Archive for February, 2013

Jammin!

It’s cold, it’s gloomy and I’m out of jam. What to do!? Ooooh what to do…. 

Hey wait! Didn’t I freeze buttloads of berries and fruit this summer? Heck yes I did! Oooh so happy, not having to go out and buy more jam or sit here jam-less! 

I decided to make blackberry jam but then thought… why not kick it up a notch! Add some apples… and thought hey! I have tonnes of cranberries too, add some of those too 🙂 Add some sugar, add some lemon juice and a tiny bit of water… 

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Looking goooood! Stir stir stir, cook cook cook….

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Mmmm tastes yummy but too chunky and seedy! Bust out the blender and puree it 🙂 Then strain it through cheesecloth…

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Stained red & sore hands and a messy kitchen later… 

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The “fruits” of my labor! This should last awhile and yummmm it tastes good. My 5 year old said “Make sure you put some jam and crackers in my lunch tomorrow!”… Yessir boss mam! Will do! But for now…. 

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Yummmmmm ❤ 

“Green” Valentine’s Day

This year’s Valentine’s Day was one of many firsts. The first that our 5 year old had to make her own cards as she is in school now, the first being vegan and the first with some new and eco-friendly traditions to carry on through the years to come 🙂

Some of the ways we turned our Valentine’s Day GREEN are:

Made all of the kindergarten cards from scratch using scissors, paper, glue, markers, crayons and stickers.

Made my hubby an edible (vegan) gift from scratch with the help of our 5 year old, I even used beet juice to colour the frosting pink!

Hubby made my card with the help of our 5 year old from scratch

Hubby re-used a heart shaped box from a previous Valentine’s Day and had it filled with vegan chocolates for me

Instead of buying him anything, I took him out for lunch (he ate vegetarian, I ate vegan) and instead of him buying me anything (besides the chcocolates) he is paying for my next tattoo!! (tomorrow, eek!)

Instead of buying anything new or junk foodish for my kids I took them to Value Village (a thrift store) and let them pick out a few things. My 5 year old got 2 hand made dolls and a party dress and my 1 year old got some wooden turtle that you pull along with a string. I also picked up a glass french press coffee maker for my hubby since I gave away our old plastic one and he has really been missing coffee since. All of that for under 20$ and there was no packaging/waste and we have a new family tradition 🙂

I hope everyone reading had a warm & loving Valentine’s Day that was as eco-friendly as possible 🙂

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Vegan, Month 1!

Well it’s been over a month now of my vegan life change and I know I’ll never be able to go backwards from this. Living cruelty free means a great deal to me as I truly feel that humans are not above other creatures and should not use them for our own personal gain. I’m dedicated to this cause and really embracing the new food choices available to me 🙂 Of course I have always loved ice cream, cheese, etc my whole life and rather than think about never having them again, I think of all of the things I can have, the other yummy alternatives, and keep on smiling! 

So far I have discovered a delicious vegan cream cheese brand called Tofutti and a mouthwatering vegan yogurt brand called Amande! They both taste just as good if not better than normal dairy kinds I have had in the past. As for hard cheese I have only tried 2 kinds, one was a rice based kind that I found really gross and the other is Daiya and it isn’t that bad. I have tried the mozza shreds, cheddar wedge and spicy havarti wedge. When mixed with other food it tastes good as a replacement for cheese but on it’s own it is a bit weird after only eating real cheese for 27 years. It will take some getting used to but I am committed to not having dairy anymore so really enjoying checking out what my other options are! 

As for milk substitutes I am still making my own nut milk (mainly almond) all the time and occasionally buying other types when they’re on sale, just to see what they’re like. The most tasty kind I have bought yet is a brand called So Delicious Organic Vanilla Coconut Milk 🙂 It’s the only kind (besides my own home made nut milks) that I could actually drink a glass of and enjoy. All the other kinds I have tried so far were more suitable for adding to coffee/tea, baking and cooking. 

Below are a few pictures of some vegan-licious creations that I thought up. I hope you enjoy and if you want more, here’s a link to my facebook album of vegan dishes 🙂 

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This is my MEAN GREEN salad! Sweet (with green apple and honeydew) and zesty with lemon and cilantro! 

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Here’s my “Cream” of Broccoli soup! I used broccoli, potatoes and a few other veggies as the base of this soup with some veggie stock and soy milk. 

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Here is my favorite breakfast/lunch! Organic vegan flakes with vegan french vanilla yogurt, bananas, chia seeds and a few other goodies. YUM!