Monday, April 26, 2010

Chocolate Chip Butterscotch Blondies...

Today I am just logging on to post a recipe! This is one of my most favorite desserts to make, its simple and fast and super yummy! I am going to post the regular version of it, because again... The vegans that read this probably have better substitutes to use then I do for things. :)

3/4c unsifted all-purpose flour
1/4c unsifted cake flour ( I just use 1 cup regular flour instead)
1/4 teas baking powder
1/2 teas salt
1c semisweet chocolate chips
8 tbs unsalted butter, melted & cooled
1c brown sugar
1/4c granulated sugar
1 extra large egg
2 extra large egg yolks
2 teas vanilla

Mix everything together then add chocolate chips. Grease & flour a 9x9 pan bake at 350 for 25-30min

I made some today for the first time in a while... They are sooo yummy! Also good if you want to add walnuts and/or coconut.

Saturday, April 24, 2010

fish tanks...

Earth day was yesterday, was reminded a lot by different people how much eating meat really is effecting the planet.

My roommate has a 40 gallon fish tank that her uncle gave her. She's had a couple fish die recently... Last night her second angel fish wasn't doing so well so she wanted to put him in a bag of water in the freezer to 'help' him along because she thought he was dieing. When she asked me what I thought, I pretty much lost all ability to speak. I can't even handle flushing a dead fish down the toilet let alone killing a live one! We ended up taking him out of the tank and putting him in his own little bowl. He seems to be swimming a lot better today and has finally eaten a little. I think he is getting better!

I used to have a beta plant bowl thing, went through I think 3 of them before I finally realized how terrible it was that I was keeping them like that. Fish are not meant to be kept in little tiny bowls/tanks. They never seem to live all that long, and okay maybe a year is a long time for a fish...I'm not really sure, but it doesn't seem like a very long time. I can't count the number of fish she has had die since she got the tank a few months ago... It just makes me sad!! I am soooo glad I talked her in to putting the angel fish in its own bowl last night! She has mentioned a few times today that she really doesn't think he is going to make it... I say give him a chance to fight!

Am I a hypocrite for talking about my roommates fish, when I have two cats? I'd like to think that I am not, I adopted them from a shelter and knowing what kind of life they came from before I would like to think I saved them... I don't know....

I really don't think I am ready to make the switch over to vegan 100% but I can say I am willing to make an effort to work on watching the animal products I am putting in my body. I am allowed to make a slow change right, and going vegetation is half the battle isn't it?

It is late, to much deep thought for 2am! I am going to bed! Good night

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Pink Lasagna

I was sitting at my roommates parents house last night doing my taxes and listening to my roommate and her mom go through a cookbook talking about things they thought sounded good, things that were gross, and others that were just really interesting. At some point I heard the word Lasagna mentioned, it took me about 20 minutes for that to register in my brain since I was concentrating pretty hard on getting my taxes finished. I have made lasagna only one way for as long as I can remember, the only thing differing is the small changes I would make to my sauce when I made it. I for some reason got the urge last night to want to make one with a white sauce instead. The only one I've ever had was one an old neighbor made us years and years ago with green beans. It was amazing! I had a happy accident in the kitchen a few months ago and have started making a pink alfredo sauce... I mentioned it to my roommate and I think we are going to try it out this weekend. It won't be vegan friendly, but it will be vegetarian friendly. At least part of it..... my roommate still has issues with the no meat thing, so I think it will probably end up being half and half... I'm pretty excited for it! Will post pictures after I make it.

Finsihed product! I made a pink alfredo... I made a regular alfredo sauce and added canned tomatoes, and some onions and mushrooms that I had sauteed. It smells really good, but it is 3am so I won't be trying it until tomorrow afternoon. I hope it is at good as it looks!

Monday, April 5, 2010


I am noticing that even thought I only did the vegan thing for 20 days my body still isn't liking me eating foods that used to be 'normal' for me. I have been getting horrid cramps after I eat, and I imagine it is because my body isn't used to it... I have been trying to stick with mostly healthy food, but have fallen a time or two from that, and those are the times it seems to be worse... It makes me think that maybe this vegan thing wasn't such a bad idea after all... Starting it up again isn't something I plan on doing right away, but I really do think I might need to cut meat out completely. There are only a select few of my favorite dishes that I feel it is required and well... There is always a way around it.

I made some wonderful blueberry waffles yesterday, and I think I want to make some again soon, minus the eggs to see how I feel about them. I really am very turned off of eggs in any form at the moment after the egg I saw while cooking yesterday...

I'm in need of good things to use as a replacement when baking... Is the egg replacer powder stuff the best way to go about it? A friend of mine told me to use cornstarch and water (1tbs cold water & 1tbs cornstarch mixed together = 1 egg), and as it has worked well, I don't think it is the best idea to use all the time.... Thoughts opinions??

Sunday, April 4, 2010


I got a horrible reminder today of why I don't like to eat eggs other then they make me sick when I do... I've been sick all day since I saw that... Didn't even want to eat my food after I made it.

I have had little to no meat since I stopped the vegan thing. The smell of it grosses me out now, kind of strange how that works. Things seem to be going okay with the eating issues though. I don't think I've been eating as much as I should be, but I've at least been eating more then once a day so that is a plus. :)

Other then that, it has been a really good day so far! The snow has stopped and the sun is shining! I made some chocolates for Easter the other night, I had a lot of fun and think I might want to make them again for other holidays or just for kicks. :)

Giant peanut butter cup...

White chocolates

Because everyone needs a chocolate spoon!

Peanut butter chocolates too!