Blogger Recognition Award

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Blogger Recognition Award

Hey Blogger Babes, I just wanna start this out saying how much I am absolutely in love with this community.  I have been blogging for less than a month and can say that I have received so much love and positive support its mind blowing. So this post is for you guys, my tribe and community of very creative and intelligent, self starting and motivating bloggers.

I had the honour of nominated by the ever so lovely ThisDarlingAdventure who’s blog is filled with so much adventure, meaningful advice and seriously amazing DYI’s. This nomination totally made my day, so I wanted to keep it going by participating myself.

How I started my Blog:

After a year of good changes in 2016, I decided to start my new year off right (and write haha). 

I wanted to actualize the life I want to have for myself, and starting a blog was always something that I had wanted to do. At first I was intimated but slowly gained self confidence in my voice and wrote my first post, after that I was instantly hooked. I am Traveller, Vegan Foodie and an Optimist, I love that this blog is filled with a message I am proud to put out to the world and will continue doing so and hopefully have some success in the future.

My advice for New Bloggers:

I love this, most of my blog post are motivating tidbits to get people where they want to be in life.

Be consistent with posting on your blog and the community, it will really help you in the long run. You will get more feedback if you are activitly participating and commenting on other bloggers post. Hold yourself personally accountable if you want to grow your blog, WordPress is great for this they give you stats and notifications when there is activity on your blog. You can set goals for yourself based on this type of feedback (ex. Buying domain when reached 200 followers). Blogging is also completely cathartic, you really are immortalizing your message on the worldwide web.

My nominees:

Vegan High  Five,  Holistic Beauty, Vegan Food for Peace, SherinaSpeaks, OnceThey Called Her Pumpkin, SecondHand Nature, WittyGingerGoesAroundTheWorld, Lemon and the Jar, Feeding your Beauty, Travel to meet Your Heart, Teacakesand, AvocadoSucker

If you want to be involved in the Blogger Recognition Award these are some simple rules:

Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.

Write a post to show your award.

Give a brief story of how your blog started.

Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers.

Select 10 other bloggers you want to give this award to.

Comment on each blog and let them know you have nominated them and provide the link to the post you created.

Let’s talk about: Goals

For me this year more than ever, has been a year of goals and getting to  where I want to be in life after years of day dreaming about it.  So how do you know what your goal is? What is it that you want from life? What type of Life do you want to lead?  These questions can be daunting, but when you’re laying in bed at night going over it, you know what  your perfect life is in your head. So how do we get there?

The answer, is more simplistic than you think.

It’s is as easy as this:

Set small goals: Something that is attainable, sorry there are no get rich quick tricks. Once you have achieved these smaller goals, you will gain confidence and momentum to keep moving forward towards the bigger goals and getting closer to the things you really want to achieve.

(For me it was this blog, saving money for travel and maintaining happiness is my life.)

Take action: Start taking steps to achieve your goal. If you want to get fit start working out every day and eating healthier. If you want to save money,  make a budget and start becoming a more self aware spender. 

Personal accountability :  I can’t stress this point enough to me it has the most validity. Hold yourself accountable for the life you want to lead for the goals you set for yourself.  No one is going to do it for you, except you ! So get on it, if you fall off the wagon, don’t be afraid to get right back on it again.

Don’t give up ! Most people don’t attain their goals because they give up as soon as the hit a bump in the road.

I can genuinely tell you that my life has improved so much from setting goals for myself, once achieved setting bigger goals gaining new experiences, trying new things, and exceed expectations of capability.

You really can have the life you want, it’s really  just up to you.

Hope these tips  help you further yourself on the journey to your perfect life!

Places I’ve been, Things I’ve seen: Phuket

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The second half of my trip in Thailand was spent in the province of Phuket, known for its beautiful beaches.  It was such a surreal feeling being somewhere I had dreamed of going to for so long, when I actually got there I was overcome by euphoria. 

There were a few places I stayed while I was in Phuket, Koh Phi Phi was hand down the most beautiful beach. I also stayed in a Airbnb  in Bang Tao which had a secret beach not too far away, it was truly amazing to have a part of the ocean all to myself.

I had also heard from another traveler that there was a half moon party during my stay in Phuket, naturally as a party girl I had to check it out. It was an amazing night with so much love, laughter and  people I will always remember. IMG_2968.JPG

The next time I go to Thailand I will definitely be spending more time exploring all the other islands that I didn’t have time to make it too.

Hope you guys like a few shots from Phuket, Koh Phi Phi and Bang Tao.

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Soft Thick Crust Vegan Pizza Dough

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Soft Thick Crust Vegan Pizza Dough

Pizza is everyone’s favourite meal, who could argue about that! I have say that I’ve enjoyed pizza more now as vegan than I ever did before. I can make my pizza exactly how I want it and not worry about waiting for the delivery man.  I have always been a thick crust type of girl,also now like to season my dough so the crust is just as flavourful as the topping on it !

This recipe is super fast,  you will have home made healthy pizza on your table before you know it.

Great for days when you want to clean out your fridge of all last weeks veggies

Ingredients

2 1/2                  Cups All purpose Flour (Sub Gluten Free Flour)

1                        Cup Warm Water

1                        Tsp. Salt

1                        Packet of Rapid Active Yeast or 2 tblsp.

2                        Tblsp. Olive Oil

1                        Tsp. Garlic Powder

1                        Tsp.  Onion Powder

1                        Tsp. Italian Seasoning

1                        Tsp Nutritional Yeast

Start with a large mixing bowl and add all dry ingredients, then  warm water and oil. Mix dough with a large wooden spoon, once formed start kneading dough until it becomes a cohesive ball. Oil bowl lightly with olive oil and place dough inside bowl let rest for 20 minutes.

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Once dough has risen scoop out of bowl and onto non stick baking sheet. Stretch dough gently until it covers entire baking sheet.

Once your dough is spread out on the baking sheet, the rest is up to you!  Top with Tomato sauce or Pesto, loads of veggies and Vegan Cheese of course.

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Bake Pizza for 20 mins at 375 degrees until cheese has melted and veggies have withered slightly.

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Enjoy this super easy Soft Thick Crust Vegan Pizza Dough.

If you make this recipe please let me know how it turns out

Cheers !

Mouthwatering Savoury BBQ Jackfruit Pulled “Pork”

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This is hands down, one of the most delicious recipes I have ever made. Even I couldn’t believe how well it turned out, it is unbelievably delicious and the texture is so close to being like meat its mind-blowing. I can guarantee that when you make this recipe for your family and friends, they will be shocked its vegan.

There is optional overnight prep, but can be done in an hour or two. (I found that the favours develop more overnight.)

For those of you who do not know what jackfruit is, its fruit but when picked young has no flavour. The consistency of the fruit has a very stringy  like texture, so when cooked looks like pulled pork (Isn’t that so cool!). Canned Jackfruit can be found at any Asian grocery store, and sometimes  in the International isle of grocery stores.

Ingredients

2        Can Young Green Jackfruit (in water or brine)

4        Cloves garlic minced

2        Tsp. Onion Powder

2        Tsp. Garlic powder

2        Tsp. Paprika

1        Tbl sp. Brown Sugar

1        Tbl sp. Soy Sauce

1        Tbl sp. Apple Cider Vingar

1/4    Cup Barbecue Sauce

Start by draining the Jackfruit from the can and rise under cold water.  Trim off the hard tip of Jackfruit and place in bowl.  Then add all other ingredients and mix around so jackfruit is fully saturated and place in the fridge overnight or for a few hours.

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Once Jackfruit is marinated, heat non stick pan over medium high heat and sautee for 10 to 15 minutes until you can squish jackfruit with the back of your spoon will created stringy like texture. Use a Fork or masher to squish fruit until stringy texture is achieved.

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Preheat Oven to 375 degrees and prepare cookie sheet, lined with a nonstick baking mat or parchment paper. Spread jackfruit mixture on cookie sheet creating a thin layer and place in oven for 20 minutes, at halfway point take out and mix the jackfruit around allowing the bottom half of layer can become crisp. Once the jackfruit has shrunken and looks crisp pull apart slightly  with a fork ad it its done! (Optional mix jackfruit in bowl with some bbq before serving). Its crazy to me how much it actually looks like meat!

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I like to have my Jackfruit pulled pork, on pita with some vegan cheese and a Kale slaw.

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Let me know if you would like a recipe for that

I really hope you guys try this out, it is absolutely amazing. Vegan food is  delicious, you can still have all your favourite meals.

Stay tuned for more Kick ass Vegan recipes.

Cheers !

Places I’ve been, Things I’ve seen: Bangkok

Thailand was always one of those place that I knew I wanted to go, and when one of my good friends moved half way around the world it was the perfect time to take my trip.

There were many things I loved about Thailand, the culture, the food and the people. I met so many people from around the world on my trip and will hold my memories of Thailand near to my heart.

Being a city girl, I naturally wanted to see Bangkok first and it totally lived up to any and all imaginations.  I did the typical tourist thing but was lucky enough to see the local side of Bangkok by taking their metro and getting a real feel sense of the city. I also was lucky enough to hear from another traveler that MOCA (Museum of Contemporary art) was free during the weekdays, and was absolutely blow away by the beautiful art and stunning architecture of the museum itself.

Here some of my unconventional shots of Bangkok

IMG_2485.jpg‘Welcome to Bangkok’ Koh San Road – Bangkok

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IMG_2549.jpgSkytrain pulling into station – the best way to get around Bangkok

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IMG_2548.jpgFlower Buddha painting at MOCA – Bangkok

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The Fluffiest Chocolate Chip Vegan Pancakes

 

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Who doesn’t like pancakes in the morning?! These are one of my favourite breakfasts on a lazy sunday morning. These deliciously chocolatey pancakes will be a hit among all vegans and non vegans. Feel free to be creative with your toppings,  blueberries and banana go great with these or you can even do them plain with a bit a cinnamon mixed in the batter.

These are quick easy and oh so yummy, will be on  breakfast table in under 20 mins.

Recipe

1 1/2 Cups                    All purpose flour (sub. gluten free flour)

1 1/2 Tlbsp                   Baking Powder

3/4  Cup                       Dark Chocolate Chips

3 Tlbsp.                        Brown sugar

1 1/2 Cups                   Almond milk (sub any plant bases milk)

Pinch of Salt

  1. Start with a Large mixing bowl and add flour, baking powder, brown sugar and salt. Dry whisk until all ingredients have been well combined.fullsizerender
  2. Add all Almond milk and chocolate chips, mix well batter should be slightly thick and you should see air bubbles forming from the baking powder.  Once finished mixing set aside and heat non stick pan over medium heat.
  3. When non stick pan is Hot use 1/2 C. measuring cup to scoop batter into pan. Spread batter out lightly with the back of measuring cup so the pancake is even.
  4. Cook pancake for about 2 1/2 mins each side, you should see air bubbles starting to pop through batter, thats when you know its time to flip. Repeat until batter is finished.
  5. Slather some of your favourite  syrup on  and its time to eat !

I ran out of Maple syrup when I was making this recipe, so I made an easy chocolate sauce with Almond milk and Coca powder and a bit of sugar.Let me know if you would like a short recipe of that.

Please make these and tell me how they turned out and if anyone knew they were vegan!!

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