Three gifts

Happy New Year everyone. I had a very nice time in New York and Connecticut with my and Billy’s families; it’s also nice to be back, even if it’s too cold to scoot!

I received several great gifts from our generous families, and I wanted to share three of them with you:

Vegan Brunch and Vegan Cookies Invade Your Cookie Jar are two new cookbooks from my favorite vegan cookbook authors, Isa Chandra Moskowitz and Terry Hope Romero. Having already enjoyed several of the recipes and with my mouth watering over several others (and the pictures!), I heartily recommend these books. Isa and Terry’s recipes are great for non-vegans too, because not only are they delicious but also they usually don’t have a lot of unusual ingredients.

The third gift was a donation in my honor by my mother to Finca, an international microfinance organization with a high rating from Charity Navigator (I don’t always agree with CN, but it’s a good place to start researching an organization). Microfinance has been a particular boon to poor women all over the world, and therefore to their children, families, and communities. Thanks Mom!