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Baked 3.14

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Disclaimer* Baked 3.14 is NOT a vegan place; however, EVERY single pizza on the menu can be made Vegan. They make their vegan mozzarella, parm and feta in house from scratch. They also offer Gluten-Free crust. All food photos in this post, are of course, vegan.

Baked 3.14 is a take out/delivery pizza joint located in Calgary, Alberta. There’s no seating inside unless you count the two-person table that looks uncomfortable to spend any length of time sitting. With that said, make sure you order your pizza about 30 minutes in advance, and it is one of the best pizzas you will ever eat.

Their slogan “Love at first slice” is a pretty bold statement. I’m not sure if it was love or Lust we experienced last night, but as daring as it may seem, it’s pretty accurate.

They have about 11 pizzas on the menu including Aloha Canada (Hawaiian). Eat Your Veg, which has spinach, black olives, green peppers, onions, mushrooms, banana peppers and mozzarella topped with freshly sliced tomatoes. Some other flavours are House Guest; which changes, Italian Job, Pep in Your Step, Olive Zeus. They also have sides such as the typical salad, breadsticks and unique items like Ballerz.

We did not order before we went to Baked 3.14, so we had 35 minutes to waste. Not being from Calgary or having any desires to drive around, we waited in the parking lot. Thankfully I downloaded a few movies on Netflix from when we were in Ontario, and a few didn’t expire. So, we watched Angry Birds while we waited. The built-in Taco Holder, in my car, works excellent to hold your phone so that everyone can enjoy a movie.

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We ordered the Eat Your Veg pizza with modifications because, hello I need pineapple on the Pi, plus I’m not a fan of black olives. The person working there was great and offered to modify the pizza anyway I wanted. I think he was team pineapple, or just professional and knew how to roll his “employee” eyes.

The crust was on the thin side, but the handle of the pizza; the part that there are no toppings on was a little thicker, crispy and totally dip worthy. They did not skimp on the toppings, and their housemade Vegan cheese was melty and pretty good. It didn’t leave an aftertaste as some vegan cheeses will.

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Since we were a half-hour into the movie, we decided to eat the pizza in the car and continued watching the show. The heat from the piping hot pizza caused the windows to fog, but we did not mind, we were in Lust.

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Facts in this post are accurate (to my knowledge) at the time of writing it. Before you head to Baked 3.14, please call them and do your research at 430-242-4432, @baked314 (IG not twitter) or their site www.baked314.com.

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What do you like on your pizza? Vegan toppings only please.

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Campfire Corn and Baked Potatoes with Roasted Garlic

Back in my BBQ days, there was nothing better than grilled corn on the cob and potatoes foil packets. Right? Who’s with me? The butter would melt from the perfectly grilled corn and land on your chin, slightly burning your skin a little. Noone would complain because there was something magical about the sweet and the salty taste of the corn. Those potato foil packs would contain uneven cubed potatoes mixed with oil and the most basic of basic seasoning which was usually salt, pepper, and garlic powder but it was pretty tasty nonetheless.

You didn’t read my title wrong. This post isn’t about perfecting an old love; this is doing something entirely new for me and having fun. My daughter wanted to have a movie by the fire, and I simply didn’t feel like putting much effort into dinner. So instead of either boiling or air-frying the corn, I wrapped it up in some tin foil and set it aside. Having baked potatoes was appealing to my lazy side. So, I washed a few, wrapped in tin foil, poked some holes in the snuggly foil-wrapped potatoes and outside we went (instead of, peeling, washing, chopping and then cooking). The whole roasted garlic idea came to light later, and it was a delicious idea that worked!

The popcorn idea was brilliant! (well until I burnt it).

Guys, this isn’t much of a recipe. I don’t know if you would even call it a how-to. I do know I will be making this again and paying more attention to times so I can let you know, well actually mainly just for me. *winky face*

The Corn:
Take the corn out of the husk and wash it. Wrap in tin foil. No need to add anything to it.

The Potatoes:
Scrub the dirt off your baking potatoes, wrap in tin foil, pierce with a fork a few times. (let go of the anger that is building up because summer is coming to an end).

The Garlic:
Cut off the top part of the garlic, get rid of loose garlic skins, drizzle some olive oil or veggie broth on top, wrap in foil. FYI, in case you have never roasted garlic before, make sure you place the garlic on the tin foil before drizzling with the oil or broth to save making a mess. (ok, the mess will happen no matter what, but you don’t want to be cleaning up an oil spill.)

Make sure you have a well-established campfire. Nothing is more frustrating than trying to build another fire after you have placed your food on the grill.

Make sure you bring out propper tools such as tongs, or silicon oven mitts, or at least a towel so you can turn the corn and potatoes around, and lift them off the grill, so you don’t burn your fingers. Using the sleeves of your hoodie isn’t recommended, but I guess optional.

You, yes YOU, need to keep the men away from the fire while you’re cooking. You want beautiful low happy flames, not over the top need to burn the house down angry flames. If you like the high flames, find someone else to cook for you. Your supper is doomed. Try to find the neighborhood Wilson or Al and stay away from the Tim the fireman FlameGuy (or girl).

Don’t be afraid to rotate the food around every so often, and check on it open up the foil see what’s going on with the corn. Poke those potatoes, insides still firm? Depending on the heat and the type of flames you have, I would check it about 15 mins into cooking.

The garlic cooked too fast for me, so next time, I would move it to an area where it doesn’t get as much heat.

Once your dinner has cooked, scoop out the potatoes into a bowl. Squeeze the roasted garlic into the bowl with the potatoes, mix using a fork, add some vegan butter to make it blend easier. Scoop back into the skins; leave as is or top with your favorite toppings.
Now, that dinner is ready to eat; this is the ideal time to watch a movie. Or better yet, save the movie until the popcorn has popped. Or the very least, pause the show while popping the corn.

The popcorn:
Get a container that you can use on the fire. I just put enough kernels in to cover the bottom of the pot I use, plus a little more. I wrapped the top in loose tinfoil. I was pulling all kinds of MacGyver moves, that the ’80s would’ve been so proud of me.

I would love to hear your campfire stories where you needed to find something that would work because you were not about to give up.

I Have a Confession

Hi! My name is Brandie, and I’m a DIY junkie. Not in the way of traditional Pinterest DIY junkie, but as in store-bought kits. My daughter loves to make things. All of the things. Does it not make sense to buy kits with everything you need, in one nice little package instead of searching  for everything you need? I keep thinking that’s the best way to go.. LIES!!!! They all lie. The slime is more like a pile of unplayable dough, the volcano doesn’t explode, the bath bombs? Well they’re bombs, expired, lifeless bombs.. I know better, yet I keep buying kits, hoping that maybe just MAYBE “this kit will be THE one!”

The other day I was surfing Amazon, (that seems to be my favourite hobby these days, because Amazon Prime you know what I mean?) and came across this Canadian company that has fun looking kits. I know what you’re thinking,  “Brandie, are you really going to waste your money on another kit that will most likely fail you again? Do you want your daughter to be disappointed? Will your daughter even want to try one more kit that will most likely frustrate both of you?” Don’t worry, I asked myself all of those question plus more. I’m harder on myself then you ever could be. I’m a seasoned professional at being hard on myself.

So, I reached out to the company and asked them some questions. A few days later a package from Amazon Prime showed up in the mail. I got excited. My daughter was with me and wanted to open up the box to see what was inside. She got excited and asked if we could make the soap once we got home. Forgetting everything I knew about our experiences with past failures, I smiled and quickly said yes. When we returned home, we went to the craft room, carefully open the package then panic sets in. I’m talking real life anxiety. The kind where, your heart beats a little faster, your hands get a little shaky and sweaty, your breathing is more sharp yet shallow. All of the negative feels one can have when one has been deeply disappointed in the past. What IF this doesn’t work? When my daughter gets upset, I get upset. I slowly moved my glaze from the box and looked at Em, who was beaming with excitement. I smiled, and decided, experimenting was going to be fun. I decided, that I’m not going to give my power away to some ingredients that may or may not work. With a refreshed point of view, we got to play.

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The above photo is from Kiss Naturals website. The picture I took is missing in action somewhere.

I have to tell you, I’m glad we received this Clear glycerine soap all natural soap making kit from Kiss Naturals. Kiss Naturals is a Canadian company located in Montreal, Quebec. We can thank their daughters for taking in interest in skin care and their parents for caring what goes into products aimed at kids. They didn’t want all the chemicals and crap that traditional skin care companies load into their products.  Kiss Naturals has created lip blam (contains bees-wax), bubble bath, soap, lip gloss and bath fizzes (to name a few) that are safe, natural and Canadian made.

O.k, back to the soap. We took it out of the package, daughter’s eyes were devouring the contents. We read the instructions, put the glycerine in the container, microwaved it, put into molds after adding some fragrance, and waited for 15 mins. GUESS WHAT GUYS??? IT WORKED!!!! Sorry for yelling, but I’m sure you feel our pain when it comes it most kits. The final product felt like soap, bubbled up like soap, kept their shape, even after a couple of times using them. Yes, they are a little small, but with that being said WORTH IT!!

Take a look at some photo’s.

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Have you used this soap making kit before? I want to hear about it. If you haven’t, tell me your experiences with kits.

 

January Eats

January is the month for soups, slow cooking and fat free living. Who doesn’t love a good creamy potato soup? Or a cream of broccoli soup? And the slow cooker is the perfect way to make soups thats hands off. For a comprehensive list of recipes please visit Kathy over at Heathy Slow Cooking and Susan over at Fat Free Vegan.

Here’s a sampling of yummy, easy recipes to help start your January.

  1. Creamy Potato Soup will hit the spot. It’s made on the stove top, but it takes less than 30 mins to make, so you can have a healthful satisfying, effortless meal on your table before you know it, even on a night where you don’t have a lot of time to cook. Photo credit goes to Sam from It Doesn’t Taste Like Chicken.

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2. Easy Vegan Chicken Noodle Soup. Another soup that will be on your table from prep to cooked in 30 minutes or less. She has a vegan beef soup recipe link on her chicken noodle soup page that I’m wanting to try. Photo credit goes to Marly from Namely Marly.

3. Creamy Vegan Broccoli Soup. Depending on how long it takes you to chop broccoli this soup can be on your table within 40-45 mins. It will be worth the wait. Photo credit goes to Shannon from Yep it’s Vegan.

4. Slow Cooker Whole Wheat Spelt Potato Rolls. Oh you read that right! Plus you need a good bun for your soup. Best part is it’s cooked in the slow cooker- brilliant. Photo credit goes to Kathy from Healthy Slow Cooking.

5. With only 144 calories per muffin- these Banana Date Walnut Muffins will hit the spot. Freeze some for a quick healthful grab and go breakfast. Photo credit goes to Susan from Fat Free Vegan.

If you are still wanting more recipes check out the following books:

Vegan Soups and Hearty Stews for All Seasons Paperback  by Nava Atlas.

Awesome Vegan Soups: 80 Easy, Affordable Whole Food Stews, Chilis and Chowders for Good Health Paperback  by Vanessa Croessmann.

Vegan Slow Cooking for Two or Just for You: More than 100 Delicious One-Pot Meals for Your 1.5-Quart/Litre Slow Cooker by Kathy Hester.

Fresh from the Vegan Slow Cooker: 200 Ultra-Convenient, Super-Tasty, Completely Animal-Free Recipes Paperback by Robin Robertson .

Forks Over Knives – The Cookbook: Over 300 Recipes for Plant-Based Eating All Through the Year  by  Del Sroufe.

If you would like any more recommendations or would like to recommend a book, contact me or leave a comment.

Hope you enjoy New Year’s resolution friendly January!!

xx

Happy Holidays

We want to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!! We hope that your 2018 is even better than 2017. Think off the things you want to accomplish this New Year, write it down, and go for it. Dream big. Push out the negative thoughts, they will only hurt you. You are entitled to dream!

Want to lose weight? Cut out the toxic people in your life, and find a buddy to hit the gym with at least a few times a week or create a workout at home and connect with your buddy to hold each other accountable. Want to cook more meals at home? Set your kitchen up for success. Dust off your crockpot, that is going to be your BFF or invest in an InstantPot. Sit down and menu plan- or see what’s on sale and plan your meals around that. Prep your food the night before- you have this! Also, double the quantity and freeze half for later. Take a Sunday to prep veggies for the week. Don’t store them in some plastic container, invest in Mason Jars, trust me- your veggies stay fresh longer.

I have been MIA lately, but it’s all for a good cause. ME! Well, my family and I. We have moved into a larger space, now everyone has their own bedroom and bathroom!! We have less battles trying to get ready in the mornings. My kitchen is still half packed, same with my office, ok everything is still kinda packed. We’ve taken a few mini vacations in the last few months. Which was much needed.

We have BIG plans for 2018!! Not willing to share them yet- but I believe and will achieve the Year of Team Bloggins world domination! 🙂 Stay tuned to find out what the heck we’re up to!

Take care of yourself, stay safe and if you ever want to talk about recipes, or tips on how to stay on track or want advice on anything, head over to our page and contact us there. Or leave a comment here.

XOXO

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