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Fathers Who Harm

Father's Day has become a more highlighted day of celebration than when I was a child. My father was born in 1927 and lived a pretty long life: he died in 2013, a few months into his 86th year. He was not a bad father. He did struggle with alcohol addiction and was imperfect in other ways, but he was basically loving and kind. He was a workaholic, so we did not have access to him for emotional affirmation, but he told me in his old age that he always loved everything about us kids and felt sad that he had not been a better parent, and he was sorry he was most of all that he had not spent more time with us.  Other men in my family– my grandfathers, my husband, son, uncles, brother– have all shown themselves to be good guys and have adult children whom they love(d) and who love them back.  But I think to myself, having been a social worker to women and children who fled lives with men who put them and their children through Hell, that there are probably a fair number of children, te

Seven Plant-based Shortbread Recipes for the Holidays

 I had grannies with Scottish backgrounds, so shortbread was always "a thing" in my growing up Christmases. It was also the first cookie recipe I remember experimenting with baking-- I read the recipe wrong and used a pound block of butter vs. the cup that was called for. My mother kindly referred to my gaff by saying, "These are delicious-- very rich!"  Evergreen whispers, Vegan shortbread gently bakes, Christmas joy unfolds. I still like to experiment with recipes. I hope that you maybe try one that you haven't tried before and let me know what you think in the comments below. Feel free to do your own innovations on these recipes and let me know what worked for you!  1. Classic Scottish Shortbread 2. No-bake Almond Shortbread 3. Carob Shortbread 4. Oatmeal Shortbread 5. Gluten-free Almond Flour Shortbread 6. Peppermint Shortbread 7. Ginger Shortbread 8. How to make Powdered Sugar 9. A Simple Vanilla Glaze 10. Quick Chocolate Dip Scroll for the s even plant-ba

Vegan Grape Galette with Almond-Cashew Custard

This faceless grape pie is a big hit in our house. Everyone has seemingly waited for me to start making pies, and now, with my discovery the galette-- so easy and so satisfying-- we have been eating pies like I imagine normal pie-making people always have. Not every day, of course, but not depriving ourselves of the experience when the desire for pie hits.  We had a lot of grapes this year. And the birds didn't seem particularly interested. So, there was a harvest. I spent several days detaching grapes from their vines and freezing them in bags. We are set for smoothies and other frozen grape recipes . So, today I made the galette. Here is the recipe: THE PASTRY Ingredients: 1 1/2 cups organic all purpose flour 3 -5 tablespoons sugar 6-7  tablespoons solid coconut oil or vegan butter (salt-free) 1/4 cup ice water THE FILLING Ingredients: 1/4 cup sugar (plus 2 tablespoons) 1/2 cup cashew pieces or raw almonds (I used cashews as I had them on hand) 1 1/2 teaspoons almond extract o

Recipe for Oat-Aquafaba Waffles--Easy-Peasy Vegan

These oat-aquafaba waffles are a dream. Great as a part of breakfast or a savory meal. Aquafaba is becoming quite trendy with vegan bakers. It is, of course, just bean juice-- what is left over in the can when you take out the beans (usually chick peas or northern beans, although ALL beans make aquafaba when you cook them in water.) Aquafaba works very much like egg white in recipes, so it is a great egg replacer for vegan items such as meringues, macrons, marshmallows, and in angel food cake (I have yet to try that!) It does not smell or taste beanie in the baked item, but if you overdo it you may find that you suffer from some of the effects of over-eating beans, so take it easy.  Less is more.  Amazingly, a quarter cup of aquafaba, what you find in a 14 oz. can of beans, is enough to lighten and puff up 5-10 waffles in this recipe. Try it and see what you think! Aquafaba is best if it does not contain salt and other additives. Check the ingredients on the can when you buy it. You ca

Super-Easy Apple-Raisin Quick Bread

 I made this yummy apple-raisin quick bread this morning and unfortunately, my husband and I have practically eaten the whole thing before I thought of how useful it would be to get the recipe down here. I'm sorry. I know it would have been nice to have seen the whole loaf. Maybe the next time I make it (there will be a next time) I will remember to photograph the whole loaf. In the meantime, here is the recipe: INGREDIENTS : 3 cups of self-raising flour (see below) 2 cups (16 oz) apple sauce, sweetened l teaspoon cinnamon (optional) 1/2 to 1 cup Thompson's raisins (or other raisins) Canadians don't often use self-raising flour. It is so handy to have on hand for biscuits, and the like. Here is a recipe: For every one cup of flour (all-purpose), use 1 1/2 teaspoon of baking powder and 1/2 teaspoon salt. I want to make 6 cups of self-raising flour so include: 6 cups of flour, 9 teaspoons of baking powder, and 3 teaspoons of salt. I whisked the above well and stored the ad

Carrot Cake by Bonnie

As you can see, a delicious piece of carrot cake, is being taken down. This is a vegan carrot cake baked by my dear friend, Bonnie. It followed a yummy meal our friends made as a sort of celebration of our dropping by to see their new home and meet their furbaby, Abbey. Bonnie and Stephen aren't vegan so it was very sweet of them to go to the trouble of making something for us that they might not ordinarily eat. We were touched. Recipe next with more notes and chitchat to follow that, for those who are interested. VEGAN CARROT CAKE  by BONNIE INGREDIENTS + Method Preheat oven to 350 F/175 C Grease 9×13 pan or use parchment Grate 2 cups of carrots and set aside Also put aside 1/2 cup dried pineapple pieces *see Notes Whisk the following 'dry ingredients' together in a bowl: *1 cup All Purpose flour *1 1/4 cups whole wheat flour *1 teaspoon baking soda* see Notes *3 teaspoons cinnamon *1/2 teaspoon nutmeg *1/2 teaspoon sea salt Mix the 'wet ingredients' together in a