Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Vegan Contest DAY 2 - MyKind Organics


It's Tuesday and that means it's the 2nd Day of my 7 days of giveaways!  First...let's get to the winner of YESTERDAY'S Contest which was Jennifer over at One Sonic Bite.  Congrats!  Jennifer I dropped you an email if you want to let me know your shipping info for your prize!

Next up...TODAY'S Contest/Giveaway!  Above you will see that today I'm giving away a bottle of MyKind Organics B-12 Spray!  I have tried this and do really like it on those days were I'm traveling and not sure about food intake.  I also like to use this about a week before 'my time of the month'.  I've tried to up my intake of B Vitamins since I was a teenagers around that time of the month it seems to help with stress and emotions for me personally.


What I really LOVE is that these products are ALL on Garden of Life's No-GMO List! To learn more about their Non-GO Project - click HERE.


AND...The grand prize that I will be choosing a winner for will take place after Monday, July 13th. The grand prize includes the following...


* Dr. Formulated Organic Fiber
* Perfect Food Wheat Grass Powder
* Raw Meal - Spiced Chai
* Chia Seeds
* Organic Plant Calcium
* OPP (Organic Plant Protein) Chocolate
* OPP (Organic Plant Protein) Energy


HOW DO YOU WIN?
If you would like to win TODAY'S PRIZE leave a comment below and I will choose one winner! 

*If you don't have a blogger profile please remember to leave me your email addy in the comment, too*  

If you would like to win the GRAND PRIZE - the Prize Pack - leave a comment on all 7 daily contests and I will choose a winner for the prize pack next week! YES...you are still eligible to win the prize pack if you won an individual prize! GOOD LUCK!

Monday, July 6, 2015

A VEGAN Giveaway A Day...Day 1


Happy Monday everyone!  I have some exciting news!  Each day this week I will be giving away at least 1 prize to those who comment on my blog!  At the end of 7 days I will choose 1 winner to win the grand prize of 7 products!  

But before we get to the grand prize - what you see above is today's prize!  It's a tub of Raw Marley Fit!  As you know I LOVE the Marley products that Garden of Life offers and I will be choosing a winner from the people who leave a comment on this post.  U.S. Shipping Addresses ONLY, please.  Come back tomorrow to see what I will be giving away tomorrow.

What I really LOVE is that these products are ALL on Garden of Life's No-GMO List!  To learn more about their Non-GO Project - click HERE.

AND...The grand prize that I will be choosing a winner for will take place after Monday, July 13th.  The grand prize includes the following...

* Dr. Formulated Organic Fiber
* Perfect Food Wheat Grass Powder
* Raw Meal - Spiced Chai
* Chia Seeds
* Organic Plant Calcium
* OPP (Organic Plant Protein) Chocolate
* OPP (Organic Plant Protein) Energy

HOW DO YOU WIN?
If you would like to win TODAY'S PRIZE leave a comment below and I will choose one winner!  If you would like to win the GRAND PRIZE - the Prize Pack - leave a comment on all 7 daily contests and I will choose a winner for the prize pack next week!  YES...you are still eligible to win the prize pack if you won an individual prize!  GOOD LUCK!


Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Mostly Raw Vegan Foods - 4 Ideas

Lately I have been doing a lot of foods like you see here.  You know I LOVE my dips and spreads.  I did a spin on a creative Guacamole and I made some Kale Chips with a bit of a kick that turned out pretty awesome.  I hope to be sharing these recipes with The Raw Food World NEWS Site and the Recipe Section on there, too!  For Smoothies lately I have created many.  Two of them are shown here.  I'm looking for some ideas!  In comments let me know what kind of smoothie you would like me to try and throw together.  Also what kind of Kale Chips you might have in mind, too!

Next week I will be having a week FULL of giveaways!  One each day for 7 days starting MONDAY.  Then I will have a HUGE Grand Prize so be sure to subscribe to this site AND my new YouTube channel!  In other YouTube news I bought a new GoPro Camera and have been doing some crash courses on it.  I hope to start using it for some videos soon!

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Rooftop Garden Mini Video Tour


Rooftop Garden 2015!

I decided to do a 2 minute video from the Rooftop Garden!  This is just the beginning!  There are some Basil Plants, small Pepper Plants, various Leafy Greens, a squash plant that was from the actual squash that started a shoot so I planted it to see what happened.  It probably won't produce but it's fun to look at and it's going a little crazy!  Also in this video are 2 different kinds of chives, lavender, 3 different kinds of heirloom tomatoes, and Rhubarb!  Woot!  I plan on visiting one of the places where I got some starters today so I might be getting a new plant or two to add to the mix!  I will keep you posted!

Since I am new to YouTube I would really LOVE some new subscribers!  Please subscribe to my channel HERE.  Thanks so much!

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Farmers Market Season!

This past weekend was the first Farmers Market of the Season in our town.  I was able to go for a while and had a co-pilot along side with me for the trip! 

Here's a pic of Cricket and I - she's so sweet - and YES - the adoption is FINAL!  I'm so excited she's officially part of our family!

She loves riding in the car, going to work with me for a few hours, and enjoys walks.  Shes likes meeting new people and furfriends, too!  I'm REALLY trying to socialize her and so far it's going really well!  This photo was taken from one of the vendors who also happens to be a neighbor of my parents.  The company is called Puro Pets.  Michelle is the owner and she makes all sorts of natural dog treats, hand-made dog clothing and accessories, and fun stuff!  She even has some vegan pet treats, too!  She made this photo her Facebook Banner for a few days!

This next photos was one of the pics on the Facebook Page to our Farmers Market.  Michelle is on the left and I'm on the right with Cricket! 

I'm sporting my BB King Shirt from the last time we went to Vegas.  I bought it because I've always LOVED BB King's music eventho the shirt is from one of his BBQ Joints.  I was so sad when he passed.  When I got the shirt a few years ago I was heavier but now it fits nicely!  Another side note... I'm in MAJOR need of a hair appointment!

1, 3, or 5 Bucks For The Sororitea Sisters?



Hello everyone! Today I wanted to let you know about our Fundraiser on GoFundMe. It's for the Sororitea Sisters Site - a site dedicated to everything tea! Below you will see a note from Anne. She and I co-founded the site back in 2010. We are asking for your help! Can you donate $1? $3? $5? Anything you can donate will help us fund our site! Thanks so much!

Official GoFundMe Note as follows:

My name is Anne, and I'm the administrator and co-creator of the SororiTea Sisters Tea Blog. Since May 2010, the SororiTea Sisters have been dedicated to offering honest reviews of teas that we've tasted. We haven't always enjoyed every tea that we've tasted, but we've always been honest about what we've consumed - the good, the awesome, the not so good, and the bad - for one reason and one reason only: We LOVE tea!

http://sororiteasisters.com

We accept no payment for our reviews. We do accept samples from tea companies in exchange for honest reviews, but we offer no advertising in exchange for financial compensation. In so doing, we are able to freely tell the readers what we think about a tea openly and honestly, without feeling obligated to be nice and/or dishonest about a product because we're being paid to say what we say. We say what we really think!

For the last five years, we've kept the blog going on our own dime. We've paid for the domain registration and the shipping of teas out to our sisters so that they have fresh teas to review. It's been a struggle to do this, and so now we're reaching out to you - our readers! - in the hope that you enjoy our blog enough to help us keep the domain - it's time to renew! - and also help us defer some of the shipping costs.

Thank you for your assistance and your belief in us!

Monday, June 22, 2015

Happy Weekend (on a Monday)!

Happy Weekend...on a Monday!  Yeah...so I did the following THREE short videos last week and uploaded them to YouTube but didn't blog about them yet...sorry about that!


In this first video you will get to see some LOCAL strawberries!  YAY!  A few quick ideas and tips to getting your friends, family members, and co-workers to eat more fruits and veggies!  I also give you a heads-up on a walk thru the park in this next video...

This 2nd video is about a pollinator garden at a local park nearby and taking a look at some of the flowers, herbs, etc.  Do you have a community park like this or something similar where you live?


And the 3rd and last video from last week was more-so about the weather and me blabbing a bit.  Also some deals I found on mangoes and avocados at my local Aldi Store!  I've already used a few of them and have some recipes coming very soon!  What are your favorite things to do with Mangoes and Avocados?

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Vegan Mac & Cheese Pizza!

I have been seeing a few Mac & Cheese Pizza's online from popular recipe and foodie sites but they weren't vegan so last night I decided to try and veganize a Mac & Cheese Pizza and it turned out really well especially for my very first attempt.

I used a pizza dough that happened to be vegan and plopped the Vegan Mac & Cheese on top.  Here are some photos of this attempt.  I will say that I am NOT a pro when it comes to dough...far from it actually...so if there is anything that could be improved with this recipe and/or process it would be the dough.  But all and all this was quite the vegan comfort food!



It all started with this...

The most creamy vegan Mac & Cheese I have made to date.  It's loosely based on one of Dreena Burtons recipes.  It's NOT made with 'fake cheese' - the base is cashews.  I had a small bowl of the mac & cheese that would quite fit on the actual pizza.  It was wonderful!

I might have to also try and make a Vegan Mac & Cheese Stromboli at some point, too!

I mean LOOK at this...I usually only post 1 photo of my recipes.  I've seen other food blogs that post multiple shots of the same dish.  For this I will make an exception I suppose.

As you can see I also topped it with vegan bread crumbs and tomatoes.  There was a little bit of the vegan cheese base I had left prior to adding a bit of Avocado Oil and a little more nutritional yeast so I ended up drizzling it over top and baked it for about 5 more minutes.

I can see myself making all sorts of variations of this.  This is completely filling.  You could easily just eat one or two small pieces and be full!  It's VERY dense.

And the crust turned out just the way I like it...a bit crispy...but not overly so.

The tomatoes were amazing!  One of my advertisers gave it to me on a recent visit.  It's the same place I got some of the greens we are growing on our rooftop garden but more on that in a future post.

What do you think!?  Have you ever had Mac & Cheese Pizza before?  Vegan or otherwise?
What do you think of blog posts that show more than 1 photo of the same dish?  Do you like it or does it annoy you?  Also...be sure to scroll down!  I have two posts today!

Build Your Own Salad & Greeting Geese During a Walk

A while back hubby and I went to a restaurant and they had a new build-your-own salad option and it was pretty impressive for our area I have to say!  I took a picture of the salad but had yet to post it here until now.  Check it out...it has multiple types of greens in it including spring mix and iceberg, fresh raw mushrooms, dried cranberries, steamed and chilled broccoli, roasted red peppers, cherry tomatoes, raisins, pecans, and a balsamic dressing!  YUMMO!

The following video was taken and apparently was stuck sideways -  sorry about that but you will get the idea!  It's just a quick one showing you the Geese and River and such...


Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Love My Body Challenge

I'm on Day 3 of FullyRawKristina's Love My Body Challenge!  The challenge is to encourage participants to love their body and eat at least 1 fully raw meal a day.

I usually do eat at least 1 fully raw meal a day but my goal is to eat at least 2 or all 3.  I didn't eat a raw dinner last night but today is a new day!

I've had body image issues most of my life but I have to say since going mostly vegan they've been better.  I'm not really sure why that is maybe I just feel better about myself it's not necessarily because of the weight issue per say.  Perhaps I'm just growing up and caring less (what others think), too!  Regardless I'm enjoying this challenge so far and it runs thru June 21st but I can see doing this challenge over and over.

Below is a 1 minute video of one of my quick meals last Friday.  I try and have fresh fruit around during the day, dried or freeze dried fruit, nut & seed crackers, and lately I have had Kale Chips and/or Nori (snack) Wraps/Sticks as filler incase I get hungry or didn't bring enough to eat that day.  I also do smoothies and will be getting into fresh juicing again real soon because my SlowStar Juicer came in recently!  YAY!