Foal Farm Animal Rescue Centre is the wonderful charity I have chosen to receive £1 from every sale made in December 2015 and January 2016. They are currently raising funds to build a much-needed new and improved kennel block for all of their beautiful dogs (like the ones in the photo down below) ▽▼▽▼▽
To encourage as many sales and therefore raise as much money for the kennel fund as possible, I will be offering 20% OFF every item in the store until the end of January when you enter the code ‘FOALFARMFRIENDS‘ at checkout. Head over to jadegreenvegan.com/shop to grab some awesome clothing and help Foal Farm continue to save countless dogs’ lives!
THANK YOU so much for all of your support!
Ever since Matt and I first tried the cookies and ice-cream sandwich at Manna on my birthday last year, I have wanted to recreate my own version of this delicious dessert! Half a year later and I have finally gotten around to it (oops!) but it was definitely worth the wait, and I’m sure you all are gonna love this chocolate and banana nicecream sandwich as much as I do.
As this is such an incredible dessert, I decided that as well as sharing it on the blog, I would film it for my youtube channel. This is the first of many recipes I’ll be sharing on Youtube so I’d love to hear your feedback and if you have any requests for what you’d like me to film next!
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 3/4 cup non-dairy margarine
- 1/2 cup almond milk
- 1 cup flour
- 1/2 tea spoon baking soda
- 3 cups oatmeal
- 1/4 cup cacao powder
- 4 ripe bananas
- Cut bananas into small chunks & freeze for at least 2.5 hours
- Preheat the oven to 250°c
- Mix together the sugar and margarine until smooth
- Add in the almond milk and stir until the milk has combined with the mixture
- Add in the flour and baking soda and stir until well mixed
- Add in the oatmeal and cacao powder and stir
- Shape into small circles and place on baking paper
- Smooth circles down before placing in the oven for 10 minutes
- Remove cookies from oven and flatten before coking for further 5 minutes
- Leave cookies to cool for 1 hour
- Blend frozen bananas until smooth
- Spoon 1/2 the blended nice cream onto cookies and freeze for 1 hour
- Spoon remaining 1/2 of blended nice cream into yorkshire pudding style tray and freeze for 1 hour
- Remove all components from freezer and sandwich nice cream between 2 cookies
This past week has been a crazy/stressful/exciting beyond words blur for me; as last weekend I launched my compassionate clothing line at Vegfest Scotland, then very late on Wednesday night, I launched my online store!
I have been dreaming about/working on this clothing line for over two years now, so I couldn’t be happier that it is finally here. However, in the lead up to the show, to say I was nervous would be an enormous understatement.
Earlier this summer, after four years of working in a job I didn’t really enjoy and feeling as though I wasn’t working towards creating the kind of world I would like to live in, I decided to quit my job and finally use my life savings and my innate desire to help save as many animals as I possibly can, to pursue my dream of creating this clothing line.
With little to no knowledge of what it entailed to set up an online clothing business, I dove head first into building my business. It was one of the best decisions I have ever made.
Now I won’t pretend that it has been all vegan cupcakes and nicecream because the reality is, this has been one of the most worrying/stressful things I have ever done. There have been times where I have questioned whether it’s worth it and if it would have been easier to have kept the financial security of my previous job. However, there is now no doubt in my mind that I made the right decision.
Since embarking on this adventure, I have learnt more than I could have ever imagined about: accounting, marketing, designing, web developing, photography, branding – the list goes on. Whilst it is undeniably challenging at times, seeing people out in the world wearing my designs spreading compassion and kindness, and being able to actively give back to animal charities I admire (for every sale made, £1 is donated to various animal charities) make it all worth it.
And no matter how stressed I get nowadays, it’s no longer the kind of ‘what am I doing with my life?’ stress I used to feel in my previous job. Instead it’s the kind of stress that motivates me to get the job done because I truly care about what I’m doing and why I’m doing it. For me, my motivation is the animals. I know that no matter how bad things may seem for me in a difficult moment, it could never compare to the pain of a dairy cow as her baby is ripped away from her at birth and killed for veal so that humans can consume her milk, or to the sorrow of a dog who has been abandoned by its family because having a pet is no longer convenient for them.
One of my favourite quotes by Lily Tomlin is: ‘I used to think somebody should do something about that, then I realised, I am somebody’. I want to help create a world where we value cows and pigs lives just as much as those of our beloved dogs and cats. I want to help create a world where people don’t abandon their dogs at a shelter because they’re too old/too fluffy/too (insert ridiculous excuse here). I want to help create a world where people are compassionate to all beings on this earth.
After years of watching from the sidelines, I am finally doing this and I can honestly say I have never been happier.
So my message to you reading this would be, pour your energy into something you’re passionate about and follow your dreams. I know it sounds cliche, but trust me, it’s worth it! Even if you’re not exactly sure right now how you’re going to make it happen, know that if you want it enough, you can and you will make your dreams a reality. Life is too short to spend all day every day doing something that doesn’t make you feel alive! You’ll never regret trying. So give it a go!
One of the coolest parts of our trip to Australia was hiring a camper van and going on a road trip along the Great Ocean Road. Despite the rainy weather and having more than our fair share of back-of-the-van cooker mishaps, we had so many amazing experiences including…
▹▸▹▸ Seeing the 12 Apostles
▹▸▹▸ Rock climbing by a beautiful waterfall
▹▸▹▸Making a pebble tower on this cute little beach
And finally the most awesome of all ▹▸▹▸
▹▸▹▸ Seeing an adorable little Koala in the wild!!!
Check out the latest video in my Australian Adventures series to see our wild Koala encounter: