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Author: Katie

I laugh in the face of danger! Then I hide until it goes away. I blog over at http://donteatoffthesidewalk.com
Giveaway: So Delicious

Giveaway: So Delicious

Winners! I’ll email you after I feed my dogs.

Ashley: I would be drinking a nice hot cup of pumpkin spice while playing my resident evil 6 on xbox live with my boyfriend.
Megan: Knitting! Or lighting things on fire.
Kelly: Horror movie marathon! (Assuming the pumpkin spice makes it to the stores by Halloween!) It is, i’ve seen it!
Julia: I would totally warm it up and drink while watching the first snowfall.
Brandy: My wife and I love to make big Fall themed brunches and eat them outside with our rescue piggy, Peach and our guests. We would love to have some of this good looking sweet stuff to sip on with some pumpkin stuffed French toast!

…I swear, Erin and I didn’t plan to match the round-up and giveaway.

If dairy-free alternatives are taking over the world, So Delicious is leading the march. Their line is constantly expanding, and becoming available in regular grocery stores more and more. And they’re not just one-milk ponies, they offer soy, coconut, and almond products. From milks to yogurts to more ice cream and ice cream novelties than you can shake a stick at! There really is something for everyone in their product line. And unless you’ve tried all of their products, which has to be well over 100, you can’t tell me any different. So nyah.

One exciting new thing that they’ve added this year is…Pumpkin Spice Coconut Milk! I’ve already seen this in my health food store so keep your eyes peeled.

Also check out the recipe section of their site for some amazing vegan recipes.

So Delicious has offered to send a free product coupon to five lucky winners! To enter, simply comment here, telling me what fall activity you would enjoy while sipping some Pumpkin Spice beverage (you can totally jump in leaves while holding a travel mug). This contest is US only, a winner will be drawn tomorrow at 2 pm.

Giveaway: Sick On Sin

Giveaway: Sick On Sin

Winners! Check your email! Everyone else, don’t forget that the coupon code ‘MOFO2012’ is still good until the 13th!

Brandon: I think the men’s tee with the green vegan heart is my favorite. Cute, simple, to the point. A bit like me 🙂

Zoe: The animals are all so sweet. My favourite has to be ‘flesh is for zombies’ though 🙂

Today’s giveaway is from Sick On Sin, a vegan-owned business from Canada that’s run by a husband and wife team. Michael draws all of their designs, while Jennifer handles the rest of the business. Their designs are super cute, and range from vegan and pro-animal related to zombies, ninjas, kale, and cupcakes (you know, the things that really matter in life). But don’t take my word for it, peep these pictures:

You can get t-shirts, buttons, bags, totes, stickers, even a shirt for your dog!

In addition to the giveaway, Sick On Sin has a discount code for us! Use the code MOFO2012 for 20% off! Please take note that the code expires on October 13th, because the store is going on hiatus so Michael and Jen can prepare for their new baby. Mazel tov!

The giveaway itself is a gift certificate to their store for $25, for two lucky people. To enter, simply head on over to their site and tell us which design of theirs is your favorite! This giveaway is worldwide, so anyone can enter. The winners will be chosen tomorrow at 2 pm.

Giveaway – Go Max Go

Giveaway – Go Max Go

Winners! Check your email.

Ashley: Today my son, who just turned 1 year on Oct. 3, cheered me up by taking his first steps (actually he took about 10 steps all by himself)! I love my little vegan man and his new frankenstein walk!
Krista: My families dog had to be put down recently and our friends cheered us up by giving us cards, flowers, hugs, prayers, etc to help us through the hard time. It was really special 🙂

I love my chocolate, this is no secret. And I like super fancy, fair trade, 70% cacao as much as the next girl, but sometimes you want a candy bar. Caramel, nougat, all that good stuff. That’s where Go Max Go comes in!

Not only does Go Max Go make awesome candy bars, but they are a really giving company. Early this year, my dog slid down our steps and dislocated his hip, which eventually required surgery. I mentioned it in the comments of one of their facebook posts and they asked me to email them, and when I did they asked for my address and sent me a huge package of candy bars and well wishes for my dog (who is now all better). If you’ve ever read the story behind their company name, their generosity isn’t that much of a surprise (but totally awesome).

I’m sure you’ve heard about their new bar that’s coming out next month, it’s a lot like a candy bar that rhymes with ‘sputter linger’ and it’s called Thumbs Up. They don’t have a final product photo yet, so we’ll have to make do with this prototype instagram photo:



Today Go Max Go is offering to send two lucky winners a full set of their current bars – 6 each! Simply comment here and tell us something someone recently did that cheered you up (or how you cheered someone up). US only, the winners will be drawn tomorrow at noon CST.

Giveaway – Joni Marie Newman Books

Giveaway – Joni Marie Newman Books

Winners!

Lisa Marie: The vegan food gift I’d most like to receive is a trip back to NYC for dinner at Candle 79. Does that count? I really miss that place. 🙁

I’d really like The Best Veggie Burgers on the Planet. I’ve had it on my wishlist for a while.

Veronica: There’s a few things I’d like but I really need a tofu press! Hearty Vegan Meals for Monster appetites would be best for me, I have a 13 year old who plays baseball & football and he definitely has a monster appetite!

Adeline: A pumpkin pie. I just can’t get it right for some odd reason.

Vegan Food Gifts or Hearty Vegan. [you’ll be getting Vegan Gifts]

Check your email shortly!

If I had to describe Joni’s recipe style to someone who was unfamiliar with her, i’d probably say “Girl doesn’t mess around.” My impression of Joni is that she isn’t interested in putting out a book that isn’t designed to knock some socks off. There is no recreating the tofu scramble, or jumping on the latest health trend to cash in. Her love of comfort food combined with Celine Steen’s creative use of ingredients created one of the best vegan cookbooks of all time, Hearty Vegan Meals For Monster Appetites. Unapologetically decadent, it is the book to pull out when you really need to wow someone.

Long before she hooked up with Celine, Joni had self-published her own book and was working on a veggie burger book for years. Good things come to those who wait, I know when I got my copy I thought, “How can anyone come up with 100 veggie burger recipes and not just repeat themselves?” If you have the book, you know that Joni took things that you would never think of making into a patty and did it.

Her new book (number six!), Vegan Gifts just came out. I can’t tell you much about it since I don’t have it, but I can tell you that Kurt Halsey (tween fan girl squee) illustrated it, and if you look at Joni’s flickr account, you can see pictures of many of the recipes. Mixes, cookies, snacks, and canned goods galore! I know every year I struggle to think of new food gifts to give people (also I always end up eating half of those buckeye ball myself), so I personally can’t wait to get my hands on it. I wrote a guide to vegan cookbooks on my blog a few months ago, and one of the points I mentioned for buying a new book is, does it fill a hole in my collection? The answer here is a big YES. And with Celine taking the photos, you know it’s just as nice as the books she’s done with Joni.

But if you don’t want to take my word for it, why don’t we just give you a book for funsies?

Joni has offered up a copy each of three of her books today, Hearty Vegan Meals, The Best Veggie Burgers On The Planet, and Vegan Gifts. Please say which book you would like so you don’t win one you already have (if you’d be happy with any, feel free to say so as well). Simply comment here, telling us what vegan food gift you’d most like to receive for [winter holiday that you celebrate/refuse to participate in]. Three winners will be picked tomorrow morning at 11 am CST, US only (we have UK and Aussie only giveaways coming, don’t worry!).

Giveaway – Field Roast

Giveaway – Field Roast

Our main winner is CQ: My family and I don’t really…”gather”. But one time I was meeting up with my parents and my grandma (whom I hadn’t seen in a long time) for lunch in NYC, and despite my having explained to my parents a zillion times what I would and would not eat, and gave them a list of possible restaurants where we could eat, they chose a restaurant that wasn’t on my list and sure enough, it was a Chinese restaurant where everything (including the sauces) had meat in it. We had to leave and go find somewhere else to eat. It was…yeah, pretty awkward.

Also, my Field Roast contact said I could pick a couple of more winners to receive a coupon, so we have two runners up!

Kirsten: I’m a newbie, but the latest experience that kind of qualifies was my sister saying on the phone, “so are you now going to be a vegan?” Kind of reminded me of the time my mom asked, “so are you going to come home for Christmas and be gay everyday?” Yes people, every day, all day!

Marti: [rant with some cuss words]…(OK, THAT rant isn’t going to win me any Field Roast, but I decided not to put up with ANY family not-vegan drama many years ago and that’s pretty much the end of the story…) But look, it did!

Check your emails shortly!

Ah, fall. The changing leaves, the cooler weather, and…the holidays! Depending on how you spend your fall/winter holidays and with who, they can either be great or a miserable experience. I cook our Thanksgiving dinner, but on Christmas we truck it to grandma’s house, and of course there’s no food for me there. So if I don’t feel like making something and bringing it with, i’m out of luck.

That’s where things like the Field Roast Celebration Roast (which I did take with me a few years ago) and Hazelnut Cranberry Roast En Croute come in handy. Sometimes there’s no leftovers from Christmas Eve, sometimes you have the flu, sometimes you are just lazy, okay? And a mini-roast or a fancy pastry-wrapped roast are a lot nicer than the granola bar you have stashed in your purse.

The kind folks at Field Roast have a special package today for one very lucky winner, two free product coupons (one for each product mentioned) and a t-shirt! Simply comment here and tell me your most awkward vegan family gathering experience. A winner will be chosen tomorrow at 11 AM, CST. US only!

Giveaway – Earth Balance!

Giveaway – Earth Balance!

And our winner is, The Radioactive Vegan, who says “I would gladly wrestle James Spader in a vat of most anything.” ME TOO, GIRL. Check your email!

First giveaway of the year, woo! We starting off with a familiar product, but this year we are going to have more books and more international friendly giveaways. I know for a fact that the UKers have a giveaway coming up that I am very, very jealous of.

Our giveaways operate in a simple fashion: we ask a fun question, you answer. If you win, we’ll post it here and email you. Make sure that you leave your email address and that it’s an address you check regularly. If we can’t get a response from you in a timely manner, we will pick another winner. To check if you won, simply come back to this post shortly after the time listed at the bottom (which will vary depending on when each giveaway is posted).

Onward!

I already waxed nostalgic about how Earth Balance saved my early vegan existence last year, so this year i’ll just point out some newer products they have: coconut peanut butter, cinnamon and roasted garlic (not together, ew) coconut butter spreads, and three varities of vegan mayo! The soy nog will also be coming back this year. The Mindful Mayo is pretty good and a little bit cheaper than some other brands, personally I haven’t spotted the flavored spreads in the wild but if you have, let us know how they are!

If you are concerned about palm oil, read Earth Balance’s statement here and keep in mind that the free product coupons are good for ANY product, so you can enter and use them on palm oil-free products if you win.



Today, Earth Balance is offering one lucky winner a bamboo cutting board and a year’s supply of Earth Balance (12 free product coupons)! Just comment here, telling me who you would wrestle in a vat of Earth Balance (keep it PG, folks). This one is open to US and Canada, a winner will be randomly chosen tomorrow morning at 11 am CST.

Adding latecomers to the RSS feed – you can do it!

Adding latecomers to the RSS feed – you can do it!

Every year, we have people who miss the deadline and ask if they can still get in. And as explained in the FAQ, even if we were able to add new blogs to the bundle once it’s been made, we’d have to repost a new link and people would have to re-subscribe to the new bundles. That’s still true, but I finally thought of a very simple solution.

Please only post in this thread if you missed the deadline to sign up!

Step 1: If you missed the deadline, in a comment on this post with your RSS feed link. Not your website URL!
Step 2: Interested parties click on your link, add you to their feed reader on google, and then drag and drop your blog name (in the left hand column) into the VeganMoFo folder. Ta da! This still relies on people adding your blog themselves, but it’s better than a kick in the pants.

I made a poorly cut-and-pasted image in photoshop (featuring Vegan Crunk because I know she missed the deadline) if you don’t know your way around google feed reader.

So there you go! I will tweet this link occasionally over the next week to remind people to come and check for any new additions. I hope this helps!

Also, you may notice that there isn’t one big overall bundle this year – apparently google now limits how many feeds you can put in a bundle, so we had to do it by each category and then ‘everything else’.

List of blogs – updated.

List of blogs – updated.

Some people were missing from our list and it wasn’t up-to-date, so kittee threw together just a list of blog names – to easily find your blog just hit Ctrl + F (on PC, I don’t know how you search on a Mac) and type in your blog name (make sure you spell and captialize just as you did when you entered it). These are the titles, not the URLs. And this is up-to-date as of 8:30 CST.

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Banners and answering a few questions!

Banners and answering a few questions!

Remember that the deadline to sign up is today! Spread the word as we always have a handful of people who miss the deadline!

(Also you can now follow us on instagram @VeganMoFo, tag your relevant photos with #veganmofo so we can reshare them!)

Finally, here are some banners – you may notice that they are just ones from last year with the year changed. The person who did all of the graphics last year is very sick and so we couldn’t even get the original files from her to easily edit or ask what the font is, so I just had to try and match as best as I could and some of them couldn’t be changed without looking very, very bad. I’m sorry there aren’t more, but if you want to make your own banner the hex code for the orange is #cc6633.






And now some questions that we keep getting asked! Well, mostly this one:

I didn’t get a confirmation email/how do I know my form went through?

If you didn’t get a confirmation email, don’t worry, there is none! The form you fill out simply dumps the information into a google spreadsheet, we don’t even get notified when someone fills it out. And since we don’t require emails, we don’t have an easy way to contact most people.

We started the main blog roll page early so people can check for themselves, it was done on Monday afternoon so if you signed up after that, don’t freak out. We will update it again before we make the bundles, so if you don’t see your blog you will have time to squeeze in. But if you submitted the form and had no issues with the page timing out, there is only about a 0.00000000000001% chance that we did not get your form.

Similarly, some people seem to think that the form is an application to get in. VeganMoFo is a house party, not a club! Everyone who wants to, plays.

We forgot to specify when we updated the FAQ and form this year, but: VeganMoFo means no honey. We’re not interested in sparking a huge debate, but we did get quite a few emails last year complaining about the use of honey. Even if you’re vegan and have no problem eating honey, please keep in mind that a lot of people don’t see it any different than eating things like gelatin or carmine. We are not trying to play Vegan Police or pass judgement of any sort – we are simply responding to an issue that has been pointed out to us.

Finally, if you have any last minute questions don’t hesitate to ask!

Iron Chef Challenge for January

Iron Chef Challenge for January

Hey guys, it’s Friday the 13th! You know what that means: it’s time to watch your favorite Jason movie and maybe make some tater pigs.

Due to pain I didn’t get this up as early as I normally like to (before everyone gets off work), so this challenge isn’t due until Sunday night. The rules!

1. Whatever you come up with has to be new, nothing from a cookbook or a blog, not something you posted last week that happens to involve the secret ingredient. It’s fine to use a recipe for a jump-off point, but make it your own!
2. Entries are due at 9 pm CST on Sunday (but it takes me awhile to read all of the entries so if you’re a little late it’s no big).
3. Have fun and be creative!

And the secret ingredient is…

SQUASH!!!

Whether you are still recovering from an overindulgent holiday season or you’ve decided to shun the silly notion that January = diet, squash is a perfect food to play with in January. It’s versatile, there are so many varieties (people down under can use summer squash) available right now, and it’s guaranteed to make any dish warm and cozy. Some squashes can be a beast to cut through, here’s a photo guide on how to cut and peel a butternut squash (safety first).

Allez Végétalien Cuisine!