halloween cupcakes.

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The last of the halloween posts!
Just wanted to share these fun cupcakes I made.

I used the chocolate recipe from vegan cupcakes take over the world, but can also be found here, along with some vegan creme cheese frosting. I decorated with gummy worms, oreos and skittles! (you can uses m&ms or reeses if you arent vegan)

Since you need the filling on the both sides for the owl eyes, thats where the dirt cupcakes came in.
On the left over side that didnt have the filling, i put these in a blender and made “dirt” then dipped the tops of the frosted cupcakes into the oreos – then crammed some gummy worms in there. These were of course, the first cupcakes the kids went to! They love their gummies.

The owl cupcakes, i just split the oreos, placed some skittles for the beak and eyes, (I used frosting to “glue” the eyes down) and spiked up the frosting at the top for ears.

baked pumpkin doughnuts.

PUMPKIN

Time to break out all things pumpkin, am I right?! I veganized this recipe and made some baked pumpkin donuts to make it feel more like fall around here.

Donut
4 tbsp. almond milk
1/2 tsp. apple cidervinegar
6 tbsp. earth balance, melted
2 c. unbleached all-purpose flour
2 tsp. aluminum-free baking powder
heaping 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. ground ginger
1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg, fresh
1 c. canned pumpkin
1/2 c. brown sugar, packed
4 tbsp. maple syrup
Egg replacer equal to 2 eggs
1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
Glaze
1 c. powdered sugar, plus more
1/4c. almond milk

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. In a small cup, stir together almond milk and vinegar. Allow to sit for about 5 minutes to curdle. Melt earth balance and set aside to cool.
  3. Meanwhile, whisk together flours, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg, in a large bowl.  Set aside.
  4. Into the cooled butter, whisk in pumpkin, sugar, maple syrup, egg replacer, vanilla extract, and curdled almond milk until evenly combined.
  5. Whisk together wet and dry ingredients until just combined. Over-mixing will create a dense donut.
  6. Spray donut pan. Add batter to a piping bag and pipe evenly into the pan.
  7. Bake for 7 minutes. Allow to cool 1 minute before turning pan over to remove donuts onto a cooling rack.
  8. Meanwhile, make glaze. In a flat-bottomed bowl, whisk together powdered sugar, and almond milk, until smooth. Once donuts have cooled completely, about 15 minutes, dunk in glaze rocking the donut around the bowl to evenly coat. Place on cooling rack. With the remaining glaze, stir in about a tablespoon or so more of powdered sugar to thicken. Spoon extras around the top of each donut.

plush bunny.

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I made a variation of this pattern for christmas here, and I made another one, using regular fabric and an old sweater (for the ears) recently for my friend who had a baby. I recently got a new sewing machine and needed to break it in, and this was the perfect proejct. It takes about an hour to actally sew once you get the pieces cut and it turns out pretty darn cute! One day I will try making it from felt, like the actual pattern calls for, but for now its been fun seeing how the project comes to life using patterned fabric.

you can find the pattern here.

302. striped infinity scarf

This one turned out better than my last I think. It’s not as bulky, and I’m loving the stripes. I will definitely be keeping this one for me 🙂

282. pumpkin waffles.

What a better way to start a fall day than pumpkin waffles?
recipe from the post punk kitchen

makes 16 waffles
Ingredients

2 1/2 cups all purp flour
1/3 cup brown sugar
2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
2 Tablespoons soy yogurt
2 cups soymilk
15 oz pureed pumpkin, fresh or canned
1/3 cup oil
2 teaspoons vanilla

Directions
Sift together dry ingredients. In a seperate bowl, vigorously wisk together wet ingredients until well emulsified. Pour wet into dry and combine. Prepare waffles according to manufacturers instructions. I use a normal 4 waffle iron, but I’ve made belgian ones, too.

281. shark costume.

Milo decided this summer, he would be nemo for halloween because we were at a garage sale and there was a nemo costume in his size. Its only a few weeks before the big day and he’s still excited to be nemo. So I was kind of wracking my brain trying to figure out what Dj and I would be to accompany nemo….

Shark!

I was also stressing out about when I was going to get to the thrift store because these next few weeks are pretty crazy for me. But behold…I had a hoodie in my closet. Its a good hoodie that I sacrificed, but its a good holiday, and I dont think a little hot glue will hurt anything.

I had the felt too! So basically this costume cost me ZERO DOLLARS to make. MEGASCORE!

coming soon: dj’s crab costume!

279. pumpkin pie almonds.


Fall.

Can’t stop. Won’t stop.

These are so easy to make…and so addictive.

2 cups raw almonds
3 tspn cinnamon
2 1/2 tspn pumpkin pie spice
4 T agave
sea salt

mix it all together and spread on a lined baking sheet and bake at 325 degrees for 20 minutes. Let cool and enjoy!

278. pumpkin pecan donuts.

I made donuts! and pumpkin ones to boot!

Thanks for the recipe tracy! I followed her recipe, only I veganized it using earth balance and soymilk for the milk and butter in the frosting and powdered egg replacer for the egg in the batter. Mine are minis. I baked them for 11 minutes. They were pretty darn tasty!

271. autumn yarn wreath.

I made this wreath after following the tutorial here. It was fairly easy, but took a little bit of time. Nothing you can’t get done in an evening though. It came out pretty good, although I kind of wish i would have bought a thicker wreath to wrap. This is all they had at Michaels. It was really inexpensive to make. I already had the yarn, and I had a coupon for the wreath, so I think I spent about $3 to make this happen. I would really love to hang it on my blue door, but I don’t have a wreath hanger at the moment. I think its packed away with the christmas stuff, and I’m not about to go digging through christmas stuff just yet. So for now it sits here and seems to work just fine.