easy, no-think dinner (or lunch)… haha, i thought he’d invented them! i love your leaves, by the way. i grew up on the edge of the forest with my family and went on many drives through the woods to strange places. i’m reliving that today, as i am home for the weekend, and the leaves are just starting to turn. lovely!

  5. I love the story of your childhood walks, and those embroidered leaves are just gorgeous! The pups look good too (though I have to agree with you about the phallic imagery!).

    I agree w/ Vegan Addict–I bet you’d do really well with an etsy shop! 🙂

  6. Hi! What a lovely site! Your description of childhood memories in the forest made me drool. I live in Asheville, NC, and the leaves are beginning to turn color. It’s the time of year that makes me yearn to go for long walks.

    Your gifts were wonderful … so cute and functional. Great ideas. I also like the “Pups in a Blanket” … they look yummy. You mentioned that you make your own veggie dogs … would you be willing to share your recipe?

    Here’s another thing I really like about this post … meatless meals and making gifts (especially from materials that one already has at home) are two of the easiest ways to help mother earth. So thanks for the “green” ideas.

    Take Care!
    Small Footprints

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