December 19 – Day 354

For National Oatmeal Muffin Day, I whipped up a batch of ‘my’ muffins.

By ‘my’ muffins, I mean, I didn’t really follow a recipe, I just followed my heart

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This batch involved flax seed, peanut butter, oats, salt, baking soda, OAT MEAL, chocolate chips, salt, maple syrup, slivered almonds … the usual vegan suspects

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They turned out pretty good !

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December 17 – Day 352

National Maple Syrup Day

This should be a Canadian National Holiday in which school and stuff is closed down, but I’m guessing due to it’s proximity to Christmas, that ain’t happening any time soon

I usually buy two things of Costco maple syrup a year – I put it in all my baking … and I guess I bake enough to go through this much, twice a year :

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Two litres seems crazy when I think about it. Best not dwell. Here is a photo still from my boomerang I posted of pouring some on Instragram

 

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December 4 – Day 339

This oatmeal chocolate chip cookie was purchased at a kiosk at the Granville Island Market and the gulls didn’t manage to grab it away from me while trying to take a photo, so that’s a win for the good guys

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It was lack lustre, but prompted me to reflect on all the other cookies I’ve had this year, in celebration.

So for National Cookie Day, take some time to peruse the selection of cookie themed blog posts:

National Pecan Cookie Day

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National Sugar Cookie Day

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National Peanut Butter Cookie Day   – recipe included!

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National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day – heart warming story included

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National Chocolate Covered Raisin Day – recipe included

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NATIONAL OREO DAY omg – this post was a doozy

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November 30 – Day 335

As I ruminate on mason jars for National Mason Jar Day, I come to terms with the fact that I’m a lot like that little old lady from the Franks Hot Sauce commercial

“I put that shit on everything”

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Except with mason jars, like, it’s more so like “I put everything in that shit”

Sorta the same.

Soup, beer, kombucha, peanut sauce, water, cocktails, ice coffees, painting supplies, pencils, green juice, green tea, chilli, urine samples… the list is endless

I salute you, John Landis Mason, for creating these sons of bitches, though I have a hard time wrapping my head around the idea that a man invented these, no offence.

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November 28 – Day 333

Being National French Toast Day meant … IMG_5585.JPG

French Toast !!!!!

100% vegan – 100% homemade! I used my super duper fancy domestic goddess vegan whole wheat flax bread   then made a concoction based on what varying parties on the internet said to do

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Nothing seemed ‘quite right’ so I had to go with my ‘gut’ :

  • 1 banana
  • 1 tablespoon of chia seeds
  • 1 tablespoon of ground flax seed
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla
  • 3/4 cup of almond/cashew/coconut milk
  • 1 tablespoon of maple syrup
  • dash cinnamon
  • dash nutmeg
  • Whole wheat bread 
  • berries & coconut for garnish

Combine the first 8 things into a pasty solution. Dip bread. Fry. When golden brown, remove and garnish

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This was totally fine but very smooshy and gooshy. I would definitely put forth more effort next time finding a recipe that has had positive feed back and then not make up something I know nothing about, in the future

 

November 22 – Day 327

National Cashew Day 

You don’t even know how much I love cashews. They are the best nut. Creamy and kind of soft and and they make great milk and delicious cheese alternative and I don’t know what I would do without them IMG_5555.JPG

 

 

 

 

 

The only drawback is the price point.
BUT if you think about how much effort goes into growing these fuckers, you’d realize they are a steal of a deal … takes THREE years to make one. Nuts!

Also, look how weird they are when they grow- they have their own ‘apples’

 

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For National Cashew Day this year, I made some vegan Mac and cheese by soaking some cashews and blending them with nutritional yeast, salt, pepper, garlic, and lemon

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No, it’s not a real macaroni noodle, it’s a rigatoni again

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it’ not real cheese either

 

November 12- Day 317

National Chicken Soup for the Soul Day

This a day to celebrate a book series compiled by two motivational speakers. They just took a bunch of other peoples stories and put ’em in between some gaudy covers and boom – net worth $60 Million.

Just shoot me

 

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HIRE A GRAPHIC DESIGNER OH FOR THE LOVE OF JESUS LORD GOD

Anyway, I shan’t be celebrating these fools today.

I will be honouring real Chicken Soup for the Soul – chicken soup that doesn’t require the senseless murder of an innocent chicken.

I made lentil soup

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You too, can make some Chicken Soup for the Soul! All you’ll need is:

  • 1 onion
  • 5 cloves of garlic
  • 2 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 can diced tomatoes
  • 4 stalks of celery
  • 2 carrots, diced
  • 1 head of broccoli
  • 1/3 cup of quinoa
  • 3 leafs of kale, diced
  • 1/2 cup of lentils
  • fresh cracked pepper
  • 1/2 tablespoon of cayenne

 

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And there you have it, Chicken Soup for the Soul, instead of Chicken Soup for the Soul-less… which you’d have to be to eat a little chicken images-2.jpeg

November 6 – Day 311

National Nacho Day

Can’t have nachos without the cheese, so busted out the Vitamix blender and made some crazy ass vegan cheese sauce – recipe as featured on Oh She Glows

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Simply gorgeous

My nacho cheese came out a lot more like this:

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Not even orange.

But delicious nevertheless. I had some of my home made chilli sitting around, begging to be splayed over some tortilla chips

Added my misbegotten cheese sauce and some guacamole and I had myself a fine National Nacho Day!

 

November 1 – Day 306

National Vegan Day!

Shut Up!

Why be vegan?

It’s good for you

It’s good for the environment

It’s good for animals

It’s delicious

Beyonce is!

Some of my favourite Vegan feeding grounds in Vancouver are:

  • Turf  – ultra chic hipster deli (?) You order from the counter, you can get kombucha or walnut milk lattes and everything is vegan unless you ask for bison added to shit which is super weird .. they also sell fancy blankets and yoga mat sprays etc

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  • The Arbor – the artichoke sandwich (photo stolen from my friend Aimee’s Insta)

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  • Uma Luma – vegan ice cream
  • Vegan Supply – that’s where I got this

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  • Heirloom – swanky vegetarian restaurant with swinging cocktails
  • The Only Cafe – outrageously good cashew milk and then little delicious vegan cheesecake PLUS dog friendly !

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  • Virtuous Pie- how many “Stranger Wings” pizzas did I eat this year???
  • Eternal Abundance

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  • Say Hello Sweets – vegan ice cream truck – toasted marshmallow is a personal fave
  • Cartems donuts!

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Going vegan in Vancouver was easy as (virtuous) pie!