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Read This: Vegan For The Holidays; Celebration Feasts for Thanksgiving Through New Year’s Day

16 Nov

Since it is that time of year, I figured we all may as well get vegan with it. In with the plant-based holiday goodies and out with the dead animals, is the new motto. So what better book for us to be indulging in now than, Zel Allen’s ‘Vegan For The Holidays: Celebration Feasts For Thanksgiving Through New Years’.

Jam packed with so many amazing recipes, you can rest assure you nor your guests and/or family will not miss the meat. At all. Vegan For The Holidays offers up appetizers, desserts, side dishes and main courses, most without added fat and all full of flavor. A recipe for vegan pie crust? Check. Vegan Mac and Cheese? Check. Yummy salad dressings? Check. This book is literally a one stop shop for all your holiday cooking needs.

This book is adored by the masses, hence its 5 star review rating on Amazon. Get it below…

http://www.amazon.com/Vegan-Holidays-Celebration-Thanksgiving-Through/dp/1570672849/ref=tmm_pap_title_0

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Recipe Time: Vegan Pumpkin Spice Muffins.

10 Nov

Figured this is a great recipe for this time of year. Bake a bunch and share the vegan goodness with your friends and family through out the Holiday Season. This recipe makes about 16 muffins, each muffin has 145 calories, 5 grams of fat, 2 grams of protein and 2 grams of fiber.

Enjoy 🙂

Vegan Pumpkin Spice Muffins.

Ingredients:

– 1 Cup All-Purpose Flour

– 1 Cup Whole Wheat Pastry Flour

– 1 Teaspoon Baking Soda

– 1/2 Teaspoon Salt

– 1/2 Teaspoon Ground Nutmeg

– 1 Teaspoon Ground Cinnamon

– 1/2 Teaspoon Ground Ginger

– 1/2 Teaspoon All Spice

– 1 Cup Pumpkin Puree

– 2/3 Cup Light Agave Nectar

– 1/2 Cup Canola Oil

– 1/4 Cup Coconut Milk

– 1/2 Cup Unsweetened Shredded Coconut

– 1 Cup Chopped Walnuts, Toasted

– 3/4 Cup Dried Cranberries

Directions:

– Preheat oven to 350. Line a 12 cup muffin tin with baking cups.

– Sift together flours, baking soda, salt, nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger and all spice in a bowl.

– In a separate bowl mix together pumpkin puree, agave, oil and coconut milk.

– Stir wet mix into dry until just incorporated, do not over mix.

– Fold in coconut, walnuts and cranberries.

– Divide batter evenly into muffin tins.

– Bake for 20-25 minutes.

Animal, Earth And Wallet Friendly.

26 Feb

This past Christmas my boyfriend was gifted a bottle of White Rain 3-in-1, shampoo/body wash and conditioner mix. After being totally caught off guard by seeing ‘White Rain’ brand (old school much?), I immediately turned it over to see what we were working with ingredients wise. Nice ingredients with no parabens. To my surprise I also see, ‘Not Tested On Animals’ written on the bottom 🙂

As everyone knows, White Rain has been around FOREVER, 56 years to be exact . They claim they have NEVER tested on animals and NEVER use any animal ingredients, thus making White Rain a safe choice for vegetarians and vegans. All of their formulas start with purified water which is free from bacteria and chemicals and goes through a vigorous purification process. That is nice to know since the base of almost every body product is water. White Rain makes shampoo, conditioner, hair sprays, gels and body washes.

On top of being animal friendly, they are also Earth and community friendly. The provide jobs and job training, through employment agencies and rehabilitation therapies, for people who have disabilities or who are coming from broken home environments. As a company they say they like to help others rebuild their lives 🙂 They also are a ‘No Waste’ company. They do very stringent forecasting projections so they are never left with much wasted product. Sometimes things are rejected or scrapped. What is left over is then sold to companies who can recycle the plastic and cardboard goods directly into new products.

Animal, People And Planet Friendly. At A Nice Price.

http://www.whiterain.com/ White Rain Homepage.

Heifer International.

23 Dec

Heifer International.

‘Tis the season to be shopping…

I am a very poor holiday shopper. I never know what to get anyone. Plus I live in the most densely populated part, of the most densely populated state, in America. It is not holiday shopping here. It is straight up war. Every man for himself, battling for the last products on the shelf. And since I never know what to get anyone I just kind of stand around, take up space and get in the way. Which is not a good look. My boyfriend and I stopped to choose a gift card in line last night and we turned around for 1 second and some guy was already cutting in front of us. Where’s the ‘Holiday Spirit’ in that 😉

I have never given a gift of hope as a gift to someone. Meaning I have never say, made a donation to a charity in lieu on my mother, brother, sister etc. This is something I hope to change in the future, a specially since this catalog arrived in the mail from Heifer International. What this organization does is pretty amazing, unique and life changing. Heifer International provides goats, chickens, cows, honeybees, llamas, sheep, buffalos and/or gardens to families in need. The whole idea behind this is to keep on giving. Let’s take a cow for example. The cow produces milk which in return helps a family eat better, they also use the milk to make yogurt and then sell the rest of the milk for profit. Since a cow can have one baby a year, the baby is then passed on to another family within their community. Then that family will get out of the cycle of hunger and poverty with their gift and will pass their cow’s baby onto another family. This program not only strengthens individual families, it helps the whole community by passing on the gifts we give.

Along with these gifts, Heifer International also teaches these families how to care for their animals, how to properly farm their lands and how to maximise their profits from the gifts that they get. It is truly amazing what five chickens can do for a family of four and then in return for the whole community. The prices of these gifts are also extremely affordable. For example, $60 can get a family tree seedlings, they are taught how to keep their plots of land healthy, how to keep the soil renewable for future generations and how to naturally fertilize their land. Bear in mind the trees they are replacing are all trees in forests that have been destroyed because of human doing. People live in those rainforests we log in South America. The forests of Cambodia are finally starting to be rebuilt after the horrible reign of the Khmer Rouge because of organizations like Heifer International.

Giving sheep to a family in Arizona can help them to become self-sufficient by producing wool, a family in Arkansas can be on the road to self-reliance with just two pigs. So next time, before you stress yourself out about another holiday gift, think about giving something like this. A gift that keeps on giving.

http://www.heifer.org/ Website.

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