Trying Vegan Pepperoni Pizza Pockets

Growing up I always heard about hot pockets, but I honestly never tried these. I used to eat pepperoni pizza, but now that I am vegan I seek out other alternatives. Sometimes you get a craving for plant-based junk food, and the Gardein pizza pockets hit the spot.

Gardein vegan pepperoni pizza pocket.

The pizza pockets had realistic tasting pepperoni and cheese, but maybe I just think that because I have not had either of these in a few years.

The pizza pockets were light and fluffy with a slightly sweet taste.

These pizza pockets were $4.99 for a pack of four at Walmart, so these would only be a treat that I eat occasionally.



Know Your Own Narrative

The more you think about it, you have to know your own narrative. What do your know to be true? Some things are true, and some things are gray. Sometimes the truth is in the eye of the beholder.  Before I was always so reserved about stating my opinion about anything, but then a decade ago I started posting on forums and blogs sharing my opinion, but I have come to realize some of that was influenced by larger dynamics. It is okay to change your opinion, and as my teachers always said, you should question things and not just go along with what you are told. In other words, write your own narrative. Even if you are hearing everywhere that this is the way things are supposed to be, perhaps that is just people going along with what some influencers want.

So what is my own narrative? I am a pacifist who prefers peace, but who knows that is not possible for all. I am mediator type who now just wants to find common ground with people rather than jump to a conclusion or call people names. In the last two years, my inquisitive mind has been on overdrive, and I am learning to listen to others more. I have always been someone people feel comfortable confiding in, but this can span to other topics, even contentious ones. Everyone thinks they are right about certain issues, but nothing is absolutist. I am going to give people the benefit of the doubt and assume there are good people in the world until someone shows me otherwise. Yes, there is a lot of bad stuff as well, but how will we find the positive when we are always mired in what is not working? Can there be a better solution for things? There could be, but when people say it is one way or the other, I am usually just opting not to get involved. Or, I am looking to the people who have solutions and are inclusive of others.

This is when I have decided I know my own narrative and will speak my own mind about things where I feel comfortable. I will just work on my little art projects and be a little vegan hippie type. My parents started out that way when we move to California, so perhaps it was always encoded in me. Being a pioneer of sorts, finding my own way and doing things a bit differently. That is what works for me. I guess everyone is seeking out what works for them. Peace comes in knowing it okay to speak your mind and not fall in with any certain group. I can be friends with many types of people, and I also just enjoy solitary time alone thinking and working on things. People are very multifaceted, just like the water shimmering on the lake at noon.


Expressing My Sense of Style With A Cat Bag

A canvas bag with a reprint the colored pencil drawing of Irina the cat with Mount Baldy as a backdrop.

High-end bags are not my thing, but I do love cat art bags. In the past, I used iron transfers of my cat artwork placed on canvas bags. Unfortunately, the iron transfers would usually fray with only a few months of daily use, which was quite discouraging. I noticed that the price of ordering a bag with my artwork on Zazzle is about the same as when I used to purchase a canvas bag and a pack of iron-on transfer sheets. The artwork on the Zazzle bag is more durable because they use a machine to directly print the image on canvas material, which is then sewn into a bag form.

The cat bag has an adjustable strap that can be worn long, or at a medium length.

This bag has a reprint of my drawing of Irina the cat with Mount Baldy as a backdrop. When designing the bag on the Zazzle template, the fill space option zoomed in on Irina’s head with Mount Baldy directly behind her. This cuts off part of the drawing, but I do like that the focus is primarily on her face with the view of my beloved Mount Baldy. Even though Irina has grown up here in the Inland Valley, I like to imagine her frolicking up in the San Bernardino Mountains.

The Irina the cat bag is available over on Zazzle by clicking on the bag below.