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Thirsty Thursday. (Taken with Instagram)
Sep 20, 2012 / 8 notes

Thirsty Thursday. (Taken with Instagram)

Chocolate chip cookies with @smrnta, background photography by Evan Hickman@ http://kickingadeadhorse.tumblr.com/
recipe here: http://vegweb.com/recipes/happy-vegan-chocolate-chip-cookies
(Taken with Instagram)
Aug 16, 2012 / 1 note

Chocolate chip cookies with @smrnta, background photography by Evan Hickman@ http://kickingadeadhorse.tumblr.com/

recipe here: http://vegweb.com/recipes/happy-vegan-chocolate-chip-cookies

(Taken with Instagram)

Jul 9, 2012 / 5 notes

Started off my day watching season six of Skins and I was SUPER disappointed with it. I mean, it’s literally like they have all new characters. I don’t understand why the second half of every new cast is always so bad! (i.e. Seasons 2, 4, and 6)  

Today I had the pleasure to attend the community potluck in support of the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro (the infamous Murfreesboro Mosque.) There’s been a ton of controversy surrounding it in the last few years (http://www.npr.org/2012/06/21/155432158/a-fight-to-the-finish-for-tennessee-mosque

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/05/29/murfreesboro-mosque-const_n_1553622.html) and I was kind of worried about security, as there have been a few scary incidents with all the crazy evangelicals around here who are willing to destroy property and potentially hurt someone in order to prevent the mosque from being built (http://www.newschannel5.com/story/18844493/texas-man-indicted-for-threats-against-murfreesboro-mosque) but there were sooooo many cops, I actually started feeling nervous because of them, haha. Anyway, it was really fantastic to see how many people came out to support the center (I think there were around 250) and the crowd was so diverse. There were Asian, Arab, African, African American and Caucasian Muslims. It was just so awesome to see, as was the diversity of non-Muslims who came out to show their support. I’ve been following their journey for the last few years, and it was great to see that the love and support for the center is only getting stronger.

For the potluck we made corn on the cob, wild rice with sautéed tomatoes and mushrooms, veggie and tofu kebobs, and gobi Manchurian (a fried cauliflower dish) - recipe here: http://www.health-yoga-meditation.blogspot.com/. We actually didn’t even get to eat any of the kebobs, they were gone literally five minutes after we sat them down. But jesus Christ the food there was good! I didn’t even know what a lot of it was but it was just spectacular.

After a ton of cleaning, my roommates and I watched the documentary “This Is What Love In Action Looks Like” about a guy who I’ve hung out with a few times at school. I found it randomly on Netfilx and it was so interesting. I had no idea that that was his story; nor was I aware that there was a gay conversion camp in Memphis.

Earlier, I was listening to the Pixies and decided that Surfer Rosa is actually my favorite album instead of Doolittle, but I finished off my night the right way with some Beach House.  Tomorrow is going to be crazy: class, work, and language teacher camp. Exciteddddd y’all : 

Jul 8, 2012 / 11 notes

I was supposed to go to a housewarming party tonight so I decided to make this awesome vegan strawberry-banana cake with vanilla mint frosting and blackberries (the party didn’t work out, but the cake did at least) I was lazy/didn’t have enough time to make the cake from scratch, so I just used a Pillsbury boxed cake and subbed bananas for eggs which ended up working out really well. The bananas had an impact on the flavor that was unexpected, but so, so good! I used a little mint extract in the frosting and a little green and blue food coloring for good measure, then I decided to get all fancy-pants and decorate with edible pearls and blackberries.

 Definitely learned a lesson today: frost the cake in it’s resting place. I tried to move the cake onto the cake stand after I had frosted it, and it was a disaster (a hilarious one, but a disaster to say the least) the cake broke in at least 4 places so I was frantically trying to mush it all back together and patch up the cracks with frosting while simultaneously trying to keep the blackberries from bleeding everywhere <- LOL amateur baker. But I digress.

 It all started when I saw some awesome looking pictures of cupcakes somewhere on the internet which turned into me reading a bunch of silly wedding blogs today and I started feeling super crafty so I decided to finally make one of the diy cake stands I’ve been looking at on all the crafty blogs for about a year now (basically you glue a fancy plate to a candlestick holder and paint it). I bought enough supplies to make three more and I really, really want to have a fancy baking party to show them off. I also had a left over pennant flag from our 4th of July party that I decided to repurpose and use for a more fun decoration (that didn’t really work out as well as I’d hoped but **~~whatevs~~***)

Conclusion: went to mellow mushroom and had the most fantastic Left Hand Milk Stout beer (SO GOOD! The head was basically cream!) for THREE DOLLARS. AND I got to try the Victory Summer Love Ale, which was also fantastic.  

Good beer + cake = summer love y’all. 

'merica! (Taken with Instagram)
Jul 4, 2012 / 12 notes

'merica! (Taken with Instagram)

Jun 28, 2012 / 3 notes

Pretty much last night was the best night ever. My amazingly beautiful friend (kristensays.tumblr.com) came into town this week from Bloomington, Indiana so of course we had to make a crazy, awesome dinner and fancy drinks to celebrate. We decided to make vegan curried-sweet potato/kale/TVP tacos, Mexican pot-stickers and crazy drinks (with grilled pineapple sautéed in honey**, cilantro and lime.)

Talking about race and gender with some of the same race and gender and socio-economic status as me, literally never happens, so getting to talk to Kristen is much appreciated conversation. Kristen is constantly writing things down and asking the best questions making me think about why I do what I do with my life and how I treat other people and why I think about the world the way I do. And I love her deeply for it. (and because she makes me tea)

Feeling introspective, knitting to Toni Braxton at 2am with lovely ladies, planning badass recipes, adventures, drinking gorgeous summery drinks, surrounded by friends and feeling really young for the first time in forever. I seriously love my life so much.

Mexican potstickers: (find the recipe here: http://www.rachaelraymag.com/recipes/rachael-ray-magazine-recipe-search/appetizer-starter-recipes/mexican-potstickers)

-       TVP (sub for sour cream)

-       red beans/black beans (1 can each)

-       corn

-       jalepenos

-       red onion

-       cilantro

-       hot sauce

-       tomato

Tacos:

-       2 cups kale

-       2 sweet potatoes sautéed in curry and sriracha

-       corn tortillas

-       avocado

-       1 cup TVP

-       1 can black beans

-       1 onion (diced)

-       1 tomato (diced)

Tomatillo salsa:

-       5 tomatillos

-       2 Cyrano peppers

-       ¼ clove garlic

-       1 cup cilantro

-       ½ cup onion

-       salt and pepper to taste

Blend finely until ready

Drinks:

-       tequila

-       club soda

-       orange juice

-       red wine

-       grilled pinapple sautéed in honey, cilantro and lime (**I know a lot of vegans don’t eat honey, so just skip it if you don’t)

Mix to your own preference

1st attempt
I got the idea for this cake from the food blog Yammie’s Noshery.  http://www.yammiesnoshery.com/2012/06/mint-oreo-cake.html#&amp;disp=168565
I wanted it to be vegan, so I went over to tastespotting.com and found a great vegan vanilla cake recipe here: http://cakemerchant.com/2012/06/vegan-vanilla-cupcakes-with-vanilla-buttercream-frosting
We  (http://metababies.tumblr.com and I) traipsed to the store to buy the ingredients we didn’t already have at home (of course I failed to check for several things and ended up buying things I already had and forgetting things I didn’t – which resulted in another trip in the middle of baking) 
We made the cake for the cake balls first. I decided to go with chocolate since the cake itself was going to be vanilla. I’m lazy, so I used box cake for these, and subbed applesauce for the eggs. 
I wanted to do green on the inside of the cake to go with the mint theme, but it turns out that green cake isn’t actually the most appetizing thing in the world to look at &#8230; but alas. A few uneven layers and colors later (Me? Impatient? Noooooo. I love measuring!) we were wondering why the kitchen smelled overwhelmingly like eggs when there were no eggs to be seen. 
We almost forgot to label the layers but Samantha caught it just in time! 
Frosting was a disaster. At first. We ended up putting the cake in the freezer for about 15 minutes to try and harden the frosting up. We probably should’ve made the frosting a little thicker. The layers definitely toppled over in the freezer. 
(Samantha to my roommate Shane: “There’s four layers AND these cake balls on top, isn’t that F*&amp;^ED UP?”)
For some ungodly reason I wanted to keep going with the green theme, so we took pictures outside, you know, with the grass and the bushes because grass and bushes totally make me hungry. (Photographing food outside is SO awkward if you live on an extremely busy street by the way). We were rushing to take the pictures before the cake slid into oblivion and it was pretty much just me screaming “God this is so awkward!” and laughing hysterically and http://seannugh.tumblr.com running around frantically trying to get me out the way to get good shots. 
Taste-wise, the cake balls were hands down delicious. The cake was mediocre.  I probably should have started baking earlier in the day, but overall I would definitely say 1st attempt = SUCCESS. 
 
Stayed tuned, next week we’re doing Mexicannnnnnnnn! 
 
Jun 21, 2012 / 8 notes

1st attempt

I got the idea for this cake from the food blog Yammie’s Noshery.  http://www.yammiesnoshery.com/2012/06/mint-oreo-cake.html#&disp=168565

I wanted it to be vegan, so I went over to tastespotting.com and found a great vegan vanilla cake recipe here: http://cakemerchant.com/2012/06/vegan-vanilla-cupcakes-with-vanilla-buttercream-frosting

We  (http://metababies.tumblr.com and I) traipsed to the store to buy the ingredients we didn’t already have at home (of course I failed to check for several things and ended up buying things I already had and forgetting things I didn’t – which resulted in another trip in the middle of baking)

We made the cake for the cake balls first. I decided to go with chocolate since the cake itself was going to be vanilla. I’m lazy, so I used box cake for these, and subbed applesauce for the eggs.

I wanted to do green on the inside of the cake to go with the mint theme, but it turns out that green cake isn’t actually the most appetizing thing in the world to look at … but alas. A few uneven layers and colors later (Me? Impatient? Noooooo. I love measuring!) we were wondering why the kitchen smelled overwhelmingly like eggs when there were no eggs to be seen.

We almost forgot to label the layers but Samantha caught it just in time!

Frosting was a disaster. At first. We ended up putting the cake in the freezer for about 15 minutes to try and harden the frosting up. We probably should’ve made the frosting a little thicker. The layers definitely toppled over in the freezer.

(Samantha to my roommate Shane: “There’s four layers AND these cake balls on top, isn’t that F*&^ED UP?”)

For some ungodly reason I wanted to keep going with the green theme, so we took pictures outside, you know, with the grass and the bushes because grass and bushes totally make me hungry. (Photographing food outside is SO awkward if you live on an extremely busy street by the way). We were rushing to take the pictures before the cake slid into oblivion and it was pretty much just me screaming “God this is so awkward!” and laughing hysterically and http://seannugh.tumblr.com running around frantically trying to get me out the way to get good shots.

Taste-wise, the cake balls were hands down delicious. The cake was mediocre.  I probably should have started baking earlier in the day, but overall I would definitely say 1st attempt = SUCCESS.

 

Stayed tuned, next week we’re doing Mexicannnnnnnnn!

 

1st attempt
I got the idea for this cake from the food blog Yammie’s Noshery.  http://www.yammiesnoshery.com/2012/06/mint-oreo-cake.html#&amp;disp=168565
I wanted it to be vegan, so I went over to tastespotting.com and found a great vegan vanilla cake recipe here: http://cakemerchant.com/2012/06/vegan-vanilla-cupcakes-with-vanilla-buttercream-frosting
We  (http://metababies.tumblr.com and I) traipsed to the store to buy the ingredients we didn’t already have at home (of course I failed to check for several things and ended up buying things I already had and forgetting things I didn’t – which resulted in another trip in the middle of baking) 
We made the cake for the cake balls first. I decided to go with chocolate since the cake itself was going to be vanilla. I’m lazy, so I used box cake for these, and subbed applesauce for the eggs. 
I wanted to do green on the inside of the cake to go with the mint theme, but it turns out that green cake isn’t actually the most appetizing thing in the world to look at &#8230; but alas. A few uneven layers and colors later (Me? Impatient? Noooooo. I love measuring!) we were wondering why the kitchen smelled overwhelmingly like eggs when there were no eggs to be seen. 
We almost forgot to label the layers but Samantha caught it just in time! 
Frosting was a disaster. At first. We ended up putting the cake in the freezer for about 15 minutes to try and harden the frosting up. We probably should’ve made the frosting a little thicker. The layers definitely toppled over in the freezer. 
(Samantha to my roommate Shane: “There’s four layers AND these cake balls on top, isn’t that F*&amp;^ED UP?”)
For some ungodly reason I wanted to keep going with the green theme, so we took pictures outside, you know, with the grass and the bushes because grass and bushes totally make me hungry. (Photographing food outside is SO awkward if you live on an extremely busy street by the way). We were rushing to take the pictures before the cake slid into oblivion and it was pretty much just me screaming “God this is so awkward!” and laughing hysterically and http://seannugh.tumblr.com running around frantically trying to get me out the way to get good shots. 
Taste-wise, the cake balls were hands down delicious. The cake was mediocre.  I probably should have started baking earlier in the day, but overall I would definitely say 1st attempt = SUCCESS. 
 
Stayed tuned, next week we’re doing Mexicannnnnnnnn! 
 
Jun 21, 2012 / 2 notes

1st attempt

I got the idea for this cake from the food blog Yammie’s Noshery.  http://www.yammiesnoshery.com/2012/06/mint-oreo-cake.html#&disp=168565

I wanted it to be vegan, so I went over to tastespotting.com and found a great vegan vanilla cake recipe here: http://cakemerchant.com/2012/06/vegan-vanilla-cupcakes-with-vanilla-buttercream-frosting

We  (http://metababies.tumblr.com and I) traipsed to the store to buy the ingredients we didn’t already have at home (of course I failed to check for several things and ended up buying things I already had and forgetting things I didn’t – which resulted in another trip in the middle of baking)

We made the cake for the cake balls first. I decided to go with chocolate since the cake itself was going to be vanilla. I’m lazy, so I used box cake for these, and subbed applesauce for the eggs.

I wanted to do green on the inside of the cake to go with the mint theme, but it turns out that green cake isn’t actually the most appetizing thing in the world to look at … but alas. A few uneven layers and colors later (Me? Impatient? Noooooo. I love measuring!) we were wondering why the kitchen smelled overwhelmingly like eggs when there were no eggs to be seen.

We almost forgot to label the layers but Samantha caught it just in time!

Frosting was a disaster. At first. We ended up putting the cake in the freezer for about 15 minutes to try and harden the frosting up. We probably should’ve made the frosting a little thicker. The layers definitely toppled over in the freezer.

(Samantha to my roommate Shane: “There’s four layers AND these cake balls on top, isn’t that F*&^ED UP?”)

For some ungodly reason I wanted to keep going with the green theme, so we took pictures outside, you know, with the grass and the bushes because grass and bushes totally make me hungry. (Photographing food outside is SO awkward if you live on an extremely busy street by the way). We were rushing to take the pictures before the cake slid into oblivion and it was pretty much just me screaming “God this is so awkward!” and laughing hysterically and http://seannugh.tumblr.com running around frantically trying to get me out the way to get good shots.

Taste-wise, the cake balls were hands down delicious. The cake was mediocre.  I probably should have started baking earlier in the day, but overall I would definitely say 1st attempt = SUCCESS.

 

Stayed tuned, next week we’re doing Mexicannnnnnnnn!