October 17, 2014 by Angie
I finished this just in time to put it in on the table on October 1 but I wanted to wait until our new IKEA table was built to take photos. We were on vacation in California after that. So I am sorry I didn’t bring the Halloween decor to the blog on time, but I have been enjoying my fully decorated house all month long.
Washed and dried and festive.
I bought two Boo Crew by Moda charm packs and some yardage with plans to make a Halloween quilt for us, but even with all the charm squares and a border, it was going to be a really small quilt. I decided to whip up a Halloween table runner using most of one pack instead. My plentiful Halloween decorations are now giving Christmas a run for its money.
Here’s a photo of our pretty new table with our new table runner and Sookie.
Boo Crew Halloween Quilted Table Runner Stats
Finished size: 39.75″ x 18″
Top fabric: 36 Boo Crew by Moda charm pack squares
Back fabric: The Monsters in Cream from the Boo Crew line by Moda
Binding fabric: Fly Trap in Orange from the Boo Crew line by Moda
Batting: Warm & White
Quilting: Straight line quilting on either side of all seams
A closeup of the binding and quilting
I love these goofy candle holders.
Here is a closeup of the straight line quilting before binding and washing.
This is the backing fabric. I think it’s so cute.
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September 21, 2014 by Angie
It’s pumpkin season! I saw this recipe on Pinterest, I think, last year. You buy a box of spice cake mix (I used Duncan Hines, it’s vegan) and a 15-16 oz can of plain pumpkin. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and place 12 adorable Halloween cupcake liners in a cupcake pan. Pour the entire box of cake mix into a large bowl. Pour the entire can of pumpkin into the bowl. Stir until there are no more lumps. Divvy the batter up amongst the 12 cupcake liners. Bake for about 20 minutes. Most of the recipes I saw called for less time but my oven is not very good so I did the toothpick test and they were ready at about 22 minutes.
A dozen pumpkiny Fall muffins in a hurry.
Robbie and I both enjoyed these. I think they could use a little more of the pumpkin spices. He suggests adding chocolate chips. It’s such a fast recipe that I probably will make them again with those changes. However, I do prefer the two more labor-intensive pumpkin treats I make several times per year, both by Isa Chandra Moskowitz: pumpkin crumb cake with cashew streusel from Veganomicon and pumpkin chocolate chip cupcakes from Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World.
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October 31, 2012 by Angie
Happy Halloween! Week 44’s challenge of Reddit’s 52 Weeks of Baking is Halloween. I bought these adorable Halloween cookie cutters on sale last year and have been wanting to try them out. The best thing for cookie cutters is, of course, sugar cookies.
I used this recipe from VeganBaking.net. This was the only vegan recipe I could find that didn’t call for vegetable shortening. The cookies have a great taste. They are buttery and slightly sweet. They’re very sturdy and would make a good foundation for some serious decorating, if you’re into that sort of thing. I did some lame decorating on a few of the ghosts then sprinkled cinnamon and sugar on the rest of them.
They’re great little cookies but they made a gigantic mess of my kitchen! The powdered sugar explosion I had to clean up rivaled even the Great Chocolate Milk Spill of 2003. I then made another mess during the rolling and cutting phase. Sugar cookies are a lot work compared to drop cookies and, while they’re tasty and allow for fancy decorating, I personally much prefer their chocolate chip drop cookie cousins.
Dough rolling & cookie cutting fiasco
Cookies ready for the oven. I got 47 cookies from this recipe!
The brown flecks are ground flax meal. That makes these healthy, right?
Here are some of the cookies cooling after baking.
I decorated a few of the ghosts with decorating gel I had leftover from Robbie’s birthday. I’m not big on decorating, can you tell?
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October 16, 2012 by Angie
Week 41 of Reddit’s 52 Weeks of Baking Challenge is pumpkin. I made a fall favorite from Veganomicon. It’s pumpkin crumb cake with cashew streusel and I love it very much. I made this last fall as well and I’ve been craving it ever since. I’m so glad it’s pumpkin season again!
A kind Internet person has typed out the recipe for you here but I really do encourage everyone to buy the cookbook because there’s a lot more greatness where this came from. The original calls for chopped pecans but I switched it to cashews because I’m not allergic to those. I used a smaller loaf pan than recommended so I got five muffins out of this recipe as well but had to bake a little longer.
First step is making the cashew (or pecan) streusel.
Step two is get all of the cake ingredients out and ready.
I mixed the wet ingredients by hand.
Then carefully mixed in the dry ingredients and poured most of the batter into the loaf pan.
And finally I spread an even layer of cashew streusel on top and baked at 350 for about 50 minutes.
Here’s a closeup of the star of the post: the sweet, nutty, streuselly goodness.
This is a five star recipe in my opinion. Several of our friends have tried it and really love it. It might be my favorite recipe from 52 Weeks of Baking.
Category 52 weeks of baking, baking, book reviews, cookbook review, recipes, vegan | Tags: bread,Halloween,muffins,pumpkin,Thanksgiving | No Comments
September 26, 2012 by Angie
The theme for Week 39 of Reddit’s 52 Weeks of Baking is express an emotion. I went with love. These cookies are an expression of my love of pumpkin, fall, Halloween, and, of course, Robbie who requested that I make him something pumpkiny. Our friend Todd suggested this recipe from Epicurious with chocolate chips instead of raisins. It was very easy and pumpkiny and good. I got quite a few smaller cookies out of this recipe and, with a little help from our friends, we ate most of them the first day.
It’s officially fall now so I decorated our apartment with our Halloween stuff. Check out my new Frankenstein candle holder.
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February 5, 2012 by Angie
Week 4 of Reddit’s 52 Weeks of Baking Challenge was frostings and/or fillings. I confess I am not a big frosting fan. The first thing I do with a cupcake or a piece of birthday cake is surgically separate the sugary, icky icing from the edible part of the treat. Nevertheless, I wanted to try to make a tasty frosting. I had great success with the chocolate ganache recipe in Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World so I chose another from that book for this challenge: the cream cheese frosting. Because I don’t have much of a taste for icing/frosting I didn’t know what to pair this with. Pumpkin and cream cheese seem to go together so I went with the pumpkin chocolate chip cupcakes also from that cookbook. I have made them several times before and they are fantastic.
First step: Gather the ingredients.
Ready to bake.
Cooling the cupcakes.
Whipping up the frosting.
And the finished product!
The cream cheese frosting was tasty after all, the cupcakes were great, and the two together were pretty good. The combination definitely grew on me but I’m still not sure. Maybe it’s just too many different flavors with the chocolate chips in the mix? Maybe I am just not a frosting person? Cute Husband took the bulk of them to work where they were happily eaten.
You can find the cream cheese frosting recipe from Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World here. I encourage you to try the cupcakes found here. The cupcake part doesn’t even require a hand mixer! Easy and delicious every time.
Category 52 weeks of baking, baking, book reviews, cookbook review, recipes, vegan | Tags: chocolate,cupcakes,Halloween,pumpkin,Thanksgiving | 1 Comment