Monthly Archives: November 2012

Baby, it’s cold outside!



Remember, with domestication comes more than just a cute nose and wagging tail – reliance on human beings comes along too. Unless all of you happen to be lucky enough to live in lovely Southern California (and even if you do), an outdoor pet is at risk for hypothermia and even frostbite.

Prevention is the best way to treat either. Sure, your pet (most likely) has fur, but fur only goes so far in combatting extreme winter weather. Domestic dog coats just aren’t what their wolf ancestors’ coats used to be. So add on the layers! Heating pads in dog houses, extra blankets, even those slightly torturous dog sweaters are all justified this time of year. If you have an outdoor pet, make sure to get a heated water bowl or otherwise continually replace the water so that it doesn’t just turn into a useless ice block. Proper hydration is just as important in the cold as it is in the heat.

Know the signs of trouble, too. Piloerection (aka goosebumps), pale to black-ish skin, shivering, and weakness are all signs that hypothermia and frostbite could be setting in. If you want to be super scientific about it, a rectal temperature below 99.5 degrees Fahrenheit for dogs is a sign of trouble.

So what do you do if your pet does happen to fall prey to Jack Frost? Blankets, blankets, blankets! And the vet. Most definitely the vet. A veterinarian will know how to best analyze the extent of trouble going on and have the most comprehensive resources to help out your pet.

Of course, I recommend that you consider letting your outdoor pet come indoors for the cold weather, even if just at night. Even if your companion is hardy enough to protect against the most dangerous outcomes of nippy weather, it’s still not fair to make your pet deal with the discomfort of extreme conditions. You wouldn’t want to sleep outside in the winter, even if you had a parka, would you? No? I thought not.

So remember, this Christmas season, your pet’s best gift and defense against the cold – is you.

What the Blazes!


Good morning oh lovely readers! To cope with my most recent bout of insomnia, I decided to update you all on some of the adventures that I had yesterday. I actually went Black Friday shopping! No, I was not one of those get-up-at-some-ungodly-hour-o’-clock, stand-in-line-forever, race-around-with-coupons-like-a-mad-woman kind of shoppers. My friends and I spent most of our time meandering around bookstores at a leisurely pace, keeping an eye out for deals but not stressing about it too much. It was lovely.

Along the way, we stopped for lunch at a pizza place called Blazes Pizza. I know, what the blazes was I doing in a pizza place?! Getting vegan pizza, that’s what! Blazes has a vegan cheese option, as well as lots of yummy vegetables to load onto your pie. My friend Kim and I just split a simple pie, though. We each also got a blood orange lemonade. Both were absolutely delicious.


This was also an opportunity for me to introduce my friends the wonder that is Daiya, since the vegan cheese of choice was Daiya mozzarella. The cruelty-free choice was a success! Kim said that she actually forgot she wasn’t eating “real” cheese, and that Daiya tasted like a delectable version of “some pretentious cheese.” My friend Jimmy, a pizza connoisseur, declared that he was impressed. That’s a BIG DEAL – Jimmy’s serious about his pizza.

So, all in all, Blazes Pizza is a definite must-visit for any vegans craving a pizza pie fix. One word, my friends: yum.

Happy Tofurky Day!


Happy Thanksgiving Day everyone! Here at Life as a College Vegan I’m back in Pasadena visiting some friends and cooking up a maple-glazed tofurky. I’ll let you all know how it goes!

What delicious vegan meal are you making this Thanksgiving? Cruelty-free crockpots? Compassionate canapés? Share them with Life as a College Vegan! Recipes, pictures, and Thanksgiving stories welcome!

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Speak Up for Wildlife Conservation!


There’s yet another animal-threatening bill out there. Speak up and demand that it be thrown out! Show that you’re thankful for national parks this Thanksgiving and stand up to protect them!

The Info:

The bill S.3525 up for review in Senate is a HIGHLY IRRESPONSIBLE bill. It calls for de-regulation across the board of environmental provisions. If passed, it would:

  1. Open up national parks for poaching, game hunting, target practice, fishing, trapping, and offroad vehicle use, especially in backcountry areas and OFFICIALLY-DESIGNATED wilderness areas.
  2. Prevent federal agencies from reviewing the impact of hunting on these areas. (Aka “Let’s turn a blind eye to the impact we’re having on the environment…)
  3. Open up national parks to new logging, mining, and fossil-fuel extraction ventures. (WHAT???!!!)
  4. Gut the Antiquities Act, which gives the President the ability to restrict the amount of corporate use of public lands owned by the federal government. (Aka gives the federal government the power to protect national parks from corporate exploitation – does it really seem like a good idea to make that go away?)
  5. And, perhaps worst of all, revises the Marine Mammal Protection Act to allow for the importation of polar bear “trophies” from Canada registered prior to the May 2008 Endangered Species Act. (You KNOW people are going to find a way to falsely register new kills and get around this technicality. Congressmen, don’t play dumb about this one.)

What you can do:

Please please PLEASE send a message to your congressman and senator saying that oppose this ridiculously stupid and highly unconscionable bill! Send a letter to President Obama saying that oppose this attack on the balance of governmental power and complete overhaul of environmental protections for the sake of “sport.” How 1800’s is that?? Please share and spread the word!


Example of Sample Message:

I oppose S. 3525: Sportsmen’s Act of 2012 because it is a tremendously dangerous bill that jeopardizes the safety of the environment, cornerstone species, and endangered species. It combines too many de-regulations to be considered responsible or safe. In particular, the allowance of the importation of polar bear “trophies” registered before 2008 obviously sets up already for violations that would seriously threaten an already endangered species. You know that people are going to find ways to get around the “registered before 2008” rule to import newly killed polar bears under a false registration. Furthermore, the bill attacks the balance of power checks within the government by restricting the President’s ability to veto Congressional and Senatorial approval of corporate exploitation of federally owned public lands. The bill is highly irresponsible and highly dangerous. It is too risky and unconscionabe a bill to be passed.

1-2-3 Barbeque Mushrooms


Last night, I discovered a blissfully simple way to make delicious mushrooms: barbecue sauce.

Now, I realize that my “barbeque mushrooms” don’t exactly do justice to the true art of barbecuing vegetables, but hey, it was easy and they tasted yummy. Good enough for me.

The ingredients? It’s a 1-2-3-pow! for this dish:

1. 1 c baby portobello mushrooms

2. 2 tsp vegetable oil

3. 3 Tb of your favorite barbecue sauce

The directions? Super easy. Toss the mushrooms in the vegetable oil (have fun throwing them around!), then add in the barbecue sauce and coat the mushrooms in that. Put it all in a pan and sear on high for about five minutes, stirring occasionally.

Plate, and enjoy!

These are especially nummy served with a Thanksgiving yam! Mmmm 🙂



In a season that’s all about blessings and thanks, isn’t life something that we should be thankful for above all? So then why is the centerpiece of such a holiday a plate o’ dead flesh? Ew.

Thankfully (ha. ha. puns.), there’s a way to make your Thanksgiving celebration truly a celebration of the fruits (and vegetables) of the earth, rather than of the annual slaughterhouse mania: Tofurky!

Roast it, stuff it, braise it, even deep fry it – anything you’d do with a “regular” turkey, you can do with tofurky! My biggest tip for cooking your tofurky this year: marinate, marinate, marinate! Keep your tofurky moist! It’s honestly what makes the biggest difference.

Not sure exactly how you want to enjoy your tofurky? No worries! Turtle Island Foods, the makers of Tofurky products has recipes galore! Check them out here!

Comment and tell me what your favorite way to gobble down some tofurky is!