Almond Crusted Tofu Nuggets

Do you love the idea of tofu, but get stuck when trying to plan how to prepare it? Here at BumbleBar, we love plant-based sources of protein, so we wanted to explore some creative tofu recipes to see how many ways we could eat this versatile food. There are so many ways to make tofu, but we started by making Almond Crusted Tofu Nuggets with Lime Avocado Dip and we’re pretty glad we did. Want to make it too? Follow along!

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DIY Mini Candles

As the temperatures drop, you might find yourself wearing two sweatshirts huddled under a pile of blankets in your living room, refusing to turn on the heat because your apartment has expensive baseboard heating and you’re a stubborn penny-pinching warrior. No? That’s just me? Well, all right.

In addition to my four sweatshirts and mound of blankets, I like to light candles. Now, I don’t know if candles add that much heat to space, but I’m all for the placebo warmth and pleasant ambiance. Candle season is one of the only good things about cold weather. They bathe a room in warm natural light, make me feel cozy, and they have such pleasant aromas.

Because of my love of candles, I decided to make mini ones of my own out of wax and crayons. Now, these candles won’t fill a room with lovely caramel apple or freshly carved pumpkin smells, but they will look adorable as a glowing miniature set of three on my dining room table. Want to make your own custom mini candles? It’s super simple.

What you’ll need:

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Spiced Pumpkin Seed Medley

One of the best parts about Halloween is the pumpkin carving, and one of the best parts about pumpkin carving is pumpkin seeds! There’s something pretty amazing about doing a craft that produces both a festive art piece as well as a seasonal snack. It’s so easy to prepare, and you have endless flavors to choose!

What you’ll need:

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Pumpkin Carving: Things to Think Through for the Best Carving Fun

With Halloween tomorrow, October had one last weekend open for pumpkin carving. There are lots of questions you have to ask yourself when embarking on this spooky and goopy adventure. Where will you get your pumpkins? What design and style do you want to carve? What size pumpkin do you need to accommodate the design you’ve chosen? Which tools are necessary? Speaking as someone who doesn’t see the value of planning until I inevitably come across an obvious problem, these are helpful questions to think through before diving in.

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Custom Creative Vegan T-Shirts and More!

You know what’s great? Fun, custom t-shirts and stickers. Know what else is great? Independent artists. There’s this awesome site out there called RedBubble that allows artists of all styles and skill levels to put their work up for anyone to purchase. RedBubble does a great job of previewing the art on various products like t-shirts, stickers, phone cases, coin purses, and even clocks and coffee mugs to name a few. All the artist has to do is upload their work and RedBubble takes it from there.

It’s as great a service for independent artists as it is for us consumers. Where else are we going to find an abundant variety of snarky and adorable vegan t-shirts and stickers?

Here are some of our favorite RedBubble finds:

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The Accidental Pescatarian

I became a pescatarian my junior year of high school, and it wasn’t really for any good reason. One weekend I visited an older friend of mine at her college a couple of towns over. We got into all kinds of fun trouble including eating several heavy meals out that left my stomach in knots. I decided I didn’t really want to feel that way again and took it easy food-wise for a week or so after going home.

How it Started…

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Super Simple Vegan Taco Salad

I’ve heard that one of the best parts about being vegan is the fun you can have in the kitchen, experimenting with different recipes. While there are literally infinite instructions of intricate vegan dishes out there, sometimes after a long day, you just want a quick and delicious dinner sans any animal products. One of my go-to dinners these days is a low maintenance version of my Mom’s taco salad recipe minus the taco meat, cheese, and sour cream. It’s just as delicious and even more nutritious.

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Fall Fun at Green Bluff

If you live in the Spokane area here in Washington, then I’m guessing you either already visited Green Bluff this fall or are planning your trip soon! For those of you who don’t know, Green Bluff is a delightfully rustic collection of farms on the northeast hills of Spokane, Washington. These farms offer year-round festivities like flower and fruit picking, Christmas tree cutting, barn music, festivals and more. While there’s something fun to do there every season, fall is a particularly perfect time to visit. The crisp weather pairs impeccably with the hot cider and fall activities.

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Oh, Kale Yes! 15 Minute Salt and Vinegar Kale Chips

Salt and Vinegar Kale Chips, Sea Salt and Vinegar Kale Chips, Salt and Vinegar Chips, Sea Salt and Vinegar Chips, Tortilla Chips, Kettle Chips, Calidad, Kettle Cooked Chips, Winco, Kale Chips, Kale, BumbleBar, VeganHere’s a confession: I love chips. Especially salt and vinegar chips. I can’t even say that I finish a whole bag of chips in 2-3 days, because it’s more accurate to say I finish a bag of chips in however long an episode of Bob’s Burgers takes. Usually, if I’ve allowed myself to buy a bag of salt and vinegar chips, it’s opened and I’m eating it right as I get in the door. Full disclosure, I only wait that long now because I had to implement a rule that I’m not allowed to start eating them in THE CAR RIDE HOME anymore.

Okay, one more testament to how much I love salt and vinegar chips and then I’ll tell you this awesome kale chip recipe. If my sister, who lives with me, gets herself a bag of salt and vinegar chips, I eat them. And then I have to replace them. And then I eat the replacement bag before she even realizes I ate the original bag. It’s a vicious cycle.

Needless to say, I’ve been looking for a healthier and cheaper alternative to my craving. So, I looked up kale chip recipes! I love kale because it’s really not as scary as some people seem to think it is. It has such a wonderful chewy texture when it’s raw, and it turns out to have an equally awesome crispy texture cooked! All you need is kale, vinegar, olive oil, and sea salt.

After my first attempt, I had to throw it out because I used entirely too much salt. The second time through, I actually followed the recipe and the final product was much more delicious and nutritious.

The Sea Salt and Vinegar Kale Chips Recipe…

  • 1 bunch of kale
  • 2 Tbsp vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt

Start by preheating the oven to 350 degrees and washing the kale. Then chop or tear the clean kale into bite-sized pieces. Put all those pieces in a large bowl. Massage the vinegar, olive oil, and sea salt into the leaves for 1-2 minutes until they start turning dark. Then slap those babies onto a cookie sheet with wax paper or foil (for easy clean up) and pop it all into the oven for 7-10 minutes until the leaves are nice and crispy. If the majority of the leaves are still a little limp, give it another minute or two. Make sure to stay close though, so it doesn’t pass crispy and go right onto incinerated territory.

There you have it! A snack that, in my case, doubles as a healthy treat that helps me maintain my relationship with my sister. We all knew kale was a superfood, but who knew it moonlighted as a superhero-food too!

 

5 App-solutely Awesome Apps

Everyone here at BumbleBar relies heavily on technology to aid us in our work in different ways. We lean so much on the digital world to conduct business that we are almost completely paperless! Hooray! As tech-savvy people, we also use technology outside of the office in our personal lives, especially through our phones and favorite apps. We use these apps to listen to books, create lists, track our investments, and more!

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