First post of the new year!

I’ve been a little bit lazy lately…sorry. Well, at least too lazy to post anything. I have been doing a crapload of baking. A lot of it has been unsuccessful though. Which makes me…pretty mad. (Good way to start out the new year, right?). Lets talk about the successful recipes first:

1) Baking Powder Biscuits from VWAV: I made these because my little sister wanted strawberry shortcake. They turned out perfectly. They were nice and puffy and…biscuit-y haha. My mum was jealous because she can never make her biscuits raise (and no one likes flat biscuits…). I didn’t make the gravy that goes along with the recipe, but I intend to soon (results WILL be posted…)

2) I have no pictures of the next few things (things being bread…) so I’m putting them all in this section. I tried making a wheat bread from VegWeb and the Kissing Cousins Oatmeal Bread from La Dolce Vegan but BOTH flopped. It might have been because the rack in my oven was on the wrong notch or something but the middle of both was completely raw…just…dough. Which me pretty bloody mad.

3) Finally just yesterday I made the gingerbread from How It All Vegan and THAT finally turned out perfect. It smelled great. I’m a little obsessed with the smell of molasses. Weird I know.

4) Today I decided to attempt the Ohh La Las from VCIYCJ. Um…not a total fail, but not a total success. I could not roll them out, even after chilling. So I just decided to drop teaspoon sized dough balls, and pressing them down to flatten them. I had to bake them for 17 minutes instead of 12. Also I only got a dozen cookies (when sandwiched) instead of 3 dozen. Oy vey what a difference. They taste good though! Very whoppie-pie-esque. I had a lot of left over filling.

5) To use up said filling I made cupcakes! I used the Super Moist Chocolate Cake recipe off of VegWeb. I made a few subs…so here’s what I did:

  • 1 1/2 Cups AP Flower
  • 1 Cup Sugar
  • 3 TBS cocoa powder
  • 5 TBS applesauce
  • 1 TBS vinegar
  • 1/2 TSP salt
  • 1 TSP baking soda
  • 1 Cup of water

Yeah yeah yeah, mix, bake (25 minutes) and whatnot. Specific I know. Haha. It made a dozen cuppy cakes. I frosted half with my left over icing.

They were super tasty and my mum loved them ❤

6) I made the chocolate chip cookies from VCIYCJ  a could of days ago. My mum liked them but I wasn’t pleased. I thought that the dough was odd and sticky, so I couldn’t roll them. They dropped nicely though. But the texture…I didn’t like. They were cake-y and dense and not what I like in a choco chip cookie. Meh. I won’t make them again.

So yeah. I probably shouldn’t be so negative. Hey…a resolution! I should probably actually make resolutions this year so here it goes…

1) Be more positive (as mentioned)

2) Try to have less processed foods (make more of everything fresh)

3) Star composting and be more eco-friendly (there’s always room for improvement)

4) Blog more!

5) Keep in contact with friends

6) Learn to love myself

7) I will not weigh myself every day

So what are your resolutions? And what are things you do to pamper yourself, ladies? What do you do to make yourself happy? Here’s my suggestions:

  • Get in the kitchen and bake something! The smell is great and it gives you something to do. A real stress reliever. You don’t have to eat what you baked, either…if your worried about watching your weight. Give what you made to family, a friend, or a neighbour…just because the holidays are over, doesn’t mean that giving doesn’t make you feel good.
  • Go to the gym! Exercise makes you feel good, look good, and hey! Use the sauna when you’re done.
  • Go get a massage, or a manicure. Pampering is nice. Facials work too. If you don’t want to go out, just make a nice oatmeal mask at home and do the ol’ cucumber over the eye treatment.
  • Go to bed with one of those eye masks. It makes you feel glamorous.
  • Wear cute undies! 😀
  • Retail therapy. Buying stuff always feels good 😉 I recommend shoe shopping…
  • Do some yoga or pilates. It’s good for the mind, body, and soul.
  • Read a good book.
  • Watch a sappy movie. With Colin Firth in it. ❤

At least that’s what I do when I want to get happy fast. Just some recommendations. If anyone actually cares hahaha…


One Response to “First post of the new year!”

  1. Happy new year Danni.I saw your site from the foodieblogroll. I enjoyed reading your posts and love the recipes you have here. If you won’t mind, I’d love to guide foodista readers to your site.Just add a foodista widget at the end of this blog post and it’s ready to go.Thanks!

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