Tuesday Treat – People Tree Sale

Who’s looking forward to pay day on Friday? *eyes moth ridden purse* I have been on a self imposed shopping ban to try and curb my festive spending. I’m not going to lie, it’s been tough. So many awesome sales going on. If, like me, you’ve held off having a spendathon, I come baring good news. The lovely folks at People Tree have given me an exclusive sale code, for 10% off all sale items until 7th February. Here’s some of the lovely things you could splurge on.

People Tree sale

{Bardot Breton top in red £20.25 || Gina shirt in polka dot brown £21.06 || Ruthie zig zag dress £35.10 || Star friendship bracelet £7.20}

I know, I know. I’ve posted this breton top before. But what can I say, I love these tops. I have two already and think I’m going to get myself one for the summer. I love this shirt too and think it would look great under a v neck jumper with a lush pair of jeans. I think this dress is amazing! The only place I would wear it is work, but why not hey?! I’m always on the look out for cute little bracelets and think this star one is adorable. For an extra 10% off these great sale items, the code you need it CCSALE10. Happy shopping!

Homemade Vegan Chilli

I’m going to let you into a little secret: This was the first meal Phil ever made for me. It was delicious then and it’s still delicious now. We’ve changed the mince we use, since I became vegan and if anything, it’s even better. It’s easy and simple to make and the batch we make feeds two of us for two meals. (Or one massive meal and a lunch for one of us, depending on how hungry we are!)

Homemade Vegan chilliIngredients:

  • A tablespoon of oil. (We used to use olive oil, but have moved over to coconut recently. Not gonna lie, it does flavour it slightly, but it’s still amazing.)
  • Two peppers (Ideally one green, one red though I struggle to remember to order green ones, so any mixture of peppers will do. Trust me!)
  • One white onion
  • A packed of Sainsbury’s vegetarian mince
  • A tin of kidney beans
  • A tin of chopped tomatoes
  • A tablespoon of tomato puree
  • A teaspoon of chilli powder (Now this depends on how hot you like it. We put in more than this, but we use a mild powder.
  1. Chop the veg. Big chunks, little chunks, it doesn’t really matter. The bigger they are, they more crispy they’ll be.
  2. Fry the onion until it’s slightly transparent, then add the peppers, followed by the mince.
  3. Cook for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally to make sure the mince doesn’t stick. If it does, add a bit more oil.
  4. Add the kidney beans (drained and rinsed), the chopped toms, tomato puree and chilli powder. Stir it well.
  5. Cover and cook for at least 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. (We usually have this with brown rice and put this on then.)
  6. When it’s ready, dish up, keeping your extra portions, then stuff your face.

So. What to do with the leftovers. You could very easily bung them in the freezer for another day. Or you could…

Vegan chilli and jacket potatoesCook some jacket potatoes until the skins are crispy, then spread some vegan spread on the pots, dishing up the leftover chilli and devouring with a side of salsa and an oven baked corn on the cob (my favourite veg of all time).

You could also…

homemade vegan enchiladasFill a few tortilla wraps with the leftover chilli, roll them up and place them in an oven proof baking dish. Pour over a jar of Zest Tomato & Fiery Chilli Pasta sauce then grate some vegan cheese over the top (We used the melty Sheese). Bake in the oven for about 40 minutes (or less if you’ve got a decent oven, unlike us). Serve with some delicious wedges if you really want to carb overdose, which I did. And I don’t regret it one little bit!

To be fair, there’s probably loads more stuff you can do with leftover chilli, but these are my favourite, especially the enchiladas. I could’ve died happy after eating them. *drools*

Holiday Ideas 2016

There’s nothing like a ever growing to-do list to make you dream of your holiday. Last year, we were a bit slap dash about holidays and didn’t have an overall plan of where we wanted to go so everything was last minute and we didn’t plan them well, with the exception of my birthday holiday to the New Forest. We didn’t spend long enough in Copenhagen and we didn’t go away during the summer holidays, which meant I spent most of them watching Netflix!

This year, I’m torn between going to new places and revisiting a few favorites. I know I should probably explore new places, but we’re lucky in that we’ve been to some fabulous places that almost feel like home. Here are the top three places I’d like to visit again:

Cornwall

Poldhu

It’s been over a year since we last visited Cornwall and I miss it immensely. The Lizard, which is my favourite part, is like no where else I’ve ever been and I could happily spend days walking along the coast, rain or shine, heading back to a cosy cottage for a cheeky Cornish cider and chips.

The New Forest

New ForestI was well and truly spoilt with my glamping birthday present last year. We spent a lovely few days walking along the coast and through the forest before heading back to our little hut. I’ve never walked so far in my life but I enjoyed every single moment of it, even if I needed to climb down a ladder for a wee in the night! Even though we walked a lot, there are still plenty of lovely places that I’d like to explore.

Iceland

IcelandIceland is PCC – Pre Crafty Chai! We booked our holiday about 24 hours before their economy collapsed, just under 10 years ago, but that didn’t deter us one little bit. We visited over Christmas and spent a wonderful few days in Reykjavik. The highlight for me was visiting the Blue Lagoon and experiencing hail while floating in warm and cosy water. There’s a lot of Iceland that we didn’t explore and I would love to go back to see more of the island.

Having said that, visiting new places is always such fun so on my travel wish list are:

  • Berlin – the best place to be a vegan Europe
  • The Lake District – so many great dog walks to be had here
  • Sweden – We were so close to here when we were in Copenhagen and I do regret not popping over to Malmo while we there.

I still can’t make up my mind about where to go, though I do need to see what the budget will stretch to. Doubt it’ll stretch to all those places, eh?!

Tuesday Treat – YAWstore

Social media can be a wonderful thing. You can use it as a way to raise awareness of great organisations doing big things to help change the world. Another wonderful things is, that as a consumer, you have the power to change things with what you buy. I’m always looking for new places to buy fairtrade, vegan clothing and just before Christmas, I came across YAWstore via Twitter. YAWstore sell clothes, gifts and accessories for the conscientious consumer. None of their products contain animal skin and they explain the ethical footprint of their products, so you, as a consumer, can make an informed choice. If only all shops were this transparent, eh?

Fox Tea Towel

YAWstore have a lovely collection of clothing and accessories for women, including a gorgeous Matt & Nat purse that I have my eye on. They also sell mens and children clothing, and a few gifts, including this adorable fox tea towel, which is made from organic cotton. Not only that, but if you want to get your craft on, you can cut out the tea towel and make an adorable fox toy, which is a great excuse for not doing the washing up!