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Valentine’s Day 2010 – The Sweets!

February 16, 2010

Valentine’s Day isn’t complete without chocolate and dessert! So, of course, I made way more than I should have.

Chocolate Ganache Tart

I used this recipe, substituting 1 13.5 oz can of coconut milk for the heavy cream. I also added rosewater, since I saw a similar recipe for a chocolate tart with it  included. But that made the tart (which otherwise would have been awesome) taste like crap. I actually threw the rest away after me and Jon split half a slice. And I never throw things like that away. But there’s no way I was going to eat the rest. Oh well. Lesson learned! At least it looked pretty.

Pecan Linzer Cookies with Raspberry Jam

I used this recipe, substituting margarine for the butter, Ener-G egg replacer for the egg, and raspberry jam insted of the cherry. THESE ARE SO GOOD. I had to add a bit of water to the dough to make it roll-able, but otherwise this recipe is fantastic.

Red Velvet Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Icing

Cupcakes are from Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World. Icing is of a store-bought, vegan variety because I didn’t feel like making any. I used cinnamon candies and Valentine DOTS to decorate the cupcakes. Wait, what?! Valentine DOTS?!

Yes. You heard read me right: Valentine DOTS!

I love the new DOTS holiday-themed gumdrops. Sadly, I missed the opportunity to purchase and review the Christmas ones. Hopefully they’ll bring them back this year! But these Valentine DOTS are fantastic. Cherry, Vanilla, and Passion Fruit. Do flavors get any better than that? I mean, honestly. And the boxes are just so adorable. I mean, these don’t have bat gumdrops with orange slices for mouths, but they’re still cute.

And, last but not least…

Homemade Chocolates

I just can’t justify spending ridiculous amounts of money on vegan chocolates + shipping when I can make my own at home. This year I decided just to make my favorite flavors + one new kind. Cordial cherries, peanut butter, cherry creme (all favorites), and orange creme (new). I really like the orange creme! I’ll definitely make them again. They’ll be great for Halloween, too!

And that’s it. Valentine’s Day 2010.

I’m not sure if I’ll be doing anything special for Saint Patrick’s Day or not. We’ll see! Either way, Happy Holidays!

– Andrea

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Catching up with Christmas (pt. 2)

February 9, 2010

On Christmas Eve, I went to my grandmother’s house for an hour or so before I had to leave for work. I made a holiday punch:

This had 1 jug of Hawaiian Punch (fruit punch), 1 small bottle of Ginger Ale, 1 can of Apple-Pear-Passion Fruit concentrate, sliced oranges, and plenty of ice. It was amazzzing! Best punch I’ve ever made!

I was too busy doing other things, so the punch was all I made. Or maybe I made that mac-n-“cheese”.. I don’t remember. Either way, it was nice to have other people cook my holiday meals for once 🙂

We had dressing (which was awesome), sweet potato casserole with a candied pecan topping, Field Roast Celebration Roast, green bean caserole, and macaroni and cheese.

I didn’t like the Celebration Roast. It’s too grainy. 😦

Oh, wait! I made some Snowball Cookies, too. I just forgot about them.. haha. They’re my favorites!

After work, I went to Jon’s mom’s house for her Christmas party. Jon made us a Christmas-colored stir-fry with red and green bell peppers, Gardein beefless tips, and brown rice. It was good!

My sister sent home some goodies for us, too:

Vegan holiday goodies tray!

She made lemon bars, cranberry bread, candied pecans, and pumpkin (maple?) cookies. I can’t remember exactly what they were, but those cookies were SO FREAKIN’ GOOD.

On Christmas morning, I got up at 5:00 to open my presents. Jon came over at 6:00 and we exchanged gifts.

My Christmas decorations.

Presents!

I started making breakfast around 6:30 or so and finished around 9:00. My sister and her boyfriend came over for breakfast and to exchange gifts around that time, as well.

"Sausage" and "Cheese" Biscuits

Breakfast Potatoes with Peppers and Onions

Scrambled Tofu

Glazed Cinnamon Rolls

Gingerbread Muffins

And that’s that! For lunch, Jon made us Tofurky sandwiches to take to his dad’s family gathering. When we got back that night, we ate a bunch of leftovers from the day before and played a ridiculously long game of Scrabble. I was tired, so I got cranky and made everyone leave so I could go to sleep. Fun times!

Food-related presents I received: Red, scalloped casserole dishes; tealight chaffing dishes; two red and white scalloped dessert pedastals; Cuisinart ice cream maker; and extra mini trifle dishes.

I hope you all had a good holiday season!

Catching up with Christmas (pt. 1)

February 9, 2010

Ok, so the holidays made me totally neglect my blog. Sorry about that. I just haven’t really been in the blogging mood lately. But I’m back! First I’m going to catch up with what I didn’t post for Christmas and New Year’s, then I’ll get to what I’ll be doing for Valentine’s Day.

A few weeks before Christmas, me and my boyfriend had a fun night filled with cookies, cartoons, and puzzles.

Chocolate Chip Cookies from Vegan with a Vengance

We did a puzzle of Mickey and Minnie Mouse ice skating. We watched Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and Frosty the Snowman throughout the night, as well. I also drew Jon a picture, and then he drew his own version of it. Let’s compare:

Which do you think is better?

A few days before Christmas, me and Jon went to a Palisade’s Park in Oneonta, AL, to see the Christmas lights.

You'd think he'd be a little happier, sitting next to Santa and all.

Like me!

 

The day before Christmas Eve, I started on my gift baskets:

I also bought a fireplace DVD to enjoy during the holidays!

Favorite basket.

This was my favorite basket. It had a green and red-striped mug, peanut brittle, a candy cane, chocolate truffles, peppermint coffee, pancake mix for two, chocolate-gingerbread cookies, and a cinnamon-scented candle. This went to Jon’s grandparents.

Finished baskets!

Up next: Christmas Eve, Christmas, and New Year’s Eve!