We have a winner! Congratulations Krys at Two Vegan Boys Weblog! Thank Heaven for Random.org, it would have been impossible to choose one winner from all the fabulous entries! I wanted to be cool so I made a video of the random number generator but it looks terrible:
So here’s a picture of the result as well:
Krys’ superpower was “the ability to feed the world so there were no more starving children”. Nice! I hope you and your family enjoy your new juicer! Just send me an email with your address to wingitvegan (at) gmail (dot) com so I can forward it to the 877MyJuicer.com folks!
Thank you to everyone that entered the giveaway – those of you who comment regularly and my Lovely Lurkers! It was so much fun and I am looking forward to hosting another giveaway for you guys soon.
Let’s talk Vegantine’s Day! I wasn’t very inspired this time, maybe it’s because of all the excitement about hitting the road. How on Earth did I manage to make so many Halloweegan treats during MoFo? Anyway, let’s start with breakfast. These heart pancakes are made with two metal heart-shaped cookie cutters. A large one for the chocolate part and a smaller one for the strawberry centers.
|Outer Chocolate Hearts
1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
3 tbsp cocoa powder
3 tbsp brown sugar
2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
2 tbsp oil
1 1/4 cup soy milk
handful of chocolate chips*1- Whisk together the dry ingredients in a mixing bowl.
2- Whisk the liquids in a measuring jar or small bowl.
3- Stir the liquids into the dry ingredients adding more soy milk if necessary.Center Strawberry Hearts
1/2 cup whole wheat pastry flour
1- Whisk together the dry ingredients in a mixing bowl.
Putting the hearts together
1- Preheat your skillet prepared with cooking spray. Also spray your metal cookie cutters all around inside and out.
* These pancakes were OK but I made them without chocolate chips and sliced strawberries so they didn’t live up to their full potential.
My favorite Vegantine’s Day treat – Strawberry Love Bugs!
I dedicate these to Denny, my Strawberry-Twin!
There must always be a Mr. Cranky Pants for balance purposes.
He did not want to have his picture taken.
These are really easy to make, especially if you leave out the antennae. Just slice a few strawberries in half, and dip the tips of both halves into some melted chocolate chips to create the heads. For the face, use a simple powdered sugar icing, and drop some melted chocolate drops on the little bug’s body. I cut a tiny hole in the corner of a small ziploc back to squeeze out the chocolate drops. The signs are little pieces of paper hot-glued to toothpick halves. That’s it.
Now if you want to give them antennae, you will need to use the melted chocolate ziploc to squeeze out little antenna shaped thingies onto some wax paper. Refrigerate the antennae for about 20 minutes and attach them to the heads using more melted chocolate as glue. Work quickly because they melt in your fingers ridiculously fast. Here are my antennae:
More chocolate? Sure! These are the same chocolates I made for my previous post, though this time I invested $2 in a chocolate mold from Hobby Lobby. Money well spent!
Vegantine’s Day Chocolate-Cashew-Coconut Yummies
1/2 cup chocolate chips
2 tbsp coconut milk
1/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
1/4 cup cashews
1- Melt the chocolate chips with the coconut milk. I did this in the microwave, at 50% power and a couple of 30 second intervals.
2- Stir in the shredded coconut.
3- Coarsely grind the cashews. I used our Magic Bullet, just a few pulses so they don’t become cashew flour!
4- Stir the cashews into the chocolate mix.
That’s your chocolate filling if you’re using candy molds. If you’re shaping these by hand move on to the next step.
5- Spread the chocolate on wax paper and refrigerate for an hour.
6- Cut into your favorite shapes with cookie cutters. Place chocolates on a plate and refrigerate for another hour.
At this point you’re done. Unless you want to do some extra work and dip each chocolate into some melted chocolate chips like I did for my previous post. Way too much work for my taste though. Or you can just shape them into balls and make truffles, easier to dip in chocolate! Keep refrigerated! Here they are non-dipped and shaped like hugs and kisses.
Vegantine’s Day Outtake! These were supposed to be Cupid’s Cupcakes, but the chocolate arrows look more like chicken feet. So they look more like there’s a chicken buried in a heart and one of its legs is sticking out! :)
When life gives you a Lemonade Award… say YAY!! Thank you so much Jumbleberry Jam for my sweet award! It’s so nice to get an award from such a super cool blogger like you! I have to pass it on to 10 people, but look at my blog roll and you all will see my predicament. So, I better get squeezin’ because I intend to pass this on to everyone on my blog roll!
Wow. This was a long post! Did you make it all the way to the end? Great! Then I can wish you a fabulous Valentine’s Day, whether you’re celebrating with a special someone or with friends… or alone with your little Strawberry Love Bugs! :)