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Monday, July 27, 2015

Vegan Meringue

It is now possible to make vegan meringue, and you will never guess how! I made these tasty chocolate meringue cookies yesterday -

vegan meringue

And I had some leftover frosting from a cake I made over the weekend, so I obviously couldn't resist putting the two together -

vegan meringue cookies

You can find more information, and lots of recipe ideas, on the Vegan Meringue Facebook page.

Here's how I made mine: 
Chocolate Meringue Cookies (vegan)

1-1/3 cups garbanzo bean cooking liquid
1 cup granulated sugar
1 Tbsp. cocoa powder
1/2 tsp. vanilla
1/2 tsp. cream of tartar
1/3 cup chocolate chips

Simmer the bean cooking liquid on the stove, stirring very frequently, until reduced to about 3/4 cup. Chill overnight in the refrigerator.

Pour reduced liquid into a mixing bowl (I used my Kitchenaid stand mixer), leaving behind any sediment that is stuck to the container. Whip on your highest speed setting until stiff peaks form (this took a long time for me - like 15-20 minutes).

Add sugar, 1 Tbsp. at a time, mixing well in between each addition. Add cocoa powder, vanilla, and cream of tartar. Continue to whip at high speed until stiff peaks form again (this may take another 15-20 minutes).

Fold in chocolate chips; drop by spoonfuls and bake on parchment lined cookie sheets at 220 degrees for 1.5 hours. When cooking time is up, turn off oven and crack the door, allowing cookies to come slowly to room temperature.

Store in airtight container.


I used homemade bean cooking liquid (and I had added a little salt during cooking); you should be able to use canned as well.

If the amount of bean cooking liquid that you have varies from the amount I've listed, you can adjust the other ingredients proportionally.

Friday, July 24, 2015

All in a Week's Work

Does anyone else find it interesting for me to share these pics of a full week's batch of rings? Maybe it's just for me... It makes me feel productive. :-) Here are a few from 2015 - each pic represents one week's work at the bench.

New Work

moissanite palladium ring
 Forever Brilliant moissanite and recycled 950 palladium ring

moissanite engagement rings
 Forever Brilliant moissanite and recycled 14k yellow gold ring

ethical engagement rings
Moissanite, recycled 18k palladium, and recycled 14k rose gold ring
vegan wedding rings
Forever Brilliant moissanite, recycled 18k palladium white gold, and recycled 14k yellow gold engagement/wedding ring set
forever brilliant moissanite
 Forever Brilliant moissanite and recycled 18k palladium white gold ring
handmade wedding rings
Left: Moissanite, recycled 14k rose gold, and recycled sterling silver ring
Right: Recycled 14k green gold and recycled sterling silver wedding band
palladium wedding set
Forever Brilliant moissanite and recycled 950 palladium engagement/wedding ring set
moissanite gold ring
Forever Brilliant moissanite and recycled 14k yellow gold ring
sapphire engagement ring
Fair trade sapphire and recycled 950 palladium ring
three stone ring
Moissanite and recycled 14k rose gold three-stone engagement ring
stackable wedding rings
Forever Brilliant moissanite and recycled 14k yellow gold stacking engagement and wedding ring set
fair trade rings
Moissanite and recycled 950 palladium engagement and wedding ring set
fairtrade wedding ring
Forever Brilliant moissanite and recycled 14k rose gold engagement ring
hand made engagement rings
Forever Brilliant moissanite and recycled 18k palladium white gold engagement ring with recycled 14k rose gold wedding band
rose cut moissanite
Rose cut moissanite, recycled 950 palladium, and recycled 14k yellow gold ring
ethical turquoise necklace
Ethically sourced turquoise and recycled sterling silver pendant/necklace

Monday, July 6, 2015


I haven't posted any recipes in ages! So here's what I made today to take camping with the family...

My son, much to my chagrin, has a love affair with anything wrapped and packaged. I love to make things from scratch, and he turns his nose up at most of the food I slave to prepare for him. Frustrating! This is the latest in an ongoing attempt to create a bar that mimics the pre-packaged version he loves. If I was cooking for myself, I'd go with something a little healthier, but if these get him off the store bought stuff, I'm okay with them being a little sweet. :-)

Chocolate Peanut Butter Granola Bars

1 cup rolled oats
1 ½ cups crispy brown rice cereal
¼ cup lightly salted peanuts, roughly chopped
a pinch of salt
½ cup creamy peanut butter
1/3 cup brown rice syrup
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
1/3 cup chocolate chips
1 teaspoon coconut oil                 

Line an 8” x 8” baking pan with parchment paper and set aside.

Pour oats, cereal, peanuts, and salt into a bowl and mix together.

In a small saucepan over very low heat, combine peanut butter and brown rice syrup. Remove from the stove and mix in vanilla.

Pour wet ingredients into dry and stir with a rubber spatula. Press mixture into prepared pan and allow bars to set in the refrigerator for at least one hour.

Remove from refrigerator and cut into 12 bars.

Heat chocolate chips and coconut oil in microwave for 30 seconds (stir and add 15 second increments if needed), then drizzle over bars and refrigerate until set again.


And next, a slightly modified version of a cookie from one of Dreena Burton's cookbooks... 

(I don't care what kind of photo staging/editing expert you may be; I challenge you to make oatmeal cookies look photogenic.)

The Very Best Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

1 ½ cups + 2 T. spelt flour
2 t. baking powder
½ t. baking soda
1 cup rolled oats
¼ cup unrefined sugar
½ cup raisins
1 t. cinnamon
a generous pinch of allspice
½ t. salt
½ cup maple syrup
1-2 t. blackstrap molasses
1 T. vanilla
½ cup canola oil (or substitute half applesauce)

Mix dry ingredients; add wet ingredients; bake on parchment lined cookie sheet for 11 minutes at 350 degrees.