Good evening everyone!
I had a looong day of shopping with my mom and totally spent! I love my mom’s shopping game plan: take off days that less people are out and get it done! We got up early and hit the malls hard. I was actually pretty much done with my shopping so today ended up being more self-shopping than anything 🙂 Today was also a really nice break from the books, which I’ve been hitting hard lately as it’s finals time. All of my finals are group presentations and papers so it’s a huge mix of independent and group work (which is a struggle for me)! I had a final presentation last night and I have two more on Monday and Tuesday night. Wish me luck because there’s definitely a whole lot up in the air right now!
So, what has been getting me through my crazy finals cabin fever??? Workouts and food! Yes, they are the only breaks that I get from my work, aside from today’s shopping excursion.
Morning pumpkin oats:
Note that it is literally in the middle of all my work, love it 🙂
And then there’s times when I need an excuse to get down and dirty in the kitchen; baking time my friends 🙂 Yesterday afternoon as I contemplated which of my 12+ assignments to work on, I had a thought “We’re supposed to bring food to our last class tonight…I MUST bake cookies!!!! And we have a vegan in our class…the MUST be vegan!!!” Enter: Twitter. A cry of help was called out and Ash came to my rescue in recommending a recipe that I knew would be a hit:
Christmas Cookie Dough Balls c/o Mama Pea
Mama Pea is my vegan cooking and baking hero…not to mention the funniest mom-I-want-to-be-some-day-in-the-distant-future 🙂 These cookies were a HUUUGE hit with vegans and non-vegans alike…including my meat-and-potatoes Dad!
Makes 15-20 balls
3/4 c. vegan margarine (i.e. Earth Balance)
3/4 c. powdered sugar
1/4 c. organic sugar
1/2 t. salt
1 1/2 t. vanilla extract
1 c. unbleached organic flour
1/2 c. whole wheat pastry flour
1-3 t. non-dairy or organic milk
cinnamon sugar mix
crushed candy canes
So first off, I got the kitchen a bit messy:
No worries, some of that mess actually got into the mixer:
And as Mama Pea promised, things did start coming together:
I got my Christmas colored sugar:
I received so many praises and recipe requests for these balls!! I pointed everyone Mama Pea’s way, singing her praises. My mom even requested these balls become a part of the Christmas Cookie Tradition!
All I have to say, is a Christmas Ball for All!!
Have a great night everyone…I’ll be back this weekend with a few fun recaps 🙂
lots of love,