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How to Make the BEST Vegan Cheese Sauce Ever (Feese!)

Mac 'n' Feese

Mac ‘n’ Feese

We have a tradition in this family of renaming vegetarian/vegan products with a sort of short-hand. If it’s fake chicken, it’s ficken; if it’s fake crab, it’s fab; fake bacon is fakin’.

We do this will all sorts of meat replacements. And… as my husband found out the hard way… one should not do this with duck, particularly in front of one’s 8-year old daughter. Fake duck = …. oops!

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Sloppy Bellas: A Vegan Version of Sloppy Joes!

Sloppy BellasOne of the things my husband and I have both noticed since changing our diet to full-on vegetarian (i.e., we eat no meat/flesh though we do still eat eggs, dairy, and honey) is that you start to miss certain things. Comfort foods. Childhood classics. Those hearty (often naughty) stick-to-your-ribs meals that feel like a real “treat.”

Which is why I was thrilled to discover a vegan take on the super-classic “sloppy joe” sandwich recipe in one of my favorite cookbooks, Quick-Fix Vegan, by Robin Robertson. It’s meaty, rich in flavor, and fully satisfying… and feels like a naughty indulgence rather than a healthy, meat-free meal!

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Make Your Own DIY All-Natural Vapor Chest Rub for Coughs!

Homemade Chest Vapor RubEveryone in our household has asthma. It’s well-controlled for all of us, but it does mean that when we get sick, it always ends up in the chest. Coughs galore for weeks on end. This happened at the top of the month with my daughter, whose asthma was ignored when we went into the doc initially. Now she’s back on oral steroids (briefly), and I’m doing my best to keep her from being overloaded with meds as they struggle to strengthen her lungs.

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How to Make Your Own Laundry Soap: Homemade Natural Coconut Laundry Soap Recipe

Homemade Coconut Laundry SoapOne of the most exciting things about our transition to become a more non-toxic and chemical-free household has been learning to make soap. It’s one of those things that – for me, at least – was super scary at first. Like jumping out of an airplane or off a cliff (you can see the bottom but have no idea how long the ride will take). I entered into it with a lot of excitement and trepidation… and it has become something I truly love.

It still scares me a little. Like teaching or performing or running a workshop. There’s a wiggly-tummy feeling and a bit of anxiety that I get before I begin but ultimately know will pass. I consider it a healthy fear. It keeps me alert in the process, and it serves as a good reminder that I need to be as careful as possible.

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Homemade Cinnamon-Vanilla Peach Freezer Jam

Cinnamon-Vanilla Peach Freezer JamIn our house, the arrival of Fall also typically includes LOTS of pumpkin-influenced items. Pumpkin corn bread, pumpkin bagels, pumpkin muffins/cupcakes… even pumpkin dog treats if I am not too busy.

Thankfully, the jam I made at the height of peach season magically pairs perfectly with our various pumpkin-food incarnations. Like, crazy good.

Peaches can still be found in the stores – even organic ones – and so if you’re so inclined to grab a bundle and whip some of this homemade jam up, you’ll be super happy you did. And, since it’s a freezer/refrigerator jam, it’s quick to make and can last for 2 weeks in the fridge or up to a year frozen. What’s not to love?!

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Raspberry Peach Jam with Garam Masala

Raspberry Peach Jam with Garam MasalaEvery year, when peach season hits, I get insanely excited. I love them. So much. And we have our favorite stand at the farmers’ market from whom we love to buy peaches each year.

This year, I decided to go a little peach crazy. This ultimately yielded a lovely batch of canned peaches, some homemade Peach + Cinnamon Refrigerator Jam (which I froze), and today’s feature: Raspberry Peach Jam with Garam Masala.

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Two Approaches to Refrigerator Pickles – Easy + Quick!

Refrigerator PicklesLet me begin this post be stating: I love dill pickles. The whole family does. I only made one batch last year, and it was gone within a week.

And so… we began the summer with 3 lovely cucumber plants and dreams of a bountiful harvest, leading to a plethora of homemade pickles. We headed away on vacation in June with multiple very-promising cucumbers starting to appear. I felt buoyant with hope.

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