Hi, I really like your blog and recipes! Although I decided to become a vegan, I don't want to miss all the good sweet stuff. So, do you know any good vegan recipes you could share with us, especially for cookies and muffins?
I actually do have a few recipes in the hopper that I plan to try out, but right now all I’ve got on my site is this individual Apple Pie recipe that’s vegan.
A lot of the recipes I have can be swapped out for vegan/soy butter.
I use lactaid milk (which I know isn’t vegan), but almond milk is usually a good substitute since it’s nice and creamy (just not for frosting, I’m not a fan).
If anyone has any suggestions on egg substitutes please feel free to chime in! :)
In the future I’ll let you know whether or not the recipes I try out are vegan ;)
Good luck with doing that, god knows I couldn’t do it.
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Rhi here - I’m sorry for the lack of posts recently, as I have been in the process of moving!
Tonight was the first night I was able to gather enough of my supplies to break in my crazy new kitchen - and what better way to do it with chocolate chip cookies?
I’ve dealt with literal scaredy cats, the “clown murder room/dippin’ dots barf” room, moving crazy amounts of furniture and creating a box graveyard in the past week.
So as soon as my life has settled down, I promise you great amounts of warm-sugary lovin’ in your lives. In the meantime, feel free to check out my recipe index for any ideas!
Scene: It’s Sunday night. You’re sitting on your couch with your Food Network Magazine, watching The Next Food Network Star.
And you realize.
You have found a recipe you might have all the ingredients for, and you could totally have your own show.
So what do I do? I get up and I decide “Sure, I have all the.. oh. I don’t have this. Or that. Well, let’s see what I can do anyway.” Food network stars need to improvise, right?
If you didn’t know, I’m moving soon. We’re trying to not buy extra food items, and work our way through the things we already have. I have lots of odds and ends, and in packing up a bunch of the stuff in my cabinets, I’ve found some things that I’d forgotten about (that thankfully don’t go bad either) - SO. Let’s go through the actual recipe, and I’ll tell you what I swapped out.
So one of my pet peeves is when someone tells me to ice my cupcakes. I could ice them, but chances are I’ve made frosting for them instead. Here’s my way of explaining how frosting and icing are two different actions and types of toppings :)
Which term do you use? Leave me a comment!
Forever correcting baking terms (and admittedly being wrong sometimes),
Recently, it’s been very apparent the universe wants me to open up a bakery. This list might be a way for me to reinforce it for a later date since I’m a smidge busy moving into my first ever house right now ;)
- You Bake Like it’s Nothing. In the middle of a party? Cupcakes. On a busy workday night? Chocolate Chip Cookies. While on the phone with a best friend crying? Banana Bread. It’s just a comfort to keep my hands busy, to do something while having company and get them excited - it’s just fun!
- The Facebook Ads. Have you seen them? The ones that say “use this app to start your own business today!” Mine happen to be catering and bakery related. Probably because I like about a million food blogger pages and only search for recipes.
- The Potato-Salad Kickstarter. Oh yeah, this totally popped up on my feed 1000 times in a week. Saying “If these guys can do it, why can’t you?” But kickstarter in general, I’ve even kickstarted a bakery in the past. Why not?
- Crumbs. Okay, this may sound backwards - but. I work down the street from a crumbs location, and I totally did a walk-by to see what it was like inside, and if I’d want to buy the store to have as my own personal bakery location. Also, yes I realize that crumbs was a large-scale bakery chain that failed, but I know that in my business plan I wouldn’t just do oversized cupcakes and coffee. I just like variety, as does the general populace. ;)
- Your Coworkers Want to Get you Fired - but in the nicest way. People not only look forward to my baked goods, but they almost expect there to be something on my desk. Someone having a bad day? They wander over to me for something sugary to bring them up. I have actually had someone say to me “I hate cookies, and I love yours. I want to get you fired so you can share this with everyone else.” Another even sent me a picture of a woman quitting via icing on a cake, and said “this is clever, but don’t get any ideas.”
- Food Network. I say this because yes, I do happen to watch a lot of food network instead of other standard TV shows. Last night I saw a food blogger win cutthroat kitchen. Cupcake wars? Yeah, I know not to bake Florian a red velvet cupcake unless it’s the best one you’ve ever made. I’ve watched the Great Food Truck Race and thought 100 times over that I could make a pretty killer dessert truck, but Food Network shows you that no matter what your stature in life is right now, you can take it and mold it to what you want it to be.
- KItchen Priorities. Okay, let me explain. For cooks and bakers alike, a big kitchen is a dream come true. My husband and I are on the verge of buying our first house, and during the process we looked at the listings for at least 150+ houses, and my number one need was a big kitchen. A kitchen that I can entertain in, move around in, with lots of storage space and an island. Not only did I get that, but it looks out onto a back deck, has a double oven and a butler’s pantry (A.K.A. an extra stretch of kitchen). I was super picky about what I wanted, and I am still in disbelief of how we managed to finagle it.
- Two Broke Girls. Kat Dennings. My personal hero. Even if she isn’t a baker in real life, Max Black is seriously the best on-air inspiration for a girl who doesn’t think she can make it. Yes, it’s a scripted television show. But who doesn’t love a girl with a dream of a purple oven and a little catering/window shop in New York City? I’ve thought it over 100 times, on what kind of shop I’d see myself owning, and I always come back to the Two Broke Girls setup, with a window and a catering kitchen.
- The Indie Movement. I say it this way because I feel like it makes sense, and I think I relate it back to indie gaming. Felicia Day said in one of her videos that we’re living in the renaissance of indie gaming - truth. I think we’re living in an era where we’re so much more for supporting the small business owner (Amex anyone? Etsy?), so opening up a “mom and pop” type of shop is not only encouraged for authenticity and uniqueness, but also much more doable in this day and age. I say that without any knowledge behind actually owning my own business, but I’d like to think that being able to get a loan or kickstart a bakery with a neat concept would be more doable than what I have in my head. A lot of work, for sure, but completely manageable.
- Being A Millennial. Okay, this might get me some flack - but hear me out. I am a millennial (boooo!) I work hard. I went to school, I was lucky enough to find not one, but two jobs in the past 3 years since I’ve graduated, and I pull my weight like hell. Millennial’s get a lot of crap because we’re a little more driven by what we love than past generations may have been known for - basically, we won’t stand to be upset at our jobs anymore. We demand a work/life balance, we demand to be treated with respect and paid accordingly. Unfortunately, that skews a little more dramatic than not most of the time. At any rate, this type of mindset has planted seeds in my head for driving my future. My future as a baker, a blogger, a designer, etc… it’s inspiring me to use my spare time differently, it’s showing me that my career field isn’t all there is for the rest of my life. I can do what I want to do, and I can gather the resources to do it.
I question this list every day, but I know there’s a lot of validity to it. Am I ready for that type of commitment? No, I don’t think so. Soon, though. I’ve already started doing some side projects for people if they have events that would be better with desserts, so I’m learning little by little how the job might be if I choose to accept.
Share this if you’ve found joy in the little signs in life saying you’re doing the right thing ;)