Vegetarian Holiday Entertaining Grocery List

Vegetarian Holiday Entertaining Grocery List (via Bubby and Bean)
1. Natures Promise Organic Yellow Potatoes  //  2. Winterberry Ilex Bouquet  //  3. La Crema Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir  //  4. Tuscan Organic Kale  //  5. Peapod Apple Pie  //  6. Tofurky Vegetarian Roast  //  7. Chef Express Grilled Fresh Asparagus  //  8. Organic Cranberries  //  9. Silk Nog Soy ‘Eggnog’  //  10. Door Swag with Red Berries  //  11. Revolution Brewing Fistmas Holiday Ale  //  12. Peapod Pumpkin Pie
(All available at Peapod)

I absolutely love Thanksgiving (just six more days!), for a number of reasons. First and foremost, I think a day set aside specifically devoted to feeling and expressing gratitude is pretty awesome. I also love the fact it’s a nice break for a day or two in the middle of one of my busiest times of year with work, and I don’t have to feel any sort of guilt about just being lazy. It also marks the official start of the holiday season, which (despite my undying love for summertime) is truly my favorite time of the year. And of course, there is nothing better than gathering with friends and family to enjoy food and the comforts of the season.

We aren’t hosting any Thanksgiving celebrations this year (we’re headed to a Friendsgiving this evening, and we’ll be eating Thanksgiving dinner at my dad’s), but we do plan on having a holiday dinner here in a few weeks. So I thought I’d share my grocery list for the types of things we’ll be getting for our little get-together. Since I’m a vegetarian and so are several of our guests, we’ll be getting vegetarian goodies and creating a holiday theme with the decor. The best part is that we’ll be able to focus on cooking and on the design aspects of things without the added stress of having to run around to various grocery stores for ingredients – because we’ll be able to get everything we need delivered directly to our home, thanks (once again!) to Peapod.

I’ve talked about Peapod here before, last month when I used them to supply an autumn picnic I was putting together. They’re a seriously great service (and the country’s leading internet grocer) that delivers right to your doorstep, often up to seven days a week – for delivery as soon as next day, or up to two weeks in advance. They’ve delivered more that 23 million orders (impressive!) across 24 U.S. markets, and they are stocked with more than 12,000 products in a range of categories. I love how many natural and organic foods they offer, and the fact that they go beyond just typical groceries for also supply seasonal items (like the holiday bouquet and door swag you see above!), office and school supplies, health and beauty aids, pet goods, and wine, beer and spirits (in specific markets). I think Peapod is especially wonderful during this time of year when we’re all so busy – they instantly take an errand off of your to do list, which is pretty fantastic.

What types of groceries and other goodies do you tend to get for holiday entertaining? Who else is a Peapod fan?

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TRACIE HOTCHNER: FAT DOGS DIE YOUNGER

xena1If you’re honest, you’ll probably admit that your beloved Labrador Retriever is overweight, right? If you had to guess you’d say she’s maybe 5 or 10 lbs. overweight? But you probably don’t think it’s such a big deal – she’s happy and what else matters, right? Wrong!

Maybe you think I’m being over-dramatic when I say on my Radio Pet Lady Network shows and blogs that American pets are in danger because we are allowing them to become overweight? Do you think I am exaggerating when I say that there is a mounting health crisis for our dogs and cats as they get fatter and fatter? Believe me!

Let me share a shocking research finding: dogs who are overweight or obese will generally be expected to live about two years less than if they were at their ideal body weight. Almost two whole years of her life!

You could be cutting her life short by two years by giving too many high calorie treats, not measuring the quantity and calories in her meals, and not giving her the 30 minutes of good daily exercise she needs. What this means is that your beloved Labrador might live to 11 years instead of 13 – and is more likely to suffer from medical problems from carrying excess weight throughout her life.

I hope that frightening information will inspire you to take us seriously when you hear Dr. Donna Spector and me talk about the “pet obesity epidemic” on our pet talk show THE EXPERT VET on the Radio Pet Lady Network. We’ve talked about the fact that most owners and even their veterinarians cannot remember what a normal, healthy cat or dog should look and feel like.

DFF-logo-ProudSponsor175x166Raising awareness of the health dangers of obesity is why we launched the Healthy Weight Challenge, with the support of Halo pet food who supplies the Healthy Weight dry food and the Spot’s Stew in a can. Dr. Donna uses them as her “magic tools” in helping our contestants shed excess pounds and keep them off forever.

This week we welcome our newest contestant, Xena – a darling Pomeranian from Maryland who was once 10 lbs and is now nearly 15 lbs., a 50% weight increase which is dramatic for such a little lady. Hats off to her humans, John and Pam, who realized they had a problem and came to us to solve it.

We’re honored to be part of Xena’s return to her bathing suit figure, and to serve as a great example to owners of every size dog that being fat isn’t cute—it is harmful and is a health crisis that each of us needs to address with our beloved dogs, who are already with us for too short a time. Think of it this way: staying lean means a longer, healthier life!
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Tracie Hotchner is the author of THE DOG BIBLE: Everything Your Dog Wants You to Know and THE CAT BIBLE: Everything Your Cat Expects You to Know.

She is also a renowned pet radio host and producer, having spent 7 years on the Martha Stewart Channel of Sirius/XM with CAT CHAT® and even longer with her award-winning NPR radio show DOG TALK® (and Kitties, Too!) that continues to broadcast in the Hamptons and the Berkshires. Her most recent accomplishment is the pet talk radio network she has created on the Internet called The Radio Pet Lady Network.

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10 Reasons to Adopt a Senior Dog #NutrishSeniorPets

We adopted both Irie and Tiki at the age of six months. I’ll be honest: for all the puppy fun and incredible joy, there was a lot of work as well. From digging in the yard to chewing off each…



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Fire dept. rallies to find bone marrow donor for cancer-stricken medic/firefighter

Fire dept. rallies to find bone marrow donor for cancer-stricken medic/firefighter
HAMPTON, N.H. — A paramedic/firefighter diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma is searching for a bone marrow transplant match to save his life. Union Leader reported that Kyle Jameson, 33, was diagnosed in April after a routine physical exam.
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Krayzie Bone Like Fire
Chasing The Devil, which is being released by Krayzie Bone Media / RBC Records, is currently available for preorder. The November 20 street date is set. "Life Fire," is the official second single and brought to you by HipHopDX. Share your thoughts in
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Bone Therapeutics Provides Business Update for the Third Quarter of 2015
BONE THERAPEUTICS (Brussels:BOTHE) (Paris:BOTHE) (Euronext Brussels and Paris: BOTHE), the bone cell therapy company addressing high unmet medical needs in the field of bone fracture repair and bone fracture prevention, today announces the …
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Kiwi

This is Kiwi, a 6 month old apricot poodle.  Kiwi was born in Canada and flown over to France when he was three months old.  As life goes on, he’ll be regularly flying back and forth between his owner’s two homes: Montreal and Monaco. 
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Turkeys in the misty November gloom

Source.

If you didn’t know any better, you’d think some velociraptors were out stalking the mist.


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OLYMPIC SILVER MEDALIST GUS KENWORTHY HELPS #HALOFEEDITFORWARD AT #BARKWORLD

Gus-Kenworthy-HaloFeeditForwardGus Kenworthy, Freestyle Skier and Olympic Silver Medalist who arranged for the adoption of 5 Russian stray dogs to be transported back to the US during the 2014 Olympic Games in Sochi Russia, attended BarkWorld Expo 2015 this past weekend and helped feed a shelter pet through #HaloFeeditForward.

In addition to donating a meal for every #Barkworld registered attendee, Halo Pets had another way for pet bloggers and influencers to donate more meals.

During the social media conference, registered attendees were able to feed a shelter pet by taking a picture with our Rescue Hero frame and posting it online.

Thank you Gus for your commitment to pets and for bringing awareness about the stray dog population in Sochi.

For more information about our campaign, visit our #HaloFeeditForward page.

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puppy up 2014

Indiana and I are back on the road from my brief jaunt up to the northeast to honor my yearly commitment to the folks who make Puppy Up the most successful grass roots organization evah!  Madison CT won the contest last year and their 2014 walk was even bigger and badder, a trend they’ve been setting every year.  From over 300 in 2012 to 600 walkers this year Valerie and her team did an incredible job and it was inspiring to be there although I like to joke that I brought the sunny 70 weather from the west coast.  
               
Puppy Up Malvern
We also timed it so I could attend the inaugural Puppy Up walk at HOPE Veterinary Specialists in Malvern PA the week prior and damn glad we did.  Despite the rainy frigid weather, droves of Phillyers? (Whats the proper demonym?) showed up for the walk and to celebrate the clinic’s 10 year anniversary.  Cheers to Kate Craig and Dennis!
Powerful the day’s events but perhaps the most poignant moment for me was meeting two of the patients in a study we funded.  Teddy and Bynx.  They have a particularly nasty inoperable bladder tumor and both were given a prognosis of 1-2 months.  The Animal Medical Center in Manhattan is working on a more effective delivery system to get chemo to the tumor site and early results are promising.  

Comparative Oncology
Teddy and Bynx have passed the one year survival mark because of this study and if it continues as hoped, Sloan Kettering will start human trials.  Folks this is the crux of comparative oncology.  You can learn more about the types of studies The Puppy Up Foundation funds here.  
Puppy Up New Jersey
After enduring hurricane Sandy, Puppy Up NJ has had to change venues more times than Gov Christie has redirected traffic off the GW.  Just like the boardwalk, our  dear Jude has weathered some storms but she’s still standing strong and this years event was held at Dusty’s Dog House and I’m grateful I had the opportunity to be a part of their walk this year.  
FYI Jude – next time please don’t cry when introducing me cause there’s nothing worse than a dude wearing a skirt gettin all weepy.
YBD
Santa Maria CA
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PostScripts 1
It’s sometimes hard to get perspective when youre deep down in it, risking all you have for a cause.  And the west coast walk has put us to the mat many many times so a Puppy Up break was sorely needed.  
I recently read that last year $ 18.5 billion was doled out by the federal government for renewable energy subsidies and recently $ 6.2 billion has been earmarked for the ‘Ebola crisis’.  The total budget of the National Cancer Institute in 2014 was roughly $ 5 billion, which has remained at that level for over a decade.  
Last time I checked  - 1/2 of all men and 1/3 of all women will develop cancer in their lifetime never mind the 2-4 million dogs each year.  Talk about a government so disconnected and resolutely unconcerned with the most immediate threat facing its population.  
Some mornings I just wake up shaking my head asking why?  Why get out of your tent and keep going? I could tell you why I do but being a part of the Puppy Up walks says everything I need to say.
PS2
Have to give a shout out to Madison WI because Beth and Kai had the most awesome walk May this year and the perfect send off to our west coast walk.  Thank you for the boots and I’ll see you next year.  

THE JOURNEY CONTINUES

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The Home Stretch

Now that we’re back on the road, here’s an updated schedule:

San Luis obispo November 12
Pismo beach November 13
Santa Maria area* November 14
Santa Barbara November 22
Ventura November 25
Oxnard November 26
Malibu November 29
Santa Monica December 1
LA Area (leaving) December 8
The Final Mile December 14

Planning for the final mile is underway so we’ll post it here soon
THE JOURNEY CONTINUES

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PIT BOSS STAR SHORTY ROSSI HELPS #HALOFEEDITFORWARD AT #BARKWORLD

Shorty-Rossi-HaloFeeditForwardLuigi “Shorty” Rossi, star of Animal Planet’s Pit Boss and founder of Shorty’s Rescue, an organization set up for Bully Breed Awareness and Fighting BSL Laws, attended BarkWorld Expo 2015 this past weekend and helped feed a shelter pet through #HaloFeeditForward.

In addition to donating a meal for every #Barkworld registered attendee, Halo Pets had another way for pet bloggers and influencers to donate more meals.

During the social media conference, registered attendees were able to feed a shelter pet by taking a picture with our Rescue Hero frame and posting it online.

Were you at #Barkworld? Did you take a picture with our Rescue Hero frame? Make sure you tag yourself in our Facebook #Barkworld album.

For more information about our campaign, visit our #HaloFeeditForward page.

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