The Weekend Send-Off

April 8th, 2011 - filed under: Furthermore » Feedback

More fun with see-saws! (past fun with see-saws)

Coming to you from holed up in a hotel room, blogging on patchy wi-fi with fingers still sticky from raw ice cream treats, HELLOOOOOO WEEKEND!!!

Before we dive in, I have to say: It’s SO good to be back! I must admit I wasn’t sure how it would feel to get back to blogging, but I’ve taken off running this week with posts every day and it’s been so much fun. Yay! I sure missed you guys.

And now getting to it, I’m officially putting out an open call! I want to start a series here on Bonzai called “My Vegan City”, basically a vegan guide to various cities around the US (and around the world?). So, if YOU live in a mid-large sized city and want to write about the vegan scene there, send me an email! info AT bonzaiaphrodite DOT com. Thanks guys!

And speaking of guest posts, I had one go up today on One Green Planet, an awesome newish web hub. OGP is a rad site and I’m thrilled to be part of their blogging team. My first article is – of course – all about feeding vegan munchkins. Check it out!

Le Love List!
The bestest way to kick off the weekend, let’s get into an attitude of gratitude with our littlest list of lovies. Mine:

1. Road Trips. Good tunes, good munchies, good company, and the gorgeous landscape of America’s open roads . . . nothing feels quite as enlivening as speeding off into adventurland.

2. Conceptualizing and designing my next web project. EXCITING! It’s the companion site to my upcoming book but it’s going to be it’s own incredible entity. Actually, I think it’s going to be frickin’ amazing. I’M SO EXCITED!

3) Raw Foods. Tis the season for healthy eatin’, and oh how I *heart* the spring! You can taste the produce beginning to change, the carrots are getting crisper and sweeter. It all just hints at what’s around the corner. I’m already ramping up my raw!

My darlings, this happy little post will stay at the top of the page all weekend, so stop by any time to leave your Love List, ask a question, or offer some feedback! Or if you’re new, please introduce yourself and say ‘Oi!’! This is your community, so get involved!

Hope your weekend brings many adventures!

  • erosan

    First of all the love list, just cuz I missed it so much:

    1. Feeling free while running. Seriously… its akin to meditation, you can’t think of issues at work, the stress of having to keep the house clean or anything, because you can only focus on trying to breath. I LOVE it. I recently ran my first 5k race and I’ve been running 30+ minutes every other night. (hopefully that’ll help trim away the extra lbs).

    2. Cooking, and eating. Especially alone, and especially with good company. Two different experiences, both of which are loved equally.

    3. Tea. I have been drinking all sorts of tea lately: black teas from china and sri lanka, white teas (white peony), masala chai and oolongs… My favorite is definitely one taiwanese oolong (bao zhong). This tea will rock your socks off.

    Ok, now… I have a Q. how can raw ice cream be considered raw? I know it probably was not heated, but it had heat taken away by artificial means, right? (a fridge). I’d qualify that as cooking it (thermodinamically speaking). I guess you could call it a raw ice cream if you lived in siberia and it froze naturally outside… sigh, no-one has to bother answering me, I’m just a geek wondering aloud. :P

  • Lindsay

    So glad you are back in the blog circuit Sayward. We… or at least I… missed you dearly!
    My loves this week…

    1. Pondering summer-time gardening. I’m getting ready to plant tomatoes, lettuce, peppers, cukes, and beets this year. My herbs have recovered fabulously and I’m ready to pull out my gardening gloves and really get crankin. I can’t stop thinking about it!!

    2. Evening walks. It’s just a time for me to reflect on the day, get my feet moving, see the neighborhood and meditate. Yeah I meditate on a walk, not always a cushion, but no biggie.

    3. Raisins. Organic and sugar-free of course. I’ve been sprinkling them on everything this week. I think of it as my little sneaky bit of sweetness to vamp up any dish.

  • zannie

    1. Food. I love food so much more since I’m (trying to) be vegetarian! (I was never a big fan of meat – it was “suspicious” – so eating things that do not contain meat feels so great and “safe”)
    2. I am going to eat a very first avocado in my life in a few minutes! I tried so many new things since i had to give up milk and decided to give up meat.
    3. Watching my nano-garden grow. Very tiny pale-green future cherry tomatoes = love!
    4. Waiting for my husband to come back from his training to plan and plot and conspire.
    5. Making the love-list longer than 3 points and not thinking that’s enough.

  • Mandie

    So good to have you back…

    1. Spring weather has finally made it’s way to the Northeast!!
    2. My bestest friend may be moving back to my area…I’M SO STOKED!
    3. Sayward’s back!

  • Beens

    1) The weather! It has been so good here; I have been dining al-fresco, reading outdoors, listening to my music in the shade, utter bliss!

    2) My local library. They have so many good books on offer and I don’t have to pay for any of them!

    3) Seeing my friends, nuff said :)

  • Lynn

    So glad you’re back!!!
    My Love List :)
    1. Going to the Farmer’s Market on Saturday mornings and seeing the first rounds of spring produce coming in :)
    2. Starting to thin about what I want in my Summer Herb Garden :)
    3. The upstate NY weather finally being warm enough to go for walks outside :)_

  • Meghan

    I have a question for you about reusable diapers. I’m about to have my first baby and definitely want to use them. I was just curious if you’d recommend the sized ones or one size fits all. Thanks for any help!

    And I love reading your blog! Glad you’re back.

  • Meghan

    Is your companion site going to be up in a similar time frame as your book? Have you gotten any more specific than “early summer?” I think we’re plannin’ on startin’ to try to reproduce next month. Eeeek!

    1. Gardennnniiiinnnnggg
    3. The Saturday morning pancakes that my husband has gotten in the habit of making. <3

  • Meghan

    Hey! There is another Meghan!

  • Joselle

    1. Too sunny to stay outside. After this comment is sent, it’s off to the park with the dog!
    2. Listening to Colleen Patrick-Goudreau read B.R. Myers’, “The Moral Crusade Against Foodies,” ( was the highlight of my Saturday so far. Totally affirming and right-on.
    3. Planning a long-weekend summer getaway to Cape May and Wildwood, NJ. I love planning trips!

    Happy Weekend, everyone.

  • Joselle

    Ooops. I meant too sunny to stay INSIDE!

  • Joselle

    Ok, last comment. Have any of you ever had coconut bacon? I love the smoked coconut tofu club at the Philly gastropub, Memphis Taproom ( and fell in love. I just really came across this recipe for coconut bacon ( and, although I haven’t tried it yet, it sounds and looks delicious. Sound weird? No, it’s scrumptious!

  • Pat

    Oh, I missed the love list!!!
    1) THE SUN, I think here in Europe we are actually skipping spring and diving straight into summer….
    2) all the lovely long walks with the dog and the wee man outside….so glad the long and cold winter has come to an end
    3) all the great veg, fruits and herbs you can now get at the markets…not just the wrinkled winter stuff…
    4) baby not waking every two hours for a feed anymore but since this week only once per night….yeah our little man rocks!
    5) all that sleep (cause of point 4 of love list) lets us think of a “maybe-baby no. two” ;-)

  • Tes

    Ok, so I felt guilty because I have been reading your blog (catching up!) for a few months and haven’t said anything (I RARELY comment on blogs, but yours is special!). I have the only vegan baby (toddler now!) that I know and I have so appreciated your posts about what you are doing for your little guy and have learned a few new things that I have incorporated into his/our diet! Thank you so much and keep it up!

  • erosan

    @Joselle: I think your comment was spot on… It IS too sunny to stay outside ’round here… we’ve had a whole week of 40 something degrees (maxing at 42 last Thursday, IIRC.

    And the weather forecast foresees a whole week of 38+ degrees (that is over 100 for all you Fahrenheit users)

  • Dana

    1.Waking up to a free bird-concert every morning. The only reason I love spring, because I am seriously allergic to sunlight and heat. But I wouldn’t want to miss the birds every morning!
    2.Trying out new recipes I find online: tried a peanutbutter-banana shake yesterday… so yummie!
    3.Evening knitting, while watching the sun go down…. so relaxing!

    I do have a question for you: are you going to do any more fashion updates? I love your style of clothing, it is an inspiration to me!

  • Dana

    Oh, by fashion update I mean a playing dress-up update… I love those!

  • Sara

    i loved the article that you wrote for one green planet! Thank you for drawing me into the vegan internet society.

  • Monika {windycityvegan}

    Love list!

    1. Nina ran her first 5k this weekend. It was awesome!

    2. Heat and humidity are *finally* in the forecast. I didn’t move to the South for the food, y’all, I moved here for the weather.

    3. Sewing for my little munchkin. Repurposing fabric into (little) sundresses is ridiculously easy and I found some great prints when I was thrifting.

  • Court

    yay->free bird-concert!!!! exactly!!!
    yay-> bonsai!!!

  • Sayward

    Ahhhh, I’m so behind on comments and emails! Many apologies my friends. I’m so excited about being back that I’ve been focused on blogging every. single. day. And subsequently, I’ve fallen behind. Please know that I read and love each comment and email and I DO respond to all questions . . . eventually! *gulp*

    @ erosan – In raw food cuisine the definition of raw is that it cannot be heated above 105-118 degrees (depending on who you ask). So although foods prepared in the dehydrator “lose water”, they are not *heated* and thus their enzymes are still “living” (ie dehydrated seeds wil still sprout = still alive! Raw ice cream is entirely plant based (usually nuts) and has simply never been heated above 105-118 degrees.

    @ zannie – I was also never a food person until I went vegan. Then I began cooking for myself and trying SO MANY new foods and all of a sdden this whole amazing world opened up to me. And, zomg first avocado! What did you think??

    @ Meghan #1 – You know, I think it depends more on the brand than on the type. I’ve been really happy with the BumGenius one-size, but also with their size larges now that Waits is big enough. I know a friend who was using their X-small for a long time because that’s the only thing that fit her wee one. On the contrast, I haven’t been happy with any of the G-diapers (sized) or some other brands of one-size. I think it’s the quality of the brand that matters, and what works for your baby (they’re all shaped differently!)

    @ Meghan #2 – Eeeek! Very exciting. Companion site should be around the similar time frame, probably a little sooner. And did I say *early* summer? Yeah . . . we’ll see how that goes. I’m learning that EVERYTHING TAKES LONGER in publishing. Yeesh!

    @ Joselle – Mmm, coconut bacon. Want. Also that essay was SPECTACULAR. I listened to it during dinner prep and then listened to the whole thing again the next day. So good.


    @ Tes – yay, so glad you like it here. And dud, you’re going to *love* my next web project!

    @ Dana – Wow, I just realized how long it’s been since I did any fashion posts. Man, too much to say and not enough time. I’ll work on it!