Sugar-Free Vegan Hot Cocoa

Brr it’s been chili around here! We’ve have snow and frigid weather. Seems like only yesterday was summer. All the better weather to escape into a cozy cup of hot cocoa.

I had some coconut cream left over from the pumpkin pie so I used that as the “milk” base.

This is stevia sweetened but if you hate stevia, feel free to use agave, sugar, or maple syrup or whatever you like. I use NuNatruals Vanilla stevia.

Sugar-Free Dairy-Free Hot Cocoa

(serves 2)

ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup coconut cream (from a can)
  • 2 cups water or non-dairy milk
  • 1/4 cup cocoa
  • 3/4 tsp vanilla stevia, to taste (I used NuNaturals brand)

Heat liquid and coconut cream over a stove. Bring to a simmer. Add all the ingredients and adjust sweetened as needed. Serve in two mugs.

And I’m sorry about Caturday! I think I will get it going again in the new year. Between recovering and my Etsy and making gifts, I am pretty stretched.

Now a cup of cocoa sounds good! Off to the stove I go.

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Vegan Beauty Box November

I got my Vegan Cuts beauty box a few weeks ago and have had a few weeks to use some of the items. Here’s the rundown:

  • North Coast Organics deodorant in Death by Lavender: Cute little mini bar that’s perfect for travel. I prefer this to the one you have to stick your hand into. If were to have to die, going from lavender would be ok as opposed to some alternatives.
  • Pacifica Lip Butter in Coconut Kiss: This is a nice, subtle lip tint. I appreciate adding a new color to my lip repertoire. I am not always the biggest on the lip colors you put your hands in though. (Yeah I don’t like to put my hands in stuff unless I’m doing art.)
  • Earth’s Enrichments bar soap in Fresh Ground Java: This smells amazing! Vegan Beauty Box has the best little soaps. I love the smell of coffee and chocolate and it is helping my skin stay softer too. Favorite item in the box.
  • Rainbow Honey Nail laquer: A nice festive color. I have to get brave enough to put some on.
  • Medusa’s makeup powder: Very sparkly and shimmery. A little goes a long way!

Overall A good box. I like the size of the items and I will use them all in good time.  So far I’m very happy with Vegan Beauty Box and hope to keep my subscription going awhile.

I also added another few items to my etsy including this little stuffed kale.

peace joy kale wood

Check if out if you are interested at Time Travel Tabby Cat.

Creative friends

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Some of my fellow lyme friends, blog friends, and other folks who have chronic illnesses are writers, creators, or artists. Since it’s the holiday season and you may be out shopping anyhow I thought I’d give you some ideas to support small businesses.

My friend Lauren is passionate about health and wellness and is recovering from intestinal surgery. She blogs at Ginger is the New Pink has a CafePress store. I love her T-shirts and other logo-ed items. (GMO to Hell cracks me up!)

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My friend Angele is a Lymie like me and is an excellent photographer. She has some digital downloads in her etsy store and at Red button you can make her gorgeous photos into cards. Her cats are adorable.

My friend Scarlett Jade writes romance novels, including Beautiful Downfall and September Tango. You’ve been warned: Prepare for spicy reading! They are available on Amazon in digital or paperback.

My friend Sharon Rainey wrote a book called “Making a Pearl from the Grit of Life“. I haven’t had a chance to read it yet but it’s on my to-read list! .

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My friend Dana crochets hats and she just started up at Etsy too.

I have more people in my life that are very creative but I’ll save that for a part 2.  Happy December!

If you have a shop, book, or business, and you’d like to post a link, please do so in the comments.

Time Traveling Cat travels back to Thanksgiving

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Hope everyone had a good thanksgiving. Back to the regular Caturday grind around here. Above is Time Travel Tabby Cat. Just a figment of my imagination.

Some of my Thanksgiving feast:

Stuffed acorn squash, green beans,

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baked tofu with rosemary, mashed potatoes,

 

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apple crisp, coconut so delicious in Butter Pecan and Vanilla,

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and Pumpkin Pie.

Everything was gluten-free and vegan.

It was all delicious!

Just two more days of free shipping in my shop for purchases over $15 w/coupon code FREETABBY.  Ends 12/2. And my giveaway for a gingerbread man ornament ends tomorrow.

Black-Eyed Pea and Sweet Potato Chili

It’s very cold here. Chili weather calls for chili on the stove. My husband made a great chili last weekend so I asked him to write down the recipe for you.

It may come in hand if you need a quick meal after the holidays or get tired of Thanksgiving-type food.

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Black-Eyed Pea and Sweet Potato Chili

ingredients:

Sweet potato,  peeled and cubed

Red pepper, diced

1 onion, diced

3 cups Black eye peas, cooked

Hot pepper, 1 small (we used mild local one)

1 large can crushed tomatoes

1 small can diced tomatoes, plus liquid

2 cups Water or broth

salt to taste

2 Tbsp Vinegar

2 tsp chili powder

1 tsp cumin

1 tsp oregano

Sautee the onion in a large soup pot. Add red pepper, sautee. Then add everything else and bring to a boil. and let simmer at least an hour, stirring occasionally.

We chopped up a bit of spinach to add to the chili as we heated it up (it made a big pot) for greens.

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I also found these cookies that are gingery delicious and very seasonal. Gluten-free and vegan. Not sugar-free.

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Speaking of gingerbread men, I added some new items to my etsy shop.

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And until Dec 2nd, I have a Black Friday offer of FREE SHIPPING for purchase $15 or more, use the coupon code FREETABBY.

Have a happy, compassionate, and safe Thanksgiving to all who celebrate.

Turkey Day

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Instead of Caturday, I am taking the time to have a “turkey day”. No, not Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving to me is about the harvest, but plant harvest, not animal. I always do take some time to honor turkeys around this time of year because so many are killed for this holiday. I submitted a few turkey pieces of art to the 46 million turkeys art project, which will be installed in Maine.

I know most people get together with family and feel like they don’t have a choice about whether to eat turkey or not. Even some vegetarians cheat on Thanksgiving. But take a minute to consider the amount of lives lost, and also that turkeys are some of the most interesting and creative birds. I won’t go into details about the horrors they suffer, just honor them here and think of them alive and happy.

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Of course a felt one.

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If you are vegan or vegetarian, what’s on your compassionate menu this Thanksgiving? For us it’s stuffed squash, mashed potatoes, greens, pumpkin pie, baked tofu, green beans, and maybe apple crisp.

What I Ate Wednesday

What I ate Wendesday…again (ok it was really Tuesday but today is Wednesday).

What does a gluten-free vegan sugar-free lymie eat?

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Yesterday I made a Sunshine Loaf from Ricki Heller’s book. It was delicious and I skipped my typical bowl of oatmeal for a few toasted slices with a tiny bit of earth balance.

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While I was waiting for it to toast I had a crispin apple with some peanut butter.

I was off schedule because my cat was up at night yowling. We weren’t sure why but were concerned and today took him to the vet. We got a last minute appointment so my lunch was simple, just a black bean burger I grabbed and ate cold, nothing fancy.

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I made sure to grab some chocolate too! On my way out the door. This is a 100% Ghirardelli bar (no sugar) that I had melted down and added stevia, raisins, salt, and cocoa nibs too. And then froze (again night before).

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We spent awhile at the vet. I was sad that he does have some cystitis and crystals in his bladder. He has to change food and he has antibiotics. Poor guy. Hope he doesn’t cry as much too so we can sleep better.

I came home and had some Brazil nuts, my second favorite kind of nut (first being roasted almonds).

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It was my turn to make dinner so I went with a simple Split Pea Soup. I used the recipe in Appetite for Reduction as a blueprint but didn’t have the smoked paprika so I added some vegan bac’uns instead. I chopped some collards for veggies and added some leftover black rice to the bottom of my bowl.

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Then some “red hot blues” chips for a treat. I do tend to eat less of these than I might of other chips, because they are spicy. Or so I like to think!

And another piece of no-sugar-chocolate for dessert.

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And tonight working on some more sewing on my little gingerbreads. If you are interested, check out my giveaway for one of your own.

Check out other What I Ate Wednesdays.

Gingerbread Cat

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Welcome to Caturday!

Since my life is filled with felt lately, I decided to do Caturday in felt. Here is my version of a gingerbread cat. I may be doing more cats or adding a version of this to my Etsy store, but I’m not sure yet.

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My lunch today was Miso broth with toasted nori and a red kale salad with carrots, cukes, hemp seeds, my mustardy-balsamic dressing with some Beyond Meat strips for protein. I just realized I forgot to put the pea shoots in there. It felt fine at the time but it was a little light so I had to have a snack of….cookies.

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Which were delicious. I used the recipe for Oatmeal Raisin, one of my favorites, in Vegan Cookies Invade your Cookie Jar  and de-glutenized it with all-purpose GF flour and instead of regular brown sugar, I used part xylitol and part coconut sugar. I also add a little dash of cardamom too.

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I think the next cookies ought to be gingerbread, don’t you think?

Hope you had a very happy Caturday!

My new Etsy shop

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I’ve been sort of busy this week! Not busy from blogging obviously. I took on a few projects and one kind of spun into more than I thought it would be but I’m ok with that. I’m still adjusting to some of the treatments my doctor adjusted last week. But I’m still doing a lot better. It’s weird, you think being sick so long you’d be so happy to be better, and yes it’s true. But, it’s also overwhelming because I always had so many things I wanted to do and now I feel overwhelmed with how to do them all. I still have limits, even if they are not as many as before.

So, my exciting news is that I opened up a little Etsy shop. Last year I got into making ornaments and this year I wanted to try to sell some to help raise funds to help pay for other art lessons and for a lyme conference I want to go to this winter. So I appreciate the support! Some of them I am donating a portion of the proceeds to charities.

On the food front things have been very simple so not much interesting lately. Many thanks to my husband who shares equally in dinner creation.

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breastfeeding gingerbread mama

I’d appreciate your spreading the word about my shop and giving it a “heart” on etsy if you like it.

I also started a twitter account @TimeTravelTabby if you’d like to follow me there.