Some days are trying and sometimes it seems like the whole month is a bit of a downer. It’s nice to have a reminder in the fog of it all that there is goodness and happiness everywhere. It can be as simple and wonderful as a hot bath (what the heck did I do those 4 years when my apartment only had a shower?), or a really great song that you can play on repeat until your significant other starts sending out the death rays with his eyeballs. It can also be a plate of really, really good cookies. The cookies above are delicious and easy to make. Plus, if you can believe it, they are actually GOOD FOR YOU. Whole wheat flour, oats, chocolate…hmm, well you get the picture. I wrote about these cookies over at Poppytalk and I include the recipe. I encourage you go over there, drool over the photos and then get your butt into your kitchen and whip up a batch. And maybe you want to send some to a friend who is struggling because there must be something official about cookie encouragement, right? I think so too.
Now that we’ve got the sweet stuff out of the way, I have to fill you in on my secret vegetable love. It’s the rutabaga. I’ve been eating that round, ugly, purplish veg since I was a tot and I haven’t gotten sick of it yet. I wrote a post about rutabaga over at ReadyMade and I include the above rutabaga soup recipe. Root soup, big deal? Well, wipe that thought out of your pretty head because it is a big deal. It’s delicious and warm and inviting and it’s like a cozy yellow sweater for all your cold bits. It’s also vegan (uh, minus the parmesan cheese of course) and gluten-free too.
If you are a new reader to my site, you may not realize that besides talking a lot about food, I also make greeting cards and paper goods (like Dutch birthday calendars). I have an etsy shop called The Beautiful Project and I sell my sweet & sassy cards online (& at a few Vancouver & area shops) or if you are in town, please visit me at one of these great fairs:
- On December 3rd & 4th I’ll be at Toque, a fundraiser for the Western Front. The Friday night is always a fun time with seasonal libations flowing.
- Line up early because on December 5th, it’s Got Craft?, a super popular & full-o-fun craft fair with swag bags for the early risers. I have my own table, so look for me! Also if you see Got Craft? posters & postcards around town, I designed those!
- December 9th to 12th, I will be a part of the One of a Kind Show & Sale with my craft collective Hob Snob buddies. Last year we won best booth, so now we’re trying to figure out how we can top that – while still creating the cutest products around.
Now, enough of my craft prattling…because rumour (and I mean Twitter) has it that it is snowing outside. Seems crazy since this is Vancouver and our winters don’t often include snow…especially November snow, but it is kind of a nice thought in theory. So break out your hot chocolates and bundle up.