Thursday, August 21, 2008

The balance of life and a rescue

Things have slowed down a little for me with starting up the rescue. I am beginning to realize that this cannot happen over night and to try to make it happen that fast will cause burnout, which I do not want to happen. I suppose the lesson here is that while beginning something this huge, one has to keep focus on all aspects of life. I tend to get so wrapped up in one thing that I let go of all of the others.

At this point we are working to get stores to allow us to set up and "table". We will inform people about what we are planning and ask for donations. I am reading a fundraising book, and it is making me nervous because it seems to lean mostly toward direct mail. I just don't know how well that will work, and it is such an investment. I am tweaking our logo to add a tag. This is what I have come up with for the tag so far. Tell me what you think. I have had kind of a difficult time coming up with it and making it timeless, not cheesy, and incorporating it into the current design that you see at the top of this blog.
Here is another issue we have run into. We knew getting into this that it would cost to startup. However, it is difficult to come up with all of the startup money. That is why it is so important that we begin fundraising. We also need more people to be involved. It is very difficult to come to a decision of who you want to be on the board. Once money starts to get involved, everything may get tricky. If certain people are able to give more, they may feel entitled to have more pull. This is not the case in a non profit. It is important to keep in mind and trust that everyone is doing and giving what they are capable of giving. It is important to keep an open mind. As soon as I get this darn logo worked out, we will start selling t-shirts and bags. You can carry us around everywhere you go then! More to come...

Friday, August 15, 2008

"This Glows for a Great Cause"

jennreese7 created this treasury, and featured us as one of the artists. She wrote such a nice entry about us as well. Thank you so much Jenn. What you did was so nice and unexpected. We really appreciate it!

Sunday, August 10, 2008

My new favorite Vegan Recipes!

Vegan Hashbrown Potatoes

Tomato Basil Salad

I stopped eating dairy and eggs for animal rights purposes. Because of the abuses the animals suffer due to factory farming, I choose not to ignore these issues. If you are interested in learning more about Factory Farming, pick up the Farm Sanctuary Book I spoke about in the last entry. Such a great book! I am a healthy eater in general. Pretty much like the taste of all food. Sometimes I have to splurge on rich delicious foods. I am human, right? I love food as something that brings people together. I love to feed people and for them to love it. Since I went vegan about 2 months ago, I miss the foods that I used to enjoy. I miss cooking for groups of people, and them really loving it. I have discovered that in this day in age, those super smart engineers have created relatively natural products that are similar to the dairy products I used to cook with. I cannot subsist off of strictly veggies and bread. It is just not possible for me. I want to be able to eat the things that I used to eat, but I will not eat dairy or eggs until there is legislation for the animals. Here are two recipes that I thoroughly enjoy eating still. I used to put fresh mozzarella in my Tomato Basil salad. I honestly did not think it would be the same without the mozz. But, it is just as delicious! It is perfect for a fresh summer salad!

And then the Vegan Hashbrown Potatoes I have been promising. I have been working on this recipe for a couple of weeks. I finally got it. If you bring these to a BBQ, or family function, no one will even know they are different. Enjoy!

Tomato Basil Salad

1 Tomato

1/4 of an Onion

Stale bread (the staler the better)

3 large basil leaves

Balsamic Vinaigrette to your tasting

Splash of Olive Oil
Salt and Pepper to taste

Cut up all of the ingredients, throw in a bowl, douse with the liquids and enjoy!

Vegan Hashbrown Potatoes

16 oz. bag of organic potatoes O'brien (the little squared kind)

2 cups soy shredded cheddar cheese

1 cup Vegenaise

1/4 cup Soy Yogurt or Soy Sour Cream

2 tbs Nutritional Yeast (because it's good for you!)
1 tbs Ground Flax seed (because it's good for you too!)

1 tsp roasted vegetable cooking base or 1 cube veggie boullian (you can also replace this with any sort of Dried French Onion Soup Packet (preferably organic)

3 cups Organic Corn Flakes (Crushed)

4 heaping Tbs Soy Garden Buttery Spread, or any other Vegan Butter (melted)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Thaw the potatoes. Mix all ingredients in a large bowl except half of the butter and the Corn Flakes. In a separate bowl crush the corn flakes and then stir in the melted butter. Put the potato mixture in a casserole dish, and cover the top of the potatoes with the Corn Flake mixture. Cook for 30 minutes until bubbly and hot.
***If you buy the 32 oz bag of hash browned potatoes (the little squared kind), just double the recipe!

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Dogs Rule

I just finished reading the Best Friends book. What a wonderfully positive and uplifting book. I would highly recommend it. It really confirmed to me that what we are doing is right. I cannot wait until the day we can truly start making a difference in animal's and young people's lives. By exposing our youth to the unconditional love that an animal gives we can change the way the younger generations look at life. It gives them something to care about, something to work for. There was a great part in the Best Friends book where an angry boy grudgingly visited the camp with his classmates. He made fun of the animals, made fun of the caretakers, and was all around just rotten. That is until they sent him off with an old dog on a walk. When he came back, his only response was, "that dog is cool!" And then in class afterward he even stood up in front of all of the kids that he is the ring leader to, and said what a good experience visiting those animals was. It softened his heart.

After all of my warm and fuzzy moments with the Best Friends book, I picked up the Farm Sanctuary book. This book, is quite opposite from the former. The author, Gene Bauer, really tells it like it is. I love how candid he is about the factory farming in Western countires. It is horrifying to me that human beings can have such little heart when it comes to other creatures. Had those human beings gone to a camp like ours, I bet they wouldn't be doing all of those horrible things to animals today.

Oh, and the photo above is a new edition to our Etsy Shop. Stay tuned because I have so many new pieces that I want to make and post, including more necklaces, some paintings, and of course more sock animals. I haven't forgotten about the Hashbrown Potato recipe, either. I promise I will post it soon. Be safe everyone, and have a wonderful evening.

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Meet Henry the Dog

This is Henry the Dog. He is 100% handmade. He would really like to come home with you. If you are interested in Henry the Dog, he comes with an official adoption certificate and a hand stamped tag, just in case he runs off. All of the proceeds from Henry go to our rescue. For more information about adopting Henry, please visit our Etsy Shop.

I just finished writing our bylaws and filling out our 1023 application. I have to say, that the book How to Form a Nonprofit Corporation was incredibly helpful. It allowed me to complete the application without hiring a lawyer, as well as cut time in half by giving explanations on answers to some of the questions. We are still going to have a lawyer look over the completed form. I am hopeful that a nice lawyer will volunteer his/her services to help us with obtaining our 501(c)(3).

We also were able to obtain our non profit incorporation certificate, our EIN, as well as open a bank account this week. All of these things seem like a lot, but I do believe that the hard part is only to come. I think fund raising is going to be the most interesting and difficult obstacle as of yet. I hope you all are doing well! Stay tuned, I will be posting a delicious recipe for Vegan Hashbrown Potatoes soon.

Friday, August 1, 2008

Summer Vegan Smoothie

This is my favorite recipe for a smoothie. I used to think that in order for my smoothie to be creamy and delicious, I had to use frozen yogurt. Not true. I actually like it better without. The key is to use frozen fruit. I like to buy organic frozen bags of strawberries, raspberries, and blueberries. I use fresh bananas to make it smooth, like a smoothie. Use the fruit to your liking. I usually use the most strawberries, less raspberries, and the least amount of blueberries. I usually throw in some crushed flax seed to get those great omega 3's too. If it is too thick, just add some water. How do you like your smoothie?