Makin’ & Bakin’

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No, not bacon.  Sorry, I don’t roll that way. (I’m not funny. oh well)

But, there’s one thing I really do love to do now, it’s baking.  I took some time off from baking, for a number of reasons.  The main few: a) I couldn’t really afford to spend the extra money on supplies b) I couldn’t afford the time, and c) I wanted to cut back on my sugar consumption.

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But, after putting my baking pants on a little while ago, I’m rethinking that decision.  Again, for a few reasons: a) I eat baked goods all the time anyway, so it’s probably better that they’re homemade b) I love sharing treats with my friends and family, and c) it’s just too much fun!

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(check out my NYC back yard – pretty ridiculous, right?)

So, while I haven’t made any of my own recipes lately, I’ve been enjoying others’ (and modifying them a bit here and there).

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These wonderful cookies are a version of Angela’s gluten free and vegan chocolate chip cookies (make with trail mix instead of just chocolate chips!).  SO good!  I brought most of these to some friends, and none of them could tell they were vegan and gluten-free.

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the Twins’ protein thin mints – I have no idea why I never made these before.

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What? that’s not food!  No it’s not – but I still made it. I used to knit a ton, and over thanksgiving break I decided to try my hand at making a headband/ear warmer.  Definitely needs some work, but not bad for a first try!

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I gave it to the sister. Who makes an awesome model.

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Haha. She might kill me for this one.

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Vegan cheezy spaghetti with roasted brussels sprouts! The cheeze sauce loosely based off of Megan’s recipe.

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And, saving the best for last – the most amazing gluten-free & vegan banana bread! (Thank you Carla)

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Banana-bread-loving, gluten-free roommate approved as well (that’s the only real reason I’ve made things gluten-free and vegan, so I can share with anyone, dietary restrictions aside – plus, I see it as a challenge!).

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I went a little heavy on the nutmeg, but it still tasted amazing. Probably because of those super soft bananas and perfectly toasted walnuts ;-P

I also made some mocha-chip muffins for my physics friends, but somehow they managed to escape the camera…

And that’s it for now!  Hopefully I’ll have time to get my cookie-baking on within the next few days.  Yay for homemade holiday gifts.

What have you made/baked recently?

Any new favorite cookies recipes to share? I’m looking for ideas, links welcome!

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