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1  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / Re: Vegan Peanut Butter Bars with Chocolate Ganache on: July 23, 2011 09:51:33 PM
Vegan doesn't have to mean boring (or healthy...  Cheesy)

Heheh, yeah  Grin. These could never masquerade as healthy or natural or anything. They are definitely highly-processed sugar-bombs of deliciousness, just with no animal products.
2  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / Vegan Peanut Butter Bars with Chocolate Ganache on: July 23, 2011 06:50:03 PM
So when I found out the quarterback of my flag-football team was vegan, I went on a quest to learn as much as I could about vegan baking. We have tailgate parties after each game and a lot of the time there wasn't much there that she could eat. I wanted to be able to bring yummy vegan junk-food that everyone would like, and that didn't require me to buy a lot of specialized ingredients that I would never use again. I adapted these from a recipe out of Better Homes and Gardens Magazine and they were the best thing I made all season.



Vegan Peanut Butter Bars with Chocolate Ganache

Ingredients:
1 Duncan Hines Moist Deluxe Devils Food Cake Mix*
1/2 cup melted vegan butter-substitute (I used Earth Balance)

3/4 cup vegan butter-substitute, softened
3/4 cup peanut butter
2 TSP vanilla
3 cups powdered sugar
2 TBSP soymilk

1/2 cup soymilk
1 pkg vegan semi-sweet chocolate chips (12 oz)

*Most Moist Deluxe Duncan Hines cake mixes just accidentally happen to be vegan, which is fantastic for lazy bakers! Did you know you can make vegan cake/cupcakes by using a pack of cake mix and one can of soda? Mix and bake. Seriously, that's it. Any flavor cake, any flavor soda. This totally blew my mind the first time I tried it.

Instructions:
   1. Heat oven to 350F. Grease the bottom of 9x13 inch pan (if you want to make it easier to get out of the pan, line it with tin foil first)
   2. In a large bowl, combine dry cake mix and 1/2 cup melted butter-substitute. Just go ahead and use your hands to mix this up because it's much easier and you're gonna get messy anyways. Press mixture into bottom of prepared pan. Bake in preheated oven for 12-15 minutes.  Cool completely. Don't worry if it's a little lumpy or uneven, that's the beauty of layered bars, it'll all get spackled over later.
   3. If you have a mixer, now is the time to use it. (If not, you're gonna need to break out some elbow grease, but your consolation prize is that you can use the same bowl from the previous step, so you have less dishes to wash.) Combine 3/4 cup butter-substitute, peanut butter, and vanilla. Mix until reasonably homogeneous. Beat in the powered sugar and the 2 TBSP soymilk. Spread mixture evenly over the cooled crust. Stick it in the refrigerator while you prepare the next layer.
   4. In a small saucepan, bring 1/2 cup soymilk just to boiling over medium high heat. Remove from heat and add chocolate chips. Don't stir, just let it sit for 5 minutes. Then, stir until smooth.  After that, leave it alone to cool for 15 minutes. Spread it over the peanut butter layer. Refrigerate 1-2 hours or until set. Cut into bars. Store covered in refrigerator.
3  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Skiing Penguin Altiods Tin on: January 02, 2011 08:30:10 PM
I made this for a swap a little while ago. I wanted to do something seasonal and winter-y. The concept was a skiing penguin inside of a snow-globe. After I painted on the background and penguin, I covered it in silver glitter to look like the shaken-up snow stuff.

Here's the pic with a better view of the penguin:


And a pic with a better view of the "snow":


(Also I lied, it's not actually an Altoids tin, but an off-brand of mint which doesn't emboss the top of the box. I had to foist mints off on my co-workers for a week so I could empty the box out to use for this. "No I swear I'm not trying to insinuate that you have bad breath, I'm just on a deadline! Eat the stupid mints!")
4  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: tardis quilt on: December 01, 2010 09:24:50 PM
I- dude. I have never felt the urge to keysmash over a quilt before. But the LED! And the TARDIS! And how it's like perfect in every way.

I'm like actively trying not to make embarrassing noises about how much I love this.
5  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: October 2010 Birthday Discussion and Gallery! on: November 04, 2010 06:04:46 PM
I just received my awesome button package from spotnik. When I asked for buttons, I was expecting like, a fair number of standard button-y shaped solid color run of the mill type buttons. What I got was a bajillion regular and funky shaped awesome buttons. The whole kit and kaboodle:


Now I am going to proceed to go a bit overboard with pictures:

Why, I do believe I spy a cinnamon teal card hiding in the corner!


The frog and the robots are two of my favorites


Fancy patterned buttons


Oink!


I love the Cheshire-ish cats in the bottom left:


Thank you so much spotnik! This is a great crafty collection.
6  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: October 2010 Birthday Discussion and Gallery! on: October 25, 2010 12:19:26 PM
Please tell me the Wario overalls are for a grownup!!

They're for me, of course! So, er, not for a grownup per se, but it's my birthday and if I want to dress up like the evil twin of a fictional psedo-Italian plumber well, there are no responsible adults around to stop me!
7  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: October 2010 Birthday Discussion and Gallery! on: October 23, 2010 10:27:54 PM
Oh man you guys, I seriously got really really spoiled. You see, I was unsure about even putting the Wario overalls on my wishlist at all, I thought that it would be way to much to ask for. But, OMG, I am so glad I did because check out what Lollipop67 made for me:


HOW PERFECT ARE THESE? SO PERFECT I HAVE NO CHOICE BUT TO EXPRESS MY LOVE IN ALLCAPS!
Seriously! Look at the detail! The purple! The straps! The buttons!



These pictures do not do it justice, because these overalls are awesome (also I could not for the life of me get a decent action shot  Embarrassed)

But wait! There's more!



Lollipop also sent me a fantastic T-Rex birthday card. AND delicious tea! Seriously, I don't know if she's magically psychic or what because jasmine tea is one of my favorites. AND a measuring tape bracelet from my wist!

This package was so above and beyond fabulous. I love everything. Thank you so much Lollipop67!
8  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: October 2010 Birthday Discussion and Gallery! on: October 22, 2010 06:33:17 PM
I got my awesome package from Lollipop67 today, so I too am joining the queue of people to have pictures up soon!
9  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Egad! It's Pinky! on: October 21, 2010 07:25:44 PM
This is great!
Oh Pinky, where are you going get a chicken, 20 yards of spandex and smelling salts at this hour? Huh
10  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: I f*cking love tea on: October 18, 2010 03:46:01 PM
High five sister! I f*cking love this!
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