Thursday, July 28, 2011

No-Bake cookies {Vegan style}

Did the "No-bake" Phrase catch you? Or are you a life-long lover of these deeeelish cookies? I have always been! I remember my Mom making them for me when I was little and every time I would try, I failed. Yes, friends I failed at no-bake cookies... I haven't always been such a good cook ;) Alright, alright, so I'm not that great but I try! Well, here at our home we keep as much vegan food in the house as possible. I am working on being better, but slip every now and then. My kids and husband eat strictly vegan though. I wanted to make something new and different from our "normal" desserts {i.e. Cupcakes..} And decided on these lovelies.
Initially, I couldn't remember the ingredients and was hope, hope, hoping I could replace the dairy ingredients and make them vegan style. Mission accomplished! They turned out perfectly, hurray!

Here is the spruced up No-Bake cookie recipe, Vegan Style:

  • 1 3/4 Cups of sugar
  • 1/4 Cup of brown sugar
  • 4 Tbsp Cocoa 
  • 1 Stick Earth Balance Butter
  • 1/2 Cup of Rice Dream, original Rice milk
  • 1 Cup of Peanut Butter
  • 1 Tbsp of Pure Vanilla
  • 3 Cups of quick oats 
  • Waxed paper -OR- Cake/brownie pan

Directions for finger-lickin' good cookies:

In a large sauce pan, bring to boil: Your sugar, brown sugar, cocoa, Earth Balance butter and rice milk. Let these ingredients boil for about 1 minute, then add your peanut butter, vanilla and oatmeal. Stir well and using a spoon, drop little scoops onto your wax paper to set up, or if using a brownie pan, pour mixture into the pan and let set for about an hour and enjoy!! 


This Recipe was inspired by Foodnetwork.com, made with vegan love by me.

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Sunday, July 24, 2011

Smooth.. Or maybe not so much.

Woah... Life has taken a 360* degree turn in the last month. How does that even happen so fast? Jeez. Well, I've been hanging on by the seat of my pants and ready for a whole new adventure. As many of you may know, I was in Nursing school working on my AAS of Nursing. I was exactly half-way through.. Until 2 weeks ago. I left. I respectfully withdrew myself from the technical schools Nursing program and to date, it was the best decision I have made. You may be wondering why? Why the hell would someone walk away, half way through their Nursing program?

Many reasons. Many good, positive, right reasons. 

To start, I had a horrible last quarter. Horrible to say the least. My very last day of finals, I "failed" my Physiology final by 2 questions. The minimum grade you can get in any Nursing core class at this particular school is a 70%. If you get any less, you have to  (x) amount of tuition to retake the whole thing again along with getting held back 3 months. I just happen to get a 68%. I was half way through and this happened? I had an overall 80% grade in the class... I worked the hardest I have in my life last quarter, I was studying 25+ hours a week outside of class. Well, come to find out it was a Blessing in disguise. It brought to light what I really wanted to do with my degree, to achieve and to succeed at. I have always wanted, and dreamed about attending a respectful University.

If I were to stay at the private school I was at, ZERO of my credits would transfer to a regionally accredited University. I would have basically had to start over when I wanted to work towards my Bachelors, then eventually my masters. Awful, I know. I knew this going into the program, and initially I was fine with having an AAS in Nursing, but have since changed my mind.. For the better I hope! I want more opportunities in my field. I recently attended a NICU conference and had some nice talks with several Nurses that were there. I got some wonderful advice from many of them and took it to heart. Many have said that the outlook in the next 5-10 years is that hospitals may start requiring a Bachelors degree for RN's instead of an AAS in Nursing.  So I'm going for it! Taking a huge leap of faith and never looking back. It is hard to take in that the whole last years education is virtually worth nothing and that I have to repeat all of the classes, but I feel this is the right and best decision for my future as a Neonatal Nurse. I start classes in less than a month, starting off with 13 credits. I am so excited! Shouldn't be too hard to get a good GPA this quarter. Shooting for a 4.0. Wish me luck on all of this!

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Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Wordless Wednesday- Levin edition




I Just love this little dude- He is currently potty training and is rocking it! 
(Hence the potty seat on his head, teehee! Don't worry, it hadn't been used yet!) 

Happy Wednesday everyone!!


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