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happy happy friday

Happy Friday!!

I’m so excited that it’s the weekend finally.  Like I mentioned earlier this week - we are having Christmas with the husband’s side of our family. We’re heading out tonight and staying until Sunday.  There will be food.  There will be caroling.  Enough said.

I had lots to do today to get ready, so I started off this morning with an energizing juice.  I used more veggies this time than I ever have before, and I have to admit I was a little nervous for my first sip.

(don’t worry, the cucumber isn’t bad – the red spots are from the beet:)

The more veggies you use, the worse the color gets – this one had parsley, swiss chard, 1/2 a beet, 1/2 cucumber, 2 carrots, small piece of ginger and 1.5 granny smith apples.  Honestly…it wasn’t good or bad.  It was kind of a neutral taste, which I’ll totally get on board for because this thing was packed with vitamins and nutrients!

As soon as I guzzled it down, I headed out the door to PiYo.  I came “this close” to not having any students show up today.  I guess it’s just that time of year where everybody is busy and it’s cold outside so people don’t want to get out.  Anyway, at about five after, 2 girls, whom I had never seen before in my life, walked in.  Praise the Lord!  It was kind of fun leading a class of two new people as opposed to my new regulars.  I felt like I was kind of looking at my class through a fresh lens.

Anyway, after PiYo I met with HeyKyoung for tutoring and then I headed home to get some baking done!

For lunch I decided to break open this bag of dry soup that I randomly picked up at the store one day.  It’s Bob’s Red Mill brand, so I figured I couldn’t go wrong.  I added 1 cup of soup mix to 2 cups of water and 2 cups of organic vegetable stock.

I also tossed in:

  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp oregano
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground red pepper

I let it simmer for about an hour while I got busy on some cookies!  And just as I was finishing up my last batch, it was piping hot and ready to go!  I also dug out some leftover cornbread from earlier this week and spread some Earth Balance on it. Yum!

I highly recommend this soup for a quick and healthy meal.  Even though it had to simmer for an hour, it took all of 5 minutes to throw it all in the pot…plus, you can make a big batch and have it for leftovers too!  It was tasty:)  I love soup in the winter.

Now back to those cookies.

I knew I wanted to make the classic Super Charge Me Cookies – they’re a no brainer because they’re vegan, healthy, energizing, delicious…and they have chocolate!  What more do we need to say?  Oh, also every non-vegan who has ever tried them has given them two thumbs up.  Especially the husband.  They’re his favorite:)

Besides the SCM’s I wanted to make a new and slightly different recipe as well.  So, I cracked open my trusty old copy of Eat Drink and Be Vegan where I found a recipe for oatmeal raisin cookies.  Perfect!

By the time I subbed in dried cranberries for the raisins and added just a sprinkling of vegan chocolate chips, they weren’t exactly oatmeal raisin anymore, but I think they were even better!

Dare I say I like these just as well – maybe even better – than Super Charge Me’s? gasp.

They are good.  Really good. I can’t wait to see what the husband thinks.

Now that I’ve got all my baking done I’m off to get packed, do some last minute Outbox work and load up the car before we leave.  We finally got all our wrapping finished up, and I just have to tie on a few last minute bows (the best part).

By the way, I’m still on a vegan sugar cookie mission, but I’m waiting on our health food store to get in vegan cream cheese.  Oh, the joys of living in a small town.  I’m hoping to have my first batch done by Tuesday.  I’ll keep you posted:)

Have a great weekend everyone! And thanks for reading ChiaSeedMe:)

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10 Responses to “happy happy friday”

  1. Those cookies look so good. Yum. Thanks for the soup recommendation. It’s always nice to know if something is worth buying. I am loving your gift wrapping by the way. So nice.

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    candice Reply:

    Thank you! Gift wrapping is one of our favorite parts of the season:)

    And I agree – it’s hard to pay the price for health food not knowing if it’s going to be good or not. Gotta love the blog world for that very reason!

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  2. Your pkgs are beautiful. Love the ribbon and tags! I decided to use tulle on my pkgs this year in hopes that my kitties won’t eat the ribbon. They love curly ribbon. One year I used curly ribbon and found half eaten, frayed, slobbery ribbon on my pkgs. It was gross LOL! I learned my lesson.

    I was going to mention on your vegan sugar cookie post that I would use white flour. Personally I think making them vegan kicks up their health factor but some things need the not as good for you stuff like white flour because that’s what makes cookies cookies. All this coming from a non-vegan/veggie girl so you can take it with a grain of salt ;-) When it comes to cookies I’m a butter, sugar, flour kind of girl. Muffins on the other hand are a different story though.

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    candice Reply:

    Thank you! My sister in law uses tulle for her packages and I always think they look so pretty!

    Yep, I’m thinking I’m going to revert back to white. I always go all out the first time around, seeing what healthy substitutions are going to work and then kind of go from there. Some of my favorite cookies have spelt flour and no sugar (pure maple syrup instead), but I think these sugar cookies are going to need a little boost of softness:) Thanks for the rec!

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  3. I love every tradition we do during the holiday season. From parades to decorating the tree to baking to the Christmas Eve church service. It’s such a special time of year to me.

    Hope you have fun this weekend!

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    candice Reply:

    I’m sure having little ones makes it even more special. With every year I get more excited for the day I’ll watch my own get to enjoy all the special parts of this season:)

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  4. Nice to see that the soup mix turned out, I’ve seen those in the store and considered picking one up! Love your wrapping paper choices, too!

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    candice Reply:

    Thanks, Halley!

    You should definitely pick one up – it’s nice to have on hand and cheaper than healthy canned soups (ex Amy’s). Hope you had a great weekend!

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  5. Cynthia says:

    Those cookies look awesome. I’ve never made the super charge me cookies before, but I have been meaning to give them a try. :)

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    candice Reply:

    Oh, definitely give them a try – they’re a favorite around here! You won’t regret it:)

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