Saturday, November 26, 2016

Cake Making and Veg News Mac n Cheez

Made a German chocolate cake for my husband's birthday.

The recipe is from Susan's fat free vegan blog. The coconut pecan frosting is delicious!

Cheez sauce from Veg News which is cashew, potato and carrot based.

I added peas. This was seriously creamy!

My lunch with a side of stuffing and gravy. 

Friday, November 25, 2016

Good Deals on Vegan Makeup Part 3

Continued from my last makeup post, I've got more goodies to swatch! 

A few samples from Printcess Makeup. Beautiful colors inspired by different literary sources.

I especially wanted to try Farseer which is inspired by my fave fantasy novels The Farseer Trilogy by Robin Hobb.

More from Clean Cauldron's discontinued eyeshadow sale: Sun, Venus, Neptune (free gift) and Pluto.

These are from Printcess Makeup: Top: Farseer, Spice, Bottom: Rogue and Ares 3. 

From Clean Cauldron: Top: Sun, Venus, Bottom: Neptune and Pluto.

In front of some light from a window. 

Directly in front of bright light from window.

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving 2016.

So much to be thankful for, not just today but everyday. Hope you are all enjoying life and lots of food!

Tofurky roast.

Herb stuffing from The Vegan Family Cookbook. My fave.

Huge bowl of fluffy mash.

Mustard green beans from The Complete Vegan Kitchen.

Baked sweet potatoes and apples from The Vegan Family Cookbook.

My plate.

Bryanna's pumpkin pie.

Cinnamon roll Apple pie.

Monday, November 21, 2016

Sunday breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Van's gluten free waffles, tofu scramble and hash brown.

Quesadilla with daiya cheese, Tofurky meat and sundried tomatoes.

Quick Moroccan stew in couscous. Used a container of ready made lentil soup as the base and added potatoes, carrots, apricots, chickpeas and spices. So good!

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Atmosphere Cafe, Venice Grind and Brownies.

Took a nice walk to have lunch at a neighborhood cafe that opened up not long ago.

I had the Forager sandwich which had kale salad, avocado, sprouts, pickled onion and roasted grapes on delicious multigrain bread.

Husband had a French classic, Croque Monsieur and we shared fries.

Afterwards we walked a block to Venice Grind. I had a decaf soy latte. The brew tasted molasses-y. I wonder if it was a holiday flavored espresso. It was good.

Came home and made a batch of Duncan Hines brownies. Here they are cooling.

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Lunch and Dinner.

I experimented with sandwich filling ideas and came up with this tasty sandwich. Roasted red pepper hummus, thinly sliced carrot, jalapeño havarti Daiya cheese and lettuce. And mayo too!

For dinner I gave into pregnancy cravings for comforting foods. I cooked up some Gardein chick'n nuggets (they come as Mandarin orange chick'n but I just omitted the sauce). Then I tossed them with BBQ sauce and served with mash and peas. Yum!

Monday, November 14, 2016

Good Deals on Vegan Makeup Part 2!

The deals keep coming and I just received these today! Clean Cauldron on Etsy are discontinuing all of their eyeshadows so I was able to get some for around $2-3 each! If you like what you see, head over to the Etsy shop now before they are all gone!

Adorable packaging!

Sweet! My mini haul!

Top to bottom: Mars, Harvest Moon and Lantern.

Top to bottom: Foiled Again, Garnet, Peridot (free gift).

This eyeshadow I got on Amazon for $6.99 from the company Honeybee Gardens. The color is Passage to India which is a rich copper red brown. That's a lot of product for that price! (How can people pay $16 for a tiny pan of MAC eyeshadow?)

Passage to India by Honeybee Gardens, Foiled Again and Garnet by Clean Cauldron. 

Mars, Lantern, Harvest Moon, Peridot. Lantern is gorgeous! It's a light orange with pink duochrome.

It's official. I don't have enough eyes for all these eyeshadows in my collection! But they sure are fun to experiment with.

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Four Alarm Chili & Sushi Rolls

I made the Four Alarm Chili from 1,000 Vegan Recipes. So delicious! I added some crumbled Trader Joes veggie meatballs to make it meatier. Served with buttered (earth balance) corn tortillas.
Pic from last night's light supper. Sushi rolls with tofu and veggies.

This stuff is so good!

Friday, November 11, 2016


Got out of work early today and when I got home, I made a pot of illy decaf. My fave way to prepare is to heat about 1/4 cup vanilla soymilk in a mug, pour in the brewed coffee to the top and stir in a tsp of agave. It's delicious! I've been drinking mainly decaf as I'm not allowed too much caffeine because of the baby. Illy decaf and Peet's decaf Major Dickison are my favorites.

The other night I had this delicious Gardein beefless burger with Follow Your Heart cheese for dinner. With all the fixin's.

Favorite fruit to eat during pregnancy. It's sweet and refreshing and hydrating! Also curbs sweet and snack cravings. I've only gained 7 lbs in 6 months and my doc is happy with that.

Here's a pic of our little guy with his hands over his face. :) 

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Duncan Hines brownies veganized.

Yum. Needed these last night badly. To make them vegan get a box of this:

Pour mix into a bowl and stir in 1/2 tsp baking powder, 1/4 cup water, 1/2 cup oil and 3 TB ground flax seeds mixed with 6 TB warm water. Stir until lumps are gone and pour into a square baking tin. Bake at 350 F for about 30 minutes until toothpick comes out clean. Cool then cut into squares.