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Horse advocate, animal lover, photographer, multi blogger, sports fan, creator of Hattingdon Horses and grateful vegan.

Treat your taste buds to a mouthwatering Vegan treat for National Cheesecake Day

Today June 30, 2016 is National Cheesecake Day and there is nothing about dairy-made cheesecake that is superior to vegan cheesecake. Nothing.

There are so many recipes, so many flavors and variations, there’s not space in a simple post. So I am going to link to a few awesome recipes that I have tried and tested.

I adore Dana, the Minimalist Baker. Dana says, “I create simple, delicious recipes that require 10 ingredients or less, one bowl, or 30 minutes or less to prepare.” You will need a food processor for her recipes.

Oh my. Look at these. Mix some of these up and put them in the freezer. Oh my stars. . . delicious.

Individual no bake cheesecakes from Minimalist Baker
Individual no bake cheesecakes from Minimalist Baker. Photo too.

Dana makes three variations: blueberry, bourbon caramel and peanut butter. I am a huge fan of individual cheesecakes. It helps me demonstrate a little bit of self-control. Interested in this recipe? Go here »

If you are crazy about chocolate and peanut butter then you will fall madly in love with Vanilla Chocolate Chunk Cheesecake with Peanut Butter + Coconut” from This Rawsome Vegan Life. It is beyond decadent. Learn how to make it here »

Here is another one I can’t resist from Emma at TRVL — Chai Cheesecakes with Chocolate Drizzle. Go here for that one »

Oops. Another favorite of mine by TRVL. I can never get enough of Lemon, Lime and Coconut Vegan Cheesecake. You will find that one right here.

But wait. How about a Key Lime Raw Cheesecake recipe from another marvelous Emma — this one from She Can’t Eat What?! Look!

Key Lime Raw Cheesecake by Emma at She Can't Eat What?!
Key Lime Raw Cheesecake by Emma at She Can't Eat What?!

Last but certainly not least we must send you over to One Green Planet for a mouthwatering recipe.

If you can find fresh cherries left at your local grocers grab them up and make this. Raw Vegan Cherry Cheesecake. Aaaah yes. Deluxe. Another great mix and chill recipe. That’s a picture of it up top as our Featured Image. Here’s the link to that recipe »

So far the recipes I have selected have been summery and no bake.

If you hate the heat and already dreaming of Fall here’s something special indeed — Apple Pie Cheesecake — by Allyson Kramer. This is a recipe that takes awhile to make but worth the effort. A lot of the time is spent leaving it unattended to do its magic. See recipe here »

Always watch the ingredients. It calls for granulated sugar but she doesn’t mean the kind you probably have in your cupboard if you are not yet a vegan. Use a sugar such as a “raw” sugar or something like it that hasn’t been processed with bone char from cattle.

While we’re on that subject here’s a link you will find helpful — “A List of Bone Char Free Vegan Sugar Companies” — from Ordinary Vegan.

Happy National Cheesecake Day!

Go Vegan. For Life.

July 28th is National Chili Dog Day and Vegans can enjoy it too

Happy National Chili Dog Day. And no, you are not left out if you are a vegan. We can “veganize” just about anything.

First, I will give you the simplest way possible. Heat up a can of Hormel vegetarian chili (which is also vegan), cook vegan hot dogs according to package directions, put them on hot dog buns and garnish with the toppings of your choice using a vegan cheese such as Daiya.

You can up the stakes a bit by making your own chili.

The recipe I use is from Peta’s website. It’s called Cincinnati Chili. I love the flavor of this chili especially for chili dogs. It freezes well.

Tip: Veggie burger crumbles get spongy when repeatedly reheated. So I store mine in individual serving size freezer bags.


1 onion, chopped
1 12-oz. pkg. frozen veggie burger crumbles
1 Tbsp. minced garlic
1 cup tomato sauce
1 cup water
2 Tbsp. red wine vinegar
2 Tbsp. chili powder
1/2 tsp. cumin
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp. paprika
1/2 tsp. ground allspice
1 Tbsp. light brown sugar
1 Tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tsp. hot pepper sauce

• Heat the olive oil in a large frying pan and sauté the onions until tender. Mix in the veggie burger crumbles and garlic and cook until the crumbles are no longer frozen.
• Stir in the tomato sauce, water, vinegar, chili powder, cumin, cinnamon, paprika, allspice, light brown sugar, cocoa, and hot sauce.
• Heat over medium-high heat until the mixture begins to boil. Reduce the heat to low, cover, and simmer for 15 to 20 minutes, or until thickened.


Insofar as the dogs, I buy whatever brand is available at the supermarket I happen to be in. They are typically soy based but don’t worry. They have the usual spices so you will detect no difference in taste. They are easy to digest and the texture is just right too. Heat according to package directions.


I don’t really have to explain this do I? But who knows someone may happen upon this who doesn’t know what a chili dog is (smile).

Open a hot dog bun and place it on a plate. Place a vegan hot dog cooked according to package directions on the open bun. Ladle hot chili onto the hot dog. Garnish to taste. Oddly I don’t care for cheese on my chili dog. I like mustard, a bit of relish and chopped onion.

I have made these for outdoor parties. Young and old love them and surprised that they are vegan.


Here is another way to make vegan chili dogs that is just about as fast as the Hormel option. Jump over to the Vegan Chowhound for their recipe. By the way, that’s their chili dog image at the top of this page.


Where are we finding all these cool “national days of . . . “? Right here.

Branded. Liars and killers — the BLM and its political allies

For more than a decade I have been listening to Bureau of Land Management (BLM) lies concerning America’s wild horses and burros. For more than a decade I have watched the BLM destroy herds of wild horses and murder burros. For more than a decade I have watched politicians, bureaucrats and Judges aid and abet the BLM and their allies at every turn. You have too.

This horde of liars and killers of wild horses and burros are so confident that they can do and say whatever they want they make statements like the ones contained in yet another loathsome one-sided article peddled by the Associated Press.

Anyone who has followed the hard fought battle by wild horse and burro advocates for the safety and preservation of our American herds will instantly recognize the lies told in the article, “BLM to sterilize wild horses for first time to slow growth.”

So I won’t sport with your intelligence by pointing out every one. You can see them for yourselves.

The article opens with these two gems from BLM’s Deputy Director, Steven Ellis:

A federal agency is on a path to sterilize wild horses on U.S. rangeland to slow the growth of herds — a new approach condemned by mustang advocates across the West.

The U.S. Bureau of Land Management also continues to resist calls from ranchers and western Republicans to euthanize or sell for slaughter the animals overflowing holding pens so as to clear the way for more roundups.


You see Ellis uses the word sterilization not birth control measures to “stablize” herd numbers (an idea which the BLM have been able to sell to a number of wild horse advocates). Mark my words, the BLM are bent on total destruction.

Slaughter? Oh, how kind of you to say you don’t really want to send wild horses to slaughter.

Liars. Killers.

You send wild horses to slaughter. You have been all along. It has been documented but of course it remains unpunished.

A Government Accountability Office report said that the Bureau of Land Management mismanaged bonds for solar and wind plants. Steven Ellis, deputy BLM director operations, testifies that all bonds were accounted for, and to the best of his knowledge, the bonds were not shredded. SHFWire photo by Jonathan Capriel/
A Government Accountability Office report said that the Bureau of Land Management mismanaged bonds for solar and wind plants. Steven Ellis, deputy BLM director operations, testifies that all bonds were accounted for, and to the best of his knowledge, the bonds were not shredded. SHFWire photo by Jonathan Capriel.

Bureau of Land Management Deputy Director Steve Ellis delivered those messages at an emotional congressional hearing this week. He offered a glimpse of the challenges facing the agency that has been struggling for decades with what it describes as a $1 billion problem.

I have some emotions for you but they are not shall I say — sympathetic.

By the way, did you read the caption to Ellis’ photo?


The arrogance is unbelievable. $1 billion problem? Yes, you most certainly do have a $1 billion problem. Hello. You created it!

Yet you carry on the way you always have, manipulating numbers, clearing the ranges with uncalled for removals so your “friends” can use it, making up water shortages to remove wild horses (although the cattle don’t seem to need removal), fencing them out and so on.


It is a $1 billion problem you created. Not the horses. Not the burros. YOU. You have created it by lying, manipulating and mismanaging the wild horse and burro program. You are a $1 billion failure.

How about this?

Rep. Tom McClintock, R-Calif. (Olivier Douliery/MCT/Newscom).
Rep. Tom McClintock, R-Calif. (Olivier Douliery/MCT/Newscom).

Rep. Tom McClintock, chairman of the House Natural Resources subcommittee on public lands, took aim at those who object to euthanizing mustangs “and yet seem perfectly willing to watch them succumb to excruciating death by starvation, dehydration and disease.”

Liars. There is no need to sterilize wild horses. America’s wild horses are at near unsustainable numbers already. The sterilization plan they announced is calculated to finish the job.

If this goes forward it will most likely mean the end of wild horses on public lands which is the goal of their $1 billion project. As mentioned above the BLM has fenced wild horses out so they have no grazing or water. Liars!

And this concerning the stockpiling of horses costing the taxpayer millions from totally unnecessary roundups.

Rep. Cynthia Lummis, R-Wyo. (Photo By Bill Clark).
Rep. Cynthia Lummis, R-Wyo. (Photo By Bill Clark).

Rep. Cynthia Lummis, R-Wyoming, emphasized the 1971 law protecting mustangs allows for their destruction if they go unadopted.

” . . allows for their destruction”. Destruction? What a polite word.


Ellis said the estimated 67,000 wild horses and burros on federal land in 10 states is 2.5 times more than the range can support. However, there’s no more room in government corals and leased pastures, where 47,000 horses cost taxpayers about $50,000 per head over the course of their lifetime.


67,000 appears to be the latest new number. It fluctuates depending on what lies the BLM are trying to sell. Wild horse overpopulation is a myth created by the BLM.

Interesting isn’t it that the BLM have plenty of money for destroying herds. Yet they continually complain they don’t have the money to feed the horses they should have left on the range to start with.

Ginger Kathrens, when she was allowed to speak, stated:

” . . . most Americans want to see mustangs “roam freely on their native home ranges as intended.”

“Castration, sterilization and long-term confinement of horses in holding facilities … is unnecessary, cruel, unhealthy and fiscally irresponsible,” she said.

Following Kathrens some remarks were made that the word stupid doesn’t begin to cover. If you voted for Westerman hide in shame. Go Edita.

 Rep. Bruce Westerman, R-Arkansas  (AP Photo/Danny Johnston)
Rep. Bruce Westerman, R-Arkansas (AP Photo/Danny Johnston)

Rep. Bruce Westerman, R-Arkansas, noted, however, that “thousands of domesticated animals are spayed and neutered every day.”

“I’ve got a new puppy and he’s got his day coming soon,” he said.

That prompted an outburst from Edita Birnkrant, campaigns director for Friends of Animals.

“They are wild animals. They are not cats and dogs,” she shouted as McClintock banged the gavel and called for Capitol Police. “The solution is getting welfare ranchers off of our public lands, which have been turned into feedlots.”

Called for Capitol Police? Really?

We know who should go to jail.

Killers. Liars.

Unattributed photo Google search result.

Do horses laugh?

It’s Monday. I was working on something that makes me feel sad.

Then I get a request to find us a picture for an upcoming article. Off to Getty Images I go.

This appeared in my search result. Now what do you think these two horses are doing?

It made me laugh out loud for sure!

So do horses laugh?

The folks at this site seems to think so. Go here to see more laughing horses That’s where we got the Featured Image up top too.

Hey. Wait a minute. Is that the same horse laughing in the featured image and in the Getty image?