Skip to main content

Day 8 of 10 Days of Christmas Crafts and Glutenfree Christmas Cookies

A traditional Christmas craft that is the epitome of recycling is making decorative gifts and crafty items using last year's Christmas cards.

YoyoMax shows how to do some beautiful bookmarks. I am definitely going to take some of my glut of old cards and fold some of these.   (Video is below the following image)

These are particularly handy if you are giving books away as gifts-- putting a beautiful bookmark into the book makes the gift just that extra little bit special.  You can even use these lovely bookmarks as fancy gift tags!  YoyoMax also has other Christmas card crafts that she tells about at the end of the video.

Everybody's fave: Gluten-Free Crispy Rice Treats! 

To be a truly gluten-free treat at this time it is necessary to purchase 'brown rice treats' because, for some reason, the white crispy rice products must all contain malt, which is made from gluten-containing barley!  Perhaps this will change at some point (check the labels) but not in 2019,

And... if you are buying vegan marshmallows (these recipes are purposely vegan, with the exception of honey), you will be paying a steep price.  And, sadly, those yummy vegan marshmallows also contain the controversial ingredient Irish moss, or red seaweed, carrageenan, that has been implicated in causing cancer.    I am so happy to announce that you can make a decent crispy rice treat using 1/4 teaspoon of agar, a flavourless sea vegetable that has a spotless reputation.  They come out just fine!

So, here is the recipe for your Gluten-Free Vegan Crispty Rice Treats:


*1/2 cup nut butter (I used cashew butter)
*1/2 cup brown rice syrup
*3 T. coconut sugar or maple syrup, etc. (unrefined sweetener) - optional
*1/4 teaspoon salt
*1/4 teaspoon agar powder (not flakes!)
1 teaspoon Vanilla extract
4 cups brown rice crisp cereal

(this recipe is a modified version of the one at One Green Planet by Dreena Burton)


*Put a piece of parchment paper on the bottom of a 8"x8" pan
*Combine all ingredients, except the rice crisp cereal, over medium heat in a large pan.
*Stir nut butter and other ingredients well to have them all come together smoothly.
*Turn the temperature lower if the mixture begins to bubble before the agar is dissolved
*When it is all combined (doesn't take very long), remove the pot and stir in the rice crisps.  Stir them in well until completely covered with nut butter-syrup-agar mix.
*Evenly press rice crisp mixture into pan
*Press a few Christmas sprinkles (you can get gluten-free ones) into squares if desired
*Refrigerate for about a half hour or so, until totally cooled, and cut into squares.

All crafts and cookie recipes are found listed HERE


Popular posts from this blog

Good Summer Morning Chia Pudding

Here is a fast and easy Chia Pudding that is perfect for breakfast (or as dessert, etc etc etc).  Chia pudd fans will know what I mean...  .                               . The Recipe is pretty simple.  You can vary it as you like, but this combination is a winner at our home and I think we will continue to use this as a standard for a simple breakfast pudding. I start by gathering together the ingredients and a wide-mouth Mason Jar with a lid. The ingredients are: 1/4 C. Chia Seed 1/4 C . Liquid Honey (or other sweetener of choice) 1/2 tspn. Vanilla Extract 2 C. Soy Milk (or other non-dairy milk) Strawberries and Blueberries (or other fruit/berry combinations ) as you like            THE METHOD Put all the above ingredients (in order) into a quart-size Mason Jar Whisk ingredients together until thoroughly mixed, paying attention to bottom sticky seeds Put lid on jar and place in fridge overnight (or at least 4 hours.) Scoop pudding into small bowls or small j

3 Quick Delicious Refreshing Carrot Salads

 These 3 carrot salads are all vegan, but not all familiar. It only goes to show that carrots have a life of their own in the Veggie World. When I go scouting for a delectable and easy-to-make vegan recipe, I like to think I vet the best on the Internet. I check out various social venues-- Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest-- and google for the top-pagers as well. Then I read over the selection and toss the ones that sound a little too traditional or fussy.  1.  Viral TikTok Carrot Salad with Asian Flare (with Instagram's Stephanie Manzinali that.veganbabe) *that.veganbabe* demonstrates how to put this ribbon salad together in a flash. You will find other great salads that include carrots among her repertoire as well. Go HERE to the post. 2. Spicy Carrot Salad on Youtube with Everyday Gourmet  This looks very tangy and adventuresome for people who like a little zing in their summertime meals. Carrots are sweet, and some honey is also added to the recipe (I guess you could us

The Power of Flowers

Fragrant Flowers on our Morning Walk In my more youthful days of gardening I was all about organic food plants.  As I get older I have begun to enjoy planting and caring for flowers and herbs more. That is not to say that I do not have organic food gardening as a priority!  This year my husband has stepped into the gap in a big way (the 'gap' being my spending less time in the garden).  He has a 5-gallon pail of compost tea burbling away at all times, another pail of comfrey tea brewing under the grape arbor, and is experimenting with strewing agricultural lime in any patch of ground my eyes have fallen upon.   We have just put in  Saskatoon berry bushes, a few Sea Buckthorns, and 3 Sour Cherry trees (or bushes or whatever they will be) as well as the usual assortment of greens (kale, chard, collards, cilantro, parsley, romaine, etc.) and beans and a vast forest of little tomato plants, many donated by kind friends and neighbors.   We also have a square foot herb