The tell-tale vegan | tales of a geeky vegan thrifter.

I’m a Buffy addict, and that’s an understatement. When I realized I could take my old, and somewhat beat up, flats and turn them into Buffy heaven, I just knew I had to do it! It’s a cheap way of taking the old and make it new, as well as making it personal. And isn’t that the best, to take things and tailor them to your interests? It no longer becomes something that anyone can buy off of the shelf. Plus when you put effort into something it makes you feel 10x better about using it!

For starters, here is what you will need to get rockin’ ‘n’ rollin’ (click on the photo to get a close up): Continue reading »

When perusing grocery store aisles you will likely find it difficult to find salad dressing which is oil free. I know I did! There are some out there but they are few and far between. It’s a bummer, if you ask me. Thinking about it though, it doesn’t make sense to pour oil laden dressing over your salad. You are essentially pouring fat over your beautiful healthy veggies. Yuck! Right?

The great news is, Continue reading »

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This lemon-lime hair spray is so easy and it works! I made this a while back and it never let me down. I have curly hair, so the urge to keep the frizz to a minimum is high. One quick note though, lemon also works as a lightener. I have not noticed my hair lighten in color when using it. However, I learned that it can, especially if you spray your hair and then go hang out in the sun for a while. If you want to lighten your hair then you would just follow this recipe and even increase the number of lemons, then make the sun your friend. But again, I wasn’t going for lightening my hair, just keeping that frizz down. So I reduced the number of lemons used. Here is what I did. Continue reading »

This recipe comes straight from The Engine 2 Diet and, in it, it is called, “Healthy Homemade Hummus.” Healthy, it sure is. It’s also easy to make and makes a great breakfast, along with some veggies and a side of fruit!

But first, a quick note…

You may be wondering why all of the recipes I post come from cookbooks or websites? The answer to that question actually addresses the very purpose of my blog, Continue reading »

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I have seen these suckers for sale on Etsy and always thought they were a really neat idea. I’m big on taking the old or unused and making it new! What a better way than to take old magazines and make them into something that will be used.

Supplies needed: Continue reading »

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 The night before I made an eggplant/mashed potato/tomato sauce recipe from a new cookbook. Oh boy, it was TERRIBLE! As we know, when we try recipes we are going to come across those that just fall short or make us cringe at the thought of eating them. Here is one lesson I learned about that, half new recipes. Don’t make the full recipe. Half all of the ingredients. You are trying it for the first time. That way if it doesn’t work out then you will have fewer leftovers that you have to force yourself to eat, so as not to be wasteful.

Needless to say, my husband was hesitant about my trying another recipe, a couple of nights later. Yet after eating these baked burritos he said, “these are 10 times better than that other recipe.” He devoured his burrito. These are so yummy, healthy and easy! Continue reading »

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Pinterest is the place to be when it comes to showing off thrifting skills and displaying beautiful DIY (do it yourself) projects. I find it to be a place that inspires and encourages creativity, taking the old and making it new. But do you ever wonder where these “thrifters” get their low budget or free items? Do they have a special skill, power, network that gets them free things? Do they have more access to free things?

The answer, or what I have found to be the answer, is that it’s very simple. It’s the “thrifter’s eye.” Continue reading »

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I’ll admit it, I am picky about tofu. I have had tofu served in ways that wowed me and also in ways that made me down right nauceous. This recipe, though, is an absolute win! Both the tofu scramble and the tvp sausage crumbles are from recipes on vegweb. I just tweaked them so that they’re oil free. Continue reading »

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I looooove this bean dip; I mean, really love it! I got the recipe from The Chef and The Dietitian; I’ll link their video below. The great part about The Chef and the Dietitian is that they follow Dr. Esselstyn and Dr. Campbell’s plan. Meaning, their recipes are vegan, low fat, no salt, no added oil and no added sugar. They make my life easy! Plus their are so much fun to watch!Speaking of easy, this recipe is sooo easy to make. Continue reading »

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If you know me, I’m not big on drinking a lot of smoothies and juices. Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn and Dr. T. Colin Campbell (from Forks Over Knives and authors of fantastic books, might I add) make very clear that smoothies and juices are incredibly high in sugar. In addition, the fruits and vegetables are stripped of their vital nutrients. Another reason they are not big on smoothies/juices is because it takes the work out of eating. When we chew we break down the enzymes and antioxidants in a natural way. Throwing them in a blender takes that from us.Continue reading »

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