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 ;)


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.



Urban Vegan

Your Vegan Mom

Kamutflake Girl

Pleasantly Plump Vegan


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!!!!!