Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Look at Ziva getting help !!!!!!!

I volunteer at the Marine Science center taking care of injured rescued sea turtles. Ziva was injured so bad by a motor boat that it cut her head badly and ruined one of her ears. From this she had lost her sense of equilibrium and she was laying in the water sideways. She then got panic attacks and began splashing around going crazy. Michelle, one of the biologists the center put a life vest on her to help her feel a sense of balance again. She is now very happy and swimming around in her pool getting stronger everyday. That a girl....Ziva.....looking good !!!!!!

Monday, September 20, 2010

Panini sandwiches makes any meal special !!!!

A panini grill can turn a sandwich into a special meal because because sandwiches are so yummy with the grilled crust on the outside. Since tomatoes and zucchini are still coming from the gardens I used them in my panini along with a Garden Herb Sunshine Burger and some fresh organic spinach and some Follow Your Heart Mozzarella vegan cheese. Start by grilling the Sunshine Burger by itself. Take it off and cut some fresh zucchini into diagonal slices and salt and pepper them. Oil the grill and grill these next. Put the sandwich together with the bread and the burger, the grilled zucchini, a slice of fresh tomato (I used an orange one) some spinach leaves and some slices of the veggie cheese. I used some pumpernickel bread but your favorite bread would work as well. I then spread some veggie butter on the outside of the bread and into the panini grill it goes to brown. I actually don't have a panini grill so I used my George Foreman instead. It is a little tricky but it will do the trick! Panini grills work better because the back is hinged so it fits a thicker type of food inside.
Paninis are so much fun to make and eat !!!!

Friday, September 10, 2010

Have a weekend or holiday fancy vegan Breaakfast Brunch!

Make this really fancy Breakfast Brunch with little mini vegan quiches made from Sunshine Breakfast Patties. I used Organic Mini shells by the Filo Factory for my quiches. If you are gluten free you can make them without using the filo shells. I also put some Cascadian Farms Organic Spud Puppies on the platter. I made some fresh fruit kabobs and then placed some gluten free bagels made from millet flour in a basket. I bought the bagels from www.Delandbakery.com. To make these mini quiches, finely chop one bell pepper and one shallot and saute with some olive oil. Mash a block of tofu in a bowl with a fork and add some salt and pepper, and 1/2 tea. turmeric. Break up 2 defrosted Sunshine Burger Breakfast Patties into the bowl and stir everything together. I filled the mini filo cups with this mixture. If you are gluten free, oil some mini muffin tins and fill them with the mixture instead. You can add some of your favorite veggie cheese to the top and then bake at 375 degrees till browned for about 25 minutes. This makes 24 little mini Quiches. Put the spud Puppies in the oven with the mini quiches and while they bake make the fresh fruit kabobs and put the bagels in the basket. Set up the table for a beautiful delicious Breakfast Brunch....Enjoy !!!!!!

Friday, September 3, 2010

The Baby Sea Turtles are Hatching !!!!!!

All summer long the mother sea turtles walk out of the sea struggling with their big heavy bodies on land crawling to the dunes to dig a hole and bury their eggs. In August and September the eggs hatch and the babies crawl out of the hole in the night . The moon is over the sea this time of the year and they follow the moonlight to the ocean. Because they are so tiny and everything wants to eat them, only one in a thousand survive to adulthood. Once in the ocean they try to make it to the floating sea weed grass by the gulf stream to hide. Sea turtles need to surface about every two hours to breathe air. There are about 5 basic species of sea turtles.
The ones in the photos are leatherbacks which are blackish in color and live far off shore and are the largest. Leatherbacks can grow to be up to eight feet long !!!!
Three days after the eggs have hatched and the babies walked to sea we check the nest with the turtle patrol.. We carefully hand dig out the nest and check for any more babies who couldn't find thier way out to the top. We found two left this time.
All the sea turtles are now endangered because people have eaten so many. The most abundant varieties left are the green turtles which are named green because they become vegetarians at adulthood. I presently volunteer at the Marine Science Center working to save rescued sea turtles that have been injured by motor boats, fishing gear, etc. Not all of them recover, but lots of them get well and it is so exciting to see them get released back home to the sea!!!!! I must say......they are such beautiful and amazing creatures!

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Check Out this Easy Stuffed Pita.......:)

This is so easy to make. I love garnishing the plate with fresh raw veggies from my local farmer's market. I stuffed the pita with a garden herb Sunshine Burger(defrosted) with some left over mashed potatoes and some fresh bean sprouts and some frozen mixed organic veggies. Add some cheese or veggie cheese like follow your heart and wrap in foil and bake in a 400 degree toaster oven for 35 to 45 minutes. Wow...this is an easy hand held meal !