Roasted Chickpeas

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My newest obsession…roasted chickpeas. They can be made with whatever seasoning you like. My favorite is salt and vinegar. To make them, preheat your oven to 400 and line a baking tray with parchment paper. Drain and rinse two cans of chickpeas, then put them in a pot. Add enough white vinegar to cover them, turn heat to high and boil for a couple of minutes. Turn heat off and let it sit for 30 minutes. Drain chickpeas and place on baking tray. Roast for 30 minutes, then take the tray out of the oven, spray chickpeas with oil oil and sprinkle with salt. Put the tray back in the oven for another 30 minutes, or until crispy. Be careful not to burn them.

For a spicy mix, skip the vinegar boiling step. Place chickpeas in a bowl. Add 1 teaspoon of cumin, 1 teaspoon chilli powder, a pinch of cayenne and salt. Roast for the same amount of time, spraying with olive oil half way through.

These are so good and don’t last long in my house.

Christmas in July Swap

We participated in a Christmas in July swap organized by Sprinkles. Well, Chloe and Maya’s package from Prissy and Mona in the mail today and it made them SO happy – their tails are still wagging! Take a look at all of the wonderful treats they got. Thank you so much, Prissy and Mona!

The box was waiting for us when we got home.

The box was waiting for us when we got home.

A sweet musical card that immediately got Maya and Chloe's attention (the hamster dance song). What fun!

A sweet musical card that immediately got Maya and Chloe’s attention (the hamster dance song). What fun!

Chloe checking things out.

Chloe checking out the goods.

Maya grabbed the Nylabone toy out of the bag and ran with it. :)

Maya grabbed the Nylabone toy out of the bag and ran with it. 🙂

Checking out the cute chew toys.

Checking out the chew toys.

Chloe with the baseball treat.

Chloe with the baseball treat.

Maya with the baseball treat.

Maya with the baseball treat.

All the goods.

All the goodies.

Thanks to Finn and Charley’s mom for telling us about the swap. Looking forward to next year!

The community beach stairs near my house are just about finished, so we decided to take the dogs for an early evening stroll on the beach. They loved it. Maya followed a bird into the water and surprised us with an unexpected swim. A fearless pup!

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Maya checking out the waves

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Going for a quick swim

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Chloe exploring the beach, excited about all of the new smells

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Off leash fun!

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The way back home. 145 stairs and more to come. Quite a workout!

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Long Island Animal Rights and Veg Fest

There’s a great blog post about the Long Island Animal Rights and Veg Fest held in Huntington last weekend on SuperVegan. I was planning to blog more about this, but I think this post covers everything quite well and I had such a good time and was so busy I forgot to take out my camera.

I’d just like to add that it was so nice to see so many compassionate and caring people in one place. I met a bunch of wonderful people while volunteering for one of my favorite animal rights organizations and learned about an organization that I somehow had never heard of – Long Island Orchestrating for Nature (LION).  It was an awesome day and I’m looking forward to next year.