A few months back, one of my best friends made the jump from vegetarian to vegan. She has been doing a pretty kick ass job about sticking to her ethical guns, and she has been sharing some of her new dietary discoveries with me (technically, I am a pescatarian, but I try to eat vegan several times a week) . One of the cool things she found is this list of products that are “accidentally vegan“, and on that list is one of her all time favorite snacks: Oreos. In honor of that delightful revelation, I came up with a recipe just for her, Vegan Oreo Pie:
- 2 14oz cans of full fat unsweetened coconut milk
- 30 Oreo (or Oreo style) sandwich cookies
- 5 tbsp Earth Balance (or other vegan margarine) melted
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 1 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
- The night before you make this pie, put both cans of coconut milk in the fridge. As the milk chills, it will separate and the fat will rise to the surface.
- In a food processor, chop 25 of your cookies (including the filling) until they resemble coarse sand.
*If you don’t have a food processor, you can crush them by hand. Just place your cookies in a zip lock bag, seal it save for an inch to let the air out, and beat the crap out of them.
- After your cookies are reduced to a large pile of crumbs, mix in the melted Earth Balance. Press the mixture into the bottom of your pie tin, and pop it into the fridge to set up while you make the filling.
- Open your two cans of coconut milk, and scoop the solid coconut cream into a mixing bowl (you can use the left over water for smoothies later). Beat the cream on high until it becomes smooth and fluffy.
- Once your coconut cream is light and fluffy, beat in the powdered sugar and cocoa powder. Spread mixture over your cooled pie crust.
- Lightly crunch up your remaining 5 cookies, and sprinkle over the top of your pie filling.
- Place your pie in the fridge, and allow to chill for 2-3 hours.
- To make sure that this recipe was up to snuff, I tested it out on two meat lovers, my mom and Andy. They both loved it and couldn’t have cared less about its vegan status.
- This sucker is RICH. Andy managed to eat two pieces of pie the night that I made it, but my mom and I were more than happy with a single slice.
- There is a noticeable coconut flavor to the cream, but it isn’t unpleasant. My mom and I discussed the fact that it sort of reminded us of a Mounds Bar. Which then turned into a discussion about how to modify the recipe to make a Mounds Bar Pie.
It has been pouring for the last day, and while I typically love rainy days, it is really sucks trying to go out and do things when it’s like this. We’re supposed to be in for some drier weather this weekend, which is great since it is my mom’s last weekend with us before she heads home, but I have a sneaky suspicion (based on 3 decades of experience) that it is going to be unbearably hot and muggy. I guess that’s what tank tops and flip flops are for. Our theoretical weekend plans are a bit ambitious: there are a few shops in town my mom is dying to hit, and we are going to try to work in afternoon tea AND a trip to the Florida Caverns. If there is time, we also have a brunch spot or two that we’d like to try out. Andy has been a good sport about all the things we have going on, but I am fairly certain he may send my mom and I out for a “girls’ day” on Sunday, so he can hang out in his pjs and kill zombies for a few hours. What do you have going on this weekend?
Living in a state that is surrounded by beaches, I’ve grown up seeing the damage that can be caused by thoughtless littering. These new biodegradable six-pack rings are an incredible idea that I hope more companies will be adopting in the future.
While I’ve been trying to add a bit of color to my wardrobe, I feel like this shirt needs to be in my closet.
I’ve never really considered adding pom-poms to my beach gear, but this cover up is really cute, and I wouldn’t mind having one.
Over the past few months, I have found myself reaching more and more for my Lush bath products. They just released some new summer-y items that I may have to check out on my next store visit.
The Gilmore Girls mini-series is getting closer and closer.
I am all for a DIY, but I really wish I could just outright buy this pretty tunic top.
I’ve been to some cool restaurants over the years, but I’ve never seen anything like this.
After my strawberry picking trip, I made some amazing strawberry ginger sauce for short cakes. Now that I’ve read about this strawberry basil version, I am going to need to get some more berries.
Image from here.
Guys, I am going to level with you for a moment. I am geeky, stupid, run around in a circle excited about the Alice Through the Looking Glass movie coming out next week. I know I am probably setting myself up for heartbreak and disappointment, but I love all things Wonderland (or Underland), and I loved the first movie so much. I’ve been trying very hard to be reasonable about my fandom, carefully considering the deluge of swag available before selecting the things I want most. The first purchase was the pallet and a lipstick from Urban Decay.
I stalked this collection daily online until I could pre-order it; I missed out on the last Alice pallet, and there was no way that I was going to let that happen again. Especially since I had gift cards, rewards points, and coupons that got the cost down to a very reasonable $20ish including the lipstick. I knew I need the lipstick too since A – it’s called Mad Hatter and B – it satisfies number 17 on my 30 before 31.
I haven’t been able to bring myself to use the pallet yet. It’s so pristine and perfect! I will be wearing it when I go see the movie, so at most, it’ll look this way for another week. I am interested to try the “Mad Hatter” and “Iracebeth” colors; I am mostly a sparkly neutrals kind of girl, but hey, why not? I have worn the lipstick a few times, and although purple glitter isn’t my usual choice, it looks really good on me. I have to say I feel just a smidgen like a bad-ass when I have it on.
These bookish boxes are really growing on me. I only wish that this particular box existed a couple of months ago when I was preparing for my Universal Hogwarts adventure. None the less, I had a blast going through the box contents, and my mom, who is also a Harry Potter fan, got to go through them with me. We both agree that this box is the teeniest better than the Villain Box I received last month.
What I got:
- Butterbeer Salt Scrub – Holy woah-ness was this stuff strong. As soon as I opened up the box, it smelled like someone had dumped in a case of butterbeer. Nostalgic Potter-related sentiment aside, I am not a huge butterscotch fan, and considering how the scent lingered in the rooms that the open box just passed through, I am disinclined to try it out. However, if unlike me, you do want to smell like you bathed in a cauldron of the Hogsmeade brew then this is the scrub for you!
- Hogwarts Coffee Tumbler – I like this tumbler quite a bit; I am a big fan of useful geekery. Thus, why I have a Totoro clock in my kitchen and cat butt magnets on my fridge. I haven’t used it a whole lot yet, but it seems pretty sturdy, and I know it will get a workout this summer.
- Expecto Patronm Print – I haven’t decided what I want to do with this yet. I really like the colors, and it is small enough that I can frame it and put it pretty much anywhere in my house.
- “The Stories We Love Best” Necklace – As I huge bookworm, the saying on this little pendant (The stories we love best live in us forever) really resonates with me. If I don’t end up wearing this, it will most likely end up hanging on my rear-view mirror.
- Dumbledore Quote T-shirt – I don’t wear a lot of white, but I have mad respect for Hogwarts former headmaster. I will probably add this to my “around the house” wardrobe.
I saw this amazing DIY on Studio DIY a while ago, and I knew I HAD to make one for myself. Heck, I wanted to make one for half of the people I know, but that seemed a teeny bit ridiculous and a lot of bit expensive. Then life got really busy, and a lot of recipes and diys I’d been planning got set aside. This past weekend I hosted brunch for a few of my friends, and I knew this was the perfect opportunity/excuse to finally give it a try. Added bonus, my lovely bosses gave me a VISA gift card for Administrative Assistant’s Day, and that, plus an Amazon gift card I already had, paid for the bulk of the supplies I needed.
- Clear Photo Tumbler (You could also do this with a travel mug.)
- Glitter, Sequins and/or Metallic Confetti (We used a combination! Raid your stash or the craft store!)
1. Make your glitter mix. We mixed a bunch of different colors, shapes and sizes. You don’t want anything too big (it won’t fit inside the tumbler).
2. Unscrew the bottom of the tumbler and remove the papers from inside. Sprinkle or spoon in the glitter mixture.
3. Fill the compartment with water, as full as you’d like. I filled mine up as much as possible. Tightly screw the bottom back on and that’s it! Obviously, do not unscrew the bottom again unless you are over a sink, but you really have no reason to! Hand wash only!
- I tweaked the DIY just a bit. I used distilled water to fill the cups, which will theoretically keep things from growing in the sealed cup, and we super sealed the bottoms with a bit of E6000 because two or three of them weren’t getting a tight seal.
All and all, this was an amazing project. All of my guests loved making them, and they were easy enough that we all ended up absent-mindedly picking out sequins and confetti while we caught up with one another. It was also really cool to see how different all of the final products ended up. We all had the same supplies to choose from, but no two looked alike. I am considering making another two or three of these to send to out of state friends for birthdays.
All images, except for the first, are from Studio DIY.