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  1. Snowshoeing on Palmer Glacier

    May 22, 2015 by Jessica

    In planning and preparing for our Mount St. Helens climb, we set four goals:

    1. Snowshoe to the top of Palmer Chairlift

    2. Dog Mountain

    3. Mount Defiance

    4. Mount St. Helens


    We started snowshoeing last year, and decided to make snowshoeing to the top of Timberline’s Palmer Chairlift on Mount Hood part of our training for our upcoming Mount St. Helens climb. Although we had a bit of a slow start, on January 20th 2015 we made it!

    Jessica at the top of Palmer Chairlift

    At the top of Palmer Chairlift


  2. We’re Climbing Mount St. Helens!

    May 18, 2015 by Jessica

    Well, right now we’re training to climb Mount St. Helens. We do have our climb permits though, and if all goes according to plan we will be climbing it in August.

    Today it’s been 35 years since the mountain’s dramatic sideways eruption. I remember flying over it the summer of 1980 to introduce my new baby brother to Grandma. The pilot made sure to point out the view of the raw, scarred landscape below.

    Mount St. Helens

    Mount St. Helens as seen from Johnston Observatory

    Last year Ryan and I visited Johnston Observatory with my mom. It was such a striking place. In some spots it appeared that I had stepped into a Martian expanse. Areas of regrowth contrast sharply with the massive destruction that is still evident. Among the many things I learned that day was the tidbit that Mount St. Helens was – “an easy climb.” As far as these things go anyway. A seed was planted in my mind, and over the next few days it sprouted. I did a little poking around online, and I told Ryan that we must climb Mount St. Helens!


    In October I got serious about improving my hiking skills and stamina so we could be successful. I joined a gym for the first time in my life,  and started working with a personal trainer. I love hiking, but I’ve never climbed a mountain. If you ask my Dad he’d tell you differently. The summer before I was in fifth grade we camped at Mt. Lassen, and we did hike up to the top. I don’t remember it feeling like a mountain climb though. It was 2,000 feet of elevation gain over five miles, but it registered in my memory as a “stupid” long walk that my Dad was forcing us to make. By the new year, we had set progressive hiking/climbing goals for the year. We were really going to do this thing! We started telling our friends about our upcoming climb, and working on the steps we had outlined to reach our goal.

    1. Snowshoe to the top of Palmer Chairlift

    2. Dog Mountain

    3. Mount Defiance

    4. Mount St. Helens

  3. We’re Going to the Tofurky Trot PDX!

    November 13, 2013 by Jessica

    This Thanksgiving we’re having fun, burning holiday calories, and promoting compassionate plant based eating by participating in the Tofurky Trot PDX. This 5k is open to all fitness levels. Come join the fun!

    Tofurky Trot PDX

    Date: Thursday November 28th

    Time: 9:00 AM

    Place: Mt Tabor Park in Portland, OR

    What: Support compassionate plant based eating, and raise money for Northwest VEG and Out to Pasture Sanctuary

    Cost: pre-registration $25 for adult tickets and $12.50 for children under 18; race day registration $30 for adults and $15 for children under 18


  4. Dogfish Head Punkin Ale

    October 30, 2013 by Ryan

    For the final entry in our Pumpkin Beer month, today I am sampling my favorite squash beer; Dogfish Head Punkin Ale. I tried  this beer a few years back before we had the blog, and I fell in love with pumpkin beer.

    Dogfish Head Punkin Ale
    Dogfish Head Punkin Ale


  5. New Belgium Pumpkick Ale

    October 29, 2013 by Ryan

    To continue our voyage on the orange squash of autumn, today we sampled the pumpkin offering from New Belgium. Their beer is called Pumpkick, which I think really fits the flavor profile. I almost missed the chance to try this beer this season. I noticed it at three different stores, but when I finally decided to go pick it up it was sold out of all three. We happened upon it while shopping for some unrelated items, and I am so happy they had a few six packs available.

    New Belgium Pumpkick Ale


  6. Blue Moon Harvest Pumpkin Ale

    October 28, 2013 by Ryan

    To continue our pumpkin beer month,  today we are sampling Blue Moon’s tribute to the orange squash of Autumn, their Harvest Pumpkin Ale. All of the Blue Moon beers I have tried have a very distinct taste of wheat in them. This is really their flavor stamp on beer. They don’t disappoint in their pumpkin offering.

    Blue Moon Harvest Pumpkin Ale
    Blue Moon Harvest Pumpkin Ale


  7. Uinta Punk’n Harvest Pumpkin Ale

    October 4, 2013 by Ryan

    Uinta Punk’n Pumpkin Harvest Ale


    I’ve always loved October. The days start getting shorter and colder. It also means that pumpkins start showing up at the store. That means pumpkin pie, cookies, bread, and best of all beer is now in season. Here at Beer and Tofu it’s Pumpkin Beer Month, so we are going to be doing a number of pumpkin beer reviews. When I started doing research for the beers that we wanted to review this month, I was sad to find that a number of the beers I wanted to sample were not vegetarian or vegan. If that is important to you make sure you, check Barnivore before you make your purchase. Luckily there are a ton of pumpkin beers out there that are. To start off this month off, we are sampling Punk’n Harvest Pumpkin Ale  from Uinta.


  8. Portland Veg Fest 2013

    September 27, 2013 by Jessica

    Last Saturday Ryan and I attended Portland Veg Fest 2013. We went with a friend, and we all had a great time trying samples and checking out the newest offerings for vegetarians and vegans (note: all products served at this event were vegan). We also decided to join Northwest Veg at the family level, and got a fabulous goody bag filled with more samples and coupons. Most of the new products are currently available at our local Whole Foods, New Seasons and co-op/health food stores.

    Veg Fest 2013
    Some of our Veg Fest Loot



  9. Easy Vegan Cheese Sauce

    September 4, 2013 by Jessica

    I think just about everybody, kids and adults alike love a classic cheese sauce. There are a ton of different versions of vegan cheese sauce. Here’s ours. This delicious favorite is quick and simple to prepare. It also has a lot less fat and fewer calories than some versions I have seen, but it’s still creamy and comforting. You can use it to make mac and “cheese,” or put it on on veggies, potatoes or whatever else needs some cheesy goodness. It only takes a few minutes to make. Give this versatile sauce a try – you won’t be sorry!

    About 5 minutes – 5 active

    Yields 2 cups


    Easy Vegan Mac and Cheese
    Easy Vegan Mac and Cheese



  10. Join Beer and Tofu on Facebook!

    July 17, 2013 by Jessica

    Beer and Tofu is now on Facebook! Come join us, and see what we’ve been up to: Beer and Tofu’s Facebook Page

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