Thursday, November 30, 2006

Vegan Oreos

I have fond memories of Oreo Cookies – you know they used to have lard in them - now they don’t but they still aren’t vegan. I also know that no vegan mom wants their vegan child to feel excluded. So the Man-Cub and I came up with OVEG cookies. It was a lot of fun and the Man-Cub loves them.

First of all – the Man-Cub got one of those little packets of Oreos in his Trick-or-Treat bag. We made some salt dough and made an impression of the top of one of the cookies. Then we took a toothpick and changed the OREO to OVEG – do a mirror image thing here. Let it dry for several days – until it is quite hard.

Vegan Oreos or OVEG's

1 ½ c. flour – I used all purpose – but you could probably use rice flour too
¾ c. cornstarch
2/3 c. cocoa
1 t. baking powder
1 t. baking soda
½ t. salt

Whisk all this together in a medium sized bowl.

Then cream together:

¾ c. Earth Balance
1 c. sugar – I used turbinado
½ c. egg replacer goo – I bring ½ c. water and ¼ c. flax seed to a boil and then strain the goo through cheesecloth.
1 t. vanilla

Preheat oven to 350° . Add the dry ingredients to the wet - I used a heavy-duty mixer to mix this dough and it is quite stiff. Then make little balls of dough.

Dip your little cookie press in flour – you have to do this each time you use it or it will stick – then tap off the excess flour and press the little ball until it is quite flat. Oh, and make sure you use parchment paper to line your cookie sheets. The cookies are very thin and take only about 5 minutes to bake. Let them cool a little bit before you try to remove them from the cookie sheet.

While they are baking – make the filling.


2 c. confectioner’s sugar
2 T. canola oil
1 t. agar agar powder
Approx. 2 T. water

Mix together and fill a pastry bag to pipe the filling onto the cookies. I’m sure you can just spread it with a knife too – but the Man-Cub loves the piping thing.

We got 51 ½ cookies from this batch – and from a little distance – you can’t tell the difference.

What a nice snack!

Wednesday, November 29, 2006

And a fun time was had by all…..

We had our Pack meeting Monday night, and the theme was Knights in Shining Armor. We had cardboard shields and tunics cut out and ready to be decorated, and then a procession afterwards to the tune of three blind mice.

We Are Knights
We are Knights!
We are Knights!
We wear our swords!
We wear our swords!
We fight and joust and go off to war!
We save fair damsels and slay dragons galore!
We’re loyal to King Arthur and Camelot’s soil,
Oh, we are Knights

Here we are lining up for the procession.

We had a ton of awards to give out, including the Good Turn award for all the boys who collected food on November 18th, and we had 4 new Bobcats.

We collected still more food for the local food bank.

My Den performed their skit perfectly and got a big laugh from the audience.

My karaoke microphone worked and then it didn’t work and then it worked again – so I was a little hoarse by the end, but all the boys had fun and it went pretty smoothly. Now we’re planning a Bowling Party/Christmas Party and a regular Pack meeting for December. The theme is Every Scout’s a Star – and I’m trying to line up an astronomer to come and speak to the boys and maybe (if it’s not 30 below) go outside and look at some stars.

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Our Weekend and the Vegan Feast

On the Friday after Thanksgiving we rented one of those carpet machines and shampooed our carpet. It is unfortunate that we inherited an off-white (and already stained) carpet - it's just really difficult to keep clean. It took all day Friday of scrubbing and I wish I had taken before and after photos to show you the dramatic difference. Last year, we had the professionals come and clean the carpet, with less than stellar results. We were much more pleased with the do-it-yourself results, we even got out stains that the pros left behind.

Yesterday, we finally had our family Thanksgiving Feast.

I made my vegan version of the MIL's Cornbread Stuffing.

3 c. cornbread
1 c. biscuits
1 c. diced onion
1 1/2 c. diced celery
1/2 t. sage
1 t. poultry seasoning
1/4 t. salt
dash of Black Pepper

I crumble and mix the cornbread biscuits and all of the seasonings. Then, I cook the onions and celery in about 1 cup of water in the microwave until tender, then pour the entire contents cooking water and veg into the cornbread mixture and mix with my hands until it is moistened, then press into an oiled cast iron pan and bake at 350 until lightly browned.

Mashed Sweet Potatoes with Marshmallow topping.

I baked 2 sweet potatoes in the microwave, then peeled and mashed them, added a little bit of brown sugar, Earth Balance and cinnamon and spread in a tart pan, then topped with VeganSweets Marshmallows and baked until the marshmallows were puffy and lightly browned.

Green Bean Casserole - this was truly delicious

1 package of frozen French Style Green Beans
1 3 oz. can of French Fried Onions

1 c. Silk Soy Milk Plain
1 cube vegetable bouillon
1 small can mushroom stems and pieces - do not drain
dash of cayenne pepper
dash of black pepper
1/4 c. flour
1/2 c. water

Heat the Soy Milk and dissolve the bouillon in it. Then drain the mushroom liquid into the pot. Season with the peppers. Mix the flour and water and slowly add to the pot stirring constantly with a wire whisk, keep stirring and cook until the mixture thickens. It should have the consistency of a thick white sauce. Remove from heat and add the mushroom stems and pieces.

Pour this over the Green Beans and bake at 350 until bubbly. Top with the entire can of onions and bake until just browned.

The broccoli is just steamed, and the pumpkin pie is Bryanna's and I've posted about it before - we love it.

It was a lovely meal - one to be Thankful for.

Monday, November 27, 2006


I re-read Kon-Tiki after my sister posted that she was reading the book. It had been a long long time since I had read it - so it was like reading it for the first time. Then, while I was searching for the dvd for the movie Kon-Tiki (1950), I came across this blog, from this year - Thor Heyerdahl's grandson was on an expedition to repeat the Kon-Tiki voyage.

It was a fun read too.

Thursday, November 23, 2006

Happy Thanksgiving

Just a quick post before the festivities begin. We are thankful for pies:

The first one is Bryanna's Vegan Pumpkin Pie and it is really good.

And the Second One is sort of from the Better Homes and Gardens issue that I was browsing while I was waiting in line at the grocery store.

This is what I did:

I adapted my Flaky Pie Crust recipe to add some whole wheat - the pie in BHG had a whole wheat crust. I used the same crust for the pumpkin pie too.

Whole Wheat Pastry Crust:

1 1/4 c. flour
1/2 c. whole wheat flour
1/2 c. oil3-4 tbsp. cold water

Mix oil and water together and add to flour, mix well and roll out between two sheets of wax paper.

I cut the little hearts out of leftover pastry and dipped them in sugar - to match the picture on the BHG.

For the Tart filling:

2-1/2 cups fresh cranberries
1/3 cup water
2 tablespoons orange juice
1 cup sugar
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

I mixed that all together and microwaved on high for about 5 minutes - until it was bubbly and thick and the berries started to pop. Then I poured it into the crust and baked at 350 for about 40 minutes.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

More Crafty Goodness Chez Affectioknit

The Man-Cub said the other day that his Ninja Turtle lunchbox was too "babyish"
and he wanted a Camouflaged one.

So we searched in vain for a camo lunch box - I guess we should have done this at the beginning of the school year when Stuff-Mart had a bunch of lunch boxes. Now we could only find barbie and batman lunchboxes. Never fear 'though the Man-Cub is rarely deprived.

We simply took model paint (which we already had) and painted a camouflaged design on top of the Ninjas. He was so pleased to take his lunch to school today.

Friday, November 17, 2006

What we’ve been up to…too busy to post…

First thing Saturday morning we took our Operation Christmas Child ( boxes to the drop off location about 65 miles from here. We had to be back by noon, because the Man-Cub’s Pack was doing a Food Drive at the local grocery store. Luckily we got to stand inside and hand out flyers and collect food and money.

They did very well – and collected about 500 lbs of food and about $185 to help the local food bank during the holidays. By the time we delivered the food and got home it was 8 PM, and we still had Sunday School lessons to prepare.

Sorry this is so dark - it's inside the warehouse where we took the food.

Then Sunday, of course, we had our regular service at church, then the Man helped me set up the tables, tablecloths and candles for the Community Thanksgiving Service, which our church hosted this year. We got home about 2 PM and I made a quick potato soup and cornbread lunch, because we had to be back at the church at 4:30 to finish setting up. For the “little lunch” after the service I made the MIL’s second gingerbread recipe. The Man said the first one she sent was not “cakey” enough. The service was very nice and after clean up, we got home again about 8:30. So I don’t think any of us felt like we had much of a weekend. Good thing this is a short week.

Monday is Cub Scout day around here – but right after school, one of the ladies from church asked the Man-Cub over for hot cocoa, so we did that first, then set up for scouts. First we had to make our Bear masks and practice our skit for next Monday’s Pack Meeting – it’s really cute:

C and D walk to the tent.
C – Well it’s time to turn in for the night.
D – Oh no – it looks like the tent will only hold one person.
C – let’s flip a coin for it.
D – Heads
C – flips coin - Tails – well goodnight – C crawls into tent
D lies down outside the tent
Wild bears come and attack D – then run away
D – C C wake up quick – these bears just attacked me – let me in
C – there’s no room – go back to sleep
D lies down outside the tent again
Wild bears come and attack D again – then run away
D – C C you have to let me in – these bears just attacked me again.
C – OK all right – I’ll switch places with you –
D crawls into the tent and C lies down outside.
The Wild Bears come back , but stop before the attack
J – Guys, we’ve attacked that guy outside twice now – let’s get the guy in the tent.
Line up and take a bow.

Then we went to a local historical house for a tour – it was wonderful – the house was built in 1906 so it’s 100 years old and it belonged to a doctor. This young couple bought it and completely renovated it – it was even featured on Bob Villa’s Restore America. She told us the whole story and the cubs were fascinated and very well behaved. Then we toured the oldest church in town – it’s an Episcopal Church and sadly now only has about 30 members. It was tons of fun and we all learned a lot. Some of the parents who went with us said they had lived here all their lives and had never been in the old church.

Here the scouts are listening at the back stairway to a speaking tube that was used to call the servants from upstairs.

Here the scouts are examining a pocket door that was walled up and only found during the restoration.

A Table for One...

The Man is out of town for the day and of course the Man-Cub is in school, so I'll be setting the table for one at lunch today. I'm making my favorite lentil stew thingy - it's so easy - I cook some regular green/brown lentils for about 30 minutes with a bay leaf. Then I remove the bay leaf and add one can of Organic Tomatoes
(they actually do carry these in the grocery store here), and a couple of handfuls of frozen corn. Cook that for about 10 more minutes and it's done.

Served here with a nice cozy cuppa hot tea.

Thursday, November 16, 2006

Impossible Pumpkin Pie

Last night the Man-Cub and I made the impossible pumpkin pie from and it is really good. The only sub I made was for the EnerG egg - I used my trusty flax seed goo and the pie has a good texture. I like a crust and this one doesn't form much of a crust, but the texture and flavor of this pumpkin pie is excellent.

We also made the No-Knead Bread from this NY Times recipe
The video is cute - The Man-Cub thought it was funny that he says a 6 year old can make better bread than most bakeries. The bread was very good - I served it with a white bean soup (flavored only with bay leaf).

After about 18 hours - I put the covered bowl in my oven with the light on - it creates just enough warmth and there are no drafts.

Then all you do is fold it over a couple of times.

and put it on a floured towel.

Let it rise again for about 2 hours.

Heat your dutch oven in a 450° oven for about 30 minutes - this one is very old - it belonged to the Man's Mamaw back in the 1930's - I was concerned about the lack of any oil - I didn't want it to stick, but if your dutch oven is good and hot it shouldn't be a problem.

The top isn't as nicely round as I would have liked, but the bread stuck to the towel a little bit, so it didn't plop right into the pot the way it should have done. But the crust browned nicely and it tasted great.

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Tea Cozy

I promised to post about the tea cozy. It's actually a couple of years old, so I'm not claiming it as a FO for this year, I got the pattern from Sugar and Cream and I just checked their website and it's still available, although you have to be a member to get it (that's free too).

It's under the heading decor/pets. I made mine in white, it was pretty simple, and I like the result on my Brown Betty teapot.

Sunday, November 12, 2006

Toasty Toes

The Sacha Slippers are finished and I'm really pleased with them and I'm really glad that I changed the sole to fit the shape of my foot. For the tops I followed the pattern exactly, but left off the little embroidered flowers - not my style really...

The bazaar went really well - I served in the kitchen from about 8:00 - 1:00, then we cleaned up and met some friends at the theatre for the "Flushed Away" matinee. It was cute - and I knitted on my latest socks - really my TKD project, but it was handy and portable.

Friday, November 10, 2006

Pies...Pools...and More Pies...

I made two peach pies for the Bazaar - I figured the Southern Girl should make the peach pies.

For the filling:
1 pint frozen peaches
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup flour
1 t. cinnamon

Flaky Pie Crust - I found this on the web a long time ago and I made a card for my recipe box - but I don't remember where I got it - so I can't give proper credit.
9 INCH - 2 crust pie shell:
1 3/4 c. flour
1/2 c. oil
3-4 tbsp. cold water

Stir oil and water. Add all at once to the flour. Mix and roll out between sheets of wax paper.
Assemble pies and bake at 425° for about 30 minutes - until juice is bubbly and crust is brown.

Then we took the Man-Cub to the pool - there were about 30 other children there so he had plenty of people to play with.



Making a vortex...All of the kids got together in the area where the slide used to end - and started going around and around in the same direction until they created a votex in the center - it was dizzying to watch - but they had a lot of fun. One of the workers told us that they have ordered a new slide and it will be installed by the 20th of December - so we're looking forward to that.

When we got back home - we had a snack and sort of ruined our appetite for dinner, but I made some "Fried Apple Pies" anyway. Mom used to make these when I was little - she really did fry hers - I call mine Fried Apple Pies, but they are really baked.

This was some leftover pie dough from the Peach Pies. Just roll it out between two sheets of saran or wax paper.

Then put some apple filling in - I chopped up a red delicious apple from the fruit bowl - but a tarter apple would be even better. Since it was a sweet apple, I only added about a Tablespoon of Sugar and some cinnamon and a little flour. The little pies don't hold as much as you would think.

Then fold them over and press the sides together with a fork.

The edges got a little too brown, but it was delicious non-the-less. I'll post about the tea cozy another time...