Today I am embarking on a journey. I am baking Christmas cookies, Vegan Style. I currently have 3 vegetarian children, one of whom is Vegan, one who doesn’t eat dairy (but does occasionally eat a tiny bit of seafood), and one who is trying it for one month to see how it all works out(but does eat dairy). Joel still likes meat, poultry, and seafood. I can’t digest red meat, so it’s off-limits to me. I can tolerate poultry and most fish. I do make beef for Joel once in awhile. Christmas dinner is usually filet mignon. This year, Joel will be the only one eating that.
The rest of us will be eating:
My vegetarians eat this at Thanksgiving, and I tasted it and it is really quite good. The key is NOT to expect it to taste EXACTLY like turkey! It just doesn’t. Really. But it isn’t bad. Really!
Back to my mission today – to bake some cookies. Here is the recipe:
And here is how they turned out:
I have found that vegan baked goods have a slightly different texture, due to the fact that there are no eggs or milk. They are still light and fluffy, and very, very SWEET. (Not diabetic-friendly!!) I am going to freeze this batch and the rest of the dough, since Vegan Child won’t be home for the college break until tomorrow.
All my shopping is done – I just have a tiny bit more wrapping to do. My cards will be sent by this weekend, so I apologize to any of my card recipients if you get yours “late.” I figure if it’s by the New Year, then it’s all good. I have done my holiday decorations in “Minimalist” style this year, and so far nobody has complained.
Of course, I always crank up my stress level by adding a random project to the mix. My gift to myself is re-painting the ceiling and walls of my front entry/vestibule in Town Mouse House. Add that to one child having been sick, a school concert in the works, numerous holiday parties and events that must be attended by various family members, well……I’m sure we don’t have it much different from anyone else out there. And really, none of this is complaining on my part! Just describing the busy-ness of the season.
My hope and prayer is for good health, safety, and joy this Christmas and in the New Year. From our family to yours – Blessed Peace on Earth!