2012 Worldwide Vegan Bake Sale

21 Feb

For the third year in a row, PTV will host the Long Island site of the Worldwide Vegan Bake Sale! Get your ovens ready, we are gearing up for the Sunday April 29th event, from 11AM-2PM!

Again this year, all funds raised will benefit the Catskill Animal Sanctuary. Read about our visit to CAS last year.

Also, check out the success we had in last year’s event– this year, we plan to make it even bigger! Gluten free, nut-free and raw options will be available, as well as traditional vegan sweet treats.

Want to bake? Comment to this post and PTV will contact you ASAP.

Location is TBD. Stay tuned, more details coming soon!


Updates Coming Soon.

12 Feb

We are  revving up the Part Time Vegan site/concept and creating big changes this year. As always, thank you for your support, and we are so excited about what is to come. Stay tuned, and follow us on twitter @parttimevegan to keep in the loop for now!




Homemade Special Vegan Cream Cheese

22 Jan

While I bleed blue and silver for the Dallas Cowboys, my team is unfortunately not in any part of the playoffs this year. I am rallying for the 49ers tonight against my husband’s favorite New York Football Giants, however, as any thoughtful person would, I supported him with a Giants friendly breakfast.

20120122-111242.jpgArmed with blue mini bagels and tofutti cream cheese from our veg friendly bagel place, I set up the mini prep and berries.

Just 1/2 lb of vegan cream cheese and four strawberries will do it. Blend about 2/3 of the cream cheese with the betties until combined, but be careful that the berries do not make the cream cheese too watery.

Next, with a spatula, combine the mixture into the remaining cream cheese back in its tub.

Spread the delectable strawberry cream cheese on your bagels, and store any leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a week.

Go 49ers!



2011 Best of PTV

31 Dec

With only hours remaining in 2011, we’ve compiled our best of 2011, top five posts. Enjoy, and cheers to a healthy, happy, successful and fabulous 2012!

5. Defying Chicken Nugget Syndrome “We had succumbed to the chicken nugget syndrome, in hopes of our children ‘fitting in’. Without realizing.
My opinion piece was targeted at the point that we as adults make decisions for our bodies, but subconsciously may act out of convenience when it comes to our children.

4. Aspiring Vegan Athlete “Your perception of your strengths and capability will shift- I’ve realized I am capable of so much more that I ever imagined.”
It’s been a wonderful learning experience this past year as I trained hard, on a completely vegan lifestyle. Starting Crossfit in June of 2011 smashed my own expectations of myself and the body in general!

3. Worldwide Vegan Bake Sale: Success! “Bakers, you all rocked.”
Raising over $500 for Catskill Animal Sanctuary was a big high this year.

2. PTV Compassionate Gift Guide 2011 Oh the gifts we longed over and wrote about. A fabulous list of gifts for anytime during the year!

TOP POST 2011: 1. Catskill Animal Sanctuary “The four of us departed with beaming smiles, to have had the opportunity to heighten our awareness and adoration of life, and further strengthening our lifestyle decisions. “
One of the most beautiful days Ive spent with my family- having the children meet cows, turkeys, goats, sheep, and doing the grand tour with Kathy Stevens, founder of CAS.

Gimmel and Rudolph and Miracles

17 Dec

This season I bought a pack of dreidels. I grew up celebrating Christmas, yet was never religious. My marriage was created on beliefs and words from The Alchemist by Paulo Cohello, which we took to be ‘inspire and be inspired by the one you love, yet be on your own journey to achieve your dreams.’ Our children were not baptized nor christened. We believe that it is our obligation to create a sense of community through the relationships we build and strengthen with our family and friends and our surroundings to provide our children and ourselves with the structure and foundation upon which to grow, thrive and develop into respectful, vibrant, successful and compassionate young people.

The dreidels were ripped into before I could share their history. The children, ages 4 and 2, began to spin the tops on the living room floor and begged to know what the symbols were. I used the opportunity to share the story of the dreidel on our iPad, where we identified each of the four letters- nun, gimmel, hey, shin (none, all, half, put in) not long after ‘Gimmel!’ could be heard being cheered from our home. The children were thrilled to share the game with family, and my mother wondered out loud, ‘Why didn’t we ever do this with you children?’ while we played for raisins on the coffee table.

Ironically, the driedel is associated with Hanuukah to the general public, but its origin is not the holiday. According to MyJewishLearning.com, “One 19th century rabbi maintained that Jews played with the dreidel in order to fool the Greeks if they were caught studying Torah, which had been outlawed.” Additionally, “In England and Ireland there is a game called totum or teetotum that is especially popular at Christmastime. In English, this game is first mentioned as “totum” ca. 1500-1520. The name comes from the Latin “totum,” which means “all.” By 1720, the game was called T- totum or teetotum, and by 1801 the four letters already represented four words in English: T = Take all; H = Half; P = Put down; and N = Nothing.”

In our house, we put up a tree and the lights and watch all the classics. We invite the awe inspired by Santa Claus coming to town with Rudolph leading the way and we talk about the basics of the festival of lights. We listen to holiday songs and plan a big lavish meal with family and friends, and we spin dreidels. Most of all, we try to conjure up the spirit of the season, and impart the importance of sharing spirit with others to our little ones, and oftentimes, remind one another as adults the same. While we don’t ‘take christ out of christmas’ (as anyone whose birthday could really bring all this attention and joy and goodwill to others is worth celebrating!), we believe in the simple emotion of wrapping up a year with festivities, celebration, tradition and love for all.

True holiday spirit- a charitable donation of gifts for children in-need from a local Long Island company to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Long Island.

While shopping for our tree, a man at random turned to me and said, “I just don’t feel it, the spirit, this year.” I smiled and said, “Oh, I sure do. It’s there, it’s bringing the community together. Find it in him, ” I said pointing to the man’s son. The man grinned, and patted his son on the head. We wished each other a happy holidays and were both a bit brighter for having done so that evening. He just needed a little community, a little reassurance, and reached out to a stranger to get it. We can’t be afraid to reach out to a stranger for a little cheer.

Do one thing each day for someone else or for general community this season. It is not just a season for religion, you do not need to believe it the ‘right’ God to celebrate. Realize that the holidays are, simply put, are celebrations of miracles, both in Jewish and Christian religions, and a celebration of tradition. Miracles are simple magic that can be created with a smile, a kind word or gesture and especially, by dropping judgement. Make miracles in the final days of December as we prepare to clean the slate for 2012.  Believe in today- and make a little magic happen.

Vegan Holiday! Win This from Vega Team and Vickerey

13 Dec

This Thursday, how about winning an awesome, cruelty-free grand prize gift basket from Vega? Stocked with the most amazing Vega products from the amazing line of products developed by vegan Ironman, Brendan Brazier?

PTV has your chance. This Thursday evening at 9PM, we will be doing a LIVE giveaway on Twitter and Facebook. Here are the rules!
1. Like our page on Facebook
2. Follow us on Twitter
3. @Parttimevegan on Thursday night at 8:30 on either Facebook or Twitter so we know who’s in for the grand prize gift basket! One runner up will also be chosen. Winners will be selected in a random drawing completed by PTV at 9PM!

Enjoy drooling at the photos of the amazing gift baskets!
Grand Prize includes:

Vega Whole Food Optimizer in Vnilla Chai, Shake and Go Smoothie packets, 3 Whole Food Vibrancy Bars, Whole Food Smoothie Infusion, Vega Water Bottle and Vega Eco-Friendly Reusable Bag and MORE!

Runner Up Prize Includes:

3 Vega Whole Food Vibrancy Bars, Vega Whole Food Smoothie Infusion, Vega Health Optimizer Snack Pack in Vanilla Chai, 2 Soulstice Spa Nail Colours and an eco-friendly water bottle from Vickerey!

PTV Compassionate Gift Guide 2011

13 Dec

It’s back! The Compassionate Gift Guide for 2011, with fun and sometimes fabulous cruelty-free gift ideas for everyone on your list! Images are clickable right back to the item.

Stocking Stuffers

Soulstice Spa Nail Polish, 5 for $30
Beautiful vegans need a little Soulstice Spa in their stocking this year. Grab 5 gorgeous shades for $30, all 100% vegan, non-toxic and free of toluene, formaldehyde and dibutyl phthalate.

Owner Kayse Gehret told us, “My favorite holiday stocking stuffers are Venice – a sparkly gold metallic shimmer, Dublin – an emerald green shine and Rome – a deep, spicy red.  Montreal – a festive, dark purple metallic, Crete – a pure silver and Ibiza – a burst of hot pink shine, are fun, colorful shades… perfect for holiday cocktail parties!”

Vega Whole Foods Vibrancy Bars, $3 per bar
You know how PTV adores all things Brendan Brazier, and the Vega product line is no exception! One of the newest additions to the award-winning Vega product line, Vega Whole Food Vibrancy Bars are a unique and utterly delicious blend of all-natural, raw, organic, and enzymatically-active plant-based superfoods including sprouted buckwheat, sprouted almonds, white chia seeds and hemp seeds.

“Unlike any other bar on the market, Vibrancy bars maintain a taste of guilty pleasure while also being vegan, gluten-free, sprouted, alkaline-forming, and rich in Omega 3, antioxidants and phytonutrients!” shared  Victoria Revay, Vega’s PR Manager.

VegNews, $20 per year
Give the fabulous gift of vegan gab, with a subscription to VegNews. The vegan glossy monthly publication never has a dull moment. From the ‘best of’, to Portia de Rossi interviews to need-to-know topics and articles, we read this cover to cover and then some. It’s one of those glossies that even your omnivorous loves will have to flip through.

Even more love-able? You can choose to have your VegNews issues in your inbox rather than your mailbox. I await each issue with bated breath. *PLUS! Their back pages feature amazing vegan products that you will go gaga over!

For Her

Hot Copper Eye Shadow Trio, $14

Leave it to Etsy to reign in the cruelty-free department. This trio from JustPureMineralsShop of hot holiday colors includes Tiny Bubble, Fiery Redhead and Snow. All natural formulas that can be applied wet or dry,  there are no synthetic dyes or fragrances, no animal by-products, parabens, or other nasties! “Absolutely cruelty-free, and absolutely gorgeous,” writes the shop owner. Check out her shop for vegan lipsticks and over 130 products!

Vickerey’s Willow Duster, $89
Our fabulous friends at Vickerey obviously shared a few of their favorite cruelty-free holidays musts, including this Willow Duster. It’s cozy, cute, and has bell sleeves and a hood. Antiqued metal buttons and a slim fit make it an awesome layering piece. Material – 61% Acrylic, 17% Cotton, 13% Polyester, 7% Nylon, 2% Spandex. Use ptvegan10 for 10% off your purchase at Vickerey.com!

‘Eat Kale’ Notecards, set of 6 $12
A little whimsy and sound advice make this not card set by DeepBlueSea on Etsy a fabulous gift. This set of six note cards printed on high-quality, recycled 100lb card stock pays tribute to the artist’s favorite vegetable.

Cards measure 4.25 x 5.5 and come with coordinating envelopes in a delicious kale green. Cards are blank inside. “This is a sublime gift for all the leafy green-chompers among us. . .Let’s hear it for KALE!” reads the description. Love these!

Splurge: Stella McCartney, Dumas Patent Round Toe Shoe, SALE! $479

Oh the beauty! These Dumas Patent Round Toe Shoes are divine. I saw them at the Americana in Manhasset, NY just a few weeks ago during a charitable shopping event and drooled. It’s a stiletto that compliments work and play. *heart flutters*

Little Ones!

Handmade Flashcards, $29.50
From DeepBlueSea on Etsy.com is this beautiful set of  26 alphabet flashcards. Cards are printed on high-quality recycled 100lb card stock and are lined with chocolate brown card stock on the reverse side. Each card measures 5.5 inches high and 4.25 inches wide. The set is sturdy and durable but please note that it is not waterproof.

Hostess Gifts
We cannot forget our amazing entertainers, whose tables laden with vegan sweet treats and glasses of wine must be appreciated with a gift! We’ve got some great ideas for you to delight your host/hostess with each affair you attend this season.

The Paddywax Soy Travel Candle from Vickerey, $7
Sarah from Vickerey makes this candle sound oh-so dreamy, “this candle has evocative fragrances inspired by literary greats.’ It’s hand poured and made of a soy/veg blend. Choose from ‘Edgar Allen Poe’, ‘Jane Austen’, ‘Henry Thoreau’ or ‘Walt Whitman’. It will compliment any decor with compassionate style and doesn’t leave the harsh scents of a traditional candle.

Rosemary Tree, $49.95 at Red Envelope
We think the best hostess gift is one that does not infringe on the party- flowers creates the need to locate a vase and food is a no-no.
The perfect hostess gift, says Rose Ott of Rose Ott Interior Design. “Organic and unique, not only does this aromatic herb bring a little greenery indoors, it can be also be used for seasoning.” Love it.
For Him
Yiddish Proverb Money Clip, $18
A fabulous inscription reads, “With money in your pocket, you are wise, you are handsome, and you sing well too.” Made of aluminum with a brushed finish, it’s compact, stylish and just a cheeky little gift.
Eucalyptex® Long Sleeve, $50.66
When I saw this shirt on Ethical Ocean’s website, I had to contact their President of Marketing, Breanna Donaghue about it. She shared with us, “Every athlete on my list this year is getting one of these long-sleeve shirts made from eucalyptus. It’s made from the highly sustainable eucalyptus plant, and is chemical-free and 96% biodegradable. But the main reason this is my top pick for performance shirts this winter: it’s quick dry with natural anti-bacterial properties, meaning this shirt never stinks even after the most rigorous workout.”  Awesome.
Buckeye Long Sleeve, $54
Vickerey comes to the rescue with a classic plaid for any male in your life. This Buckeye Long Sleeve gives a relaxed fit and is available in your choice of Port (greens, greys and chocolates) or slate (blues, burnt orange and creams). Eco-friendly, made of 100% organic cotton, and a crowd-pleaser with plaid being all the rage. Use ptvegan10 for 10% off your purchase at Vickerey.com!
The Anyone Gifts
Divvies Gourmet Popcorn, $7 for 8oz bag
I adore Divvies, and last Christmas ordered their popcorn for my husband who is a die-hard popcorn fan. Divvies’ popcorn is out of this world, and this bag of chocolate caramel popcorn is too amazing to pass up! Order an 8oz bag of caramel corn, hand drizzled with delectable gourmet chocolate for anyone! Everything from Divvies is dairy, egg and nut free and uses no hydrogenated oils. While you are on their site, order some Hanukah jelly beans or Tree or Snowman. chocolates!
Vegan Cookie Mix from Post Punk Kitchen
I LOVE this idea so much that there is a case of Ball jars sitting in my kitchen waiting for this weekend. Rather than bake dozens of batches of sugary treats, share the cruelty-free version with anyone on your list to prove that they, too, can make a veg friendly version of the cookie that will appeal to any sweet tooth. Leave it to Post Punk Kitchen to give us such scrumptious ideas. Choose any recipe that has about 3 cups worth of ingredients to fill the jar and decorate any way you like- however PPK provides ample instructions and suggestions on their blog.
Handloomed Linen Scarf , $75
Hand-woven by weavers in India who earn life-changing wages by creating this beautiful wearable art. Luxurious, hand-woven, naturally-dyed, great for men and women, this scarf is as compassionate as it gets. Vickerey shares that ‘it gets better with each wash and wear.’ Use ptvegan10 for 10% off your purchase at Vickerey.com!
Vegan Mug, $22+shipping
VeganDish’s shop on Etsy features functional vegan dishes for vegans! I adore this aqua blue mug, complete with a star stamp, it’s food-free, lead-free and dishwasher safe. 14 oz for the perfect cup of soy chai or green tea!