Friday wasLindy Loo's birthday, so that night a bunch of us gathered at Prosperity Social Club in Tremont to celebrate the awesomeness that is Lindy (and she is pretty damn awesome). For my part I got her an Ask the Unicorn button (with multiple sounds!)
It's kind of like a Magic 8 ball, only way more magical and with a totally awesome voice. I also made her vegan no-bake peanut butter cookies based on this recipe only I, obviously, used peanut butter (what the hell is Biscoff, anyway?) and made sure the other ingredients were vegan. I had vanilla soy milk on hand which I think added a nice level of flavor regular ol' cow's milk couldn't. Apparently she liked them since she sent me a text the next day saying she managed to eat them all in one sitting.
I've done vegan cooking before but only recently have I started doing more baking or dessert type stuff, like the ice cream I made a few weeks ago. Luckily, Lindy is such a good friend that she's always willing to be my taste tester.
Saturday was Beanstock, a benefit held at the Barking Spider Tavern on the east side to support friend and local musician Maura Rogers. You see, Maura needs a kidney. She's on the transplant waiting list, but it's a very long and very expensive process both before and after the surgery. Honestly, she's one of the strongest, most amazing woman I have ever met: Were I in her position, I would have given up long ago. But not Maura. Despite everything she's gone through and going through, she continues to be a source of light and happiness.
So Beanstock was created as a means of helping her out. There was a silent auction and raffle prizes, adorable t-shirts and tote bags for sale, and plenty of entertainment from other local musicians and artists. It was an amazing evening, there was just so much love and support in that room it was breathtaking and I feel so fortunate to have been a part of it. For more information, check out this site set up by Maura's fabulous girlfriend DuVi and if you're interested in helping out, donations can be sent to Maura Rogers c/o Bob Sammon/PO Box 935/North Olmsted, Ohio 44070.
Love from the ashes,