Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Things I Did This Week....




Happy Wednesday!!

I have been quite a busy bee this week. With the change of seasons and autumn approaching I decided to tackle my first Autumn wreath. I purchased the items from the Dollar store (just in case it was total chaos) and here is the final product. My favorite part is the little yellow bird. 




I love to bake, particularly because I am a vegan. Yesterday I made some "Happy Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies" and they were delicious, even my carnivore parents enjoyed them. Here is the recipe, even if you aren't a vegan, you should try making these, I assure you there will be only an empty plate left, no crumbs. Enjoy!!





Ingredients (use vegan versions):

2 cups unbleached flour
2 tsps baking powder
1/2 tsp.salt
cinnamon to taste (optional)
vegan chocolate or carob chips - put in as many as you like
1 cup raw sugar (turbinado #1, sucanat works too but sucks up a lot of the moisture)
1/2 cup canola or vegetable oil
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 cup water

Directions:

VERY IMPORTANT-make sure all ingredients are at room temperature. It will work if they're not at room temp but it works MUCH better if they are. Also while your oven is pre-heating put the cookie sheets you are going to use on top of the oven so they get preheated as well. Preheat oven to 350.

In a large bowl mix flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon (if you choose). Add chips. Make a well in the center and set aside.

In a medium size bowl mix vegan sugar and oil. Mix it well. Add the vanilla and then add the water. Mix it well. Add the wet to the well in the dry. Mix it well but be careful not to overwork it. Add more chips if you need to. Spoon onto ungreased cookie sheets. Put them in the oven. Bake for 5 minutes and then flip and rotate the sheets.(top to bottom,and 180 degree rotation) Bake another 4 minutes and check them.

The cookies are done when they seem a little bit softer then you want them to be. They will harden up some as they cool. I usually go in two minute increments from here untill they get to where I like them.

Take them out when they are done and move them to wire cooling racks. If they split or come apart when you try to remove them let them sit on the pan for 2 minutes before transferring them to the racks.

These cookies have come a long way, lots of time and tasting spent on getting them to where they are now. Vegans and non vegans LOVE them. In the words of my 6 year old son-Mom, you're the greatest because you know how to make the8 best cookies. Enjoy and let me know if you have questions. Sweet travels.

Serves: almost two dozen

Preparation time: 15 mins-10 to 12 cooking time
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Lastly, I decided to make these eco-friendly felt flower brooches!



I am considering selling them, let me know what you think!

Wishing you a Bright and Happy Week, wherever you may be!!



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