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Applesauce Cake

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This is a deliciously moist apple and spice cake  with a vegan cream cheese glaze that most anyone would love.

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour, spooned and leveled
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons ground cardamom
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 2 cups packed light-brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • egg replacer to equal 2 eggs
  • 2 cups chunky applesauce
  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • Confectioners’ sugar, optional

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and cardamom. Set aside.
  2. In another bowl, with an electric mixer, beat butter, brown sugar, and honey until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating until combined. With mixer on low speed, gradually add flour mixture; beat just until combined. Beat in applesauce.
  3. Generously coat a nonstick 9-inch tube pan with cooking spray. Spoon batter into pan; smooth top. Bake until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean (but slightly wet), 50 to 60 minutes.
  4. Cool on a wire rack 10 minutes. Turn out of pan onto a cutting board or baking sheet; invert cake onto rack, top side up. Cool completely. Dust with confectioners’ sugar before serving, if desired.
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V’tae spray deodorant: delicious herbal scent that reminds me of the forest and crushing myrtle leaves in your fingers.
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Peach & Willow Bark facial towelettes: juicy peach scent mixed with a slight note of powder.I use these for my face, then let them dry and reuse them as wipes for cleaning around the house. These are invaluable as a way to freshen up away from home.IMG_8704

Q Tonic. All natural tonic water with real quinine.  Delicious, low-sugar, superior mixer.

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Airplants!  I’ve become addicted to them! I’ve collected 9 already. Rinse in water once a week, give indirect light. Multitudes of varieties!

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Once a loyal customer of Soapwalla, this deodorant has won me  over because it is powerfully effective and available at our neighborhood grocery.

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A local jam and pickle maker, Sweet Creek makes delicious, natural products and puts all other jams to shame.  Pricey, but worth it.


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This BKR water bottle is my favorite vessel to drink from this year. The color options are staggering. The silicone sleeve protects the glass and adds a fashionable, yet sporty flair. The water level has a subtle visibility.

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This is just a shot to show you what it looks like with the cap off.  Actual cucumber-infused water used in this photo.

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Peach jam from Dalfour. They make many small batch jams, and this is my favorite.

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My favorite flaxseed oil and source of Omega 3, based on price and taste.  I love to eat it in my soy yogurt.

IMG_8879Although I’m not a huge fan of sweets, I can’t resist these dark chocolate-covered pretzels with sea salt.

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Snowstorm 2014

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At least we have tofu scramble to keep us warm, with seasoned mushrooms.

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Got 5 inches of snow on Thursday, then it just kept snowing.  And it is still snowing.  Who knows how many inches we’re on now…and weather reports seem to conflict about when its going to stop.  All I know is that the snow is up to my knees, and the front door is getting piled on.  Brrrr.  Whiteout conditions for the last 3 days!

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Pear season?

Dug out the good ol’ Canon after a year of lazy cellphone food photos.  It really wasn’t that hard.

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Just wanted to share my shot of a pretty Forelle pear.  I snagged it because it still had its leaf.

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I haven’t lived here long enough to know the seasons of regional produce, I just go by visuals.

The markets seem to be brimming with pears now, and a brief internet search reveals that this is the prime area of N.America to grow them.

Fun fact: red freckles on pears are known as “lenticles”.

P.S – I ate it with a few slices of vegan cheese and it was tasty.

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  Yes! You can foam soy milk!  This post is here to inform you that it is possible.  Look at those peaks!!

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This is a PSA to anyone who might be into foamy coffees, lattes and London Fogs (my favorite).  Get yourself one of these:

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This is a hand-held, slim little battery-powered steamer that seems  gimmicky in concept, but foams up soy milk like a charm.  I mean, the both of us were shocked.  The foam appears and stays.  In that picture up there, the layer of foam starts around the middle of the butterfly.

Here’s the trick, though: “Silk” brand soy milk does not work.  You need an off-brand that contains xanthan gum.

We attempted this with Silk and with our favorite generic soy milk, and the Silk went flat quickly.  Xanthan gum is the key.  All you need to do is heat up the milk on the stove or with your espresso steamer nozzle, get it nice and hot- not boiling.  Then insert this little thing and voila!

We picked it up for $25 on Amazon.  It was either that or buy some bigger contraption that took up a lot of space.  This is much better.

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Wordless Weekend…

Maybe I’ll make some food someday…

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A real pumpkin patch!

Fall leaves near our apartment

I’ve only been in Oregon for a few weeks, and I’m just now starting to cook again.    The vegan food options are great here, but it’s time for me to get back in the kitchen.

I am extremely busy getting settled, attempting to find work while still trying to enjoy the new surroundings.

More posts to come as life normalizes!  There are still many unopened boxes to be reckoned with.

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