Friday, November 2, 2012

Vegan faux meat products

I'm not trying to re-invent the wheel here...

My friend Maria, you remember her, right?!...

Well, if you're ever craving something 'meaty', check out this post:

i can't find that fancy vegan shit... well, try may wah! 

I'm telling y'all...Maria is fabulous!  You should tell her so ;)

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

October Vegan Swap

This month, my package came from Julie Manfredi over at The Singin' Vegan

I must Congratulate Julie on the fact that...I have not had ANY of these items before.  That's pretty cool!  We do not have a Trader Joe's where I'm located, so she made me want to go even more!

The only thing I've tried so far is the hot it!

This swap has been so fun!  If you wanna participate, register here.  Yeah, I know the holidays are coming, and life is busy...and so does the organizer Cat.  We're taking a break for November and December for that reason!

Monday, October 29, 2012

It's that time again...Flu Shots...

Does anyone have an internal battle about flu shots?

I did some research one time and wrote this article:

The Flu Shot: To Get or Not to Get

My job changed a bit, and it is supposedly required for me.

This article matched what went through my head:


...and now it's that time again.


So, do you get a flu shot? Why or Why not?

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Day 18--Vegan MoFo

In the spirit of day:
5th birthdays
Facebook findings
People with drama
Long training classes
Prayers for patience
Children with cancer
Working late
Hating work
Needing work
Thankful for work
Bullying discussion/suicide
Loss of classmate
Loss of opportunity

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Day 17--Vegan MoFo

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Day 16--Vegan MoFo

Restaurant Vegan eating?

Do you do searches as much as I do for Vegan dining options...or frantically searching websites for information on ingredients?!

I do this A LOT, but you know what...I never share those results.

I don't know why?!  I read reviews on EVERYTHING, but don't post reviews myself?!

Weird, I know...and I'm gonna try to do better!

So, today the kids wanted (well Bryson really) to go to Taco Bell.  You know Fresco Style Bean Burritos are not the most appetizing thing ever, and I wanted something different.

I talked to the staff there, and did a quick Google search to find out that...

Veggie Cantina Bowl at Taco Bell (sans Cilantro dressing) is Vegan!

...oh, and delicious!

Taco Bell adding black beans to their menu is awesome!  No more mushy beans for me!

Now, I need to catch up on my MoFo reading...I've been slacking! 

Feel free to link up a favorite post in the comments if I've missed something fabulous ;)

Monday, October 15, 2012

Day 15--Vegan MoFo

Attention readers!! Recipe here!!

Halfway there, right?!

I started out strong and motivated...then life...well you know, it happens!

I have made my Vegan Veggie Soup a couple of times...I'm so ready for cooler weather and crock pot cooking! Lots of people ask about it, so...figured I'd change things up a bit and share my recipe!

Vegan Veggie Soup

1/2 pkg frozen Mirepoix soup mix (celery, carrots, onions)
1/2 pkg frozen chopped spinach
1 pkg frozen beans of choice (crowder or speckled butter beans are my fav)
1/2 pkg frozen sliced carrots
1 large can crushed tomatoes
2 c. veggie broth

I put the leftovers from the ingredients in a gallon ziplock bag and put it back in the freezer for the next batch of soup.

I literally dump all veggies in crock pot, pour in tomatoes, fill the tomato can up with water (to get the rest out too) and pour in, pour two cups of broth (I love Better than Bouillon Vegetable Base) in, and fill with water if any other liquid is needed.

I cook mine on low all day (probably about 12 hours) and serve over sticky rice.

Tastes great and is a great way to get the family to eat spinach!


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Sunday, October 14, 2012

Day 14--Vegan MoFo

Coffee and grocery shopping before church?!  Yes, please.

It was homecoming at church, so I went to regular morning worship.

Of course, they were having a potluck dinner, I went home and ate this:

Which is probably what I will have for dinner as, I'll go ahead and share before I forget...AGAIN!!

Day 13--Vegan MoFo

Got up...did some laundry...made cinnamon rolls for the kids...

Went to Halloween Express because Bryson was ready to get his costume!  It was...yep...another Ninja!

We then went to Tuesday Morning and did some power baby girl shopping for Jackie's baby shower.

Came home and ate this:

Then we went to the shower and had a great time!

Came home and chilled out for a bit...

Went to see Hotel Transylvania...and it was soooo cute!  Good times!

Day 12--Vegan MoFo

Friday night...

First Middle School dance...aaaaahhhhh!

We survived!

Bryson had Black Belt Prep class and then he chose Moe's (of course) to have dinner.

No pics...slacker!  In my defense...I had a crazy day and training that was supposed to be over at noon ran over until after 2pm.

Pictures were not on my radar...I apologize!

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Day 11--Vegan MoFo

Another busy day at work. Managed to grab stir-fry between meetings.
Dinner was a delicious hummus plate. Chose healthier/raw food on purpose.

Shopped with Brianna tonight. Costume for tomorrow nights dance...what?!

Feeling old, but excited for her at the same time!

Day 10--Vegan MoFo

Yesterday was a weird, busy day!

This equates to unhealthy.

Breakfast was missed, lunch was spring rolls, popcorn at the movies, then beer and fried pickles...yeah!

I almost skipped telling y'all, but whatever! On to a better day...

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Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Day 9--Vegan MoFo

Blogging everyday...
Meeting other bloggers...
Getting new ideas...

Then there are days like these where you eat nothing exciting or new.

Ramen soup, spaghetti, and a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. ;)

I did TRY something new today. A local bloggers group. Very constructive...especially for a first time meetup with a new group. Looking forward to learning.

Happy MoFoing!

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Monday, October 8, 2012

Day 8--Vegan MoFo


Coffee for was a delicious Pumpkin Spice Soy Latte though ;)


Mega Veggie pizza from Mellow Mushroom...sans cheese...yes, please ;)


Whole wheat spaghetti, garlic and olive oil spaghetti sauce, and mushrooms.

After dinner snack:

A beautiful Honeycrisp Apple!  Delicious!

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Day 7--Vegan MoFo

Nothing exciting today...and I did forget to take a picture of was bound to happen!


My favorite hot tea!


Gardein Chick'n tenders and steak fries :)  Baking fries at home is much better than getting some at a fast food restaurant!

Now hanging out with the kids until bed...I'm blogging...they are being all artsy while singing crazy songs...lotsa fun!
Back to the grind tomorrow...

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Day 6--Vegan MoFo

Ahhh...Saturday!  Finally!  Thought I'd sleep in...negative!

I woke up and could not go back to sleep because of a crazy dream I had...I won't go into details because the kids say I shouldn't share it...but it had a snake...and I'll leave it at that!!

Morning started off rather relaxing, and I actually ate breakfast!

Kashi Cinnamon Harvest with Silk...Yummy!

So, we start our day off going to the Annual Oliver Hardy Festival in Harlem, Ga.  Frankly, it's like a big high school reunion!  We watched the parade, checked out the booths, and ran into friends.  One purchase was made, and I had no complaints because it is something that the kids have always wanted.

It's a Pitcher Plant and they were sooo excited!

After that we came home to relax and eat lunch.

Veggie Soup with Rice

I also managed to bake some Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies during this time.

Later, we were going back out...and we had goals.
1.  Car Washed
2.  Hobby Lobby for canvas
3.  Dinner?
4.  Groceries

Which turned in to:
1. Car Wash is too busy...not today
2. Let's go by Party City and look at Halloween Costumes...which resulted in no purchases...and about an hour chatting in the parking lot with a friend.  Good times!
3. Pick up Checkers for David and drive to plant to deliver it.
4. No one can decide on dinner and craft store is already closed, so we just came home.

Edamame with sea salt

Spicy Cucumbers and rice...don't judge me...these pickles are awesome!

Oh, did I mention this...yes, yes I did....

Homemade Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies are everyone's favorite!

Friday, October 5, 2012

Day 5--Vegan MoFo

TGIF!!  It was a long week, and the first Friday I've worked in a couple of weeks.

Add to that...Bryson had his first Black Belt Prep class tonight...which is the 3rd night we've been at, yeah...I'm tired!

Okay...on to why you are here...

I should get more creative with breakfast...but peanut butter and crackers again along with some hot Peach Green Tea.

Lunch was a sandwich and salad...Mediterranean Veggie Sandwich (minus the Feta of course).

Dinner after karate was picked by Moe's it was!  Streaker Art Vandalay is my favorite!

Winding down for the night now!  Looking forward to the weekend ;)

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Day 4--Vegan MoFo

You guessed it! Missed a meal again!

Simple peanut butter with crackers mid-morning. 
Dinner--homemade vegetable soup with rice. 

The soup was worth skipping lunch for and very filling. I love when the crockpot does all the work. 

I am really enjoying the exposure to other blogs and I am extremely glad I signed up to be a participant!

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Day 3--Vegan MoFo

Better today!

Lunch--cucumber/avocado rolls and vegetable teriyaki
Dinner--Gardein Chick'n, butter beans, corn, and quinoa

Yay me!!

Day 2--Vegan MoFo

Yes, I started with this simple quote on purpose.  I need motivation.  I've not been feeling well.  Trying to infuse those positive thoughts back into my head!  This is a beautiful thought, and does make you realize how much perspective plays into our daily lives.

Okay, so I'm a day late posting this...but I did do the work.

My food for Day 1 was know you thought the same thing!

Well, Day 2 of Vegan MoFo did not go much better for me.  Now I'm at the stage where I think I feel better, but then I get tired...I think I'm hungry, but nothing tastes good.  I'm not making good decisions either...which turns me into a carboholic!

So, here's what my Day 2 looked like (with another bit of beauty attached).

I don't know if I'm trying to fool me or you...and note that the actual food pictures are the smallest!  I'm ashamed, I admit it.  I need to do better!

Breakfast:  None...great way to start the day :(
Lunch:  Black bean Taco Salad (I would say this was pretty good for me, but chips were involved, and yeah...crunchy, salty food is my weakness
Snack:  I was starving when I got home from work, so I had my absolute favorite thing (currently, subject to change).  Sticky white rice and spicy pickles...yummy!
Dinner:  Terrible choice, but it was soooo good...Lo Mein and Spring Rolls

You know, I signed up for Vegan MoFo, and was sooo excited to be able to share because so many people are curious.  Now I feel like I'm in some 'confessions of...' situation!  So, I've told people before, and now I guess I'm showcasing it...Vegan does not equal Healthy!

I am doing what I said I would though...sharing my daily eats :)

I love reading everyone's posts...I already know I'm gonna have some new favorites!  Favorite recipes and favorite blogs! YES!!

Monday, October 1, 2012

Sunday, September 30, 2012

Vegan MoFo...

...starts tomorrow!

I'm excited...and you should be too!

At least 20 posts during the month of October related to Vegan food (um, no issue there for me).

I 'want' to post everyday...that is my goal.

I signed up on the LAST day (imagine that), so I am not going to pretend that I'm totally prepared.

The plan is simple...share MY Vegan food daily. 

The burning question from non-vegans is always, 'What DO you eat?',, what better way than to illustrate it (literally)!

There are LOTS of participants, and you can find them here.

Be sure to follow or join the RSS feed here.  I'm in the Healthy and Whole Foods feed by the way ;)

Friday, September 28, 2012

September Vegan Swap

First time participant in the Vegan Swap, and it was FUN!!

If you would like to participate, head on over to the registration page.

Here is what my goodies looked like:

Note from Jannifer, Zico Chocolate Coconut Water, Kamut and Quinoa Pasta, Jalapeno Salt, Seasnax Seaweed, Peanut Butter filled pretzels, and Bobo's Oat Bar

I told her nothing about personal preferences (because I LOVE surprises), and she did fabulous!

Brianna told me, "Mom, if you knew this girl for real, y'all would be friends."  This is solely for the Jalapeno Salt, since I'm a spicy junkie ;)

I loved this opportunity and had a lot of fun participating.  

I cannot wait to read everyone's post about this swap.

Thanks Jannifer for making my first experience wonderful.  Apparently she's not a blogger though, sorry I can't share her with y'all!

Update:  Click here to follow the September Swap and all participants!

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Today! 8 Week Challenge Begins

Thanks for those of you that have already signed up!

Look for your Week 1 e-mail to arrive soon.

During this 8 week challenge, I will provide a 'guide', and will be here to assist you...for FREE!

Come join us!

I look forward to working with all of you :)

Join here!

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

It was like Christmas yesterday!

Two packages in the mail!

First, I got my Vegan Nail Polish from Maria. package came from my first Vegan swap.  It was actually fun preparing the one I sent, but I must admit, I liked opening mine too and not having a clue what to expect!

I've already written the post, but you can check it out on Friday!

I wanna do some kind of challenge for these weeks up until will start on Thursday ;)
Ideas welcome until then!

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Learning to Meditate: 5 Simple Steps

Learning to Meditate: 5 Simple Steps

Check out my article at the link above!

Confession:  Remember that time back at the beginning of 2011...I had these lofty writing goals?
Well, I'm sure you realized, but I failed.  In fact, I only wrote 6 things for all of 2011.

So, now it's September 11, 2012...and guess how many articles I've written this year?  Well, that was the 3rd one...geez...slacker!

I want to do better, need to do better, love it when I write...

So, support me, show me some love, and send me 'Healthy Living' article ideas ;)

Tuesday Trade--Cat's September Vegan Swap

Okay, so I'm participating in a Vegan Swap this month!  Cat, over at The Verdant Life organizes this.

I'm very excited!  I've already gotten my recipients information...gluten-free Vegan (she's trying to make me work) and I've given my information to my sender.

I'll be blogging about this later this month when I receive my goodies ;)

In the meantime, I wanted to take some time and check out some of the blogs of the participants, and I thought that it would be a great opportunity to share with all of you!

Sharing the 'about' section (if present, 1st 2 lines) from the blogs:

The Verdant Life
Cat is a writer who really loves to eat. In fact, she's relentless in her passion for good food, environmentally friendly food practices, and wholesome, organic ingredients. She's also a budding photographer...

The Only Vegan I Know

The Snarky Chickpea

Veggie Next Door
Hi, I’m Diana. I’m not a nutritionist, a chef, or even a very good cook for that matter. I’m just a twenty-something Chicago-area girl-next-doortrying to cook up a quick meal after work, or looking for a...

Hello! I am a 27 year old vegan librarian living in Seattle, WA. Being kind to animals, which to me means not eating them (among other things) is important to me. I am trying to navigate being a vegan in a...

I love to travel and write about it. I spend a lot of time cooking and have a blog devoted to my favorite cooking appliance my stand mixer. I am currently adapting to a plant based lifestyle and have...

I am in love with expressing one's personal style at home through decor and design, entertaining, food and drink. I also love writing and great photos (and have a special fondness for parentheses and italics).

I'm a nuclear engineer by degrees, but more of a reliability engineer by practice. I research empirical methods for health monitoring of complex engineering systems. I'm also vegan. These pages will chronicle...

Welcome to my blog! I believe that whatever you do to make yourself happy is worth it. I am always trying to better myself and here you can find goodies that will hopefully help you too!

Have you ever put all your energy into creating something in the kitchen for others only to have them turn their nose up the instant they find out it’s vegan? Recently, I have been cooking for people more...

I'm a vegan, manga addicted, hockey obsessed, video game playing, music nerd with body...

I am a loving wife, mother of 4, grandmother of 3, who loves to cook and eat good vegan food. I became vegan in February 2011 after being vegetarian for 3 years. In addition to my "human" family members...

Jen C. and Jen G. came up with the idea of starting a meal share group to alleviate the pressure of cooking for our households one or two nights per week as well as build community. We've also enjoyed using...

Hi, I’m Hindy! I started this blog as a place to catalog all of the goodies I was cooking up. I love to experiment in the kitchen, and rather than continue pestering all of my buddies with food photos...

Hi there, My name is Nicole. I’m a young professional living in NYC. Back in January 2012, I challenged myself to live a healthier life. Since then, I’ve lost 15 pounds, competed in a half marathon, and become...

Two of my greatest passions are eating good vegan food and traveling the world. I created this blog not only to display the good eats and amazing sights I encounter, but to inspire me to never stop moving. Meat-free...

I’m obsessed with all things plant-based, delicious and beautiful. I make videos about cooking, eating well and travel. When I grow up, I want to have wings.

Hiding out in suburbia – posing as a domesticated housewife. We live in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains and Mt. Rainier National Park in Washington State which helps feed our love of the outdoors.

Kathryn Lovett's Blog
I was a vegetarian for two years before I became vegan in January of 2010. I live near Austin, TX with my non-vegan husband, our French Bulldog, Siberian Husky, two parrots and a variety of saltwater fish. I...

Hi I'm April.  I live in Central Massachusetts with my small family and our dog. I originally lived in Wyoming, and moved to Massachusetts in 2008. I enjoy new hobbies and some would say I am a serial hobbyist...

Hi, I’m Caren, founder of and author of Voodie Girl. I’m Canadian, but I decided to stop doing “the snow thing” in 2006. Now I live in Los Angeles with my husband, coco the pug and a mutt...

Hi there! I’m Barbara, a 30-something Coloradan who enjoys snowboarding, hiking, reading and (obviously) cooking. I’m married to Jason- a wonderful man who, although clinging to omnivore...

A born and raised Minnesotan who defected to Iowa. Welcome to a little glimpse into the good life that Iowa (yes, Iowa!) has to offer. Life in a small town has found a place in my heart and there is always...

Kelly is a 20 something yarn junkie, foodie, gardener, cake-decorating-addict, book-worm, baking queen, who cannot get enough of the outdoors. She has been vegan since early 2009. Since then, she has lost...

I am: Vegan, Wife, Mother of Two, Working full time, Nutritionist, Wanna be Writer, Wanna be Runner
Don't know what I want to be when I grow up...I have a side business as a Nutritional Educator...
Haha!  Slipped that one in on you! ;)

I'm a 24 year old vegan living in Washington DC. I became vegan three years ago when I still was living in Tennessee. There weren't many options for sweets in the town so I taught myself how to make what I...

I'm an artsy fartsy, animal loving, kitchen destroying, movie freak, and a total crazy cat loving weirdo living in the Tampa Bay area of Florida with my boyfriend and furry feline friends.

Welcome! This is a new blog for a new chapter in my life. My previous blog – whereonearth was a travel diary of my adventures and mishaps throughout the world – mostly on a boat, but also on bike, foot, ...

Dianne "Veggiegirl" Wenz is a Holistic Health Counselor, Vegan Lifestyle Coach and Plant Based Diet Nutrition Specialist, as well as an avid cook and baker. She offers group and individual nutrition and...

During college, I waited a whole lotta tables at various restaurants. It was then that I became familiar with the term “86,” which means to remove, end usage, run out of, or take something out or away. For example, ...

Friday, September 7, 2012

Friday Facts--You Tell Me--Why Vegan?

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Comment below if you so desire.

I wanna know why you went Vegan and what is your motivation for sticking with it.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Tuesday Trivia--Celebrity Tribute

Okay, first the answers to last weeks trivia:  Jared Leto!  That's his band 30 Seconds to Mars...all Vegan!

I think I will take this Celebrity Tuesday to acknowledge Michael Clarke Duncan.

Duncan is most widely known for his role in The Green Mile.

Now, are you wondering why in the heck I would want to mention Michael Clarke Duncan on my blog?!

This...this is why!

I bet no one ever asked him where he got his protein?!

Read the full article and watch the video here: Michael Clarke Duncan: 'I Am a Vegetarian'

My friend Maria

So, let's go back...

Did you ever have someone that you went to school with that you 'just weren't sure about'?...they were different...weren't like you...and you didn't quite know how to take that? find out that you're going to be learning something from them and having to spend time with them...and you're still just not real sure about all of this... get to see a different side of them...

So, let me tell you about my friend Maria :)

That was her...she was 'that girl'...the one I wasn't sure about, the one that didn't fit it, the one that was so different from me...

So, let's fast-forward to today, and go backward...

  • She's has my blog on her blog for a contest, and I've already gotten traffic from I want to share too!
  • I learn more and more things we have in common everyday
  • We're both Vegan...heck yeah
  • She is so freakin' beautiful, and she doesn't even know it 
  • She is wicked smart, and I am thankful that I got to learn from her, had an opportunity to know her, and have re-connected with her
My FAVORITE picture of her...and she had this before it was 'cool'...

Just beautiful!

I've also never told her these you don't mind honey!

Remember...the point of all my rambling...go follow Maria!!  Win cool stuff too!!

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Thursday Tidbits--Bit of Bragging

It's my blog, I can brag a bit, right?!

Well, I'm gonna anyway...and of course, it may not even be anything that you care about or understand...but whatever!

The Yahoo! Voices website that I write articles for developed an online academy for it's writers.  I just finished the entire thing, and it was amazing.  I feel like I learned a lot!

You can click here to go check out my new 'Level 3' badge!

You know you're jealous ;)

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Wellness Wednesday--People Impact You

We go through life everyday.  
Most of us are busy.
We affect people everyday, though we may not know.
We are affected by people everyday, though we don't tell them.
It's hard to take time to slow down and appreciate all that it around us.
All of the wonderful people that we are surrounded by in this crazy, busy world.

Taking a moment to appreciate someone (copy and pasted as originally written)...

  • This man has taught me so much in my life time. He is my rolemodle and has been a father to me. He always see's the good in people never the bad and is always there to give a helping hand to anyone in need. Just like in this pic. he is helping build my patio. He has work like a dog his whole life and had just retired. This man has tought me to love,play, fish, take time for the little kids and get on there level, be kind,not to talk about people, help everyone, and smile even when your down, and don't give a crap about a doller bill, if someone need's give it to em, and respect people. I love him more that life it's self, and if God would take me and not him, I would die for him. He has suffered with RA since the age of 33 and he is 64 now. His life has been racked with pain for so long, it just doesn't seem right for him to have more pain. So if you guys can, please say a little prayer my big brother. He's my superman and always will be!!!

  • He is my rock, he has taught me everything I know! He taught me how to ride my first bike how to ride my first motorcycle how to drive my first car. He was my tooth fairy! He taught me to love everyone, to be kind to everyone and if someone is in need help them! I find a lot of him in me everyday.
Those thoughts are about a family member of theirs.

A family very dear to my heart has lost a great man.

I love them, and my heart is heavy today.

At the same time, I am thankful that he is no longer suffering and in pain.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Tuesday Trivia--Who's that celebrity?

It seems that I've not made it over to this blog lately.  Life happens!

I realized I didn't even post a trivia question on last Tuesday's post, just gave the answer to the previous week?!  Oh well, forgive me.

So, let's start this Tuesday off with some pictures!

Do you know who this celebrity is?

...or that his entire band is Vegan?

Pretty cool I think!

I'm not going to make excuses, I'm just going to admit that I've not been here on my blog!  I have been working on some 'classes' so that I can get back in gear on my writing!  I updated my profile and picture, and I am looking forward to doing that honestly.  

You can check it out here:  Leslie Reese, NC

This past weekend, we took some time to de-stress (supposedly).  I did have a good time though, so all is well.  
Bryson likes to help drive the boat.

Brianna cannot leave the minnows alone!

We got to see a beautiful sunset.

This is dedication to reading right here!

The second night brought another beautiful sunset.

All-in-all we had a great time.  I didn't feel well Saturday.  It's weird drinking hot green tea and eating soup when camping at the lake in August!

I thought I kicked it, felt okay Sunday, but then yesterday it hit me again.

My evening cocktail was this:

It only has 1200% Vitamin C!!  Then I read...per serving....and it was 2 servings!

Beat that stupid cold, allergy, sore throat crap!!

Here's to feeling better!  Have a great day!