I have turned vegan(sh) + Recipes for non-dairy vegan ice-cream

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Hello my lovelies!ย I am so sorry that I have been away from this blog for so long. I have other excuses, true. But the FULL TRUTH is that I actually forgot my password! ย So what can you do, when you can’t log into your own blog. ๐Ÿ˜›

Since the last time I wrote, there has been quite a few changes in my life. To start off with, my grandpa passed away… Meaning both of my grandpas have now left. This whole experience has made me think more on nutrition/lifestyle choices.

At high school, I did cross-country/ran a lot and even now, I hit the gym at least 4 times a week. However, I think healthy lifestyle choices are more than just how much we exercise. It’s also about what we put into our own bodies. I have also discovered that my body acts as if I have something-[hyperglycemia???] meaning that my body reacts rather sensitively to white flour/processed sugar. I get tired more easily than other people. Even my GP agrees that my body seem to just absorb sugar quicker than some other people. When I eat natural, whole food- as in veggies, fruit, whole grain, it’s fine.

If I eat meat, it’s fine- but they are quite expensive to start off with (versus a bag of silver beets) and high quality, properly farmed, lean meat is certainly not cheap! ย Also, I don’t really like blood ๐Ÿ˜›ย I don’t think I will ever be able to fully convert to the raw food movement, but I think there are many good points in raw food/vegan diets.ย I’ve never been a massive meat eater anyway and I have a veggie garden at the moment- so I think it won’t be that hard. Will see though.. ๐Ÿ™‚

Today, I am sharing a rather cheap, so so yum/creamy textured i-can’t-believe-it’s-not-dairy-but-it-tastes-like-velvet-smooth-soft-serve-sorbet-texture recipe ๐Ÿ™‚ Sorry for the massive sentence ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜› HONESTLY, make these and get your non-vegan friends to try them. They will be surprised that this has no dairy at all. You can hardly taste the banana. Maybe zero.

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All you need: 1/2 cup of frozen, diced up banana, 1/2 cup of frozen strawberries, ย 1-2 Tablespoon of water(can substitute for fruit juice, if you want).

Put all the ingredients in a hand-mixer or a blender. Blend like crazy until smooth. That’s all! ย So simple right! ๐Ÿ˜€

For Jaffa (orange-chocolate) vegan ice-cream, just add: 1ย whole orange(skin peeled)+1/2 cup of frozen, diced up banana+1/2cup of frozen strawberries+1 Tablespoon of cocoa powder+1~2 table spoon of water. Whizz.

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A (nearly no saw) giant ice-cream cone pillow/cushion :D

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What you need: Pink pillow case, some fabric that is ice-cream cone(sh) in colour, 10cm ย x 15cm of brown-checked fabric, a glue gun, pillow-stuffing, some needles and some thread.

For sprinkles: Small fabric parts of many colours.

Lately, I have been somewhat stressed… Well, that maybe an understatement… ๐Ÿ˜ฆ but yeah… As long as I can remember, I think I have always enjoyed making things… ๐Ÿ™‚ For me, I think being creative and making things, is how I release my stress… Now I do realise that I have been away from this blog for some time!! BUT. I do have a legitimate excuse- my camera’s charger went for a walky!!! ๐Ÿ˜ฆ Anyways… To make up for it (I think I away for 2~3 wks), I will upload 2 projects today that I have been working on. ๐Ÿ™‚ Hope you enjoy, x

I was first given this inspiration when I came across this:ย http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2dZHk-jkoEo

Now, in my opnion, the video is made really well. She gave clear instructions and everything is pretty much straight forward. ๐Ÿ™‚ What I am going to attempt to add today are the minor details, from the view point of someone who actually DID attempt to replicate what she did in the video+ add my own twist. Hope this helps anyone thinking of making something similar!

1. Instead of buying expensive fabrics from a fabric shop, I found these in a second-hand shop: a pink pillow case and some fabric(probably deemed dull in colour, hence priced 10 cents).2. I washed these and put them in the dryer just to get rid of any dirt/stain etc. I then turned the pillowcase inside out.

3. Now I know that in the video, she was able to draw with a free-hand. However, I am not very good drawing things evenly- nor just good at drawing to start off with! So to make sure that I got some sort of symmetry at the end before the scissors went snip, snip, I chose to measure each side by height vs width.

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4. This is what I ended up with. ๐Ÿ™‚OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA5. I then tried folding the caramel coloured fabric until it looked like a cone. ๐Ÿ™‚ ย Remember to glue the edges from the INSIDE out!

6. I then glued all around the edge, but left a room so that I could fill my pillow/cushion. A handy tip# BEFORE turning the pillow inside out and stuffing it,ย check all the way around the edges to make sure there are no gaps!ย  I have found that sometimes with using a glue-gun, some parts dry out much faster- hence you can actually end up with random gaps around the lines- so make sure that you check the gaps! ๐Ÿ˜€ ย ๐Ÿ™‚

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6. Stuff with cotton. ๐Ÿ™‚ Now, you can stop at this stage and seal, as she did in the video. ๐Ÿ™‚ However, I wanted to add something more, hence this is what I did next… ๐Ÿ™‚OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

7. By the way, if you are wondering what sort of cotton I used, I actually bought a massive queen size bedding from the second-hand shop for $10. I then ย washed the blanket thoroughly and then left it in the sun to be drenched in the sunlight! After this, I removed all traces of hair and fluffed up (is this a legit expression??) any cotton that was flat. ๐Ÿ™‚ Surprisingly, there is an odd joy you do actually get, when ย you are ripping up a giant bag of fluff! Besides, how often do we really get to rip blankets into pieces? Yes I am odd…I know…lol… ๐Ÿ˜›ย OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

8. Once the pillow was completely sealed, I then cut up 10cm x 15cm of the brown fabric and glued the edges to seal it with the glue-gun. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

9.ย Make sure you glue closely to the edge as possible. ๐Ÿ˜€ ย ๐Ÿ™‚OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

10. Tuck the fabric around the neck of the pillow. ย Use needles&thread to secure in place. This is what I have ended up with…. ๐Ÿ™‚OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

11. Now, add sprinkles if you wish to the pillow… ๐Ÿ™‚ ย I will update this post further, when I make further changes… In mean time, hope you guys have fun as well! ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ™‚OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA