A Vegan Holiday: Final Round Up

This is hands-down one of the best things I've ever done.

This year has been really special to me.  I started my blog only six months ago, but it feels like much longer.  The people that I've met and the virtual friends I've made have been wonderful.  I now have a sounding board and support system of some amazing bloggers, and I know that our relationships will continue to grow over 2015.

I want to thank all of the blogs that participated in this year's first A VEGAN HOLIDAY campaign.  It was an experiment and I'm so glad we did it.  I want to extend a big THANK YOU to The Friendly Fig!  Sara and Bianca are two amazing ladies who I hope to meet in real-life someday.  (Sara - it will happen the next time I drive home to Pittsburgh!)  I couldn't have done this alone.  Their expertise and networking skills have been invaluable.  What they do for animals on a daily basis is nothing short of amazing and I'm glad we connected over the last year.

Now, it gives me great pleasure and a bit of sadness to present the last A Vegan Holiday round up.  Please continue to visit these blogs throughout 2015 - and we'll be back with another campaign next year!

Here's what caught my eye this week:

Allergy-Free Hippie Orange Poppyseed Cookies

Blissful Eating - Pre-Cleansing Basics - What to Do Before You Cleanse

A Quiet Vegan - Festive Spiced Nuts  

Bubbles and Booyah - Kick Ass Minestrone Soup

Earth Zen Mama - Dancer Legs Exercises

Free2Bake - Original Norwegian Melting Moments

The Friendly Fig - Cookie Butter Cheesecakes - No Bake!

The Grumpy Sailor Gluten-free Gingerbread Cookies

Joie de Vivre and Cupcakes - Choco-Nutty Squares

Life Gone Vegan - Gluten-free Jammie Dodgers

My Kind Closet - Shooz

myupbeetlife - Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Hazelnut Macaroons

North & South Nomads - Five Ways to Keep Fit and Active While Traveling

The Nutty Nutritionist - Diet & Fitness Trends to Ditch in 2015

pumpkin & peanut butter - Cilantro Cashew Pesto

Quinoa and Cookies - Chocolate Truffles

This Vegan Whimsy - Creamy Curried Tomato Soup with Roasted Asparagus Croutons

Vitamin Valentine - Raw Vegan Balls

Make sure that you follow our Pinterest board too!

Thanks for a wonderful campaign, everyone!

Cheers,
-Aileen

A Vegan Holiday - Week 4 Round Up

My goodness guys - can you believe we only have about a week and a half left of A Vegan Holiday?!

We've had a few new blogs join us in our holiday celebration, so be sure to check them out as well.  I know that The Friendly Fig and I always have fun reading your blogs and great posts.  I love the vegan shopping guides that have been featured as well as the amazing recipes!

Here's what caught my eye this week:

Allergy-Free Hippie - Chocolate Rum Balls

Blissful Eating - Raw Southwest Corn Chowder

A Quiet Vegan - Celeriac Gratin   

Bubbles and Booyah - Holiday Stress Smashing Workout!

Earth Zen Mama - Millet Veggie Burgers

Free2Bake - Tropical Pineapple Upside Down Cake (with chilis!)

The Friendly Fig - Snowflake Cake

The Grumpy Sailor - Red Wine Onion Gravy

Joie de Vivre and Cupcakes - Too-cute-to-eat Christmas cookies

Life Gone Vegan - Simple Vegan Latkes

Little Miss Vegan Cakes Kitchen - Sweet & Sour Eggplant

My Kind Closet - Cruelty-free NYE Dresses

myupbeetlife - Candy Cane Peppermint Patties

North & South Nomads - 5 Best Tofu Recipes

The Nutty Nutritionist - TOP 5 HEALTHY FOODS SABOTAGING YOUR WEIGHT LOSS

Peanut Butter & Ellie - Butternut Squash Bisque

pumpkin & peanut butter - Christmas Menu Round Up {Vegetarian Style}

Quinoa and Cookies - Who-Hash (with Delicata Squash & Potatoes): Gluten Free & Vegan

This Vegan Whimsy - The Easiest Vegan Biscuits

Vitamin Valentine - Banana Trail Mix Granola Bars

Make sure that you follow our Pinterest board for fun, great holiday ideas!

Cheers!
-Aileen

This post is part of A Vegan Holiday, a collaboration among vegan and veg-friendly bloggers. Follow along on social media with #AVeganHoliday. Want to learn more or become a contributor? Find out more here or here



A Vegan Holiday - Week 3 Round Up

Wow, last week's round up burned me out, documenting so much awesomeness!  I decided to forgo the pictures this week, but I hope you still check out this week's highlights!

A Quiet Vegan - Pecan, Sage & Cherry Quinoa Stuffing
Earth Zen Mama Why You Should Sprout
Free2Bake  Little Christmas Kisses
The Friendly Fig Cookie Butter Balls
Life Gone Vegan – Banana Bread
My Kind Closet Vegan Gift Guide for The Men
myupbeetlife Chocolate Gingerbread Cupcakes (GF)
North & South Nomads Vegan Christmas Gift Guide
The Nutty Nutritionist Vegan Sweet Potato Soup
Peanut Butter & Ellie Sunshine Smoothie
pumpkin & peanut butter Coconut Oil Cut Out Cookies
Quinoa and Cookies Elfin Roasted Butternut Squash Pasta
This Vegan Whimsy Easy Cranberry & Pomegranate Jam


Make sure that you follow our Pinterest board for fun, great holiday ideas!

Be sure to check out The Friendly Fig for their round up as well.  More posts to come next week!

Cheers!
-Aileen

This post is part of A Vegan Holiday, a collaboration among vegan and veg-friendly bloggers. Follow along on social media with #AVeganHoliday. Want to learn more or become a contributor? Find out more here or here

A Vegan Holiday - Week 2 Round Up

Much like week one, there is lots to talk about in regards to food.  Here are the things from our blog friends that are making me hungry!

Bubbles and Booyah's Roasted Butternut Squash and Kale with Vegan Parmesan Cheeze

Can I say YUM?!  I'm a big fan of kale and squash.  Especially together.  I'm not sure why kale gets such a bad reputation in the world, because, seasoned right, it's delightful.  This concoction that Bubbles and Booyah put together looks absolutely amazing.

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My mouth is watering right now!

Free2Bake's Cheeky Cheese Puffs

OMG - I love that the name incorporates the word "cheeky"!  These rolls look legit.  It is simple and can be prepared pretty quickly.  Rai says, "the whole process takes about 12 minutes from fridge to face."  I love her way with words, but I think I'll also like these rolls in my belly!

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Joie de Vivre and Cupcakes' Sweet Tooth's Carrot Cake

This recipe looks phenomenal - moist and delicious!  My mom's a big fan of carrot cake, so I will have to jot down this recipe to make for her!

LIfe Gone Vegan's Disco Fries

I had never heard of Disco Fries until last week at a new local restaurant.  Essentially, they are fries smothered in gravy...and they look pretty amazing!  I always write off stuff like this because of the gravy (obvs!), but not anymore!  Perri totally saved the day - and I will be trying these!

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Little Miss Vegan Cakes Kitchen's Greek Asian Fusion

Very ingenious - Daisy sauteed some cabbage and cauliflower over some leftover beans and topped it all with olives.  Not only is this meal simple and quick, it sounds delicious.  I love me some salty olives; they really satisfy!

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myupbeetlife's Coconut Persimmon Ice Cream

Confession time - I've never purchased a persimmon.  But I may have to now!  This ice cream looks divine!  I am a sucker for ice cream of all types and these flavors are really intriguing :-)  This recipe is from a few weeks ago, but this is my round up and I'll do what I please.

North & South Nomad's 10 Cooking Mistakes You're Too Smart to Make

I really love this post.  I see myself in it...A LOT.  (I just baked 5 things today and only 3 of them turned out well. Womp Womp.)  Sometimes you have the best intentions with making something and it doesn't turn out the way you wanted OR, as a food blogger, it doesn't look pretty (which is almost just as bad).  Check out this post for some help in the kitchen and commiserate with N&S Nomads.

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Peanut Butter & Ellie's Hottie Chili

First of all, I love all types of chili.  And I love Ellie's bowl.  She has a super simple chili recipe that's sure to warm you up!

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pumpkin & peanut butter's Coconut Oatmeal Cookies with Chocolate & PB Chips

Sometimes you just need a hearty, hunk of cookie.  pumpkin & peanut butter's got you covered.  This cookies look delicious and would make a great addition to any holiday party or cookie swap!

Pure Eye Dias' Raw Blueberry Lime Cheesecake

Yum - does this look good?!  Sometimes your body just craves raw food and there's not many (raw) things better than a cheesecake!  I'm putting this on my recipe list.

Quinoa and Cookies' Gluten Free Elvis Cookies

There might not be a better combination than peanut butter, banana, and chocolate.  Yum!  I'm a sucker for good cookies.  Check out this simple recipe!

This Vegan Whimsy's Shitake Polenta Crostini

OMG TVW: I have been wanting to make crostini with polenta!  How did you know?!  This recipe looks delicious and not too difficult.  And, if you're careful about the polenta you buy, this dish can also be gluten-free.

And, after you're done oogling over all of this food, be sure to check out Earth Zen Mama's Yoga Poses for a Strong Core.  That's something that I need to brush up on!  Thanks, Jenn!

Be sure to check out The Friendly Fig's round up as well.  Bianca, Sara, and I could not be more thrilled with the participation.  You bloggers are the best (and you readers too)!

Well, there you have it, folks.  If I'm going to make any of these recipes, I need run to the store.  I hope you enjoy reading these blogs as much as I have :-)

Cheers!
-Aileen

This post is part of A Vegan Holiday, a collaboration among vegan and veg-friendly bloggers. Follow along on social media with #AVeganHoliday. Want to learn more or become a contributor? Find out more here or here