Sunday, April 28, 2013

Vegan Banana Sunflower Seed Cookies

So a majority of my co-workers are on big health kicks (some even converted to vegans), and I wanted to bake them something they could enjoy. Therefore, I decided to attempt to bake banana sunflower seed cookies.


Ingredients
3 ripe bananas
1/2 cup canola oil
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 cups flour
1 cup sunflower seeds
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda

Instructions
1. In a large bowl cream together bananas, oil, and sugar (I used a hand beater on the lowest setting, a mixer is on my wedding gift registry!).
2. In a separate bowl, mix together the flour, baking soda, baking powder and sunflower seed. Add this mixture to the banana mixture. Mix thoroughly.
3. Chill in the refrigerator for 30 minutes. While chilling, preheat the oven to 350°F and grease a cookie sheet.
4. Drop 1 inch spoonfuls onto the cookie sheet about 2 inches apart. Bake for 10 minutes, until golden.

Makes about 40 cookies. Serve with juice or tea (I'd say milk, but that defeats the purpose of being vegan).

Note to self: take better pictures

Happy baking and snacking :)

UPDATE: These cookies were a big hit at work, they were gone in minutes! 

Friday, April 26, 2013

Tomb Raider: A Survivor is Born

Quick review: I cannot believe I already finished Tomb Raider: A Survivor is Born (well 98% of the game, can't find a couple achievements...boo). Finishing a video game is so bittersweet. It's like sweet I beat the game followed by oh man no more game. So sad. On the plus side the game was far better than I thought. I have been a TR fan since 1996 and didn't know what to expect with a whole new Lara Croft...younger, more proportionate, less pixelated. I must say though, that game is dark and very graphic. So messed up, yet so good. Just in case you don't know the story, here's the game's trailer:


Happy Gaming :)

Wedding Planning: Bridesmaids Invitations

Hey readers! Guess what? I'm engaged!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! With that said, a whole new topic has just been added to this blog...WEDDING PLANNING!!!




Our wedding theme is "tree hugger"...go figure...so I will be sprouting up tons of money saving ideas/crafts. My first one: "Will you be my Bridesmaid?" cards. I wanted to keep things simple and do something a little different. I kept finding things like where this link leads to, which is still a good idea, just not me. 

THIS IS ME...

I am so excited I don't even know where to begin!

I am a huge supporter of Bead for Life so I wanted to incorporate the charity into my wedding. To summarize, BFL is a nonprofit organization that helps the environment and "eradicate poverty one bead at a time." Basically, women in Uganda are taught how to make jewelry from recycled paper. That jewelry is sold and the money goes back into the program, community, and to the women. The great thing about the program is you can view all the finances/annual reports on their website. You can see where the money goes and in return you get awesome jewelry. There are many ways to help out BFL: you can host your own Bead Party and sell the products, or you can donate, or just purchase their products online. 


Prices range from $4 to $50

Anyways, I love BFL's jewelry so much I decided I wanted to incorporate it into my bridesmaid's attire. I thought since my wedding colors are light grey, dark grey, and a medium green, I can splash around color. 


The colors will be something like this, just less formal

Anyways, I am currently in the middle of hosting my own Bead Party so I bought a couple of pieces myself, but I also ordered some special ones online (my kit didn't come with solid color short necklaces). Their website even has the option for you to make requests about your purchase, and they are actually granted. I asked for the brightest beads possible and they are pretty bright!


I will wear the matching set in the middle :)

Next I decided to make my cards. I saw a concept online that was pretty clever so I made my own adaption with some letter rubber stamps (under $10 at Target for all 26 letters!), blank note cards, double sided tape, flower stickers, and some yarn. 





Sorry, I'm an opportunist, and anytime I can add a Jurassic Park reference, I will do so. So "hold on to your butts." Bam! there goes another reference :)

At last, I just packaged the necklaces up, and they were good to go.



I think I did a pretty good job if I do say so myself. Wait until you see what I have in mind for our "Save the Dates!"

Happy Crafting :)