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DIY Valentine’s Day | Vegan Sugar Cookies & Gifts

February 2, 2016 in DIY / Food / Recipes

These vegan white chocolate dipped sugar cookies are incredibly soft and chewy. Served in a cute DIY box, a hand-made card and some love coupons, your special someone is going to be over the moon!

My boyfriend and I love Star Wars, so I got some inspiration online and came up with the funniest card above. With a little R2D2 saying “you R2 cute & I want your D2!” I thought it was clever LOL.

As a Valentine’s gift to each other, Tim and I are going to Venice next week but I wanted to still give him something small. So I put together a little coupon booklet with romantic and loving gestures he can redeem when ever he wants. Most are a little inappropriate but here are a few of the other ones!

Love Coupon Ideas:
Breakfast In Bed
Back Massage
Movie Night In – his pick and i’ll make the snacks he wants
Dessert Night – for when he’s craving some unhealthy home baked goods
Get out of Jail Free card – you never know haha
One blank – for him to choose what he wants!

Now for the delicious vegan sugar cookies! The box I put them in I made out of cardboard. I made it following another blog I found on Pintrest here! Such a cute and easy idea for giving baked goods as gifts.

Vegan Sugar Cookie Recipe

Serves: 20 small cookies
prep time: 15 min
bake time: 7 min

Ingredients:

1/4 cup coconut oil
1 ripe banana
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 sugar
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt

Decoration (optional):
vegan white chocolate
festive sprinkles
pink food colouring

Directions:
1. preheat oven to 175 C or 350 F
2. In a large bowl mash the banana and mix in coconut oil and vanilla
3. Mix in sugar until well combined
4. sift in dry ingredients and gently mix until combined
5. Scoop onto a parchment lined baking sheet. These cookies do not spread much but will rise, so scoop and flatten to desired size
6. Bake for 7 minutes, they should be slightly golden but still very soft
7. Let cool and then dip, drizzle or cover in tempered white chocolate and top with pink sprinkles! I put my cookies into the fridge to help the chocolate set.

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Thanks for reading!

DIY – Gold Wire Baskets

January 22, 2016 in DIY

In my attempt to get organized I’ve made these simple inexpensive wire baskets! I think they look awesome in my gold and white bedroom and are perfect for storing my makeup, nail products and whatever loose products I don’t want flying around.

What you’ll need:

sheet of grid wire
wire cutters
pliers
gold spray paint
measuring tape/ruler

I purchased a sheet of grid wire 100X40 cm and was able to make three medium sized baskets. In the second picture above, you can see the shape that I cut the sheet of wire. You can adjust the shape to make a larger or smaller, square or rectangle basket.

What to do:

1. Cut out a rectangle (for reference the one above is 49X40 cm)
2. Cut out four equal squares from each corner of your sheet (13X13 cm). Each square MUST have a flat side and an exposed wire side (use photo above as reference).
3. Fold/bend up each side to form the box shape.
4. Optional; fold the top edges inward (1 – 2 cm) to create a clean edge/top border to your basket.
5. To attach each side, use the exposed wire and wrap it around the corresponding flat edge. Use pliers to do this.
6. Spray paint your basket whatever colour you choose or leave silver!

Tip: use the leftover squares from all the corners to form another small basket! Just use thin wire to wrap around the seams.

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