Hey everyone! This is my first post of an ongoing DIY series I’m doing. I’m kickin’ it off with an easy DIY on home brewing kombucha since it is one of my favorite hobbies as of late.
If you follow me on twitter, you may know that I’m a giant kombucha fanatic. I always seem to have a bottle nearby, and oftentimes, I tweet about it.
But, if you’ve ever purchased the stuff pre-bottled at your favorite health food/convenience store, then you’ll also know that drinking a daily 1 or 2 kombuchas can quickly become an expensive habit. My dear husband used to gripe about how my brew of choice, at around $5.00 per bottle, cost significantly more than his. He was right; it was getting rather rediculous.
Recently I was contacted by the fine folks at MAVEA to do a product review of the Elemaris water filter pitcher.
I eagerly agreed because I have the hardest time downing water, and any excuse to drink more is fine by me. Even though I run 2 miles every day and crave water quite often, I still get far less water intake than I should. The main reason? Taste. I always “taste” something when I drink water from the tap, so I tend to cover it up with lots of lemon or lime juice and crushed ice, which is a pain (I’m so lazy!). So I usually just drink coffee.
Undeniably, nog is one of my most favorite things about winter. And even though I appreciate the prepackaged vegan nogs that are available this time of year, I find them somewhat lacking in flavor and in texture. So, I opt to make my own… and keep the other stuff around for a dire emergency.
Yes, I do like nog that much.
Here’s a simple pumpkin nog recipe that satisfies my most intense winter night cravings. Delicious with or without booze. :)
The classic combo of peaches and cream makes for a wonderful treat any time of day. I slipped some strawberries in there too.. because they also go stunningly with cream.
But, more importantly than any ol’ smoothie- I want to send out a virtual hug and high fives to all of my readers! Manifest Vegan was chosen as one of the Top 10 veg blogs in VegNews’ latest issue (July-August)!!
Without all of you checking out my recipes every week, this never would have been possible. Ever. I am flattered and overjoyed ♥
Hooray for you fantastic readers, and Hooray for the other vegan blogs who were mentioned! It is truly outstanding to be listed with such wonderful blogs!!
Congratulations all around!
Now, back to the smoothie:
I just couldn’t resist the kitschy-ness of including a post about aphrodisiac foods right before Valentines Day. So, I did some research googling, and found some pretty interesting “facts” about foods from various unreliable sources on the internet. :)
I thought it would be fun to include a simple list of foods that will spice up your life– that, when blended together, make a mighty tasty smoothie. Whether you are single or attached (or just don’t give a damn)…this smoothie will provide you with a good dose of spunk. <3
Hot cocoa is the perfect drink for me when I’m feeling cold… and just plain wintery. The hint of peppermint certainly will light up your spirits and add a touch of holiday cheer to any day. This stuff is simple and fast to prepare, and very warming for these chilly winter nights. Add a touch of your favorite liquor for a great drink to unwind to… or some whipped soy cream for an extra special treat for the kiddies.
Vegan Peppermint Hot Cocoa
- 1/4-1/2 cup granulated sugar, depending on your sweet tooth
- 1/4 cup cocoa powder
- 1 candy cane, crushed into pretty small pieces
- 2 1/2 cups unsweetened almond milk, or your favorite unsweetened non-dairy milk
- 1/4 tsp salt
Whisk together all ingredients in small saucepan over medium-low heat. Stir gently until all candy cane particles are dissolved, and it is the perfect temperature for you to enjoy.
Pour evenly into two mugs.
Top with whipped- soy cream or drop in a whole candy cane.