We've fallen in love with the cookbook "The Forest Feast, Simple Vegetarian Recipes from My Cabin in the Woods" by Erin Gleeson. Published by Abrams, the watercolors and photography are worth the price of the book. We found our copy at Anthropologie. Sure, we could have bought it for less somewhere else, but we purchased ours at Anthro (Dallas). We feel that it's worth the extra cost to soak in the lovely inspiration that Anthro always has to offer.
What we discovered: These recipes are easy and economical. It doesn't take a huge spice cabinet and expensive ingredients to create an impressive dinner party. Your feast begins when you open the book; the watercolors and gorgeous spreads in this literary treasure are so beautiful!
Using Erin's recipes, we put together our Summer Dinner Party menu:
Our menu was a huge success!
The Takeaway: Erin Gleeson is a vegetarian force to be followed. Her blog is amazing and her Instagram is a feast for the eyes and the heart:
What could be more counterculture than choosing many colors for a wedding? It creates the ability to have fun, be free and let loose. There are so many fabulous ideas like the gourmet soda bar and butterfly cake above, just google "rainbow wedding."
Planning to see a circus? Please patronize people circuses instead of animal circuses. Cirque du Soleil is a life-changing experience. The creativity and talent is unbelievable. The music is compelling and the acts are amazing. Gifted people choose this life of entertainment. The shows they imagine and create are breath-taking and well worth the price of admission.
On the other hand, animal circuses are full of entertainers that never had a choice to participate. I recently heard an interview with an undercover officer who investigates circuses. Her testimonial was convincing. Footage showing the torture may be found here.
"Bears, elephants, tigers, and other animals do not voluntarily ride bicycles, stand on their heads, balance on balls, or jump through rings of fire. They don't perform these and other difficult tricks because they want to; they perform them because they're afraid of what will happen if they don't.
For animals in circuses, there is no such thing as "positive reinforcement"—only varying degrees of punishment and deprivation. To force them to perform these meaningless and physically uncomfortable tricks, trainers use whips, tight collars, muzzles, electric prods, bullhooks, and other painful tools of the trade. Constant travel means that animals are confined to boxcars, trailers, or trucks for days at a time in extremely hot and cold weather, often without access to basic necessities such as food, water, and veterinary care. Elephants, big cats, bears, and primates are confined to cramped and filthy cages in which they eat, drink, sleep, defecate, and urinate—all in the same place.
Unsuspecting parents planning a family trip to the circus don't know about the violent training sessions with ropes, bullhooks, and electric shock prods that elephants endure."