the Holidays (to not be religiously-biased)
…even though the high will be 80 degrees on Christmas morning…
So, for my homemade gifts, I’ve decided against giving out the “Almond Joy” granola because I tasted it and it tasted… burnt. No one wants that, no matter how bad they were this year!!! I woke up yesterday morning on a mission: better granola, & something else homemade. What, may you ask? How very trendy of me to make biscotti!!! I looked up some recipes from V’con and other cookbooks and sort of varied it to my liking. I came out with my own, OrangePop variation! It’s fabulous, if I do say so myself! Healthy + Vegan + Delicious = a winning combination!
For my 1st trick, I present…. GRANOLA:
^ this was the best, yet! I added nuts and dried fruit but I added the sliced almonds during the last 5 or so minutes because that’s where I got, um, *burned* last batch! Good move, me!
I packaged them like this, afterall:
with a little tag with the ingredients, added later. I used mostly organic ingredients from my health-food store (aka work) so people will know they’re adding wholesome goodness to their innards!
I also made a ginger-sunflower seed version that was great, too!!!
I shall post these recipes, okay?!
For my next trick, I reveal… BISCOTTI:
and I packaged them all differently, like this:
I gave one to my uncle and he didn’t want to choose one because he didn’t want me to waste the “gourmet wrap job” on lil’-ol’-him! HA, it’s wax paper… and ribbon…
* I will post the recipe, because it was original when it was finished, and not exactly from any book or recipe I looked up! *
Anywho, amongst all the baking and the house smelling ab-so-lutely divine, I also baked up a cake because my grandparents came over for dinner to see the house all decorated purrty for the holidays. It was a suuuper-easy recipe my mom had, so I whipped it up real quick. It was a lemon bundt cake with a cinnamon-sugar swirl. Here’s it in the making:
…and the final product:
^ Do you see what I see? A lil’ bit of me, OP looming in the background?!
mmMmmMmm… orange soda…
One of these days I’m going to post a photo of the BEST part of our Christmas decorations. I’ll reveal that later. But now, here was our dining atmosphere last night:
HAPPY & HEALTHY HOLIDAYS 😀