Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Vegan Cookies



After trying Trader Joe's Vegan cookies and loving them, DH and I have been on the hunt for another source of great vegan cookies. 

I found this recipe and happened to have all the ingredients at home and decided to give it a whirl.


 The only changes I made were using carob chips instead of chocolate chip and I made a half batch. The recipe was easy peasy and produced tasty cookies. We'll make this recipe again and try using some oatmeal and chopped nuts in them just for fun.


5.0 from 6 reviews
The BEST Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies
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Recipe type: Dessert/Vegan
Ingredients
  • ½ cup coconut oil
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup almond milk
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup vegan chocolate chips (Trader Joe’s chocolate chips are accidentally vegan!)
Instructions
  1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Cream together the coconut oil & brown sugar, then add the almond milk & vanilla.
  3. In a separate bowl mix the flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt.
  4. Combine the wet & dry ingredients, then fold in the chocolate morsels & any other mix-ins of your choosing.
  5. Roll into Tbsp sized balls & place them on an ungreased cookie sheet, then flatten them out a bit with your palm. The dough may be a little crumbly, but just smoosh it together and it will work fine!
  6. Bake for 7-10 minutes. (I did 9 which was perfect)

Quick Duck Tape Frame

Several months ago I got a free sample of the Zebra Print Duck Tape Sheet. I really didn't know what I would do with it until today. I had an extra wooden frame ($1 at Michael's) sitting around and decided to tape it. 


So simple and super cute!


Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Glass Beaded Wine Bottle


DH spray painted a few wine bottles for me the other day. I decided to see what one would look like with glass beads glued to it.



I took the bottle and laid out a pattern with the beads.



I glued the beads on. I didn't end up using my pattern because I made a goof and chipped some of the paint off the bottle. I had to glue more beads to hide the chip.


Pretty styling decoration for my bathroom!


Wine Bottle Crafts

Inspired by the abundance of empty wine bottles I have been saving, I decided to get busy making them pretty.

For this craft all you need is:
An empty wine bottle (label removed and washed)
A bag of glass beads ( I got mine from Michael's on sale for $1)
A glue gun




Simply start gluing in any pattern you like.



Looks pretty fancy! 

And very pretty in a window too. 

Monday, June 17, 2013

Veggie Enchiladas

DH and I eat meat-free meals a lot these days. I created this recipe and oh boy, it was tasty.

Ingredients:
1 ear of corn
1 cup mushrooms (washed and quartered)
1/2 onion (chopped into bite size pieces)
2 small zucchinis (chopped into bite size pieces)
1 handful of spinach
Corn tortillas
Green Enchilada Sauce
Spices: About a teaspoon of each Cumin, Chili Powder, Garlic Powder
Salt and pepper to taste


Grill corn and mushrooms.


Remove kernels from cooked corn cob.


Chop zucchini and onions.


Put all veggies in a skillet and cook until tender. 


Season veggies with cumin, chili powder, salt and pepper. Pour enchilada sauce over veggies. Just enough to combine the filling.


Flash fry the corn tortillas in skillet.


Put filling in tortilla.


Roll tortilla and put in baking pan.



Pour a small amount of sauce over tortillas. Enough sauce to coat. 


Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes. Let cool slightly, then serve.


We served ours with a dollop of sour cream and some sweet potato-pasilla pepper cakes.


Veggie Enchiladas

Ingredients:
  • 1 ear of corn
  • 1 cup mushrooms (washed and quartered)
  • 1/2 onion (chopped into bite size pieces)
  • 2 small zucchinis (chopped into bite size pieces)
  • 1 handful of spinach
  • Corn tortillas
  • Green Enchilada Sauce
  • Spices: About a teaspoon of each Cumin, Chili Powder, Garlic Powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste

 Directions:
  • Grill corn and mushrooms.
  • Remove kernels from cooked corn cob.
  • Chop zucchini and onions. 
  • Put all veggies in a skillet and cook until tender. 
  • Season veggies with cumin, chili powder, salt and pepper. Pour enchilada sauce over veggies. Just enough to combine the filling.
  • Flash fry the corn tortillas in skillet.
  • Put filling in tortilla.
  • Roll tortilla and put in baking pan.
  • Pour a small amount of sauce over tortillas. Enough sauce to coat.  
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes. Let cool slightly, then serve.

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Farmer's Market Pizza

We could hardly stand waiting for summer time to come and to make this pizza. I know it isn't summer yet, but the produce is tasting so good already. We went ahead and made the coveted summer pizza.


Ingredients:
1 pizza dough
Pizza sauce (we used a quick homemade sauce)
1 ear of corn, roasted on the grill
1 Roasted Pepper ( we used a pasilla peppers that I roasted)
1-2 Tomatoes, sliced

We rolled out the dough, spread the marinara, sprinkled with cheese, corn, peppers then tomatoes.
The pizza baked at 550 for about 8 minutes then broiled the top for a few minutes.

Delicious!



Spray Painted Wine Bottles






Oh how I have been wanting to do this craft for ever now. I finally committed and picked a paint color. It's called La Fonda Mirage and it is fabulous.
I gathered up a few wine bottles I'd been saving. I removed their labels, cleaned and dried them.


Then I summoned the best painter I know (DH) and he patiently sprayed the layers of paint on.


 


He applied several layers of paint. The entire bottle of paint was used and we called that good.


 

They turned out so beautiful the photo doesn't really do them justice. 


I created these pretty lines by placing rubber bands snugly around the bottle and removing when the paint was dried.