Sunday, June 28, 2009

Frugal Seasonal Weekend Joys...

Scoring a vegan cherry pie, normally $12.99, for half the price at Old Hook Farm.

A tofu scramble for brunch at my parent's house, enjoyed outdoors on a sunny day. I don't remotely miss scrambled eggs. Just saute some diced onion in olive or canola oil, add your favorite veggies, diced tofu, and grated vegan cheese if you have it on hand. Season with turmeric, garlic powder, salt and pepper. Served here with Litelife Gimme Lean Sausage and toast with apricot jam.

Organic pink lemonade from Trader Joe's, $2.99. Perfect for any summertime BBQ. Their organic mango lemonade pairs particularly well with grilled vegetable fajitas.

This lemonade matches the cute H&M dress I picked up at C.A.T.S. Resale Shop for just $4. I soundly reject the notion stapled into so many women's heads that you are "treating yourself" to something special just because you are spending a large sum of money. You can look completely fabulous for next to nothing.

Other second life items pictured: a gold Mossimo dress, $14, purple beaded necklace, $7, both from C.A.T.S. Resale Shop; green flowery strapless dress, $12, from C.A.T.S. and yellow Gap cardigan, $10, from Fabulous Finds; blue cotton dress, $0 (from a clothing swap); and the H&M dress with my grandmother's broach.

These items didn't come with a glossy ad campaign of a model shopping for veggies at her local CSA, nor are they "organic." But they were given a new life to a very grateful owner, are totally vegan, completely wallet-friendly, and quite adorable.

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