I made Coconut Cream Cupcakes! Nummy <3

I made Coconut Cream Cupcakes! Nummy <3

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The thoughts that go through my mind…

I hate when you cut up an abundance of cheese and pickles for constructing little cracker sandwiches, and the ratio between the three are off, so you end up with more cheese then pickles, and despite your attempt to double your cheese up, your sandwiches just don’t taste the same, thus, resulting in you having to go and cut up MORE pickles…. and then it just turns into a vicious cycle and a belly ache…
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I finally made biscotti!! Some of them are covered in a homemade royal icing glaze, others are covered in chocolate, and the rest are left plain.. but they&#8217;re not as pretty! Perfect for tea time &lt;3

I finally made biscotti!! Some of them are covered in a homemade royal icing glaze, others are covered in chocolate, and the rest are left plain.. but they’re not as pretty!

Perfect for tea time <3

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"Let’s make a deal. If you promise to watch a video of what goes on in a slaughterhouse, I’ll watch a video of a strawberry harvest."
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I don&#8217;t know about you, but when Christmas season rolls around I&#8217;m like a little kid in a candy shop! I love everything about it- from pastries to Christmas trees, if it has something to do with Jolly Ol&#8217; Saint Nick you know I&#8217;ll dig it! 
So, whats on my cruelty-free-Christmas-&#8216;To-do&#8217; list this year? 
I like to feed my festive spirits a box full of deliciously decorated short bread cookies!! I&#8217;m talking, ultimate-melt-in-your-mouth-buttery bites of Heaven! Check out this basic recipe to master your cookie skills! (Also, to make to-die-for sugar cookies, opt for white sugar instead of confectioners, and wa-la! Although I have to tell you.. I didn&#8217;t learn that tip on purpose!)
Next on my list: Did you say decorations? Nothing says Christmas more than a cozy home full of Christmas spirit! A tree full of decorations, warm lights, and a couple of snowman ornaments will do the trick. Or, you can set your imagination loose with these fun and original Christmas decorations! 
Christmas Caroling may be for the musically gifted, but hey, nobody said I had to sound good in my home! I love to glide through the holiday season with a couple of good wintery tunes- preferably the oldies! From Bing Crosby to Michael Buble, you name it, it&#8217;s probably playing in my house from November to December! (Okay, okay.. January)
And of course, no winter season is complete without a bit of snowman building, snow fort sculpting, big ol&#8217; face-full-of-snow-ball fighting! So get your groove on (aka: your snowpants) and get rollin&#8217; in the snow. ( Hey if it can&#8217;t be dough&#8217;&#8230;) 
Chilly from your flash-frozen escapades? I love to snuggle on my couch with a cup of warm hot chocolate, a swirl of candy-cane, and the perfect touch of cinnamon to warm up my frozen fingers! 
Last but not least, I set my Christmas mood with all of those I love! Nothing gets me in the spirit better than having a good laugh with my family and friends! :) 
Merry Christmas season everyone!! &lt;3 

I don’t know about you, but when Christmas season rolls around I’m like a little kid in a candy shop! I love everything about it- from pastries to Christmas trees, if it has something to do with Jolly Ol’ Saint Nick you know I’ll dig it! 

So, whats on my cruelty-free-Christmas-‘To-do’ list this year? 

  • I like to feed my festive spirits a box full of deliciously decorated short bread cookies!! I’m talking, ultimate-melt-in-your-mouth-buttery bites of Heaven! Check out this basic recipe to master your cookie skills! (Also, to make to-die-for sugar cookies, opt for white sugar instead of confectioners, and wa-la! Although I have to tell you.. I didn’t learn that tip on purpose!)
  • Next on my list: Did you say decorations? Nothing says Christmas more than a cozy home full of Christmas spirit! A tree full of decorations, warm lights, and a couple of snowman ornaments will do the trick. Or, you can set your imagination loose with these fun and original Christmas decorations! 
  • Christmas Caroling may be for the musically gifted, but hey, nobody said I had to sound good in my home! I love to glide through the holiday season with a couple of good wintery tunes- preferably the oldies! From Bing Crosby to Michael Buble, you name it, it’s probably playing in my house from November to December! (Okay, okay.. January)
  • And of course, no winter season is complete without a bit of snowman building, snow fort sculpting, big ol’ face-full-of-snow-ball fighting! So get your groove on (aka: your snowpants) and get rollin’ in the snow. ( Hey if it can’t be dough’…) 
  • Chilly from your flash-frozen escapades? I love to snuggle on my couch with a cup of warm hot chocolate, a swirl of candy-cane, and the perfect touch of cinnamon to warm up my frozen fingers! 
  • Last but not least, I set my Christmas mood with all of those I love! Nothing gets me in the spirit better than having a good laugh with my family and friends! :) 

Merry Christmas season everyone!! <3 

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Where’s your favorite place to shop for cruelty free gifts?

It’s finally Christmas time- Tis’ the season to shop cruelty free! Where do you go to find the ultimate-perfect gifts? 

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earth-jam asked:

Hey! I've been hearing some different things about tofu, if it's actually healthy or not.. but I've always thought that tofu was pretty healthy. What's your take on it?

Hello! I think there is forever going to be a debate of whether tofu is healthy for you or not, but, it is also no different then the on-going argument of whether read meat is healthy or harmful. Unfortunately for us, its really hard to get a good idea of who’s argument is correct. I have a really hard time trusting most of the articles I read saying that tofu is 100% terrible, given the competition between industries. 

I think if you’re completely depending on tofu for your entire protein intake (eating it all the time in large quantities) it CAN begin to wear on your health, no different then real meat (or anything for that matter) However I believe eating it in smaller, controlled portions, can actually be quite beneficial. 

 So, given that the debate will not subside anytime soon, I simply compromise and eat tofu in smaller portions. The best part about being a vegetarian/vegan is the fact that you can get so creative with meals. Tofu can be a delicious entree’ or the perfect centre piece for a main course meal. OR try getting a little crazy and create a few meals without the use of tofu at all! 

I hope that answered your question! If you have anymore I would love to try my best to answer them :) 

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Company: Tofurky Product: Smoky Maple Tempeh Bacon Verdict: 2/5For the longest time I&#8217;ve been craving a BLT. I&#8217;m talking, pile on the mayo, add a bunch of crunchy lettuce, and topped off with a thousand pieces of crispy soy bacon, BLT! The problem is, I haven&#8217;t been able to find any vegetarian bacon products near me. That is until the hopeful day (or so I thought at the time) my local health food store brought in Smoky Maple Tempeh Bacon! 
For $4.00 you get a decent amount of bacon strips, I&#8217;d say around 12 pieces altogether (however, they are quite small, approximately the length of your pointer finger). The directions say to fry the bacon strips in 2 tablespoons of cooking oil. So I did. I followed the directions to a T, cooking them until crispy. One thing that was bugging me while cooking them was that some of the strips were falling apart- they were quite thin, so flipping them became a chore. 
But, because my stomach was grumbling and my craving for soy bacon was getting stronger, I carried on. I placed 3 pieces of the bacon on my sandwich.
The first bite wasn&#8217;t any more than decent. Just OK- nothing special, but it slightly curbed my craving. However, bite number two definitely gave me the true taste. I can honestly say, that these bacon strips were not meant for me. They were gritty, and un-like real bacon, dry. To me, they actually tasted like the grit at the bottom of the real, extra greasy, bacon pan. NOT what I was going for. And to top it all off, after eating my sandwich out of pure hunger anyways, I began to feel nauseous. I literally could not stand the smell, which by the way did NOT smell like delicious smoky maple, but more like 4-day old grease and grit. 
All in all, not impressed at all. The reason it did receive a 2/5 was the fact it was at least vegetarian. However, I think it needs to take an extra step or two to receive the &#8220;delicious&#8221; label! 
The Verdict 
Pros
Vegetarian/Vegan
Cons
Tasted like grit
Super dry
Crumbly 
It did not taste like bacon- thus leaving me feeling nauseated and with an ever-growing craving for a BLT

Company: Tofurky 
Product: Smoky Maple Tempeh Bacon 
Verdict: 2/5

For the longest time I’ve been craving a BLT. I’m talking, pile on the mayo, add a bunch of crunchy lettuce, and topped off with a thousand pieces of crispy soy bacon, BLT! The problem is, I haven’t been able to find any vegetarian bacon products near me. That is until the hopeful day (or so I thought at the time) my local health food store brought in Smoky Maple Tempeh Bacon! 

For $4.00 you get a decent amount of bacon strips, I’d say around 12 pieces altogether (however, they are quite small, approximately the length of your pointer finger). The directions say to fry the bacon strips in 2 tablespoons of cooking oil. So I did. I followed the directions to a T, cooking them until crispy. One thing that was bugging me while cooking them was that some of the strips were falling apart- they were quite thin, so flipping them became a chore. 

But, because my stomach was grumbling and my craving for soy bacon was getting stronger, I carried on. I placed 3 pieces of the bacon on my sandwich.

The first bite wasn’t any more than decent. Just OK- nothing special, but it slightly curbed my craving. However, bite number two definitely gave me the true taste. I can honestly say, that these bacon strips were not meant for me. They were gritty, and un-like real bacon, dry. To me, they actually tasted like the grit at the bottom of the real, extra greasy, bacon pan. NOT what I was going for. And to top it all off, after eating my sandwich out of pure hunger anyways, I began to feel nauseous. I literally could not stand the smell, which by the way did NOT smell like delicious smoky maple, but more like 4-day old grease and grit. 

All in all, not impressed at all. The reason it did receive a 2/5 was the fact it was at least vegetarian. However, I think it needs to take an extra step or two to receive the “delicious” label! 

The Verdict 

Pros

  • Vegetarian/Vegan

Cons

  • Tasted like grit
  • Super dry
  • Crumbly 
  • It did not taste like bacon- thus leaving me feeling nauseated and with an ever-growing craving for a BLT
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Who is Your Vegetarian/Vegan Role Model?

I want to know- who do you look up to as a veggie inspiration?

Me? Well, Paul McCartney of course ;) 

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Company: Madison Street Beauty Products: Mineral Eyeshadows, Foundations, and BlushesVerdict: 5/5
 Makeup that looks utterly flawless is a goal all women strive to achieve. However, if you don&#8217;t have good quality makeup to work with, well, you&#8217;re pretty much just going nowhere fast with an increasingly lighter wallet! However, thankfully for my skin and my wallet, Madison Street Beauty designs affordable mineral makeup that I will forever vouch for. It&#8217;s gentle, with coverage and pigment that is extremely build-able, leaving you in complete control of the look you want to achieve, without the greasy, slippery look most liquid makeups leave you with.  
   I can happily say that I&#8217;m completely confident in using Madison Street Beauty products on a daily basis without the stress of wondering if it has creased, or worse, completely disappeared! Their long-lasting, highly-pigmented mineral eyeshadows are designed to make your eyes pop with an array of colours from delicate pastels to unique vibrant brights. And it gets better- adding a small amount of water to a pinch of eyeshadow creates a one-of-a-kind liquid eyeliner!
 A small amount of the Mineral Foundation helps create a soft and natural look while giving you a long lasting, build-able coverage formulated just for you-  ideal for the makeup savvy (or un-savvy!) lady. I also found that using a shade lighter than your foundation doubles as a highlighter-applying a small amount to your cheek and brow bones helps accentuate your facial features.. for cheap! 
 Add their perfectly pigmented blushes to your routine for a pinch of peach or a swipe of pink to add a bit of life to your now flawlessly-canvased skin! Now you&#8217;re set for a night on the town! ;) 
 You can find Madison Street Beauty&#8217;s products on their beautiful Etsy Shop at, www.etsy.com/MadisonStreetBeauty.com 
AND, thanks to the wonderful creator of Madison Street Beauty products, Bridget, she has provided us lucky ducks with a coupon code for 50% OFF YOUR ORDER in regards to the celebration of her parents 30th wedding anniversary!! Just type in OCT25 at the check out! Happy shopping! :) 
The Lowdown; 
Pros
Highly Pigmented, long lasting formulas
Extremely gentle and light
A huge variety of products and best of all.. colours!
Natural 
Hypo-allergenic 
Not tested on animals
Cons 
I can honestly say there aren&#8217;t any cons with these products, they are definitely something I would recommend investing in! 
http://www.etsy.com/shop/MadisonStreetBeauty

Company: Madison Street Beauty 
Products: Mineral Eyeshadows, Foundations, and Blushes
Verdict: 5/5

Makeup that looks utterly flawless is a goal all women strive to achieve. However, if you don’t have good quality makeup to work with, well, you’re pretty much just going nowhere fast with an increasingly lighter wallet! However, thankfully for my skin and my wallet, Madison Street Beauty designs affordable mineral makeup that I will forever vouch for. It’s gentle, with coverage and pigment that is extremely build-able, leaving you in complete control of the look you want to achieve, without the greasy, slippery look most liquid makeups leave you with.  

  I can happily say that I’m completely confident in using Madison Street Beauty products on a daily basis without the stress of wondering if it has creased, or worse, completely disappeared! Their long-lasting, highly-pigmented mineral eyeshadows are designed to make your eyes pop with an array of colours from delicate pastels to unique vibrant brights. And it gets better- adding a small amount of water to a pinch of eyeshadow creates a one-of-a-kind liquid eyeliner!

A small amount of the Mineral Foundation helps create a soft and natural look while giving you a long lasting, build-able coverage formulated just for you-  ideal for the makeup savvy (or un-savvy!) lady. I also found that using a shade lighter than your foundation doubles as a highlighter-applying a small amount to your cheek and brow bones helps accentuate your facial features.. for cheap! 

Add their perfectly pigmented blushes to your routine for a pinch of peach or a swipe of pink to add a bit of life to your now flawlessly-canvased skin! Now you’re set for a night on the town! ;) 

You can find Madison Street Beauty’s products on their beautiful Etsy Shop at, www.etsy.com/MadisonStreetBeauty.com 

AND, thanks to the wonderful creator of Madison Street Beauty products, Bridget, she has provided us lucky ducks with a coupon code for 50% OFF YOUR ORDER in regards to the celebration of her parents 30th wedding anniversary!! Just type in OCT25 at the check out! Happy shopping! :) 

The Lowdown; 

Pros

  • Highly Pigmented, long lasting formulas
  • Extremely gentle and light
  • A huge variety of products and best of all.. colours!
  • Natural 
  • Hypo-allergenic 
  • Not tested on animals

Cons 

  • I can honestly say there aren’t any cons with these products, they are definitely something I would recommend investing in! 

http://www.etsy.com/shop/MadisonStreetBeauty

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