Tuesday Giveaway Linky

Welcome to Tuesday Giveaway Linky with Simple Sojourns and Finding Debra. Link up your giveaways and find some to enter!

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Join us every Tuesday (giveaway linky will go live 6pm Pacific time Monday) and link up your current giveaways. Easy Peasy! Or if you love to enter giveaways, stop by every week to see what giveaways are listed. Join the party, it’s going to be fun! 

Debra’s Giveaway:

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Shrek Anniversary Edition BluRay + DVD + Digital HD – Ends 7/5

  • Link directly to your blog giveaway, not your homepage.
  • Keep them family friendly.
  • Your link must be a blog giveaway – all non-blog giveaways and/or affiliate/spam sites will be deleted.

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Vegan Summer Berry Shortcake

Summer berries are a favorite at our house. Some time ago we shared our Red, White and Blue, Berry Shortcake recipe served in individual mason jars. It’s quick and easy to whip together. And while it’s still a hit at barbecues and parties, we wanted to tweak it to fit our now vegan lifestyle.

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This recipe is over the top simple!

Ingredients:

Vegan Summer Berries Shortcake - Simple Sojourns

  • Fill each mason jar approximately 1/3 full with sliced strawberries.
  • Add a layer of cake.
  • Add a layer of blueberries leaving room at the top for your whipped cream.
  • Finish with a dollop of Vegan Coconut Whipped Cream

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Now you’re ready to celebrate!

Enjoy!!

Vegan Summer Berry Whipped Cream
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Ingredients
  1. 2 cups fresh strawberries sliced
  2. 1 1/2 cups fresh blueberries
  3. 2 cups of your favorite vegan pound cake or sponge cake cut into bite size pieces.
  4. Vegan Coconut Whipped Cream (Quick and easy to make!!)
  5. 8 eight ounce Mason Jars OR 4 16 ounce Mason Jars (affiliate link)
  6. Twine, Baker’s String or Ribbon (affiliate links)
Instructions
  1. Fill each mason jar approximately 1/3 full with sliced strawberries.
  2. Add a layer of cake.
  3. Add a layer of blueberries leaving room at the top for your whipped cream.
  4. Finish with a dollop of Vegan Coconut Whipped Cream
  5. Trace your lids onto our patriotic printable sheets. Red & White Stripes and Navy with Stars.
  6. Place the lid cover between the mason jar lid and ring and twist on the jar.
  7. Tie our 4th of July printable tags or Celebrate America printable tags on the jars with Twine, Baker’s String or Ribbon.
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Vegan Coconut Whipped Cream

There are many summer desserts that call for whipped cream that make you wish you weren’t vegan your mouth water … even if you’re vegan. Well, this vegan doesn’t want to give up those summer delights!! So, after a lot of trial and error, we’ve mastered this heavenly recipe for vegan coconut whipped cream.

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Vegan coconut whipped cream is easy to make and couldn’t be any quicker. The trick is remembering to put the can of coconut cream in the refrigerator to chill overnight. Me? I keep several cans in the fridge so I don’t have to remember. Ha!

Another tip to remember is putting your metal mixing bowl and beaters in the freezer for 15 – 30 minutes. Just like you’d do if you were whipped regular dairy cream.

Ingredients:

  • 1 can coconut cream (that’s been unopened in the refrigerator overnight)
  • Powdered sugar to taste up to 3/4 cup. (I don’t use more than 1/4 cup)
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

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Directions:

  • Refrigerate the can of coconut cream overnight.
  • Place your metal mixing bowl and beater in the freezer for 15 minutes.
  • Get your cold can of coconut cream out of the refrigerator. Open and dump into your ice cold freezing mixing bowl.
  • Beat for a few minutes until still peaks form

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  • Add vanilla
  • Add powdered sugar to taste.
  • Beat another 20 – 30 seconds

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That’s it! Easy peasy, right?

Now, serve with your favorite fresh fruit or even frost a delightful cupcake. But most of all …

Vegan Coconut Whipped Cream - Simple Sojourns

Enjoy!

Vegan Coconut Whipped Cream
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Total Time
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Total Time
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Ingredients
  1. 1 can coconut cream (that’s been unopened in the refrigerator overnight)
  2. Powdered sugar to taste up to 3/4 cup. (I don’t use more than 1/4 cup)
  3. 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Instructions
  1. Refrigerate the can of coconut cream overnight.
  2. Place your metal mixing bowl and beater in the freezer for 15 minutes.
  3. Get your cold can of coconut cream out of the refrigerator. Open and dump into your ice cold freezing mixing bowl.
  4. Beat for 2 - 3 minutes until still peaks form.
  5. Add vanilla.
  6. Add powdered sugar to taste.
  7. Beat another 20 – 30 seconds.
  8. That's it! Easy peasy!!
Notes
  1. Enjoy!
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Believe You Can and You are Halfway There

Believe you can and you are half way there!

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Printable Patriotic Bunting

I love celebrating America! I love the patriotic holidays which seem to span the whole summer season. The red, white and blue decorations go up in May and don’t come down until after Labor Day. I love both fancy and simple decorations. Our Printable Patriotic Bunting is easy peasy. You can hang it up within 15 minutes, start to finish. It doesn’t get any easier than that!

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With our printable flags and a few household items, you can get your patriotic craft on, all while celebrating America!

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Supplies:

Red and White Chevron Printable (there are 2 to a page)

Red and Blue Stars Printable (there are 2 to a page)

5 feet Twine, Baker’s String or Ribbon (affiliate links) which holds 7-8 flags.

Tape or glue

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  • After you have printed out the bunting flags, fold the top over your string. (This is easier than trying to thread the string through the finished pocket. Do not crease the fold. Tape or glue, forming the pocket.

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  • Tie a loop at each end of your string and display. 

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Wishing you a happy red, white and blue!!

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Eating Vegan at San Diego Zoo Safari Park

One of our favorite attractions in Southern California is the San Diego Zoo Safari Park. We’ve spent many a day there over the past 40 years! Our kids grew up attending the educational Summer Day Camps that are offered. And over time they’ve also observed their favorite animals grow from tiny babies to adults. The Safari Park itself has grown over the years both in size and scope.

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Since choosing to eat vegan we’ve learned that vegan food options may not always be available on SoCal day trips. Very often we pack food and snacks to take with us. But we’ve discovered Safari Park has variety of delicious vegan options at several of their restaurants.

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Just inside the entrance gate in Nairobi Village you’ll find Thorntree Terrace. It’s an inside counter service with an abundance of outdoor seating. 

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The Stir-fry Tofu ($12.95) is delicious! So far it’s our favorite vegan option at the park. We shared an order for lunch and loved it. Think crispy tofu, tossed with a vegetable medley, in a sweet chili sauce, topped with thinly sliced green onions. 

Oasis Deli - Simple Sojourns

Just beyond the Petting Kraal in Nairobi Village is Oasis Deli. The Roasted Vegetable Wrap ($10.99) is vegan, along with Fresh Fruit Cups ($6.49), which are quite generous. You can also choose the Cous Cous Tabouli Salad ($10.99). But the dressing does contain honey. This isn’t an issue for David and me, but it could be for some vegans. 

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Next to Oasis Deli, again in Nairobi Village, is Mombasa Cooker. The Garden Vegetable Wrap ($10.29) is vegan along with the Corn on the Cob (3.99), sans butter.

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The garden wrap is chock full of raw spring mix, bell peppers, shredded carrots, red onion, and cucumber. It’s wrapped in a whole wheat tortilla and served on a bed of greens. Served along with a side of red pepper hummus spread and vinaigrette you have a well rounded meal. 

Samburu Terrace - Simple Sojourns

Samburu Terrace is located in African Woods just past Benbough Amphitheater (home of the Frequent Flyers Bird Show). 

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The only vegan option at Samburu Terrace is a hearty Black Bean Burger ($9.99). The delicious black bean burger is topped with lettuce, tomato, grilled onions, chimichurri spread and served on a sesame seed bun. Add the colorful tortilla chips and pico de gallo and it’s a delightful meal.

The big attraction here is Samburu Jungle Gym. We know first hand how much kids love to climb and explore in this safari-themed play area. We’ve spent many afternoons in the shade-covered picnic area while our grandkids and their imaginations have run wild.

~ The Nitty Gritty:

What: Vegan Eating at San Diego Safari Park

Where: San Diego Safari Park – 15500 San Pasqual Valley Rd, Escondido, CA 92027

Type: Counter service 

Park Hours: 9am – 5pm with summer hours 9am – 7pm. Restaurant hours vary.

Vibe: Safari Casual

Website: San Diego Zoo Safari Park

*We’ll continue to update the vegan options at San Diego Safari Park and add photos as well. We found that the menus on the Safari Park website are not current.

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Never let a Stumble in the Road be the End of your Journey

Never let a Stumble in the Road be the End of your Journey ~ 

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I don’t know about you but I’ve had plenty of stumbles in my life. Call them what you will but these experiences have helped me to grow and become a wee bit wiser. Here’s to a few stumbles every now and then!

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Printable Striped Gift Tags

It doesn’t matter if it’s a fancy bracelet with precious stones, a simple bouquet of backyard flowers, or a jar of homemade summer jam. Gift giving is a feel-good, fun thing to do. Our colorful printable striped gift tags can make giving gifts a wee bit more delightful.

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Use our free simple striped gift tags in bright summer colors to add some pizazz to your summer gifts!

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  • Simply print out our free printable gift tags, carefully cutting along the rounded corners.

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  • Punch a hole in the corner of the gift tag.

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  • Loop a 10 inch long string of your choice through the punched hole.

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  • Write your message on the back of the tag and attach to your gift.

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  • If you’re attaching the tag to a jar, you can thread the string through the hole while wrapping it around the lid.

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Agave Lime Quinoa Fruit Salad

“This post was sponsored by ALDI as part of Influencer Activation for Influence Central.”

A few weeks ago we shared our first ALDI shopping experience. I’m happy to say that we’ve returned to ALDI many times. And without a doubt we’ll continue to do so in the future. Why? We love ALDI selections and great prices. We’re big on fresh fruits and vegetables and find ourselves replenishing our supply a few times a week. We’ve personally found we save close to 50% when shopping ALDI. 

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David and I are vegan and enjoy eating a plant-based diet. We think a lot about what we put into our bodies. Since we’ve chosen a vegan lifestyle our health has improved and our activity levels have increased. 

ALDI has been very good to us. We love being able to purchase fresh produce at awesome prices, organic when possible and locally grown. ALDI brings us our favorite organic foods at prices everybody can love. We eat a lot of different beans and grains along with our fresh produce. Quinoa is a favorite of ours. We use ALDI SimplyNature® Organic Quinoa as a side dish as well as a delightful addition to our favorite SimplyNature® Organic Black Bean main dishes or tofu burgers. 

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We’re taking quinoa a step further and sharing our favorite Agave Lime Quinoa Fruit Salad recipe. It’s absolutely delicious! We have it for breakfast or even lunch. It also makes a refreshing dessert. It travels well and will definitely impress at your next potluck, family gathering or holiday event. In fact, it’s perfect for serving in pint size mason jars with our free printable “Celebrate America” tag to celebrate the 4th of July, Labor Day and all patriotic holidays!

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Agave Lime Quinoa Fruit Salad

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup cooked quinoa (We use ALDI SimplyNature® Quinoa)
  • 2 cups sliced SimplyNature® Organic Strawberries
  • 1 cup Seasons Choice Raspberries
  • 1 cup SimplyNature® Organic Blueberries
  • 1 1/2 cups diced Splendid Mango
  • 2 tablespoon chopped mint 
  • fresh mint leaves for garnish

Agave Lime Glaze

  • 1/4 cup SimplyNature® Organic Aagave
  • 2 tablespoons Nature’s Nectar Lime Juice

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Directions:

  • In a large bowl, combine all the fruit and the SimplyNature®Quinoa.. 
  • In a small bowl, mix together the SimplyNature® Organic Agave and Nature’s Nectar Lime Juice. 
  • Mix the agave lime glaze with the fruit and garnish with fresh mint.

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Are you hosting a patriotic holiday party this year? How about joining your local neighborhood block party? Our Agave Lime Quinoa Fruit Salad is a festive addition to any gathering. Just serve the fruit in individual pint mason jars with our free printable “Celebrate America” tags!

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  • Spoon your prepared Agave Lime Quinoa Fruit Salad into 1/2 pint (1 cup) mason jars.

  • Tie our free printable tag on with baker’s twine, string or ribbon.
  • Keep refrigerated until serving.

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Remember, you can find ALDI on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. To keep up with their latest news, recipes, perks and oh so much more, check out the ALDI Blog for delightful summer recipes.

Agave Lime Quinoa Fruit Salad
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Ingredients
  1. 1 cup cooked quinoa (I use ALDI SimplyNature® Quinoa)
  2. 2 cups sliced SimplyNature® Organic Strawberries
  3. 1 cup firm Season's Choice Raspberries
  4. 1 cup SimplyNature® Organic Blueberries
  5. 1 1/2 cup diced Splendid Mango
  6. 2 tablespoons chopped fresh mint
  7. fresh mint leaves for garnish
  8. 1/4 cup SimplyNature® Organic Agave
  9. 2 tablespoons Nature’s Nectar Lime Juice
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl, combine all the fruit and the SimplyNature® Quinoa.
  2. In a small bowl, combine the SimplyNature® Organic Agave and Nature’s Nectar Lime Juice.
  3. Mix the agave lime glaze with the fruit and garnish with fresh mint.
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Tuesday Giveaway Linky

Welcome to Tuesday Giveaway Linky with Simple Sojourns and Finding Debra. Link up your giveaways and find some to enter!

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Join us every Tuesday (giveaway linky will go live 6pm Pacific time Monday) and link up your current giveaways. Easy Peasy! Or if you love to enter giveaways, stop by every week to see what giveaways are listed. Join the party, it’s going to be fun! 

  • Link directly to your blog giveaway, not your homepage.
  • Keep them family friendly.
  • Your link must be a blog giveaway – all non-blog giveaways and/or affiliate/spam sites will be deleted.

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