Sunday, December 14, 2008

Crazy Christmas Catch-Up (and Cookies!)

I have an embarrassing number of e-mails wondering whether I have dropped off the face of blogging forever. Eeeep.
No, I have not.
People, Thank-You. But I am just not that interesting, I don't have anything amazing or yummy to report or any breath-taking photos I just have to share.

Life has somehow charged into overdrive and I'm attempting to keep up. Or catch up. The rest of my blogger-friends seem to be surviving beautifully, but somehow I'm a bit swamped. After Christmas it'll be WAY less crazy in this household and I'll be back to blogging as much as ever. Not to fear; I enjoy cooking vegan, creating messes, inventing interesting recipes and eating tasty food FAR too much NOT to keep talking (or blogging) about it.

But, for those who asked - here's what the Fairly Odd Tofu Family has been doing the last few weeks...

¤ Dressing up pretty for School Christmas Concerts, Holiday Banquets, Choir Productions and other fun and festive Christmas-type events.

¤ Playing the Role of VERY PROUD MOM for all my kids' events.

¤ Hanging out with loved ones. (My oldest 'Sprout' and her Auntie - aren't they beautiful?)

¤ Hanging out with crazy friends.

¤ Choosing and cutting the "perfect" tree. (The tiny one above was for my oldest daughter's dorm room).

¤ Playing in the snow.

¤ And baking Christmas cookies!!

YES! I have a recipe, and it's actually a timely, and useful one!!
Here's my all-purpose basic sugar-cookie recipe. It's simple vegan-ized Betty Crocker or someone, more of a short-bread texture than some Christmas Cookies. I didn't include a frosting recipe because that part is open to your preference and interpretation....

Christmas Sugar Cookies for Decorating

1 cup (2 sticks) vegan margarine (I use Nucoa because it's cheap, but Willow Run is good too)
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
"Egg-replacer": 1 Tbsp. tofu blended with 1 Tbsp. soymilk and 1 tsp. flax seeds
OR if you don't like the "specks" in the cookies use commercial egg-replacer powder mixed with water equiv. to 2 eggs.
1/2 tsp vanilla
2 - 3 drops anise, lemon or rum extract
3 1/2 cups sifted flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cream of tartar
1/4 tsp salt
Preheat oven to 400°.

Cream margarine and sugar until fluffy.
Add egg-replacer, vanilla, and extract.
Beat well. Sift together dry ingredients.
Add slowly to wet mixture. Form into ball of dough.
You may need to add a tiny bit more flour or water to get the perfect consistency for rolling (I do have to "play with it" a little bit here) .
Chill for 1/2 hour.
Have extra flour on hand to sprinkle on the rolling pin and on your hands.
Roll out on very lightly floured board, a little over 1/8 inch thick.
Cut rolled dough into fun shapes.
Bake on ungreased cookie sheets for 8 minutes at 400° or until firm and barely starting to brown.
Cool on wire racks and decorate with glaze, frosting and/or sprinkles...
Hope you're all getting ready for Holidays in a safe, sane and FUN manner.


VeggieGirl said...

So glad to see you posting again!! Love the family photos and the cookie recipe :-)

Vegetation said...

You're not alone! I too seem to be crazy busy and disappearing from blogland (well my own anyway :P). Good to see you again :)

And lovely photos :)

Jen said...

i understand busy, but i always miss you when you're gone! i really like how you include your family in your blog. if i get the hankering to make some sugar cookies, i'll give your recipe a whirl.

safe holidays to you as well!

Vegan_Noodle said...

Looks like you are enjoying the holiday season with your family!! Mmm.... sugar cookies!

Vivacious Vegan said...

Happy you're back. Looks like you've been gone for good reason though. I hope you enjoy the holidays with your family.

Bianca said...

Everybody's busy right now! It's cool! Don't fret. We'll wait for you. Hell, I haven't even wrapped a single gift yet. Eeek!

Thanks for deleting the butt crack shot. :-)

DJ said...

That cookie recipe sounds lovely and festive! And Yay for proud mums!!