Saturday, February 17, 2018

Gingerbread Muffins (GF) - Take 3

These came out REALLY REALLY good.  These are nice and moist and have a GREAT flavor.  These were a combination of gingerbread muffins 2 and gingerbread muffins 1  This is my favorite gingerbread muffin recipe.  

They are really moist and fluffy.  I like the increased amount of spices also - makes these very flavorful !

1/2 cup Oat Flour
1/2 cup Corn Flour
1/2 cup Potato Starch
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp ground ginger
2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground allspice
2/3 cup molasses
1/3 cup almond milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 medium to large very ripe bananas, mashed

Mix molasses, almond milk,  vanilla and mashed bananas in one bowl. 

Mix the dry ingredients in another bowl.    

Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and stir just until the dry ingredients are moistened.  

Pour into muffin pan and bake at 350 degrees for about 20-25 minutes or until toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.  I only got 10 muffins because I was making them a little larger.

I like using the silicone bakeware for my muffins.  The muffins  come out so easily and I don't need to grease the pan.  My favorites are:   Casabella Silicone Standard Muffin PanCasabella Silicone Large Muffin Pan, Casabella Jumbo Muffin Cups.

The OXO Large Scoop  is GREAT for scooping out batter into the muffin pan.  It is MUCH neater than when I used a spoon to scoop the batter into the pan - I no longer get batter all over the muffin pan !!!

So I rejoice and am glad.  Even my body has hope,
Psalm 16:9 (NCV)

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Coconut Peanut Balls (DF, GF)

3 and 1/2 cups dates  (I use medjool dates)
1 cup raw peanuts
1/2 tsp salt

Blend the dates in a blender or food processor until smooth.  Stir in the coconut and peanuts and salt.

Form into balls and store in fridge.  Each day these balls tend to get more flavorful.  I like these better after they have been in the fridge overnight.

I've started using the  Farberware Cookie Scoop for forming the snack balls, instead of using my hands.  It is easier and not as messy.

My favorite food processor is the KitchenAid  7-Cup Food Processor

For blenders, I use both the  Vitamix Blender and Ninja Master Prep Professional Blender

I keep the Lord before me always.  Because he is close by my side, I will not be hurt.
Psalm 16:8 (NCV)

Friday, December 8, 2017

Contribution from Freelance Writer Jess on Veganism and Composting

I hope you are enjoying the articles from Jess as much as I am !!!  Here is her latest on how helping the planet by composting.   THANKS Jess !!!

Compost Your Way To A Self-Sufficient Garden

Veganism isn’t just doing your duty towards animals - it helps the planet, too. The livestock industry is a huge polluter, accounting for 14.5% of man-made greenhouse gases every year. Reducing the demand for meat and dairy reduces the strain on our green and blue marble! However, there are a few extra steps you can take yourself.
We’re talking about composting of course, and in this article we’ll walk through the steps of creating and using the stuff. You’ll make full use of your household waste, help the planet and make delicious veg, with your time in the garden improving health to boot.

What Can I Compost?

Before you go head-first into composting, bear in mind that not everything can be put into a composter. There are plenty of things you can compost, including the bulk of what will be in your diet. This is why composting is so good for vegans, because nearly everything you eat can find its way into your compost pile, as opposed to waste from non-biological goods.

There are a few things you shouldn’t compost. Fats and oils, including products like olive oil and coconut oil, will not be good. Also, if you’ve picked up any produce that’s been treated with pesticides, keep it away from the pile as it will leach into your final product.

How Do I Get Going?

For the beginner, composting is incredibly simple. The process works by the breakdown of your waste into a bacteria-laden, mulch heap that’s packed full of nutrients and growth increasing compounds. You can set up a heap in your garden for starters; use soil or leaves to compact your waste into a heap. Make sure you keep it soaking wet, as the bacteria inside need water to get working on the waste. Regularly turn the pile with a pitchfork to get oxygen aerating through the heap. After at least two months, and sometimes longer, you’ll have compost.

What Do I Do With The End Product?

When you have the end product, it’s time to put it to use. This will act as a fertilizer, encouraging your plants to bloom quickly and powerfully. You can implement fertilizer by spreading it around the base of plants, on top of soil. Keep it away from leaves and the stem itself, as some composts can ‘burn’ the plant due to the concentrations of nutrients. With that done, you can grow your veg bigger, faster and stronger. With the right stuff, you might have a contender for the biggest vegetable contests.

Composting is a great way to develop self sufficiency in your home and in the process grow tasty, big vegetables. And to top it all off, you’ll be doing your bit to save the planet.

Friday, November 17, 2017

Lentil Sweet Potato Veggie Soup (DF, GF)

Instead of the bag of frozen veggies, I have used 1 can of green beans, 1 can peas, 1 can diced tomatoes, and 1 can of carrots - all with the liquid.  So the amount of added water/veggie stock would also be reduced.

3 cans lentils (about 1 pound of dried lentils)
1 large sweet potato, cubed
2 large dates, chopped
1 medium onion, chopped
2 tsp minced jar garlic
1 - 16 oz bag of frozen vegetables 
3 to 4 cups water or vegetable stock
1 tsp dried thyme
1 tsp ground fennel
1 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp black pepper

Put everything in a crockpot and cook on low for 10-12 hours.

I praise the Lord  because he advises me.  Even at night, I feel his leading.
Psalm 16:7 (NCV)

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Chickpea Lentil Veggie Soup (DF, GF)

This is REALLY good.  The dates give it a nice flavor !

1 Tbsp minced jar garlic
1 onion, chopped
1 can tomatoes (I used the liquid) 
2 cans chickpeas (I used the liquid)
1 can lentils (I used the liquid)
12-oz package frozen broccoli/cauliflower mix
12-oz package frozen sliced carrots 
1 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp ground turmeric
1/2 tsp salt
2 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp ground cumin
1/2 tsp ground coriander
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
1/4 tsp black pepper
2 cups water or veggie broth
1/2 cup Unsweetened Shredded Coconut  (I use Bob's Red Mill)
3 large dates, pitted

Blend water or veggie broth, coconut and dates in a food processor or blender until smooth.

Put everything in a crockpot and cook on low for 10-12 hours, or until done.

My favorite food processor is the  KitchenAid  7-Cup Food Processor

For blenders, I use both the  Vitamix Blender and Ninja Master Prep Professional Blender

My share in life has been pleasant;  my part has been beautiful.
Psalm 16:6 (NCV)

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Cranberry Peanut Chocolate Chip Balls

Adapted from this recipe .

1 cup Quaker old fashioned oats 
1 cup rice crispy cereal
1/2 cup sunflower seeds
1/2 cup raw peanuts 
3/4 cup vegan chocolate chips
3/4 cup dried cranberries 
2 Tbsp molasses
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/8 tsp salt
1 cup dates
1 large ripe banana
1 cup natural peanut butter  

Blend dates, banana and peanut butter until smooth.

Mix everything (INCLUDING date mixture) together in a bowl. 

Shape into balls.    Each day these bars tend to get more flavorful.

I've started using the  Farberware Cookie Scoop for forming the snack balls, instead of using my hands.  It is easier and not as messy.

My favorite food processor is the KitchenAid  7-Cup Food Processor

For blenders, I use both the  Vitamix Blender and Ninja Master Prep Professional Blender

I praise the Lord because he advises me.  Even at night, I feel his leading. 
Psalm 16:7 (NCV)

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Review of shirts from Everything Vegan

I was SOOOO thrilled when Aaron, founder of Everything Vegan, contacted me to try his shirts and write an honest review !!!

This picture my nephew took is a good picture to represent Aaron's clothing selection - lots of colors and beautiful designs !!!!

Aaron's cruelty-free apparel is available in t-shirts, tank tops and sweatshirts.  There are TONS of designs, TONS of styles and TONS of colors to choose from.  I had a hard time deciding which ones to get !!!!!  I was AMAZED at the choice of styles for each design - Women's Jr Fit Tee, Women's Classic Fit Tee, Women's Racerback Tank Top, Women's Classic Fit Racerback Tank Top, Unisex Tee, Unisex Tank Top, Unisex Sweatshirt, and Kids Youth Tee - WOW - what a selection !!!!  Each design comes in a specific set of colors - not all designs are available in all colors.

These shirts are AMAZING....they are VERY good quality and the material is INCREDIBLY soft.  These run true to size - no need to buy a larger size (like I did !!!).  I usually buy a bigger size because t-shirts generally shrink and many of them are just the right size before they shrink !!!!  These shirts have NOT shrunk from washing them.  I have not dried them all the way in the dryer though - I have dried them for just a few minutes and then hung them up to finish drying.

I HIGHLY recommend you check out Everything Vegan , you will NOT be disappointed!  Service is GREAT and the shirts arrived quickly.

I got the Vegan is not a diet, it's a lifestyle  in a Unisex Tank Top.

The Powered by Plants  shirt is the Women's Racerback Tank Top.  This style is my favorite - I LOVE it !!

The Vegan Vibes shirt is the Unisex Tee.

There are even MORE cool designs than when I got my shirts - I just may have to get some more !!!  I LOVE these shirts !!!!!

Aaron has done a GREAT job creating COOL vegan sayings on INCREDIBLY GREAT quality shirts !!!  The selection is just AMAZING !!  Check out all the great all the great designs !!!  You DEFINITELY will NOT be disappointed !!

Friday, June 9, 2017

Guest Post - Cleansing Citrus Pineapple Smoothie Recipe by Suzi

I am SOOOO thrilled to be posting a Smoothie recipe from guest writer Suzi.  Check out her website for more delicious smoothie recipes !!  THANKS Suzi !!!

Suzi is a health and wellness blogger based in the UK. Her passion and goal is to inspire and encourage women to adopt a whole food, plant Based diet and lead a healthy lifestyle by making simple but positive lifestyle changes.

1 cup of kale
3 celery sticks
2 bananas
1 cup of pineapple
1 orange
Juice of one lime
Inch of ginger
1 cup of water

1. In a high-speed blender, put in the kale with the cup of water and blend until smooth

2. Add the celery sticks, pineapple, orange and ginger and blend again

3. Lastly, add the banana and juice of lime and blend until smooth

4.Pour in a jar or glass and enjoy.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Lentil Stew (DF, GF)

  I LOVE a good, flavorful Lentil soup !

Adapted from this recipe

1 onion, chopped
4 stalks celery, chopped
1 16-oz package frozen carrots
1 16-oz package frozen spinach
2 8-oz cans tomato sauce
1 Tbsp minced jar garlic
1 and 1/2 cup dry lentils, rinsed
1 tsp ground cumin
1/2 tsp ground coriander
1/2 tsp salt (I used celery salt)
1/4 tsp black pepper
4 cups of broth or water

Put everything in a crockpot and cook on low for 8-10 hours or until done.

No, the Lord is all I need.  He takes care of me. 
Psalm  16:5 (NCV)

Monday, May 29, 2017

Three Bean Salad (DF, GF)

A bean salad is always GREAT in the summer !!!  Make this for picnics, lunches, get-togethers, or a side dish for dinner. This is a GREAT way to get your fiber !!!  

1 can kidney beans, drained and rinsed
1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 can garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed
1 can diced tomatoes, drained
1 onion, chopped
3 stalks celery, chopped
1/2 to 3/4 cup salsa (no sugar)
1 tsp ground cumin
1/4 tsp black pepper
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp onion powder
1 Tbsp cilantro flakes

Place all ingredients in a bowl and stir to combine  - serve immediately or after it has been in the fridge. 

But those who turn to idols will have much pain.  I will not offer blood to those idols or even speak their names.
Psalm 16:4 (NCV)

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