A visit with Mandy @Be Sol-Ful

A visit with Mandy @Be Sol-Ful
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Don’t be selfish…share ♥  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. Don’t be selfish…share ♥

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Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Breakfast Oats with Homemade Hemp Mylk

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Breakfast Oats with Homemade Hemp Mylk
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Don’t be selfish…share ♥ 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…

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Cruelty-Free Maryland “Crab” Soup

Cruelty-Free Maryland “Crab” Soup
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Don’t be selfish…share ♥ 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…

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Presenting – Miss Jules and some thoughts about adoption♥

Presenting – Miss Jules and some thoughts about adoption♥
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Don’t be selfish…share ♥ 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…

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The New Bi-Weekly Virtual Vegan Linky Potluck #1

The New Bi-Weekly Virtual Vegan Linky Potluck #1
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Don’t be selfish…share ♥   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…

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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
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Don’t be selfish…share ♥ 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…

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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…..
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Don’t be selfish…share ♥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…

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Virtual Vegan ‘Linky’ Potluck #26

Virtual Vegan ‘Linky’ Potluck #26
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Don’t be selfish…share ♥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…

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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
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Don’t be selfish…share ♥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…

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Jules and Jack – Welcome

Jules and Jack – Welcome
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Don’t be selfish…share ♥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…

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Virtual Vegan Linky Potluck #25

Virtual Vegan Linky Potluck #25
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Don’t be selfish…share ♥ 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…

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German Chocolate Truffles

German Chocolate Truffles
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Don’t be selfish…share ♥    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…

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Blueberry Lemon Loaf – for the Virtual Vegan Potluck

Blueberry Lemon Loaf – for the Virtual Vegan Potluck
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Don’t be selfish…share ♥  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…

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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
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Don’t be selfish…share ♥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…

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Virtual Vegan Linky Potluck #24

Virtual Vegan Linky Potluck #24
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Don’t be selfish…share ♥ 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…

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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
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Don’t be selfish…share ♥ 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…

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Virtual Vegan Linky Potluck #23

Virtual Vegan Linky Potluck #23
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Don’t be selfish…share ♥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…

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Emily Von Euw’s “Blueberrylicious” Smoothie from ‘100 Best Juices, Smoothies and Healthy Snacks’

Emily Von Euw’s “Blueberrylicious” Smoothie from ‘100 Best Juices, Smoothies and Healthy Snacks’
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Don’t be selfish…share ♥ Why talk about ice-cold, frosty smoothies in November?  Well, cause they’re just Berrylicious!   Emily Von Euw’s newest book, “100 Best Juices, Smoothies and Healthy Snacks” is just what you need this winter to keep your taste buds and your waistline happy through the cold days ahead.  She’s sharing her recipe for a delicious, creamy blueberry filled smoothie with us today plus a chance to win a copy of her new book for yourself.   First the smoothie:   Fortunately for all of us,  perfect little blueberries in smoothies are great frozen or fresh.  No reason at all why you can’t keep up the nutritional benefits of these deep blue antioxidant gems all year round.  Wintertime stresses on our bodies just cry out for the goodness of berries where ever and when ever.   Emily’s got you covered on that one with her ‘Blueberrylicious’ smoothie from the book. This delectable smoothie is quick and easy, yes.  Full of fabulous nutrition, yes.  But why not make it the hit of your Holiday party as well?  Smoothie bowls are all the rage these days and I say, instead of serving that big bowl of processed sugar filled punch at your…

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Virtual Vegan Linky Potluck #22

Virtual Vegan Linky Potluck #22
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Don’t be selfish…share ♥5 Ingredient Homemade Almond Joys from The Contentious Eater !!   My top pick courtesy of the lovely Faith –  from last week’s entries in the potluck. BTW – have you signed up for the full fledged Potluck Event on December 13th yet? Click here for all the info on how to do that, quick as you can please ♥   Here are the most-clicked from last week: Beverages Matcha Ginger Smoothie by The Taste Space Appetizers 9 AM Nachos with Sweet Slurpin’ Sauce by My Blissful Journey Breads Pumpkin Sage Biscuits by Vegan Richa Soups/Stews Tortilla Soup by Michelle the Trainer Salads Roasted Cauliflower Salad by The Taste Space Sides Southern Greens by Glo’s Kitchen Main Courses Low-Fat Veggie Pasta Sauce by Bats & Baking Desserts Almond Joys by The Conscientious Eater Don’t be selfish…share ♥

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Vegan Cruelty-Free Holidays – “Punkin’ Pie”

Vegan Cruelty-Free Holidays – “Punkin’ Pie”
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Don’t be selfish…share ♥    The name pumpkin originated from the Greek word for “large melon” which is “pepon.” “Pepon” was changed by the French into “pompon.”  The English termed it “pumpion” or “pompion.” 1621 – Early American settlers of Plimoth Plantation (1620-1692), the first permanent European settlement in southern New England, might have made pumpkin pies (of sorts) by making stewed pumpkins or by filling a hollowed out shell with milk, honey and spices, and then baking it in hot ashes. An actual present-day pumpkin pie with crust is a myth, as ovens to bake pies were not available in the colony at that stage. Northeastern Native American tribes grew squash and pumpkins. They roasted or boiled them for eating. Historians think that the settlers were not very impressed by the Indians’ squash and/or pumpkins until they had to survive their first harsh winter when about half of the settlers died from scurvy and exposure. The Native Americans brought pumpkins as gifts to the first settlers, and taught them the many used for the pumpkin. This is what developed into pumpkin pie about 50 years after the first Thanksgiving in America. The early settlers of Plimoth Plantation brought English…

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Virtual Vegan Linky Potluck #21

Virtual Vegan Linky Potluck #21
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Don’t be selfish…share ♥ Fighting a nasty bug tonight.  Don’t work one day in the rain for 8 hours and then in the bitter wind the next day and expect your body not to react somehow….ugggh…. but I didn’t want to miss highlighting Healthy Slow Cooking and  Kathy’s delicious posting featuring 6 chili recipes just perfect for this fall from last week’s potluck!   Thanks Kathy  ♥   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 back to your blog in your entry. You will need to include something like: “I entered…

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Vegan Cruelty Free Holiday – Asian Orange Butternut Squash

Vegan Cruelty Free Holiday – Asian Orange Butternut Squash
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Don’t be selfish…share ♥ Another Holiday side idea for you this week.  A flavorful way to get veggies on the table at holiday time without the traditional sugary marshmallow topping.  If you’re in a hurry, or just get annoyed cutting up squash, you can usually find butternut pre-cut in the grocery store.  Certain this sauce would work equally well with cubed sweet potato in place of squash.  Increase your boiling time if you use potatoes though.  You want to make sure that your squash are completely done through or no one will enjoy your dish.  For added flavor, mix up the syrup / sauce in advance and let the squash sit in the juices overnight in the fridge.  You can adjust the spiciness by adding more red pepper.  I  left out any salt due to the soy sauce but you may want to add a little after the squash are cooked.  You could also cook this dish up in advance and keep it covered in the fridge until serving it for your holiday dinner. Congratulations to Karen G. for winning a copy of Nava Atlas’s ‘Plant Power’ this week.   Her winning entry used her bonus code she received from…

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Rika’s Vegan Steamed Purple Potato & Chia Buns (Mantou) from Vegan Miam – Breakfast In Bed-Fest entry #11

Rika’s  Vegan Steamed Purple Potato & Chia Buns (Mantou) from Vegan Miam – Breakfast In Bed-Fest entry #11
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Don’t be selfish…share ♥  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…

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Virtual Vegan Linky Potluck #20

Virtual Vegan Linky Potluck #20
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Don’t be selfish…share ♥Richa has truly touched my soul this week with her VVLP entry.  Well, maybe just my tastebud’s soul.  But come on, these are just awesome !! Nachos and tortillas, guacamole, beans…okay, any Mexican style meal is always my craving when I’m tired and this month is just starting and I’m tired already. Richa’s Vegan Nachos with Nut-free Nacho Cheese made my tired heart ♫ sing again ♫ ♪ ♥ 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.     Don’t be selfish…share ♥

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Veggie Lo Mein – from “Plant Power” by Nava Atlas – A book review & giveaway

Veggie Lo Mein – from “Plant Power” by Nava Atlas – A book review & giveaway
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Don’t be selfish…share ♥  I’m sure that I’m not the only one who has those meals where you just say, “forget good-for-you food, I want something I’m craving”.  Well, this book, Plant Power by Nava Atlas brings those two mindsets into one plate.  Healthy meets traditional desires for yummy flavors and fun.  One of my absolute favorite Asian dishes has always been a big carry out container of Lo Mein.  I usually try to get something with less fat, less carbohydrate and less money when we order Chinese.  When I first tried Nava’s recipe for Lo Mein I was shocked at how easily the dish came together and just how much delicious flavor a handful of healthy ingredients whipped up for a homemade version of my carry-out favorite.   To let you all in on a behind the scenes process of food blogging, there are many times when you photograph a dish prior to ever tasting it.  Just the logistics of creating a blog post makes it necessary to photograph your recipe in an unnatural setting to just someone sitting down to enjoy a meal.  This recipe was just one of those times.  I had been working all week from…

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Recycled Soups – 10 Minute Creamy Vegetable Soup

Recycled Soups – 10 Minute Creamy Vegetable Soup
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Don’t be selfish…share ♥Have I ever told you a little secret when it comes to my soups?  I recycle.  Yup.   I have readers here at Canned Time that are at all different levels of cooking abilities, particularly Vegan Non-Dairy cooking.  I try to help  out with even the most simplest of meals. Enter –  Recycled soups.   Most times that I make soup it’s either because I have fresh vegetables that need to be used up before they wilt and go bad – or – I’m too busy to make a fancier meal that day and just want a one pot wonder to fill me up with good tasting, good for me ingredients.   This soup is just that.   Recycled soups are ones that have been previously stored in the freezer for just such an occasion.   Recycling soups can be your own little secret as well once you’ve learned the trick.  You can turn an old frozen, rock hard container of last year’s month’s dinner into the greatest bowl of hot, steamy soup you’ve ever put on the table!   It’s just as simple as keeping some frozen vegetables and canned beans in your pantry.  Whenever you…

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Virtual Vegan Linky Potluck #19

Virtual Vegan Linky Potluck #19
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Don’t be selfish…share ♥ Koren and Alana, creators of The Little Green House made my day, or weekend with their Eggplant, Oregano and White Bean Pizza.  LOVE! My husband and I love making delicious homemade pizzas.  Especially on the grill these days, although stove top pan pizzas are nothing to turn down for either of us.  I’m always stumped what to put on as my toppings though and now I have a wonderful new idea from these lovely ladies.  BEANS!  I love it.  I know they’d taste spectacularly flavorful and chewy against the crunchy crust.  Have to make one of these delicious pies soon.  Thank you ladies!  And thanks for sharing in the VVLP ♥ 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.   Don’t be selfish…share ♥

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A Cruelty Free Holiday – Vegan Holiday Basics

A Cruelty Free Holiday – Vegan Holiday Basics
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Don’t be selfish…share ♥  What would the holiday season be like without our favorite family traditional foods?  That’s what it’s really all about isn’t it?  Finding time with our loved ones to talk and enjoy the foods we grew up loving and savoring for the fall?  My Mom has the most beautiful set of China that only sees the light of day on 2 days each year.  Thanksgiving and Christmas need to have a special menu for those times together.  Special for all.  These basic dishes I’ve put together have all the flavors of fall without the cruelty and expense of slaughter.  Baked, buttery potatoes.  Creamy Slaw salads.  Flakey crusts dripping with piping hot berries in syrup.  Why bring animals into that mix when the food is so fine without them?    Take a look:   Sliced Red and Sweet Potatoes with a touch of Sweet Peppers.   Adapted from a family tradition from both my husband and mine’s youth, it bakes up in minutes, has endless variations for veggies and will last the week while you rest your feet and enjoy your guests.  Christmas Rice – Wild Rice with Spinach and Pomegranates    Brussels Sprouts with Radicchio in a Brown…

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Virtual Vegan Linky Potluck #18

Virtual Vegan Linky Potluck #18
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Don’t be selfish…share ♥In honor of Halloween week, I proudly present Carrot-Ginger Quinoa Pepper-Jacks! My favorite from VVLP #17 last week.  Thanks so much Kristina @Spabettie for sharing with us last week!  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.   Don’t be selfish…share ♥

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