Sunday, May 22, 2016

Carrot Orange Juice with my SlowStar Juicer


Another quick post of my most recent SlowStar Juicing Adventures and Journey!

This juice consisted of Mandarin Oranges and Baby Carrots!  That's it!  

I LOVE the color!

My mother really liked this juice which kind of surprised me but I was delighted when I found out!

We juiced about 3 pounds of oranges and 2 pounds of baby carrots for this!


Today I will leave you with this photo!  For some reason I kept forgetting to post it!  So sorry!  I found this lovely couple on my walk home from work a few weeks ago!  They were right near the road - a brick road - to be exact - right near a beautiful Methodist Church in downtown!

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Pure Apple Juice With My SlowStar Juicer


Yesterday I blogged about my most Juicing Adventures and I wanted to keep the momentum going!  Since it's the weekend I wanted to Keep It Simple!

Here is a quarter of PURE Apple Juice that my mom and I juiced the other night!

It's about 5 pounds of Gala Apples!  That's it!

Both my mother and father were a fan of this apple juice!


Just a short post today!

I will leave you with this sweetie-of-a-pup...Cricket from the other night!  Everyone have a great weekend!

Friday, May 20, 2016

Spinach Pineapple Lemon Juice!


I FINALLY did it!  I FINALLY started Juicing again!  Last night I grabbed my Slowstar Juicer and everything that came with it and went over to my parents house!  I did this for several reasons!  My parents have more kitchen space not only for storage, display, and counter space while actually juicing but they also have better lighting, too!  Another reason I decided to take my juicer over to my parents house is because my father has shown interest in juicing lately and when I mentioned it to my mother she seemed semi-interested as well.  I figured it was something we could do together!  The 3 of us!  I go over to their house at least once a week anyways so why not do something good for us while we are together, eh?


I have this juice that you see here!  It's a Tribest Slowstar Juicer.  I bought it over at The Raw Food World and you can check that out HERE.



I have 3 people that I would like to THANK for their Slowstar inspiration!  Chris over at The Vegan Zombie, John Kohler, and Linda & Jay Kordich.  You can click on their names for a video from each!

Now...on to the Green Juice you see at the beginning of this post!

It's Spinach, Pineapple, Lemon!

I took a large bag of organic spinach and juice it all!  I also juiced about 4 lemons and about a half of a pineapple!

With the lemons I left the skin and peel on.  This was hardcore LEMON...lucky for me...I LOVE Lemon!  I have LOTS of others juices on tap!  I will be posting over the weekend so be sure to see what else I have juicing!


Wednesday, May 18, 2016

MidWeek Munchies Vegan Garlic Galore Wildtree Recipe Dip (***CONTEST***)


Happy MidWeek Munchies to ya!
Be sure to link up below!  Anything Vegan is welcome!

For my quick post today...

Garlic Galore Vegan Dip

You may or may not know that I (along with my mom, dad, and sister) have been Wildtree Representatives for a while now.  It works well because I can speak on the vegetarian and vegan products, my mom and sister can talk about more Standard American Diet type things, and my dad can talk about his personal experiences about how some of the products has helped his overall health, too! 

As a vegan foodie - I can eat the majority of offerings in the catalog.  Heck!  I'm just stoked they have so many options!  And MOST of the products are not only organic but many of them gluten free, too!

Having said that...here is my take on the Garlic Galore Dip VEGANIZED!

1/2 C Just Mayo
1/2 C (many a little more) Tofutti Sour Cream
1 1/2 T Wildtree Garlic Galore Blend

That's all!  And it's WONDERFUL if you LOVE garlic like I do!  But that isn't all I do with this product...I basically use it almost everyday!  Every time you need garlic!  

Before we get to the LINK UP...I'm going to do a spur of the moment CONTEST!  If you LINK UP to this weeks MWM - as well as - LEAVE A COMMENT on this post with your email addy - I will choose a winner to receive one of these Garlic Galore's in the near future!  I will choose the winner Wednesday, May 28th!  WHO WANTS TO WIN?


Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Vegan Maple Hot Chocolate, Raw Books, & Recent Stops!

This is my 2nd post of the day so be sure to keep scrolling!  This post you are reading now will be a lengthy one, too!  First up...I wanted to tell you about a lovely treat I am enjoying as I type this!  It's Maple Hot Chocolate from 3Leaf...and it's pretty incredible!  It's a combo of simple and pure ingredients including: Pure Cane Sugar, Raw Organic Cacao, and Natural Flavors...and it's VEGAN!  Today has been a dark, rainy mess of a day and I found this in my stash and FINALLY decided to try it!  I'm glad I did!  This was certainly a treat for me I don't have a lot of sweets and/or vegan dessert-like beverages or vegan hot chocolates.  It tasted like a darker chocolate with a nice splash of maple flavor!
 
I was telling you in my first post of today that I went with my parents to Sam's Club on Sunday.  My mother bought me two books!

Yup!  Here are the covers!  The first one is Raw Energy In A Glass.  I was excited about this one because I have the original Raw Energy Book and really LOVE it and I think this one I like even more than that one!  I already thumbed thru the whole thing and can't wait to try some of the blended soups, energy shots, and juice-smoothies...among others!


The 2nd book I got was this one and I about 70 pages in already!  It breaks down many of the fruits, greens, etc and tells you all about them and have multiple simple recipes on most pages highlighting that specific juicing or smoothie ingredient!

I know it sounds silly but I like the 'feel' of the pages!  They are thick and nice to grip!  This book is oddly sized but I like it!  It's tall and skinny almost like a half page in width.  I think it will stand out in my collection.  I can see myself referring back to BOTH of these books often!



Now on to some of the stops I have made over the last week or so!  In my travels for work I stopped at a local art gallery.  They have two art showings happening at the same time...and actually I think they are just finishing up with these two before they switch to another opening there!  One of the artists is a wonderful woman I know Ellen Paquette!  Her and her husband are so nice and SO TALENTED!  I linked her name to her website if you are interested!  I bought one of her Wee Beasties years ago and ADORE IT!  Check out her paintings HERE - these are the ones that were on display at The Crary Art Gallery.

Out of respect for the artists and their paintings and art I didn't take photos of them but here you can see some of the sculptures that are always on display at the art gallery!  Next...I'm looking forward to THESE oil paintings, too!

Yesterday - in between raining and crappy weather - I was able to visit Kinzua Wolf Run Marina and Docksiders Cafe up near Kinzua Dam.  Here is a photo from the marina.  In about 3 weeks this will look extremely different because then all of the docks will be full!  I hope to post more photos of my work travels in the near future.

Some of the roadside photos you will see in the next few months might just be over a lunch break.  A midday meditation of sorts.

Like these next photos from a local Pollinator Garden.  You may remember this garden from a VIDEO I did last year.


Here are some of my favorites from my recent walk thru the Pollinator Garden.  A group of local people do this garden every year.  They are called The Penn State Master Gardeners.

I hope to see more of what their group is doing at this years Warren County Fair and also our local Farmers Market which should start next month.

I'm also looking forward to seeing which growers will be participating in the local farmers market again this year.  Last year was a little rough on them.


And speaking of some of the festivities of last years Farmers Market I noticed you can see some photos of me HERE and HERE...from their Facebook Page.

That little sweetie is Cricket!  I can't believe it's almost been a years since we've had her!

You can tell from their PHOTO SECTION that it's a very Pet Friendly Farmers Market!


I'll leave you with one last photo from the Pollinator Garden that is under the direction of Penn State Master Gardeners and is inside Betts Park in Warren.  It's a large park here in the area that has many baseball and softball fields, Bocce Ball, Basketball, Pickle Ball areas - as well as a wonderful place to walk/jog/run along riverside.

I'm hoping the weather improves and it's more photo friendly so I can share some better pics with you soon!

Bulk Shopping, Vegan Sandwich Spread, Leftovers!


This past weekend I was with my parents on a mini shopping spree!  More so them than me but I did grab a 6 pack of these babies at Sam's Club!  I just saw on Amazon that they are between $19 and $21 for 6 pouches...at Sam's I found them for under $10...closer to $9 actually!


The other night I threw together a new homemade vegan sandwich spread.  Here's the recipe:

1 can of Organic Chickpeas
2 Carrots
1/4 C Just Mayo
1 T Yellow Mustard 
1 T Dijon Mustard
1 T Lemon Juice
Handful of Cashews
1/2 T Wildtree Garlic Galore (or minced garlic)
Sprinkle of Onion Powder
Pinch Black Himalayan Sea Salt
Topping: Sprinkle of Smoked Paprika

All in the blender!  YUM!!!

I had it on that new seeded bread I LOVE and then with the leftovers it was good enough to eat as a side with last nights meal.  I had a plate of sides - it seemed - I also had a hefty helping of the brown rice and quinoa you see above.

Vegan Power is doing a $5 a day vegan challenge and I'm game for it, too!  I will mostly be eating from my pantry and/or $5 a day or less if possible.  Mostly this was out of my pantry with the exception of the new quinoa/rice which probably averaged out to be about $1.50.

Confession...I STILL need to be better about breakfasts!  Eeeeeeek!

Much more on the way very soon!  I have some visits and photos to share as well!

Friday, May 13, 2016

MidWeek Munchies & $5 Lunch


Sorry this is so late in the week!  MidWeek Munchies is BELOW and I would LOVE for you to join!  Remember you can link up ANYTHING Vegan!

For this first photo - I went to our newly transformed grocery store this past week and found these few items that I was thrilled with!  This is the ONLY place in our region that carries Sour Supreme and it was on sale 2 for $5.  I grabbed an Amy's Kitchen convenience meal the other night because I needed something quick!  I got some organic carrots as you can see and then there is this new-to-me bread which I LOVE LOVE LOVE!  All Vegan, YES!  These 5 items I was able to purchase for about $11 and because I spent over $10 in organic items (on the 3 items other than the Tofutti) I received a $2 off coupon!  WOOT!


I went back there today for my lunch.  I didn't want to spend a lot but my lunches haven't been very balanced as of late.  I am working on it.  Today I spent $5 on the photo above.  Seems like a lot but you can't buy a meal here for $5...it's usually closer to $10...so with that in mind I was happy about this purchase.  It's the first time I have tried the Blueberry Yogurt and I have to say I am a fan!  I think it was $1.29 on its own so it was certainly a treat I will only do once in a blue moon!

TWO MORE THINGS I WANTED TO MENTION...that I don't have photos for...a while back I found 6 quarts of Almond Milk at Sam's Club for $10 and some change and that will last me a while.  Another thing I bought locally by the case was JUST MAYO.  My local herb store was able to order 6 of them for me direct.  I think I paid $33 for 6 of them.  This was about 40 cents per bottle cheap than anywhere else I could find them...since my local Walmart hasn't been carrying them consistently as of late.  So YES I was pretty thrilled with my purchases this week!

What did you find?


Wednesday, May 4, 2016

A Few Days Off, MWM, Inductees

I took a few days off from work!  I needed it!  I was getting burned out!  Hubby and I were able to spend some time on the road with our Abarth!  I slacked on photos except for when it came to Monday when we went to Cleveland.  More on that later in this post and a near future post.

We were able to visit Mad Mex in Erie on the way home and I opted for the Veggie Enchilada which was easily veganized by asking for vegan cheese and sour cream!  It was so YUMMY but not photo friendly so sorry for teasing you!  Here's a snapshot of the guacamole, tho!  I'm LOVING the GREEN theme in this photo!  I want those green plates, too!  'Just sayin".



While in Erie we stopped by the Whole Foods Co-Op.  It's been a while since my last visit.  And I had to restrain myself because I didn't want to spend a lot of money this trip.  I was very pleased with the visit because they are consistently upgrading EVERYTHING in the store!  I'm so happy they are doing so well!  I know someone who is reading this who used to live in Erie and who's cat loves Daiya would be thrilled to see the upgrades!  (hint, hint!)

I'm also happy to see so many new products there!  I grabbed Daiya Slices because they were $1.20 cheaper than Chao Slices.  I still haven't seen the Daiya Gouda and it's driving me CRAZY!  Since finding the last Jackfruit product I posted about I am compelled to buy additional Jackfruit products when I see them.  They had a growing Upton Naturals section and I decided to grab the Jackfruit BBQ.  I noticed Victoria Vegan has new labels and new offerings, too!  When I saw they have an Alfredo Artichoke I couldn't resist! That was my splurge as VV is quite expensive.  You can see the Earth Balance in the right hand corner, too!  Hubby has now converted to EB.  He really likes it!  No...is isn't veg and he never will be but EB he actually likes.  So now it's the only 'butter' found in our (mixed diet) frig.  The Whole Foods Co-Op is the only place I'm able to actually pick up issues of VegNews, too, so I jumped on it.
One of these days I will actually subscribe!  Of course I have been saying that for YEARS!

Here is my first MWM Post of the Week!  Remember to keep reading and link up below to participate!  You can link up as much as you want thru Tuesday!  It can be anything VEGAN...product reviews, grocery store visits, online purchases, produce stands and farmers market hauls, recipes, etc!  LINK UP at the bottom of this post!

I won't post photos in this post from our Monday trip to the RnR HoF but it will be very soon!

YUP!  We dropped by the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame!  Just days before this years induction.  They were getting ready for the festivities!  More on that in a future post!



It's LINK UP Time!!!!  We would LOVE for you to join us during this week's MWM (MidWeek Munchies!)



Friday, April 29, 2016

ALDI Locations & Vegan Options

The other day I blogged about a Vegan Kale Burger I found at my local ALDI Store.  After reading the comments and a few other notes I've decided to blog a bit more about about the chain.  More specifically about their locations around the world, a bit about their history, and more about the vegan options that they seem to be offering more and more each day!
Above you will see a cropped screen shot of the world wide locations that I was able to find.  I know it's a bit hard to see - in some browsers you can click on it to see a larger photo OR you can keep reading because I have some more info on the locations in this post.  ALDI was founded in 1913...YUP!  103 years ago!  By brothers Theo and Karl Albrecht.  In 1962 they split into two companies...Aldi Nord and Aldi Sud.  They are headquartered in Germany.
This next screen shot is from their Wiki Page and it shows the name they go by, which Aldi group they belong to, which year they started showing up, and how many outlets they have in that part of the world.  When you get to the bottom you will see in RED that The US Locations show 1,400 locations bare the Aldi name and an additional 418 stores have the Trader Joe's name.  The explanation of this on the Wiki Page says: "Both Aldi Nord and Aldi Süd also operate in the United States; Aldi Nord is owner of the Trader Joe's chain, while Aldi Süd operates as "Aldi"."  The closest Trader Joe's locations near me are in the Buffalo, NY, area which is about a 2 hour drive (maybe a little less), the Pittsburgh, PA, area which is about 2 1/2 hours from me, and the Woodmere, OH, area which is outside of Cleveland and just under a 3 hour drive from my house.  My local Aldi's is about a 5 to 7 minute drive from my house.  I have to say I would LOVE to visit Trader Joe's more often but since they are all over an hour and a half away that isn't always possible.  Aldi's is a great alternative.
Here you will see how many locations are in each state here in the US.

A few issues the chain has had to face is back in 2013 when that 'horse meat' thing was taking place it was found they were one of the many stores in GERMANY that were found to have products that contained Horse Meat instead of "Beef".  From the information I found this was the case ONLY in Germany.  They quickly made the correction.  As a vegetarian/vegan I don't eat ANY meat so whether it's meat from a chicken, cow, fish, horse, etc I won't eat it regardless.  But I'm very much FOR consumer rights and the right-to-know, overall, regardless if the consumer is a vegetarian, vegan, or otherwise so this was something that was chalked up as a negative in GERMANY that is for sure.

Another thing that some critics have swung at them for is selling 'cheap' products.  This doesn't bother me.  I am often a thrifty shopper and like a deal.  I know a guy here that won't shop at Aldi's because you have to deposit a quarter to 'use' a cart.  I laugh at this because I think it is genius for more than 1 reason.  One...you get your quarter back!!!!  That means someone who works at the store isn't out casing carts all day long!  This is one of the cause/effect things as to why they have so few employees working at the location at any given time.  And you know what?  Those employees are paid pretty well here in the US.  Higher than minimum wage.  About 10 years ago I saw a sign that starting pay was over 30k a year here AND there were benefits!  I don't know what the current wage is but they are historically higher than minimum wage from what I have read about the history of their company.

A fun fact...in December 2002, a survey conducted by the German market research institute Forsa found 95% of blue-collar workers, 88% of white-collar workers, 84% of public servants, and 80% of self-employed Germans shop at Aldi.  I'm NOT sure the percentages here in the US but you see all sorts of people in there - as well as vehicles in their parking lot - everything from motorcycles, to Corvettes and Mustangs, to SUVs, Trucks, and Vans, to clunker and junkers.  So I like that they smash the stereotypes of only a 'certain shopper' shops there.  

Another reason I like that they have 'rent a carts with deposit' is because it encourages conversation.  What I mean by that is when you go to get your quarter back there is often another person coming in and needing a cart - you can either give them your cart and save them a trip to the cart area and they hand you a quarter OR you can do a good deed for the day and tell them to keep their quarter!

One of the other ways Aldi is different from other stores - especially here in the US - is they are one of the few chains who not only ENCOURAGES you to bring your own bags (and reuse them) they make it hard for you NOT to which in turn is better for the environment.  They sell bags.  The canvas ones are HUGE and only $1.99.  I've bought several over the years.  They sell heavy-duty plastic bags for around 10 cents.  I am not completely sure about that because I don't by them.  They also have thicker paper bags with handles for around the same price.  They even sell freezer bags as an option.  If you don't have a bag and/or don't want to buy a bag there is another way to transport what you bought, too!  In the photo above you will see the products on the shelves...they are stacked in boxes.  At any given time you can find one that is empty or close to empty and grab it for your own personal use.

Another interesting tidbit is that Aldi's doesn't have a 'back room' or at least the ones I have seen haven't had them.  I think this is WONDERFUL...here's why...

When their trucks come in...they unload the trucks and the products are brought out on to the floor right away!  This is DOUBLY important when it comes to the produce!  Their produce is NOT laying in the back room somewhere until they find a spot for it - instead - it's comes off the truck and on to the floor right away!  End result?  You get fresher produce than in other chain stores.  SCORE!

Not only is Aldi's getting more and more vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options - they are bulking up and offering more and more organic options, too!

And speaking of Vegan Options...check out what Ireland did for the vegans there...they have a printable PDF of all of the vegan products they offer!  I have yet to find one for here in the US but I think it because it's constantly changing!
I'm grateful that I have an Aldi's in the small area I live in.  I know that more of them are popping up around the US.  I heard there is one opening in San Diego this month, too!  Actually you can see there are many opening in California and other states in their GRAND OPENING section of their website.
Oh!  I almost forgot - on the same site for the Ireland Vegans - they also have a Meat-Free Zone on their site, too!  Check that out here!

Their US website is a great resource, too!

In comments - let me know if you have one nearby and what country you are in!

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Vegan Kale Burgers at ALDI


This isn't a great photo but I'm pairing it with some pretty awesome finds!  Last week I found 2 vegan burgers that my local ALDI is now carrying!  One was simply called the Vegan Vegetable Burger and the other was a Spicy Black Bean Burger that did NOT contain animal ingredients in it.  This past weekend I spotted yet ANOTHER vegan option that they are now carrying.  This one is a Kale Burger and it is clearly marked VEGAN.  YAY...Aldi!

I topped it with a Vegan Mayo I made myself at home and a squirt of Sweet & Tangy Peach Haberno Sauce I found at another local shop that just so happens to be vegan, too!  

Here's the recipe for the Vegan Mayo:

2 Avocados 
1 T Balsamic Vinegar
1 T Lemon Juice (maybe more to taste)
1/4 t Garlic Powder
1/4 t Onion Powder
Black Himalayan Sea Salt to taste

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