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Strawberry Lemonade Cupcakes

It’s been so long since I’ve posted and so much has happened! The past 6 months have been super crazy finishing up my dissertation, graduating, and starting a new job. But being so busy was worth it! Now that I have a steady schedule (and I’m no longer in grad school woo hoo) I’m hoping to make more regular posts.

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Vegan Cranberry Bliss Bars

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When I was trying to figure out what dessert to make for Thanksgiving last week I knew pie was out. I made pecan pie the week before Thanksgiving and pumpkin pie two weeks in a row before that. I think poor Eric was all pie’d out so I had to get a little creative. Last year when we were home for Christmas my mom bought a pack of cranberry bliss bars from Starbucks for us to snack on. They were delicious. When I remembered this I figured it might be time to try to make a vegan version. Continue reading

Maple Pumpkin Pecan Scones (Vegan)

pumpkin pecan sconesHappy Pumpkin Day! It’s been a while since my last post, I can even believe that it is Halloween already.

What’s more fitting for Halloween than pumpkin? At dinner one night this week we realized we ran out of dessert (truly a travesty in this house). Eric suggested making these pumpkin cookies, but I realized we had been eating a lot of oats lately and thought it was time to switch it up. So these pumpkin scones were born, and really hit the spot for me. I still plan on making those cookies soon, though. They look delicious. Continue reading

Strawberry Shortcake (Vegan)

Vegan Strawberry ShortcakeStrawberry shortcake is such a refreshing spring/summer dessert.

And I’m so excited it is finally summer! Summer time means strawberries and strawberries mean strawberry shortcake! When I was little my Great Grandma took me strawberry picking every year. We even went picking after she lost her leg to diabetes! We brought her a stool to sit on and her and I would crawl through the field picking and picking. I remember rummaging through the fields with the smell of fresh strawberries filling the air. After we picked to our hearts content we took our bounty back home to make strawberry jam. To this day whenever I smell strawberries I think back to those days spent in the fields and in the kitchen with my Great Grandma.

Eric and I usually make jam around Christmas time, so I wanted to make a cake during the summer instead of jam. And thus this vegan strawberry shortcake was born! The cake and frosting work perfectly together along with the fresh strawberries. Look at these deliciuos berries and creamy frosting!

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Vegan stuffed french toast

vegan stuffed french toastFor this vegan stuffed french toast I used the same french toast soak that I used in my french toast sticks. We make the french toast sticks often but I’ve been craving banana pudding lately so I figured it would be nice to stuff some french toast with something similar! Instead of using a french baguette I used a regular vegan sandwich loaf and grilled up a few slices. Continue reading

Vegan Boo Bites – Pumpkin and Vanilla Cookies

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Happy Halloween! We had a great relaxing day. This morning we went to brunch at Humble Bee with some friends (it was really tasty) and enjoyed a nice meal. We ran a bunch of errands and then came home to chill. I love the fall(ish) weather we have lately so whenever we get home I like to open the patio door and light a candle.

We decided to get take out for dinner and watch a movie since we usually don’t get any trick-or-treaters. I decided we needed a little sweet snack to go with our dinner, and thus the Boo Bites. Originally I had planned to use halloween colored sprinkles to make these little cookies festive, but we couldn’t find any at the stores so instead I decided to make half pumpkin and half vanilla. Continue reading