I swear once I start writing, I’m in heaven.  I can go on forever.  It’s getting my butt in gear to just get started that’s the hard part.  It’s almost as if I’m afraid of what I might produce.  My ADD sets in, and all of a sudden, there are a dozen other things I should be doing.  For example, just when I sat down to write this, my brain said “Now, shouldn’t you get started making those cookies for this weekend?”  And then it said “Don’t forget that disc 3 for the 7th season of Weeds came in the mail yesterday, and you really want to watch it ,” (you might find it ridiculous that I have to remind myself of such a thing, but I wish I would have said it yesterday).

So, I’m starting a blog.  There are several reasons for this.  The main reason is that I am constantly writing, in my head, and this will hopefully give me a way to organize all of those thoughts.  The last time I wrote regularly was when I was in Europe, and I miss frequently putting my thoughts down in written form.  The next main reason is that I have discovered that I cook great vegan food.  I mean, I was a fairly good cook before, but since I became vegan, it’s like this whole new talent has been unleashed (some might even call me a vegan kitchen goddess.  I don’t know who these people are, but I would love to meet them).  I find myself taking more and more pictures of my food and writing down the recipes, and I have nowhere to put it all together.  Lastly, my husband and I made the switch from being vegetarians to vegans just a little over 6 months ago, and it truly is the second best thing we’ve ever done (the first being our elopement).  I feel so much healthier, happier, and more connected to the world around me.  It was very intimidating at first, and we are still learning, but I hope that this blog can be a resource and dare I say, inspiration, to new vegans (and old vegans too).

I want to wrap this first post up with a cool thing that I was inspired to do by something I saw on Pinterest (I have a love/hate relationship with Pinterest at the moment, but that’s for another time).  This person demonstrated that you could grow green onions from the stubs of used green onions, if you only put them in a glass of water.  I tried this and had great results.  I grew a whole new bunch of green onions in a matter of days, and then I cut them and grew another bunch.  I was intrigued and wondered what else I could do this with.  When our CSA sent us leeks, I saw my opportunity.  This is one of the leeks, 2 days after I submerged it in water:

This is the same leek, 20 days after being submerged in water:

I think I will be making a Roasted Potato & Leek Soup sometime this week (stay tuned for the recipe).  And yes, to answer your question, we do have black tile in our kitchen and it is reminiscent of an early nineties Vanilla Ice video.

All Photos by Kristy Turner

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