Tuesday, December 22, 2020

{Recipe} Slow Cooker "Meaty" Vegan Lasagna

A few  months ago I posted  that I had adapted  Julie's Slow Cooker Lasagna and promised  to  share the recipe.

I made it again and kept track of the ingredients this time.  It was a hit again and  definitely a keeper  for me.   It's so easy to throw the ingredients in the slow  cooker in  the morning and have lasagna for dinner. The pieces come out in  a scoop rather than a neat slice but it tastes just as good!
1 small onion, diced
2  cloves garlic, minced
1 batch Healthy Homemade Marina Sauce-or 3(15 oz each) cans Italian style tomato  sauce
1 package of  beefless ground  (I used Trader Joe's brand)
1 cup cooked lentils (optional)
1  batch Cauliflower Ricotta  (I used riced cauliflower in recipe to make it even quicker)
1/4 cup nutritional yeast
11 dried lasagna noodles  (I used 1/2 of a box)
16 oz bag frozen  spinach, defrosted and squeezed of excess moisture
1-1 1/2 cups vegan mozzarella (I used Violife)
salt & pepper to  taste

To make:
  • Sauté onion on medium high with some water or olive oil. Add beefless crumbles and break up with spoon.  Add cooked lentils if using.
  • Add minced garlic and continue to cook until onions are translucent and beefless  ground is warmed through being careful not to brown the garlic. Season with salt & pepper.   Set aside.
  • Add nutritional yeast to cauliflower ricotta mixture and stir to combine.
  • Make sure spinach is squeezed out really well removing as much liquid as possible and add to ricotta mixture and stir to combine.  
  • Assemble lasagna in slow cooker-Layer sauce, 3-4 noodles(break up noodles to fit), ricotta mixture, 1/4 cup mozzarella and 1/3 of "meat" mixture. Repeat layers ending with top layer of noodles and sauce.  
  • Cook on low 4-6 hours.  Sprinkle remaining mozzarella on top in the last hour of cooking.

I usually turn it down to Keep Warm if we're not ready to eat yet.  Serve and enjoy when ready!

It might not  be the most beautiful lasagna but it sure is delicious!  It's even better the next day.  
I'll be taking a little blog break to enjoy some down time with my family. I hope you have a safe and peaceful holiday!  

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Thursday, December 17, 2020

Loving Lately

 Here are some things I've been loving lately.

Our Costco wine Advent  calendar.  It's been fun to open the different days and see what kind of wine we get.  We don't drink them every night so we're saving some of the cute bottles.

I loved putting together this basket of water and snacks for all of the delivery drivers .  My friend Jess, gave me the idea and I found the free printable here.

Jess also told  me about this cozy Thermal Pajama Set and when they went on sale, I grabbed a pair. 
They are so  comfy, I never want to take them off!
I found this Advent calendar candle at Aldi and it burned for such a long time. You're supposed to burn it for an hour each night and then cross out the day but I just enjoyed  the lovely scent.
Speaking of candles,  I've been  loving all  of the  holiday scents!
I can't get enough of them!

Have you seen or tried one these rechargeable USB lighters? They are so cool. I bought one for me and one to gift.
Wawa has been  giving out free coffee every Tuesday in November and December to reward members and it has been such a treat!

These have changed my "egg" sandwich game! 

I've bought a few sets of these Battery operated LED lights for around the house. I love that they are on timers too!
This Heineken 00 is non-alcoholic and really tasty!
The holiday decorations and the fire place have been extra special this  year.

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Tuesday, December 15, 2020

December Goodie Box

 {Disclaimer: I was given a Daily Goodie Box to review but all opinions are my own}. 

December's  Daily Goodie Box is here and what a fun box it is!
Let's see what this month's box has in store.

Real Chemistry - Environmental Rescue Daily Serum

I'm always excited to try a new Real Chemistry skin care product! From their website:

Our proprietary MTHV® Complex Daily Serum is a feather-light, protein-rich invisible armor designed to be worn under your everyday skin-care products like moisturizer, foundation, and sun-block. When used twice daily, the MTHV® Complex Daily Serum assists the body with cellular repair, which promotes the reversal of oxidative stress and damage. Routine use of both MTHV® Complex products will help to diminish dark spots as well as fine lines and wrinkles, enhance the skin’s elasticity, and evens and brightens the complexion.

Eco Lips - Hemp Lip Balm


I've tried Eco Lips lip balms before and they are always very soothing and smell delicious!

Auromere - Ayurvedic Shampoo Bar

This is an all-in-one shampoo bar and can also be used as a body wash and  hand soap.   It would be great for camping, traveling and on the go.

Bella Sun Luci - Sriracha Tomato Jerky
I cannot wait to try this tomato jerky! I bet it's going to be addictive.

These are the only vegan and paraffin-free birthday candles on the market.
These gummy bears contain prickly pear and matcha  green  tea  to help your body process alcohol and combat inflamation.

NOCCO - Carbonated Beverage with BCAAs 
BCAA (Branched Chain Amino Acids) with green tea extract and four different vitamins.  It comes in four carbonated and sugar free flavors.
Hydralyte - Immune System Boost with Elderberry
Elderberry is thought to be an immune boosting super fruit.  Each Hydralyte package contains key electrolytes, 1000mg of Vitamin C and 300mg of Elderberry.

You can sign up for own Daily Goodie Box here, no credit card is ever needed!  Daily Goodie Boxes are 100% free!

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Friday, December 11, 2020

More Festive Finds (Trader Joe's Plus)

 We made a quick Trader Joe's run last week and found a few festive (or new)  items to try out.

This is the only non-TJ's item but I wanted to include it because it's a holiday item.  We found it  at Sprouts.  It reminds me  of cinnamon sugar popcorn.
I like the smaller sized bags of the mini peppermint marshmallows.
I loved TJ's plain Tahini sauce  but it's no longer  available so I gave  this one a try.  The plain is still my favorite but this made a  great salad dressing. 
I'm here for citrus season!  I picked up a bag of these Southern Sassies  Satsuma Mandarins.
I've probably shared these before  but I haven't bought them in awhile. I thought it would feel celebratory to have a few appetizers one night during the season.
I can't wait to try these!
I think these have been around for awhile but I haven't tried  them.
Here's a new item and  I'm glad I picked up a few!
Hands  down, this was my favorite  find!  I hope they have more when I go back.  Soooooo good!

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Tuesday, December 8, 2020

{Get Crafty} Easy Dollar Tree Gnomes

I've been kind of gnome obsessed these last few holiday seasons so when I saw an easy tutorial, I wanted to give it a try.
The last time I made some gnomes was at this fun Holiday Crafternoon. We made them out of toilet paper tubes, wooden beads and felt.
This time I hit Dollar Tree for my supplies, I also picked up a few decorations. That Christmas truck sign and those sweater ornaments had to come home with me!

This is the tutorial I used and she'll explain it much better than I do.

Supplies needed: socks, holiday hat/stocking with faux fur trim, filling, styrofoam/ping pong balls, river rocks/dried rice/beans, felt/fabric scraps, pom poms, rubber bands, twine/ribbon/cord, clear elastics & hot glue.  All of these items can be found at Dollar Tree.

I started with one sock for the body of the gnome. I used some river rocks to weigh him down at the bottom and then stuffed him with fiber fill that I had on hand. You can also use stuffing from an old pillow, plastic bags or dried beans/rice for the body.
When I had him at height I wanted, I secured the top with a rubber band and cut off the excess sock.  It helps to then tie a ribbon or twine around the rubber band for added security.
Remove the faux fur from the hat (or stocking). I couldn't find my seam ripper but this little pair of scissors did the trick.
I covered a styrofoam ball with some scrap felt that I had and hot glued it to the top of the gnome.  For the beard, I cut a piece of the faux fur and notched out a square for the nose.
Hot glue the beard right below the nose.   You can separate it a bit to make a mustache too.
I was able to use the top of the hat for his hat and tucked under the ends, then hot glued it over the nose  and in the back (the sides get glued with the arms). I added a little white  pom pom after removing the fur pom pom from the hat (I thought it looked too big).
I made arms with some leftover hat fabric by creating two little tubes and filling them with stuffing.  I made the hands with round pieces of felt that I also stuffed then tied off with a clear elastic.
The arms get glued under the hat and the hands get glued to the arms then tied with some cord. I added a berry sprig to the hat's pom pom and tied that off with some cord.

The gnome looks cute just like this. 
Legs can be added just like the arms for a sitting gnome.
I already had this boot ornament and it worked perfectly for him. I didn't attach the boots because I still want the option of using them as an ornament.
I found this pair at Hobby Lobby and decided to make a girl gnome too.
I started her the same way by filling up a sock and tying it off,
I needed another hat and I also picked up a stocking for the white trim.
This time I made the nose by tying off a bit of the stuffing in the body.  I secured it with an elastic and some twine.
While I was making her hat, I also added some white fuzzy trim to Mr. Gnome's hat to finish it off.
I made two braids out of the faux fur and glued them under her hat.
I also made her an apron with leftover hat fabric and some white trim.
I was pretty pleased with how these two came out!

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