Hoot Owl Cookies

The recipe for these cookies I came up with on my own. However the owl shape was an idea I stole from one of my vintage cookbooks. I don’t want to create a Cindy McCain Cookie Gate Scandal, so I’m letting you know that first thing.

I adore owls. They come in only second to the panda bear as cutest creatures on the planet. I’ve often said that if ever I get my dream home, it will have a special tower at the tippy-tippy top for a hoot owl to nest. Preferably an attack owl, who is trained to claw your eyes out if you even so much as look like you’re going to steal something.

One thing the vintage cookbook that I stole the idea for these cookies did not have was clear directions. It took several tries to figure out exactly how to get the owls just right. Thankfully I’ve made an easy illustration for you to follow with clear instructions to guide you.

These cookies are not an incredibly sweet cookie. Very much like a shortbread. The perfect cookie to drink hot cocoa with because the flavors won’t compete. GO TO RECIPE >

Pumpkin Iron-Ons To Download

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Materials Needed: Color Ink jet Printer, Printable Iron-On Transfer Sheet, Scissors, Blank T-Shirt, Tote Bag or Placemats.

My twin brother Jess did the pumpkin illustrations. Let me plug his site, it’s BvFonts.com, you can download all sorts of free type faces and dingbats to use in your scrapbooking and craft projects there. So if you’re into that, check it out.

Make sure you follow the directions of the iron-on transfer paper perfectly. One important thing you should know. You have to mirror the image, and you can do that by selecting mirror in your printers preferences. Otherwise your image will iron-on backwards.

I wish I would have had more time to focus on the T-shirt I made for the above photo. I didn’t have time to shop around for a T-shirt and the one I grabbed was baggy and white. I wanted a pale yellow that fit tighter but I couldn’t find one. If any of you actually make one these pumpkin T’s or totebags (or what have you), send a pic of you wearing it. I’d love to see what you did.

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Devil’s Food Cake

Dutch-processed cocoa creates a decadent and dark chocolate cake. GO TO RECIPE >

This is the first cake in our “Celebration Cakes” series. I’m going to be frank. The cakes in the celebration cakes series are calorie bombs! These should only be eaten once or twice a year or you could hurt yourself or worse get totally fat. I want to make it clear that in no way am I advocating these cakes as healthy.

This cake recipe has cake flour. You could probably use all-purpose. But it’s not as good. Cake flour is 27 times finer than all-purpose flour. It’s called cake flour for a reason. But wait, you say, cake flour has bleach in it and… Yeah I know. I’ve done my research. It has TRACE amounts. Trace meaning, it’s such a small amount it barely registers. You are getting more toxins through shower water osmosis. Some people smoke crack. Me, I eat bleached cake flour on rare occasions. I’ve never claimed to be perfect. Everyone has their vice. I use to work and was part owner of a cake shop. I know how the texture of a cake should be. It’s not gummy. It should not slide down your gullet and hit your stomach like a rock. It should have a crumble, just the right amount of moistness and float like a feather into your stomach. I think this recipe succeeds.

Smokey Cheddar Cheeze Ball

Tonight starts the roll out of Autumnal/Halloween inspired recipes and craft projects. Yes, even craft projects. Am I trying to be a vegan Martha Stewart : )? I think so. They’ll be rolling out daily on the blog for 8 days, or longer if I accidentally lose track and skip a day. So, lovely vegan autumnal photos and inspiration coming your way, so check back daily. Let’s officially kick off October Preparedness Week with the Smokey Cheddar Cheeze Ball.

We launched this blog/website last year in November with our first recipe that just happen to be a cheeze ball. The first one was inspired by the cream cheese style cheese balls. Almost one year later, our now famous vegan cheeze ball returns with a new flavor, that is sure to knock your socks off. GO TO THE RECIPE >

The morns are meeker than they were,
The nuts are getting brown;
The berry’s cheek is plumper,
The rose is out of town.

The maple wears a gayer scarf,
The field a scarlet gown.
Lest I should be old-fashioned,
I’ll put a trinket on.

- Emily Dickinson

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