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chicago cubs

and the curse is broken!

cub-watermarkBaseball has been the most loved sport in my household growing up.  From T-Ball and batting cage lessons to high school softball practices and summer leagues, it was a bond between my mom and I that holds a special place in my heart.  My mom raised me to be an Atlanta Braves fan, but when I married my husband, I became a Chicago Cubs fan as well.  Even our dog, Brodie, and our Halloween pumpkin are Cubs fans!  Needless to say, this has been some kind of year for the Cubs.  The curse has officially been broken when the Chicago Cubs won the 2016 World Series last night and it was some game!  We watched in awe with a tense feeling in our gut and biting our nails the entire time.

In celebration of the Cubbies victory, I thought I would share my favorite Hot Dog combination – the Chicago Dog!  The traditional Chicago hot dog toppings are yellow mustard, white onions, sweet pickle relish, dill pickle spear, tomato slices, sport peppers and celery salt on a poppy hot-dog-watermarkseed bun.  I made some variations to what was available to me in my small town.  I used a soft white roll with a Light Life Vegan hot dog topped with yellow mustard, chopped Vidalia onions, sweet relish, a crunchy dill pickle spear, sliced cherry tomatoes and banana peppers.  I served it with a side of red, purple and white potato kettle chips.  The Light Life Smart Dogs are a delicious replacement for the traditional ball game favorite with only 50 calories, 2 grams of fat, 1 gram of fiber and 7 grams of protein.  A lot of baseball stadiums actually serve vegan and vegetarian food options including hot dogs.  Check out Veggie Happy’s website to see what vegetarian and vegan options are available at your favorite stadium.  What a perfect way to celebrate such a historical victory!  Go Cubbies!  #FlyTheW

Bye y’all!

spooky thirsty thursday

Halloween means different things to different people.  Whether you are going to a bar, a costume party or frantically getting your kid dressed up in their costume to walk the neighborhood all night, we all want one thing – to have a great time!

In my Halloween pasts especially in college, we used any party as an excuse to make Jello shots with Vodka.  Jello was also a favorite low calorie snack (I ate the sugar free kind) that I ate with lunch.  When I went vegetarian, I knew this had to be removed from my diet since it contains gelatin and there went my favorite party treat.  When I was in my small town Wal-Mart a few weeks ago, I came across a product that was totally new to me.  There it was – Bakol Jel Dessert – right next to the standard Jello.  I grabbed one of each flavor available – Cherry and Strawberry.  When I checked online, I was excited to see that there were a few more options too like orange, raspberry, lemon and unflavored.  The box boasts the vegan label as well as non-gmo, 100% natural and no preservatives.

Bakol Jel Dessert meant Vegan Jel Shots.  Yeah, that’ll work for me!  Here is my recipe to make my Spooky Strawberry Vegan Jel Shots.

jel-shots-watermark1. Boil 8 oz of water.  Once boiling, add the water to a vessel with a spout.

2. Add the 3 oz Jel pack and stir until it is completely dissolved.

3. Add in 3 oz of cold water and 5 oz of vodka.

4. Place in a mold or cups and refrigerate for at least 3 hours.  I used a silicone sugar skull mold for some of mine in the photo.  The Jel worked very well with the silicone and were super easy to remove.  This product is not as firm as its traditional counterpart.


skull-water-watermarkIs Jel not your thing?  A lot of people have a texture issue with Jel or Jello.  Don’t worry – I have a treat for you too!  First, grab a spooky glass like my skull mason jar!  Add a shot of vodka to the glass, pour in your favorite La Croix water (cranberry pictured) and add in any fruit you like.  There you have a very tasty, low calorie spooky treat!

My husband and I are planning on enjoying our Spooky Jel Shots this weekend while we cheer on the Chicago Cubs!  Hope y’all have a safe and fun Halloween!

Bye y’all!

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