Thursday, May 23, 2024

Vegan Lasagna Roll-Ups with Tofu and Spinach (Video Recipe)

I loved these vegan lasagna roll-ups filled with tofu and spinach. When my casserole dish came out of the oven and I lifted the aluminum foil I was so excited for my first bite...mmm. This is a meat-free dish with vegan cheese by Violife. I enjoy preparing wholesome meals on Sundays so this one was a winner. Vegan food does not have to be bland and boring. This video recipe proves that 100% plant-based meals can be 100% satisfying.

Here are the ingredients to make the Vegan Lasagna Roll-Ups.

1. Pasta sauce (I used the Classico brand)
2. Lasagna noodles 
3. Firm tofu
4. Frozen bag of spinach
5. Onion
6. Lemon
7. Vegan cheese (I used Violife this time)
9. Seasoning (use your favorites for flavor)
10. Optional: olive oil

Directions to make the vegan lasagna roll-ups.

Many ingredients in this recipe can be added according to your personal preference. There is no right or wrong way. It's an easy-to-make recipe. In the video below, you will see that I sprinkled the seasoning in my bowl and then tasted the tofu mixture. There are no particular measurements, just my preferred taste.

1. Boil your lasagna noodles for approximately  6-7 minutes, ensuring you do not fully cook them. They will be finished in the oven while the vegan cheese is melting. Once the lasagna noodles are bendable drain the water and rinse them with cold water to stop the cooking. Set aside.

2. Chop one onion into small pieces and set aside.

3. Place your frozen bag of spinach in the microwave and heat according to the instructions on the bag. If you do not have a microwave, use a pot of boiling water and boil your spinach according to the instructions on the bag. Set aside.

4.  In a mixing bowl add your drained and squeezed tofu (remove as much water as you can), spinach, onions, nutritional yeast, and seasonings. Crumble the tofu into small pieces as you mix everything together.

5. Ladle some pasta sauce onto the bottom of your casserole dish. My casserole dish is  13x6 inches, but you can adjust this to what you have.

6. Lay your cooked lasagna noodles on a clean surface (I used a cutting board). Place the tofu mixture on each lasagna noodle, evenly spreading the mixture.

7. Roll up each lasagna noodle and place the seam-side-down in your casserole dish. Continue this step until all lasagna noodles are in rows in your baking dish.

8. Add your remaining pasta sauce on top of all the lasagna roll-ups (this will ensure that your pasta finishes cooking), and sprinkle your vegan cheese. Optional: drizzle olive oil and additional seasoning across the top of the lasagna roll-ups for added flavor. 

9. Bake for 45 minutes to 1 hour, covered with aluminum foil. (Vegan cheese takes longer to melt so I usually add 15 minutes to my cooking time, which brought this recipe to 1 hour). The aluminum foil locks in the heat so the vegan cheese melts well.

Bon Appétit!

Watch the full video recipe to see step-by-step.

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Monday, May 20, 2024

Honoring Memorial Day: Thoughtful Home Decorating Ideas

Memorial Day, which falls on the final Monday in May, is a somber occasion to commemorate and pay tribute to the courageous men and women who gave their lives defending our country. While many people take part in ceremonies, parades, and family get-togethers, there are other meaningful ways to honor these soldiers in your home decor. 

These are some thoughtful and original suggestions for Memorial Day decorations for your house. Personally, as a military veteran, decorating my home is a way for me to remember and show my respect and appreciation to my fellow servicemen and servicewomen who lost their lives during their time in service to our great country.

1. Display the American Flag Proudly

Front Porch Flag

The most identifiable representation of respect and patriotism is the American flag. Here are some pointers on how to present it properly:

  • Front Porch Flag: Hang a flag on your front porch or balcony. Ensure it’s illuminated if you plan to leave it up after dark.
  • Flagpole: If you have a flagpole, raise the flag to half-staff until noon, then to full-staff for the remainder of the day, as is traditional on Memorial Day.
  • Window Flags: Small window flags or decals can also show your patriotic spirit and remembrance.

2. Create a Memorial Day Wreath

Memorial Day Wreath

A wreath on your front door is a welcoming and respectful decoration. You can make or purchase a wreath with elements such as:

  • Mini Flags: Incorporate small American flags into the wreath.
  • Stars and Stripes: Add ribbons or fabric in star and stripe patterns for an extra touch.

3. Patriotic Flower Arrangements

Patriotic Flower Arrangement

Floral arrangements are a beautiful way to honor Memorial Day. Consider these ideas:

  • Red Poppies: The red poppy is a symbol of remembrance for fallen soldiers. Incorporate them into your garden or flower arrangements.
  • Mixed Bouquets: Create bouquets with red, white, and blue flowers and place them in prominent areas of your home, like the living room or dining table.

4. Memory Wall or Table

Memorial Day Table

Designate a space in your home to create a memory wall or table. This can be a touching way to honor loved ones who served. Include:

  • Photographs: Display photos of family members who served in the military.
  • Candles: Light candles in remembrance.
  • Personal Mementos: Include medals, dog tags, or other personal items.

5. Patriotic Banners and Garlands

Honoring our Heroes Banner

Decorate your indoor and outdoor spaces with banners and garlands:

  • DIY Paper Garlands: Create garlands using red, white, and blue paper. Cut out stars, hearts, or flag shapes and string them together.
  • Banners: Hang banners with messages like "Honor Our Heroes" or "Remember and Respect" on your porch, fence, or mantel.

6. Table Settings for Memorial Day Dinner

Memorial Day Table Setting

If you’re hosting a Memorial Day meal, set the table with a patriotic theme:

  • Centerpieces: Create centerpieces with flags, candles, and flowers.
  • Themed Dishware: Use dishware and glasses that match the theme.

7. Outdoor Decorations

Memorial Day Decorations for Outdoors

Extend your decorations to your yard and garden:

  • Red, White, and Blue Lights: String lights in patriotic colors around your porch, trees, or garden.
  • Patriotic Wind Chimes: Hang wind chimes with a patriotic theme to add a subtle touch.

8. Involve the Family

Family Activity for Memorial Day Celebrations

Make the decorating process a family activity. Engage your children with simple crafts:

  • Handmade Flags: Let kids make their own flags using paper and markers.
  • Patriotic Crafts: Create paper stars, poppy flowers, or other themed crafts together.

Memorial Day house decorating is more than just a fun tradition—it's a chance to honor and remember the many troops who have given their lives for our country. Any décor honoring the bravery and devotion of those who have served our nation, whether it be an American flag display, heartfelt floral arrangements, or a memorial table setup. You may pay tribute to their memory and foster a feeling of patriotism and appreciation in your family and community by carefully choosing the decorations for your home.

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Saturday, May 11, 2024

5 Benefits of Using Peel and Stick Tile #DIYProject

Recently, I completed another DIY project and decided to use peel and stick tile for a kitchen backsplash. The option seemed more budget-friendly and the flexibility of using peel and stick tile was on my list of reasons. I went to my local hardware store and came across Smart Tiles. This product has a Gel-O technology which the company explains does not turn yellow or crack over time. After researching other competitor products I decided to purchase some from Smart Tiles. However, this peel and stick tile cannot be used on textured walls and I have orange peel walls so I found a product called Mussel Bound to put down on my kitchen wall first, which acted as a barrier and smooth surface for me. Initially, I was going to sand the walls but decided I would rather find another workaround to avoid the sand dust going everywhere. In the end, the Mussel Bound worked for me and I completed this peel and stick install in two days. It looks great and I'm so happy with the final result. Mussel Bound is used for traditional tile applications and is a much cleaner option. If you're looking to apply traditional tile, Mussel Bound would be a good option because it acts as a double-sided tape and it sticks well, not going anywhere. It is made to last for a long time. In the video below, I show how I applied the peel and stick tile for a kitchen backsplash, purchased from Smart Tiles.

If you're trying to decide between using peel and stick tile or traditional tile, here are five benefits of using peel and stick tile.

Ease of Installation: Peel and stick tiles are designed for easy installation, requiring no specialized tools or skills. You simply peel off the backing and stick them onto a clean, flat surface. This makes them an ideal option for quick updates or temporary solutions. Cost-Effective: Compared to traditional tiles, peel and stick tiles are often more affordable. They eliminate the need for grout, adhesive, and professional installation costs, saving you both time and money. Versatility: Peel and stick tiles come in a wide range of colors, patterns, and styles, allowing you to achieve various looks to suit your aesthetic preferences. Whether you're looking for a modern, classic, or eclectic design, there's likely a peel and stick option to match. Removability: One of the key advantages of peel and stick tiles is their ability to be easily removed without damaging the underlying surface. This makes them an excellent choice for renters or homeowners who want to update their space without making permanent changes. Low Maintenance: Once installed, peel and stick tiles require minimal maintenance. They are generally water-resistant and easy to clean, making them suitable for use in kitchens, bathrooms, and other high-moisture areas. Overall, peel and stick tiles offer a convenient and budget-friendly solution for adding style and functionality to your home.

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