WOW: Dollar Store Crafts and Decor Hacks

This week I am actually featuring two sister sites, Dollar Store Crafts and Decor Hacks.

Dollar Store CraftsThere are so many good ideas on these websites for cheap and easy crafts, my Pinterest DIY and Crafts board is overflowing with projects that I will probably never get around to doing! You should definitely check it out, but be prepared to waste hours looking through all the awesome projects.

Decor Hacks

Vegan Linguica de Moura

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Linguica is one of those things that I missed when I went vegan. It is essentially just a type of sausage, but it is a nostalgic food for me. It was sort of a treat when my mom would buy it. None of my friends ate such a thing, so it made me feel special. It made my family just a little bit different than everyone else’s. My grandfather’s family was from Portugal, so I also loved that I was eating something that connected me to my family. Now that my Papa is gone, every time I eat it, I think of him.

There are many different family recipes for linguica and most people are very particular about the brand they will eat. Let me tell you, I have tasted some funky linguica in my lifetime! But now since I am vegan, I can make my own at home and make it the way I like it. So in honor of my Papa Moura and all the Moura family, I give you Linguica de Moura!

We used to eat linguica for breakfast on the side or on pizza. This recipe works great for either! Just fry in a pan with some oil until a little crispy and browned. This is based on the recipe for vegan steamed sausages by Isa and the recipe by Emeril made from meat (eww). They can also be soy-free if you make sure to check your ingredients for hidden soy.

Makes 4-6 sausages, depending on how big you want them.

Ingredients

  •  1/2 cup cooked pinto beans
  • 1 cup cold vegetable broth
  • 1 tbs olive oil
  • 1 tbs liquid smoke
  • 1 tbs apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 tbs salt
  • 2 tbs paprika
  • 1 tsp white pepper
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 3/4 tsp sugar
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp crushed red pepper
  • 1/4 cup nutritional yeast
  • 1 1/4 cup vital wheat gluten

Get your steamer and aluminum foil sheets ready. You will need 4-6 square sheets.

Put the beans in a bowl and mash them with a fork until there are no whole beans left. Add the broth, oil, liquid smoke, and vinegar to the beans and mix with your fork.

In another bowl, whisk the remaining dry ingredients together. Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and add the wet ingredients. Mix together until well combined. You may have to use your hands, but a wooden spoon usually works for me.

Divide the dough into 4-6 even amounts and shape into rough logs. The steaming will fill in the gaps, so do not worry about making the shapes perfect.  Wrap each log in a sheet of aluminum foil and twist the ends like you were wrapping candy.

Place your logs into the steamer and steam for about 40 minutes. These also freeze well, so make a double batch!

Home Sweet Home.

Finally, a post! I decided to start a blog a few months ago and then couldn’t get up the nerve to actually write anything. One of the horrible side effects of being a perfectionist is that I often fear failure. Then I never get anything done because of that fear. Maybe having this blog will help me get over it. Maybe. :)

The purchase of our home last year is probably one of the greatest accomplishments in my life so far. Both Jason and I had to endure retail jobs for a big box store that treats its employees like garbage, but we saved up enough money to buy our little yellow house.  We looked at what seemed like hundreds of houses and put a bid on most of them. Towards the end we were bidding on houses that we didn’t even like because we were so desperate to be homeowners. In the area we live, all the houses in our price range were being snapped up by rental companies and were mostly foreclosures. Our house was one of the few that was actually being sold by the owners, so they were willing to work with us. After a ton of paper work and a bunch of inspections later, we were the proud owners of an awesome vintage home!

Our house was built in 1957 as a vacation home. That means by modern standards, it is small. Tiny, even. The living area (2 BD, 1 BA) is about 750 square feet and the garage is also 750 sq. feet. Jason loves anything with an engine so the giant garage was a major selling point for him! :) I was never a fan of giant houses anyway. Too much cleaning, (Ha!) The stove and oven are original, as are the bathroom tiles and bathtub. We plan on keeping all the vintage charm and adding our own personality while updating.

I cannot wait to share all of our ideas and progress with you!

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