Recipe: Vegan Vanilla “Birthday” Cupcakes

Hello everyone,

I recently blew out the candles for my 30th birthday. Where did the time go?! The weekend was filled with family, friends, lots of laughter, and of course, plenty of good food! When it comes to baking for my loved ones, I go all out with flavor and style. But for me, I like to keep my own birthday treats simple. 

I love a perfectly done vegan vanilla cupcake. The light airy cake, topped with a sweet icing and sprinkles – it can’t be beat! There is something so comforting and special about it. I’ve been making these cupcakes for years, but I recently doubled the amount of time I let the soy milk and apple cider vinegar curdle. I have to say, it made a huge difference! I’ve never had cupcakes so fluffy! 

Give this updated recipe a try and let me know how it works for you!

Cheers & happy eating!

Jocelyn

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Mixed Cabbage Salad w/ Citrus Peanut Vinaigrette

Hello everyone,

My partner loves asian-inspired flavors. He uses sesame oil when it isn’t necessary. He uses soy sauce at odd times. You get the idea. Well, I’ve been looking for new, quick & easy recipes with asian flavors outside the usual stir fry. I recently created a recipe for chilled sesame noodle salad, and now I’ve hit the mark again with a mixed cabbage salad with a citrus peanut dressing.

This has easily become a quick favorite because it’s so practical. You can make a large batch on Sunday and use it for lunches throughout the week. Simply keep the vinaigrette on the side and add the dressing as you go. The base flavors are mild—meaning this recipe is also easily adaptable. You can even make a few different dressings to keep it interesting.

If you stick true to the recipe you’ll end up with a crunchy, sweet and sour salad that tastes great. Plus, it’s so appetizing with all the vibrant colors! Give it a try!

Cheers,

Jocelyn

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April Savings: Banza Chick Pea Pasta, Earth Balance, Arrowhead Mills & More!

Hello everyone,

Who’s ready for weekend shopping savings? I scoured the internet and compiled the newest high value savings and rare rebates on vegan-friendly items below.

Additionally, I decided to periodically begin checking for gimmick free samples to share with you. Today you’re in luck, as there are a handful of  high value samples available. Allergies got you down? Breathe easier by requesting a free Breathe Right strips sample. In the mood for tea time? How about sending well wishes to a friend so they receive two free Yogi tea packets! My favorite is the Kava Stress Relief tea! Oddly enough, I just really like the flavor. Need a new sweetener? Try the new Splenda Naturals Stevia Sweetener. Not a fan of Splenda? Try Truvia’s new natural sweetener.

Also, I know I’m late to party on savings-related browser extensions, but I recently began using Honey. It is hands down my new favorite plug in. I was amazed that it even let me know when items in my Amazon shopping cart were available for less from other sellers (with shipping). How cool is that? I am noticing that Honey and Ebates compete. If you select a rebate from one, you cannot double dip by using the other. However, you can check the rebate offer through each vendor and simply use the one with the highest return. It takes minimal efforts and the increased percentage points will add up!

Last but certainly not least, Cost Plus World Market is running a deal over the weekend for 15% off + free shipping on $100+ with code SUNNYDAYS. I know I’ll be heading to my local store for some “world” cuisine and to pick up some sumac spice.

Happy shopping & eating!

Jocelyn

PS – As always, in case you missed them, check out my top ways to save and other recent savings posts.

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Vegan Enchilada Lasagna Redux

Hello there,

I know we’ve all been there. A certain is in aroma in the air, and all of a sudden, in comes the grand idea to make a hearty Mexican meal. After a few minutes of mental conversation,  you decide you really want enchiladas, but you just don’t have the patience. Well, I’ve got the recipe for you!

Enchilada lasagna has all of the flavor and goodness of regular enchiladas but only 10% the hassle. I absolutely love this recipe because it’s simple. You sauté a few ingredients, you create layers, and you pop it in the oven. Simple! So simple in fact, it’s become one of my go to meals when I’m having company over. I’ve cooked this vegan meal for so many omnivores who are down right shocked that it is completely satisfying without any animal products.

Still not convinced? It tastes just as amazing, if not even better, as leftovers! Give it a try and let me know what you think.

Cheers & happy eating!

Jocelyn

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Hello friends,

It seems like almost every weekend I feel the intense need to bake cookies or cupcakes, even when I probably shouldn’t. This was one of those weekends. Am I alone? I suspect not. What’s better on a snowy, cold day than a warm, fresh-baked treat? Nothing. Continue reading