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Saturday, August 19, 2006

Cookies & Celebrations

The stage was set......

'Double Chocolate Almond Explosion Cookies' and 'Peanut "Better" Cookies. We were receiving a house-guest, and nothing says, "Welcome" like homemade cookies -- don't ya think? I used spelt flour for both batches because I think it tastes better. I really like that Dreena gives that option. My first experience with parchment paper was just this year, so I don't know "the rules", but I used the same sheet 3 times (toasting the almonds + 2 batches) and it was no problem. Does everybody do that?

I emptied the maple syrup container on the right during this cooking session, and on the left is the replacement. ($20.00 per 64 fl. oz.) I have never gone through so much maple syrup in my life! An itty-bitty bottle used to last us years -- it'd move with us. Even "no big deal" hubby raised an eyebrow when I noticed we were out of syrup and the pancakes were steaming. We don't want to get caught like that again, so we're buying it in bulk. You Canadians really like your syrup, don't you?! Obviously, we do too -- thanks for giving us a reason to enjoy it other than pancakes. :o)

I know, you've seen these cookies before -- this is a different photo....really. And there's a not so subtle message in that -- if you haven't made them, you should treat yourself & others.

Had to include a photo of my current favorite cookie. This time I had the almond slivers and it makes such a difference on the appearance, and I like the way a sliver crunches better than whole ones ground.

The next week or so is going to be busy and exciting for me. As you know, we have someone staying with us a couple nights, so we'll be showing him around town. The 22nd is our 14th wedding anniversary! Of course, we have a sitter. :o) The next night, Art will be spinning records at a cool restaurant/bar in town and three of my best buds will join me for drinks & food. The following Sunday, I'll be hosting a baby shower for one of those friends. I'm making some tea sandwiches -- you know, the fancy kind. Please, any cool ideas in the finger sandwich department?

I caught one of those moments on camera today. Abi was playing in their cubbard and for the first time, I saw her stacking the sippy cups. I was impressed and told her so, when Liv went over and they began working together. Stacking the cups together -- it was beautiful. Kinda makes up for the spilled smoothie today --- red, gooey, sweet, seedy, splattered all over the white cabinets.


Blogger EatPeacePlease said...

Hi Vicki. For some reason I can't see the first part of the text on your post so I have no idea what that whole display is. The 17 ingredients from last time?!

Next, those cookies look wonderful. I've reused parchment paper before (not in the oven for me) but I don't see why it would be bad.

I am with you on maple syrup. I have never gone through so much since I got Dreena's and a few other cookbooks. I love it, a splash here and there or even a whole container here and there. I need to go bulk too (we have actual bulk syrup from the bin).

As for finger food sandwiches, I like bruchetta type "sandwiches" or open-faced what you can call a sandwhich. I also like the idea of mini burritos or something like a mini wrap or cute little bright veggies and stuff all rolled up. Maybe held with a fun toothpick or something.

I think it's super cute that your little one got into the cabinets for the first time, she looks so happy yet serious about it! Too cute! I remember playing with cups and bowls all over the ground too. Whoa this is long.

3:44 PM  
Blogger Cherie Anderson said...

Awesome-looking cookies! I think you're only supposed to use parchment once, but for things like cookies and other items where the parchment does not turn slightly brown, it's a good idea to use it more than once to save money, if you can! I use unbleached/recycled, so maybe it's not as durable as other brands.

5:07 PM  
Blogger Dori said...

I'm a boring crackers or veggies and dip kinda finger food person, but sushi would be fun! Looks like you have an awesome week planned. Happy Anniversary to you and Art!

5:38 PM  
Blogger raising_kahne said...

aww. what a cute pic of your girls! Dont you love it when they want to 're-organize' your kitchen?! As for the parchment, it's like the best thing ever! I dont like to use no-stick spray, so this is such a hero to me! You can put in practically any pan. Either trace it, or just get a piece that's too big for the pan, and cut a slit down the paper at the corners of the pan so it will fit good. Have a great time on your anniversary!

5:52 PM  
Blogger Urban Vegan said...

COOKIES! You are the cookie queen, Vicki. They all look so good.

You have two future architects on your hands.

7:50 PM  
Blogger Urban Vegan said...

COOKIES! You are the cookie queen, Vicki. They all look so good.

You have two future architects on your hands.

7:51 PM  
Blogger Carrie™ said...

Wow Vicki! Incredible posts. I just read back through all I missed this past week. I made those chocolate almond cookies after a little hint of a challange from Dreena. I took pictures but am waiting for her to come back before I write a post about those.
Ah, yes. Maple Syrup. Mmmmm! I adore maple. I have ever since I was a kid. I especially like maple sugar,(candy) but that is really expensive so it's a big treat for me. I like maple so much, I even have some maple liqueur! Jim - not a big maple fan. I married an odd one.
I also like the option of spelt flour in baked goods and I prefer it as well. Gives a nice taste.
Enjoy your company and Happy Anniversary!!

8:12 PM  
Blogger NYC TAXI SHOTS said...


3:58 AM  
Blogger Michelle said...

i reuse parchment paper, for things like cookies and whatnot, that you're using it all in one cooking session. i am in love with it, it makes cleaning up so much easier!

i also love how dreena gives spelt options, i totally think all of her cookies taste better when made with spelt, and we definately get more than enough wheat in other parts of our diets, so it's nice to change up the grains!

5:53 AM  
Blogger JenD said...

Cookies look great--i'll have to check out this cookbook! Have a lovely week.

6:03 AM  
Blogger meesh said...

I just bought my first vegan cookbook on Friday. After much hemming and hawing I finally decided on Vive le Vegan 'cause I remembered that you use it a lot and your food always looks so yummy. I will have to give those cookies a try!
Tonight I am going to attempt the Greek basmati rice and lemon herb tofu.

Congratulations on 14 years! I hope you two get to enjoy a lovely evening out.

9:54 AM  
Blogger madeinalaska said...

that was very thoughtful of your to make yummy cookies for your guest.. they are the best aren't they?
funny i just used up on those costco size maple syrups my self..

Happy anniversary 14 years is nothing to sneeze at in this day and age..

Love the teamwork shot...

9:57 AM  
Blogger funwithyourfood said...

aww 14 years! It's hard to imagine that. I haven't even been with richard for 14 months! really puts things into prespective



ps LOVE the syrup hehe

10:40 AM  
Anonymous Veggies,Yarns & Tails said...

What a great post! May I have one of your yummy cookies NOW????

Huggs, G

12:17 PM  
Blogger Melody said...

Lovely cookies.. and happy Anniversary! I hope you two have a lovely time on your date..

Your girls are adorable... I love how they are working together.

1:06 PM  
Blogger Vicki said...

hi leslie: the first photo display is all the ingredients needed for the 2 batches of cookies! thanks for your sandwich ideas - mini wraps may be a possibility. the girls are in the cabinets ALL the time! this particular cabinet is one that i have set up just for them -- with their plates, bowls, cups, bibs, etc. the first time event was abi stacking the cups! lol! :o) thanks for your visit & comments - great to see you.

hi cherie: thanks for your parchment paper tips. it's too hard to see in my photo, but my paper is 100% unbleaced & recycled. it works so well!

hi dori: vegan sushi is such a unique & clever idea!

hi raising kahne: i also don't like the spray. love your "cut a slit down the paper at the corners of the pan so it will fit good" parchment paper tip - brilliant!

hi urban: double comment for double batch of cookies!! :o)

hi carrie: wow, the canadian maple legend grows! i've never tasted maple sugar, or maple liqueur. looking forward to you cookie post.

hi michelle: the parchement does make the clean-up a breeze! you're another spelt flour fan...

hi jend: obviously, i highly recommend this cookbook.

hi meesh: how exciting that you picked up this cookbook! congrats & i hope you tak a photo of your Greek basmati rice and lemon herb tofu (2 recipes that i've not made!) i've heard lots & lots of wonderful things about the tofu.

awesome to see each of you! i love to see your comments & now i'm off to discover what you've been up to. hope your weekend was terrific.

3:58 PM  
Blogger JAM*tacular said...

"...nothing says, 'Welcome' like homemade cookies -- don't ya think?" Oh yeah, I think :)

Ready to be your house guest,

7:02 PM  
Anonymous Emmy said...

The cookies look delicious. Happy Anniversary :)

5:08 AM  
Blogger Harmonia said...

More baking success! Yum!

12:51 PM  
Blogger Shananigans said...

I love maple syrup, I just wish the good stuff weren’t so expensive. All those cookies look great. I just baked a batch and doubt I will have an excuse to bake more any time soon, but I will definitely keep those peanut butter cookies in mind next time I do.

1:04 PM  
Blogger laura jesser said...

Happy anniversary!

Your cookies with the slivered almonds look so good...

2:53 PM  
Blogger KleoPatra said...

As i post this, just after midnight on the 22nd i can write it on time:






As i told you when i got the fab opportunity to meet you both, you two belong together as much as if not more than any couple i know.


Hope you have such a fun night together tonight celebrating a rockin' good marriage...

Love you guys!

By the way... your kids, oy, so cute!!! What a great photo of the stackers.

Great cookies. Enjoy the Yin&Yang of the colours and textures also...

I have that same Spring Tree syrup!!! Love it...

12:12 AM  
Blogger Sweet Pea said...

Hi there, I must try the chocolate cookies. I've been meaning to for a while. Regarding the parchment paper, I was reusing it all the time and then my husband (who's all about reusing) mentioned that I probably shouldn't be b/c of mold and ant problems. Before storing I would make sure there were no crumbs but you can never be too careful. So as much as it breaks my heart to chuck something when it's only been used once I do in this instance.
Maple syrup is delicious. I've always loved it but I use it more now b/c of Dreena's cookbooks.

11:04 AM  
Anonymous tara said...

Happy Anniversary! :)

Those cookies look delicious. I love the spelt flour option, too, and just bought a new bag of it so I can make more of Dreena's cookies. She does love to use that maple syrup, doesn't she? Good shtuff. :)

Adorable kids. :)

Have a fantastic day. :D

3:22 PM  
Blogger springsandwells said...

I have been eyeing the peanut better cookies... and having seen your picture, it is clear that I can no longer resist the pull. It simply must be done! Thanks for the great photo and the nudge!
:) Amey

11:10 PM  
Blogger Nancy said...

Awww, that pictures of your girls is so sweet. Mine are now 10th and 12th grade and I remember the tupperware cupboard exploration as if it were yesterday, truly. Though we still get the spilled smoothies ;-) Happy Anniversary to you - ours is Sept 7 (20 years!!)

10:30 AM  

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