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Monday, August 17, 2015

Vegan Ice Cream Sandwich & Cookie Recipe

I recently made a successful batch of vegan cookies and thought "how great would these amazing cookies taste with ice cream?!" so that's the story behind the inspiration for this post. Also, I haven't posted anything summer-y yet so I thought a summer dessert staple would be perfect. You could 100% skip my cookie recipe and use store bought cookies, but where's the fun in that?

Vegan Double Chocolate Chocolate-Chip Cookie Recipe
What You'll Need:
1/4 cup vegan butter
3/4 cup vegan sugar
2 tbsp oil
3 tbsp almond milk (unsweetened original)
1 cup whole wheat flour
1/3 cup cocoa powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking soda
A whole lot of (vegan) chocolate chips

What You'll Need To Do:
Preheat oven to 400°F (200°C)
Cream together the butter, sugar, oil, and almond milk until all lumps are gone.
In a separate bowl, mix together the flour, cocoa powder, salt, and baking soda. 
Combine the butter mixture with the dry ingredients and mix until blended.
Add in as many chocolate chips as your heart desires.
Make 8 balls
Flatten the balls slightly when on the pan or in your hand by pressing with spoon or with your hand (this makes the cookies wider and less fat)
Bake for 10 minutes
If you're using this recipe, make sure the cookies are completely cool before you start putting together the ice cream sandwiches. The ice cream will melt if the cookies are still hot and it will just be messy and not fun and nobody wants that because this is a fun recipe.
Ice Cream Sandwich Recipe
What You'll Need:
8 large cookies
1 pint vegan ice cream

What You'll Need To Do:
Turn the carton of ice cream on it's side and cut four equal slices right through the carton.
Make sure the ice cream has been in the freezer for a few hours. The more solid it is, the better it works.
Remove the packaging from the ice cream slices.
Turn four of your cookies bottom side up and place the ice cream slices on top.
Top the ice cream with the rest of the cookies, bottom side down.


That process can be kind of messy and a little difficult, so if you prefer, just scoop some ice cream and sandwich it between two cookies. Not as cool, but it gets the job done. I was able to make a sandwich with a quart container of vanilla ice cream by scooping it directly onto the cookies. This process would work if you're using soft ice cream as well.

And that's it! Super easy summer recipe you can make in 30 minutes! 

xo, Sarah Holt

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Friday, August 7, 2015

Encouragements, Good Books, and Abe Lincoln

I know what you're thinking, odd title, but it will make sense, trust me. If you have read the book The Fault in Our Stars (ever heard of it?) by John Green, then you'd know about the "encouragements" sprawled across the entirety of Augustus Waters house. I was re-reading the book the other day and realized that I have absentmindedly became Gus's parents by filling my room with my version of encouragements. Throughout the past year or so, I've been writing quotes or phrases that catch my interest on cute little colored paper and then I'd hang them on my wall. Although Augustus and Hazel didn't think much of the encouragements, I honestly find them really uplifting, as cheesy as that may sound. I enjoy them and that's all the validation I need.

Another book that I've read recently with a some-what similar theme of nice words hanging on walls was All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven. If you've read this book, then you'd know Finch liked writing nice, meaningful words on post-it notes then sticking them on his walls. I couldn't help but eye my own meaningful words hung on my wall while reading the book. I guess my wall is filled with a combination of Finch's post-its and the Water's encouragements, but what's with the need to see nice words and quotes on my walls in the first place? Because I really don't know. I haven't figured that one out yet. I do, however, know that I really enjoy seeing the words that I thought meant something special enough to write it on a little piece of paper and hang it on my wall.

One of my favorite quotes I've written is a quote from Abraham Lincoln. The quote reads "Whatever you are, be a good one". I'm not one for memorizing quotes, but this one always stuck. I know this quote can be easily misconstrued, for instance, an axe-murderer could say "well I'm an axe-murderer so Honest Abe wants be to be a good one" and I guess, literally, that is correct, but I like to think of it as "I am a human being, so I'll be a good one" or "I am a daughter, a sister, a member of my community, a friend, etc., so I'll be a good one". Honestly, I'm not entirely sure what Lincoln's context of that quote was directed towards, but I like to think of it as what should be a mantra for the human race. Okay, I think I may be getting a little too deep. Let's get back to the light stuff.

Other quotes displayed on my wall include:
"You won't know unless you try",
"If at first you do not succeed, try again",
the word "adventure",
the word "effervescent",
and my New Year's Resolutions from 2013

As you can tell from the fact that my 2013 resolutions are still hanging on my wall, I don't necessarily apply these encouragements to my everyday life, but I think that's why I have them displayed there. I want them to apply to my everyday life. If you think about it too much, it might start to sound gushy and therapeutic, so I think this may be a good time to stop analyzing it.

I really didn't plan on being able to get a full post out of this topic, but I did, so I guess I'll post it. I tend to write a lot of these somewhat, I guess you could call insightful (?) posts out, but I never post them because I could never get a coherent thought across. And I am aware that I am the least insightful person out there, so I hope this post didn't offend you.

If any of you have read this much, I'd like to read some of your favorite quotes. Feel free to comment below and I might just have to add some of your quotes to my wall.

xo, Sarah Holt

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