Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Farm Sanctuary FOR the Turkeys (with video) & a Sweets Swap!

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Recently, friends & I attend the 9th annual FOR the Turkeys Celebration at Farm Sanctuary in Orland. It's always an amazing time being surrounded by like-minded people, but the best part is always the animals! It was a bright beautiful day, despite previous day being less than stellar. I had been looking forward to feeding turkeys ever since my last visit to the farm for the Hoe Down & I was not disappointed.

In addition to shelter time, we had a Thanksgiving inspired meal with hundreds of other animal lovers in the People Barn. Tofurkey & gravy, cranberry sauce, apple kale salad, & sweet potatoes, were just some of the dishes available, plus a choice of Apple or Pumpkin pie. I chose the apple & was very happy with my sweet selection!

The speakers included Gene Baur of Farm Sanctuary, Emily Deschanel of Bones, & Josh Hooten of Herbivore Clothing Company & Store in Portland, OR. I found myself especially inspired by Josh's talk on activism & it was the push I needed to stop resting on the laurels of Prop 2 passing & get back to action for the animals!

Lately, I've been having fun taking video at events, so I threw together a little segment on the day. This was shot with my little Canon Powershot & edited in Windows Movie Maker, so please bear with my amateur status. Enjoy!

This weekend we had the 2nd annual PPK Cookie Swap, although this time it included a few other sweets. I made a crazy layered dessert that was most recently called a "Peanut Butter Mousse, Custard, Whipped Cream, Chick-O-Stick, Brownie Trifle", so I'll roll with that. Yes, it was as insane & rich as it sounds! I also made an option for our gluten free attendees, Pumpkin Chocolate Chip, with both white & dark chips. They were very cakey & fluffy, not something I had expected for my 1st foray in to gluten free baking!

There were lots of treats to choose from like Crunchy Oat Cookies & Snickerdoodles from the Sisters Vegan, Fudge, Peanut Butter Cups, White Chocolate Macadamia cookies, Rum Balls, Caramel Popcorn Balls, Truffles, Butterscotch Oatmeal cookies sandwiched with Rum ice cream, Rice Krispie treats- oof! I have to stop, my tummy hurts all over again thinking about it! Needless to say, I consumed FAR too much & now find myself on a sugar detox. That being said, I'll always look forward to next year!


Anonymous said...

I wish I could take part in such a cookie swap one day. I guess Germany is a little bit to far away, unless moldy cookies become a fashion ;)
By the way, I wanted to watch the video but it said it's wasn't available any longer :(

Bianca said...

Watching those turkeys eat just made my day! They're so adorable. And who knew that baby cows wag their tails when they're happy?!

Anonymous said...

That sounds like the best FS day! I'm with Mihl, I wanna swap too, but I guess France is just a little too far away!

emma said...

that trifle sounds amazing, and i've always wanted to go to that farm sanctuary!

Adriana said...

While looking for ways to evade T-Day I contemplated attending this event. Needless to say it was too short a time to plan but I’ll be there next year! Love the vid!

Anonymous said...

Love the video! Did you get a chance to meet Serendipity? Was she one of the turkeys in the clip?

Alicia said...

Mmmm, cookies! I would be a bad addition to a cookie swap, eating all of them ;-)

Lisa (Show Me Vegan) said...

That video put a big smile on my face and is a great start to my day! I love the song you chose and so cute that you fed stuffed squash to the turkeys. Thanks for sharing your day.

urban vegan said...

That is TOO cool. ANd so are you for doing it!

Marijke said...

Hey Love,
that video made me miss all of you even more. But I promise I'll be there some day!

Meg said...

Those turkeys are just too cute! And I want to hug the sheep!

Vegan_Noodle said...

How appropriate to spend Thanksgiving (or close to it) with the turkeys. I still need to visit Farm Sanctuary! Maybe next time I'm in CA.

And you know how I feel about that sweet swap. Your trifle sounds like it would send me into a blissful coma.

Love the video!!

Leslie Richman said...

What a great post! Your video is inspiring :)

Marni said...

I loved your video! And the cookie swap sounds like it was wicked fun. How I wish we had events like that where I live.

Stella said...

Awesome inspiration "amateur" filmmaking. I always forget my shitty Kodak even has video. Consider me empowered.

Erin said...

That looks like an amazing day at Farm Sanctuary. I love the video! I could watch piggies and goats for a long time.

Anonymous said...

It's amazing how many of us have looked at these animals through uncaring filters. When you see them for their personality and individuality, they become as beautiful and endearing as your dog or cat. People get sent to jail for abusing and torturing dogs and cats, yet our society looks the other way when the same thing happens to cows, chickens, and pigs. You'd think they'd deserve even more respect, since they're giving their lives for us!

Katy said...

"Peanut Butter Mousse, Custard, Whipped Cream, Chick-O-Stick, Brownie Trifle"??? Yes please!
Every time I read about your vegan get-togethers, I get sooo jealous! I've never even met another vegan!
Sounds like a great time at the farm sanctuary!

Anonymous said...

SO jealous. One year, I want to do this Thanksgiving event... It's just such a fantastic idea.

And that cookie swap looks like an insane sugar rush waiting to happen!

Anonymous said...

that peanut butter mousse dessert sounds INSANE. man oh man i am jealous.

jess (of Get Sconed!) said...

so cool, so cool, so cool.

Sheree' said...

What an awesome day! I have been off sugar for almost 3 months and I got a sugar rush just from reading the list of goodies. Off to watch the video if my computer will behave!

Liz Ranger (Bubble Tea for Dinner) said...

"Peanut Butter Mousse, Custard, Whipped Cream, Chick-O-Stick, Brownie Trifle" is the prettiest darned thing I've ever heard and I bet it tastes like all kinds of magnificent sugar... *droooools*

Anonymous said...

Aww, this brings back great memories. I used to work on the farm and i miss the animals and events so much. im scared to death of the turkeys but now that im away from them, i adore them.

Anonymous said...

I like the video, thanks for sharing. I hope I can visit Farm Sanctuary someday.

jd said...

Woah! That "sweets swap" looks fantastic...

Anonymous said...

I can't remember if I commented on this, what's my problem? (don't answer that...)
but yeah, who could blame you for overdoing it with the sweet stuff? it all looks like it was delicious.

DJ said...

That dessert you made for the cookie swap sounds SOOOO good! Can you come and make me pudding too?

ChocolateCoveredVegan said...

You get to go to the coolest parties/cookie swaps/vegan fetes!

River (Wing-It Vegan) said...

Melisser, thank you for sharing that beautiful video! I am so proud to be vegan and so proud of all my vegan blog friends. I can't believe I used to eat animals.

The Cookie Swap sounds so cool! Good luck with the sugar detox!

julie hasson said...

How fun Melisser! I wish I could have been there (at both the Farm Sanctuary and the sweets swap).

Love the video.

Bethany said...

That was a cool video! The whole event looks like so much fun. The turkeys are so cute eating their food and the food that you got to consume looks pretty darn amazing.

mmm... cookie swap sounds dangerous, but yummy. Rum ice cream sounds divine.
I only made 1 batch of cookies this year, but I will make up for it in January or February.

Jenni (aka Vegyogini) said...

Wow, a vegan cookie swap sounds incredible!

Michelle Schwegmann said...

lady! that video is so awesome. i can't wait to show it to ruby!! we talk about that trip almost every day.
it was so fun seeing you there - so have a happy new year and visit us up here in pdx again soon.

Anonymous said...

Farm Sanctuary kills the rats that invade its chicken barn. They built a concret floor in 2003, but when that didn't work, the organization had no choice but hire an extermination company to kill the rats. I just can't believe that people like Gene Baur and Farm Sanctuary would turn their backs on the animal rights movement in this way! I won't be sending them any more of my hard-earned money!!!

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