Sunday, December 21, 2014

Recipe - Vegan Savory Mashed Cauliflower

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I kept hearing great things about mashed cauliflower and how it tastes just like mashed potatoes and I had a whole lot of it left over from making a Cauliflower Veggie Snowman Platter, so I decided to give it a try. It was actually really easy and so delicious! I always like a lot of savory flavor in my mashed potatoes, so I really went to town with enhancing this dish with spices and Nutritional Yeast. We used the Sari Foods Nutritional Yeast (you can check out the full review we just did here.)


Recipe:

Makes 4 Servings

What You Need:
1 large head of cauliflower
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp onion powder
3 tbsp nutritional yeast
2 tbsp vegan butter

Boil large pot of water.
Cut up the cauliflower into large florets and drop into boiling water.
Bring back to boil.
Boil Cauliflower for about 10 minutes or so until soft.
Cream cauliflower in food processor.
Add in all other ingredients and blend until smooth.

Serve and Enjoy!


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Review - Sari Foods Nutritional Yeast Superfood


* This post contains an Amazon affiliate link and if you happen to click and make a purchase, I may receive a commisson.


If you are a vegan, or a health nut, you've probably heard of Nutritional Yeast. It is considered a super-food and it is used in a lot of recipes to help mimic the texture and flavor of cheese. It is a little salty, helps make recipes creamy, or can just be sprinkled on foods to enhance flavor and nutritional value. It is dairy and gluten-free, and low in calories, fat, and sodium. We use it in our Vegan Nacho Cheese recipe, our Spaghetti Sprinkle, among other recipes here on the site.


This week, we got to try the Sari Foods brand Nutritional Yeast. Their nutritional yeast is 100% natural and not fortified with artificial vitamins. It is made of 50% vegan protein, 20% fiber, contains all 18 amino acids, and 15 different minerals. If you follow me on Instagram, you may have noticed that my OB/GYN let me know I'm NOT anemic during this pregnancy like I was in the last one, and I credit foods like this to make sure my health and iron levels are where they need to be.


The Sari Foods Nutritional Yeast is great tasting and I love that it is Non-GMO, Vegan, Non-Synthetic, and the ingredients are naturally occurring food. I know, food should be be required to be made up of food, but here in the US, it is NOT, so it is nice that this company makes these claims loud and clear on their packaging. I also love that this Nutritional Yeast full of vitamins, including large amounts of B6 and B12, which are hard to find in a lot of foods and it is a very fine texture so it can be easily mixed into anything.


To really have some fun with our Sari Foods Nutritional Yeast review, we decided to put it to the ultimate test and test it in a NEW recipe! I had a bunch of cauliflower left over from my Veggie Snowman Platter that needed to be used and I've been dying to try mashed cauliflower which is supposed to taste like mashed potatoes. What goes with mashed potatoes? Cheese! So Nutritional Yeast seemed like the perfect ingredient to add to this recipe, instead.


How did it turn out? Fabulous! I can certainly vouch for the fact that mashed cauliflower does taste very much like mashed potatoes and the nutritional yeast really added a savory flavor to it. My son and I gobbled it up and had seconds. I'll be posting the full recipe, soon, and buying more of this wonderful Sari Foods Nutritional Yeast to add to it.

Another great thing about Sari Foods Nutritional Yeast is that it is available on Amazon.com which makes it so easy to keep it in stock at my house and use it in a lot of our favorite recipes.

Buy it here:



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Saturday, December 20, 2014

Giveaway - $150 Amazon Gift Card

We are giving away $150 to Amazon 12/21-1/18 This event is open to anyone who lives where Amazon is available.

  $150 Amazon Giveaway Event

WOOHOOO!!! More $$$ for Amazon!!! We have another Amazon giveaway for all of you. I know you love them as much as I do... This time it is for $150 e-gift card. I could definitely buy something fun for that!

$150 Amazon Giveaway Event 12/21-1/18

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One winner will be selected to win $150 to Amazon. What would you do with $150 to Amazon?
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Giveaway - $400 Walmart Gift Code


Who could use a $400 Walmart Gift Code? I would love it to buy everything I needed to get organized in the New Year. Well, if you could think of things you could use $400 at Walmart for, go ahead and enter our giveaway!

Welcome To The Years End! $400 Walmart Gift Code Giveaway!

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This giveaway will run from 12/20/14~1/3/15. One lucky winner will win a $400 gift code sent right to their inbox!
Everyone have a safe and happy New Year! From our families to yours!




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Friday, December 19, 2014

Snowflake Ornament Craft for Kids

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Here is an easy and fun ornament craft that even a toddler can do! We did this with our playgroup and the kids are all around 3 years old. I set up all the silver pipe cleaners, pre-cut the ribbon, and supplied the beads and the little kids had a great time putting the beads on their snowflakes.


Materials needed for this craft...


What You Need:
Silver pipe cleaners
Wire cutter
Needle nosed plier (optional but works better with one)
Clear plastic beads
Ribbon
Sharpie (for writing their name and the year on the ribbon)

What You Do:

This is a really fun craft for the little ones. With my three year olds, I set everything up for them and finished things off, but the older children will be able to do it all on their own.

I cut 8 pipe cleaners in half. Then I used one piece to twist around the group of them, right in the center to tie them all together. I twisted it tightly with my needle nosed plier. Then I twisted that pipe cleaner into a loop to hand the ornament. 

Then, I gave the little kids a selection of clear plastic and silver beads to slide them onto the pipe cleaners however they would like. I looped the ends of the pipe cleaners on a bead to keep beads from falling off. Then I tied a ribbon and wrote my son's name and the year on it.

Buy the supplies:


We had a really great time making these for our tree and as gifts. They look so pretty against the twinkle lights on the tree!

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Rent the Runway - New Years Eve Dress Rentals and Promo Code

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Slate & Willow Aileen Dress

New Year's Plans? Have you figured out what you are going to wear, yet??? Well, if you have someplace to go and you have yet to find something gorgeous to wear, you really should take a look at all the beautiful designer dresses on Rent The Runway before you go and spend a fortune on something you are going to wear once. The rental prices are ridiculous compared to what you would spend on it if you were to purchase new dresses from designers like Badgley Mischka, Marchesa, 

Here are some of my favorites:



Badgley Mischka 
Award Winner Gown



Marchesa Voyage Rose Haze Dress

Plus, save 20% on your order of $50 or more!


Shop between 12/10-12/21, 
Choose a rental start date between 12/26-12/31 
and use code HAPPY2015


Third Birthday Disneyland Trip #ThirdBuggerversay and Disneyland Tips


Our Little Bug got to celebrate his Third Birthday at the Happiest Place on Earth this week! We planned to go for one day and booked two nights at Paradise Pier Hotel, even though we only live an hour away, so we could get out bright and early to the Extra Magic Hour (admission 1 hour prior to regular park opening for hotel guests on Disney properties) and then stay until closing and crash on property afterward.


As soon as we checked into our hotel, Hubby looked out at our view of Disney's California Adventure Park and said he wanted to go in there right now! He crunched numbers and said it was cheaper for us to buy season passes (again) and go in there for three days... The Little Bug sided with Daddy and they can be very convincing, so off we went! Except the Birthday Boy cried because he didn't have his LEGO Chima Minifigs, so we made a quick detour to the Downtown Disney LEGO Store and scored some Chima Speedorz for HALF PRICE and a pack of Chima Minifigs.


Day One, we did some California Adventure, with Ariel's, the ferris wheel, and ended up watching the World of Color from our hotel room. 



Day Two we did Disneyland, and did a ton of rides during our Magic Morning, played all day, took a little break, then went back to watch Fantasmic and fireworks. 




Day Three, on the actual Birthday, we did a character breakfast at Goofy's Kitchen, then spent the rest of the day playing and watching shows at California Adventure, then the parade at Disney, then home. We had a blast!




Here's my HOT Tips for Disney (this is during the week Dec. 15-17, 2014):
Magic Morning - If you are going to stay at a hotel, stay on Disney property and take advantage of being able to go into one of the parks 1 hour prior to opening to the general public. You can do A LOT of rides with NO line in an hour! Make sure you grab a Fastpass for a Fantasmic, World of Color, or a ride that is hard to get on in an area that is not yet open before everyone else gets in there!

See Costume Characters  - with NO line during the holidays - go to the Jingle Jangle Jamboree at Disney. The main characters are out and available without much waiting!

No Lines - go on a bad weather day. It was a tiny bit rainy and a lot bit gloomy while we were there on day two. The crowds were minimal in the morning, but most of the rides are indoors and there were NO lines so we didn't mind at all! The downside is the Holiday Parade was canceled and they only let us know at the exact time it was supposed to start. Fantasmic and World of Color will go on rain or shine, I hear, though.

No Camping Out at the Parade - See the parade without waiting for a spot at Disneyland - go in a roped off area in the front of the roundabout right at the entrance/exit of the park. Stand right next to the rope where the walkway is left open. You will have an amazing viewpoint and will not have to get there an hour early to score this location because it is not along the curb, but along the walkway, and the viewing angle is absolutely perfect! 

Save Money on Passes/Tickets - This one was a little tricky, but if you are big on saving a buck, this is one way to do it. If you are a Target RedCard holder (it is their store credit card) you can buy Disney Gift Cards with your 5% discount. You can then use these Disney Gift Cards to purchase park tickets or passes. I bought Target Gift Cards when they had THIS deal for 10% off, bought Disney Gift Cards, and cashed them for season passes. BAM. This family had a good time for less.