Guest Post | Vegan Donut Recipe

Happy Tuesday! Today I’m excited to have Dianapantz share her vegan donut recipe with us! Please make sure to check out her blog. She has great posts about other great vegan recipes, the joy of riding bikes and living a happy life. Enjoy!
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hey everybody!
i am diana and wanted to drop by vanessa’s blog and share one of my favorite things ; donuts!! icon wink Guest Post | Vegan Donut Recipe
 Guest Post | Vegan Donut Recipe
see, a while back, i bought myself a donut pan.
since then, i have been making donuts left & right!
i have a ‘donut maniac’ board on pinterest, and one of my 2012 goals is to make a donut a week [thats 52 donuts!!]
one of the great things about vegan desserts is that its not hard [or expensive!] to modify most recipes.

so, even if you arent vegan, keep reading, because i promise you these donuts are simple, easy and you probably have everything you already need!


 Guest Post | Vegan Donut Recipe
baked vegan donuts with peanut butter & chocolate frosting

makes 6 large donuts // original recipe found here // vegan modifications made by me

you need : 

*1 1/2 cups whole wheat or all purpose flour [i use whole wheat]
*1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons granulated sugar [i use turbinado sugar]
*1 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
*3/4 cup + 2 tablespoons almond milk [i use regular, unflavored]

*1 1/2 tablespoons vegan butter [i use earth balance] ; melted

how to do it : 
1) preheat over to 425* ; spray pan with nonstick spray
2) in a large bowl, sift together flour, sugar, baking powder // add nut/soy milk & veg butter & stir til just combined [DONT over-stir your batter!!]
3) scoop batter into piping bag, large ziplock bag with corner cut off OR just use a spoon and your fingers to fill donut pan.
4) fill each cup 1/3-1/2 full
5) bake 5-8 minutes until the top of the donuts spring back when touched
6) while donuts are cooling, make the frosting
 Guest Post | Vegan Donut Recipe
how to make pb&chocolate frosting : 
you need : 
*3 tablespoons peanut butter [i use natural, creamy]
*small handful of chocolate chips

how to do it : 

1) in a microwave safe [glass!] bowl, melt pb&chocolate chips ; should take 20-30 seconds
2) dip each donut in glaze, set on cookie sheet
enjoy.
and be sure to stop by the blog for tons of great [and healthy!] vegan recipes, diy projects and tips on sustainable/healthy living.
 Guest Post | Vegan Donut Recipe

Stitch n’ Bitch | Hosting Our First Sewing Party

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This past Sunday night, my sister-in-law and pal Ruth hosted our first ever sewing party!

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The night included 10 gals, 5 sewing machines, lots of wine, good food, and tons of crafty goodness.

Tackling the Pattern Stitch n Bitch | Hosting Our First Sewing Party

It was unbelievably fun and inspiring to share a few hours creating together. It was especially fun because this was the first time many of the gals had touched a sewing machine in years!

Leslie Sewing Stitch n Bitch | Hosting Our First Sewing Party

Kudos to Di for sticking it out during the bobbin threading frustration with her Singer. In the end, she walked away with a completed project. In fact, we had multiple tote bags and great progress on the baby’s nursery decorations!

The tote bags turned out amazing! The bags are reversible and have a professional looking finish. It’s a great first-time project. You can find the tutorial we used on the Skip to my Lou blog.

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We are hosting another sewing party in March 2012 in Reno. Please comment on this blog or send me a message if you’d like to join us!

How to Make Your Own DIY Jewelry Holder

I’m excited to share two easy projects to help you make your own jewelry holder.

The first is from my sister-in-law, Leslie, who is a new mama (her son is only 7 weeks old!). She’s reconnecting with her crafty side during maternity leave which is so much fun! In fact, we recently hosted a sewing party with our girlfriends that I can’t wait to blog about.

Finding creative ways to store or display your jewelry can be tricky, but below are two easy ways to reduce clutter and make your own jewelry holder!

Leslie’s creation  

What you need:

  • Frame with cork ($3.99 at Michael’s.)
  • Small bottle of green paint ($0.79 at Michael’s)
  • Scrapbook paper
  • Magnet
  • Pins

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My Jewelry Holder 

What you need:

  • Empty frame ($0.50 at local thrift store)
  • Mesh (had extra in our sewing room)
  • Thumb tacks to secure the mesh to the board
  • Tools to hang the frame to your wall
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    VOILA!

Tastebud Tuesday | Rubicon Pizza Company at Northstar

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Thai Pizza at Rubicon Pizza Company

It’s after 10pm as I write this post and my mouth is watering. I could blame it on the pregnancy, but who am I kidding. I could eat pizza all day, every day.

Since I’m not doing much skiing this winter season, I’m finding new ways to get out and explore the mountains with the Child. Promises of hot chocolate is a pretty standard bribe. Call  me a bad parent, but it works.

After a recent hiking adventure, we ate lunch at one of my favorite places at the Northstar Village – Rubicon Pizza Company. Have you been there? The Thai pizza is AH-MAZING. And the Child’s pizza that I helped devour was also insanely good. (Who’s a good parent?)

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You can read my ode to Rubicon in my post on Snow.com.

Have you eaten here yet?

 

Awesome Bracelets from Craft Night

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I read a lot of craft and sewing blogs, and always feel a twinge of jealousy when I see pictures of sewing groups and craft communities. I used to think and say, “I wish Reno had some of those!”

The universe listened and 2012 has been off to a crafty start! Ashley of Paisley Ann Home recently hosted a bracelet making night at her house. Our goal was to make three bracelets, but after so much gabbing and snacking, we were lucky to walk away with two! It was so much fun meeting new gals and learning a new skill.

If you want to try making your own hex nut bracelet (they’re super cool) view the tutorial.

Below are a few pictures of our creations from that night.

To see more pictures from our bracelet night, or to take one of Ashley’s classes, check out her site!

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