Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Quick Party Snack

I like hosting little vegan parties in my backyard. I am a fan of finger foods and I am also a fan of comfort food. One of the easiest and yummiest things to create is Tofurkey Roll Ups or as many people call this dish Pig In A Blanket.

[Tofurkey Roll Ups]
1 package of Italian style Tofurkey Sausage (4 links)
1 package of Pillsbury Original Crescent Rolls (8 count)
ketchup, mustard, pizza sauce to dip (optional)

Set your oven according to Pillsbury Crescent Roll instructions. Roll out the dough and flatten/connect the perforated edges so you get a sheet that is more uniform and will not divide. Cut the dough into 1 inch or so strips, you should get 16 strips. Set aside. Cut the Tofurkey links into 16 1 and a half inch (or so) pieces. Roll each Tofurkey piece in a piece of dough and set on a parchment paper lined cookie sheet. Bake for 10-12 minutes until the dough is a golden baked brown color. Serve with your favorite dipping sauce, mine is mustard!

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Summer Cosmetics - Vegan Style

The temperature is rising and while I love the longer warm days I can’t handle the weather on most days because it is so damn hot. I hate spending time getting ready to only end up end a pile of sweat and oil a hour later. Here are some must have vegan safe products from SPF to cosmetics that help me get through the days.

SPF is important. I have pretty light olive tone skin and rather stay pale than burn. Most sun blocks for the face leave my oily skin super greasy and nasty. However I am a hugggeee fan and will only buy Murad Oil-Control Mattifer SPF 15 . When you put it on your skin feels less oily and almost velvety in seconds.

To keep my face shine free and looking fresh all day I really love E.L.F.’s Complexion Perfection powder. It evens out any redness in my face and makes the shine go away. At $3 it is a must have buy. To apply it I use a large synthetic fluffy brush.

Too keep my black liner in place all day I turn to Urban Decay’s Eyeshadow Primer Potion. It makes my eye makeup not run down my face during a game of Frisbee.

I am a fan of glossy lips but before I put on gloss I slick my lips down with Merry Hempster’s SPF 18 Lip Balm. Glossy lips attract sun and it is important to protect your lips with a SPF.

Can’t forget the body. I use Eucerin Everyday Protection Body Lotion, UVA + UVB SPF 15 Protection. The formula works for my sensitive skin and has never left my itchy or red.

(I am not getting paid by companies to endorse products - these are what I actually buy and use daily!)