Friday, May 23, 2008

Farm Sanctuary Hoe Down, my 1st garden, & Jessie Steele aprons!

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Beware the lack of food in this post! While there's a plethora of adorable animals ahead, there's no food, as we all know animals are not for eating. I hope you can overlook the lack of edibles in lieu of the cuteness that abounds.

I was lucky enough to have the chance to attend the annual Farm Sanctuary Hoe Down this year. It was an amazing day of speakers, food, fun & amazing animals! There's not much to say besides if you get a chance to check out the farm, DO IT! I'll let some the photos speak for themselves..
The cutest! Cupid, smiling. King of the mountain! I adopted Magnolia for Thanksgiving, she's a sweetie!
Go check out more photos from my day HERE!

On Mother's Day, my family & I attended a wonderful mother's day brunch at Millennium! We never once told our party of 8 that the food was all vegan & everyone enjoyed their food immensely! How great is that?! Once we returned to my home, I was lucky enough to have my mother, a woman with a very green thumb, help me plant my first garden on my patio. My grandfather built a planter & gave it so me & I couldn't wait to fill it up! Tomatoes, Cilantro, Basil, Yellow Wax Beans, Haricot Verts, Walla Walla Onions, & Kale, all organic, of course, were planted & I'm looking forward to their yield! We had our 1st visitor right after we finished planting, a lovely lady bug!

Finally, I have a gorgeous new apron by the producers of the hottest aprons, Jessie Steele! My fairy apron-mother Leigh Poindexter sent me this loveliness with matching mitts, when she heard it was a favorite design of mine due my engagement in Paris. As you can see, I salute Jessie Steele's adorable aprons & Beamish cat has an appreciation for them as well!

Life has been insanely busy around here & right now I have two house guests, Jess from The Domestic Vegan & her boyfriend Nick. Next week I'm headed to Portland for the 1st time & will be a house guest of Jess from Get Sconed! I'm excited to explore the foods there, as I know there's many wonderful vegan options, especially desserts! Let's hope life will slow down a bit for me soon & I can get back to the FOOD!


Celine said...

fun times and cute animals? I'm all for it!

VeganFabulous said...

Those are some damn hot aprons! I want one! Right now I have an apron that my sis bought for me from New Season's. It is very cute but I have already worn it down! Any secrets to keeping yours looking nice?

And the animals are adorable!

Mihl said...

You look so small next to that huge pig! Enjoy your garden, your new apron and the time with both Jesses!

Ash said...

Eeee, so cute! You, your apron and all of those animals!

Your garden is so much better than mine, I started seeds over a week ago and they haven't sprouted yet!

Rural Vegan said...

Your FS pictures are so cute! I have to get to the California shelter sometime soon!

Anonymous said...

I also have a pink apron, but I like yours much more.

VeggieGirl said...

Melisser, these photographs are BEYOND incredible; and the ones of you at Farm Sanctuary are so heartwarming!! I'm planning a trip to the New York location with my parents, very soon :0)

Work that new apron, girl! Love it!

DJ said...

I'm loving your apron and as a big fan of container gardens I say - go for it!

Vegan_Noodle said...

What a wonderful experience at Farm Sanctuary!! I love all your photos. Someday I will get myself to a sanctuary... need to get face to face with some of the animals I'm trying to save!

Oh and I loooooove the apron. Too cute.

Have a blast in Portland!! Is this really your first time there? You are gonna love it...

mel said...

I just started my garden! It's exciting. I hope yours does well!

meghan: said...

you are adorable melisser.
especially in a hot jessie steele apron!

Erin said...

You got to hang out with pigs and chickens and goats! Awesome. Here's hoping your garden goes well, from someone with a black thumb.

Animal-Friendly said...

The Farm sanctuary Hoe Down looks great! I'm definitely okay with looking at pictures of cute, happy animals instead of food

And your new apron is so cute!

Lisa (Show Me Vegan) said...

Thanks for sharing the happy animals photos! I can never get enough of those.

Carrie™ said...

I want to visit the Farm Sanctuary. I've heard it's amazing. Love the apron! So chic, so sexy. Well, as sexy as an apron can be. Have fun in Portland.

Hannah said...

Aw, so much cuteness! Adorable animal pictures always make up for a lack of food porn, no worries there. :)

sarchan said...

Ah! Cute animals and cute aprons!

Bianca said...

What an adorable apron! And I would love to plan a trip to the Farm Sanctuary someday! That pig is huge!

Tell Jess & Nick I said, what's up?!

madness rivera said...

Most excellent photos of the FS! The girls and I went to the Hoe Down last year and had a blast.

ovenhaven said...

I absolutely adore your apron! I've been on the lookout for cutesy hot aprons, and now I'm officially jealous. Harumph! :P

Anonymous said...

you look so very adorable in that apron! that's so great that your garden is doing well :)

Anonymous said...

Aww You could be a model for Farm Sanctuary!

Those aprons look super cute, I'll have to check them out.

Your spices look so organized :]

shannie cakes said...

awww engaged in paris! i was proposed to in a kia, in orlando, on our way for burritos-- he had the ring and everything. haha it's very us and at least we have a great story. but paris *swoon*. i plan to spend a month in paris in a few years when my friend moves there for her job.

i just got a seed catalogue for heirlooms, i'm such a freak over it. we're going to start a terrace garden in pots so it can move with us until we figure out where my husband will teach/research.

i didn't know it would be your first time in portland. you're going to have a blast and never want to leave! hopefully we'll be able to figure something out!

vegan addict said...

The photo of you with that sweet pink pig is awesome! Just makes me wish I could take a nap next to him. Maybe he was a wee bit smelly though?!

quarrygirl said...

i totally covet that apron...and i actually saw one by jessie steele on monday in los angeles at sur la table! is it a sign? i dunno! i may just go buy it. great post! i love the animals! great blog. take care.

esther said...

I love doing that too, cuddling with farm animals...and you look gorgeaous (no, I'm not coming on to you,lol, just being honest!) great apron by the way!

Anonymous said...

Well, after a seriously long hiatus, I'm finally back to blogging. Going to get caught up on all your posts I've missed.

I'm so jealous! Oh you know that I just had to check out all of your FS photos. I just can't stand the cuteness. Cupid is actually the walpaper on my laptop at work. I am coming out to Cali in August and am going to FS. I cannot wait to wrap my arms around all of their necks for a hug or two or three.

Anonymous said...

I just adopted a pig at Farm Sanctuary in New York! I loved seeing your day at the farm in CA. Someday I will go to visit my newly adopted pig friend. The pig looks so happy in that picture. I think it knows (since pigs are so intelligent)when so many veg people are sending it Universal love!


My husband and I will be in SF for the first 2 weeks of July and I was thinking about visiting the FARM SANCTUARY. How far is it from the city?

FatMom said...

AHHHH! We were there, too!! Wasn't it great?! Just found your blog...I LOVE it, though I may end up trying to lick my monitor due to the incredible number of beautiful food photos!

Anonymous said...

That apron is gorgeous, I love it! - engaged in Paris? How awesome!! That's my personal fantasy. Except I'm already married. Kitty is very cute - looks like my Batzy (aka batz attack). I love Farm Sanctuary - I'd like to run away and join them :)

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