Who’s the Big Winner?

It’s… Tami, from Oh, For Pete’s Sake! Tami said she would share her ultimate brownie sundae with Australian chef Curtis Stone. I hope he likes brownies! Tami, I will contact you via e-mail so we can arrange shipment of your brownies. Congratulations!

Want to know who I would share an ultimate brownie sundae with? John Ritter (from his Three’s Company Days) and Rick Moranis (from his Ghostbuster days). We would only need one spoon though :)

Thanks for all the brownie enthusiasm everybody! I hope to have another giveaway in 2011.

Brownies and a Winner!

The final days of Vegan MoFo 2010 have been snapping at my ankles. I am pretty excited to take a short break from blogging. Although I will probably miss the routine, other things are (pleasantly) consuming my time. If you’ve been reading my blog, you will know that I am writing a vegan brownie book tentatively called Brownie Wonderland. My usually tidy kitchen is covered with cocoa, flour, vanilla extract stains, and melted chocolate (not to mention piles of dirty mixing bowls, measuring cups, and spoons). I have recipes written on loose sheets of paper scattered from the kitchen to the bedroom. I am losing my neat-freak tendencies!!! Tim has voluntarily started sweeping the kitchen every morning in an effort to keep me sane.

Did you know that Brownie Wonderland has a Facebook page? It does! If you like brownies and want to stay up to date with my progress, please become a fan! You can also see photos of my brownie creations on my Flickr page if you aren’t a facebook junkie. In the meantime, how about I share a few photos here?

Peppermint Crunch Brownies

Caramel Apple Brownies

Pumpkin Chocolate Brownie Cupcakes

I’m thinking of having a brownie giveaway in December (my freezer, Tim, and my tummy can only hold so many brownies!). Stay tuned…

And now, the winner of my Chirp Cards giveaway: Abby Bean!!! Congratulations! Abby, I will contact you via e-mail and we can arrange shipment of your cards. Here are the cards Abby picked:

Little Pink Piggy

Love Snail

That’s all for now! See you tomorrow for the final day of Vegan MoFo 2010!!

Giveaway Winner and 4-Season Cookies

Hello! It’s time to announce the winner of my giveaway! I used random number generator and the lucky recipient is… Kelly, who was commenter #4. Kelly’s answer to “What is your favorite vegan food item?” was: “Hmm. I’m glad veganism has introduced me to Larabars & homemade variations of Larabars. They’re such a perfect snack, nutritious and so yummy!” Congratulations Kelly!!! And, guess what? There might just be some Larabar samples in your prize packet!!! I will contact you via e-mail to arrange the shipping.

On to other exciting things: it’s finally, officially fall! Today the weather is cloudy, rainy, and cool in Portland. Do you know what that means? It’s time to bake cookies! One of my favorite cookies that can be baked and eaten no matter what season it is are plain and simple ginger cookies. I’ve posted about these treats before and always turn to them when I want a sweet fix. You can find the recipe for my favorite ginger cookies by visiting the aforementioned post. The recipe is pretty versatile. Lately I have been using a flax mixture instead of Ener’G Egg Replacer and it works wonderfully. You can add all forms of ginger to these cookies: powdered, freshly grated, crystalized, whatever pleases you most. I have been making mine huge, at least 5″ in diameter!!! Try them and embrace the season(s)!

Giveaway Winner!!!

Oooooops! I meant to post the winner of my Xagave giveaway earlier today but time was consumed too quickly. Anyways, the winner is commenter #17, Claryn, from the Hell Yeah It’s Vegan blog. Congratulations! Here is what Claryn had to say about her favorite use for agave:

“I like to use agave nectar in candy — particularly macadamia caramel clusters (drizzled with dark chocolate), which I’ve blogged about before. Yum!”

There are so many wonderful recipes on Claryn’s blog – you should take a peek and see for yourself. I will contact you via e-mail Claryn so that we can arrange shipping of your prize!! And, for everybody else, if you are interested in purchasing some Xagave, head over to their website and you can get free shipping by typing TAHINITOO into the payment information page!! How grand is that?! Now we can all have a little extra sweetness in our lives. Big thanks to Robyn at BetterBody Foods & Nutrition for her generosity.

Oh, and speaking of sweetness, I have been busy testing recipes for Celine and Joni’s second (!!!!!) cookbook, The Complete Guide to Vegan Substitutions. Here is a photo of a delicious Cranberry Banana Cake that disappeared pretty quickly after Tim found it in the kitchen:

It’s like banana bread in cake form, studded with tart cranberries, walnuts, and white chocolate chips.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!!!

One More Time and the Big Winner

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It’s finally the end of Vegan MoFo 2009!!! While it was fun posting every day, I am ready for a comfy break. Big happy hoorays to all the people who participated and made the month of October a vegan wonderland! And, a big happy hooray to the winner of my latest giveaway, a sample package of Bob’s Red Mill 10 Grain Hot Cereal

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Let’s see, #17, that would be… Lindsay from the Cooking for a Vegan Lover blog!!! Congratulations Lindsay! It’s funny because Lindsay recently had a hummus giveaway on her blog and I was one of the winners!  Small, small vegan world! Anyways, I will send an e-mail your way soon Lindsay so that I can mail off your prize. Yay! And to all the folks who didn’t win, don’t be sad because I will be having another giveaway in the next few weeks.

What else, what else… Oh! I guess I will leave this year’s Vegan MoFo with a photo of what I plan on baking tomorrow:

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Potato Pumpkin Seed Bread, recipe coming soon enough.

Happy Halloween!!!