Frozen ‘Hot Chocolate’ Smoothie!

The name of the smoothie grabbed my attention so I had to give it a try.  It is as delicious as it sounds and super easy to do.  This came from the cookbook Vegetarian Times Everything Vegan.   The book has 250+ easy, healthy recipes…many of which I plan on trying🙂

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Cinnamon Bun Apple Pie

Cinnamon Bun Apple Pie


This beauty was a part of vegan snack down, such a delicious challenge. The dough is adapted from Isa’s Vegan Brunch. If you are making this; allow about 2 hours from start to finish because this will take about an hour and half to rise plus about a 20 min bake time. But trust me you will LOVE them. Of course if you don’t want to put apples in it, just make regular cinnamon buns.

For the dough you will need:

2 ¼ teaspoons dry active yeast

1/3 plus 1 teaspoon sugar

½ cup lukewarm water

¾ room temperature milk, I use Almond Milk

1/3 cup neutral oil like canola

¾ teaspoon sea salt

1 ½ teaspoon cinnamon

3 ½ cups of flour

For the filling:

¼ cup EACH brown and regular sugar

1 ½ tablespoons cinnamon

2 tablespoons flour

2 granny smith apples diced, add 1 1/2 tablespoons sugar, and 1 1/2 teaspoons of cinnamon to it and a squeeze, say teaspoon to a teaspoon and a half of lemon juice.

You will also need some butter, if it’s hard make sure it’s room temperature,  you’ll need about a ¼ cup, I don’t know, I don’t measure that part.

The method:

Take the yeast, water and 1 teaspoon of sugar and whisk it in the stand mixer bowl. (If you don’t have a stand mixer, then whisk in a large bowl). Let sit for about 5 mins.

Add the rest of the ingredients into the bowl BUT start out with 2 cups of flour and slowly adding the rest. Mix on #2 for about 5 mins. Or need it for about 10 mines. If the dough is sticky, then add a little more flour. You don’t want it to be sticky.

Oil a large bowl, roll the dough around in it, and cover with a clean towel. Let rise for about an hour or until double in size. Now go wash your dishes, have a shower, enjoy a glass of wine, take your dog for a walk.

After it has doubled in size, punch the dough down, cover it back up and start making the filling.

Mix the sugars, flour and cinnamon together.  Roll out the dough, spread the butter, just cover every inch of it, it does not need to be perfect, I like little lumps here and there,  sprinkle with sugar mixture, apple the apple mixture at the bottom of the dough. Roll the dough as tight as you can. Then slice into pieces. I split the dough into 2; it’s easier to work with when you don’t have a lot of counter space. Also with the other half I just made regular buns.

Pre-heat oven to 375. You’ll need two round pie pans, spray with oil- or use parchment paper (I love easy clean up). Fit the buns into pie pans, loosely they need room to rise again. Cover with a clean towel, clean up your mess. After about ½ hr these babies are ready to be baked. Bake for 18-20 mins.

Let them cool off in pan for about 5 mins, then transfer to a cooling rack. Well the buns are cooling; it’s time to make the icing.

Icing:

1 cup powdered sugar

2 tablespoons milk I use Almond

¼ teaspoon of vanilla powder or a teaspoon of vanilla extract

Mix together and drizzle over warm buns. Enjoy!!!

NOTE** to make this a pie, divide this dough in half, roll out one half, fit into pie plate, sprinkle with sugar mixture, add the apple and spread them around, roll out the other half of dough and put on it, and bake it, it may need about 5 more minutes added to baking time, just watch it. Also, I think a kick ass caramel sauce would be spot on with this dish!!

 

 

 

 

Love Matters Most, a book review. 


The story by Mij Kelly is fun, entertaining and heat warming. Why does the polar bear go out on such a cold stormy night? She passes by lush berries and plenty of fish swimming in the clear stream. It wasn’t food she was in search for, when she found what made her leave her warm cave on a blustery night, is she able to cuddle up and have a good night’s sleep. I give this 9/10 snowy tears. 

Em gives this 10/10 snowy tears. She liked the story, but was more drawn in, by the gorgeous illustrations by Gerry Turley.  

This is what she has to say:

The book kept me guessing. At first I thought the bear was searching for something and the seasons would change. My favourite part is when she found what she  was searching for. Good story. The pictures are beautiful. 

Love Matters Most is available to pre-order, place your order as it’s being released on Dec 6. Hachette Book Group sent us a book for an honest review.  

Bottom line: every child will feel snug as a bug in a rug. A must have book for bedtime reading!! 

Denfensive Eating with Morrissey

Vegan recipes from the one you left behind. By Automne Zingg, recipes by Joshua Ploeg.  


Even though they love him, this is a work of parody. 

The recipes in this  book will not break the bank or leave you feeling like you’re eating cardboard. Inexpensive recipes like Boy with the corn on his side, shoplifted veggies, Morrissey ate all your dream(icles), Pacman cake. Disco fries and more; will fill you up so you can pick up some vodka, you’ll need some for the next recipe. (Again, like Nick Cave every recipe comes with a comic of Morrissey).

With permission from Microcosm I’m able to share a recipe with you. 


Tears

Salt

Soda

Grapefruit juice

Vodka 

Ginger syrup 

Lemon

In a shaker, mix two parts vodka, one part grapefruit juice, and ginger syrup to taste. Shake with ice. 

Pour into salt-rimmed martini glass. Finish with a splash of soda and float a lemon slice in there. Have a drink and join me, join me, join me. I’m certain I heard you cry. 

This is how my tears taste like at least. 

Microcosm sent me out a copy of this book and is going to send one lucky person not only a copy of this book but as well as Comfort Eating With Nick Cave. Good luck! To enter the giveaway Click here.

What’s your fav meal on the cheap?