Monthly Archives: November 2010

It’s Gingerbread time!

I was lucky enough to try these amazing All Vegan cookies, and boy am I glad these gingerbread men weren’t fast enough to get away from me! (ha. ha.) Definitely one of my favorite holiday treats with a bonus vegan twist. They were sturdy enough for house making too- How fun! Thanks VegNews :)
(Via VegNews ) Here’s what you need:
2-3/4 cups pastry flour
1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 tablespoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup non-hydrogenated margarine, softened
3/4 cup molasses
1-1/2 cups light brown sugar, packed
2 tablespoons soymilk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla

Here’s how you make the magic happen:
1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees and grease a cookie sheet.
2. In a bowl, combine pastry flour, baking powder, ginger, cloves, cinnamon, and salt. In a large bowl, whisk together margarine, molasses, and brown sugar together until smooth. Add soymilk and vanilla and whisk thoroughly.
3. Add dry ingredients to wet and mix with spatula to form a dough. Cover and refrigerate for at least two hours.
4. Roll out dough onto a floured board, 1/8- to 1/4-inch thick, depending on desired texture (thinner cookies will be crispier, thicker cookies will be chewier). Cut into shapes with cookie cutters and place on prepared cookie sheet. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes, depending on thickness. Decorate, Frost and Sprinkle to your liking :)

We challenge you!

This year we have a challenge for you- To Shop ALL LOCAL this holiday season. Whether you live in a large city or a small town, shopping local is not only good for your town or city, but it’s good for the earth as well- honest! Are you up for the challenge?

Babies, Babies, Babies!

Finally, just this past week saw the film “Babies.” It’s such a beautiful film to watch. It follows four babies from four different parts of the world during their first year of life. If you have not yet seen it, watch the trailer and tell us what you think! It is so wonderful to see the commonalities amongst ALL babies even when they range from growing up in a bustling U.S. city to a rural village in Africa. Just beautiful.

Cool book alert!

The Eco-Nomical Baby Guide by Joy Hatch and Rebecca Kelley over at The Green Baby Guide have put together this wonderful book about about how to raise an eco friendly baby without breaking the bank.
“Focusing on the reduce, reuse, recycle mantra and writing in a humorous but straightforward style, these resourceful mothers dish about everything from eco-friendly diapers to daycare, making green living with baby accessible to everyone—even those on the slenderest of budgets. Your baby’s happiness and safety top Hatch and Kelley’s agenda as they offer tips on shopping for new and used green goods, blending homemade organic baby food, and limiting the piles of baby gear that threaten to overtake the living room.” For expectant mothers, new mothers and “old” mothers trying to become more earth friendly, this truly is a must read!

Food Inc.

I recently had a discussion with a friend about the 2008 film Food Inc. My friend argued that she’ll never watch it because she knows it “will make her vegetarian and she just doesn’t want to know what goes on.” I kept my cool and rebutted, “no no that’s not the point of the film!” The point is the educate consumers on what they’re getting and where it comes from when they go to the market. Never is it implied that we should not eat meat at all, rather know where your meet comes from, and choose organic meat from local farmers. In a nutshell, that’s it when it comes to meat. I admit, some of the film is hard to watch but it truly is meant to educate. So in short, if you have not seen this film, you must. My food choices changed drastically after watching for several reasons. 1. I wanted to support local farmers. 2. I wanted my meat to come from free range, well taken care of, hormone free animals. and 3. I wanted to be healthier and support a local community. I encourage you all to watch and from your own opinions. If you’ve already seen it, what did YOU think??