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happy 2nd birthday, baby c!

file photo, july 2011

c u later! 🙂

baby c, august 26, 2009 - > where has the time gone?!

[it’s official: as a two year old, *baby c* needs an updated name. tomorrow, when i tell you about our birthday party celebration taking place later today, we’ll do the name reveal].

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wednesday, i attended another yoga class at fearless heart yoga.

this time, though, i was inside at their studio!

yoga essentials, at the ready

what a beautiful spot. i love the hardwood floors…

the wood is reclaimed maple

…the natural light and open space, the clean and clear and uncluttered feel.

my spot

this is fun:

the change room is unisex - how very ally mcbeal, eh!

i went to the lunch express class: 30 minutes of focussed mat time. we started with legs-up-the-wall. i had completely forgotten – this pose is a favourite! wednesday’s class was the first time i have ever done yoga to music – i really liked it! the sound was not intrusive, but complemented my breathing and “posing.”

on the flipside, this short class was like taking a 10 minute walk around the block: it’s a pleasant break, but leaves you wanting more. after legs-up-the-wall, we had time for some warriors, a neat partner-yoga pose, then shavasana, and that was it.

i need a laughing buddha in my life - xmas list!

when i left, though, i felt buoyant and free-spirited. what a lovely mid-day revitalizer!

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as mentioned, we’re off to baby c’s birthday party today! i offered to bring chocolate chip cookies. since some potential guests are vegetarians, i grabbed the opportunity to make some vegan cookies! this is recipe # 12 of the unofficial kiki project. [yikes –  at this pace i’ll be happy to hit my half-age for this project!].

yes, i realize vegetarians and vegans are not the same animal [sorry, couldn’t resist that joke]. but who knows – maybe a vegan guest or two will be present, and if so, then all bases will be covered!

i really was keen to try using a flax egg, but this recipe doesn’t call for that. i chose to make these cookies, though, mostly because the recipe also does not include margarine (i don’t have earth balance in the condo casa; subbing in butter would have negated the whole purpose of choosing a vegan recipe!).

the recipe can be found here on a blog called erica’s sweet tooth. or, just look below!

vegan chocolate chip cookies

  • 2 cups flour [i dared to experiment with 1 cup gluten-free flour and 1 1/3 cups cake & pastry flour, as that’s what i had on hand. then i crossed my fingers].
  • 1 cup turbinado sugar (or granulated sugar) [i used turbinado, just for fun]
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup dark chocolate chips (make sure they’re vegan) [i almost goofed up here! luckily, i found some at eating well organically]
  • 2/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup soy or almond milk [i used almond]
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tablespoon dark molasses

~preheat oven to 350 degrees.

~in a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and chocolate chips.

~in another bowl, combine the vegetable oil, milk, vanilla, and molasses.

~add the wet mixture to the dry, and mix well with a wooden spoon or your hands to get the mixture well incorporated.

~roll dough into compact balls, place on a parchment paper-lined pan, and squish them down to form saucers.

~bake in the oven for 8-10 minutes. let the cookies cool for 5 minutes on the pan before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.

~recipe yields about 16 cookies. [i got 24 cookies (?)]

my feedback: the raw dough is very moist – quite unlike other choco chip cookie recipes i have made. i assume this unique texture is due to the oil. that being said, i was impressed with how nice the texture was, and it was really easy to form the dough balls. by the looks of it, my cookies turned out poofier than erica’s, which is just fine, as they’ll travel better!

vegan nuggets of gold ($5.99 a bag!!!)

right outta the oven...

perfect vegan gems!

have you ever tried a flax egg in a baking recipe? or, what was the last baked treat you made? i need to transport the cookies over land and sea lake for the party today – hence, no decorated cake as my contribution!

saturday plans? i am excited to P – A – R – T – Y at one of my favourite spots in toronto!

[thank you to fearless heart yoga for providing me with a complimentary, two-week yoga pass. the opinions expressed are entirely my own, and i was not asked to do a review].

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31 FLAVOURS OF AUGUST

5/31

treat: vegan chocolate chip cookies (homemade by me! see above)

price: priceless!

rating: **1/2 (two and a half stars)

tasting notes: of course, i had to taste my handiwork before inflicting it upon inviting family and friends to take a bite! these vegan cookies are every bit as good as “regular” homemade chocolate chip cookies. the only downside is they are on the crumbly side (erica mentions this on her blog, too). the turbinado sugar adds a fun crunch to the cookie texture.

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Comments

  • Dorry  On August 7, 2011 at 10:48 pm

    yum! I could go for one of those cookies right about now…and it’s almost my bedtime. oops. 🙂 I’ve used flax eggs in baking cookies and bread before – turned out pretty good! So glad to see you are enjoying some yoga!

  • Holly  On August 6, 2011 at 8:43 pm

    Those cookies look great! I’ve never tried the flax egg thing.

    Happy Birthday Baby C! What a cutie!

    Last thing I baked — some choc chip cookies for coworkers — they were the cut-and-bake Pillsbury kind 🙂

    • 1970kikiproject  On August 6, 2011 at 8:47 pm

      now that’s my favourite kind of baking, i have to say! (i’m still not a baker at heart!) i love the holiday (easter, xmas) themed cut n bake ones!

  • Ali  On August 6, 2011 at 4:57 pm

    The last thing I baked was oil free zucchini bread. It used a flax egg! My husband was shocked that the recipe was vegan. I got the recipe from Oh She Glows. It was very good.

    • 1970kikiproject  On August 6, 2011 at 5:26 pm

      hooray! glad to hear you had success with a flax egg. angela’s recipes all look so good – it’s so fun when vegan treats are a surprise hit!

  • Gina Unger  On August 6, 2011 at 9:12 am

    Happy BD, Baby C! Can’t wait to find out your new name! 🙂
    Cookies look splendid. Can you come bake some for us now, too?!?!

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