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Cinnamon and Ginger ebook giveaway!

My workplace, StockFood, is promoting its partner company icook2day and their newest ebook, Cinnamon and Ginger.  Starting tomorrow, November 23rd, the book will be available for free (normally $5.99) through Sunday.  Don’t miss out!

I’ve tested one of the many cookie recipes here for you to try.

Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

2 cups granulated sugar

1/2 cup vegetable or canola oil

4 fresh eggs

2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

2 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup confectioner’s sugar, plus extra for dusting

1. Mix together cocoa, white sugar, and vegetable oil in a medium bowl.  Beat in eggs one at a time, then stir in vanilla.  In a  separate bowl, combine flour, baking powder, and salt; stir in to the cocoa mixture.  Cover dough, and chill in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours or until firm enough to shape into balls.

2.  Position oven rack in the center of the oven.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.  Line cookies with parchment paper.

3.  Place the confectioner’s sugar in a shallow bowl.  With lightly greased hands roll chilled dough into 1 in balls.  Roll the ball in the confectioner’s sugar until completely coated.  Place on prepared cookie sheet 2 inches apart.

3.  Bake for 8-12 minutes, just until edges are firm. Do not over bake, cookie should be soft and chewy.  Let stand on the cookie sheet for a minute before transferring to wire racks to cool.  Dust with the confectioner’s sugar.  Serve.

A few notes:  I found that baking them for 8 minutes was better for keeping the chewy center- that was perfect!  I also replaced most of the ingredients for raw or organic alternatives.  Raw cacao powder, raw organic coconut sugar, olive oil (that’s all I had on hand), gluten free flour, and pink Himalayan sea salt.  I did use eggs, although I believe you can use a flax seed replacement if you want to make a vegan version.

Follow this link to find the free download info.

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Enjoy!

            

 

 

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Dining Room Reno!

Alex and I have lived in our home for over a year now and I’ve finally finished decorating the dining room complete with new paint and wall decor.

We started with two white walls and one already painted wall.  I kept the green/gray speckled wall and went with a dark teal in Peacock Plume for the other two walls.

 It was listed as a historic color and I thought my history buff husband would appreciate the nod 🙂 .  It turned out awesome and I was drawn to these peacock pillows from One Kings Lane to add the subtle theme.

 I love the lighthearted yet grown up feel they have.

The pièce de résistance is definitely this mirror from Ballard Designs that was recommended via Emily A Clark’s blog.

Then, of course, I needed some actual art.  Here are three pieces from local artist, Elizabeth Fraser of Fraser Art Studio.

Mackworth Island and Wolfe’s Neck Farm

 

Munjoy Hill

These pieces are especially important to me because they are of where I had my second date with my husband, where we got married, and our first Portland 4th of July together.

And in this corner…we have a cute little cabinet with a few samples of my maternal grandmother’s china.  We didn’t have room to display the whole set- it’s probably safer this way.  Especially since this lovely dining room becomes our pub on some weekend nights.

And finally, the farmer’s table.  I got this and the cabinet from Cherished Possessions in South Portland.

I love that place- I have several pieces from there and am always excited to see what they have.  It should be called the danger zone- except that they are actually reasonably priced so it’s not too dangerous for the bottom line.  The benches were a lucky find at Home Goods- another favorite!

I’m very pleased with the results- now to test ‘er out!  Just in time for the holidays!

Walter is happy to have access to this room again too 🙂

All Raw Vegan all the Time!

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again.  I’m back on my raw vegan diet.  I started a six week trial over a year ago and it was the first time in my life I didn’t suffer from stomach aches, fatigue, constipation (TMI?) etc.  There really is something to a plant based diet.  In addition to adding living foods I’ve also cut out lactose and gluten.  I always suspected that lactose played a role in my extreme discomfort and now I know it’s true.  Especially after reading about what our cow’s milk really is.  After my mom had similar severe issues she was told to go off lactose and gluten.  She’s been thriving ever since.  I figured it was worth a try for me too.  It definitely made an improvement, but for me it was hard to break 28 years of SAD (Standard American Diet) habits.

Enter Elizabeth Fraser of Girl Gone Raw.  A co-worker recommended her to me and though I was skeptical I was also intrigued.  Elizabeth’s knowledge and personal dedication to the raw vegan diet was inspirational and I looked forward to each week when we’d prepare meals together.

After the six weeks I was going strong until my husband and I got our first home and shared most of our meals together.  I gotta say it’s hard to eat a salad when someone is downing a burger next to you.  Alex was very supportive in my raw food journey he just wasn’t ready to hop on board.  The beer festivals didn’t help much either.  About a year later and 20 pounds heavier, I cannot sit back and let myself slide anymore.

This week I started working with Elizabeth and Maggie part time in their Kids Gone Raw kitchen and adopting the raw vegan lifestyle once again.

Here are just a few of the snacks they have to offer.  See more of their treats here.

I’ve already lost four pounds since Monday.  I like to keep track of the pounds I lose with this common items list.  Here’s another one.  I’m hoping to lose the average number of pounds of cheese Americans eat in a year (it’s 30).  Right now I’ve lost between a box of wine and a bag of sugar.

Sound intriguing? Here are some baby steps you can take:

1. Take 2 weeks each to eliminate meat, dairy, and wheat/gluten.

2.  What’s left you say?  Plenty!  The raw vegan diet is made up of plants, nuts, nut milks, nut cheeses, and coconut oil.

(These are just suggestions from my experience and are not meant to be thought of ask medical advice.)

3.  Use these resources to learn fun new recipes and faux versions of your favorites.

Girl Gone Raw

Alissa Cohen

Rawmazing

I’ll keep you posted- let me know if you’d like to try!

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