December 24 – Day 259

National Eggnog Day

I hate the shit that comes in the carton every Christmas season – vegan or na… bleck

This year I had a sort of a frozen chai version of eggnog

IMG_9972

Combined coconut milk ice cream, rum, almond milk, vanilla and chai spice

Garnish with mint and a sprinkle of nutmeg and clove

IMG_8919

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

IMG_8897

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

IMG_8896

They turned out pretty good !

IMG_8895

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 :

imageService.jpeg

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

 

IMG_8993.png

December 13 – Day 348

December 13 is National Hot Cocoa Day 

Nabbed myself a coconut milk hot cocoa from a nearby coffee shop. The barista went through great pains to make a beautiful latte tulip design, but FILLED THE JESUS THING TO THE BRIM LEAVING ME NO CHOICE BUT TO SPILL THE BITCH ALL OVER THE GOD DAMN SAUCER WHEN I PICKED IT UP

IMG_2215.jpg

JUST LOOK AT IT! What a nightmare.

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

IMG_6666.JPG

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

IMG_5359-2.jpg

National Sugar Cookie Day

IMG_4952.jpg

National Peanut Butter Cookie Day   – recipe included!

IMG_4824.jpg

National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day – heart warming story included

IMG_1525.jpg

National Chocolate Covered Raisin Day – recipe included

IMG_3615.jpg

NATIONAL OREO DAY omg – this post was a doozy

IMG_0363.jpg

 

 

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”

redhot32

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.

IMG_5608.JPG

November 29 – Day 334

National Rice Cake

The food I always forget about but honestly think is great

I generally go for the brown rice cakes, when I am eating them for real (like with hummus and avocado, or with PB & banana), but for this holiday, I went ‘crrrazzzzyy’ by getting some dill pickle flavoured rice cake chips

IMG_5576

Pure salt and MSG no doubt

But I’ll be damned if they didn’t take a mean photo

IMG_5571.JPG

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

IMG_5582.JPG

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

IMG_5578.JPG

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’

 

cashew-nut-growing_mini

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

IMG_5556.JPG

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

tenor.gif

it’ not real cheese either