Monthly Archives: August 2011

DIY–Mason Jar Soap Dispenser

My mason jar creation–cute soap dispenser

So I can’t take full credit for this creation, but I did make it myself, that counts for something, right?  I originally found this idea on my procrastination, I mean, pinterest account.  Here is the original site that gave me this creative idea.

Supplies Needed:

  • Mason Jar
  • Jar Lid
  • Colorful paper to decorate your lid (I used scrapbook paper I already had)
  • Soap pump (mine is being reused)

This project took me 10 minutes at the most to do.  5 of those minutes were convincing my boyfriend to get off the couch to help me drill the hole into the lid.  🙂

First drill a hole into the metal lid, making sure it’s large enough for the soap dispenser to slide through.  Then glue your scrapbook paper onto the lid, making sure you’ve cut a hole through the paper as well.  After that, reassemble and push the soap dispenser pump through the decorated lid.  Fill the jar with hand soap and you’re done!!

Mason Jar Love,


Three Easy Vegan Sweet Treats Worth Trying!!!

So this summer while I’ve been on my summer break from teaching, I’ve had a lot of extra time to procrastinate, look up random things on google, go on my pinterest account, facebook, bake and make yummy vegetarian homemade dinners.  Years ago I used to be able to finish off 1 dozen doughnuts or cupcakes alone…now I just eat a couple and share the rest with my boyfriend or friends.  I enjoy finding good recipes and trying them out myself.  Here are my newest 3 vegan sweet treat finds!

1.)  Chocolate Cherry Cashew Bars, from Peas and Thank You.

The idea for this recipe was taken from another Kind of bar…get it?? 🙂  I did a taste comparison and if I don’t say so myself, I like Mama Pea’s version better than the original.

2.)  Flax Globalls, from Oh She Glows.

These were super simple to make and I had all the ingredients at my house already–better yet!! Pop in the fridge or freezer for a quick summer no-guilt treat!

3.)  PB and J-Filled Cupcakes, from Peas and Thank You-the Cookbook

I’m going to be nice and include this recipe since it’s on the Peas and Thank You blog…as long as you promise me you’ll buy the book! 🙂



1 3/4 cups white whole wheat flour

2 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

2/3 cup organic sugar

2/3 cup non-dairy or organic milk

1/4 cup natural peanut butter


1/3 cup 100% fruit preserves(raspberry or strawberry are best)

1/3 cup natural peanut butter


1.)  Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Line a muffin tin with cupcake papers or spray with cooking spray.

2.)  In a mixing bowl, combine flour, baking powder and salt.

3.) In a small bowl, mix vanilla, sugar, milk and 1/4 cup peanut butter.

4.)  Add wet mixture to dry ingredients and stir until just combined.

5.)  Place a large spoonful of batter in the bottom of each muffin well.  Add approximately 1/2 to 1 teaspoon of preserves and 1/2 to 1 teaspoon of peanut butter on top of batter, and then an additional teaspoon of cupcake batter on top of the peanut butter and preserves.

6.)  Bake cupcakes for 20 to 25 minutes, until tops are golden brown.

I encourage you to try 1 or all of these quick vegan sweet treats and share with others as well!!  They will thank you for it!

Sweet Treats and Puppy Kisses,


Recent Recipes that Rock!

Today I wanted to share three recipes I’ve recently tried over the summer and will definitely be making again!

1.)  The Perfect Veggie Burger

2.)  Mama Pea’s Meatless Muffins

3.)  Summer Israeli Couscous

The Perfect Veggie Burger, Adapted from Oh She Glows

 This recipe is fantastic and is just about PERFECT–as the title infers.

Mmm..the PERFECT Veggie Burger

I knew I had to try making this veggie burger ASAP when I read that it scored perfectly on the veggie burger checklist, Angela created.

Our veggie burger must haves:

  • Can’t be mushy in the middle (the problem I have the most)
  • Crispy outer shell
  • Lots of flavor from fresh herbs & spices
  • No tofu
  • Crunchy, chewy texture is a must
  • No cracking or falling apart (another common problem)
  • Must cook well 3 ways: frying pan, oven, and BBQ

To get this recipe, please click here!

The second great recipe I want to share that I’ve tried this summer is…

Italian Style Meatless Meatloaf Muffins, Adapted from Peas and Thank You

Now…you may be skeptical…but trust me—-these went faster than sugar cookies in our house.  Every time I opened the fridge 1 or 2 more were eaten by my ‘hungry man’, no pun intended.  I got this recipe from one of my other favorite bloggers, Sarah Matheny of Peas and Thank You.    Sarah also just wrote her own cookbook and I happen to be the proud owner of it.  You can buy it here! 

This cookbook is filled with funny stories of Sarah(Mama Pea), her husband Pea Daddy, and her 2 silly daughters, Gigi and Lulu.  Her recipes are all vegan, simple, creative, and sure to please the whole family.  We have tried many of her recipes and enjoy all of them!  Her cookbook is also filled with great photos of each recipe, because everyone knows that’s the best part of flipping through a cookbook for the first time.  Back to her recipe, meatless muffins.

Here are my lovely, snapshots from making the recipe, but to get Mama Pea’s recipe, please click here!

Lastly, the third great recipe I want to share that I’ve tried this summer is…

Israeli Couscous Summer Salad, Adapted from The Healthy Hostess

I love this recipe because it is completely versitile!! You can throw in any veggies you want, as most summer salads are.  You can take away and add veggies that certain picky family members do not like, or simply keep those veggies on the side for you to add for yourself.  I’ve made this recipe twice now, and changed it both times.  I didn’t add onions, olives, or peppers last time but this time I did, and I’d say I liked it both ways equally well.

Israeli Couscous Summer Salad

  • 1 cup dry of Israeli Couscous
  • 3 tomatoes, diced
  • 1/2 cup diced red onions
  • 1/2 cup diced kalamata olives
  • 1 cucumber chopped
  • 1 can of garbanzo beans(chickpeas) drained and rinsed
  • 1 pepper (color of your choice) chopped
  • 1/3 cup lemon vinaigrette dressing, recipe below
  1. Make couscous (Bring 2 cups of water to a boil, add couscous, stir to combine. Simmer for 10 to 12 minutes or until tender.  Drain and add to serving dish.)
  2. Add veggies and chickpeas.
  3. Add dressing and put salad in the fridge for about an hour before eating so flavors can meld.

Lemon Vinaigrette

  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil leaves
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2 tsp. lemon zest
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. ground black pepper
  • 1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil

Whisk lemon juice, basil, garlic, lemon zest, salt and pepper together.  Slowly add oil while whisking.

I love my new bowl with a resealable lid!

Mmmm…I can almost taste it now!!

I hope you enjoy these 3 vegan recipes as much as I have this summer!  You can make a batch of the veggie burgers and freeze leftovers.  You can also make the meatless muffins ahead of time and re-heat as needed.  This summer salad is great to bring to a picnic or party and will sure to please and replace normal, boring pasta salad.

Happy Puppies & Sunshine,