Day 160/161

Day 160
Ginger Molasses Cookies

After one month of eating a strict vegan diet (prior to this I’d say I was 90% vegan) I’ve decided to keep going and see how I feel after another month. To celebrate this decision I made a batch of freaking amazing molasses cookies. I think the best part about making vegan cookies is that you can eat the cookie dough without worrying about raw eggs makin’ you sick! These cookies are awesome if you slightly underbake them by a minute so that they are super soft and tasty.

Recipe from here:

2 cups flour
1/2 cup sugar
1 1/2 Tbsp ginger powder
1 Tbsp fresh grated ginger
1/4+ cup water (see notes)
1/4 – 1/3 cup molasses
1/3 cup melted vegan buttery spread
3/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp baking soda
2 tsp baking powder

Directions:

1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.

2. Soften the vegan butter spread in the microwave. Set aside.

3. In a large mixing bowl, combine the dry ingredients: flour, sugar, ginger powder, cinnamon, salt, baking soda/powder. Mix well.

4. In a separate bowl, combine the softened buttery spread, molasses, vanilla extract, grated ginger and water.

5. Combine the wet and dry ingredients and stir by hand well until all the ingredients are blended into a moist ball of dough. The dough will seem dry at first, but keep stirring and folding and it will come together. If needed add in extra water one spoonful at a time until the dough consistency is reached.

6. If you want perfectly shaped ginger cookies, you can freeze the dough for 1/2 hour then roll out the dough to cookie cutter circle shapes for baking. Or you can simply roll the dough into moist balls, dip in a coating of sugar and bake. I tried both versions and was pleased with both. (If you want crunchier, thinner Gingersnaps – roll the dough out thin, cut into thin circle shapes and bake.)

7. Bake at 375 for 8-10 minutes.

Day 161 
Love Tea

With Valentines Day coming up soon it gives me a good opportunity to make some cool projects for the loved ones in my life. I saw this really neat tutorial on how to make your own heart shaped tea bags from coffee filters and loose tea. It’s a really simple project that you can customize in a variety of ways. Don’t mind my sloppy stitching, I need to work that 🙂

Step 1:  Using a cone shaped coffee filter draw out a heart shape lightly with pencil.
Step 2. Cut out the heart shape
Step 3: Using whichever stitch you prefer, stick around the outside of the heart, leaving a small gap.
Step 4: With a small spoon, put your loose tea into the heart teabag through the gap. Sew up the hole once you have the desired amount of tea inside.
Step 5. Cut out a small tag and sew a few stitches into the edge, then attach it to your tea bag by sewing the other end of the string into the heart.

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