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Thursday, December 27, 2007

Happy One Year Anniversary to Boo's Blog!

Happy Blog Anniversary to me!!!

One year ago today I stepped into the unknown world of blogging. I am thankful to all my blog buddies for their inspiring blogs to help me on my way. I missed my One year Vegan Anniversary, October 1, 2007, that was a rough time with our Tilly and sickness. I have been watching the calendar and was not going to miss this Anniversary! This has been one of the greatest adventures to me. January 1st will be 15 months for me as a vegan a lifestyle I would not give up for anything. It is because of all you in blog land that made my transition so easy. So a great big THANK YOU along with a MERRY CHRISTMAS & A HAPPY NEW YEAR to all who have given me inspiration, shared recipes, and friendship!

Christmas morning brunch.

I don't care much for orange juice. I like the real thing, the whole fruit.

My parents are habitual coffee drinkers. They always have a pot on and a cup full. We don't drink coffee nor even have a coffee pot, but I sure can make a mean cup of soy milk hot cocoa, which everyone enjoyed.

Susan's Skinny Fig Bars. Not only are these delicious they are really fun to make. I pressed the fig filling out on wax paper until I had the shape of the pan I was using. Then I put it on top of the crust and slowly peeled the paper away. It worked like a dream. These were a big hit. My mom called me yesterday to tell me she had eaten a some more of them. Thank you Susan!

Bryanna's Waffle Iron Hashbrowns. I also got this recipe from Susan's site. Another fun dish to make and also very delicious. DH who hates cooked carrots loved these. Brandie who also hates cooked carrots did not like them. Now I don't know if it is because she is pregnant and her taste buds have a mind of their own or if she really could taste the carrot. DH could not taste the carrot and therefore loved them. I guess everyone out there should give them a try and decide for yourselves. I think you could make them without the carrots, but I want to try substituting the zucchini for the carrots or sweet potatoes!

Of course what is a brunch without quiches. Susan's Mini Crustless Tofu Quiches are the only way to go. I didn't have any mushrooms so these are filled with red bell pepper, green onions, and garlic. My dad didn't even know they were made from tofu and loved them. Susan's right about making more. I only had enough tofu to make one batch, which meant we were limited to only 1 or 2 each. Sorry for the blurry picture.

Here are the show stoppers. I have been making my "Cinnabons" for years. They are vegetarian, but this year they needed to be Vegan. It worked! You could not tell the difference between the veggie and vegan ones. I am in Heaven! Granted these are only made once a year unless there is a really good reason. They are moist, delicious, sweet, and totally void of all nutritional properties. :o) Well, there is tofu in the frosting so that may give them a tiny boost of nutrition. They are 100% white flour, sugar, earth balance, and more sugar, but they are a family tradition and therefore we figure once a year we are allowed. I have a yearning to try them with whole wheat pastry flour and agave and see what happens. I will keep you posted on the outcome. Hmmm maybe stevia?

I leave you now with my plate of Christmas yummies and another thank you for helping to make this year one of my best years yet!


Vegan_Noodle said...

Happy blogiversay! I love reading your blog and am so glad to have met you through blogworld!

Your xmas brunch sounds so yummy. Did you have any room for anything else that day? I don't think I would. The cinnamon rolls look so tasty, glad veganizing them worked out well! Hope you had a wonderful holiday!

MeloMeals said...

Happy Blogiversary! I love your blog and am so happy to have made the lovely online connection with you. I'm surprised it's only been a year!

I say don't bother with trying to make those cinnabuns healthy.. it will just be a disappointment..
Your brunch looks awesome.

Ruby Red said...

congrats on your 15 months' vegan anniversary! you inspire me!

what a delicious christmas brunch! awesome waffle hash browns. i'm curious as to how the sweet potato variation would turn out. i'll have to learn to make some kickin' vegan cinnamon rolls like yours for next year's xmas brunch - my family members eat the pillsbury ones from a can every year! all in all, i just really like your taste in brunch items. i too prefer the whole fruit to orange juice, and i've been wanting to try susan's mini-quiches and fig bars!

merry christmas!

Rural Vegan said...

Congrats on your blogiversary! The cinnamon rolls look divine, and I agree - leave them unhealthy! That's what the holidays are for, right?

LizNoVeggieGirl said...

ahh, how wonderful that you've been blogging for a year already!! I wish you and your blog many MORE years :0D

oooh, your Christmas brunch fare looks exquisite!! I'm especially keen on the fig bars (Susan's recipe IS indeed fantastic), waffles, and cinnamon buns (try them with sucanat and whole wheat pastry flour!)

happy holidays, sheree!! :0)

Anonymous said...


Hi. Thanks for stopping by my livejournal page. It is great to meet other vegans. Also congrats on your 1 year blogging anniversary. Isn't the internet great? I love the picture of the fig bars. I plan to make them next week. Happy new year.


Dori said...

I made the waffles like these for Christmas brunch several years ago (pre blog days). DH loved them, but I haven't made them since then. I guess there are just to many other great recipes I have wanted to try since then, like the mini quiches. I printed off the recipe several months ago and haven't got to them yet, they looks so good. Well, I wanted to stop by and wish you a happy holiday and a wonderful new year.

Cakespy said...

I never thought fig bars could look so delicious! I think they're my favorite thing on this delicious-looking post. Happy Anniversary (and new year!).

Tracy said...

Those hashbrowns- what a bizarrely coolio idea! I'mk gonna be trying that, for sure.
Those buns look amazing...I think my pants got tighter just reading this!
Happy Anniversary, BTW!

Anonymous said...

Happy Anniversary and Happy New Year! Vegan Cinnabons -- I am so jealous. I was never one for buying baked goods at the malls because they never taste as good as homemade but Cinnabons is the one baked good that I would buy! Care to share the recipe?

I hope you have a wonderful year.

Kate said...

Waffle iron hashbrowns, OH MY!

aTxVegn said...

Yum to everything! You really outdid yourself, Sheree.

I'm so glad you joined blogworld - happy anniversary!

urban vegan said...

Um...mind if I pop over for brunch?

Happy New Year!

Anonymous said...

Happy blogiversary!

Jackie said...

Congrats on your anniversary. It's amazing how time passes when you are happily blogging...another few months and I will be having my 3rd one :)