First Daisy Mae And I want to Wish you all a Happy, Safe And Prosperous New Year. Now on to the Main Event. Our First Post Of 2019—WOW!!
QUEEN DAISY MAE’S ANSWERS
- Looking back, maybe I shouldn’t have been so hard on Santa Paws about the catnip. Santa Paws, if your listening and/or reading this, I’m really sorry. Will you please forgive me?
- A lot of sleep is a treat I give to myself.
- A new skill I want to learn is to have a longer attention span to play with my toys. I play for a brief time then stop. I had a longer attention span when I was a kitten.
- One bad habit I want to stop is annoying my family by coaxing to go to the attic in the Early Morning.(Actually I don’t I’m just trying to be nice kitty cat ).
QUEEN MOM CRYSTAL’S ANSWERS
- Looking Back, I should try to be less picky and eat more. Funny Hah. Most of us would say less but in my case I do need to eat more.
- Picking up Daisy is a treat I give to myself. This is a treat because she rarely lets me pick her up.
- A new skill I want to learn is learning how to make art from pictures I’ve taken on PicMonkey, Canvas and etc…
- One bad habit I want to stop is being over-anxious. I get way to over-anxious and that leads to worry and that isn’t good.
We are joining 15 And Meowing and Four-Legged Furballs
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Well Vegan’s it’s your turn. I wondered after doing recipes for chocolate is there such a thing as Vegan Chocolate? I’m happy to say there is. Also, if you haven’t read my other cooking posts I did previously, you can read them by going to A Simple Cooking Life Hack, Christmas Cooking Hacks And Helpful Cooking Hacks……, and 🎂🎂🎂🎂🎂🎂Simple Chocolate Recipes……🎂🎂🎂🎂🎂🎂. I hope you not on go to these posts but read and comment on this one too. Now let’s move on to those delicious-looking Vegan Chocolate Recipes.
EASY VEGAN CHOCOLATE:
Prep Time: Cook Time: Total Time:
20 minutes 3 minutes 23 minutes
- 1 cup cocoa butter (finely chopped, packed)
- 5 tablespoons agave nectar (or maple syrup)
- 1/2 cup cacao powder (or unsweetened cocoa powder)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract (optional)
- to taste pinch sea salt (optional/plus more)
- add cacao nibs (optional/for topping)
- Arrange 14 (amount as original recipe is written//adjust if altering batch size)mini cupcake liners on a small baking sheet. Set aside.
- Add 2 inches of water to a large saucepan and bring to a boil over medium high heat. Then set a glass or ceramic bowl on top, making sure it’s not touching the water (this creates a “double boiler”).
- To the mixing bowl, add finely chopped cocoa butter and let melt-2-3 minutes.
- Once melted, add the maple syrup or agave nectar and use a whisk or wooden spoon to mix until fluid and thoroughly combined. Remove bowl and set on a flat surface. Also, turn off stove – top heat and set saucepan aside.
- Add cacao or cocoa powder, vanilla (optional), and sea salt (optional), and whisk to combine until there are no clumps.
- Taste and adjust flavor as needed. (amounts as original recipe is written//adjust if altering batch size), but it’s completely up to how sweet you prefer your chocolate.
- Carefully pour chocolate into 12 – 14 mini cupcake liners* (or 7 large cupcake liners//amount as original recipe is written//adjust if altering batch) and top with more sea salt or cacao nibs (optional).
- Transfer chocolate to the freezer or refrigerator to set – about 10 minutes.
- Enjoy straight from the freezer, refrigerator, or at room temperature. Store leftovers in a well – sealed container in the refrigerator for 1 week, or in the freezer up to 1 month.
*You can sub up to 2 Tbsp (amount as original recipe is written//adjust if altering batch size) of the cocoa butter with coconut oil in the recipe. However, cocoa butter is superior! Coconut oil tends to separate, get a little oily, and melts easily when touched.
*Between both raw cacao and cocoa powder the raw cacao tastes a bit more bitter, while the cocoa was a little less stark and had a more familiar taste on the palette. Cacao wins in health benefits, but cocoa powder wins in taste.
* To keep this chocolate raw, use cacao powder and (water bath).
*If you don’t have mini cupcake liners, lay parchment paper down on a baking sheet and spread the chocolate into an even layer. Once set, break into bark, or cut into bars.
*If you’re afraid to try cocoa butter, don’t be! It’s so versatile. Definitely worth it if you’re a chocolate fan!
Nutrition Information is a rough estimate.
Nutrition Per Serving (1 of 13):
Calories: Fat: Saturated Fat: Sodium: Carbohydrates: Fiber: Sugar: Protein:
162 16.5 g 9.9 g 12 mg 5.4 g 1.8 g 2.5 g 1.1 g
Easy Vegan Chocolate
VEGAN CHOCOLATE TURTLES
- 1 c. non-dairy chocolate chips, divided in half.
- 1/2 c. pecans
- 1 recipe for raw caramel sauce (see below).
For Raw Date Caramel:
- 4 Medjool dates, soaked in water for 1 hour and drained.
- 1 Tbsp. water.
- 1 tsp. maple syrup.
- 1 tsp. coconut oil, solid.
- 1/4 tsp. vanilla extract.
- In a high-speed blender, whip up all the ingredients for the raw caramel sauce until completely smooth. Allow to chill in the refrigerator to cool down.
- Line a baking sheet with a piece of parchment paper.
- Melt 1/2 c. of the non-dairy chocolate chips. Place in a Ziploc bag with a slit cut out of the corner and drip 1 tsp. of chocolate onto the parchment paper, making circles. You may want to use the back of a spoon to flatten down a little bit.
- For each chocolate circle, place 6 pecan slices on top of the chocolate in the position for the head, legs and tail. Fill in the remainder of the chocolate with smaller pecan pieces. Place the baking in the freezer for 5-10 minutes.
- Remove the sheet and pour the raw caramel sauce into a Ziploc baggie to pipe on top, about 1 tsp. worth. Freeze again while you melt the remainder 1/2 c. of chocolate.
- Pipe the remaining chocolate on top of the caramel. Smooth out with the back of a spoon to ensure it is evenly spread. PLEASE READ: Do this one at a time because the warm chocolate hitting the items that have been in the freezer will cause the chocolate to quickly harden. If you wait too long, your chocolate will be unworkable.
- Allow the turtles to fully set (either back in the freezer or if you keep them on the counter, they will harden as well).
Serving Size: 1 Turtle
Sugar: 13.5 g
Sodium: 13 mg
Fat: 7.5 g
Carbohydrates: 15.7 g
Fiber: 1.4 g
Protein: 1.7 g
Vegan Chocolate Turtles
CARAMEL CHOCOLATE VEGAN POPCORN
For the Popcorn:
- 75 g | 1/3 cup popcorn kernels.
For the caramel:
- 100 g | 1/2 cup coconut sugar.
- 2 tablespoons water.
- 2 tablespoons coconut oil.
- 2 tablespoons tahini.
- 1/4 heaping teaspoon salt.
For the chocolate drizzle:
- 90 g | 1/2 cup dairy free chocolate chips.
- Warm a large heavy bottomed pan with a lid, over medium heat until hot. Pour in the popcorn kernels and put the lid on tightly. Move them around frequently by gently moving the pan. They will start popping after about 30 seconds.
- Keep watching/listening until the popping stops then remove from the heat but keep the lid on in case a rogue kernel decides to surprise you!
- Preheat oven to 300 degrees F.
- Add the coconut sugar and water to a small saucepan and warm over a medium heat until the sugar has dissolved and it is just starting the bubble.
- Remove from the heat and add the coconut oil, tahini and salt. Stir really well until it is smooth. It is normal to see some pale flecks throughout. If lumps persist or it doesn’t combine well put the pan over a low heat and continue stirring. It will come together.
- Remove the lid from the popcorn kernels and pour over the caramel. Be careful as it will be very hot. Stir until evenly coated evenly.
- Pour onto a baking tray lined with either Silpat or baking parchment and spread out into a single layer. Put in the oven and bake for around 15 minutes until crunchy and golden.
- Melt the chocolate chips over simmering water, or gently in a microwave, then drizzle over the popcorn with a spoon.
- Place the tray in the fridge to allow the chocolate to set. If you are in a hurry you can put it in the freezer for 10 minutes. Once the chocolate is set break into pieces and store in an airtight container where it will keep well for a few days.
Feel free to omit the chocolate if you prefer to just have caramel flavor.
Serving: 1 1/2 cup serving |Calories: 124 k cal | Carbohydrates: 18 g | Protein: 1.4 g| Fat: 6 g | Saturated Fat: 3.4 g |Sodium: 53 mg |Fiber: 1.5 g |Sugar: 2112 g |Calcium: 51% |Iron: 4%
Vegan Chocolate Caramel Popcorn
It’s that time of year we start planning Christmas Dinner if you haven’t started thinking about it already. OK, I got curious on how to save money and time and found some good hacks I didn’t even and just had to share. These hacks are from Reader’s Digest so they are really good. The hacks are below with photos.
1.) Tackle two recipes with one dough Have someone who wants cookies; and someone who wants pie, but you certainly don’t have time to make both. Making pie crust takes a lot of time and patience, so store-bought cookie dough can be swapped in for an easier alternative. Simply Press the softened dough into a pie dish, bake it, then add your favorite no-bake filling like cream or fruit.
Photo Credit: iStock/2GreenEyes
2.) Have someone who can’t eat buttermilk or sour cream or you don’t have the ingredients and you need an alternative? Here’s what you can do. See below.
Make a buttermilk or sour cream alternative – – – If your recipe calls for a cup of buttermilk or sour cream —but they’re nowhere to be found in your fridge—take 1 tablespoon of vinegar or lemon juice, then add enough milk to equal 1 cup.
Photo Credit: iStock/ivandzyuba
3.) Keep Your Cookies Soft.
Need to keep your cookies soft now that you have them baked? Here’s a simple way to do that. See below.
Who likes hard cookies? I know I don’t and neither does Santa Claus. To ensure maximum cookie freshness, store them in a container with a slice of white bread, half of an apple, or an orange peel. The cookies will absorb moisture, keeping them softer longer.
Photo Credit: Unknown
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Cats Rule Our Hearts!
If you feel sad, I will be your smile
If you cry, I will be your comfort.
And if someone breaks your heart,
You can use my love to live and to be by our side together!
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Hi Everyone and Welcome, as most of you might have noticed I went dark unexpectedly for a while. Sorry about that but it couldn’t be helped. I’m going to proceed to tell you why I went dark and that might help you understand. These last few months have been hectic, busy with unexpected situations popping up, winter storm causing the electric to go out for multiple days, getting ready for the holidays, trying to get everyone to come for the holidays and etc… is what’s been happening.
The title says it all about what happened in our little town here in Pennsylvania. Let me start at the beginning. Last Thursday(the Thursday before Thanksgiving) we had some electric glitches where our electric went off then came back on real quick. No big deal right? Wrong. As we soon learned that was just a warning that our electric was going to go out for a while(3 days to be exact). At 11:30 PM Eastern or a ‘Tad’ there after was when we lost it for good.
So when did we finally get our electric back? 3 days later. Then the next day some people who were brought in to help get all the electric turned on before Thanksgiving but that didn’t happen for everyone. Then Didn’t they turn off our electric. Well a few hours later we got our electric back and hopefully so did some other people. So we cut it close for Thanksgiving hence our Thanksgiving miracle. More about that below in this post.
Now about our Thanksgiving miracle. I’m grateful for a lot but this Thanksgiving I had something huge to be grateful for to add to my list. You see we got our electric back just in time for Thanksgiving which meant we got our stove back, heat back and not going to my sisters for Thanksgiving. That isn’t a bad thing because she’s a good cook. We got to have everyone from the intermediate family here on Thanksgiving(12 people). So the Good Lord saw fit to take our electric away for a few days and He saw fit to give it back just in time to have Thanksgiving at our house. Miracles do happen and sometimes you’re blessed with multiple miracles at once. That’s what happened to my family and I.
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Title Of Book: PRANCIE’S PRAYER
Author: Ellen J. Pilch
Published: September 12, 2018(Kindle Edition)
Publishing Company: Mirror Publishing
Who Can Read This Book: Everyone
WELCOME AND INTRODUCTION
Welcome Everyone to our site. We really appreciate those who have been reading and following us for a while now. We also want to welcome the new readers and followers and we appreciate you too. If it weren’t for you all we wouldn’t be where we are today. Now on to the book, when I read a book I usually can tell if I’m going to like the book or not and how I’m going to rate it half way through the first chapter. Sometimes it takes longer. For example, if I absolute don’t like it in the first chapter, I’ll give it to chapter 3 or 4 usually and decide whether to go on reading the book or make it a DNF(Did Not Finish). Sometimes the book just doesn’t live up to hype even if it had a movie made out of it.
WHAT I EXPECTED
I follow this authors blog so I had an idea what to expect. Since her blog is so great and writing style very good, I set the bar quite high for this book PRANCIE’S PRAYER. I guess knowing what I did I expected a very good book and at least a 5 star rating if not higher. Well guess what? I wasn’t disappointed. In fact, It was better than I expected. I must say that doesn’t happen often with books with me.
WHAT I LIKED
Well what can I say. I liked everything about this book. The way the book was layed out from beginning to end, How the story was told, Most of all I liked it because there was no bad language.
WHAT I DIDN’T LIKE
Noop. Can’t think of anything although maybe just a suggestion. This isn’t a complaint, I loved the book but thought it could have been longer. However, the way this story was told and layed out the length was perfect. I hope I get to read the print version some day.
RECOMMENDATION & RATING
I recommend everyone buy, read and review this book. I don’t think you’ll be disappointed. I know I wasn’t. This book is made so kids can read it too. I give the book PRANCIE’S PRAYER 12 STARS. OK, I know you can go up to 5 stars but really this book deserves 12 stars it’s that good.
Please buy this book. WHY? Because from October to December all the royalties are going to a charity called Boston’s Forgotten Feline’s. It’s a win-win situation you buy the book the charity gets the royalties and you get a Fantastic book by a fantastic author.