Thursday, July 26, 2012

Chocolate Chip Cookie Pie

By Cori of Peace, Baby! Batiks

I tried for years (honestly) to make the perfect chocolate chip cookie. I tried lots of different recipes, and they always came out too crispy and flat. I could never get the consistency of the butter or margarine right; it was either way too soft or too hard.

Then, I found this one on the back of a package of margarine, and Voila! Perfect chocolate chip cookies. The secret? The margarine/butter is melted. Now, I get compliments on my chocolate chip cookies every time I make and share them.

For a variation on my cookies, I tried a cookie pie the last time I baked them after seeing this idea on Pinterest. It’s ridiculously easy: Just make your favorite cookie recipe, press the batter into a pie plate, and bake.

Just thinking about these cookies makes me want to bake.

Cookie Pie

2 1/2c flour
1t baking soda
3/4c butter or margarine, melted and cooled
1 1/2c brown sugar
1 egg
2t vanilla
1c semi-sweet chocolate chips (I often use white and chocolate chips)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a pie pan.

Combine flour and baking soda and set aside.

In a large bowl, cream the margarine and brown sugar. Mix well. Stir in egg and vanilla until well blended. Add the flour ingredients and stir until just combined. Fold in the chocolate chips.

Press into the prepared pan and bake 25-30 minutes or until a knife or toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Slice into wedges and enjoy!

To make cookies: Drop by heaping tablespoons onto cookie sheets and bake 9-11 minutes.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Quotable Quotes - Kris Carr

This week - a quote from Kris Carr:

"If your body is a temple, then your mouth is the alter.  From this day forward, vow to treat yourself like a Divine Being."  pg. 38, Crazy Sexy Diet.

If you don't know the energetic joyfulness of Kris, check out her wonderful blog and read her books; especially if you need a boost right about now:-)

Friday, July 20, 2012

Friday Finds - Let the Sun Shine In

I don't know what the weather's been like where all of you live, but here in Minnesota, it's been hot and sunny! So, in honor of that big ball of gas in the sky, I've stopped by to share some lovely yellow EtsyVeg items that I hope you'll love! Enjoy.

Toddler T-Shirt: Yellow with Batik Helicopter, Short Sleeves (18 months) READY TO SHIP by Peace, Baby! Batiks

Lemon Yellow Beehive Utensil Crock - Ceramic Utensil Holder - Stoneware Pottery by KarinLorenc

JULY SALE yellow bunny peep earrings by thelittleschremlin

Giraffes Screenprint, Mustard Yellow, Jungle Art by sassandperil

Yellow duckling - crochet toy ducky duck by thestitchandfold

Yellow Gold Full Size Eyeshadow by MineralLove

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Quotable Quote o' the Day + Recipe

I had one of those 'I can't believe I said that!' moments this morning as my children squabbled over who was going to eat more waffles.  My six-year-old often tries to keep up with her ten-year-old brother's appetite, prompting my outburst,

"Eating is NOT a competitive sport!"

After I blurted it out I was struck how poignant that sentiment actually is.  Over-eaters are in competition with their better judgement.  Anorexics are in competition with their scale.  Of course there are the infamous, revolting how-many-hotdogs-can-you-eat type of competitions.

And then... often there are the vegan/vegetarians whom self-righteously compete against the the rest of the world to eat with perfect compassion.   Let's advance our passionate cause with just the compassion part - for humans first :-)

 On a lighter note - a great, QUICK AND EASY, no cook, summer recipe!!  I've been eating it for breakfast for an energizing, alkalizing happy jolt. Of course for other meals the addition of tortilla chips + vegan sour cream & cilantro is spectacular.


3 lg. Tomatoes
1 Cucumber
1 Green Pepper
1 clove Garlic, chopped
12 C. Tomato Juice
½ C. White Wine Vinegar
¼ C. Lemon Juice
1 T. Mustard
Tabasco to taste

Garnish: Cilantro and/or vegan sour cream

Wash, peel and chop tomatoes & cucumber.  Wash, seed and chop the pepper and place
all in a salad bowl.  Add the rest of the ingredients, mix well and serve cold w/ the chopped
cilantro on top.  

Donut Muffins

By Cori of Peace, Baby! Batiks

When I was a kid, my grandmother made the best homemade donuts. Crispy on the outside and warm and soft on the inside. They were amazing, and I loved them.

I don’t own a deep fryer and I do try to watch how much fried food I eat, so I haven’t attempted homemade donuts myself. That’s where this easy donut muffin recipe comes in. I’ve been making this one for what seems like forever, ever since my mom shared it with me years ago. They hit the spot in my appetite looking for donuts, especially when you slice them in half and spread peanut butter on them.

Donut Muffins
Yield: 12 1c sugar

1/3c shortening
1 egg
1/2c milk (I use soy milk)
1 1/2c flour
1 1/2t baking powder
1/4t nutmeg
1/2t salt

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 12-cup muffin pan or line with paper or silicone baking cups.

Cream together the sugar and shortening. Add the egg and milk. Stir in the dry ingredients.

Pour the batter into the muffin pan and bake for 25-30 minutes until lightly browned on top.

Note: I have successfully made this recipe vegan by substituting Egg Replacer for the egg.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Cheesy Quinoa

By Cori of Peace, Baby! Batiks

I love macaroni and cheese (my favorite recipe is here), and I’ve recently rediscovered quinoa. I was delighted to come across this recipe for Cheesy Quinoa Mac & Cheese while hanging out at Pinterest one day.

I simplified it a little bit, but I plan to follow the original recipe sometime and add sautéed vegetables. For now, this dish is a family favorite: My son asked for seconds! Great reheated for lunch, too.

Cheesy Quinoa
Adapted from Around the Table: Loving Food in RI and Beyond …
Serves: 8

1 1/2 c quinoa, rinsed and drained
1 c chopped broccoli
Salt to taste
Pepper to taste
2 large eggs
1 c soy milk or dairy milk
1 1/2 cups grated Cheddar cheese, more for sprinkling

Bread crumbs for topping Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Coat a 13x9 baking dish with cooking spray.

Cook the quinoa according to package directions, about 15 minutes. Steam the broccoli (I used frozen) until tender.

Whisk the eggs and milk together in a large bowl. Fold in the quinoa and broccoli, stirring very well. Pour into prepared pan and top with bread crumbs.

Bake 30-35 minutes until the bread crumbs are browned.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012


"Americans eat over a million animals per hour."  Dr. Neal Barnard MD, speaking yesterday on the preview interview for Veganpalooza.

 In light of that horrendous fact I just had to pass this along!  Too good to miss - FREEEEE!  Yes, that's the FREE Veganpalooza webnar series starting tomorrow.  All of the vegan heavy weights are speaking on cutting-edge topics and you can hear them for free.  FREE!  Sign up here:
Veganpalooza SIGN UP
They've got Rory Freedman, Rip Esselstyn, Dr. Neal Barnard, MD, Dr. T. Colin Campbell, Colleen Patrick-Goudreu, Rich Roll, Kathy Freston, Keith McHenry of "Food Not Bombs"... on and on!

Definitely a can't miss opportunity.  Tell everyone you know:-)

Cheers and Veggies,

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Quotable Quotes - If You Think You Can't, Think Again

He can who thinks he can, and he can't who thinks he can't. This is an inexorable, indisputable law. -Pablo Picasso

Everyday we all struggle to stare down the things we "can't do" whether it's saying 'no' to dairy products, quitting at just one cookie, getting out the door to exercise, making a phone call we dread... whatever.  
But, Picasso is right - it's all in what you think.

This week  - let's all focus on changing one "I can't statement" and knock it out of the park.

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Quotable Quotes: Pedal Power to the People

chic Frenchwoman during Paris Fashion Week 2012

"When I see an adult on a bicycle, I know there is hope for civilization"
~H.G. Wells, historian and futurist.

Ok, chalk this one up in the 'humor' category, but I just had to include it what with the le Tour de France kicking off yesterday!  It's a big month for international sporting events and as creatives we can surely relate to the difficulties faced by athletes (and Veg crusaders?) constantly striving for betterment.

Let's push ourselves further this month - eat more collard greens!  Run faster!  Draft a new pattern!  Paint with your eyes closed:-)  Go Team EtsyVeg!