Life Lately — November 8, 2016

I know it looks fake but the sky today is surreal

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First things first, I promise to not talk about the election :)

Wow, I haven’t written a post for you all in a long time! And I can’t exactly pinpoint why, other than things have been generally more busy lately (grr). I hate saying that, but that’s the truth.

Halloween — Did you all have a great Halloween? It was a little less festive this year than it was last year for me, since not too many people around me dressed up. Anyway, I was Eleven from Stranger Things, like everyone and their mother. To my credit though, I knew I wanted to be Eleven way back in July! Anyway…did anyone else notice that most people who dressed as Eleven were men?

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A Serene Hike Through the Woods — Bay Area residents are blessed with various amazing trails all throughout the region. Lucky us, Redwood Regional Park is less than a half hour away from where I live. On a nice morning, we hiked through beautiful, shady redwoods for a little over an hour. It was really nice going in November since it’s off-season and there are basically no crowds. After our hike (it was basically a long walk since the path was paved), we decided we earned a huge brunch. I ordered a Belgian waffle and scarfed it down in minutes.

The Wangs Vs. The World — I’ve been reading this book for the past 3 weeks. It’s a great story about a wealthy immigrant family that loses all their money, but I haven’t been getting much of a chance to read with some of the other things occurring in my life (like watching Gilmore Girls on Netflix). Anyway, consider reading it. If this sounds like a half-assed book review, it technically is, because I haven’t finished the book. All I can say is that I like it and it’s good and that I can recommend it to people without having finished it yet.

Knitting — I recently purchased a knitting kit from We Are Knitters andI’m currently in the middle of knitting my first blanket. I just knit while I watch Netflix and it goes by pretty quickly. I’m a little concerned that my blanket will be a little too small, but we shall see! Hopefully I’ll finish the blanket by the end of the month. We Are Knitters has a bunch of other kits you can choose from, and you can also purchase yarn by the skein. If you don’t know how to knit, they’ve got your back because they have a ton of video tutorials you can view for free and they also have a support team ready to answer your questions.

Bullet Journaling — I’ve officially filled up my first bullet journal! I just purchased a new “big girl” journal (AKA expensive notebook) since I know that bullet journaling is working for me. I’ve been accomplishing a lot more and I’ve been feeling more organized which is giving me better peace of mind. I’m definitely no bullet journaling pro just yet, but I’m definitely feeling comfortable with the whole shabang.

Roasted Pumpkin Seeds — It’s pretty much mid to end of pumpkin season, but I thought I would share this easy recipe for roasted pumpkin seeds for you all that I put up last year. They really don’t take much effort to roast, and pumpkin seeds are actually really healthy. Roast a bunch and keep them in your pantry for a snack, or top your salads, oatmeals, smoothie bowls, and ice cream bowls with them. Whatever floats your boat.

That’s pretty much it! I feel like I always end my Life Lately posts with something like this, but I have posts waiting to be set up and published for you all! I just haven’t gotten around to it.

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Vegan Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Don’t be thrown off by the vegan label on these cookies–they’re actually lazy girl cookies. There’s no egg replacer, no long list of spices, and no chilling (unless you really want to chill the cookie dough). Oh yeah, and no one will ever know they’re vegan unless you tell them. The cookie dough comes together very quickly and these cookies bake in only 15 minutes. You can make the whole batch (24 cookies) in less than an hour for sure.

With a subtle flavor of pumpkin spice, these cookies are perfect for fall. Instead of adding in a bunch of spices individually like nutmeg, cloves, and cinnamon, I took a shortcut and added pumpkin pie spice instead. Less measuring and less to worry about especially if you don’t have a bunch of spices on hand.

A couple of notes on what you can do to customize these cookies to your liking:

  • These cookies are bite-sized, which I like so I don’t feel too guilty eating a lot. You could bake them into larger cookies if you’d like–it’s really your preference.
  • These cookies only have a subtle pumpkin spice flavor. Add more pumpkin pie spice to the cookies for a stronger flavor. I would also advise just adding more cinnamon to the cookies since the flavor will come through very strongly.
  • I added one cup of vegan chocolate chips, which feels like a lot for small cookies. If you’re baking larger cookies, one cup is fine. If you feel like you want to add less, stick to 1/2 cup to 3/4 cup of chocolate chips. You could also replace chocolate chips with chopped chocolate chunks instead.
  • I found baking these cookies for 15 min to be the perfect amount of time. You may want to bake for longer for crisper cookies, or you may want to underbake for more cake-like cookies.

Bake a batch of these for yourselves, your friends, your coworkers, anyone! Who doesn’t appreciate a batch of homemade cookies?!

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Vegan Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Yield: 24

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup coconut oil (I measured when solid if that makes a difference)
  • 1 cup brown brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 5 tablespoons pumpkin purée
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup vegan/non-dairy chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF.
  2. In a medium-sized mixing bowl, mix the coconut oil with the brown and white sugar.
  3. Add the vanilla extract and pumpkin purée and continue to mix. The mixture will look pretty slick and oily at this point.
  4. Add the salt, baking soda, pumpkin pie spice, and flour and mix until just combined.
  5. Gently stir in chocolate chips.
  6. Bake rounded balls of dough on a parchment paper-lined cookie sheet at 350ºF for about 15 minutes. Cool slightly before removing from pan. Move to a cooling rack to ensure cookies cool evenly.
  7. Store in an airtight container.

Notes

For a stronger pumpkin spice flavor, feel free to add another teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice. My cookies came out very puffy and small because I baked small balls of cookie dough. For flatter cookies, flatten the tops of the cookies before placing in the oven. Adapted from Yammie's Noshery

http://www.thesassylife.com/vegan-pumpkin-chocolate-chip-cookies/

Hope you all enjoy this easy recipe!

Quaker Chewy Tasting Kit GIVEAWAY!

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Believe me, you’re going to want to enter this giveaway. One lucky reader will receive an exclusive tasting kit containing NEW Quaker Chewy Snackwich in two varieties: Peanut Butter & Chocolate Chip and Apples & Caramel flavors and Quaker Chewy Granola Bars Chocolate Chip flavor. I’ve tried them, they’re delicious, and I want you to have a chance to taste them, too.

I’m going to make this reaaaaalllly easy for you.

How to enter:

Comment on this post with your name and email address. That’s it!

This giveaway is really short–a little over 24 hours–so enter immediately if you want a chance to win!

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