September started out still firmly anchored in summer, late summer for sure, but still...warm, sunny summer. Then during the crazy rains and floods here in Colorado last week, the season rolled right into fall. Today it is completely overcast and very lightly raining. No more rain please. Really. 18" of rain in five days is MORE than enough. Really. This light drizzle and 48 degree temperature is, however, perfect weather for baking !
I had read over at Vegan Baking.net a proposal to make the last Friday of September ( today ! ) Vegan Baking Day...the idea is to bake fabulous vegan goodies and bring them to share at work, school and wherever you go. What a wonderful opportunity to show and tell how great vegan baked goodies are ! And all without the addition of inherently cruel animal-based diary products and eggs. I remember after a few months of baking exclusively vegan thinking, " if vegan baking is this good and easy, why on Earth would you do it any other way ???" It is still a mystery to me. And pretty sadly ironic that such nurturing, comforting domestic activities like home-baking breads, cakes, cookies and pies for family and friends can be steeped in so much pain and suffering for so many millions of animals, most of them female. The butter, cream, milk, cheese and eggs used extensively in (non-vegan) baking are all courtesy of dairy cows and hens being enslaved for their exclusively female reproductive products. Dairy products and eggs were the last animal products to go for me. I clung to the language that cows and hens "gave" us their milk and eggs. I believed the myth that humans need milk from another mammal their entire lives. Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary does a pretty good job debunking these myths...and they offer some great solutions, too ! SOOOOO happy to be baking vegan now :)
HAPPY VEGAN BAKE DAY !