Monday, December 31, 2012

Ciao 2012!

It's almost the end of one year and the beginning of a new one!
Crazy how time goes by so fast.
I thought I would sit down for a few while I'm waiting for a batch of Brutti Ma Buoni(ugly but good) cookies that are baking. I used to love these pre vegan days and I am so excited that I found a way to make them vegan.
A bit of a reflection thinking back at the things good and not so good that have happened this year.
One huge highlight, for me anyways, was eating at The Millennium Restaurant in San Francisco.  It was one of the most delicious meals I've had and spending those few days together away with family were great!
One thing I've worked on this past year was how I deal with stress.  I've realized that stress doesn't do anyone any good so when my husband lost his job I tried to keep as positive as I could and I do believe it helped.  Putting out good thoughts, visions or vibes for good things to happen I believe does work.  This next year I will continue to work on positive thinking and being happy.
I have a good feeling about this coming year. 
Tonight we will be celebrating New Years Eve at home along with another family. 
I hope you all have a very safe and happy New Years!
See you soon! 

Monday, December 24, 2012

Merry Christmas! Homemade gifts

Hi everyone. 
I'd like to wish you all a Merry Christmas.
Remember to enjoy your time with family and friends because that's what this time of year is truly about. 
Our tree this year.  We always buy a Grand Fir because it smells amazing!!!
Tamales for Christmas.  Red Chile Seitan, Sweet Potato Black Bean and a Red Chile Tofu(instead of seitain).  The recipes are taken from Viva Vegan.  These are a bit time consuming to make but who wouldn't want a homemade tamale!
Personally I think there is nothing more sweet than homemade gifts made with love and from the heart.  Vegan baked goods are always great to give out not only because most everyone enjoys a great tasty treat but they can also see and taste how delicious vegan goods taste.  These cookies above are Russian Tea Cakes recipe from Manifest Vegan.  These are gluten free but you couldn't tell.
There were a few changes I made to the recipe.  I used flaxseed instead of xanthum gum and pecans instead of almonds.
Caramels. I make these only one time a year because they are time consuming especially the cutting and wrapping part but everyone loves them!
One of my girlfriends made me this delicious granola and put it in this cool vintage mason jar.  I have a love for jars.  Two of my  favorite things!
This paper wreath is made from old music sheets.  Cute right?  Pretty easy to make just takes a little time or a lot of time like it did me because I was watching one of my all time favorite movies Summertime with Katherine Hepburn and Rossano Brazzi.  I've been waiting for that movie to come back on and what a great early Christmas present.  Oh and then Christmas in Connecticut with Barbara Stanwyck was on too! I'm a classic movie junkie. I grew up watching them and I just love how intense the acting is.  Okay I'm losing track but you all have your favorites too right?  You can make these different sizes.  How cute to add a small one to a package.
I save wine corks and I'm always looking for things to make using them.  I've made cork coasters that I gave out last year.  This year ornaments! 
Give as a set or adorn on a package.
May you all have a safe Christmas Eve and a very Merry Christmas.
Peace and light to you all.