Fall is in the air and along with the change in seasons comes a life change, too.

In two weeks I am moving back to my home state of Minnesota. (Hence, my lack of failing at participation in Vegan Mofo this year.) The whole time that I’ve been blogging these past 5 1/2 years has taken place in the Southwest and then the PacNW. While I’ve enjoyed (and gotten spoiled with) the effortless vegness that this part of the country provides, I’m looking forward to whipping up some mean vegan hotdish.

So, for 2 1/2 days I’ll be driving across the country with upset kitties, attempting to steel myself against the siren’s song of potato chips and soda (my road trip vices). This is where you guys come in.

I’m going to do a giveaway, but I don’t know what yet- it’s a surprise giveaway! Perhaps it will be some awesome vegan treat from Oregon or Minnesota or who knows! All I know at this point is that it will be good. Leave a comment with your favorite non-perishable road trip treat or meal to be entered. I’ll pick the winner next Monday, the 10th. That is, if I don’t get buried behind a pile of boxes and bins.

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38 Responses to and the seasons, they go ’round and ’round

  1. A-K says:

    Minnesota will be glad to have you! If you end up in the Cities area, we could arrange a meeting up.
    Good luck with your move (and keeping kitties as grump-less as possible)!

  2. debbie says:

    I like homemade hearty cookies made with nuts, dried fruit and of coarse chocolate chips. I also love a good Garden Muffin:)

  3. debbie says:

    *I meant ‘hardy”.

  4. Okay — my favorite junk food treat is easily tings. They taste even better in a car! My favorite not-junk food treat in a car is grapes. Apples are too messy. Carrots are also good, if they are pre-cut up (or not, if you roll Bugs Bunny style).

    Good luck with your move!

  5. Jojo says:

    I love the idea of a surprise giveaway! I always take ready to eat sausages on road trips, my friends & I call them travel sausages now because I always whip out a box on trips!

    • Kris says:

      Hmm… I wonder if this is an English thing, because I can’t begin to imagine ready to eat sausages. Sounds good, though!

  6. Hope says:

    I always think its a good I idea to bring some soy or almond milk in those little “juice box” size. Not every stop offers it for your coffee!

  7. Ben says:

    Homemade cookies. but its not the cookies that are the treat, its how you eat them.

    Pick up one of those takeout containers with the black bottom and clear top. Place cookies in the box and put them in the sun on the dashboard. Within 20-30 min of driving you have nice “oven ready” cookies!

  8. heather says:

    fav roadtrip snack – cashews & dried fruit. (and diet dr pepper… :P)
    I also have to say that I’m excited that we’ll be in the same state! I promise I won’t be creepy or anything.

  9. Molly says:

    oh noes! Sad to see you leave the Pacific NW. My favorite non perishable road trip treat is probably a trail mix of nuts and dried cranberries, with either m&m type things or Ghiradelli white or dark chocolate chips. :3

  10. Safe travels!
    Whenever we have to take a road trip I always make sure I bring either homemade granola or granola bars and then hope that we’ll pass a subway at some point along the way.

  11. MollyG says:

    Kale chips! That way you still get your veggies, but they are super delicious! Kale chips are my go to. Homemade, or purchased. Always delicious.

    • Kris says:

      Naturally, I’ve already packed my dehydrator. But honestly, my homemade kale chips never taste as good as the ones from the store. Any recipes you’re particularly fond of? I like them with tahini and nooch and sea salt, but never seem to make it happen.

  12. Allysia says:

    I think I’m a pretty boring road tripper when it comes to food and drink, though I do have the habit of drinking lots of green tea and that makes for more bathroom breaks, which I guess makes my road trips a little more exciting. Green tea, water and granola bars – homemade or whatever I scrounge at the health food store pre-travel. If I’m really ambitious, I’ll even make a sandwich.

    Good luck with the move!

  13. Josiane says:

    I rarely travel without packing a jar full of nuts (almonds, hazelnuts, walnuts, cashews, pecans, whatever I have on hand) and dried fruits (cranberries, apricots, prunes). Oh, and these days I’m a bit obsessed with sesame sticks, so I’d probably take that too!
    Good luck with the packing and the big road-trip-with-kitties adventure!

  14. Em says:

    I bring a lot of larabars, pretzels, trailmix and Panda licorice. Delicious!

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  16. Andrea says:

    We always have a jar of peanut butter and something to spread it on for quick lunches. Also those bags of rice crackers from trader Joe’s — can’t have too many of those. And spicy nut mixes. And bananas (start with green ones) and clementines hold up pretty well. I also always bring a tub of tiny tomatoes and a bag of dates. I get really hungry on road trips. :)

  17. veganlisa says:

    Safe travels!
    I love homemade granola – especially with lots clumpy bits. I like to eat as a snack or add it to oatmeal or soymilk that I can pick up at coffee shops along the way.

  18. Christine says:

    Hm. If I’m going alone, I like trail mix or something I can easily open and eat by myself while driving. If I have company… I like a fresh baguette and sandwich fixings. The copilot’s qualifications have to include “Master Sandwich Maker” in this case.

  19. Amy says:

    I like to make sure I have a sweet and a salty choice when I’m traveling – usually something Larabar-like (or dried fruit from my summer bounty!) and then peanut butter/crackers or pretzels. Crunch is a MUST. And if I’m flying I always get the tomato juice from the inflight beverage service.

    Have a safe trip! Hope that your kitties are behaving during the voyage!

  20. Amanda N says:

    My number one go-to travel snack is Popcorn, Indiana’s Kettle Corn. It’s sweet, it’s salty and it goes down oh so easy!

    Wishing you safe travels!

  21. Kelly says:

    Safe travels! Hope your move went smoothly.

    My favorite non-perishable travel snacks are Larabars. They fill me up (for a while), give me a quick burst of energy, and taste like dessert!

  22. Courtney says:

    Whoo-hoo for returning to MN! I can’t wait :-) Good luck on your drive! I hope the kitties make it okay and without too much meowing.
    Favorite road trip treats? Dry roasted edamame (that stuff is addictive!), dried fruit (dates and dried mango are my faves), apples (honeycrisps woot woot!)…cherry tomatoes are good too!

    See you soon!

  23. Mo says:

    Happy moving!

  24. Libby D says:

    Good luck with your road trip!
    I am a dried fruit kind of girl… Apricots, mangoes, craisins, pineapple. Oooh…. Banana Chips have got to be the number one… Gotta have it! :)

  25. Annie says:

    Back to Minnesnowtah, eh?
    We’ll be happy to have you (and your vote, as well, I might add!)
    I’m working on growing a healthy baby and have taken up a very strenuous diet – no simple carbs, no dairy, no sugar… however, I LOVE sweet potato chips or carrot chips (sooooo goooood!)

  26. Karen says:

    Raw Revolution Spirulina & Cashew Bar
    Trader Joe’s Peanut Butter Filled Pretzels

    Welcome back to MN! I have always enjoyed your blog and knew there was a MN connection. Now, maybe we’ll even cross paths! How cool! Safe travels.