Happy Herbivore Blog

It's a small, small world

Posted by: Lindsay S. Nixon |

Category: Advice

When social media was first coming out -- and a lot of people were skeptic, or thought it was annoying, or generally couldn't see the appeal, I was all in.

I looked at social media -- or actually, let me go back one step further, I saw the Internet, as the single tool that would take us back to the village. A global village. I knew we'd become one all encompassing small town. 

GaryV---who I've had the pleasure of meeting in real life, and being online buddies with, really goes into detail about this in his new book The Thank You Economy, only he says it a tad more succinctly than I am here. 

Point being, it's an even smaller world than we all imagined.

Flashback to my childhood. I spent a big portion of it in Orlando, Florida---living every child's dream of hanging out with Mickey on the weekend. One of my favorite rides at Disney World was "It's a Small World" (here is a video of it on youtube). Looking at it now in 2011, and not through the eyes of an 8-year-old in the 80s, make it kind-of corny, but I like the message all the same (even if I'll be signing the song the rest of the day. So will you if you watch the video, so I apologize).

I've always been amazed by the "6 degrees of separation" phenomenon and how small this world really is. For example, Scott went to a small military school which none of you have probably ever heard of and then yesterday, here on the island, a non-US island, we saw a car with a sticker for his college...

But what spawned this post, however, was a recent interaction caused *by* this blog. Earlier this week, I put up a note inviting bloggers to interview me as part of my virtual blog book tour. (I've really enjoyed doing these interviews, btw -- read them here.).

One lovely woman, named Clara, wrote me and one of her questions asked where in Florida I lived... she was curious since she lives in Tampa. 

I wrote her back that I lived just outside of Tampa, during High School, and that my sister still lives there. I don't know WHY I also put what High School I went to -- she didn't ask, after all, but I added "I went to PHU."

Clara immediately wrote back "PHUHS? I went there too! Maybe that's why you have always looked familiar?" Then, moments later, Clara and I realized that we were in the same graduating class. 

Our high school was quite large, bigger than many private colleges (like Scott's, for example,) so it's not totally crazy that we wouldn't have instantly recognized each other (especially since we've both married and changed our names) but still...

and this is riding of a similar email I got a few months ago. Alissa had emailed me and said "you probably don't remember me, but I was a year behind you in middle school, lived in the neighborhood next to yours, and we rode the bus together for two years." I did remember her. 

Then she continued, "Anyway, I've been reading your blog for a long time, but it wasn't until you posted a picture of yourself the other day that I realized Oh. My. God. I KNOW HER!" 

I'm very happy to have reconnected with both Alissa, and Clara, even if I didn't really know Clara to begin with. I really do love these kinds of stories. Even living on this island, I am constantly reminded how small the world is --- like that my neighbor here is from the same town in PA that my entire extended family lives and they know of each other.

I think as this "media age" continues there will be more stories. and I, for one, look forward to them. I am so thankful to social media and the Internet because I've reconnected with a lot of people I've lost touch with, I've met so many incredible people -- close friends, through twitter, blogging, facebook, etc., that I can't imagine my life without them in it.

For all the unsavory parts of the Internet (privacy? what privacy?) and the fact you can't take things back, or ask for a "do over" (quoting that famous line in The Social Network, "The Internet isn't written in pencil, it's written in pen") --- there are a lot of awesome parts... and I am happy to be part of a large global village, that has a small town feel.

p.s. I'm giving away a copy of The Natural Vegan Kitchen on Facebook today. It's not fat-free, but many of the recipes are and the author focuses on fresh foods, which I really like.

Green Goddess Muffins Fat-Free Vegan Spinach Muffins

Posted by: Lindsay S. Nixon |

Category: Recipe

Happy St. Patty's Day! Since today is a holiday that's all about greenness, I'm sharing a recipe with you that *might* be in my next cookbook (the jury is still out).

It all started about a week ago when my assistant went on a baking spree and posted a bunch of photos on Facebook of all the things she'd made. While I was practically licking my screen at the "Cake Batter Cinnamon Buns" what really got my attention were some "Green Monster Muffins." 

The term "green monster" (which I believe was coined by Angela, of Oh She Glows) refers to spinach-rich smoothies that are popular among bloggers.

Anyway, I used to *love* spinach and cheese muffins waaay back in my vegetarian days. (There is something really kick ass about a savory muffin) so I thought, "Hey! I could probably substitute spinach for carrots in the carrot cake cupcake recipe!"

But after some thought, I decided to tinker with it a bit -- add lemon zest because I'm obsessed with lemon in baked goods, reduce the sugar to make it more "healthy" and less "dessert"-like...and before I knew it, I'd reworked the entire recipe. 

Makes 12

2 cups spinach
1 1/2 c. white whole wheat flour
1/2 cup raw sugar
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp cinnamon
pinch salt
1 cup nondairy milk
1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
1 tsp vanilla extract
zest of 1 lemon

Preheat oven to 350F. Grease muffin tin if necessary, and set aside (I use non-stick). Chop spinach (or put in a food processor or blender) until it's chopped finely -- and pack it tightly into a 1 cup measuring cup (you may have a little overflow), set aside. In a medium bowl, whisk flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon and salt together. In a small bowl, mix nondairy milk with applesauce and vanilla. Pour into flour (dry) mixture and stroke a few times. Then add spinach, and lemon zest, stirring until just combined -- careful not to over stir, but make sure there are no pockets of flour. Fill cups 3/4 full and bake 15-25 minutes (mine were perfect at 17). 

For the exact Green Monster muffins Andrea made, visit The Chic Life. BTW, I think if you want the muffins to be brilliant green, you'll need to pulverize the spinach like in this recipe.

Also if you're looking for more St. Patty recipes -- might I suggest HH's Irish Soda Bread or Beer Bread? 

Blog Book Tour

Posted by: Lindsay S. Nixon |

Category: News

Calling all bloggers! I want to do a "blog book tour" -- and need your help! 

If you have a blog and would like to interview me about The Happy Herbivore Cookbook -- send me an email at (lindsay ( at ) happyherbivore.com) with your questions and blog address.

I'll also give you a few recipes (with accompanying pictures) from the cookbook to share exclusively with your readers! 

I have loved all the interviews I've done so far --- this is going to be a lot of fun!

Interviews:

with Kelly from Calming the Spirit (a great wellness blog)

with Rachel (the former) Fish Taco Fanatic (she recently went plant-strong!)

with Lindsay (great name!) of Green Food, Green Thumb, High Heels

with Sandra of Irresistibly Vegan (love this blog name!)

with Julie of Motor Girl in the Steel City (who I met in person!)

with Becca of Peace, Love, Bagels (mm bagels!)

with MO of VeganFit (her personal story is inspiring!)

with Kelly of Party Like a Vegan (yeah! paaar-ty!)

with Michele aka A Veg Who Hates Tofu (I'm a former tofu-hater!)

with Jessica of Jessica Hamilton Yoga

with Gloria of Glo's Kitchen

with Jaydee of Life in the Lost World (she's also doing a giveaway!)

with Erin from Vegan Once a Day

with Jess of In My Healthy Opinion

with Jennifer from Veggie Burgher (who I met in Pitt!)

with Jodie of Picky Vegan

with Julie from A Case of the Runs (best blog name ever!)

with Clara of My Educated Life (who I apparently went to HS with!)

with Tami Moore (we talk about unicorns and zombies!)

with Harriette Halepis

with Lizanna of Naturally Vegan

with Ryann of My Whole Deal (talking about sustainability!)

at Hungry Vegan Traveler 

with Rhonda of Singularly Happy (a great blog about loving your life)

at A Sunny Path

and with my pal Sarah of See Sarah Eat!