Spirit Halloween posted this coupon on their Facebook page. I figured my readers would be interested! It's good for 20% off a single item in-store or on spirithalloween.com. Enjoy!
I know, I'm FINALLY putting up that review post I've been talking about. I've been dealing with health issues, and was ordered to severely restrict sitting, which makes typing and posting tough. I hope my readers find it worth the wait! All but one of these are food items. And most were products I'd bought (usually either on sale or with a coupon), I noted any that I got for free.
As with my "Some products I'd like to review" post, these reviews were written over time, and so might be a bit disjointed. I wanted to note my impressions while they were still fresh in my mind, even if it meant the post's continuity is a bit wonky. And these are MY opinions, though I'm sharing them in an effort to help you save money (after all, spending money on something you'll waste is far from frugal!). Anyway, on to the reviews:
That "product review" post IS coming! I've got two things left to try, and write up my thoughts. I expect to have it up within a week or less, if all goes well. Since they're reviews of things I bought (for the most part) or otherwise don't have to put up a blog post, I figure I can take my time.
Anyway, I wanted to share just a few links.
In the past, I had shared a couple ways to earn money from home. See my "Work from home" post (NOTE: I don't recommend InboxDollars anymore, as explained here. And CashCrate did pay out without complication, so I do recommend them) and "Two Paid Survey Sites". I recently stumbled across this list of "17 Solitary Ways for Introverts to Make Money" and wanted to share it with my readers. Also, I'd like to mention TopCashBack. While there are many sites out there that give you a percentage back on purchases, this is my favourite. It's easy to use, and the rebate rates are pretty good. I haven't yet received a payout, but I can tell you that the Customer Service people are friendly and helpful (unlike some other cash back sites I've dealt with).
And though I may have mentioned it before (I don't recall), I'd like to suggest Lending Club if you need a personal loan. Checking for your rate is easy and quick, and won't affect your credit score! Interest rates will vary, based on your credit (and who decides to back your loan). Best of all, the money is deposited into your account quickly, so if you need cash in a hurry....
And finally, I want to share this. The wording is NOT my own, but I do love eBay (I've been on there for many years, as both a buyer and seller): I love eBay and I think you will too! Make your first purchase using my referral link and we’ll both get $10 to spend on our next orders! Check it out—fashion, tech, vehicle parts and accessories and more brand new items under $10!- https://ebay.us/f2ITas
That's it for now. The next post will be a bunch of reviews! lol.
Until next time....
Sorry it's been so long. There was a LOT going on this spring, and not in a good way. I AM working on the review post I have been talking about for a while! I swear! In fact, a few of the products have already been typed up and saved in a document. Anyway, on to today's post....
Yesterday was Cinco de Mayo. I wrote a post called "Cinco De Mayo/Mother's Day" two years ago. Well, I want to share a recipe that I whipped up yesterday.
There are probably a million recipes for masa dough online, most containing lard and chicken broth. There are some Vegetarian ones out there too, often using corn oil or coconut oil and water (I tried one Vegetarian recipe and it was SO dry). This is my adaptation of a more traditional recipe (though I DO use an electric mixer, lol).
Other recipes for Jackfruit tamales that I've seen call for making your own seasoned sauce and adding it to canned Jackfruit in brine. You could go that route (here's a recipe, if you wish to try). But I went with something much more simple: preseasoned Jackfruit from The Jackfruit Company (I reviewed some of their products a while back, as you may recall).
Without further preamble, on to the recipe!
I know St Patrick's Day is over, but you'll have this for next year (or whenever you're wanting an impressive meatless "Corned beef"). In my last post, I mentioned I was going to be tweaking a recipe. Well, I'd say I went WAY beyond tweaking!
This is my first time sharing a full-fledged recipe, so please be kind with the comments.
This "brisket" made enough for me to have two decent servings hot. Plus a couple sandwiches of cold "beef" with cheese and Jalapeno mustard. AND a small snack of cold "meat". That said, you could probably double it if you're feeding more than one or two. I can't say whether it tastes like the real thing, but I CAN say it was amazing!
It was initially inspired by the "Corned beef" at Wicked Vegan. A lot of red seitan recipes (such as Connie's RAWsome "Corned beef" [thanks for the comment, Connie!]) use beets, so I decided to puree in some canned beets. Unfortunately, the finished product had only a slightly red tint to the otherwise brownish "meat". The cooking liquid/marinade was a mashup. A lot of recipes for corning involve salt, sugar, juniper berries, and spices. I subbed rosemary, because again...who has juniper berries? And I decided to go with pickling spice and a bit of caraway, because it was easier than combining spices. The idea for adding pickle juice and beet juice came from this marinade.
So, without further preamble...
I promise, I DO have a review post (and a couple other things) in the works. But for now, I hope you enjoy this post!
St. Patrick's Day is almost here. I posted about this holiday twice so far:
St. Patrick's Day (recipes) and St. Pat's Part II (crafts), but I wanted to share a few new links and ideas I've found.
First, how about a Full Irish Breakfast? Traditionally, it has bacon (I mention Veg*n "bacon" later in this post), sausages (Vegetarian include Morningstar Farms, and Quorn. Vegan include Amy's, Field Roast, and Tofurky), eggs (Vegan versions here), soda bread or Boxty (here's a Vegan version), and MAY include baked beans (several brands have Vegetarian baked beans), black pudding (Vegetarian) and/or white pudding (Vegetarian), fried tomatoes, and/or cooked mushrooms.
If you're looking for Corned beef (and who isn't?) There's this recipe for Vegan “Corned beef”, which I have made (using the rosemary substitution in place of juniper berries, because who has juniper berries? lol). I really liked it, though I plan to make some tweaks this year to see if I can make it even better. Also, here's a NEW recipe for "VEGAN CORNED BEEF REUBEN WITH RUSSIAN DRESSING"! I haven't tried this one, but this "Corned beef" recipe is highly recommended in a seitan group I am in. Also, here's a super easy mock "Corned beef hash", using Beyond Burgers. What if you can't eat gluten, and the Beyond Burger isn't available in your area yet? Well, you can try this Corned Jackfruit, just remember to start it 24 hours in advance!
It has recently come to my attention that while we in the USA think of Corned beef and cabbage, it's more traditional in Ireland to have bacon and cabbage. So here's a recipe for a Vegan version. For Vegetarian "bacon", there is Morningstar Farms. Vegan brands include Sweet Earth (which I don't care for, personally), Lightlife, and Uptons Naturals (I haven't tried this one).
Shepherd's Pie is also traditional fare. Here's a Vegan recipe using either lentils or "beef" crumbles (I've made this using Beyond Meat crumbles, though Morningstar Farms or your favourite brand will do).
In my first St. Pat's post, I shared a (mushroom based) Irish Stew. Well, I've found another that looks like it may even have a deeper flavour!
I also shared a link to some Irish Soda Bread recipes, but what if you are cooking for one or two? Try these delicious Mini Irish Soda Breads for Two.
Colcannon is a traditional side dish. Try this one if you're Vegan.
Barmbrack is an Irish cake. Here's a Vegan version.
Here are 30 VEGAN ST PATRICK’S DAY RECIPES - including mains, sides, a Vegan Shamrock Shake, homemade Vegan Bailey's, and desserts. Though many don't seem very traditional.
Again, don't forget to check out my first St Pat's blog post for more recipes, including more Corned "beef" recipes (even a "quick Corned beef" for my meat-eating readers), desserts, and beverages (including a Shamrock Shake copycat)!
Also coming up is Ostara and Easter. First, please check out Some Spring Festivals.
Last time, I focused more on Easter (and a bit on Purim, Holi, and Passover). So, here are a couple Vegetarian Ostara recipes. An Ostara Souffle (not sure HOW you could Veganize that one, unless you used Follow Your Heart VeganEggs [which I've yet to try] and Vegan cheeses/milk). Here's an extensive list of recipes and food-gift ideas that are all Vegan! These aren't all Veg*n, but (except the lamb) could easily be subbed...a Veg*n "chicken" broth here, some non-dairy milk there, egg replacers, etc. And I DID include a seitan "lamb" recipe in my earlier post.
A few ideas for decorating for Ostara (could work for those who celebrate Easter [or both!] too).
As mentioned, my Some Spring Festivals post had a LOT of Easter recipes (ranging from eggs and vegan eggs, "lamb" and "ham" recipes, sides, to desserts). It also includes a list of Veg-friendly Easter candy (including some to make yourself) AND crafts (including options for decorating eggs...even if you're Vegan!). So, check it out!
I'd also like to mention a new-ish item. Tofurky now has a Vegan Ham! I haven't been able to get my hands on it, so I can't say how it tastes. But if you don't want to make your own, it's one option (others include the "Cheerful Ham" and THIS).
And finally, I'd like to end this post with 80 Vegetarian Easter Recipes Everyone Will Love.
I hope you enjoyed this post. Until next time....
I am working on trying some products to review in a post soon. But meanwhile....
This year is very odd. Tuesday is Mardi Gras. And Wednesday is Valentine's Day (but also the start of Lent for those who are Catholic. That's going to be one tough day!). Even more amusing (to me, anyway) is that Easter falls on April Fool's Day, but that's not what this post is about.
Let me start with Mardi Gras. My last Mardi Gras post was entirely focused on food and drink. I've got a few more recipe links for you. As well as some DIY craft ideas.
Here is a quite extensive list of Vegetarian Mardi Gras recipes, including mains, sides, desserts, and mocktails! A few more recipes from Vegetarian Times. And a small article from VegNews with Vegan recipes and alcohol suggestions.
Here is a page with a few less-traditional dessert recipes (like a monkey bread and Mardi Gras cookies), printable decorations and masks, as well as a few crafts. Here is an "Elegant, Easy, DIY Mardi Gras Centerpiece". "25 MARDI GRAS DIY IDEAS" has some recipes [not all Veg-friendly, though you CAN substitute] as well as decorations, masks, a hat you can make, and even a nail art idea!). If you have (or buy) Mardi Gras beads, you can use them to make a wreath or some cones. Find out how, here! And finally, "DIY Mardi Gras Party Decor – Under $50" tells you how to make gorgeously decorated masks in bulk AND an easy centerpiece on a budget.
Now, on to Valentine's Day (aka Singles Awareness Day)! First, check out my last Valentine's Day post for a good mix of decorations, homemade cards, and recipes.
Vegetarian Times has some recipes (both Vegetarian and Vegan). Also, check out "10 Romantic Vegetarian Valentine’s Day Recipes", "25 Vegetarian Recipes for Your Valentine's Day Dinner", and "26 Ways To Cook Dinner For Your Favorite Vegetarian" for more ideas.
Country Living has 42 DIY crafts for Valentine's Day. Here are 31 more. "31 Creative Ideas for Valentines Day Decorations" and "18 Sweet and Simple DIY Valentine's Day Decorations" also have some ideas. While "35+ Unique DIY Valentine’s Day Gifts For Men" and "31 Homemade Valentine’s Day Gifts for Her" can help you come up with some gift ideas, even if you don't have money to spend.
What if you're celebrating Singles Awareness Day? Well, here are "10 single serve recipes for Singles Awareness Day". Vegetarians: In the "Mexican Salsa + Steak Salad", try a seitan steak (such as this one), some "steak" strips by Morningstar Farms or Gardein, or see if you can get your hands on some Viana Cowgirl Veggie Steaks in time. And use your favourite veggie "bacon" for the "Veggie + Bacon Hash with Eggs". Vegans, sub out the cheeses with Vegan cheese, eggs with your favourite replacer (for "Veggie + Bacon Hash with Eggs", you could try the VeganEgg or make a Vegan sunny-side up "egg" yourself), and butter with a Vegan option (such as Melt!). I've mentioned options for all for all of these in past posts.
Or you can throw a party for all your single friends. Some ideas on planning can be found on Buzzfeed.
Well, that's it for now. Until next time....
Sorry I haven't posted in so very long. Between all the holiday crazies, the internationally famous snowstorm, and then my laptop dying.... And since getting a new laptop and getting it all set up, I haven't felt up to posting (part of it is due to physical and mental health issues).
Anyway, I wanted to share 4 giveaways that I was made aware of via an email from PinchMe:
Win the adventure of a lifetime to Iceland, worth $4,000+!
Be my Valentine giveaway, worth $1,500+!
Treat Yourself Giveaway, worth $2,000+!
Give Back to Moms Giveaway, worth $1,200+!
Good luck to all who enter (sadly, I don't get extra entries for sharing. lol)! Until next time....
I suppose "Words of Caution" would be more accurate. But I like how the title sounds. lol.
In my eternal quest to find ways for my readers (and myself) to save money, I am always on the lookout for a deal. When a friend told me about the Wish App (also online at Wish.com), I was thrilled. Yes, the shipping takes a very long time, but the prices are unbeatable!
I signed up and started looking around. Earlier this month, I placed an order. Over $50 worth of stuff. I paid via PayPal, of course. Three days later, Wish canceled each item and refunded my money. Once I discovered this, I went to the site to find out why, and had to click a "support button" - Which told me that I need to submit a copy of my bank statement!
I contacted Wish and told them what happened, and that I had paid via PayPal just DAYS prior (even if it DID appear on a bank statement, it wouldn't be there yet!). I got a form letter back today, telling me that I need to send them a copy of my bank or credit card statement!
Now, it's possible they're a legitimate company. But this demand for financial documents completely unrelated to a transaction (that was fully paid at the time of order) is very sketchy. And the fact that "support" simply sends a form letter making the same demands gives me further pause. So, if you choose to do business with them, please be very cautious!
On a side note, if you haven't checked out my recent Thanksgiving post, please do!
Thanks for reading. Until next time....
Here in the USA, Thanksgiving is coming up again (on the 23rd). I didn't want this to be yet another of my "last minute" posts, so I've been rushing to try to get it done (so please forgive any typos).
First of all, I'd like to suggest that you check out my original Thanksgiving blog. I haven't re-tested the links, so I can't say for sure that they all work, but most likely the majority do. And there are some great ideas there!
Also, on that post, I mentioned that Quorn did not have a product locator. They have since gotten one, so search for the Quorn Turk'y Roast here, if you're looking in the USA. Also, you can get a $1.25 off coupon!
Additionally, I mentioned the Unturkey. I've since found a video that shows how to make it (the print recipe IS confusing...).
To those who eat meat and read my blog: I'm sorry, I searched for turkey coupons for nearly an hour and could only find ones for slices, burgers, etc.
If you REALLY want to get creative, here's a video for a "Tof*cken" (a meatless Turducken). Warning: Strong language! And if you want a meatless Turducken that's a little less labour-intensive, try this one using store-bought mock meats. And if that's not your style, there's the Vegducken (a zucchini inside of an eggplant inside of a butternut squash).
The Gentle Chef has a PDF of Holiday Recipes that you can download for FREE. It has recipes for "turk'y", "ham", "porq", and "roast beaf" (those are his spellings). But also soup and salad, dressing, sides, desserts, and even (though we're getting ahead of ourselves here) nog! I tried the "turk'y", cutting the recipe in half and making only minor substitutions (primarily, I used my preferred simmering broth instead of his homemade vegetable stock). It had an amazing texture, looked good (though not like the book), but didn't have enough flavour for me. Still, most people seem to like it. So, I'd suggest giving it a shot (ahead of time) and then adapting as desired. I haven't tried any of the others, but I've heard the "ham" is great.
Here are "60 Vegetarian Thanksgiving Recipes" from Taste of Home. Please note: I have not checked all the links, so if you come across marshmallows, animal broth, etc, please substitute. I've mentioned subs in previous entries (especially Homemade Cooking Basics).
And "41 Delicious Vegan Thanksgiving Recipes ".
Somehow, I missed a Thanksgiving staple in my first post! Can you believe it? Well, here's a recipe for baked macaroni and cheese. And a Vegan version that doesn't rely on store-bought "cheese" substitutes.
Though I mentioned two pies in my earlier post, here's an interesting idea for a "Four-Flavor Sheet Pan Pie". Just double-check the ingredients in your dough, as many brands contain lard!
When we think of Thanksgiving, we focus on food. But why not make your home festive? Here are "40 Festive and Cozy Ideas for Thanksgiving Decorations"! And "35 Ideas for Easy Thanksgiving Decorating".
Well, that's all for now. I hope you enjoyed reading this blog post, and have found something useful! Until next time....