Friday, September 30, 2011

Vegan MOFO Giveaway Vegan Essentials $25 Gift Certificate

Vegan Essentials was so gracious to provide a $25 gift certificate to giveaway for vegan MOFO. My family orders from their site all the time. Right now they are the only carrier of the infamous Cheezly. If you haven't tried this cheese yet, you REALLY need to. It tastes good all on its own. You heard me: End Cheezly rant.

Vegan Essentials carries all sorts of vegan items: food, sweets, clothing, shoes, personal care products, books, household items, etc. Enter this Vegan MOFO giveaway for your chance to win your own little shopping spree! The winner will be announced Saturday, October 8th.

Here is how you enter: 

1) First subscribe to this blog, i.e. must be a blog follower to win
2) Write into the comments which product you would like to buy or try if you won the $25 gift certificate.
3) For an extra entry into the contest, like Growing Up Veg on FB, follow me on tumblr (, and twitter (@Vegan_Momma)

Contest is over! Congratulations, you are the lucky winner winner is:  Bitt!

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Vegan Mofo 2011 Giveaways!

This year I wanted to pay-it-forward, and decided to do a few give-a-ways. They'll be happening each week, so stop in often to enter.

There will be cook books, Go Max Go candy bars, Eli's Earth Bars, $25 Gift Certificate from Vegan EssentialsDandies marshmallows, Lieber's butterscotch chips, and a vegan children's book. If you are interested in participating, look for more details soon. I'll be giving away one treat and book each week.

In the meantime, check out the loot below!

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Vegan Mofo 2011 Get Ready for a Vegan Blogging Storm!

Ladies and gentlemen, start your engines. Vegan Mofo is almost upon us! What the heck is Vegan Mofo you say? It stands for Vegan Month of Food. Instead of trying to give you the full run down, I'll simply send y'all on over to Vegan Mofo headquarters.

They've got a sign-up sheet, if you plan to participate. There is a handy dandy FAQ if you still need more info. The only requirement is that all your blogs include vegan content. The goal is to blog five days a week, which breaks down to about twenty times a month.

So if you haven't signed up yet, get your tail on over to the site, because the deadline is tomorrow!

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Pecan Butter Frosting on "Butter" Cupcake

As I've shared before, I hark from Georgia. The fresh pecans from down there just can't be beat. I am lucky enough to have family who ship them to us sometimes.

The pecan frosting for this recipe was from scratch, and the cake was from a box. We had recently had my aunt and cousins up to visit, so I made these for dessert one night.

Veganizing box cake recipes is actually relatively simple. For this one, I substituted the eggs in the recipe with apple sauce, used Earth Balance Buttery Sticks for the butter. Lastly, I added a tablespoon of vinegar to help the cake rise.

Here is the break down for a vegan version of Duncan Hines Butter Golden Cake

2/3 cup water
2/3 cup applesauce
1 Tsbp. vinegar

Other than the couple of changes to the ingredients, follow the directions on the box for cooking times, etc. See below for the pecan butter frosting recipe.

Pecan Butter Frosting

3/4 cup pecan butter (follow link to previous recipe)
3-4 cups powdered sugar
2 tsp. vanilla or maple flavoring
2-3 Tbsp. soy or almond milk

Cream together the margarine and pecan butter. Slowly mix in powdered sugar and almond milk, alternating between the two. Once mixed well, beat for about five minutes until frosting is nice and fluffy. Add more powdered sugar or soy milk to obtained desired texture.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Pre-school Season Vegan Snack Time

It is that time of year again, and the kids start pre-school tomorrow. It will be Elliott's second year and Evelyn's first. They always have a snack in the mornings and it is provided by the parents on a rotating schedule. I always send vegan options like hemp, soy, or almond milk and vegan cheese crackers.

If you are interested in some guidelines for what worked for our family communicating about vegan options, see our list/instructions below.

How does your school do it? What does your family do for snack time and treats at school?

List of Vegan Snacks He/She Can Eat
  • Fruit (fresh and dried)
  • Veggies
  • Graham Crackers
  • Teddy Grahams
  • Pretzels
  • Stauffer’s and Barnum and Bailey’s Animal Crackers
  • Cheerios, Kix, Life, Chex Cereal
  • Veggie Booty
  • Earth’s Best Organic Smiley Snacks
  • Wheat Thins (All kinds EXCLUDING Parmesan Basil, Cream Cheese & Chives, Ranch)
  • Triscuits (All kinds EXCLUDING Parmesan Garlic and Quattro Formaggio
  • Soy or Coconut Yogurt
  • Hummus
  • Stacy’s Pita Chips (All kinds EXCLUDING Parmesan Garlic)
  • Stacy’s Bagel Bites
  • Ritz Crackers 
  • Sesame Sticks
  • Trader Joe’s Bagel Chips: Whole Wheat, Everything, or Sea Salt
  • Popcorn (Without butter or cheese)
  • Lundberg Organic Brown Rice Cakes
  • Pita Chips: Cinnamon & Sugar, w/Sea Salt, w/ Sesame Seeds
  • Pirate’s Veggie Booty
  •  Eco Planet’s Pretzel Crackers and Cheddar Non-Dairy Crackers
  • Annie’s Bunny Fruit Snacks
  • Applesauce
Non-Vegan Item’s He/She Should Not Eat
  • Any meat, chicken, fish products
  • Dairy Products (Cheese, yogurt, milk, cottage cheese)
  • Eggs
  • Pepperidge Farm Fish Crackers (all kinds contain dairy)
  • Gelatin
Helpful Hint: at the end of all ingredient lists manufacturers are required to list if common allergens in the product. This includes milk, milk products, and eggs. (see red arrow in example picture below).

Note: We DO eat products labeled like the label on the right, where the product was manufactured or may contain trace amounts of milk or eggs.