Nailed-it Challenge#5: Anti-Valentines

Love, love, love, blah, blah, blah....

It may be a February love fest out in the world, but I think
it should be ‘Love-Ones-Self’ all year long!!

With that in mind, and while searching for the most appropriate
image to send my single friends on Anti-Valentines Day this year, I stumbled
across one that made me laugh all day long!

It’s not complicated, and I think it’s pretty much self-explanitory...hahaha.   And when the kids ask ‘Mom, why are you
making us these mixed message cookies’, you can tell them ‘they’re from your
Auntie Lisa’.  They get me ;D

There aren’t any special requirements or stipulations on
this one – just make the crap out of any delicious heart shaped cookies of your
choosing and ice the single ladies mantra onto them!! Let’s face it boys - If
you liked it, then you shoulda put a ring on it!! (they know who they are!)

Good luck, and have fun!!  Maybe put your heart into it xoxoxo



Lisa’s Challenge#4 Results

Procrastination to deliciousness!!

Well first off, sorry that it took me so long to complete
this challenge!  I know it was meant to
be a nice relaxing challenge, but man I had a mental block for it!

If Carla had simply said, make a hot chocolate, I could have
pulled out the package I have stashed in the cupboard for guests, popped in a
couple marshmellows and called it a day ;D 
The vegan twist made me work a little harder in the kitchen (which is
not my forte).

A little recipe hunting online, and bam, here we are.  The hot chocolate was definetly the success here.  My salted caramel was possibly runnier than
water, and my ‘whipped cream’ was Ninja’d almond milk and icing sugar.... ok, I
totally improvised here, but it gave me a nice head of foam to dollop on
top.  Which reminds me, I better ‘stir it
before the foam settles’.

I’m willing to not finish topside in this January (gulp,
February) challenge, so good luck sisters on first and second place 😀

All in all, this was a flop that flipped into a very nice
treat on another -34’c evening.  Welcome
to Saskatchewan folks.


Debbie’s Challenge #4 Results

We have experienced extremely cold weather this winter and on a No Buses Running -47C day, Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate was just fitting!

This challenge started with an “Oh, I got this!” confident with a smug look sort of attitude that lasted right up until the cup was filled….and the whipped coconut cream plopped straight to the bottom of the hot chocolate.

It began so well…I decided on 3 layers: hot chocolate, salted caramel sauce and whipped cream. The Vegan Caramel Sauce  (from called for date paste which is super easy and delicious (I used the one from Simply blend dates with the water they are soaked in! The paste lasts several weeks in the fridge, so I’m dipping into it whenever I need just a smidgen of sweet. I added extra sea salt until it tasted ‘right’. And gosh darnit, it was yummy!

The Hot Chocolate recipe was from the side of a long-gone cocoa powder tin. I substituted coconut sugar for white sugar and added cocoa powder. Some water mixed in and warmed until it was a lovely smooth paste and then added coconut cream. I make Coconut Whipped Cream with cans of coconut cream that have been refridgerated overnight (at least!) blended with maple syrup and vanilla to taste – so good!

The Salted Hot Chocolate was a decadent dark chocolate colour, rich and thick…unfortunately, too thick and rich for any of us to drink! While it tasted good, it was just too sweet and TOO MUCH chocolate – something I never thought I would experience. The sinking of coconut whipped cream really ruined the visual I was trying to create. It just ended up looking messy *sigh* and most of it ended up down the drain.So I poured a glass of wine and ate 4 cowboy cookies..not a completely wasted day after all 😉