Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Turkey Thursday Crafts

Decorating your home for Thanksgiving always helps to make the spirit of the holiday come alive; kids love to help decorate as well!  Make some time for your little ones with these great crafts ideas and let them know that their ideas count, too!

From Pilgrim Pals and Garland of Gratitude, to the adorable hats of the Make-Your-Own-Hat Station, these simple crafts are sure to keep your children entertained and make them proud of their creativity.  Head over to the source for all of the crafts ideas and instructions!

Monday, November 4, 2013

Vegan Pumpkin Nut Muffins

Cooking vegan/vegetarian food for Thanksgiving is not as difficult as it once was. And in some cases, like this  delicious recipe, the recipes are better than conventional ones!
This recipe is courtesy of Doron Petersan, of Sticky Fingers Sweets and Eats.


1/3 c non hydrogenated vegan margarine
2/3 c sugar
3/4 c canned pumpkin
1 t vanilla
1/2 c non dairy milk
1/4 c oil
2 T water
1 T molasses
1 1/4 c all purpose flour
1 c whole wheat pastry flour
1 1/2 t baking powder
1/2 t baking soda
1 t cinnamon
1/4 t nutmeg
1/4 t ground ginger
1/4 t salt
1/2 c toasted pumpkin seeds
1/2 c walnuts, toasted and chopped


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Line a muffin tin with liners.
In a mixer, cream margarine and sugar with paddle attachment.
Scrape the bottom of the bowl down and add pumpkin. Mix.
In a small bowl, whisk together the vanilla, oil, soymilk, water, and molasses. Add to the sugar mixture and mix until combined.
In a large bowl, combine flours, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and salt.
Add to the wet ingredients until just mixed. Do not over mix. Fold in the pumpkin seeds and walnuts, by hand.
Fill muffin cups 2/3 full.
Bake for 20 minutes or until toothpick inserted into the center of each muffin comes out clean.