Thursday, October 30, 2014

Giveaway/Contest ~ His & Hers KIND ORGANICS Multi-Vitamins!

 Earlier this week I wrote about my experiences with KIND ORGANICS (from Garden of Life) and their Multi-Vitamins.  I've had a lot of great feedback about this post and so I decided to give you the opportunity to WIN this product special thanks to Kind Organics & Garden of Life!  All you have to do is enter the Rafflecopter Entry Form...and leave a comment on my blog.  If you tell me how you follow my blog you will get an extra chance to win.  If you list more than one way of following me you get another chance to win from each one you list.

Winner will be chosen Monday the 3rd.
Winner will receive His AND Hers Multi-Vitamins! 
Remember these are made from WHOLE FOODS, are vegan, and organic
(among other fabulous things!)

Thanks for all of the positive feedback on the giveaways!  I'm setting up several additional blog giveaways for November!

Morning Mash-Up Smoothie

Just a check Smoothie recipe this morning because I have some scheduled posts and other posts to get to thru - out the day!  I think I will call this one my Morning Mash-Up Smoothie!


1 Banana (frozen)
3 Dates
1 Scoop GoL's Marley Raw Protein
1 C Almond Milk
1 squirt of NuNatural's CocoMint Syrup

You know I LOVE my Marley...but the Coco Mint really kicked it up a notch!  YUM!  Stay tuned for more posts today including a giveaway!

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

CocoMint Ice Cream (Nut Based)

I took a stab at making Vegan Ice Cream last night and it turned out great!  I will say it's treat that you shouldn't over eat as it's nut based and very rich, creamy, and fulfilling. Here's the recipe I came up with...

1.5 C Raw Cashews
1 C (or more) Almond Milk
3 T Coconut Oil
1/4 C Maple Syrup
3/4 tea NuNaturals Cocoa Mint Syrup
1/2 Scoop Garden of Life Chocolate Cacao Raw Protein

Prior to freezing this - yet after blending everything in my Vitamix - I added some Coco Mint Swirls with more of the NuNaturals Syrup.  It was wonderful.  It was butty - like a Cashew Butter flavor because of the Cashews and Almond Milk Combo for the base but it was a nice Chocolate and Mint flavor thanks to the GoL and NuNatural's combo!  I will definitely be making this again and with more flavor combos, too!  YUM!

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

CocoBacon® Organic Coconut Bacon - Nice FLAVORFUL Vegan Snack!

Well...lookie here...

It's CocoBacon® Organic Coconut Bacon!

I have to post this today or else I will be plum-out of this flavored coconut snack and wouldn't be able to type as I munch!'s true...this is pretty darn YUMMY but the best part(s) are that it's VEGAN, it's Gluten Free, it's a healthy fat, it's USDA Organic, and it's tasty!

A friend of mine - who is a real bacon person - and not a vegan person in the least - tried this and right away said...'that doesn't taste like bacon at all'.  Well, as a vegan I don't really WANT it to taste EXACTLY like bacon, ya know?  I really think people have to try things with an open mind.  I think this person thought it was supposed to be a meat double or 'fake' meat alternative and that is simply NOT the case.  It's a flavored snack and it's a mighty fine one.  The ironic thing is...this same person came back a half hour later and asked me if they could have more. and point...non-vegans like the flavor, too!

As for me - someone who was jumping into this snack tasting - by looking at it - as a flavored coconut sliver of a munchie - I was pleased, as well!  WHY?  Well, it's flavor is a JOY.  Check out these simple yet tasty ingredients...

 That's IT.  And I like that!  The fewer the ingredients the better!  Nothing fake!  The combination of sweet with a bit of salt with savory and shake of spices and smoke...very nice!

Over time I ate this by the handful or two at a time.  The bag lasted me a while but it's coming to an end today.  The crunch makes this snack very satisfying, too!  I've used a handful on salads, too, instead of tortillas.  YUM!

Regardless of what you are going to do with these - a snack - a condiment or accompaniment - or otherwise the important thing is - do you like the flavor and is a good for you - the answer - for both - were YES.  That's why I LOVE these lil guys!  They have other flavors, too, and I intend to share them with you down the road!  In the meantime...check this company out below...

There main website is and they are @CoconutOrganics and @CoconutBacon on FB, Twitter, and Instagram.  Check them out TODAY!

KIND Organics - Organic Whole Food Multi Vitamins for Women - First Impressions

KIND Organics - Certified Organic Whole Food Women's Multi-Vitamins

This may be UNLIKE most product reviews you come across.  I'm not going to write about the results I have experienced with these...because I honestly don't know what to report on that end.  The before and after - I guess.  I didn't get official tests done and have no official result to share.  But I will be writing about why I think these are different from other vitamins.

I must start off by saying I'm NOT a pill taker.  I just don't like taking them.  I forget about them.  I'm not consistent with them.  Some of my fellow vegetarian and vegans will surely say - why are you taking supplements - if you eat a diverse diet you won't need to take supplements - which I still believe to be true.

I wanted to try these for a few reasons.  First and foremost...

They are made from nature - using thoughtfully and scientifically selected REAL FOODS, Kind Organics Women's Multi is a whole food multivitamin that's Certified USDA Organic and Non-GMO Project Verified.

ORGANIC fruits, veggies and herbs such as lemons, annatto, amla berry and holy basil. 

This is a gentle power-packed formula provides the nutrients you need in only two organic tablets per day.  HOWEVER...I am not taking 2 full tablets per day.  I 1/2 tablet to 1 tablet a day for the first week.  Just to see how it went.  I think it went 'well' but that's all I can really say about it...since I didn't take the suggested two full tablets.  NOW...I'm taking 1/2 to 1 tablet on the days I feel I am not eating as healthy as I should.  Such as...while traveling...or if I eat at a restaurant over the weekend and only have a salad...or on days where I'm getting low on fresh produce in my house and 'cheat' and eat grainy-carbs VS carbs from fruit (ie breads).  

The only 'con' I have found with these Multi-Vitamins is really just a personal preference or a personal pet peeve of sorts...or maybe it's just because stubborn...but these vitamins are LARGE.  Because I don't take pills - I'm not used to swallowing them.  Instead...I have been cutting them in half and taking them that way.  I'm curious if one could also smash them up and put them into a smoothie, too!?  Hummm... thing I MUST point out - as part of my first impression of these vitamins is that they smell very pleasant.  An aroma combo of fruit (like berries) and whole least that is what they smell like to me.

Other ways THIS Multi-Vitamin is different from others on the market?

Clean, Right Down to Our Patent-Pending Tablet Technology: Where many other vitamin "tablets" use unrecognizable things such as magnesium stearate, stearic acid and lac-beetle resin (shellac) to bind and fill the tablet, Kind Organics are uniquely formed using ORGANIC, WHOLE FOODS.
  • Certified Vegan, Gluten Free and NO Synthetic Binders or Fillers
  • 16 Vitamins & Minerals with Greater than 100% Daily Value
  • Certified Vegan D3 from Lichen for Immune Support
  • 10mg of Iron for Blood Support
  • 500% Daily Value of Vitamin B12 (Methylcobalamin) for Extra Energy
  • Targeted Levels of B Vitamins, (from Organic Guava & Organic Holy Basil) for Radiant Skin & Nails 
 I've mentioned above that I'm thrilled the contents of these vitamins are filled with WHOLE FOODS but it also excites me that some of the ingredients are FOODS that I don't usually have the pleasure of consuming such as Guava because it's not (usually) found in my region (not even in stores).

Methylcobalamin: Vitamin B-12 (cobalamin) is a water soluble B vitamin that is essential for energy, metabolism, formation of healthy blood cells and DNA synthesis. Methylcobalamin is the active, natural form of B-12 (equivalent to the B-12 in your body).

Kind Organics from Garden of Life® offers a full range of Certified USDA Organic, Non-GMO Project verified supplements made only from real food - over 30 fruits, vegetables and herbs. Absolutely free of synthetic binders and fillers, meaningful amounts of vitamins and minerals are carefully combined to benefit specific dietary needs. All of this goodness is wrapped up using Garden of Life’s patent-pending Clean Tablet Technology - an entirely new way to make vitamins using only Certified USDA Organic, Non-GMO Project verified foods. None of our Clean Tablet Technology ingredients come from soy or corn. Kind Organics - made only from real, nutritious food.

And...YES...that is actress Alicia Silverstone you see above.  Many people are aware that she is vegan and promotes products that ARE vegan.  Well, she is the 'face' of this product that is available thru Garden of Life.

Just because I am referring to the Women's Multi - I have to add they also have a Men's Multi-Vitamin following the same principles.  

I have to say I even LOVE the glass bottle they come in and once I have gone thru all of the vitamins I will be reusing the glass bottle.  It's heavy duty and seems as tho light will NOT go thru it.

My first impressions of this product are very positive.  I don't think I would be a person to regularly consume or purchase because I am NOT one to take supplements but I thought I would try I could tell people about them...if they were interested...that there IS a Multi-Vitamin that is vegan and made from WHOLE FOODS on the market.  I'm very excited that this is available and I think it will wake up a few other companies out there to pursue like-options and alternatives.

Monday, October 27, 2014

My Sister (Nearly) Veganized Her Party...

Yesterday my sister had a Norwex Party at her house.  She sent me a text message earlier last week that she was going to make a vegan taco dip and asked me a few questions because she was going to use our Wildtree Taco Blend for it.  My sister isn't vegetarian let alone vegan but she enjoys trying the foods - and if you are a reader of my blog for a while - you may remember she and I went to the WNY VegFest in August and had a BLAST!  Anyway...when I got to her house yesterday - before the party - not only did she make the taco dip vegan - she made this cold bean salad and it was awesome!  With this she used Frozen Corn, Canned Black Beans, 2 Avocados, 1 Tomato, Onion, and some Wildtree Garlic Galore.

Here's what the Vegan Taco Dip looked like!  And here's what she used for this recipe...both of these dishes made HUGE batches...enough for a Vegan Potluck!

1/2 container of Vegan Sour Cream
1 container of Vegan Cream Cheese
10-ounces Salsa
3 T Wildtree Taco Blend
(these ingredients mixed well)
Next layer...
Shredded Lettuce to cover
Sliced Olives to cover
Daiya Cheese - Sprinkled on top

My sister really did spoil me yesterday!  I had a fun time!  The best part...she didn't tell anyone the dips were vegan...and no one asked!  Everyone loved them!  The only thing that wasn't vegan was she made the Wildtree Onion Dip with real Sour Cream (it also has dairy in the dry product) I just didn't eat that one item but the rest I did!  She had a large raw veggie tray, too! 

A Little Jicama Diddy...

Well, last week I really failed at reaching my personal goals for the week so I am going to carry them over to this week, instead of making a new one.  Instead of dwelling on what I didn't accomplish last week - I'd like to share one of the SIMPLE foods I did as a raw snack last week!

I Julienned some Jicama and soaked it in Lime Juice.  I then sprinkled a combo of Cayenne Flavored Kelp and GoL's Wheatgrass Powder on top.  This was pretty tasty.  I think next time I might add more Cayenne.  I enjoyed the kick of it all!

What have you done with Jicama lately!?

Friday, October 24, 2014

Coconut Oil Giveaway!

Happy Friday!

I'll get right to the point today...I'm giving a way a jar of Coconut Oil from Garden of Life!  If you want to win...check out the Rafflecopter entry below and leave a comment on this post.  It's open to US Residents and it will close at midnight on 10/28/14.

A few more words about Garden of Life Coconut Oil...

Extra Virgin Coconut Oil is among the healthiest, most versatile dietary oils in the world. An excellent culinary oil with its natural coconut flavor and aroma, we think it is simply the best tasting, most aromatic coconut oil on the planet.
  • Contains meat from only the freshest, organically grown coconuts
  • Produced using the same methods Philippine farmers have used for centuries
  • Helps maintain already healthy levels of cholesterol and thermogenesis
  • Great for low carbohydrate diets
  • Can be used in place of butter. Enjoy in cooking, frying, baking or in smoothies
  • RAW, vegan, non-GMO, not hydrogenated, refined, bleached or deodorized
  • Available in 16 oz. and 32 oz. jars
Use the search button on my sidebar and type in coconut oil to see some of the things I have used this ingredient for so far.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Vanilla Cacao Power Nuggets

Just a quick post today to show these little gems of a snack.  These are full of chocolatey goodness with notes of vanilla, highlighting various coconut products, as well as using the secret weapon of Apricot Kernel Butter.  Check out this recipe!

1/2 C Apricot Kernel Butter
1/4 C Cacao Powder
1/8 C Coconut Nectar
1 T Coconut Flour
1/2 T Coconut Sugar
1/2 tea Organic Vanilla
Pinch of Sea Salt

I stirred everything together, made the little balls, and set them in the frig for about 3 hours (which ended up being there over night after that, too!) and there you have it!  YUM!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Vegan Contest & Giveaway ~ Garden of Life's Marley Fit!

You've heard me talk about my love for the Garden of Life Products that I have tried - but this is yet another reason I LOVE them...their efforts around conservation, sustainable framing, green practices, organic disciplines, and philanthropy.  It only made sense to me when they teamed up with the MARLEY Family as the Marley family shares most - if not ALL - of those principles with their lines of products as well.

Garden of Life’s commitment to sustainability begins with organic farming. CERTIFIED ORGANIC plant protein from sprouted grains and legumes is truly good for our planet, unlike conventional farming practices that utilize 150+ synthetic pesticides leaching into our water supply and soil, promoting genetically modified seed crops and reducing our planet’s biodiversity. In addition to CERTIFIED ORGANIC farming practices, Garden of Life uses recyclable packaging, vegetable inks, sustainably farmed papers and 100% certified renewable wind energy credits to run our company’s operations.

That's why TODAY I am starting a giveway for this...
  • Support healthy blood sugar levels and burn fat naturally with the power of Svetol® Green Coffee Bean Extract, RAW Food Created Chromium, Organic Cinnamon, and Organic Sprouted Grains†
  • Help regulate your cortisol levels and manage stress related cravings with RAW Organic Ashwagandha†
  • Build lean muscle mass, help repair it after work-outs and sustain it on a sensible meal plan with 28g of RAW certified organic plant protein—a complete protein with 13 organic sprouts and a biological value of 98.2%!
  • Naturally filling and satisfies hunger with RAW Organic Soluble and Insoluble Fiber from certified organic grains, seeds, legumes and fruits
  • Promotes healthy and comfortable digestion and elimination with live probiotics and enzymes†
THIS CONTEST is for US Residents ONLY.  It runs thru 8am THIS FRIDAY so don't wait!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Goals, Pili Nut Butter Sauce & Rice, and Blueberry Vanilla Smoothie

Last week I was able to hit up all of my goals but I only did Yoga once.  This week I want to shoot for at least 2 days of Yoga.  Other goals this week include...Dehydrator least 2 of them, at least 2 to 3 product reviews on my blogs/sites that I write for, take some fall photos before it's too late, and start something new.  WHAT?  Well, that's yet to be the very minimum it's at least starting SOMETHING new...ANYTHING! 

I think tonight I need some stress relief.  Perhaps tonight is the night I push myself for some yoga!  I really need to get caught up on some cleaning, too, but maybe I can get a few things going and do Yoga in between!

Dinner last night was flavorful and fun and I hope to do it again soon!  Or some variation of this.  I decided to do some white rice with a creative sauce.  It was a Pili Nut Butter Sauce.  Here is the recipe I threw together...

1/4 C Coconut Aminos
1/4 C Pili Nut Butter
2 T Coconut Vinegar
1 T Hemp Oil
1 T Hot Sauce

This morning I had a simple smoothie...

1 C Almond Milk
1 Scoop GoL's Vanilla Protein
1/2 C Frozen Blueberries
1 T GoL's Flax & Fruit Antioxidant Blend

I loved the color but must say I wasn't very organized with my mason jars so I had to use a leftover glass pickle jar to transport my morning smoothie to work! LOL

Monday, October 20, 2014

Energizing Black Bean Dip & Happy Mail on a Monday

I wanted something with Black Beans last night and decided to make an Energizing Black Bean Dip.  The recipe I came up with as follows...

2 C Black Beans
2 T Vegan Mayo
3 T Vegan Cream Cheese
1 T Wildtree Garlic & Herb Blend
1 T Cilantro
2 T Lime Juice
1/2 tea Cumin
1/2 tea Wildtree Adobo Seasoning
1/2 tea Chili & Garlic Sea Salt
1/2 tea GoL's Energizer 

It was creamy, a tad spicy, and savory!  I'm thinking I might make a soup with all this but the Vegan Mayo soon!

I got some more HAPPY MAIL today!  I received a bunch of tea from Culinary Teas and I'm currently sipping on their Coconut Creme Chai and it's lovely.  Early I had some of the Key Lime Black.  It's very flavorful...but easy to over infuse and go bitter.  With a little more attention on my part would have been very good.  My mistake certainly NOT theirs. 

In other news I received another smaller shipment from The Raw Food World today and here are some of the photos.

They were having a MAJOR Inventory Blow Out Sale and I HAD to grab some ran out of Cashews and was low on Nutritional Yeast. 

I was really excited to order Jason Wrobel's Simple Vegan Classics on DVD.  He's so entertaining!  I also FINALLY grabbed a few of the Gopal's Nori Wrapped Energy Snacks because they were on sale!  I grabbed the Masala, Curry, and Italian Flavors.  Not that I needed it - but it was drastically deduced in price - was the Raw Coconut Butter with Coconut Blossom Sugar.  I also grabbed 5 Chocolate Cacao Bars for a friend of mine...she's loves them and she's NOT raw or vegan...some Raw Crusts that I like to use for Breakfasts or Snacks....Kale Chips that were all on sale, and Pumpkin Super Chips...again on sale.  One other item I wanted to try and it was reduced in price was the Pure Wraps - the Curry flavor - they are coconut based.

Spooky, Sweet, and Filled with Treats!

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I will be posting my Weekly Goals tomorrow but a heads-up as to one of them...more dehydrating!  Yup!  I want to use my dehydrator MORE this week!  I will most likely be using it to dry fresh basil since we have so much from our Container Garden but I also want to try at least 1 sweet treat in there, too!  Since I'm an Excalibur Dehydrator Affiliate I thought I would post a little bit about this and some more news from Excalibur!  CLICK HERE to receive FREE Ground Shipping on your order.

Another thing I wanted to share - in case you didn't know - their dehydrators now come with a clear 'see-thru' door.  You can order your dehydrator with it or just order the door!  I LOVE that this option is available!  I find myself peeking in on my 'goods' while I'm drying and by opening the door you lose some time but if I were to have this 'see thru' door I wouldn't have to peek and extend my drying time.  I might have to order this soon OR have it be on my Christmas List!

Another great thing about their new product offerings is that they now come in 6 colors!

I'll  have a total of 3 posts stay tuned for a recipe...and scroll down to see what I did yesterday...

Football Day!

Last week I posted a photo that my father sent me from the Buffalo Bills Game.  It had been a while since I was able to attend a Football Game.  Later in the week my parents asked my husband and I if we wanted to go with them on Sunday to the Buffalo and Minnesota Game.  We said yes and off we went!  I was able to take a bunch of photos - most of which turned out well. 

If you are not familiar with the Buffalo Bills then you may not know that our long time team owner Ralph Wilson passed away earlier this year.  The stadium was renamed after him prior to his passing but this is the first time I had been able to get a pic of this sign.

Because we had a 2+ hour drive we tend to get there earlier than most people.  We were in one of the suites and I took this 2nd photo prior to the game...that is why there aren't many people in the seats YET.

It was a sold out game.  It was chilly yesterday - but since we were inside the temperature was very comfy (minus the air conditioning blasts on occasions!)  I was able to gnaw on some nachos with 3 different kinds of salsa but there were non-veg options for the other people enjoying the game as well.  I ate a little something before we got there because I know I don't eat much when I do go.
We didn't do much Tailgating prior to the game but we figured there was enough people out there making up for us NOT doing so. 

I enjoy people-watching mostly.

This 3rd photo is part of the pre-game festivities on the field.  I will say this is the first year that I've attended a game without seeing the Buffalo Jills (the teams former Cheerleaders).  There are no long cheerleaders for our team due to social and court issues the past few years involving Sexual Harassment and other accusations.

Now that the Cheerleaders are not there to get the crowd pumped up they have added The Stampede which is a really awesome Drum Line.  I enjoyed watching and listening to them but wasn't able to get great photos because they favored the other side of the field more than ours.  Another thing I liked was the flags (Color Guard) prior to the game - but I'm partial because I was in the Color Guard when I was in High School.  I wish they had more of them.
During half time the highlighted the career of our legendary announcer Van Miller.  Van Miller's radio (and TV) career spans 60-some years.  He's a MAJOR part of sports history in Western New York.  He's in his upper 80s now and his health isn't great.  He was the 29th person on the Wall of Fame and the recognition and unveiling took place yesterday during half time.  I'm so excited to have seen it happen right in front of me.  They brought him out in this car right on to the field so he didn't have to walk or stand.  It was pretty classy!

The majority of the game was a snoozer - too many flags, penalties, and turn overs.  BUT...then it happened...with about a minute left...the game FINALLY turned around...and it was awesome...and looking back the wait was totally worth it!

The crowd went wild!

And the craziness continued into the post-game and walk back to the car!
This was one of the many photos being posted on Instagram. 

YUP!  I finally attended a game where MY team actually WON!  It wasn't pretty but it was still a win! 

I had a lot of fun with my husband, mom, and dad!  I'm so excited they invited us!

Looking back I should have taken video on my phone on the way back to the car.  The crowd was CRAZY!  And speaking of CRAZY...I can't help but put this photo....

YUP!  That's 'yours truly'...

My husband took the pic and told me this morning that he changed it to his profile photo on Facebook.  I guess he's had a lot of comments on it but have 'no idea why'

I haven't been on Facebook in about 3 months...I guess I just needed a break.  PLUS...I have been enjoying Instagram more, lately!

And that is my father in the background, too!  This was taken in the  middle of the game prior to the BIG PLAY that turned everything around for my BUFFALO BILLS!

Friday, October 17, 2014

Plum Cinnamon Chocolate Chai Smoothie

This was one of the smoothies I did this week!  It turned out yummy!  I have 2 other posts today and they are below this one.  This one will be short and sweet much like this smoothie!

4 Plums
1/2 Banana
1 Scoop GoL's Spiced Vanilla Chai
1 C Almond Milk
1 T Red Maca Cinnamon Almond Butter

It was sweet and a little spicy.  Creamy and a little fruity.

Fickle Pickle on Possible Purchases...

One of my FAVORITE Blogging Buddies OPAL and I have been chatting a bit about possible purchases and either not being able to make up our minds on which to purchase or wait for a better price on those items that are on our wishlists.  I thought I would do a little bit of a blog post of my own with some of the things I have been going back and forth on as of late.

I've had a juicer for a few years and it was great when I first got it and it still work well, however, I was left 'wanting' and have grown a little bored with it.  After much reflecting on the juicer topic I really FEEL like it's time for an UPGRADE and maybe that will make me what to get back into it more.  The one I have now was about $90 a Walmart when I did purchase it a while back.  It's a Jack LaLanne Juicer.  The main complaint I had with it was there was still a lot of pulp in the 'already juiced juice'.  I was looking at the Juicers available over at The Raw Food World and there are probably 3 to 5 of them I want for different reasons but don't want to buy more than 1 at this time.  So far I think this Breville Juice Fountain Elite 800JEXL might be the way to go for my wants and needs at the moment.  These two parts are what opened my eyes on THIS specific juicer...

Cutter and Filter
The Italian-made, stainless steel cutter’s diagonal knife blades first grind the fruit into pulp. Then, 115 surrounding, conical knives grate the pulp into minute particles and propel them against the micro-mesh filter’s 40,000 strainer pores. Smaller particles, combined with superior filtration, maximizes yield.

There are two settings: a whisper-quiet 6,500 RPM for juicing leafy vegetables and softer fruits such as watermelon and oranges

Does anyone reading have this juicer or a comparable one that you would like to share feedback on?

 Another appliance I have been pondering a purchase on is this EasyGreen Sprouter EQMV but I'm afraid it might be more involved that I am used to when it comes to sprouting.  I really like the 'soak, set, and go' idea of this product but after doing some research it sure looks like it has a lot of different parts.  This - like the juicer - takes up space - space I don't have a lot of left in my kitchen.  I'm the type of person where I have to have things out - and looking at me - to use them often.  That's why I always have my Vitamix and Excalibur out where I can see them.  Another option would be for me to purchase this and set it up at work.  Since we started doing Container Gardening at work - why couldn't we do this, too, right?  PLUS...that would encourage me to eat more sprouts and salads at work during lunch!  I'm still considering this.  I just haven't taken that step, YET!
Another thing I can't seem to make up my mind on is a Blendtec.  Yes...I have a Vitamix and I LOVE it but sometimes getting some of the dips and spreads our from under the blades drives me batty!  (See more on this on my Spatty Daddy post).  That and I kind of have this THING for Blenders, I guess.  I can't seem to get enough of using blenders!  But the thing that has been eating away at me about the Blendtec is which one to get.  Just when I think I have it pinned down to the 4Side or the WildSide I read about the Twister Jar!  Oye!  I'm so confused!  And THIS is one thing I don't want to mis-purchase because of the over $450 expense!  I heard from a few people that the 4Side was harder to reach everything so I am leaning toward the WildSide instead.  BUT...the Twister Jar's side scrapers really intrigue me, too!  Does anyone reading have these blenders?  If so...what are your thoughts!?

And regardless of which and what all of these items are higher ticket prices items and I really don't want to make the wrong choice.'s NOT like I will be buying all of them at once - it will be over time - when I am able to.

The Spatty & Spatty Daddy ~ Review Intro

What we have here is the Spatty and the Spatty Daddy.  I've had these in my kitchen for a few months now and I have to say I love them.  The Spatty was featured on the Shark Tank a while back and eventho I don't wear make-up I found additional ways to use them around my house.  I've been pondering an official review post for this product for some time but I didn't think it was fair to only do one since I find new ways to use these little gems often.  So I figured I would post additional reviews when the mood strikes me.  This is the first of many.  This will mostly be an intro of sorts with additional follow-ups. 

First up...the smaller one of the two you see pictured above.  I've found it very helpful for getting the last little bit out of small jars for my spices.  Sometimes dried spices will absorb a little moisture over time and it can be hard to get that last little bit.  No matter how hard you try.  Smacking the bottom of the jar sometimes just won't work to get it all.  This is where the smaller one of the two has come in handy for me recently.

And speaking of smacking the bottom of condiments...Ketchup!  Need I say more?  Well, you know me...I will say more anyway!  Ketchup and other liquid condiments like mustards and salad dressings are hard to get to the very bottom of and we often waste some of the product inside those containers.  This little mini spatula does the trick!

For the larger one, too, I found it to be IDEAL for getting dips and spreads out of my Vitamix.  I really only have 1 compliant so far about my beloved Vitamix and it's this...the blades made it hard to get some of the 'good stuff' out of the bottom once you've blended a masterpiece! 

I will be chiming in often with more uses for these genius tools - the Spatty and Spatty Daddy!  And now...they have Spatty Caddy's!  Woot!  Find out more on their website where you can also watch videos on the product.

This is one of those products that ends of paying for itself quickly!  And they are VERY affordable to begin with!  You can purchase them online or at these locations.

Stay tuned to this site for additional uses and feedback on The Spatty and Spatty Daddy!

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Banana, Wheatgrass, Lemon Skin Care Mask

Regardless of what you are NOT looking a moldy banana!

This was one of my 'experiments' this morning as I work up REALLY early and had some extra time on my hands.  I thought I would make my own skin care mask using raw and vegan ingredients that I had on hand.

Many of you know I really don't like Bananas but I have learned to like up to a half of one in a few specific smoothies from time to time.  After I was done making a smoothie this morning I did this before throwing the banana peel away.  Not only do I NOT like the taste of bananas I like the aroma of them even less!  So here's what I did and it worked on many levels!

1 Banana Peel
1/2 Scoop of GoL's Wheatgrass Powder
Lemon Juice

I sprinkled the wheatgrass powder on top of the peel and wet it down with the lemon juice.  It was really wet and 'soppy' like a drenched wash cloth.  I took it and smeared it all over my face and neck.  It dried like other masks would.  Between the lemon and the wheatgrass aroma - it cut the banana aroma - at least in half!  YAY!  After wearing this on my face and letting it dry I washed it off with hot water.

It left my skin VERY soft all day!  I'm very excited about this!  I will be posting about my natural skin care mask attempts as I have several others planned, too!  With the research I have done all three of these ingredients are great for skin...not only consuming them but putting them ON your actual skin!  I took some photos but they looked beyond ridiculous so I won't post those...teehee!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Vegan Giveaway ~ Organic Golden Flaxseed & RAW Organic Antioxidant Fruit !!!

Check this out!  Another Giveaway!  It's Vegan!  It's Raw!  It's Marvelous!
Any U.S. Resident who would like a chance to win this...just leave a comment on this post with the best way for me to contact you if you are the winner and Garden of Life will send you some of their Organic Golden Flaxseed AND Raw Organic Antioxidant Fruit!

I have this at home and enjoy it but haven't done much with it lately!  One of my goals in the near future is to pull it out and get creating with it again!

I've been known to add this to smoothies and some breakfast bars from time to time.  I've added it to a 'batter' and dehydrated it in my Excalibur.  Since I'm not much of a baker I haven't tried many bakey-type attempts with it but maybe down the road.

Some of the reasons I LOVE this blend of two great super foods?

Organic Golden Flaxseed and RAW Organic Antioxidant Fruit Benefits:
  • Naturally Sweet and Delicious – No Sugar Added
  • Promotes Healthy Digestion and Regularity
  • Promotes Heart, Breast and Brain Health
One Serving of Organic Golden Flaxseed and RAW Organic Antioxidant Fruit Contains:
  • 3g of Omega-3 (alpha-linolenic acid ALA)
  • 1g of Omega-6 (linoleic acid LA)
  • 1g of Omega-9 (oleic acid OA)
  • 90mg Antioxidant Lignans (SDG)

HURRY UP and enter to win!  You have until FRIDAY at 5 est!  Good Luck!

Mango Cinnamon Vanilla Smoothie

This was my morning smoothie yesterday.  It was very simple.  I have the recipe below but first I have to say that Riley enjoyed about half of this because it ended up on the kitchen floor.  Yeah...great start to the day!  Thank GOD the rest of the day didn't follow suit.

Mango Cinnamon Vanilla Smoothie

2+ C Frozen Mango
2 C Almond Milk
1 Scoop Vanilla GoL's Raw Protein
1/2 tea Organic Cinnamon Powder

This was wonderful!  Mango might just be my most favorite fruit to add to smoothies!

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Goal Book ~ Page 2

Last week I started a Goal Book using Mixed Media and I reached all 5 of my goals.  This is what this weeks Goals are...but before I elaborate on this weeks's a short recap on last week...1 was to write at least 5 articles - I at least doubled that!  Another goal was to make at least 1 'World Foods' dish - I did 3 or 4 of them.  Then I wrote 'Start A Vision Board' - I started one but it's in the very beginning stages still.  I wanted to breathe more...more deep breaths...I was able to do that.  Then, finally, I wanted to laugh/smile more...I also did that.  Hubby and I started watching Brooklyn 99 on Hulu+ and it's sooooo funny!  Nice way to unwind at the end of the day.

So on to this week!  #1 on my list is to get back into Yoga.  Any kind of yoga!  I mostly do Kripalu Yoga but am open to others.  I also enjoy Yoga Trance Dance that was made popular by Shiva Rea.  #2 on my list this week is to visit my parents.  This isn't unusual for me - I try and get over to their place once a week or every other week - but - it's still a goal.  #3 is to send at least 3 "Thank You" Emails to people and places that I think are doing 'good things'.  It's so often we hear the complaints and not the GOOD feedback and I want to change that.  #4 is to text at least 3 friends that I haven't chatted with in a while.  I have two in mind as I type this.  Finally - #5 is to concentrate on LARGE salads for dinners most of this week!

Not only did I reach all of my goals last week - I have a good start on the ones for this week - AND - I found myself accomplishing a lot of OTHER things around the house and at work that I didn't include in my Goal Book!  I'm VERY pleased so far with this project!

Food, Urban Gardening, & Buffalo Bills

This was one of the many foods I attempted last week.  Jamaican Jerk Tempeh.  Here's the recipe for the sauce part...After soaking it - I baked it for 30 mins at 350.
 3 Cloves Garlic
1/2 tea Ginger Powder
1/2 tea Red Jalapeno Powder
1 to 2 T Wildtree Jamaican Seasoning
1 T Lemon Juice
1 tea GoL's Original Raw Protein
1 C Mango
2 T Maple Syrup
And this was for about 10 strips or 1 package of Tempeh.
Since our Big Jim Peppers did so well we decided to try and dry some of the seeds and see if we could try our hand at planting those seeds and seeing what happened in future crops.  This is the first time we've tried doing this.  I'm sad to see summer and prime produced season coming to an end.  Sam and I want to try to keep a few things going indoors for the winter.  We are going to continue with the Basil and maybe a lettuce or two.  We will probably at least try and do some sort of pepper inside but we are trying to figure out what else we can grow indoors in the snow belt area.  More on that in future posts, I'm sure!
My  parents went to the Buffalo Bills game this past weekend and sent me this photo.  It's been a few years since I last attended a Bills game.  I'm just not into it as much as I used to be.  But I am very excited that Terry Pegulia and his family purchased the team and will keep the Buffalo Bills in the state of New York!  Terry's also the owner of my beloved Buffalo Sabres.  He's very loved in Western New York for keeping these teams alive in the Buffalo area.  I just hope the teams improve and win, soon!
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Raw Vegan Pepperoni

I had a few adventures or 'journeys' in the kitchen this weekend.  This was one of them!  I wanted to try and make Raw Vegan Pepperoni.  I think I was fairly successful!
Here's the recipe:
8 Salted Sun Dried Tomatoes
2 Tomatoes
1 T Minced Garlic
2 T Flax Seeds, Ground
1 T Hemp Oil
1/2 tea Original GoL's Raw Protein

After combining all ingredients - while leaving about a quarter of the ground flax for sprinkle - this is what it looked like while going into the dehydrator.  It was too gooey to flatten at this point so I threw them in the dehydrator for about 3 or 4 hours.  That's about when I took them out and flattened them - they were not as gooey - they were more dough-like at that point.

Here's a pic of when I flattened them.  You can see that the more moist insides smooshed thru and you can see two different colors.  I actually like the two-tone color combo going on here but they weren't done yet.  So I put them back in for about another 4 hours or so.  Of course I flipped them at least once right around that time too.

Tah-Dah!  Here they are!  I have a bowl of them to use throughout the week!  I ended up putting some on my Egg Trick Muffin that you saw yesterday.  I will be using them on salads, too!

If I get brave enough I might try and do another raw pizza which was another kitchen fail last week.  I didn't blog about that fee-ask-co but I instagrammed it!

I'm really trying to think outside the box with my dehydrator creations and I think I accomplished that with this one!

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Monday, October 13, 2014

Raw Vegan Eggplant Tips (with Marinade Recipe)

A raw vegan answer to 'beef tips' or 'steak strips' that I made in my dehydrator over the weekend.  It was fun to make and I'm saving them to use on salads and some stir fries this week!

Recipe as follows...

1 Eggplant

 soaked in...

1/3 C Balsamic
1 T Hemp Oil
1 tea (or more) Kelp & Cayenne Seasoning/Mix
1/2 tea GoL's Perfect Food Energizer

After soaking the eggplant strips in the mixture for about a half hour I saved the marinade and will be using it on other things this week.  I put them in my dehydrator for about 6 or 7 hours at about 115 to 118 degrees.

I chose this GoL product to add to the mixture because of the 'green' taste to it from some of the ingredients being Broccoli, Spinach, Brussel Sprouts, and more.  Check out the link above for more ingredients in this powerful blend.

New Favorite Vegan Breakfast ~ Egg Trick Muffin

Over the weekend I was FINALLY able to try and make the Egg Trick Muffin that the Vegan Zombie posted on their YouTube Channel a while back.  The Egg Trick Muffin is one of the BEST Sellers over at Strong Hearts Cafe in Syracuse, NY...a vegan restaurant...that I hope to visit someday!  Since I didn't have any vegan meat alternatives and I was out of Daiya Cheese - I decided to top it with Salsa instead.  I had that straight-up on Sunday - then for breakfast this morning I added some Raw Vegan Pepperoni - which I will be blogging about later today - to it and took this photo.  It's so yummy!  And I am not a HUGE Tofu fan...generally speaking...but this is GREAT!  I will be making this often!  For the recipe and more info check out the video below.  I made a variation of the seasoning for the tofu patty using GoL's RAW Super Greens and I think I will add this seasoning to my collection of to-go spices and blends that I have created at home.  I followed the recipe in the video (and in the Vegan Zombie Cookbook) and added about a half teaspoon of this to the mix!  YUM!

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