Monday, December 24, 2007

Christmas Spoilers Ahead....

For anyone who knows me personally, you may wanna back away from this blog til after you receive your Christmas gifts from me. Here, let me distract you with a gratuitous belly shot from a week or so ago, then you can leave....

Now, for everyone else.....LOOKIT WHAT I MADE EVERYONE! ;)

Every year I try to come up with something I can make people, partly to save some cash, but mostly because I take so much joy in putting time and energy into a gift to really give them something that's all about giving and less about buying. Last year, as my first year as a full-fledged vegan, it was a home made cookbook of all my favorites that they'd each enjoyed and home made vegan chocolate chip cookies.

this year I wanted something more personal for them so I counted on using this company to make these for me...


Personalized photo calendars. Each person got their own with different pictures and captions for each month, various designs for the calendars for used. This company even allows you to insert all the birthdays, anniversaries, due dates, and other special occasions on any days of the year, including little graphics. The quality is out of this world and they are quite competitively priced. I just knows these will be a hit.

But I couldn't stop there! Almost everyone we know has dogs. I decided that home made dog treats were necessary. I packaged them in glass jars with name tags made from recycled veggie burger, pasta, etc. boxes....just cut out circles and decorated the backsides before attaching to jars with a hole punch and rubber band treatment. I'm also including the recipe on cute little xmas cards I'm printing up as I type this.While there are vegan varieties all over the net, I've never been one to think that my dietary choices are ones to be made for naturally carnivorous canines and felines. Sure, I think it would be amazing if all dog and cat food and treat companies would use more humane practices to truly make an effort to eliminate suffering, but I don't know that I can keep meat from my truly meat lovin babies. You should have seen the total fur frenzy in my kitchen when I was whipping up dozen upon dozen of these puppies! (the cats loved 'em too!) they do include powdered milk and jarred baby food. I used chicken and beef and a chicken/veggie combo for mine, but you could certainly use the same recipe and sub out soy milk powder and only veggie baby food for yours, if you so choose. I'm sure they'd still win over all the canines you know. There's also a great vegan recipe on the ppk for oatmeal peanut butter treats somewhere, but i was going for more lo fat for this one, and hope to try that one soon.

I also plan to make up some kitty treats for our felines and for my mom's but will be making those up the day after xmas when my fam visits. I'll certainly let you know how those turn out, too!

In my usual fashion...once I get started, there's no stopping me....so of course I had to make everyone a little something else.....

Vegan Oreo Truffles! Wow. These are incredible (just sub out tofutti cream cheese for the dairy version and stick to semi-sweet vegan chocolate and vegan white chocolate). So rich and sweet and decadent. Here you see some with semi-sweet coating and white chocolate ribbons and then white choc. coating with semi-sweet ribbons. I boxed up eight per person in cute little xmas tins and they are currently residing in a cooler (my 'fridge just can't take all that Christmas confection craziness!) awaiting being dispersed to family tomorrow and the following day.

Now, finally, I can finally say that I am officially done and can enjoy the rest of my Christmas eve creating some yummy food for dinner tonight and tomorrow. I think tonight I'll be toting along Dreena's Phyllo Broccoli Mushroom Walnut Pie and tomorrow my job is my totally wheat free vegan shiitake gravy.

Hope you all have a safe and happy holiday season. This Christmas day marks the halfway point of my pregnancy! I've just begun to feel little Taylor moving around, you know, when I actually sit down for a moment, and it is the most surreal and amazing experience. Thanks for all of your kind words after my fall. I have recovered mostly but am still nurturing a horrible bruise to the bone in my ankle, it may even be a sprain....but overall I'm doing really well and enjoying food again, even if I'm too busy scarfing it down to take pictures of it and share them here. hehe.

so much love to you all!
Happiest Holidays!

10 comments:

Judy said...

I love the belly shot! You'll have to keep us updated every few months so we can watch you grow.

I love love love that calendar idea. I have been thinking of doing that for a few years now, but for some reason, never actually get around to doing it. Next year....I swear :)

I read about those truffles and was intrigued, but of course forgot about them when making my list of needed ingredients for holiday baking. Of course, there is no shortage due to my oversight, but still....

Happy Holidays!

Vegan_Noodle said...

Oh I love your personalized calendars! What a cute idea :-) I"m sure your family will love them. And how cute to include treats for the doggies. Those truffles look amazing. That is definitely going to be bookmarked.
Can't believe you're half way through your pregnancy already! It must be such an exciting time. Enjoy every moment you can! And Merry Christmas!

VeggieGirl said...

ahhh, it's so lovely to see that your pregnancy is coming along, as evidenced by the photograph :0) just stay safe and try not to fall anymore!!

oh my goodness the calendars are such a fun idea; and the treats?? yum!! especially the vegan oreo truffles!!

Merry Christmas!! :0)

the pleasantly plump vegan said...

too cool!
hope you had a awesome holiday!

aTxVegn said...

Your little belly is so cute!

Your homemade gifts are just amazing and so thoughtful. They will no doubt be requested again for next year!

Asmith said...

First off Merry Belated and Congrats on halfway mark. Secondly, I looove your idea about pet treats and mostly agree with you on them on the unvegan part... That being said I have an incredibly picky cat who actually won't eat that much meat... just occasionally a little bit of tuna or a little bit of chicken and a kitten who'll eat anything but a couple veggies and cat treats... and an incredibly picky dog and a dog who will eat anything including paper towels... that being said they all go sooo crazy for a simple fruity muffin batter... I've been meaning to try my hand at dog treats... Have you tried making peanut butter ones?
ps I wish I would've thought of calendars... I have a million pics of every animal I've ever met... plus 2 million of each of my friend's and family's ones...

Asmith said...

I meant any kind of nut butter ps... yes i know incredibly long comments... Gives you something to do in insomnia... haha

Johanna3 said...

cute belly!!

that oreos looks so good.
thanks for the links!

madness rivera said...

The truffles look ridiculous! And that's a fine, fine belly you got there.

Dori said...

Congrats on the upcoming addition to your family. It has ben awhile since I have been around in blogland, but your food looks as wonderful as ever glad your feeling up to eating again.