I saw a lovely Waldorf calendar, and decided to go ahead and replicate it as well as I could.
The calendar itself is plastic canvas covered in grey/brown wool yarn, with parallel cuts in the trunk to provide “windows” for the day, date, and month. And write all the numbers, days, and months, on their sticks. To change the date, simply slide from one day to another.
I also sewed a “pocket” which is green on one side and red on the other, with flowers stitched on the inside of the green side.
Flowers for spring, green for summer, red for fall. And bare branches for winter.
These are oh, so good. Simply make date caramel (recipe here Just exclude the nuts) and chill it to solidify it. Make little blobs about the size of a pecan, place pecan half on top, and freeze until solid. Overnight is best, to give it time to solidify. Cover the bottom and the top in melted vegan chocolate and place back in the freezer to harden.
Enjoy. These are definitely extra sweet for everyday, but for a holiday treat, they’re just right.
Another “Vegan-ized” Childhood favorite with a new twist:
Tropical Fruit Oatmeal Cookies
1 Cup Brown Sugar
1 C White sugar
1 C Coconut oil (solid)
1 tsp Coconut extract
5 Tbs water
2 Cups White Whole Wheat flour
1 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
2 C Old Fashioned Rolled Oats
1-2 Cups Tropical dried fruit mix (mango, pineapple, shaved coconut, golden raisins)
Preheat oven to 375*F, Prepare a cookie sheet with parchment paper or cooking spray.
Cream together wet ingredients and sugar. Try to break up all lumps of coconut oil until they’re all the size of a pea or smaller. Slowly incorporate all the dry ingredients, taking care to spread out the salt and baking soda&powder, to avoid lumps. When the dough is pretty incorporated, add the oats. If it seems too crumbly, feel free to add a tablespoon of water to make the dough more workable. Form 1-1&1/2 inch balls of dough, place on prepared baking sheet. Bake at 375*F for 8-10 minutes.
This recipe is based off of a special family favorite, and it’s very versatile. You can change the add-ins to all sorts of things. I also like them with vanilla extract, vegan dark chocolate chunks, and dehydrated blueberries.
My husband is particularly fond of these with cinnamon, pecans, and butterscotch chips, which I’d like to try and find a vegan butterscotch chip sometime.
A word about added water:
More added water=more spread.
Less water= less spread. My husband is a fan of the denser “ball” type of cookie. I like them to be more like the middle 2 rows. Not flat, but a little chewier.