Whole Wheat Vegan Panera Copycat Cookies

This recipe has been a real labor of love. With my many, many food allergies (white flour, dairy, and eggs being a few) baking has been a bit of a mine field. Every new recipe has to go through a bit of testing before I can consider it a good one. This recipe is a product of that testing.

That classic”chocolate chip cookie” we all know and love, whole wheat and vegan.

1 1/2 Cups Coconut oil (solid)

1 1/2 Cups Brown sugar

1/2 Cup granular sugar

1/2 Cup unsweetened plain applesauce

4 teaspoons Vanilla extract

2Tablespoons Baking Soda

1 teaspoon salt

3 1/2 White Whole Wheat Flour

1 bag vegan mini chocolate chips

It’s difficult to properly mix the coconut oil and sugar with just a spoon, so I’d recommend using a hand mixer or be prepared to have a lot of little oil lumps to smash. Then add the applesauce, vanilla, and mix well before adding the cornstarch, baking soda, and salt. Mix these in we’ll before adding the flour, and wait to add in the chips until the dough is fairly consistent.

Preheat the oven to 350*Fahrenheit. Prepare a cookie sheet (parchment paper and oil both work here, I prefer parchment paper) make cookies of consistent size (I like 1/2 inch balls for small cookies)

Bake for 15 minutes until the cookies are just barely done, and let cool at least 2 minutes. They’re very soft when hot, but solidify as they cool.

The chocolate chips I use can be purchased on Amazon using my Amazon affiliate link here:

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Waldorf Inspired Wall Calendar

Oh, look, a naked tree that tells the date!

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.

“Spring” pocket shown here.

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.

Very simple, and useable from year to year.

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Zero Waste Gift Wrap or The Art of Furoshiki

…Whichever way you want to call it.

My family is giving gifts wrapped in fabric this year!

I never liked the mess, the noise, the waste of ripping wrapping paper. With my kiddos still being pretty little, even when everything is “perfect”, all that noise and mess can be overwhelming for them.

So, last year, after the craziness of all that destruction, I decided we wanted to do cloth wrap this year.

See? Being eco-friendly can be cute, too.

There’s several tutorials for cloth gift-wrapping. I like the idea of using pretty pillowcases or scarves from thrift shops. This gift is wrapped in one of a set of flats that we attempted to dye red. (That’s right, I have failed projects, too.) Nice pink, i guess. For this “bow” effect, I used this method.  That link has several other ideas for some lovely furoshiki-style wrapping methods.

I think the real trick to furoshiki wrapping gifts is to use a pretty fabric. The rest is aesthetic choices.

The thing I’m most excited about these wraps is that we can use them year after year! frugal and eco-friendly, which is also a bit quieter (I hope) for a more peaceful Christmas morning.


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