What’s Your Personality Type?

Personality is everything.” We’ve all heard that before! There are 16 different personalities, according to Katharine Cook Briggs and her studies. So, what’s your personality type? Take the quick 10-minute quiz to find out! Members of the BumbleBar team completed the short questionnaire, and this is what we discovered:

BumbleBar CEO, Liz, is an INTP. The INTP personality type is fairly rare, making up only three percent of the population, which is definitely a good thing for them, as there’s nothing they’d be more unhappy about than being “common”. Usually known as the philosopher, the architect, or the dreamy professor, INTPs have been responsible for many scientific discoveries throughout history. Read more about our CEO’s strengths below!screen-shot-2016-12-06-at-10-33-00-am
  • Great Analysts and Abstract Thinkers – People with the INTP personality type view the world as a big, complex machine, and recognize that as with any machine, all parts are interrelated. INTPs excel in analyzing these connections, seeing how seemingly unrelated factors tie in with each other in ways that bewilder most other personality types.
  • Imaginative and Original – These connections are the product of an unrelenting imagination – INTPs’ ideas may seem counter-intuitive at a glance, and may never even see the light of day, but they will always prove remarkable innovations.
  • Open-Minded – INTPs couldn’t make these connections if they thought they knew it all – they are highly receptive to alternate theories, so long as they’re supported by logic and facts. In more subjective matters like social norms and traditions, INTPs are usually fairly liberal, with a “none of my business” sort of attitude – peoples’ ideas are what matter.
  • Objective – INTPs’ analysis, creativity and open-mindedness aren’t the tools of some quest for ideology or emotional validation.
  • Honest and Straightforward – To know one thing and say another would be terribly disingenuous – INTPs don’t often go around intentionally hurting feelings, but they believe that the truth is the most important factor, and they expect that to be appreciated and reciprocated.
Aimee, our Head of Customer Relations is an INFJ, also called The Advocate personality! The quiz describes her as insightful, inspiring, decisive, and passionate. No wonder Aimee provides such excellent customer service! Read more below.
  • Insightful – Seeing through dishonesty and disingenuous motives, INFJs step past manipulation and sales tactics and into a more honest discussion. INFJs see how people and events are connected and are able to use that insight to get to the heart of the matter.
  • Inspiring and Convincing – INFJs can even be astonishingly good orators, speaking with warmth and passion, if they are proud of what they are speaking for.
  • Decisive – Their creativity, insight, and inspiration are able to have a real impact on the world, as INFJs are able to follow through on their ideas with conviction, willpower, and the planning necessary to see complex projects through to the end.
  • Determined and Passionate – When INFJs come to believe that something is important, they pursue that goal with a conviction and energy that can catch even their friends and loved ones off guard.
Our Operations Manager, Jim is an ISTJ, also referred to as The Logistician. His defining characteristics are integrity, practical logic, and tireless dedication. People, like Jim, with the ISTJ personality type, enjoy taking responsibility and take pride in the work they do – when working towards a goal, ISTJs hold back none of their time and energy completing each relevant task with accuracy and patience. This couldn’t be more accurate in Jim’s case! Read more about his strengths below.screen-shot-2016-12-06-at-10-33-20-am
  • Honest and Direct – Integrity is the heart of the ISTJ personality type.  Strong-willed and Dutiful – ISTJs embody that integrity in their actions too, working hard and staying focused on their goals. Patient and determined, people with the ISTJ personality type meet their obligations, period.
  • Very Responsible – ISTJs’ word is a promise, and a promise means everything.
  • Calm and Practical – None of their promises would mean much if ISTJs lost their tempers and broke down at every sign of hardship – they keep their feet on the ground and make clear rational decisions.
  • Create and Enforce Order – The primary goal of any ISTJ is to be effective in what they’ve chosen to do, and they believe that this is accomplished best when everyone involved knows exactly what is going on and why.
Our visual communication designer, Hannah is an INFP, also known as The Mediator. INFP personalities are true idealists, always looking for the hint of good in even the worst of people and events, searching for ways to make things better. While they may be perceived as calm, reserved, or even shy, INFPs have an inner flame and passion that can truly shine. INFP’s are also very creative! Read more below.screen-shot-2016-12-06-at-10-33-09-am
  • Idealistic – INFPs’ friends and loved ones will come to admire and depend on them for their optimism. Their unshaken belief that all people are inherently good, perhaps simply misunderstood, lends itself to an incredibly resilient attitude in the face of hardship.
  • Seek and Value Harmony – People with the INFP personality type have no interest in having power over others and don’t much care for domineering attitudes at all.
  • Open-Minded and Flexible – A live-and-let-live attitude comes naturally to INFPs, and they dislike being constrained by rules.
  • Very Creative – INFPs combine their intuitive nature with their open-mindedness to allow them to see things from unconventional perspectives.
  • Dedicated and Hard-Working – While others focusing on the challenges of the moment may give up when the going gets tough, INFPs have the benefit of their far-reaching vision to help them through.
BumbleBar’s Chief Operating Officer, Glenn, is an ENFP.  Glenn and other ENFP’s are true free spirits. They are often the life of the party, but unlike Explorers, they are less interested in the sheer excitement and pleasure of the moment than they are in enjoying the social and emotional connections they make with others. Read more about our COO’s personality below.screen-shot-2016-12-06-at-10-47-17-am
  • Curious – When it comes to new ideas, ENFPs aren’t interested in brooding – they want to go out and experience things, and don’t hesitate to step out of their comfort zones to do so. ENFPs are imaginative and open-minded, seeing all things as part of a big, mysterious puzzle called life.
  • Observant – ENFPs believe that there are no irrelevant actions, that every shift in sentiment, every move and every idea is part of something bigger. To satisfy their curiosity, ENFPs try to notice all of these things, and to never miss a moment.
  • Energetic and Enthusiastic – As they observe, forming new connections and ideas, ENFPs won’t hold their tongues – they’re excited about their findings, and share them with anyone who’ll listen.
  • Excellent Communicators – It’s a good thing that ENFPs have such strong people skills, or they’d never express these ideas. ENFPs enjoy both small talk and deep, meaningful conversations, which are just two sides of the same coin for them, and are adept at steering conversations towards their desired subjects in ways that feel completely natural and unforced.
  • Very Popular and Friendly – All this adaptability and spontaneity comes together to form a person who is approachable, interesting and exciting, with a cooperative and altruistic spirit and friendly, empathetic disposition. ENFPs get along with pretty much everyone, and their circles of friends stretch far and wide.

So, what personality type are you? Do you agree or disagree with the quiz? We would love to find out! Tell us more about your personality type in the comments below.

Top Gluten-Free Cities in the USA

Gluten, gluten everywhere, and not a bite to eat. Sometimes traveling with a gluten-free diet can be overwhelming and inconvenient. (Which is why you should always have a BumbleBar handy!) But don’t worry, we have you covered… Try taking a trip to any of the cities listed below and you’re sure to find your favorite gluten-free meal readily available. What are you waiting for? Pack your bags and let’s go!

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Detroit, MI

Perhaps it’s the growing focus on urban farming or simply a new set of palates entering the city and demanding something different, but according to Eater Detroit, Detroit city restaurants these days are emphasizing more balanced menus that take into account gluten-free dieters, vegetarians and vegans – and not simply as an afterthought. Here are a few of the more popular gluten-free restaurants in the area:

Vicente’s Cuban Cuisine – Located on Library street in the heart of Detroit, Vicente’s Cuban Cuisine exudes the warmth and flavor of a true Cuban restaurant with an amazing gluten-free menu.

Chubby Duck Sushi – This popular Asian street style restaurant offers a menu that’s 98% gluten-free! Chef Ian Diem is inspired by the complexity of Japanese cuisine and wants to introduce a new simplified Japanese style concept to the Motor City.

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Phoenix, AZ

According to Downtown Devil, in downtown Phoenix alone, at least five vegan eateries, which commonly provide a wide assortment of gluten-free meals, have opened in the last five years:

The Coronado – Vegetarian/vegan eatery, coffee shop, and bar located in the historic Coronado neighborhood of Phoenix, AZ.

Nami – Gluten-Free, Vegan bakery that also sells organic coffee. They’re open for breakfast and brunch!

Treehouse Bakery – Specializes in vegan, gluten-free wedding cakes and other baked goods!

Vegan House – Vegan House’s produce is selected each day from local farmers markets and co-ops to ensure the highest quality and freshness.

Grabbagreen – Grabbagreen uses only whole foods, no preservatives, no artificial sweeteners, 100% naturally gluten-free, locally-sourced, fresh coconut meat (they crack their own!) and Grabbagreen’s to-go-boxes and napkins are recycled!

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Seattle, WA

In Washington it’s becoming easier and easier to feed your Celiac relative or gluten-intolerant self without losing out on the full restaurant experience — giving up gluten doesn’t mean giving up dining out in style. According to Eater Seattle, this city’s gluten-free world is expanding by the day, and old staples are consistently keeping their menus fresh and wheat-less. If you’re ever in the area, we recommend trying these restaurants:

SweetGrass Food Co. – SweetGrass’s whole-food menu is food that satisfies. But it’s not just about what or how you eat. It’s also about where you eat and what that feels like. So we obsessed over the space itself to create a serene and airy environment inspired by the natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest, providing a moment of idyll in your day.

Razzi’s Pizzeria – Razzi’s has an entire menu (a pretty big menu!) dedicated to Gluten-Free and Vegan dining. Yum!

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Eva Ruth’s – EvaRuth’s was established in 2009 for the purpose of creating delicious wheat-free and gluten-free desserts. EvaRuth’s wholesale bakery opened in September 2010 and is a dedicated wheat-free and gluten-free facility.

Veggie Fun – This is a delicious Pan-Asian Vegan resteraunt! It’s great for the whole family!

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5 Amazing Vegan Beauty Companies

Some of us like to dress up during the holiday season! So, we thought we’d prepare ourselves by taking a visit to our favorite online beauty shops. These are brands that take gluten-free, vegan and organic lifestyles seriously!

Check out the awesome beauty brands below:

Pacifica Beauty:

All Pacifica products are gluten-free, 100% vegan, and cruelty-free. Their mission is delivering the best performing products, using safe ingredients, recyclable packaging, and components to the largest possible audience of beauty consumers. Their goal is to have zero product-manufacturing waste in their factory. They recycle and use post-consumer materials. Their packaging boxes are all 100% recyclable. (Just like BumbleBar!) Find out more! 

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Hippy Pits:

Typically, natural deodorant doesn’t work. It’s the truth. It smells good – but after a couple of hours, your pits are left stinky again… Or they get this weird mix of essential oils and B.O. This is the problem Hippy Pits has set out to solve. Here is their big trade secret: grapefruit seed extract. Yep, that’s right! The grapefruit seed extract kills bacteria naturally. But they didn’t stop there – Hippy Pits uses natural clay! Clay is a great ingredient for drying things up and drawing out toxins. Also, Hippy Pits has some hilarious commercials you can watch here.

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100% Pure:

Rather than using chemical preservatives, 100% Pure uses natural preservatives and anti-bacterial herbs. They use unique technology to stabilize active ingredients from oxidizing and also have a proprietary 100% natural preservative system, using Japanese Honeysuckle, Thyme, Oregano, Goldenseal, Rosemary, Lavender and a high concentration of vitamins and antioxidants, to preserve all products. Visit their website here.

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Red Apple Lipstick:

RAL ensures that their products are completely gluten-free, paraben free, lead-free, soy free, vegan, vitamin enriched, and made in the USA. They have become the #1 trusted gluten-free cosmetic company in the united states. Learn more.

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Juice Beauty:

Juice Beauty uses advanced, high potency ingredients, Vitamin C and fruit stem cells, vegetable hyaluronic acid, peptides, algae, grapeseed, and natural essentials oils. They also use a proprietary base of nutrient-rich certified organic botanical juices, instead of petroleum by-products or water fillers. All Juice Beauty products contain ZERO parabens, petroleum, pesticides, propylene or butylene glycols, phthalates, sulfates, PEGs, TEA, DEA, GMO, silicones, gluten, artificial dyes, or synthetic fragrances. Visit their website here.

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“As much as 60% of topical skin-care products are absorbed through the skin and into the bloodstream.
They should be consumed with the same prudence that we use to choose our breakfast cereal.” – Dr. Nancy Lonsdorf, April 2006 Issue of Women’s Health Magazine.

How To Cope With Seasonal Depression

Like the saying goes, life is full of ups and downs. For many of us, the cooler seasons seem to prompt more low points than highs. For this reason, we’ve compiled our preferred methods to stay smiley during the months of fall and winter. Take a peek below!

1. Find Yourself a Happy Lamp!
SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder) is so common, that many companies now produce UV light products, specifically targeting those who suffer from seasonal depression. Keep a small lamp by your desk at work, or near your bedside at home. Whenever you’re feeling blue, simply turn the light on and enjoy the gentle rays of simulated sunshine.

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2. Teach Yourself Something New!
The days are shorter and the nights are longer during the cold months, providing the perfect opportunity to stay inside and learn something new! Have you always wanted to knit, but never knew how? Now is a great time to teach yourself! Attempt cooking a new recipe  that you haven’t created before. Hop online and study something you’ve always been curious about, but didn’t have the time to research. Pick up that book you’ve been wanting to read or watch the documentary you’ve been hearing about… there are so many fun ways to learn! When you’re discovering new things, you’re not focused on the SAD. It’s a win, win!

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3. Stay Active!
Cold weather, rain, and snow don’t have to keep you stuck inside all season. Hibernating through the winter isn’t the way to avoid your seasonal depression. Not sure what to do? Try snowshoeing, skiing, or snowboarding! How about volunteering at your local soup kitchen or humane society?  Grab your old childhood sled and have some fun in the hills! Use your imagination & just get outside!

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4. Aromatherapy!
Aromatherapy is a very useful practice – especially when you’re feeling down and out. Use pure orange oil extracts in your bath or oil diffuser if you need a perky pick-me-up! Or if you’d like a more calming scent for nighttime, try using lavender, bergamot or eucalyptus oil.

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5. Check in with your doctor!
If you think you’re experiencing symptoms of Seasonal Affective Disorder, don’t hesitate to talk to your doctor! It’s very important to communicate with your health provider if you’re feeling unhappy and depressed for periods of time. Schedule an appointment right away and learn more about how you can cope with SAD at your local clinic.

Do you have advice for those who suffer with SAD? What do you do to stay active and happy during the winter? Let us know here!

 

10 Must-See Documentaries

The weather is getting a bit chilly, making it the perfect time to cozy up with your blankets and BumbleBars. On these cool fall nights, we love snuggling up to watch a good documentary! There are so many fascinating documentaries available through Netflix, Hulu, YouTube, etc. We made a list of our 10 favorite, must-see documentaries to share with you! Check it out:

Liz (CEO) Favorites:

• Meet the Patels – The film explores the expectations surrounding marriage in the Patels’ first-generation Indian immigrant family and in wider American society. Watch here.

• Last Days in Vietnam – During the chaotic final weeks of the Vietnam War, the North Vietnamese Army closes in on Saigon as the panicked South Vietnamese people desperately attempt to escape. On the ground, American soldiers and diplomats confront the same moral quandary: whether to obey White House orders to evacuate U.S. citizens only—or to risk punishment and save the lives of as many South Vietnamese citizens as they can. Watch here.

• Last Train Home – Last Train Home documents the Life of the Migrant Worker in China. Watch here.

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Hannah (Designer) Favorites:

• Indie Game: The Movie – Witness a portrait of a new breed of artist: the video game designer. At first, the only way to make it as a designer in the video game industry was to work with major developers. Now a new breed of independent auteurs has taken their industry by storm. Watch here.

• Winter on Fire – A civil rights movement erupts in the Ukraine after a peaceful student protest quickly morphs into a violent revolution. The Oscar-nominated Netflix documentary Winter on Fire: Ukraine’s Fight for Freedom presents viewers with a story of everyday citizens facing down brutal riot police controlled by Ukraine’s then-President Viktor Yanukovych, backed by Russian President Vladimir Putin. Watch here.

• BlackFish – The story of Tilikum, a captive killer whale that has taken the lives of several people, underscores problems within the sea-park industry, man’s relationship to nature, and how little has been learned about these highly intelligent mammals. Watch here.

• Batkid Begins – The documentary follows Miles Scott, an American child, and cancer survivor. His wish was to be “Batkid”, a sidekick of the eponymous comic book superhero Batman. Once the request went out, thousands of volunteers, city officials, businesses and supporters rallied to turn San Francisco, California into “Gotham City” – the fictional home city of Batman, on November 15, 2013. Watch here.

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Aimee (Office Guru) Favorites:

• Thank You Del – Thank You Del is the story if the godfather of improv comedy, Del Close, made with love by the UCB and director Todd Bieber. It should be noted that I was probably in the room while most of the live footage was shot at the Del Close Marathon. It was fun stuff. Read more here.

• On The Cusp, Off The Cuff – On The Cusp, Off The Cuff is a documentary about four New York area improvisers and their struggles toward success and recognition. Includes Sasheer Zamata, who was still two years away from being cast on SNL when she participated in this documentary by director Nate Dern. Watch here.

• We Cause Scenes – We Cause Scenes is about Improv Everywhere, the collective run by Charlie Todd what is responsible for the Annual No Pants Subway Ride and lots of other super cool, totally funny crowd-sourced happenings around the world. I participated in one where people were encouraged to help finish a relay race in Manhattan and then give interviews like they had just won. It was fun. Watch here.

Vegan vs Vegetarian

Did you know that veganism is not the same as vegetarianism? If you didn’t, you’re not alone. Many people don’t know, others tend to confuse the two, and some people have no idea what they even mean at all.

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BumbleBar is a strictly vegetarian facility. This means we never allow any kind of meat or dairy product through our doors. BumbleBar is also very close to being strictly vegan, however, we technically aren’t because we use honey in many of our products, including JunoBars. Honey is the only animal by-product that is allowed in our facility.

So, you can probably see the difference already. To be a vegetarian, you must exclude all meat from your diet. Vegetarians don’t eat animals, ever! To be a vegan, you must exclude all meat and animal by-products, including cheese, eggs, and milk. Vegans live on an exclusively plant-based diet.

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Are you a vegetarian? Try out our JunoBars, they’re fiber-rich and contain 5 – 7g of protein depending on the flavor. If you’re vegan, or would like to try the vegan lifestyle, we highly recommend trying our delicious BumbleBars. They’re a great snack full of organic energy and are 100% vegan-friendly.

Do you have advice for those beginning their new plant-eating lifestyle? We would love to hear from those of you who are veganism & vegetarianism experts! And for those of you who have questions about it, we want to hear from you too! Send us a message in the comments below or click here to tell us your story.

Happy Eating!
The BumbleBar Team

DIY Fall Art Projects

The leaves are changing color, the air is crisp, and there’s inspiration all around! Fall is the perfect time to pull out your old craft smock and get started on a few fun DIY art projects. Let’s take a look at several creative ideas from our BumbleBar crew.

How To Make: Hannah’s Cozy Coasters

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The brisk autumn weather makes this season the perfect time to walk outside. I find myself staring at the ground a lot as I’m walking around, observing the golden leaves and broken branches that have already fallen to the ground. It was on one of these walks last autumn with my mom that we were inspired to make coasters from the larger tree branches that were strewn across the road. Here is how you can make your own:

  • Collect a few large sticks that have already fallen from a tree. They should be about 2.5 – 5 inches in diameter.
  • Use a saw to cut the branch into small circles, about 1-2 inches apart. Follow these safety guidelines when cutting the tree branch.
  • Now, take sandpaper and sand the edges of the circles, so that the coaster is nice and smooth.
  • Last, paint the coasters with a clear, non-toxic gloss paint to keep them from absorbing any liquid that may be spilled on them.
  • When they’re dry, you’re all done! Ta-da!

How To Make: Aimee’s Splendid Scarf

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Fall is my favorite time to start and maybe finish a knitting project. I say maybe because it often takes me years to finish a project because I’ll get bored, or my hands will start to ache and I put it down and won’t pick it up again for another six months. That’s ok though, knitting is rarely a race to the finish line, since I already have many, many sweaters to keep me warm this winter. It’s not like I’ll freeze to death without the sweater I’m working on. I’ve finished more than six sweaters and tons of scarves and cowls that way. One of the best parts of knitting is getting to fantasize about all of the cool stuff you’ll make with the beautiful yarns that are available at the local yarn shop, or LYS as we knitters call them. My favorite LYS is Paradise Fibers. They are based in Spokane but ship worldwide and they have a wonderful selection of brands and colors as well as a helpful and experienced staff if I get stuck. Yarn, of course, is available at your local craft store like Michaels, but they almost never sell natural fibers, which I prefer. Synthetic fiber yarn absolutely has its place, though. It is inexpensive and often much easier to wash than animal fiber yarn, so it’s great for beginners who aren’t sure they want to commit to expensive yarn and for baby blankets and clothes, which will need to be washed fairly often.

The sweater pictured probably took me a year to finish. It is made with wonderful Debbie Bliss Alpaca Silk yarn that is soft and very warm. I found a relatively simple pattern on Patternfish by Knitting Pure and Simple. I’m not sure where I got the pattern for the cowl pictured. It’s just the same yarn doubled and knitted in a wide cable pattern. Knitty is another great place to look for knitting patterns and they’re all free! If you’re looking to start knitting, I’d pick out a simple pattern at Lion Brand Yarn and take that down to your LYS where they can help you pick out yarn and a needle to start out with. You can also take lessons or watch YouTube videos to learn the basic knit and purl moves. Even experienced pros like me refer to YouTube to get unstuck sometimes. My advice is to start knitting and figure out the rest on your feet, as you do it.

Good luck and happy knitting!

How To Make: Liz’s Fabulous Fruit Mandalas

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Fall Gardening with BumbleBar

Gardening is usually thought of as an activity one does throughout the spring or summer – but did you know that fall season is one of the best times to garden? The blazing summer sun is waning, so you don’t have to worry about beating the heat. Although, the sunshine is still warm enough to feel comfortable outside and it keeps the soil from freezing. We’ve made a list of plants that would be perfect to grow in your fall garden this season. Check it out!

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1. Broccoli – It’s beneficial for broccoli seedlings to be planted around the last hot days of summer. The ground around them should be cool and moist! It takes a little over two months for a broccoli plant to completely mature.

2. Kohlrabi – Yum, Kohlrabi! My grandpa used to grow these in his garden often! They taste delicious and are a very low maintenance plant. They take about one to two months to mature and should be planted when the summer heat isn’t so severe.

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3. Radish – According to About Home, the radish is one of the easiest, quickest-growing crops you can grow in your garden. Whether you choose to grow them in a container or in a traditional garden bed, you can expect a harvest about one month after you sow the seeds — this is as close to instant gratification as gardening gets!

4. Lettuce – You can make room in your fall garden for this fan favorite, lettuce! Not only will this beautiful green plant make your garden look abundant and fresh, but you’ll also enjoy being able to plant them throughout the months of late August and September!

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5. Peas – Ed from Professional Gardening says, “Although most people plant their peas in the spring, this tasty vegetable can also be planted in the fall, as they are actually able to withstand snow and temperatures of -2°C. In mild winter climates, where the ground does not freeze, pea seeds can be sown directly into the garden from September through November to grow strong root systems and then bloom in spring. If you do not get your seeds planted in fall, plant as early as possible in the spring in a well-drained spot that offers some afternoon shade.”

Cozy Fall Favorite Recipes

Can you really believe it’s mid-September? It seems like only a couple weeks ago, I was putting my boots and scarves away, just to pull out my swimsuit and sunhat. Although it’s a bittersweet goodbye to summer, we can’t help but get giddy for fall! Fall means back to school and volleyball games, the smell of ripening orchards, pumpkins, and scarecrows, and all things cozy! To kick off this fall season with a bang we made a list of our team’s favorite fall recipes!

pumpkin-1Liz’s Best Roasted Pumpkin Seeds Ever!

• 2 cups raw pumpkin seeds
• 1-3 T Braggs liquid amino acids or GF tamarin or soy sauce
• 1-2 T chili powder

On medium heat in a large cast iron saute pan, roast pumpkin seeds until they are almost all popped. Stir often to avoid scorching. Pour in a couple of tablespoons of Braggs or tamari. Stir until liquid is evaporated. Sprinkle in chili powder. Turn off heat. Blend well. Remove from heat. Let cool. Enjoy!

P.S. Besides being a great healthy snack that people love, these pumpkin seeds make wonderful gluten-free croutons! They are also super tasty in soup.

 

Hannah’s Hot Buttered Rum (Vegan)

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(For 1 serving)

• 1 1/2 oz Earth Balance vegan buttery spread
• 1 1/4 oz simple syrup (1:1 organic raw cane sugar to water)
• A pinch of ground clove, nutmeg & sea salt
• 2 pinches of organic ground cinnamon
• 1 1/4 oz Blackwell Jamaican Rum (if 21+)
• 1/4 oz Smith & Cross rum or organic rum 
• 4 oz hot organic apple cider

Heat up to slowly melt butter and add simple syrup and spices. Now, add in the rums and apple cider. Last, pour into a heat-resistant glass.

Emory’s Vegan Chili

• Onions
• Bell Peppers
• Garlic
• Chili Powder
• Oregano
• Cumin
• Cayenne
• Chopped Tomatoes
• Hot Sauce

Add onions, bell peppers, and garlic; sauté until onions soften, about 10 minutes. Mix in chili powder, oregano, cumin, and cayenne; stir 2 minutes. Mix in beans, 1/2 cup reserved bean liquid, and tomato sauce. Bring chili to boil, stirring occasionally.

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Aimee’s Pumpkin Pie (This can be found at It Doesn’t Taste Like Chicken.com)

  • 1¾ Cups or 1 14 oz Can Pureed Pumpkin (not pumpkin pie filling)
  • ¼ Cup Maple Syrup
  • ½ CupOrganic Brown Sugar
  • ¾ Cup Full Fat Organic Canned Coconut Milk (stirred well before measuring)
  • 4 Tablespoons Organic Cornstarch
  • ½ teaspoon Salt
  • 2 teaspoons Pumpkin Pie Spice
  • ½ teaspoon Organic Cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon Organic Vanilla Extract
  • 1 Recipe Easy Vegan Pie Crust or 1 Store Bought Pie Crust (check ingredients to make sure it is vegan) *Do not precook the pie crust
    Vegan Pumpkin Pie

    Preheat your oven to 350F (180C). Add all of the ingredients: the pureed pumpkin, maple syrup, brown sugar, coconut milk, cornstarch, salt, pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon, and vanilla extract to a blender or a large bowl. Mix well.Pour the pumpkin mixture into the uncooked pie crust. Spread evenly.Bake for 60 minutes. When you remove it from the oven, the edges might be slightly cracked and the middle will still look very wobbly. Let cool, and chill in fridge for a minimum of 4 hours until set, or overnight which is best.

Puzzled Produce

Did you know that many of the plants we eat on a daily basis are often categorized as something they’re not? When you were a child, you were probably shocked when someone first explained that a tomato was actually a fruit! (If no one told you that…well, you’re probably shocked right now!) Let’s uncover the other produce we’ve wrongly identified throughout the years….

1. The Tomatillo

Most people think of green Tomatillos as an unripe tomato, but in fact, they’re a different plant all together! Tomatillo is a small spherical shaped berry in the tomato family of fruits.

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2. The Cucumber

Wait a second…really?! Yes, the cucumber is also a fruit! The seeds inside the gourd make it an official member of the fruit family. “Why have we been calling it a vegetable our entire lives?” you may be asking. I guess you can chalk that up to culinary tradition. Does that mean pickles are a fruit too? Well, according to the U.S. Supreme Court, because they have seeds, pickles are also technically a “fruit of the vine”. (See source here.)

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3. The Pumpkin

Just like our friend the cucumber, pumpkins also grow on a vine and contain seeds inside the gourd. There’s no mistaking it – pumpkins are most definitely a variety of fruit. It really makes a lot of sense, if you think about it over a plate of warm, vegan pumpkin pie!

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4. The Avocado

This beautiful, delicious piece of produce is always on my grocery list. A great substitute for mayonnaise on sandwiches, a yummy dip for other vegetables (or are they fruit…?), and perfectly tasty on their own, avocados are downright heavenly. You would think that an avid avocado eater such as myself, would know whether or not this was a veggie or a fruit. Alas, I had no idea. After doing a bit of research, it turns out that this humble green snack is also a fruit. If you think about it, the large pit inside is very similar to that of an apricot or a plum.

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5. The Watermelon

If you’re waiting for me to tell you that the watermelon is a vegetable, I’m sorry but no, that’s not the case… although that would be very exciting news! The watermelon is indeed a fruit, like most of us (I hope) have always known. A fact that you may have been unaware of however, is that these giant melons are actually considered “berries.” According to Wikipedia, a melon is any of various plants of the family Cucurbitaceae with sweet edible, fleshy fruit. Botanically, a melon is a kind of berry, specifically a “pepo.” Very interesting!

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