recipe: vegan avocado & peanut fudge

Avocados are a source of healthy fats, as well as containing over twenty vitamins and minerals. I thought I would try a healthier take on a sweet treat this time round.

Vegan Avocado & Peanut Fudge

1 ½ cups vegan chocolate chips
1 cup coconut sugar
¾ cup coconut milk (place in fridge beforehand and use hardened top and bottom layers)
½ cup cocoa powder
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp sea salt
2 large avocados
½ cup chopped peanuts

Steps:

1. In a medium saucepan, combine the first six ingredients. Stir over medium heat until completely melted. Turn the heat off, and set the mixture aside.

2. Remove the skin and pits from the avocados. Place in a food processor or blender and blend until smooth. Then add the chocolate mixture and blend again until well combined.

3. Line a square baking dish with parchment paper. (I tried using tin foil the first time round, and it was a disaster! Use parchment to ensure that the fudge won’t stick to the dish.) Pour the fudge evenly into the dish. Top with peanuts. Place in the freezer for at least 4 hours, and keep the fudge in there until just before serving. The cooler it is, the firmer it is, which makes it easier to cut and to eat! Bon appétit!

Emory

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recipe: drop biscuits in shrimp casserole

This is a rich and savory meal that is packed full of flavor and comfort. Enjoy!

Drop Biscuits in Shrimp Casserole

Ingredients:

(For the biscuits)

2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tbsp baking powder
2 tbsp sugar
¼ tsp salt
½ cup butter, melted
1 cup milk

(For the shrimp casserole)

300 g peeled shrimp, thawed
½ cup corn, frozen
½ leek, chopped
1 garlic clove, chopped
½ tbsp salt
pepper, to taste
3 tbsp butter
¼ cup canola oil

Steps:

For the biscuits

1. Preheat oven to 450°F. Mix the first four ingredients together in a medium-sized bowl. Then add the final ingredients, stirring until just combined.

2. Place parchment or aluminum foil onto a large cookie sheet. Grease well. Using a tablespoon, drop twelve biscuits onto the sheet.

3. Place in oven, and bake for approximately 12 minutes, or until golden brown. Remove from oven, and let cool.

For the shrimp casserole

1. Preheat oven to 400°F. Place six fresh biscuits in an oblong casserole dish. Then add the shrimp, corn, leek, garlic, salt, and pepper. Drop the butter on top of the casserole mixture. Drizzle with oil, and place in oven for 30 minutes, stirring halfway through. Serve hot.

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no-bake chocolate & peanut butter cookies

These are tremendously delicious cookies to make that will probably remind you of your childhood. I made them when we had no stove, and relied on the use of our microwave instead. They came out great! Please try them out for yourselves.

No-Bake Chocolate & Peanut Butter Cookies:

½ cup milk
2 cups white sugar
1 cup peanut butter
¼ cup cocoa powder
¾ cup butter
½ tsp salt
3 cups large flake oats

1. Combine first six ingredients in a medium saucepan. Stir over medium heat. Bring to a boil. Remove from heat and add oats until well combined. (You can also make this in a microwave. Put first six ingredients in a microwave safe container and cook on high for about 8 minutes. Remove and add oats.)

2. Line a baking sheet with wax paper. Using a spoon, drop mixture onto wax paper. Put in refrigerator for 1 hour. Serve chilled.

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creamy vegetarian mac ‘n’ cheese

Ingredients: 

2 cups tomatoes, diced
1 cup leeks, sliced
salt and pepper, to taste
5 tbsp butter or margarine
3 tbsp all-purpose flour
3 cups milk
1 ½ cups Havarti Cheese
1 ½ cups Gouda Cheese
1 ½ tbsp mustard
6 cups Paccheri Pasta

Steps:

1. Melt 2 tbsp of butter or margarine over medium heat on a large skillet. Cut up the tomatoes and leeks, and place them in the pan. Add salt and pepper, and continue to cook until softened and browned, or for approximately 20 minutes.

2. Preheat oven to 400°F. Meanwhile, grate the cheese and set aside.

3. Combine the remaining butter or margarine and flour in a medium-sized pot over medium heat until it becomes frothy. Next, add milk. Keep stirring over medium-high heat until mixture boils. Remove from heat. Add the cheese, mustard, and pasta. Mix well.

4. Put the pasta mixture into a 9” x 13” baking dish. Spread the tomatoes and leeks evenly over the pasta. Top with salt and pepper to taste. Place in the oven for approximately 40 minutes, or until the pasta is cooked through. You may need to stir halfway through!

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dining room: before and after

Hello, friends! Today is the day that I get to reveal our renovated dining room to you all! First, here are a few before pictures.

These were actually taken after I had already removed the hideous pink wallpaper from the lower portion of the walls. As you can see, we also needed to get rid of the carpet and (flickering) light fixture in addition to painting and patching the walls, and refinishing the floors. Below are the floors in the state that we found them.

I almost don’t know where to begin! When Geoffrey left for training over the summer, Remy and I worked on this room together. After the wallpaper came down, I set out to removing the carpet and underlay. It was soooo gross. Every square inch was covered in mouse poop, and the carpet was incredibly stained. That only took a few days, and then we had to wait a few months for Geoff to come back home and finish what I started.

We rented a floor sander in November, and he had the entire room sanded in about an hour. It was much easier than using a small hand sander! I don’t think that we’ll ever revert back to the latter when it comes to sanding floors. Duh, right?

Next, Geoffrey added quarter round moulding and patched and sealed the vents. Then we painted the walls and ceiling. We used the same bright white that can be found throughout the rest of the house for continuity. Now for some after pictures!

I ended up purchasing a new light fixture from Home Depot. I wanted one that was completely different from what was hanging there previously. Rather than a small, brass, and round chandelier, I chose a large, black, and rectangular one! I also purchased four Edison bulbs for it, as we have them throughout our home and just love them.

Geoffrey stained the floors after that. Then we hung some hooks that I also purchased from Home Depot, changed the switch plates, and I bought a few things to go on the walls. We stained the picnic table a shade darker to match the church pew as well.

I think that’s pretty much all of it! Thanks for joining me on this room tour. It was a long process, and we’re just thankful to be done! Onto the next room!

Emory

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