Friday, January 29, 2016

Gingerlily Essential Oil & Depression

I truly believe certain things happen for certain reasons.  Perhaps there is a clear reason or maybe just a coincidence that really makes you think and half chuckle.  Either way I had something happen to me just now that fits in that category!  I was going thu some of my old earrings and mementos that dated back to my college years and came across 2 items I didn't even know I had...Gingerlily Essential Oil and a spray that was the essential oil equivalent to a cologne.  It was called a Positivity Spray!  I sprayed one small squirt on each wrist.  It smelled lovely.  More importantly I found the following info on Gingerlily Essential Oil and wondered if I located it out of the blue for a reason...I've been 'down' and 'down on myself' lately and could really use this in more ways than one...

"In this fast moving world, people are packed with their busy work schedules and suffering from mental exhaustion and depression problems. This oil is very effective in providing the relief from your mental stress by calming & revitalizing your mind as well as body. It is used broadly in aroma therapy treatment to get relief from the nervous related problems such as stress, mental exhaustion, anxiety, depression etc." ~ Website Source/Quote

Thursday, January 28, 2016

MidWeek Munchies ~ Kaniwa

Hello everyone!  Thanks so much for the kind notes the last few weeks while my blog has been quiet and inconsistent.  I've been in a 'funk' lately that I really need to snap out of!  I have been trying and will continue to.  

One of the things I wanted to share with you today is one of the deals I found yesterday that I couldn't pass up!  The Kaniwa you see above!  It was the last box of its kind in the discount section of our local grocery store.  If memory serves - it was $2.52 - most Kaniwa I've seen over the last year has been between almost $5 and $9.  

I will go ahead and say this will be the post that will start back up the MidWeek Munchies Weekly linky, however, there will not be an actual linky this week, but, I would love for you to participate so PLEASE be sure to link in comments!

The difference between Kaniwa and Quinoa?

Kaniwa (pronounced ka-nyi-wa) is about half the size of quinoa but otherwise quite similar. It's high in protein, fiber, iron, and calcium; has a nutty, slightly sweet flavor; and comes from South America (primarily from the Andes Mountain region of Southern Peru and Bolivia). It's also gluten-free like quinoa and just as versatile; use it in salads, soups, and stir-fries, or eat it for breakfast.

One way that kaniwa is different from quinoa is that it doesn't contain the saponins that give quinoa that soapy, bitter flavor (the saponins get washed away when you rinse quinoa, which is why you really shouldn't skip that step). This makes kaniwa slightly less fussy and perhaps just a touch faster to prepare than quinoa. Otherwise the cooking process is pretty much the same, though it's common to toast kaniwa in a dry pan to bring out its flavor before cooking.

The reason this was on sale was because our former Bi Lo has officially turned into a Tops Market.  The redesign is under way and it's quite the switch-a-roo!  I LOVE it but a lot of people around here are complaining.  Sigh.

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Things Are Getting Kinda CHEESY Again!

After a few days of 'technical difficulties' I'm back posting!  Very sorry about that!  I'm excited to get 'back to it' tho!

This post is partially a TEST as well as a post to show you some of the random foods I have been eating as of late.

These are literally 'thrown together' but I will say that the 2nd photo that you see below was darn YUMMY so I will be doing it again and post the recipe down the road!

First up is a Mac & Cheese of sorts...and vegan of course!  I used a handful of the remaining Daiya Shreds I had left and built the vegan cheese sauce from there!

Even more YUMMY is this 2nd dish!  I enjoyed this one WAY MORE than I thought I would and I hope to post the recipe soon!

The cheese sauce does NOT contain Daiya or any other 'fake cheese' to make it.

The secret ingredients are organic liquid smoke and a splash of chunk salsa!  Yes...there IS Nutritional Yeast in this recipe!

Over the next several months my recipes will focus on 'eating from your pantry' and 'vegan eats on the cheap' for the most part.  There is sure to be some strange food combos and odd ball ingredients - but that's all part of the FUN...isn't it?

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Steam Punk Earrings From Green Tree Jewelry

I've been meaning to post these earrings for a while now but wanted to take the time to really sing their praises!  These are incredibly cool and incredibly special!

These are the Kinetic Steam Punk Earrings I received from Green Tree Jewelry.

These earrings are made in the USA and made from recycled materials which I will get more into below.  These earrings measure 1.65" by 1.5".  ALL of the gears you see here MOVE!!!  How cool is that?  The colors are Aqua Marine/Natural Wood/Black Satin and feature laser-cut wood stained with water-based dye.
As I said before Green Tree Jewelry is a really neat company because they use recycled items in their fashion jewelry. These earrings are made from sustainably sourced wood and 90% recycled display cards! Green Tree Jewelry uses a very thin, strong multi-layer wood, that has been put together in a criss-cross fashion giving it amazing strength.

Another huge benefit of wooden jewelry is how light weight it is! I forgot I had these on they were so lightweight - which I can't say about many other earrings!  Another thing I want to point out is I have neck stress issues so I refrain from wearing earrings most of the time because I don't want the added weight and stress on that part of my body, well, with THESE earrings it's not a problem at all!  I also know someone who has chronic neck pain and her chiropractor told her NOT to wear necklaces or earrings because the weight would make her pain worse...I bet these would be right up her alley!
Wood jewelry is sustainable and eco-friendly! According to Green Tree Jewelry - the modern standards and practices of the developed world - wood has re-emerged its self as one of the most sustainable resources we have today.  (Sadly, these practices do not take place in most tropical regions of the world yet, but with more awareness and support of sustainably resourced suppliers, this will surely change).

As you can see from the 3rd photo above - I have two other earring sets from Green Tree Jewelry and I will be blogging more about them VERY SOON!  I cannot express just how much I LOVE these earrings!  And guess what...I LOVE wearing earrings AGAIN!  Thanks Green Tree Jewelry!

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Deal of the Day, Gratitude Journal, Vegan Foods & Finds!

First I want to apologize for the lack of consistent posts as of late.

Since I am no longer writing for the main site I did in the past I lost a little bit of drive it seems.  But after some re-thinking and pause I am back and have some neat things for this site in the works, I think!

I received some sweet notes from people who miss my foodie posts!  Thanks so much!  I needed this!  I will certainly be posting more starting with right now!

The first photo above is yet another vegan mac and cheese!  It turned out pretty good but I strayed from the recipe so I wouldn't dare try and remember it without my notes (which I do not have at the moment) but what I can tell you is that it's another Pumpkin Base and it was pretty yummers!

This 2nd photo is a quick pic of the Vegan Alfredo I made which was a complete cheat and not my own recipe.  I splurged and bought at Wegman's a week or two ago.  I didn't think the sauce was as smooth as I remember it.  I did get a deal on it, tho, I think the sauce was $3 off!

These lil pods of heaven, however, are my new favorite!  YUM!  I have to watch myself!  They are vegan and non-gmo and organic and all of that jazz!  But HECK they are GOOD!!!!

They are mint chocolate and to LIVE for!

I also found these at Wegmans a week or two ago!  I hope they continue to carry them!

Next up...cute Cricket posing!  She's been adjusting well.  I can't believe it's been more than 6 months since she's been part of our family!  She's about 2 and a half years old maybe pushing 3...she's a spitfire!  Certainly an Alpha Dog!

Since Suzie passed - our home was really missing that Alpha Dog in the house.  It's funny because she's a female, too, as was Suzie...I always tell have to watch out for those BLISS girls!  (Mommy included!)  She's still only about 4 and a half pounds but has no idea her size compared to other furkids and furfriends!

One thing I decided to start doing in 2016 is start a Gratitude of the day...was me finding a notebook for 27 cents (tax included!)

I was looking at this site and then started looking at other journaling ideas, too!  This page isn't mine but I will be posting some of mine soon!

Monday, December 28, 2015

Oddz & Endz Prior to Christmas

I have to say that we have been pretty spoiled the last month or so in the snow belt!  NO SNOW!  That, however, is supposed to change today, tho.  This first photo was taken last week during one of my lunches.  It was a lovely day!  We were near 70 degrees some of the days!  Woot!

My father works for a company that deals with snacks and beverage companies and he gets free samples a lot.  He recently introduced me to Core Organics and I have to say they are AWESOME!  I have liked every flavor I have tried so far!  YUMMO!  They say VEGAN right on the bottle, too!

A few finds over at The Raw Food World for my last shipment I received were Chocolate Snakaroons and Lemon Snakaroons from Laughing Giraffe.

I also got some Chocolate Kale Chips, Sesame Dijon Zuke Chips, and Tomatoe Pesto Chips!  Woot!

I stocked up for a few breakfasts to keep at work with some Superfood Cereal Cups.  I needed to grab some more UNsalted Sun Dried Tomatoes to add to my pantry as well as 3 pounds of Raw Cashews!  One thing to highlight is my NEW FAVORITE...Salt and Vinegar Almonds!  YUMM!  Sometimes I crave vinegar...I know that is weird but I do...and already tried these almonds and they are AWESOME!

Some of the foods I have been making at home prior to the holidays was a vegan taco meat made out of chopped cauliflower, walnuts, and Coconut Aminos!  LOVED IT!

And this Hemp Seed & Hazel Nut Sour Cream!  Not bad!

Many more posts coming VERY SOON!

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Happy Holidays!

Happy Holidays to ALL...

(no matter what you celebrate and if you don't celebrate holidays - have a beautiful, peaceful day of your choice!)

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

MidWeek Munchies - Vegan Snack Chip & Sticks!

Today is Wednesday and that means it's the beginning of another MidWeek Munchies week!  So if you have anything vegan to share link up below!  It can be a munchie you made or one you bought!  If you did an online purchase of interesting vegan products, found them locally, or were gifted them!  If you picked some items from your garden or farmers market we would love to see them!  Link up at the end of this post!

For my post, today, I wanted to share a few snack finds that I have grabbed this past week!  This first one is Eatrageous Sweet and Smokey BBQ (sticks)...they were yummers!

Next up are Better Chip Spinach and Kale Whole Grain Chips which were darned tasty!  I also bought the Chipotle flavor, too!  YUM!

BOTH were clearly marked vegan on the bag!  Why aren't all products so simple to identify, eh!?

I made an online purchase yesterday that I might save for next week's MidWeek Munchies.  I also have a pile of posts that I need to finish up!
Everything from recipes, reviews, and much more!  What do you have up your sleeve as of late?

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Endless Vegan Bowls!

I've really been into Bowls lately!  It's a whole meal!  I literally throw whatever I have on hand and create something different each time and toss it in a bowl!

First up...Kale, Chickpeas, Onion, Garlic, Red Bell Peppers, Hemp Seeds, Turmeric, Spices, Vegan Sour Cream, Sriracha!  There may or may not be carrots in there, too!  I can't remember.  This was the first one I did of many when I first picked up a HUGE bag of chopped Kale.

If you mix the Sour Cream and Sriracha into everything else it made a nice sauce, too!

I did something VERY similar YET quite different with this next one.

This one has carrots, kale, corn, red bell pepper, garlic, spices, tofu, turmeric, and vegan samosas!

Yes...THOSE Veggie Samosas!  The ones I got at the Dollar Tree!  I'm LOVING them...the best way to do them is to pan fry.  I usually use Grapeseed Oil.

Last night I did another bowl but didn't take a photo but have come to the conclusion that DH doesn't like the smell of Flax was the oil I used last night in that bowl.  I'm trying to UP my Omega's while trying to combat this pain I'm having.

When in doubt...make some kind of chickpea spread.

My idea was to have sandwiches but let's just say this didn't make it to the bread.  It was somewhere in between vegan egg salad and vegan tuna fish.  I know that sounds weird but I added dulse and it made it a little fishy (just a hint) and the rest of it had the texture moreso of egg salad.  I've done vegan egg salads using chickpeas before and might have to try and do a more true vegan tuna fish soon.

I have more foody type things to blog about but I am going to save them for tomorrow' MWM (MidWeek Munchies!)

Friday, December 11, 2015

Patchouli Perks!

Yesterday I FINALLY purchased Patchouli Essential Oil at my local herb store.  I decided to go with the Nature's Sunshine Brand for this specific Patchouli!  I hope to post about my journey with Patchouli in the coming weeks!

I found this chart of things that Patchouli is known for.  I'm starting to think that my Essential Oil Reading that I wrote about last week is making more and more sense now!  Patchouli helps soothe inflammation, boosts energy and immune system, and more.  Those two are things I have been fighting as of late!

Question of the day - if you are into Essential Oils - what is your favorite carrier oil to use?

I have been using Coconut Oil and/or Grapeseed Oil, mostly.