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1  Vegan Peanut Butter Cookies in Vegetarian / Vegan by raining_dreams on: February 07, 2007 08:01:34 AM
 I tend to be on a sugar free diet, becuase sugar is terrible for someone with hypoglycemia... but every once in a while I treat myself.
 After searching around for recipes, I found one on the PPK. I, as usual, did not follow the recipe, so here is my modified version  Smiley

1/4 cup earth balance margarine
1/2 cup applesauce
1/2 oil
1/4 soymilk
1 1/2 peanut butter (I used chunky)
2 cups sugar
4 teaspoons molasses
2 teaspoons vanilla

3 cups oats
2 cups whole wheat flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

350 degress for 12-15 minutes

1. Sift flour, oats, soda, salt and cinnamon. (you can't really 'sift' oats, but whatever =D)
2. Cream peanut butter, margarine, and sugar until well combined. Stir in applesauce, milk and oil. Cream until well combined. Beat in molasses and vanilla. Fold in oat/flour mixture.
3. Drop by rounded spoonfuls onto a cookie sheet. Flatten slightly with a fork.
 *You will have a very thick batter!!! It will not seem like much, but after baking, these cookies are super cute and delicious. Just be sure you store them in an airtight contianer! They were si soft when they came out of the oven, but younger siblings seem unable to close anything  Wink
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2  Basil Lasagna Rolls in Vegetarian / Vegan by raining_dreams on: February 02, 2007 01:27:02 PM
 There have been far too few recipe posts in this board so far, so I am going to change that.

Basil Lasagna Rolls

2 Tablespoon olive oil
5 green onions, chopped
1 clove minced garlic
1 1/4 cups grated zucchini
1/4 cup chopped sun-dried tomatoes
1/4 cup vegan spinach pesto (you can use your own recipe, or the one I provide below)
1/3 cup fresh bread crumbs
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
Salt to taste (Seriously do not add until you taste! I ended up oversalting, and omitted the salt from the sauce to cut down on the salty flavor)

2 Tablespoons tomato paste
1/4 cup water
14.5 oz can diced tomatoes- blended (I hate chunky tomato sauce, but you can just used diced tomatoes if you prefer)
1/4 fresh minced basil, or one Tablespoon dried

12 or so lasagna noodles

Heat half of the oil in over medium heat, add half of the green onions and all of the garlic. Cook until soft. Place in a food processor or blended with the sun dried tomatoes, pesto, bread crumbs, cayenne, and salt. Blend until smooth. Stir in the zucchini. Refrigerate until ready to use.

Heat the remaining oil, and lightly cook the remaining onions. Add in the sauce ingredients except for the basil, and season lightly with salt and pepper. Simmer for about 10 minutes, then stir in basil. Reduce heat and keep warm.
Cook lasagna noodles. Drain and spread on wax paper. Pat dry.
Divide the chilled filling among the noodles, roll each into a tight spiral and place in a lightly greased 13x9 glass pan. Lightly nap the tops with a small amount of the sauce. Cover with aluminium foil and cook in a 350 degree oven for 20 minites.
Spread a small amount of the sauce over each one and serve.

Pesto recipe:
2 cloves garlic
1/3 cup pine nuts
1/2 tsp salt
2 cups lossely packed fresh spinach
1/4 cup olive oil

Blend or process until smooth.
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3  Crooked Cable Socks- my first pair in Knitting: Completed Projects by raining_dreams on: January 01, 2007 03:25:39 PM
 I had never knit a pair of socks before, but my mother practically begged me to make her some for Christmas. Most would start with a simple ribbed pattern, but I tend to make things hard on myself and have to start out as hard as I possibly can. haha. These actually weren't that bad- the needles were size 1, so they did take a while. It's all good though, my mum LOVED them so much!

 -They aren't really too big- they were just bunched up on the bottom in this picture  Smiley

 -Fuzzy detail

 I apologize for the mediocre pictures. My mum was too busy to let me take 'modeled' pictures, so I had to do it while she was on the phone.

 Pattern:Crooked Cable Socks
 Yarn: Essential- Grass
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4  Re: Winter coat/jacket sewalong in Clothing Sewalongs by raining_dreams on: November 20, 2006 09:08:48 PM
 All I have to do on my first coat is sew on the buttons, and stitch the bottom of the lining in. I am starting to get really busy with Christmas projects, so it may take a while before I cna get to it.
 I know these pictures are really crappy, but it is hard to take a picture of a half finished coat. This is mostly just to show the fabric (black and white) Excuse the terribleness. The lighting was being a pain  Roll Eyes

 I also went to hancock's the other day and all of the plaid flannel was $1 a yard! I couldn't pass it up, so I bought this to make a zip-up hooded lumberjack style coat.

 It is actually a grey and pink check! I love it so.
 I do have one question about a coat like that: How would I go about making it slightly puffy? I don't want it to be huge and marshmallowy-looking, but I want it to be warm... would fusible fleece work?
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5  Vegan Rye Bread in Vegetarian / Vegan by raining_dreams on: November 19, 2006 04:52:58 PM
 I made my very first loaf of Rye Bread today and I love it! The recipe is from an Encyclopedia of Baking.
 I have been trying to make all of my baked goods Vegan, and they actually have been coming out much superior, imo.

 3 cups Whole-wheat flour

 2 cups Rye flour

 1 cup unbleached, enriched flour

 1 1/2 teaspoons salt

 2 Tablespoons caraway seeds

 2 cups warm water

 2 teaspoon active dry yeast

 2 Tablespoons molasses*

 1. Put the flours and salt in a bowl. Set aside 1 teaspoon of the caraway seeds, and add the rest to the bowl.

 2. Put HALF of the water in a bowl with the yeast, let sit until frothy.

 3. Mix yeast mixture and molasses into the flour mixture. I used my hands to mix until it was shaggy.

 4. Knead for five minutes or so until it is smooth and elastic. It is a heavy bread so the texture will be slightly grainy.  Let rise until doubled.

 5. Divide dough into two pieces and roll into two 9 inch logs with slightly flattened tops. Place on a greased baking sheet or stone. Brush lightly with water and sprinkle with the remaining caraway.

6. Cover and let rise until well-risen (app. 40 minutes) Place in a preheated 450 degree oven and bake for 30 minutes until they sounds hollow.

* I used unsulphured, organic black-strap molasses. You probably could use regular molasses, but the flavor might be slightly different.

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6  Red and Retro-- mini-skirt in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by raining_dreams on: November 05, 2006 03:34:37 PM
 This was one of the projects I loved when I started, and I don't really like anymore. It didn't come qutie how I wanted, and there is just something about it. Oh well  Roll Eyes I do need to make the waistband smaller (it is pinned in the pics), but that will have to wait until I have more time.
 Anyway, it was inspired by some of the really cute skirt I have seen in old magazines and in vintage shops. The pockets started out as real pockets, but then they kind of got messed up so now they are just for looks (shh, don't tell anyone...  Cheesy)

 (the 'pocket')

 (and my usual sink picture)

 Excuse the crap pictures. The camera I used stinks, and I was not feeling all that creative  Cheesy
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7  Argyle sweater dress/stripe shirt in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by raining_dreams on: October 31, 2006 06:01:30 PM
 I couldn't think of a more interesting title  Roll Eyes
 Anyway, I feel a little annoyed becuase I lost the before picture of this shirt. It was an extra large men's polo shirt with humongous sleeves with weird cuffs.
 I took out the buttons and collar, and sewed the opening closed. I flipped that to the back becuase when it was in the front it stretched out really strangely on my boobs.
 Here is the finished outfit:

 And here is a picture of where the collar was:

 This second was a large striped t-shirt, that I slimmed down and added black cuffs to the bottom edge and sleeves.


 I apologize for the crummy pictures.
 And on a side note, I personally don't like reconstructed t-shirts that are so crazy they are unwearable. I like mine to be more simple and clean cut... but that is just a personal opinion  Smiley
 (I don't rightly know what it is with me and standing on my sink...)
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8  No sugar added, Vegan blueberry muffins in Vegetarian / Vegan by raining_dreams on: October 26, 2006 03:52:48 PM
 I used whole wheat flour, but you can use all purpose or unbleached flour instead. The recipe is a little different than what I am used to, but the banana did add really good sweetness. Using milk makes them a little softer than normal muffins, so you can use oil instead and they will have a more crumbly consistency.

1 cup mashed banana
One tablespoon flaxseed, mixed well with three tablespoons cold water**
1/2 cup water
1/3 cup soy milk
2 cups whole-wheat flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 1/4 teaspoons baking powder
1 cup berries (I used raspberry, but blueberries, blackberries or finely chopped strawberries would also work well)

1. Preheat oven to 350 F. Line or spray 15 muffin cups.
2. In a large bowl, stir together banana, flax mixture, water, and milk or oil. Add flour and mix. Quickly stir in baking soda and powder, then mix gently. Fold in berries. Spoon batter into preared tins.
3. Bake for about 20 minutes or until they test done. Cool slightly, and remove to wire rack.

    *You can use oil in place of the milk. The muffins come out very soft using milk- the oil will make it slightly more crumbly, but it does raise the fat content.

 ** If you are not vegan, you can just use one egg in place of the flax and water.
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9  Sugar on Snow- neckwarmer in Knitting: Completed Projects by raining_dreams on: October 16, 2006 04:38:20 PM
 This is my very first time posting in this board! I do knit regularly, but I am one of those people that starts a million projects, and finishes two or three of them Wink

 Anyway, I finally have a finished project to show off. The pictures does not do it justice. It is a neckwarmer with baby cables, and a really pretty tan yarn with little flecks of color. I made it for my mom. I used Sugar on Snow(http://www.knitty.com/ISSUEfall06/PATTsnow.html) from this months Knitty, but after figuring out the amount of stitches to cast on and the cable pattern, I pretty much did my own thing.
 *Note: This was a birthday gift for my mom, and she is modeling  Smiley
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10  Stripe tunic: I fixed it in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by raining_dreams on: October 05, 2006 04:28:48 PM
 I finally got around to fixing it! Woohoo Cheesy
 ...but becuase I am not feeling all that great today, you won't be able to see my ill face  Roll Eyes



 I like it 20 million times better! It fits better and I feel more comfortable in it. Besides, it doesn't look so much like a bag anymore, which is always good!
 It ended up looking ALOT (as in almost the same) as a shirt from Forever 21... But mine is better becuase it fits better, it won't fall apart and it cost $7. I win  Roll Eyes
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