Vanilla Almond Macaroon Nests with Chocolate Eggs from Julie @JuliesLifestyle.com – February’s “Family Favorite Dessert – Veganized” entry

Vanilla Almond Macaroon Nests with Chocolate Eggs from Julie @JuliesLifestyle.com – February’s “Family Favorite Dessert – Veganized” entry

So last year I was happy to bring you 12 blogger recipes for fabulous breakfast ideas in my Breakfast In Bed Fest Out with the old, in with the new………. In 2015, Canned Time is featuring a new recipe from a different blogger each month again.  This year’s theme: Family Favorite Desserts – Veganized February’s entry comes from a wonderfully talented Raw foods blogger across the way in Belgium.  Julie – from Julie’sLifestyle.com I’m sure this recipe would please again and again………….here’s Julie!   Hi there, Canned Time readers! I am Julie from Julie’s Lifestyle , a Belgian raw food chef trained at the Living Light Culinary Institute in California. Raw food helped me to conquer chronic fatigue and regain my energy – and now I would love to share my favorite raw vegan recipes and healthy lifestyle tips with you. Thanks again Angela for inviting me to take part in this fun contest!   When Angela asked me to participate in the NuNaturals Family Favorite Desserts Veganized Contest I couldn’t be more excited! I’ve been experimenting with Stevia for several years and I’ve come to really love it, especially because it allows you to create super sweet desserts without having…

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Ricki Heller’s ‘Living Candida-Free’ and Grain-Free Apple Berry Crumble

Ricki Heller’s ‘Living Candida-Free’ and Grain-Free Apple Berry Crumble

 I didn’t know a whole lot about Candida until I read Ricki Heller’s book ‘Living Candida-Free’ but what little I did know, I think I learned from Ricki’s blog or recipes.  She’s an expert on helping your body keep candida free with the most delicious of foods, health habits and cooking techniques to prevent and / or rid you body of unhealthy yeast.  Her new book is available on Amazon and gives a full plan for dealing with and controlling candida.  Ricki was generous enough to share one of the delicious desserts from her book today, ‘Grain-Free Apple Berry Crumble’       She is also offering one of my readers a chance to win a copy of her book for themselves.   Ricki has a wonderful journey to tell about her long road down the Vegetarian, Vegan and Anti-Candida diet trails.  She give us an extensive diet plan for identifying Candida, eliminating it from your body by ‘rebalancing’ your body sour cream and onion kale chips, spreads – chocolate bean butter, sweets of course and then how to maintain ‘candida-free’ “Candida yeast is a normal part of a healthy digestive tract.  But once the body’s internal balance of ‘good’ bacteria and…

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Sriracha Mango Avocado Sushi

Sriracha Mango Avocado Sushi

   Red Pepper, Jalapeno, Cucumber, Black Sesame Seeds, Avocado, Mango and Rice.  With Sriracha Sauce.      You can check out the videos below or find your own for techniques on rolling sushi.  I didn’t use a Nori sheet for this roll.  I’ve gotten so I don’t particularly like the smell of the Nori  when I’m biting into a piece of Sushi but I’m sure it’s just me.  I know how ‘good for you’ Nori is and I’ve used it for years but lately it just tells my nose that I’m eating fish and it doesn’t work for me.  Dumb?  It is what it is for me so I didn’t use it.  I’m certain it would be fine in these rolls but you won’t need it for structure anyway.  I used a neat little green rubber Sushi rolling mat for the first time here and also plastic wrap which is shown in the videos I’ve attached.  The rubber rolling mat worked very well and is dishwasher safe.  If you have an Asian store near by I’d highly recommend this rubber version over the traditional woven bamboo Sushi mat that is impossible to clean and less sanitary I’m sure.   This…

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Virtual Vegan Linky Potluck #4

Virtual Vegan Linky Potluck #4

Howdy!  The Kitties and I have been doing a lot of this:   It’s been bitterly cold this month, even for February, even for the North Eastern U. S.  and frankly…I’m ready for some bright sun, flower buds and hot wind for a change.  But enough about that. It’s that time again to feature some wonderful link ups from the past two weeks on Canned Time and also over at Bunny Kitchen.  My top pick from the group was also the top clicked Dessert.  A rice dessert which highlights sweet treats from a place I’m almost sure never to be able to see but I can visit them in food with this lovely recipe. Burmese Sticky Rice Cake from Keely @ Gormandize!  So what’s this ‘LINKY’ thing anyway? What you need to do to join the party: Click on the link at the bottom of this post to enter the party. Enter the requested info: the link to the recipe you are contributing; name of the recipe; blog name; your name and email address; and select an image. Add a link back to the linky party within the text of your blog post that has the recipe in it (i.e., “I submitted this recipe to the Virtual…

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Savory Bok Choy & Red Pepper Waffles

Savory Bok Choy & Red Pepper Waffles">Savory Bok Choy & Red Pepper Waffles

 If you’re hiding out inside this weekend from sub-zero temps we’re having in the East, you’ll want to make a healthy, delicious meal to keep you warm on the inside as well.  These waffles are a two-for.  That is, you can make some up for breakfast and then save a few for a dinner extraordinaire later that week.   The waffle batter comes from An Unrefined Vegan – the waffle queen” as she’s known on the web.  And the mushroom gravy can be store-bought or I have a wonderfully flavorful creamy mushroom soup that will reduce down into a savory gravy topping.  I left the little bit of sweetener out of Annie’s recipe so that I could use the waffles both sweet and savory.  It worked great.  Just add whichever topping suits your meal.  In Washington D. C., we’re lucky to have ‘International Markets’ that always have a good selection of fresh Bok Choy.  Try to get fresh green outer leaves.  Baby Bok Choy would be even better for flavor and texture but the gravy will soften an older stalk if that’s all you can find in your area.     The fresher the veggies are in this the better.  Don’t cook…

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Sunwarrior SuperGreens Cocoa Hazelnut Bars

Sunwarrior SuperGreens Cocoa Hazelnut Bars

  The past few weeks I’ve been re-discovering all the deliciously healthy products available from Sunwarrior.  I won some of their products a few years ago on a blog and remembered being so impressed with their ingredients, integrity and flavors.  Now I’ve rediscovered the deliciousness and purity of their products.   I received a sample of some of their current products to try out last month and have been crazy about each one.  I even ordered a bit more after running out of them last week.  They really add a power punch of flavor and nutrition to my smoothies.    The Sunwarrior Activated Barley adds such a great creaminess to fruity blended drinks, I love it.  This one pictured has orange juice, hemp seed, blueberry and oat milk.  A dash of stevia for sweetness makes this drink taste similar to a creamsicle smoothie.  I love how the Barley adds to the blend, and the nutrition of course.  Without the powder it would be more of an icy texture that really doesn’t appeal to me.  Much creamier with the barley blend. For a mid day snack, Sunwarrior has a number of Immunity products that sneak into your regular drinks without a…

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Rika – Vegan Miam & the Breakfast In Bed-Fest E-Book Cover Recipe

Rika – Vegan Miam & the Breakfast In Bed-Fest E-Book Cover Recipe">Rika – Vegan Miam & the Breakfast In Bed-Fest E-Book Cover Recipe

In 2014, I hosted an event to show off some of my favorite blogger’s breakfast ideas in the monthly ‘Breakfast In Bed-Fest’ event.  The event done, the votes in, I’m proud to announce that Rika @VeganMiam.com will have her entry on the cover of an E-book I’ll be publishing to show off all of the event’s entries.  If you’ve missed any of them throughout the months, you can visit all of them in this post.  I’m also re-posting her breakfast entry from back in November 2014 here. In addition to the cover photo, Rika is also choosing the Animal Welfare Charity that will receive all the proceeds from the book once it is published.   Rika choose Edgar’s Mission Farm Sanctuary as her charity. Of course, you don’t have to wait for the book to visit their website.  A lovely choice from a lovely lady. Thank you so much Rika.  Now on to her breakfast ideas….     Rika creator of  Vegan Miam presents: Vegan Steamed Purple Potato & Chia Buns (Mantou) One of the most common and least expensive breakfast options you’ll find in Taiwan are steamed buns (known as mantou in Chinese). They are available plain, filled or subtly flavored in colorful…

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“Sweet Eats for All” by Allyson Kramer – Speculoos Cookies & a Giveaway

“Sweet Eats for All” by Allyson Kramer – Speculoos Cookies & a Giveaway

   “To me, every good celebration requires an equally celebratory dessert.  However, many people can’t tolerate certain ingredients, and oftentimes those of us with food intolerances feel a little left out when it comes to capping off the party”   –   Allyson Kramer, ‘Sweet Eats for All’ About 4 years ago now, I discovered Trader Joe’s Speculoos or Cookie Butter.  Sounds decadent right?  Some people love cookie dough, I love Speculoos and Allyson Kramer’s cookie version is just to die for.   When I first flipped through her book, looking for a recipe to try out, I saw the words Speculoos and stopped, turned the page corner down and then continued searching.  Too obvious for me, can’t make those.  Too tempting.  I’ll never get the photos done before I gobble them all up. I thumbed through some more and found Matcha Cashew Ice Cream, hhmmmm?  Then Caramel Roasted Pears….Apple Nachos, yes, apple nachos.   Strawberry Pistachio Truffles!  Yikes ♥ I couldn’t decide.  I really wanted those Speculoos Cookies right then and there so that’s what I ended up highlighting for you here.  The rest of the book is…well, a dream for sweet toothed vegans, kids, bakers, dessert lovers.  I think that…

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Virtual Vegan Linky Potluck #3

Virtual Vegan Linky Potluck #3

I had to give a shout out this week for Annie’s ‘Super-Food Granola’ she linked up last week.  Awesome.   I’ve been using granolas as snacks for work lately and this one is simply guilt-free, deliciously nutritious.   Tasty too ♥   What you need to do to join the party: Click on the link at the bottom of this post to enter the party. Enter the requested info: the link to the recipe you are contributing; name of the recipe; blog name; your name and email address; and select an image. Add a link back to the linky party within the text of your blog post that has the recipe in it (i.e., “I submitted this recipe to the Virtual Vegan Linky Potluck.”) You can then submit more recipes if you wish. Share the linky party with your blogging friends via social media or through a post on your own blog.  Add the Virtual Vegan Linky Party button to your blog and please link the button back to that page so that people can find us. A couple of things to keep in mind: Bloggers submitting recipes need not be vegan, but recipes must be 100% vegan/plant-based.  Recipes containing animal products will be removed from the Potluck. This…

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Post-Superbowl Spicy Split Pea Avocado Soup

Post-Superbowl Spicy Split Pea Avocado Soup

 So dried split peas are about as cheap a soup ingredient as you could find.  About $1 per pound.  What’s awesome about the split peas in this soup is that I could afford to blend them up with some Post-Superbowl avocados left over from ‘Guac-fest’ last week….and now they’re mine!  Just a dollar a piece which is as cheap as they get here.  Did you know that avocados take 9 months to ripen completely? I mean including the time on the tree of course.  Healthy fats and creamy flavors at their best right now.  Grab some at your local market while they are trying to get rid of them after the game.  So split peas? I had never tried a single one to my knowledge until last year when Bob got it into his mind to make some split pea soup.  I picked up another bag of dried peas after he did because it was a mighty fine first taste of these babies.  Make sure to pick through the bag before you add them into anything, like all dried beans and veggies cause you may find a tiny rock or two amongst the bunch.  Not so tasty and tough on teeth for…

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Cara Reed’s “V-Day Raw Cake Pops” Entry #1 in the Canned-Time.com’s 2015 “Family Favorite Desserts – Veganized” event

Cara Reed’s “V-Day Raw Cake Pops” Entry #1 in the Canned-Time.com’s 2015 “Family Favorite Desserts – Veganized” event

So last year I was happy to bring you 12 blogger recipes for fabulous breakfast ideas in my Breakfast In Bed Fest event.  One last day to vote for your favorite in last year’s entries.  Click here if it’s still January when you’re reading this to vote for your favorite and enter to win a cool gift pack from NuNaturals brand stevia.  I’ll be announcing the top pick from your votes on Wednesday, February 4th. Out with the old, in with the new………. In 2015, Canned Time will feature a new recipe from a different blogger each month again.  This year’s theme: Family Favorite Dessert – Veganized First up this year with the January entry is Cara Reed who you all know and love from Fork And Beans. So let’s get this thing started………..here’s Cara!   Cara Reed’s “V-Day Raw Cake Pops 2″ I’m still very new to going sugar-free and it’s something that I am trying to embrace. If this is the first you have heard of me, let me give you some background info. Hi there. I’m Cara and I run the website, Fork & Beans. I am crazy for allergen-friendly baking. I live for it. But my…

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Footloose and Dairy-Free – a guest posting from Karen Page, author of “The Vegetarian Flavor Bible”

Footloose and Dairy-Free – a guest posting from Karen Page, author of “The Vegetarian Flavor Bible”

   When I first received a copy of Karen Page’s ‘The Vegetarian Flavor Bible’ last year, I was truly amazed at how much information she packed into this gigantic 7 lbs. book.   New to cooking?  New to Veganism? This book is the perfect companion for you.  It is  page after page of foods, by category – cheese, greens, legumes, citrus etc.,  all organized to get you the most information about those foods in the most complete package. A few recipes, but fabulous details on which foods go with what, the best ways to prepare, where to find them in restaurants and so much more.  After delving into the ‘Cheese’ section of Karen’s book, I had to try out the Popcorn with Nutritional Yeast sprinkles she suggests.  Cheeses are my most missed dairy food, far more so than any meats I used to eat.   I know this ‘Cheezey’ treat is a tried and true snack in the Vegan world but somehow, I’d never tried it out.  I’m hooked!  Cheese never tasted so good.  If you’ve never tried this tasty treat be sure not to wait too long cause it’s simply a rare gift to non-dairy eaters. Karen has kindly…

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A visit with Mandy @Be Sol-Ful

A visit with Mandy @Be Sol-Ful

  Last year, I got to explore a little touch of Mandy’s world.   Mandy writes a beautiful site called Be Sol-Ful and she is just that.    Her heartfelt stories about Motherhood, diet, self-worth and great food of course, are a pleasure to read and make me wish that I had just a tiny piece of her life with daughter Willow.  Please check out her site.  She’s posting an interview we did about Canned Time today and I’m proud to be featured.   Thanks Mandy ♥ Have a great weekend everyone.

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Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Breakfast Oats with Homemade Hemp Mylk

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Breakfast Oats with Homemade Hemp Mylk

If you’ve been with me for a while now, you’ll now all too well that I have a problem getting a good, healthy, inexpensive breakfast in me most mornings.  I’ve commissioned my favorite bloggers for help even in my quest for easy, delicious ideas to make up.  I thought I’d share some sucessess I’ve had lately with some of my favorite healthy ingredients and ‘take with’ options to carry with me while I drive mornings.  Some Chia Seeds, some Hemp seeds, maple syrup, pepitas, peanut butter…………you get the idea.  Follow along here for more details.  At the end I’d appreciate if you take a second and vote for your favorite ‘Breakfast In Bed-Fest’ entry from last year’s event on Canned Time.  I know you’ll love your 12 options but pick one so I can feature that recipe as the cover to my new E-book for the gang.  Details below and thanks in advance.   I know lots of time and caring went into their recipes so choose wisely  I’ve gone Chia and Hemp Seed crazy since last fall.  Not such a ‘bad’ habit.  I’ve had worse over the years.    This version I went all out with, “Chocolate Chunk Chia…

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Cruelty-Free Maryland “Crab” Soup

Cruelty-Free Maryland “Crab” Soup

 If you’re not familiar with Maryland or the Chesapeake Bay, you’ve probably never heard of a traditional tomato based spiced soup that we have around the D. C. area.  Its light but full of a delicious blend of veggies and spices, and lump crab meat of course.  My version takes the crab out of Maryland and leaves all those luscious flavors for a full-bodied, easy to prepare soup great for the coldest of nights this winter.  The ‘must’ for this soup isn’t the bland crab meat in my mind, but the wonderful blend of spices from ‘Old Bay’ seasoning.  And if you can’t get a hold of any Old Bay, then I’ve got a mighty close substitute spice blend for you to mix up.  Let’s go……..  Traditionally, Maryland Crab Soup is always served with loads of these tiny Oyster Crackers.  No Oyster in them, just flour, baking soda, salt and water but they make the soup.  A crunchy topping as important as homemade croutons are for your salads.  You gotta have Oyster Crackers to float on top.  At least Saltines if you can’t find them.  Don’t mix this one up with ‘cream of crab’ soup.  This one is no relation.  Just…

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Presenting – Miss Jules and some thoughts about adoption♥

Presenting – Miss Jules and some thoughts about adoption♥

In mid December, my husband and I made the significant decision to add two more cats to our home.   We visited our local Animal Shelter and made our choice after going over all the details, expense and joys this would bring us. That’s how we came to know Miss Jules.  And her brother Jack.   In case you missed that post a few weeks back, the two 9 month old kitties we choose arrived at the Shelter in July of 2014 at just 2 month old.  Brother and Sister.   They were marked as “Strays” but were more likely dropped off by someone who couldn’t handle the kittens. Each year,  in the U. S. alone, about 3.5 million cats are taken to shelters across the country for care.  Of those, 1.5 million are then euthanized eventually.  The shelter in our county shares their building with the Police Animal Services and has a ‘no kill’ policy for the animals kept there.  This policy is rare though for an animal shelter in the    U. S. and we appreciate the many, many hours and dollars spent in behalf of these abandon pets in our area.   So many across the U. S. are…

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The New Bi-Weekly Virtual Vegan Linky Potluck #1

The New Bi-Weekly Virtual Vegan Linky Potluck #1

  What the heck are these? That’s what I wondered when I first saw last week’s entry from The Angry Hungry Hobbit.   You’ll have to check out her posting to see just how wonderful these crispy gems are and how delicious they’d be in your tummy….   So Poppy and I have taken over the Linky thing and we decided to make it a ‘bi-weekly’ event to give us a little more time for our own projects but we’re hoping for an even bigger turn out for the link ups so we don’t miss a recipe from you all in the change.  Keep linking and we’ll keep posting.  Also, there won’t be a limit to the number of linked posts you can add each time so Link Away!  And here’s the best from our last event.  And oh, as you see we’re in need of some beverage ideas folks.  Comeon’!  It’s cold here in the States at least.  No one has a wonderfully creamy hot drink to share?   The MOST CLICKED from last week’s VVLP were: Beverages Appetizers Hearts of Palm Mozzarella Sticks from simplywithout Breads The Best Spelt Pancakes from Vie De La Vegan Sides Guaca-Chi (Guacamole…

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“The Vegiterranean Diet” by Julieanna Hever, MS, RD – a review, recipe & book giveaway

“The Vegiterranean Diet” by Julieanna Hever, MS, RD – a review,  recipe & book giveaway

I recently received a copy of Julieanna Hever’s book “The Vegiterranean Diet“ for review.   It’s a very special book indeed. “The Mediterranean diet has been the gold standard dietary regimen for decades, and with good reason: it has been linked to lowered risks of chronic conditions such as heart disease and diabetes. Julieanna Hever , MS, RD takes the Mediterranean diet concept to a whole new level! By focusing on whole-plant foods that promote long-term wellness and ideal weight management, we can reap the benefits of the most researched and beloved diet, made even healthier.  This is the best of the best for plant based diets in my view.  It’s a healthy, easy way to maximize your physical abilities, be kind to our animal friends and don’t forget, eat fabulous foods.  Julieanna has it all in this book.”  The Vegiterranean Diet, which includes a foreword by Dr. Neal D. Barnard  and blurbs by John Robbins, Kathy Freston, and T. Colin Campbell offers: ·         Comprehensive nutrition info ·         Shopping lists with everyday ingredients ·         More than 60 delicious, budget-friendly recipes ·         Flexible meal plans (great for families, too!) ·         Strategies for overall health Julieanna presents the facts and figures in…

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Its time, it’s time!! Let the ‘Breakfast In Bed-Fest’ voting begin…..

Its time, it’s time!!  Let the ‘Breakfast In Bed-Fest’ voting begin…..

But wait…There’s more!  At the end of this posting, you can find details on a new event for 2015 that kicks off with a fantastic giveaway  for the whole month of January from NuNaturals products.  Don’t vote and then leave without entering to win some fabulous free Stevia products.   It’s a WORLD WIDE contest open to all for just a few clicks of the mouse. All of the entries are in and it’s time now to decide the best of the best in the  Canned Time Breakfast In Bed-Fest 2014 recipe competition.  The winner gets a huge YEA!  and some cool stuff for their fine workmanship as well.  In 2015, I’ll be creating an e-book with all the recipes from the event and the recipe with the most votes this month will have the honor of being featured on the cover page of that book.  In addition, the winning blogger will choose which Animal Welfare Charity all the proceeds from the book will go to.   Sound fun?  Let’s get to the votes then……. I’ve created pictures from all the entries,  listing in order of their posting,   showing all 12 recipes and the blogger who created them.  Scroll…

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Virtual Vegan ‘Linky’ Potluck #26

Virtual Vegan ‘Linky’ Potluck #26

Oh my. More baby pictures of the new cats. Well, Jack at least. Jules is a bit too skittish and explorative so far to get her pic taken. But we’ll get one eventually. She’s actually cuter than ole Jack here who LOVES to snuggle as you can see. Somehow, we think they’re not anxious anymore about having left the Shelter Hey Hey! It’s that time again here at the Linky Potluck.   My top pick for this event had to be Wendy’s ‘Soft, Chewy Gingerbread Cookies featured at One Green Planet. The MOST CLICKED from the last VVLP were: Beverages Homemade Almond Milk with Juicer from Eating Well Diary   Appetizers Bolinhos de Arroz (Brazilian Fried Rice Balls) from Gormandize Breads Sweet Potato and Coriander Bolani (Afghan flatbread) from Gormandize Sides Ratatouille Christmas Trees from Vie De La Vegan Salads Broccoli and Cauliflower Salad with Lime and Cilantro (Whole Foods Detox Salad) from the taste space Soups/Stews Mushroom Gumbo from My Sisters Pantry Main Courses Slow Cooker Vegan Lasagna from Vegetable Way Desserts Really Luscious Raw Vegan Cinnamon Rolls from Raw High Life   What’s ya gonna link up this week?   Things at the Linky will be changing a bit in…

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Merry Christmas All! Orange-Pear Vegan Cheesecake with Biscoff Drizzle Repost

Merry Christmas All! Orange-Pear Vegan Cheesecake with Biscoff Drizzle Repost

I’m taking a blogger-breather this week.  Off to Cleveland for a bit to see family, relax in the hotel hot tub and miss my kitties at home ;(  See you on the flip side of New Year’s with some fabulous news and a Gigantic Giveaway! Here’s an old favorite to keep you warm this holiday though…… I think that I could eat Cat food if it has Biscoff drizzled on top of it….so…. Okay everyone…this one is a keeper! I received some fancy pears for Christmas and I have tons of oranges left over from Holiday munching still and so I decided to blend them all up together with some Tofutti and see what would happen. What happened was a little orange gingery cream sicle like cheese / ice cream cake.  Full of flavor(s) and fun Orange – Pear Cheesecake with Biscoff Drizzle – Vegan, Gluten Free, Refined Sugar Free  & Raw Options For the Crust: Soak 2 cups of Cashews overnight, drain and rinse. Combine the Cashews with 1 Cup of Raisins (dates for a Raw version) with 1 tsp. of Vanilla extract and 2 Tbs. of Maple Syup.  Blend until it forms a smooth wet dough.  Press the…

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Jules and Jack – Welcome

Jules and Jack – Welcome

So Saturday, I finished up my 6th morning of working in the cold,  winter air and was just feeling blah.  Working Decembers are tough for me with the dark mornings, the onset of cold weather and the self-inflicted pressures to get all my work done in as few days as possible so I don’t get stuck with bad weather days disrupting my work schedule.  Anyway, I’ve been pushing myself to work long and hard this week.  On Friday after work,  we stopped by the County Animal Shelter just to walk around and get my mind off of the drag of work.  Probably not a great idea for a  Vegan who’s lost 2 of her pets in the last 3 years and cries at the thought of animals caged up. Well, we fell in love.  Maybe I shouldn’t say “we”, only because my husband fell in love with a tiny little ‘spunky’ black kitten.  I fell in love with the twins.  A brother and sister who’d been dropped off at the Shelter back in July at just 2 months old.  All they know of life was life in that cage.  As you see in the pics, they were just like twins,…

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Virtual Vegan Linky Potluck #25

Virtual Vegan Linky Potluck #25

photo credit:  Chris Miller Just dreammmmy!   That’s what I’d say about a big bowl of ‘Balsamic Maple Brussels Spouts and Sweet Potato on The Taste Space this week.  The recipe is straight from Kristy’s new cookbook, But I Could Never Go Vegan!. I just screams out to become a family favorite.  Thanks Ladies!  I’ll have more for you from Kristy’s book next month as well.  Can’t wait to flip through all those gorgeous recipes! BTW – no Potluck next week.  Annie, Poppy and I will be taking a Holiday break but we’ve still got the scoop on this week’s entries!    So just what is a Virtual Vegan Linky Potluck you say?   Well the 3 of us, Annie, Poppy and Me that is, do a special posting each Wednesday.  We invite bloggers to share their talents with us in a link up event each week.       The Virtual Vegan Linky Potluck is now a way to have a potluck each week and that bloggers can share their plant-based/vegan/cruelty-free dishes in the following categories: appetizers, beverages, sides, soups, salads, breads, main dishes, desserts. Each Potluck will last 1 week and we will all announce the most popular (most…

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German Chocolate Truffles

German Chocolate Truffles

    I’m so, so glad that I was lucky enough to have had a Mom who taught me from such a young age about food.   I was in the kitchen as just a little girl, 4 or 5 even, helping, learning.  One thing I always knew each year was that my brother was going to want a German Chocolate Cake for his birthday.  Mom made a two layer, extra thick icing cake for him each year without fail.  Great thing was, the rest of us all benefited from his yearly request.  Me?  I always requested Devil’s food for my birthday (which has since always been related to my nature.)  But big brother Greg always got German Chocolate. If you’ve never tried it or don’t know what this Coconut, Pecan & Chocolate dream come true cake, you can get the same rich flavors in my German Chocolate truffles.  These little babies have all the chewy caramelie flavors of the traditional cake without the eggs, dairy or calories of a big slice of cake.  Kept chilled, they make a wonderful afternoon treat that wont stick to your hips or cost an arm and a leg.  For this reason, and their…

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Blueberry Lemon Loaf – for the Virtual Vegan Potluck

Blueberry Lemon Loaf – for the Virtual Vegan Potluck

  For some crazy reason, I always get a little flustered at Virtual Vegan Potluck time.  A lot flustered this event I should say.  Waiting until the last day to finish my post.  And then scheduling the time wrong so it published this morning?  DUH! But it’s as much fun as ever and so great to see the new participants linking up with old pros.  After much unnecessary stress and contemplation this past month, I decided on a new bread recipe for you.  Berries, fresh Lemon Juice and a swirl of cinnamon make this a very yummy loaf.     This Blueberry Lemon Loaf turned out to be a cross between a sweet bread and a  moist, loaf of bread with a soft crust as far as texture.  It’s not crumbly like a cake in other words.  It has the spring back and ‘chew’ of a bread.  The taste though is all cake.  The berries mix with the glaze for a fantastic blend of sweet and sour.   It’s best served warm.   In fact, you must serve it warm to appreciate the glaze and fruity sweetness.  I’ve kept mine in the fridge and then just warmed up 2 pieces at…

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No Bake Maca Chia Chews with Pistachio Maple Glaze – Kristy’s 2014 Vegan Cookie Swap! Plus a Vitamix Giveaway Contest

No Bake Maca Chia Chews with Pistachio Maple Glaze – Kristy’s 2014 Vegan Cookie Swap!  Plus a Vitamix Giveaway Contest

I’m so happy to be joining Kristy’s Keepin’ It Kind Vegan Cookie Swap again this year.   Last year, my 5 Layer Lime Brulee Bar Cookies were slightly more complicated than my recipe for this year’s event.  This year, Kristy’s month long event has a special addition.  Vitamix will award one lucky reader with a fabulous Vitamix mixer!    Awesome.   To enter to win, and the see the full post and recipe for my Maca Chia Chews, you’ll need to hop on over to Keepin’ It Kind. Be sure to check out all the Cookie Swap entries while your there as well.   No bake and raw, these Maca Chia Chews will be the hit of any holiday party and likely, the most healthy treat on the tray! Topped with a naturally sweetened glaze and a pinch of my favorite Pistachios, this cookie is a perfect choice for any diet, any taste,  any cookie lover~!     Chocolate Chips?  Cacao?  Maple Syrup?  How can you go wrong with these babies? I love raw cookies for the same reason that people so love cookie dough.  You cut out a step, baking that is, and in the process, allow for more of…

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Virtual Vegan Linky Potluck #24

Virtual Vegan Linky Potluck #24

Hey guess what?  Only 2 more days until the Virtual Vegan Potluck event goes live.  Details HERE. Now on to my top pick from last week’s Linky Potluck entries: Raw & Vegan Courgette Rolls caught my eye and my taste buds last week.  Sometimes, around Holidays, I just crave yummy, savory flavors as a break from all the sweets around.   April @Simplify Your Health had it all going on for me.  Check out her post from the link up.     So just what is a Virtual Vegan Linky Potluck you say?   Well the 3 of us, Annie, Poppy and Me that is, do a special posting each Wednesday.  We invite bloggers to share their talents with us in a link up event each week.       The Virtual Vegan Linky Potluck is now a way to have a potluck each week and that bloggers can share their plant-based/vegan/cruelty-free dishes in the following categories: appetizers, beverages, sides, soups, salads, breads, main dishes, desserts. Each Potluck will last 1 week and we will all announce the most popular (most clicks) from the previous week’s link ups on the same day as the NEXT linky party begins. Please link…

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Richa’s Strawberry Chocolate Cinnamon Rolls from ‘Vegan Richa’ Breakfast In Bed-Fest entry #12

Richa’s Strawberry Chocolate Cinnamon Rolls from ‘Vegan Richa’ Breakfast In Bed-Fest entry #12

My ‘Breakfast In Bed-Festival’ this year is really just a sneaky way of sharing my favorite Vegan bloggers best breakfast recipes with you all and having a bit of competitive fun all the while.  As I have said too many lots of times before, I leave out for work in the pre-pre-dawn hours, more like the middle of the night for some, I’m sure. I don’t get the luxury very often to enjoy a wonderfully fresh home made breakfast to enjoy in the comfort of my home.  So I’m hosting a little monthly highlight this year of the best of the best in healthy breakfast ideas for days when I am able to spend more time enjoying breakfast. I’ve asked 12 of the most creative, health conscious and economically minded  bloggers to each share 1 breakfast that highlights both their own website and their own ingenuity for eating healthily, kindly and creatively.  At year’s end, we’ll have a little vote on which month’s posting you all enjoyed the most and congratulate the winner with a few kind words and some prizes.  There’s a Pinterest board you can follow to see how the event unfolds each month with all the recipes and news about my…

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Virtual Vegan Linky Potluck #23

Virtual Vegan Linky Potluck #23

Mini Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Pies – from Peaceful Dumpling Outstanding Juhea!  Love these little beauties.  Thanks for sharing them with us last week in the link-up ♥ Did you know that I made the choice to change to a full Vegan Cruelty Free lifestyle after signing up for the October 2012  Virtual Vegan Potluck event? I’d been dairy free for years but made the vow to myself finally when I was joined up with such a wonderful group.  A day dear to my heart forever.   Changed my diet.  Changed my life. How about you?  If you have a blog and would like to share a Vegan recipe with us on December 13th…well, you’d better hurry Today is the last day to sign up for this year’s event.  Details here  So just what is a Virtual Vegan Linky Potluck you say?   Well the 3 of us, Annie, Poppy and Me that is, do a special posting each Wednesday.  We invite bloggers to share their talents with us in a link up event each week.       The Virtual Vegan Linky Potluck is now a way to have a potluck each week and that bloggers can share their plant-based/vegan/cruelty-free…

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