Friday, June 26, 2015

Zine Stuff

Cherokee Memorial Park - Lodi, CA 

I am working on Cemetery Gates issue 2 right now. I am setting up the page layout, trying to pick what photos I liked most from the last few months and work with the stuff submitted to me. I am thinking a mid to late July release will happen. I have a special tuck in being made that goes with each issue.

I just listed The Stay At Home Girlfriend #17. It came out just int time for my birthday this weekend. Inside you will find the usual: vegan recipes, cat talk, mental health trials/triumphs. There is a lot that goes into each issue of this zine. I look at older issues and see how far I have come - a good thing!

Monday, June 15, 2015


I was lucky to snap this photo of Mady and Mortis  - usually when I am making the bed they get on the bed and fall right to sleep. Especially on days when I wash the linen - it may take hours for me to actually make the bed because they love the sheets so much. Sure I could move them!

While I consider Mortis to be a big cat I look at this picture and just think he looks so small. He is not small though - he is a big puff ball of fur. Mady and him are getting along - sometimes he is a bit rough but I know he loves his little sister. They are always together and playing hide and seek.

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

I Love Tutti Frutti!

The heat is on - literally one can step outside their front door in the Central Valley and turn into a pile of goo. When you need to cool off seriously head over to a Tutti Frutti - you know how much I love the vegan soy frozen yogurt by now.
Over the weekend I tried the Stockton location (5756 Pacific Ave # 12) - previously I had only been to the East Bay locations. The Stockton location was super clean and had a large assortment of toppings including loads of fresh fruit (seriously when we arrived someone was filling up the strawberries from a huge bucket), whole Oreo cookies and a lot of Asian toppings like boba pearls and lychee fruit (I did not try any because I wanted all the berries!). My cup was under $4 and so worth the price!
I wish Modesto would get a Tutti Frutti - until then when I am out of town I will be grabbing Tutti Frutti whenever I see one pop up! From the kawaii smiling fruit people that grace the store on posters to the fresh fruit toppings I love walking into a location and feeling happy. Thanks Tutti Frutti for the soy option - if only more frozen yogurt places offered vegan options vegans would be a lot happier - especially on hot summer days!

Monday, June 1, 2015

Getting Back Into The Swing Of Things

Many of you know how sick I was for the last few weeks. I had a really nasty flu bug in my system that wiped me out. Even past the contagious point I was still feeling weak and could not eat normally. Last Friday we started feeling better (yes boyfriend was sick to - he brought the bug home!) so we decided to head out to the East Bay to eat and enjoy fresh air.

We started it off right eating lunch at Flacos. I always go for the hurrache. Look at all the pretty radish slices!

Moon pie (gluten free to boot) via Timeless Coffee Roasters - since I have been sick coffee tastes bad to me, but I did order an almond milk latte to go with my treat.

I had to walk around the area and shop before leaving. I had to treat myself to some soy fro-yo via Tutti Frutti - refreshing and tasty with fresh berries!

All the sweet fuel pumped me up for cemetery exploring in Mountain View. I have been on a purple lipstick mood - this is Too Faced Melted Metal in Jelly - 100% vegan and cruelty free! The family in this section all had stones that were laying down. I am not sure why but they were all older.

Best part of the cemetery trip DEER!!!!! Look at this fawn! The baby was with the mama and we saw the dad down by the river. It was so awesome!

We ended the night at Zachery's. We got our usual - vegan deep dish with zucchini and jalapenos. It was so good. I kept thinking of pizza and wanting to eat it as soon as I got better.

So we never get sick again - never ever I have been blessing this house like crazy - and washing all the surfaces we touched!  

I hope everyone is doing well and remember wash your hands and stay away from germs. Being sick with the flu is no joke!

Monday, May 11, 2015

Cemetery Gates 2 - Spirituality

Cemetery Gates has been doing well. I am ready to announce the next issues theme: spirits. I am not talking about techno-spiritualism: machines that go beep and bloop, garbled messages you think mean something or trying to make a profit off of people's vulnerability. I will be discussing spirituality, the afterlife, making connections to the ones we love after they are gone. 

Would you like to submit? If you have ever gotten a message/sign/something tangible from a dearly departed loved one please share your story. I am looking for short & sweet: 50 - 100 words. If I use your story you will get a copy once the zine is completed. Submissions are due via email by June 15 2015. Email me at: missmuffcake[a] with submissions or any questions. Thank you!

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Some Recent Cemetery Shots

I like the sentiment, the off balance of the stone and the hand pointing heavenwards. If you walk/drive up past Millionaire's row and keep driving till stones become scattered you will find some interesting older stones. Mountain View - Oakland, CA.

The door to this  mausoleum looked like a mandala or a relaxing coloring page. The spirals around the focal point remind me of phases of the moon. Mountain View - Oakland, CA

 Interesting stone for The King's Daughters Home - a hospital for those that could not be cured. I have not found any info as to who is buried here or if it is a mass grave. Interesting story in stone though.

Ghirardelli - Millionaire's Row in Mountain View. There is some classic iconography going on here. First the winged hourglass - pretty self explanatory: passing time. The inverted torch means the life carries onto the next world. By the way Ghirardelli makes the best accidentally vegan semi-sweet chocolate chips right?

A simple small stone that says Brian. Sometimes I am attracted to the simple stones because I find beauty in simplicity and clean lines. The Elk Grove - Cosumnes Cemetery District, Elk Grove. 

This cemetery has a lot of Freemasonry symbols as well as being down the street from Loving Hut (vegan tip). Here is a  Order of the Eastern Star symbol. This is a female division of the Freemasons. The Elk Grove - Cosumnes Cemetery District

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Oakland VegFest Food

Last Saturday Matt and I headed to the East Bay for our anniversary. We decided since the weather was nice why not head over and check out VegFest at Lake Merritt.

First thing  I wanted to try was No Worries, I have wanted to try their food for years plus their truck was set up across the street away from the crowed.

Photo taken by Matt - I was to busy looking at food!

I was hoping they would have lumpia and they did! So I ordered us both a order (2 rolls per order). Nice and crunchy! I should have grabbed some Sriracha but I wanted to eat!

Once across the street we walked around and sampled food. There was food I wanted to try/buy but I was sticking to my budget so I passed on the $6 bar of chocolate and the $9 bottle of juice.

I am a sucker for good falafel.So when I saw the Flying Falafel tent I new I had to get a pita sandwich.

Packed full of veggies, falafel and sauce it was a hit. Everything tasted really fresh - not always the falafel case in my experience. I would totally buy falafel here again.

We sampled a few Miyoko's Kitchen cheeze - Matt really liked the 02 sundried tomato with garlic. At Whole Foods Berkeley I bought him a wedge to share with me (of course!). So good!

It was a nice event. The Jesus church folk did ruin it a bit, screaming about being saved, coming up and trying to proselytize. Ugh!