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21  Sinfully vegan chocolate cake... mmm.... in Dessert by MirthFairy on: May 14, 2007 10:42:19 AM
Okay, I'm not vegan, or even vegetarian, but I do love vinegar cakes. I have never killed one (I killed 3 regular cakes in one day, including boxed Roll Eyes).

The cake recipe is a combination of two others and altered a little from there. This recipe is way moister than the Moosewood vegan cake.

Vegan Cake (one 8-9 pan or 12 cupcakes)

preheat oven to 375 and grease nonmetal cake pan or line 12 muffin tins with paper

1 1/4 cup flour
1 cup sugar
1/3 cup cocoa powder
1 tsp baking SODA
1/4 tsp salt

Mix above in med/large nonmetal bowl, then add:

3/4 cup water (or coffee. I use instant.)
3/8 cup veggie oil
3 tbsp apple sauce (this is EXACTLY the size of a single serving cup)
2 tsp vanilla

mix thoroughly and then add:

2 tsp apple cider vinegar

stir quickly (you'll see it start to react. It'll look a little strange.) and dump into pan or scoop into cups.

bake 30 mins for cake and 20 for cupcakes.

(i looked up the nutritional info - if this cake were 12 servings and unfrosted - 194.10 calories, 7.29 g. fat, 30.62 g. carbs. Not bad  Cheesy)

And now for FROSTING!! mmm... don't start until the cake is at least mostly cooled.

Raspberry Glaze (from Moosewood New Classics)

1/3 + 1/4 c raspberry jam
1 tbsp water

Dump in small pot and heat until melty. Spread on cooled cake.
(I'll be adding more sugar and water. This is makes the cake taste very strongly of raspberries... not that it was bad  Wink)
I did reserve a little bit and reheated it with some cornstarch to make it really thick so I could pipe some on top

 Chocolate Frosting - based on recipe in Better Homes and Gardens Cookbook (OMG THIS WAS GOOOOOOD)

Melt 4 oz of semi sweet chocolate and 3 tbs butter/margarine over low heat, stirring frequently. Remove from heat and beat in 1 cup powdered sugar. Don't worry, it will look like dough. Add 3 tbs hot water and stir until smooth. Spread on cake.

I'm not a big frosting girl and I ate this out of the bowl.

ETA - total nutritional workup for the finished frosted cake: 393.89 calories, 13.05 g fat, 70.47 g carbs. Frosting is not health food...  Wink)

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22  Poppy Sundress in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by MirthFairy on: May 01, 2007 10:20:24 AM
This is the very popular McCall's 4829. It was REALLY easy. I made an 8 even though I measure out to be a 10 and I had to take in the top of the bodice about an inch.

I want to make another one! Grin
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23  Teal Dress - Simplicity 3777 in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by MirthFairy on: May 01, 2007 07:27:50 AM
Monday, I sat down and made Simplicity 3777!

It was really very simple, though it started out with sleeves (see option A), which looked AWFULL! If you want to make this pattern, skip the puff sleeves, unless you want to redraft them much smaller.

I love my new dress!

ETA - fit wise, I made a size smaller than the measurements said I would wear and it came out EXACTLY the right size.
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24  Cinnamon buns! Super easy!! (Bonus recipe now on page 2!) in Recipes and Cooking Tips by MirthFairy on: April 29, 2007 09:29:08 AM
I have a really old Better Homes and Gardens Cookbook and I was online trying to figure out how old it really it. It originally belonged to my Great Aunt Amanda (my namesake Grin) who was a really crafty person. The book had old recipes clipped from newspapers taped into blank pages and a bunch of handwritten ones as well. I really love this book. Anyways, all of the books I found were about 4th edition, which were printed in 1937. My book is older... it also doesn't mention any previous books. I think I have a first edition from 1930, which makes me more excited about it.

Okay - onto the food:

Here's the recipe right out of the book. It's a NON-YEASTED cinamon roll. I assure you this took me about 5 minutes to make.
Recipe traslated:
2 1/2 c flour
2 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 c sugar
2 tblsp cold butter
1 egg
1 c milk
3/4 c raisins
2 tblsp sugar
2 tblsp cinnamon

combine flour, baking powder, salt, sugar. Cut in butter until crumbly, add egg, beaten, and milk and mix. Batter will be sticky. Turn into floured surface and roll as for jelly roll (I pressed it into shape with my floured fingers). Sprinkle with raisins and roll like a jelly roll (I sprinkled mine with cinnamon and sugar. I think that cinnamon and brown sugar would also be good). Slice into 1 in rounds and place in a greased pan. Sprinkle w/ sugar and cinnamon mix. Back @ 400 for 15-20 minutes. (when it was done, I drizzled with a thin frosting. My recipe wasn't so good, so you'll wanna find you're own if you want it)

These come out more dense than normal rolls. I imagine that if you use the raisins it would be like little raisin bread rolls. They were really good. I'll be making these again!

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25  Green Tea Twinkie! in Dessert by MirthFairy on: January 20, 2007 11:55:29 AM
Yup, using the Twinkie Baking Kit. Highly recommend the set, as the pan is really, suprisingly nice.

ANYWAYS - twinkies:

I added a tbls or so green tea powder to the sponge cake recipe that comes with the pan. BTW - while the recipe says it makes 20, it really just makes 10 or so..

Creamy goodness... The filling is a marshmallow cream, with more green tea..

Homemade Twinkies beat the store bought anytime! Cheesy
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26  Pandan!?! in Recipes and Cooking Tips by MirthFairy on: January 19, 2007 11:38:31 PM
Last saturday I wandered the maze like isles of a local International market with my sister and a couple of friends looking at all of the various food option crowding the shelves. This particular market carries everything from German Speatzle and English canned mushy peas to fresh bamboo and Hello Kitty fish flakes, is the size of a football field, and has a fabulous international candy section.
The point?
We found Pandan. What is pandan many of you may be asking, well we had NO idea, but it was green and we were going to a party that night featuring a green home brew concoted by a friend. Green cake for a green drink party? A MUST have! So, of course we bought the package of pandan cake. Normally I never make packaged cake mixes. I like my recipes better, but, what the hay right?

We went over to my friend's house and looked up pandan on wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pandan_%28cake%29 then baked the sponge cake. Frosted it with pink whipped cream frosting (no prepackaging there) with almond extract in as we discovered that pandan has a nutty flavour.

We topped the whole thing off with red sprinkle circles and took it off to the party.

It was a hit! and yummy.... mmm
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27  Rapunzel! Let down your bright red hair! in Halloween Costumes by MirthFairy on: October 31, 2006 05:29:31 PM

The dress. It's my fairy Queen dress, which I've worn before, but I've never done Rapunzel .

Now I will wow you with the beaded sleeve. Hand beaded, because I like pain.  Wink

And now the hair! Five bags of hair attached end to end. I think it's 14' long. Really, it's not heavy, but I did get it suck in doors... Tongue

I really have shoulder length hair, which I french braided. I then took the top loop of hair and wrapped it around, securing it with a comb and then lacing it on with ribbon (which is really easy to do with a big plastic craft needle).

ETA Action Shot!

The hair ends a little bit off the edge of the picture...
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28  Crazy Simple Pizza (With Picts!) in Recipes and Cooking Tips by MirthFairy on: August 03, 2006 11:09:58 AM
I made pizza! Grin

This combined a few of my fav things: Cheese, Spinach, Garlic, and Cheese!

Spinach Feta Naan Pizza (for 1) (you could also use flat bread or pitas!)
(pre-heat oven to 450)
1 Piece of Indian Naan Bread (I used spinach!)
1/2 tomato, sliced thinly. You really just need 4 good slices.
sprinkle of salt
sprinkle of pepper
sprinkle of olive oil
shredded mozerella cheese
1 clove garlic, mashed and minced or pressed
fist full of spinach
feta, crumbled (maybe 1/8 c)

Layer tomato on bread. Spinkle with a little salt and pepper. Drizzle a 1/2 tbsp on tomatos and crust edges. Chop spinach coarsely and toss in a microwave safe bowl with the garlic and a teeny pit of water and microwave for 30 seconds. Sprinkle mozerella cheese to cover tomatoes and spread the wilted spinach on top of that. Top with feta.

Bake for 10 mintues.

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29  Re: e-based recipe swap for omnivores in The Swap Gallery by MirthFairy on: May 20, 2006 09:13:26 PM
Hurray! The package from my swap angel has arrived! (Swap Angel, I've lost your screen name, or I would have contacted you directly to thank you!!!)

It's a hand made book. Look at the applique!

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30  Re: e-based recipe swap for omnivores in The Swap Gallery by MirthFairy on: May 13, 2006 11:49:32 AM
I figured I would come out of hiding and post what I sent to DishClothQueen (who still hasn't sent Cry )

The box, open. I used sticky tabs to make dividers and I found the cutest tiney pens that fit right inside.

The box, closed. Mmm...

And because my extra was sooo low tech, I put in a big extra!

I'm making one for myself too. I <3 this. Almost didn't send it!
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