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Monthly Archives: February 2012

Favorite Recipe Sites

I haven’t posted any recipes lately, so I thought I would share with you the sites and blogs I frequent for inspiration. As many of you know, I am vegan however, my family is not, so I will share both vegan and non-vegan recipe sites.

One of my absolute favorite blogs is Fat Free Vegan

I love all the recipes Susan Voisin shares and her food photos are just wonderful. The blog is super easy to navigate and search for recipes. She also has a website which you can find here.

Some of my favorite dishes have come from this recipe sharing site. They also have a Facebook page. 

Chocolate Covered Katie

A must if you have a sweet tooth like mine. Healthy and dessert are two words that this blog actually ties together. I swear I was eating a Chocolate Covered Katie milkshake every night for awhile;) You absolutely have to try her Cake Batter Shake.


Non-Vegan Recipes

My Recipes

Tons of recipes on this site all separated by category. They even have a kid category for kid-friendly recipes.


Rachel Ray

Not many people don’t like Rachel Ray. She has some great recipes. My family loves her Buffalo Chicken Chili Mac. She also loves animals and donates part of the sales of her Nutrish Just 6 Dog Food to charity!


Food Network

When I’m looking for a specific recipe, Food Network is my go-to site. There are so many recipes, chefs, and shows to choose from chances are they will have what I am looking for. My hubby loves Paula Dean’s Shrimp and Scallop Lasagna. I’ve modified it some and the result (i’m told) is a delicious, creamy, seafood lasagna.



Purina One Beyond Cat Food – 0.57 at Walmart!

Right now at Walmart you can get Purina One Beyond cat food for only 0.57 for a 1lb. box! In the Sunday paper this past week, there was a $2.00/1 Purina One Beyond coupon.  Good for ANY size cat food, the dog food coupon does have restrictions so, this deal is for cat food only.

Purina One Beyond Cat Food- $2.57

Use (1) $2/1Purina One Brand dry dog food 3lb or larger or Purina One Beyond Brand dry dog food or dry cat food, any size, any variety (SS 2/26 exp 4/6)

Final Price 0.57!

This is why I always save all the coupons in the insert. Even though I do not use this brand of cat food for Pickle, I will be picking some up. For 0.57 each, I can pick up a few boxes for the SPCA. I’m sure the kitties there will appreciate it!


Thanks, Krazy Coupon Lady!

World Spay Day 2012, Help Save Lives!

Did you know that today is World Spay Day? World Spay Day is an event sponsored by the Humane Society to encourage owners to have their pets spayed or neutered. The month of February is spay/neuter awareness month and, in addition to World Spay Day, there are events going on all month long.

This is a great opportunity for people all over the world to join together for a common cause: saving animals lives. By spaying and neutering companion animals and feral animals alike, we in turn, are saving millions of lives from euthanasia in shelters or death on the streets.

Past and current events include: low/no cost spay and neuter clinics, low/no cost veterinary care, fundraising events for low/no cost spay and neuter clinics and educational events on the benefits of spaying and neutering your pet.

Many shelters, veterinarians, and other animal organizations are involved in events throughout the world for this special day (or I should say special month). To find an event in your area click here. There really are events everywhere, especially on the east coast.

So, if you haven’t already, get your pet spayed or neutered. It really is a life-saving operation and your pet will thank you. In addition to preventing unwanted pregnancies, spaying or neutering your pet can also prevent cancers and other diseases later in life. I can’t tell you how many times animals have come into the shelter with cancer and tumors that could have been prevented had they been spayed or neutered earlier on in life. Do your pet a favor and have them spayed or neutered!

New Weis Coupons Available

Weis Markets just released a new batch of coupons. Head over to their Facebook page to print the newest coupons. They include: $1/1 Weis Quality shredded cheese, $1/2 Weis Quality Butter Quarters, $1/2 Weis cocktail or tartar sauce, $2/1  12oz pkg Full Circle Fish Fillets. Coupons are good until March 10th.

Get Ready for Friskies Plus Day


Purina’s Friskies  is celebrating leap year by calling it Plus Day in honor of their new Purina Friskies Plus food. They are having FIVE giveaways on Wed Feb 29th as part of their Plus Day activities. If 200 people  share their post then they will add another giveaway, making the giveaway total SIX! Make sure to go ahead and like the Friskies Facebook page in preparation for Wed. Their post states that some of the giveaways will happen at night so be on the lookout all day (and night) long to snag some cool kitty toys and treats. It doesn’t state how many prizes will be available total, but with possibly six giveaways, I’m sure there is a great chance of getting a prize for your kitty friend.

I’ll be sure to keep you posted when I see the giveaways pop up!

While your on their Facebook page, make sure you print the B1G1 coupon available.

Interview with Lindsay Nixon from Happy Herbivore!

I recently had the privilege of interviewing cookbook author, and blogger, Lindsay Nixon. Lindsay is the author of two plant-based cookbooks, Happy Herbivore and Everyday Happy Herbivore.
She is also the owner of the blog, Happy Herbivore. I think she is pretty awesome because she has helped me lose eight pounds in the last two months with her 1,200 calorie meal plans.
I asked Lindsay questions that I thought my readers would be interested in hearing the answers to and maybe inspiring them to eat plant-based as well.

 Interview with Lindsay Nixon 
1)How long have you been vegan?
I don’t identify as a vegan (see: but I’ve followed a plant-based diet since December 2006.
2)How do you deal with limited access to dairy substitutes and vegan convenience foods?
You don’t need either of these foods to be plant-based, or vegan, and you should avoid most of them if you’re trying to maintain a healthy diet. While I think almond milk, soy milk and rice milk are fine (and both rice and almond milk can be made easily at home from rice or almonds) fake meat and fake cheese are heavily processed, often with strange ingredients and lots of fat and fillers. No one needs those things. As a treat once in a while, sure, but I’m doing great without them.
3) What made you start writing cookbooks?
My cookbooks are an extension of my website, Happy Herbivore has been a labor or love — a virtual companion to my mission of showing people that eating a healthy, plant-based diet is easy, affordable, realistic and delicious.When my website grew in popularity I was presented with the opportunity to write a cookbook. I looked at it as another tool, another way I can get my message out there. so I wrote it. My first book was successful (I feel very lucky and blessed) that it afforded me to write a second book and now I’m writing my third.
4)What is one of your favorite ingredients?
It goes in waves. I was obsessed with hot sauce for a while, then Dijon mustard, then chipotle powder and now I’m crazy for smoked paprika.
5) This brings me to my next question. What is one of your favorite recipes?
Asking a chef to pick their favorite recipe is like asking a parent to pick their favorite child 🙂
6) What do you snack on?
I’m not really much of a snacker. If I find myself hungry between meals I’ll grab raw veggies, like carrots. I really like jicama with lime juice.
7) How did you adjust to life in the Caribbean? Was it difficult being Vegan?
There are a lot of challenges to living there, especially as someone who is health conscious and plant-based. For example, there were no restaurants that really catered to my diet. One luncheon place had hummus and falafel, another place offered veggie sushi, and the pizza places would leave cheese off if I asked, but that was pretty much it in terms of eating out.Then the grocery store would often run out of items for weeks on end. I can remember we didn’t have bread for a really long time, another time we had no carrots for weeks, we frequently ran out of beans. I would see sweet potatoes, then they were gone for months. Everything has to be flown in, so running out is common place.
It was good for me, though, because it forced me to get creative and the “make it work” approach led to my second cookbook. Anytime someone tells me they can’t be plant-based because of where they live I want to laugh. I lived on a remote island where ingredients were often out — and not only stayed plant-based, but wrote a cookbook. If you have access to beans, grains, fruits and vegetables, you can eat plant-based and really, really well.
8) Do you have any pets?
2 pugs
9) What do you feed your pets?
they are on a home cooked plant-based diet.
10) Are you active in any rescues or animal organizations?
I donate to the ASPCA.
11) Being vegan is more than just eating a plant based diet. How do you incorporate other vegan products in your life? i.e. beauty and personal care products, clothing, shoes, and other items.
As I mentioned before, I don’t consider myself vegan; but I do make an effort to make compassionate choices as much as possible. We make an effort to only buy products that are eco-friendly, vegan and not tested on animals. Basically, if a vegan option exists, we choose that one. I believe we vote with our dollars so I try to vote for compassion as much as possible.
12) How do you stick to your plant-based diet when you travel?
In the past few years I’ve been to 43 states and 35 places abroad and there hasn’t been one place I went hungry. The options may not always be the most fabulous, but they always exist. It just takes a little patience.
Check out to purchase any of Lindsay’s cookbooks. I’m so excited for her third cookbook to come out! These recipes really do make eating a plant-based diet simple and convenient.

Inspired Silver- Earrings $5 Shipped!

This weekend head over to Inspired Silver’s site to score a pair of earrings for $5 shipped. Choose from five different styles: Kimisha’s Silver (pictured), Gold or Rose earrings and Jackie’s Rose Gold Disc Hoops or Gold Disc Hoops.I’ve ordered from this site before and was happy with the jewerly I purchased. They ship very quickly and run sales frequently.  Add the code 5EBSHIP to get free shipping. Hurry, this sale is till supplies last or Tues the 28th.

Note: Due to special prices orders placed with promotional $5 or $10 cards will not be processed and will become void. This is stated on their website.