Archive for November, 2012

(Failed) Vegan Pumpkin Cookies

Yeah – so, a coworker of mine requested pumpkin chocolate chip cookies … So I figured ok, found a simple recipe, here from Miss Detoxinista, and bought what I didn’t have already to make it;.figured I’d just do it this morning before I got ready for work.

Now, there’s something you have to know about me before I continue. I am cursed when it comes to making cookies – something always goes wrong, they always go all flat in the oven, the edges burn … Suffice to say that they never come out looking like the picture on the book (or in.this case, on the website). But I figured I’d give it a shot.


So here’s all of my ingredients, lines up and ready to be measured and combined. It was probably the easiest batter I’ve ever made – nit only are these cookies vegan, but they are also grain free, which means you could make them gluten free very easily just be checking that your other ingredients are ok. Which I think they should be. But anyways, so I combined my ingredients, made my batter, and spooned it out onto my cookie sheet.

Oh, word to the wise – if you use chocolate chips, its hard to press then with the wet fork like she suggests because the chips don’t press.


See? Alright, so I made a batch and a half, because that’s how much almond butter was in the jar I bought, and it just made 2 dozen cookies at the size I scooped. Sp that was cool, and I was wiping scooping and baking and all that jazz – and then I took the first batch out, which of course, was a little flat and burned around the edges. I figured I baked them too long – I went for 13.5 minutes because the recipe says 12-15. So I put the second dozen in, and put those on the rack to cool.

Remember how I said something always goes wrong when I bake cookies? Well, it was around now that I realized – I had forgotten a key ingredient.  If you look in the above picture of my ingredients,.you can figure out what it was.

Give up?

It was the last item in the recipe besides the optional chocolate chips.  Yeah, that’s right – the salt. Well, it was to late at this point, so I just let it bake and waited to see what happened.  The end result? I.didn’t burn the second dozen,. Though the cookies still looked all flattened out and ugly, but this time almost every single one crumbled when I took it off the cookie sheet with my spatula.  It was a hot mess (literally).  After they cooled a bit, I packaged them up to take up work, but I’m not letting anyone eat them – I’m just taking them as evidence that I tried.


The ones on the right were the first burned batch, and the ones on the left were the second crumbly dozen. You can’t really see how much they fell apart in that shot though, so let me show you my countertop after I put them in the tupperware:


It was at this point I also realized that the blue top didn’t fit on the tupperware I’d gotten out, so I had to put them all into one container. Just the careful movement from one container turned the.second batch onto this:


So yeah- having a great morning, aren’t I? xD Can anyone tell me (and I mean besides the fact there was no salt in this batch, because this happens even with a perfect recipe – I’ve even had it happen with those premade squares you buy then break apart and bake why my cookie batter always flattens out so that the edges burn every time? I would be eternally grateful! ^^;;

Oh, and don’t forget to vote on my survey – its still open! 🙂


Alright, so recently I have been on an oatmeal and orange juice kick for breakfast – I stop at McDonald’s on my way to work and get a fruit and maple oatmeal and a small oj every morning. Ever since I was really sick actually,  because hey, a little extra vitamin C never hurt anyone. Especially not someone who was sick. Or had scurvy.  Not that I had scurvy. Because I didn’t.


So, I realized Friday that I’m spending $5 every single day on a half cup of oatmeal with some raisins, apples, and maple syrup and 12oz of orange juice.  Which is $35/week. Could I be saving money here somewhere, and maybe even be a little healthier?

Well, I decided to find out.

So, I went to Wegman’s last Saturday morning and purchased oatmeal, raisins, craisins, maple syrup, and orange juice. No apples because I can’t be arsed to chop them up every morning, and I don’t really miss them. I also bought some bread so I can also have a slice of toast along with my oatmeal in the morning.  But anyway, all of this cost me a little under $30 – so I figure that if it can last me 6 days I break even; more than that and I’m saving money, and at the same time eating a little more and a little better. :]

So, here was breakfast today:


Honey and peppermint tea (which I always drink anyway), Mango orange juice, flax seed oatmeal with raisins and craisins, maple syrup to taste, and a slice of multigrain toast with sunbutter and baobab jelly, which is amazing and will get it’s own blog post eventually. xD


So, here’s what I use for the oatmeal – I got a variety pack of organic oatmeal because I couldn’t decide what flavor I wanted. Then I got some (again organic) raisins and dried cranberries or “craisins”, some organic pure maple syrup  and the honey I already had (for my tea). Which I actually didn’t add to the oatmeal today because I didn’t think I needed it. As for the toast …


This is what’s on top of it – sunbutter, which is basically peanut butter made of sunflower seeds instead of peanuts, and safe for anyone who has allergies to peanuts/tree nuts, and baobab jelly. Which as previously noted is amazing, and well get it’s own blog post. Probably soon.


Lastly, this is the orange juice – as I said it’s mango orange juice, because I just die for mangoes, but of course it comes in plain oj, and other flavors as well I believe. As you can see though, it’s pretty far gone already, and I’ve only had 2 glasses. It says there’s 7 servings in one bottle, but it looks like just eyeballing it every day I’m only going to get 5 or so. And I noticed that I keep having trouble finishing all if the juice I pour, so I think I’m going to have to measure out 8oz from now on. We’ll have to see if I’m that invested. ^^;;

So far so good – I don’t know what the calorie difference is yet, but there are 8 packages of oatmeal in the variety box, there are supposed to be 7 servings of oj, lots of raisins/craisins/syrup, lots of bread/jelly/sunbutter … I’ll be back with the results of this little experiment after a week or so, with cost/calorie/nutrition comparisons. :]

In the meantime, you could vote on my poll – it’s open until 12/31/12!

Alright, so I had an idea, but I wanted some feedback before I went ahead with it, because it’s going to be a pretty time consuming thing if I do it. And I don’t want to go through all that rigamaroll if no one cares xD

I was thinking that maybe it would be easier for people to see my results and understand what I’m doing with TapOut if they saw it instead of reading it … So I thought maybe I’d make a YouTube channel and record my progress there as well …


I thought it would leave less room for speculation/having to figure out what I’m describing when I write updates on my blog, and let’s face it – usually purple would prefer to watch a video than read a blog xD But never fear – if you like my quirky blog posts, let me, know, and I will continue writing blog updates on it as well! 🙂

It’s your call!

Right now I don’t have a computer that can handle intense video editing (the hard drive in my desktop literally melted, and my laptop is senile and cranky xD) so this poll will be open until December 31st, 2012. By then hopefully I’ll have my new desktop built and operational, and it’ll be after the holidays so my life will have calmed down a bit (maybe), so I should be able to start up with video/blog updates, whichever you vote for. Or both, if that’s what you want.

Either way, expect to see the results of your votes the first of the year! :3

And now, for the poll!