Monday, May 30, 2011

Rainbow Cake

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Last week I finally made a rainbow cake for a friend’s shower… I’ve seen so many around and though they’re pretty easy, hadn’t done it yet.IMGP4341

The verdict? Looks awesome, tastes okay. If I used Ina’s white cake recipe, which I love, it would have been much better… but because I was on a time crunch I used cake mixes. So really, it was a colorful boxed cake ;)

The layers are so thin they cook really quickly. Here’s what I used:

- 2 white cake mixes

- Homemade lemon cream cheese frosting

- Wilton dying gels coloring

Separate the batter. Dye it. Bake two layers at a time for 15-18 minutes each.IMGP4329


Perfect for a party or shower.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Vegan Veggie Sandwich

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Bread, hummus, avocado, veganaise, cucumbers, peppers, tomatoes, spinach. And if you have the time, grilled onions. A staple for lunchtime around here!

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Blanket for Baby Girl


The first of several I’ve been making for baby girl! Girl stuff is definitely more fun (and cute) than boy baby items. IMGP4295IMGP4294IMGP4299IMGP4300IMGP4298

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies


So delicious and chewy! I adapted them from my traditional chocolate chip cookie recipe.Vegan Chocolate Chip CookiesVegan Chocolate Chip Cookies

Here’s the recipe:

- 3/4 c. Earth Balance

- 3/4 c. brown sugar

- 1/2 c. raw cane sugar

- 1/4 c. applesauce

- 3/4 tsp. vanilla

- 2 c. flour

- 3/4 tsp. baking soda

- 1/2 tsp. salt

- 2 c. vegan chocolate chips

Cream Earth Balance and sugars. Add applesauce and vanilla and blend until smooth. Separately mix dry ingredients and add to wet mixture. One incorporated, add chocolate chips.

Bake at 370 for 9-11 minutes. And enjoy for as long as you can keep them in your house.Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies

Monday, May 2, 2011

Pesto Panini

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Last week after getting my blood tested at my 29 week appointment, my doctor told me my iron is a little low (I thought, that sounds about right seeing as I’ve had meat only 2-3 times in the past 3 months!). However, I was a little frustrated because I eat a lot of spinach which has a high amount of iron. She said low iron won’t hurt the baby, just my energy level.

I do feel great being vegan, but am going to start taking an iron supplement and having meat once a week while I’m pregnant/nursing. This weekend I made us a ham and pesto panini (adapted from Martha Stewart’s prosciutto pesto panini).IMGP4141

Here’s how I made it:

The original recipe called for ciabatta bread, which I didn’t have, so I made some individual loaves. (Yes, I love bread and used a mini-loaf for each sandwich. They were very filling!)IMGP4130

Then I sliced open the loaves and slathered pesto inside:IMGP4136

Then I layered with thin ham, spinach, tomatoes, and cheese. You can use yummy vegan rice cheese if you’d like, or the good old real cheese my husband prefers ;)IMGP4143