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“Couldn’t Be Easier” Vegan Peanut Butter & Jelly Fudge

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Despite my recent diagnosis of a mild peanut allergy, I have been eating my weight in peanut butter #badassalert. Sure it messes with my stomach a little lot, but it tantalizes my taste buds and cures my cravings like nothing else can. How can something so wrong feel so right?!?

If your love for peanut butter is as strong as mine, you have got to try this fudge.

On second thought, if your love is really as strong as mine, maybe you shouldn’t make it to save yourself from eating the entire batch in one sitting.

But on third thought, that really doesn’t sound that bad. ‘Cause YOLO.

YOLO

Drake would definitely approve of you treating yourself in such a loving way. Peanut butter is one of life’s greatest gifts, after all.

If PB is not yo thang, feel free to sub any other nut, seed or other butter that your little heart desires (although results may vary). Cashew, coconut or sunflower butter would probably work pretty well. Almond butter or -even better- chocolate hazelnut butter (aka vegan Nutella) would also be amazing.

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 cups creamy peanut butter (or other “butter” of choice)
  • 1/2 cup vegan butter (like this one)
  • 2 tbs. granulated stevia (or 1.25 tsp. liquid extract)
  • Sprinkle of sea salt
  • 2 tbs. jelly of choice (I used this)

Directions:

  • Combine peanut butter and vegan butter in small saucepan (or double boiler)
  • Melt on medium-high heat while stirring constantly
  • Once full melted, reduce heat and stir in stevia and salt
  • Line baking pan with wax/parchment paper and pour PB mixture into pan
  • Shake it* a little to make sure it’s nice and even
  • Put in the freezer for at least 2 hours
  • Once frozen, spread with thin (or thick) layer of jelly
  • Refreeze until ready to devour

FYI- If you’re trying to convince omni friends/family to join the vegan club, serve them this fudge.

They’ll be asking for another piece before you can say Daiya. Maybe.. just maybe.. it’ll be enough to prove to them that they can go sans animal products without giving up great flavor/texture.

*A lil throwback for you, feat. Miley’s big bro

Young & Twee- Ethical Fashion Picks for Spring/Summer 2015

As a “20-something”, “millennial”, “Gen-Y’er” or whatever other term is being thrown on our generation these days, I’ve struggled a bit with finding balance within the world of young adult fashion.

Trendy, fast-fashion is in. This stuff is not style that you can expect to last longer than the life cycle of the latest meme.

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However, we lust after it nonetheless- shirts that show our social/political awareness or skirts that insinuate our drug preferences probably don’t have long staying power, but they sure do sell.

One reason I find this problematic is that this is stuff you’ll see yourself coming and going in.

“How clever of me to find this cool, provocative clothing item on some obscure Etsy page. I’m so original!”
…..

“Oh, you have a slightly different variation of the same item? Well, damn…”

Okay, maybe if it doesn’t bother you to have the same shirt slogan as your bestie, roommate, and that kid in your Psych class.
But if you’re really the culturally and environmentally sensitive person your clothing choices make you out to be, you should reconsider your devotion to fast-fashion.

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So fresh, so clean

“There is no growth without change”. 

Someone, somewhere probably said that at some point. And here I am repeating it now with no proper citation (!!) My English and Psych professors would be so proud. #sorry

All plagiarism aside, I am babbling on to say that this is a new take on an old blog, a fresh start, and a way for me to both hone and expand my interests, creative and otherwise.

I started Shugurcän (the old one) nearly three years ago, at the young tender age of 17. I was a new vegan, passionate about learning the ropes and sharing my knowledge.

While that’s still definitely an interest of mine (#veganandproud), there is more to my identity than health and dietary choices.

Shugurcän (the new one) is an answer to the other sides of myself. These are the areas that I wished I could address but didn’t think the old blog was the appropriate setting, or- in some cases- wasn’t yet comfortable enough with to air to the vast online world.

As I age, I learn to become more accepting of myself, my perceptions and their flaws, my likes/dislikes. So the purpose of this new blog is to share those other, more hidden sides of my life.

If you’re here just for recipes and health tips, stick around! There will still be more of that.

If you become easily offended at liberal musings/pseudo-propoganda, sarcasm, vague pop-culture references, or the overuse of #hashtags*, this may not be the site for you.

And if you’re looking for inspiration, perspective and relatability** sprinkled with some cool music suggestions, please stay and read and share with me!!

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*P.S. I know that hashtags don’t even make sense on this platform and IDGAF

**P.P.S. I also know this isn’t a word, but it works