Sunday, December 28, 2008

I'm back.....for the moment ;)





Happy Holidays everyone! I hope everyone is happy and healthy and doing well! We have been super busy. We hosted a vegan potluck on the 20th in honor of the Winter Solstice...it was an amazing time with amazing vegan food! We feel so blessed to have our lives filled with such amazing friends and family!

My mother-in-love made these amazing cookies for the potluck and I wanted to share the recipe with you all....they sound kind of strange...but trust me...they are decadent!!!!!

Toffee Cookie Bites
24 saltines
1 cup soy butter
1 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
12 oz. vegan chocolate chips
1/2 cup chopped pecans or walnuts

cover bottom of a 13" by 9" baking pan with aluminum foil and line with saltines.
melt butter and sugar in microwave for 3-4 minutes or until sugar dissolves, stir occasionally.
gently pour mixture over saltines.
bake @ 325 degrees for 15 minutes or until bubbly.
remove from oven and let stand for 1-2 minutes until bubbling settles down.
sprinkle with chocolate chips, spreading as they melt.
sprinkle with nuts.
cover and chill at least two hours.
break into pieces after chilling.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Busy, busy, busy!

Well...it has been a while. I just can't seem to find time to sit down and blog very much these days. Lydia is on the brink of walking and keeping me on my toes...not to mention that she is into everything she should NOT be! I'm going to try to do better but with the holidays just around the corner (yikes!) I'm not making any promises.

Last week Patrick and I celebrated 9 years of marriage. He took me into Philly to Horizons. For those of you who don't know....this is an amazing vegan restaurant. It was the first time either of us had been there...and we were impressed. It had great ambiance, the service was amazing...and the food was incredible. It was a bit pricey for our budget but it a wonderful place to go for a special occasion. Here is there website if anyone would like to check them out: Horizons Philadelphia.

Over the weekend we made it out to the pumpkin patch and Lydia had her first hayride. She had a great time...as well as big brother. They picked out there pumpkins and now we just have to carve them up! One of the tasty things I had at Horizons were some candied pumpkin seeds that sat atop my amazing Pumpkin "Cheesecake"...anyone out there have a good recipe for candied pumpkin seeds?....cause I'm all about making some of those this week! YUM!









I also recently made some vegan donuts....I got the recipe from VegYumYum.....if you have not tried these yet...please go do it now....they are incredible!


Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Just some cute pictures of the kiddos...



Hope to find some time to blog again soon...until then here is some eye candy...LOL!

Monday, September 1, 2008

Vegan Potluck......


We hosted another vegan potluck this past Saturday and it was fantastic....so much yummy food and a great time had by all! I only wish I had gotten pictures of the food.....whoopsie!




Relaxing outside....and hangin' with mosquitos!



Vegan luuuurrrve!




Vegan baby...




Good conversation...




Excellent food...




Vegan cupcakes.....duh!





Um...yeah...Rock Band!




Bestest friends...




and Dino and Liam playing Harry Potter....GOOD TIMES!

Friday, August 29, 2008

Cinnamon-y Goodness!

We received our VegNews a couple of days ago and inside the current issue are tons of great recipes to try. I decided the first one I would try would be the Cinnamon Rolls...I don't have a lot of experience dough with so I thought it would be a new challenge for me. Turns out these were easy-peasy...and super yummy! I will have to keep working on my dough making skills...the kneeding and pounding was fun!!!


Rolled...



Risen...



Baked...



Slathered...



Served!




Friday, August 8, 2008

who doesn't need one of these!

I found these very cool cupcake holders today! They will be perfect for sending to work and school in the boys' lunches....I also picked up one for Lydia for future use. I found them at Sur La Table for $3.00 each. They also have a website....here! So fun!

Quesadillas!!!



So I whipped up some quesadillas the other night....it is such a quick and yummy dinner!
I suggest that everyone make these soon....get creative with the filling...the combinations are endless.

I made these with refried beans, black beans (mixed with some cumin, chili powders, salt and fresh garlic), tomatoes, green peppers, onions and FYH soy cheese on whole wheat tortillas. I baked them for about 25 minutes at 375 f without the top tortilla...added the tortilla top and baked for another 5-10 minutes. Then I added a dollop of vegan sour cream and salsa. YUMMERS!

Finally....a new illustration!

It's been a while....busy with the kids and such. Meet Jess the Vegan...she's for sale so contact me if you're interested.

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Cupcake success!!!!!


Well...the four dozen cupcakes turned out faboo!!! There was not a cupcake in sight once the baby shower was over! I made the cookies 'n cream, vanilla with raspberry buttercream (also added a dollop of raspberry preserves into each cupcake before baking for a fruit center), carrot cake with cream cheese icing and coconut heaven. All were from VCTOTW except the coconut which were from Vegan with a Vengeance. I thought I would stress out with so many cupcakes....but it was actually quite fun. I baked them the night before, made the icing the next morning - let chill, then iced the lovlies in the afternoon. I only wished there had been extras to sample...but we did have fun licking the icing bowls!!!



Saturday, August 2, 2008

Cupcake help....:)


So...I have been asked to make cupcakes for a baby shower on Wednesday and the order is for 48! I think I'm going to make 4 different kinds. My question to you guys is "what's your favorite vegan cupcake recipe???" I have a special request to make carrot cake which I plan on using the recipe in Vegan Cupcakes Take over the World...but I have never made them. Anyone out there made these yet? If so...thoughts? Give me all the advice you guys have as these are for omnis so they need to be super, duper good! (of course they always are....but you know what I mean ;)

Cheers!!!!!

chocolate + peanut butter= heaven!!!

I had clipped this cookie recipe out of a magazine a couple of years ago and have been wanting to veganize it or a while...last night I finally found the time to finally give it a go. They were well worth waiting for! It's not a healthy recipe by any means but I suppose most cookies aren't. These cookies are all about moderation! :)


Magic Middle Cookies


1 1⁄2 cups all-purpose flour
1⁄2 cup unsweetened cocoa
1⁄2 teaspoon baking soda
1⁄4 teaspoon salt
1⁄2 cup granulated sugar (plus more for dipping)
1⁄2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1⁄2 cup earth balance or vegan margarine, softened
1 cup creamy peanut butter, divided
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 ener-g egg replacer
3⁄4 cup powdered sugar

1. Preheat oven to 375°. Whisk together first 4 ingredients in a medium-size mixing bowl. In a separate bowl, beat together granulated and brown sugars, margarine, and 1⁄4 cup peanut butter until light and fluffy. Add vanilla and egg replacer, beating to combine. Stir in dry ingredients, blending well. Set dough aside.

2. Stir together remaining 3⁄4 cup peanut butter and powdered sugar until smooth. With floured hands, roll mixture into 26 (1-inch) balls.

3. Break off about 1 tablespoon cookie dough; make an indentation in center with thumb, and press 1 peanut butter ball into indentation. Wrap dough up and over filling, pressing to seal; roll cookie to smooth it out. Repeat for each cookie.

4. Dip top of each cookie in granulated sugar, and place 2 inches apart on lightly greased baking sheets. Use greased bottom of drinking glass to flatten each cookie to about 1⁄2 inch thick.

5. Bake cookies at 375° for 7 to 9 minutes or until set. Let cool on wire rack.


Adapted from a recipe in Cottage Living, March 2006


Out and about...

Just thought I would share these little gems from our venture out to the park the other day.




I'm a day late but....


Happy Lammas!!!!

At Lammas, also called Lughnasadh, the hot days of August are upon us, much of the earth is dry and parched, but we still know that the bright reds and yellows of the harvest season are just around the corner. Apples are beginning to ripen in the trees, our summer vegetables have been picked, corn is tall and green, waiting for us to come gather the bounty of the crop fields. Now is the time to begin reaping what we have sown, and gathering up the first harvests of grain, wheat, oats, and more.

This holiday can be celebrated either as a way to honor the god Lugh, or as a celebration of the harvest.

Celebrating Grain in Ancient Cultures:

Grain has held a place of importance in civilization back nearly to the beginning of time. Grain became associated with the cycle of death and rebirth. The Sumerian god Tammuz was slain and his lover Ishtar grieved so heartily that nature stopped producing. Ishtar mourned Tammuz, and followed him to the Underworld to bring him back, similar to the story of Demeter and Persephone.

In Greek legend, the grain god was Adonis. Two goddesses, Aphrodite and Persephone, battled for his love. To end the fighting, Zeus ordered Adonis to spend six months with Persephone in the Underworld, and the rest with Aphrodite.

A Feast of Bread:

In early Ireland, it was a bad idea to harvest your grain any time before Lammas -- it meant that the previous year's harvest had run out early, and that was a serious failing in agricultural communities. However, on August 1, the first sheafs of grain were cut by the farmer, and by nightfall his wife had made the first loaves of bread of the season.

The word Lammas derives from the Old English phrase hlaf-maesse, which translates to loaf mass.

Monday, July 28, 2008

Thank you...thank you...thank you!

I was nominated for a Brillante Weblog Award......

I had no idea I even had too many readers...with sooo many wonderful blogs out there I am so flattered to be picked!

First, I have to put the logo on my blog:

Second, I have to add a link to the person who gave me this award. Thank you Madcupcake!!!!


Next I have to nominate seven other blogs and provide links to them.

I am happy to nominate the following awesome bloggers for the Brillante Weblog Award.

Here we go...weeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!! There are so many to choose from it was hard to narrow it down to 7 but these are the one I love love love and visit most often.

Leigh

Lelly

Urban Vegan

Your Vegan Mom

Kamutflake Girl

Pleasantly Plump Vegan

Bjorkedoff

Lastly, I have to leave messages for my nominees on their blogs.

Thanks to all of you who read my little tidbits...and thanks to all you vegans who are making our planet a more compassionate place to live!

I'm off.......

Much vegan love!!!!!

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Liam becomes my sous chef, Lydia gets a tooth and there are faeries in our garden!

Liam has become more and more interested in baking so I had my mother-in-love make him an apron. Of course something in dinosaur was just perfect! Hopefully once this heat breaks he and I can really go to town in the kitchen! (That's me behind Liam sporting my new, celestial printed apron...thanks Mimi!!!!)


Also...Lydia has gotten her first tooth and her first step toward munching down some yummy, crunchy foods. It's is just working it's way up but I have a feeling little tooth number two is not far behind!


Faeries....I do believe.....and I have always thought that dragonflies are faeries in disguise. We have had hundreds of them frolicking in our backyard this summer and it makes me so giddy! I'm sure that they are in everyone's yard but I do feel that all the creatures have a fondness for us as they can sense that we live a cruelty free life.