Tag: christmas

Let the Holiday Bling-a-thon Begin

Let the Holiday Bling-a-thon Begin

I love these Nicely Festive shoes from Irregular Choice.  In fact, I love a whole lot of their crazy shoes.  Their styles are this wacky version of exaggerated whimsy and impracticality.  (And they clearly label shoe materials, which is a plus.)  Trouble is, they cost […]

(Ghosts of) Christmas Past

(Ghosts of) Christmas Past

Balsam Fir Yule log/Tree Torturing Franky Catnip wine, just out of reach L: Failed bundt cake; R: New York-style crumb cake

My <i>Empire</i> of <i>Dirt</i>

My Empire of Dirt

Every now and again, walking through her streets, I remember that this city is the best one in the country… that the books and movies and art and culture and subculture that praise her are for good reason. And I am grateful to have known […]

Vegan Holiday Treats For Sweets

Vegan Holiday Treats For Sweets

I hadn’t made vegan rainbow cookies for years! And since then my baking skills and kitchen set-up has improved a great deal. With dessert duty for a work potluck and inside the inspiration of the holiday cookie issue of Bon Appétit, I had to step it up. I […]

Home Tidbits {Pictorial}

Home Tidbits {Pictorial}

Upcycled bread box. Yellow and teal. “You don’t bring me flours anymore.” Coke bottle crate spice holder. Vintage aesthetic / modern function. Animals on plates. Black radish heart procession. In the train, out at the station, the slither of pink sunset. Christmas is here. Fir on […]

Bundt.

Bundt.

Christmas means running around… with cakes. It was the gorgeous whirlpool bundt that decked the halls. First, in pumpkin chocolate chip, using the last of the fall’s pumpkin puree. A breath of downtime with the Netflix yule log and the waiting Christmas tree. Another bundt […]

Winter Dins: A <i>Vegan Victuals</i> Dinner Party

Winter Dins: A Vegan Victuals Dinner Party

Sometimes you just want to spend the entire day in the kitchen and the entire night in the dining room eating and giggling with friends. It was time for a Winter Dins vegan victuals dinner party. For starters, “Deviled” Polenta Yukon Golds. Rye, Kale & Eggplant […]

Cupcake Holidaze

Cupcake Holidaze

The holidays means increased baking duty. I deliver eleven–a poison test out of respect for recipients of course. This batch was for my class’s fundraiser. Then there was my classroom holiday celebration. They got unfrosted cupcakes to dress up how they pleased. My chocolate butter cream-filled […]

The Red & The Green

The Red & The Green

Sometimes the green skin of a vegetable dumpling is comforting. It says, “there’s definitely not pork in here.” And the bamboo server says, “I’m a superior dumpling.”  SunSpire is the maker of this delicious bar, a long time no need to pack it in the […]

Holidaze is clearing.

Holidaze is clearing.

A few weeks before Christmas, I had grand fantasies of holiday treat-making for friends and loved ones.. And with a small stash of Medjool dates, those oh-so delicious vegan and gluten free Twixes from Fork & Beans were to feature prominently. The simple date caramel recipe […]

Photo Ketchup

Photo Ketchup

Sometimes we buy pizza dough from one of the million pizzerias on Long Island. This was a minimalist pie: artichoke, salt, pepper, olive oil. Still using pumpkin puree… these were the pretty little ditties I whipped up for my grade team holiday lunch. Received some […]

Happy Holidays!

Happy Holidays!

Boom! It’s the holiday season again! Time for photo collage prints of little ones. Traffic by the shopping hubs. Jewelry commercials. An inbox full of pending deliveries. The songs. The movies. The build-up… and then a new year. I’m slowly getting into it. Frankenstein and I […]

Seasonal Images

Seasonal Images

The Iced Whale ornament waited patiently for the Christmas tree, comforted by the whiff of the salty scent of the Atlantic that wafts to The Electrician‘s home. In protest to a premature holiday kick-off, he waited well-past Black Friday/Small Business Saturday/Cyber-Monday to adorn the tree. Aaaah, a Poinsettia in front […]

Visions of Sugar Plums

Visions of Sugar Plums

Snowflake time. Christmas morning and Santa came! Making quick use of the Electrician‘s new waffle maker and Williams Sonoma waffle tongs. Christmas sugar cookies. All dressed up. Banana everything cookies from Vegan Cookies Invade Your Cookie Jar Santa came again at my folks’. Pancake in […]

Holiday Treats: The Kids and the Cupcakes

Holiday Treats: The Kids and the Cupcakes

For my class holiday party I needed a batch of bright, kid-friendly Christmas cupcakes. Thanks to N.Y. Cake and their bright gel coloring (also used for the World Cupcakes), my cakes were a rich wintery green. Let’s hear it for artificial coloring! When you have […]

Torch Yr Own: Vegan Crème Brûlée

Torch Yr Own: Vegan Crème Brûlée

Burning your own dessert with a butane torch is not only exciting, it is an interactive way to spark up a holiday potluck! After committing to this dessert some time ago and purchasing all the special supplies {10 ramekins, butane torch, butane, arrowroot, fruit sugar, […]

Christmas Cookie Marathon!

Christmas Cookie Marathon!

I had to be very selective about who received a holiday cookie care package this year. Next year, when I am through studying to be a master of the universe, you’ll all get them. The chocolate chip cookie is a must in any cookie assortment. […]

Chocolate Pumpkin Pie & the 5th Graders

Chocolate Pumpkin Pie & the 5th Graders

Having a big, fat still-healthy pumpkin leftover from October, I decided against purchasing the easy can of pumpkin puree for my chocolate pumpkin pie for my class’s holiday breakfast. No, no no, I would process the big gourd myself! Sure, I have a whole day […]

Christmas Vegan Cookie Bake-a-thon

Christmas Vegan Cookie Bake-a-thon

Sugar Cookies These were certainly the most time consuming. Using this recipe from blogger couple John & Kristie I churned out 36 glorious evergreens, doused them with the sweet almond icing and dipped them into a pool of nonpareils. Sweet sugar overload! And just in time […]

Making Christmas Stuff, Part III

Making Christmas Stuff, Part III

It’s a cross-stitch Christmas! Below is a gift for my sister who giggled to learn I was stitching Star Wars quotes for presents. I chose one of Darth Vader’s first lines as he boarded Leia’s ship and made it pastel and whimsy to contrast his […]

Making Christmas Stuff, Part II

Making Christmas Stuff, Part II

Christmas crafting has taken the place of my school work. So much to do! Here are the lovely little Momma and Dadda owls for my little nieces!

Vegan Holiday Potluck

Vegan Holiday Potluck

The Art/FoodSparrow and her Tim X were the hosts of a delicious holiday vegan potluck. I had been looking forward to the event for months and spent most of the day starving myself for the feast. My additions were from VCOn: Pumpkin Crumb Cake with […]

Vegan Gingerbread House {Foreclosure}

Vegan Gingerbread House {Foreclosure}

It was a bit ambitious to attempt a vegan version of a gingerbread house, mostly because not much can impersonate the disturbingly hardening power of the egg white “royal icing” cement of tradition. Still, I had to give Vegan Dad‘s recipe a try. A fan […]

Making Christmas Stuff, Part I

Making Christmas Stuff, Part I

For that special Spiritualized fan in your life: Let It Flow‘s whoa whoa whoa and pill cross stitchInspired by this, I crafted my own Star Wars cross stitch to be presented to lovely Artsparrow and her dapper gent, hosts of a scrumptious vegan holiday potluck. […]