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Sunday, November 18, 2012

Thanksgiving with the Turkeys

Saturday was Thanksgiving with the Turkeys at Poplar Spring Animal Sanctuary. I can't even say how much I enjoy this event every year. Great vegan food for a great cause and you get to hang out with all the animals! Also, the weather was pretty much perfect. 

This year I decided to bring a dessert and opted to give the PPK frangipane tart recipe a try. I'm not actually that crazy about pears (something about the texture), so I went ahead and poached (sugar, vanilla, cloves, cardamom pods, and a cinnamon stick) the pears to help sweeten and soften them up. 

I also added some blackberries. I had to bake it for probably 15 minutes more than the recipe calls for in order for it to begin to firm up in the center, but thankfully the comments had already made it clear that that might be needed. I was able to snag a piece of it from the desert table and it came out really well! Will definitely consider making it again for Thanksgiving. 

And then we were off to the Animal Sanctuary!

This guy (Dexter) arrived at the sanctuary with a broken back. He was apparently still in a bit of pain so people were told not to get too close, although some lady did stand there with her baby and it got nibbled on. 


I didn't catch the name of this goose, but he was amazing. He ran around the whole sanctuary yelling at people. At one point he stood in the door to the little gift shop cottage and yelled at the people inside for several minutes. 

The pygmy goats were the best thing ever. At one point the black one was playing with the bigger brown one and they were rearing at each other head butting. That alone made the trip worthwhile. Anyone who says that animals don't have a conscious thought process has clearly never spent any time around animals in a setting where they're free to enjoy themselves.   

And of course we ate. There were a couple hundred people there which was nice to see. The event gets more popular every year!

And then back home and off to an engagement party for a school friend. 









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    1. I look forward to it every year! And it's just nice to get out of the city every now and then.

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  2. This looks like such a fun time! Love seeing all the animals, and the desert looks amazing. Pears and Blackberries?!!? I'm in love. :)
    ❤steph

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    1. Pears and blackberries are a great combo! I need to think of some more deserts that use these together!

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  3. I went to this a few years ago and still the only thanksgiving event I've EVER enjoyed! And they do indeed lay out a feast of veggies and grains for the turkeys and all the other creatures about. Plan to return soon -- next year I hope. Also trying to get something like this going here in Austin!

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    1. You'd really think they would have on in Austin already. There's certainly no shortage of vegans!

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  4. This is awesome!!!!! Just warms your heart :) this is the best way to celebrate Thanksgiving!

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    1. It really is! The only downside was that we passed a ton of hunters on the way there since it's in the middle of nowhere, and you could hear gunfire periodically throughout the day. Must be really stressful for the animals and it was just disappointing to know that there are people out there actively taking lives while we're celebrating them!

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