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peppy peppermint mocha and a great giveaway!

Now what say’s the Holidays are here better then the tastes of peppermint, chocolate and coffee? Not much for me and this is one rich and delicious treat that takes about a minute to make. Just the scent of peppermint with the cocoa powder is an uplifting and holiday mood maker.

I found all natural candy canes in the grocery store, colored with vegetable juice which made my girls very happy =)

Ingredients: per serving

1 1/2 Tablespoons cocoa powder
1 1/2 Tablespoons turbinado sugar
2-4 drops pure organic peppermint extract
1 Tablespoon warm water
1 cup strong fresh brewed coffee
3/4 cup soy or almond milk, warm

Method:

combine cocoa powder, sugar, peppermint and warm water in the bottom of a large mug and stir until combined. add coffee and warm vegan milk and stir again. top with additional cocoa powder as desired.

Now that you really want to make one of these, wouldn’t it be great if you had a brand new Keurig to brew that coffee with? I absolutely love this give-away!

 

 

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December 2, 2013 - 12:27 pm

tiffany - I would love a kindle… its been on my wish list for a while!

December 2, 2013 - 4:29 pm

sarahc - I want the mixer!!!

December 2, 2013 - 9:22 pm

Becca F - I would love to see the keurig! I don’t really make coffee all that often but this might change that

December 3, 2013 - 10:42 am

Abby - The three of them are on my wish list! I would love any of them!!!

December 4, 2013 - 10:18 am

jessica price - I would LOVE a standing mixer! At their cost, I will never own one on my own & LOVE to cook for my family!

December 4, 2013 - 12:06 pm

amy b - oh hey gimme dat mixa. ;)

December 4, 2013 - 12:21 pm

Julie Cruz - I’ve been wanting a mixer like that for AGES!! I would LOVE one!!! We just remodeled a teeny bit in our home, and in the process, ended up having to pay more than we had hoped for (first guy did a crappy job, so we had to pay another guy to come fix his screw ups). There went extra money….so dreams of this mixer are just that….a dream. It would be the perfect addition to our kitchen! Eeeeeek! :)

December 5, 2013 - 12:49 am

Maggie P - This recipe is wonderful! Thanks for sharing, and what a fun contest too

December 5, 2013 - 12:54 am

Maggie P - Oh, and I think a Kindle would be fantastic!

December 5, 2013 - 10:05 am

Maggie P - The mixer would be the best Christmas gift ever!

December 8, 2013 - 6:22 pm

Megan B. - I would LOVE a stand mixer…been dreaming about having one for years!

crostini and a diy chalk board serving tray #safewayholiday

 

This shop is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group™ and Cooking Light, Real Simple, and Sunset Magazines, but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #SafewayHoliday http://cmp.ly/3/8vNxcO.

Oh the Holidays. Such a magical time of year, but boy can it be stressful, overwhelming and aggravating if you aren’t prepared. I know that you usually go the the grocery store and buy a magazine on the way out, but I want you to try something different. Buy your magazines on the way IN!

Yup. Grab that cart, swing by the checkout counter and pick up those magazines first. Why? So that you can pick out your recipes right there on the spot and get all of your ingredients and gifts while you are there. Right now, there is a $1.00 off coupon at participating Safeway Stores ( including Vons,  Pavillions, Randalls and Dominick’s) on Cooking Light, Sunset and Real Simple magazines. SCORE!  *while supplies last

The truth is, I am a magazine junkie. I even have them on my nook so that I can have a bunch with me at all times. The December issues of Real Simple is not only full of the best gift ideas I have seen all season, it even plays Holiday music on my nook.  I was inspired by the 50 gifts for $50 or less to add a personal touch to my normal stash of gifts. It’s great to have extra hostess or work gifts on hand and I try to keep nice bottles of wine of candles around for those last minute gift emergencies which is great! But in addition to a bottle of wine, this year I made these easy DIY chalkboard serving boards. For a few dollars a piece, I have a fun personal gift ready to go.

 

 

Materials:

12″ round plywood
chalkboard paint
paint brush
fine grit sandpaper

Method:

paint top of plywood with thin coat of chalkboard paint following the direction of the wood grain. allow to try and lightly sand. apply 2 additional coats of paint and allow to dry for 24 hours. season the chalkboard by lightly rubbing a piece of chalk across the surface.

 

 

Now that you have your awesome chalkboard trays ready to go, how about a little white bean crostini recipe to top it off. This also works great as a dip for crackers or veggies, you can make it ahead and keep it in the fridge for a few days for easy entertaining.

 

Ingredients:

1 15 ounce can white beans- rinsed and drained
2 Tablespoons assorted olives – I used kalamata and Spanish plus more for garnish
1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
1 Tablespoon finely chopped parsley plus more for garnish
2 Tablespoon lemon juice
salt and pepper to taste

1 bakery baguette, sliced into 1/4 inch thick slices
3 Tablespoons olive oil

Method:

Combine all topping/dip ingredients in a bowl and mix well with a fork lightly smashing beans, then set aside.

heat grill pan and drizzle olive oil over both sides of bread slices. toast each side until lightly browned, about 1 minute each side. allow to cool and top with 1/2 Tablespoon of white bean mixture and garnish with parsley and sliced olives.

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apple and cranberry sauce #mywestelm

thank you to West Elm for sponsoring today’s discussion. Recipe, photos and crazy ideas are all mine!

I love cranberries and tend to do a little dance in the grocery store the moment they arrive. That’s why I am here to say…

Step away from the can!
You know, that can of red slime that people put on the Thanksgiving day table. I’m pretty sure that should be considered a crime against the Holiday since making homemade fresh cranberry sauce is like the easiest thing ever.

I told you all about my West Elm obsession and showed you the other items I got, but the minute I saw these icy blue enamel bowls at West Elm Market, I thought CRANBERRY! The crisp red with the cool blue screams holiday fun and will be front and center on my T-day table this year.

We have started a new tradition with each of my girls making a signature dish of their own for Thanksgiving. Teagan makes a yummy apple crisp and Stella will be in charge of the apple cranberry sauce this year.

 

Ingredients: makes approximately 2 cups

1 – 12 ounce bag fresh cranberries – about 3 cups
1 tart apple – peeled, cored and diced
1 cup water
2/3 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves *optional

Method:

combine all ingredients in medium saucepan ans simmer over low heat for 10-15 minutes, cranberries will have mostly popped. allow to cool and serve. may be stored covered in the refrigerator for up to a week

What kind of cranberry sauce do you serve for the Holidays?
and just in case you love this West Elm Market bowl as much as I do, West Elm is offering 20% off all table top items through November 26th! so get shopping.

 

and a little reminder of my winter West Elm table, enamel mug and bowls and rocking salt and pepper shakers.

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’tis the season for making memories, and homemade hot cocoa #mywestelm

thank you to West Elm for sponsoring today’s discussion.

homemade hot chocolate recipe from sunny vegan #mywestelm

Like most families, our Holiday Season revolves around food and drink. It’s those times sitting at the table together, or maybe snuggling in front of the fire with hot cocoa that will be the moments I will forever hold on to. So will my girls, they call this homemade hot cocoa “love in a mug”  ha ha.

I say it’s time to ditch the mix and make your own hot cocoa this year. It takes the same amount of time as your mix and microwave but the taste is very different! Rich and creamy don’t begin to describe the taste, even the adults in the house freak out when I make this stuff. This year I got the girls enamel icy blue mugs and matching bowls from West Elm Market  to enjoy their warming treats.

 

Ingredients: 4 servings

4 cups vegan milk – we use soy or coconut
1/4 cup fair trade cocoa powder
1/3 cup turbinado sugar
1/4 teaspoon organic vanilla extract
dash of salt

Method:

warm milk in saucepan over low heat, gradually whisk in remaining ingredients. simmer 2 minutes, serve immediately.

 

This will be the first in a while that I won’t have a formal dining room for T-day. But I think this table set up will work out even better for us! This will also be our first Holiday in over 15 years living where it snows! So I am bringing our snow excitement front and center on the dining room table. Don’t be afraid to use something unconventional like a snow globe as your centerpiece or mismatched dishes. As long as your theme is consistent, using different items creates a more interesting table.

My mostly white set up will be accented with the enamel blue dishes from West Elm Market as well as a little shimmer,  it’s the perfect winter family table.

 

I hope you are inspired to get out there and create some great memories this year! I would love to hear about your favorite dish or tradition?

This post has been sponsored by West Elm. Thank you for supporting the brands that help keep sunny vegan going! and as a thank you,
West Elm is offering 20% off all tabletop items until November 26th!!

 

I also got the Favorite Throw in gray stripe, it’s so soft and cozy. 

and the cutest salt and pepper shakers I have ever seen!

but the enamel mugs and matching bowls from West Elm Market are certainly our favorites.

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November 12, 2013 - 12:34 pm

Julia - Those are really cute salt and pepper shakers! I love your post for homemade hot chocolate–we got snow in Chicago last night so this is perfect for the cold weather!

November 12, 2013 - 1:09 pm

Jennifer Priest - Gorgeous table setting and the cocoa sounds yummy!

November 12, 2013 - 2:33 pm

brigeeski - The cocoa sounds so good! I can’t wait to try it out and I LOVE your decor.

November 12, 2013 - 6:25 pm

Wendy - Just saw that same snow globe there this weekend! Might get it now with the discount! Thanks!!

Autumn in my bowl ~ pumpkin and sage pasta

 

Think pumpkin is only for pie? Well think again!
Savory pumpkin recipes are a fun way to keep the flavors of autumn around throughout the holiday season. Pumpkin is low calorie and full of Vitamin A, C and K as well as iron, potassium and magnesium so adding more to your diet is certainly a good thing.
I ususally use whole wheat pasta but my daughter picked out the orecchiette because it reminded her of little pumpkins. It really held the sauce well which made me happy.

Fresh sage is so beautiful and flavorful, combining it with the slightly sweet pumpkin makes for a gorgeous, earthy and tasty sauce. So shake up your regular pasta routine and try this pumpkin and sage sauce. One of the best things I have ever made! ( and my daughter agreed )

 

 

Ingredients:  4-6 servings

1 pound pasta
1 Tablespoon olive oil
1 small yellow onion – diced
3 cloves garlic – diced
1 15 ounce can organic pumpkin puree
2 cups plain almond milk
2 Tablespoons nutritional yeast  * optional
2 Tablespoons chopped fresh sage, plus more for garnish
salt and pepper

Method:

pasta  – prepare as directed on package.
sauce – heat olive oil over medium-low heat, add onions and cook until translucent or approximately 5 minutes. add garlic and heat another 2 minutes. stir in pumpkin, almond milk, sage and nutritional yeast, salt and pepper to taste.  heat over low heat for 5 minutes. serve over prepared pasta and garnish with additional fresh sage.

 

 

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