Well it was definitely another long day in the kitchen over here. We had some power outages due to the storms, so that made it especially tough to bake! However, I persevered and finally everything came together.
Vegan Lavender Walnut Blondies:
Vegan Double Chocolate Cupcakes with Anise Scented Icing:
Vegan Carrot Cake Cupcakes with Coconut Icing:
Woot woot! Now I just really hope people buy all this stuff or I’m going to have a TON of delicious baked goods in my kitchen!!!! Dangerous!
The Vegan Lavender Walnut Blondies were the hit of the day. Remember when I was still in culinary school and made a chocolate lavender cake for my practical?
Seems like an eternity ago but the cake was aaaamazing and that’s how I got the idea to make lavender blondies today!
They came out way to good for me to keep the recipe to myself. I started with VeggieGirl’s basic blondies and adapted the recipe by changing the white sugar to brown (for a more caramel flavor) and adding dried lavender buds and chopped walnuts. Very holy yum indeed!
Vegan Lavender Walnut Blondies
Modified from VeggieGirl’s famous blondies!
2 6-ounce coconut milk yogurts, plain or vanilla flavor (I used one of both)
2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 cup coarsly chopped walnuts
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tbsp molasses
2 tbsp dried lavender buds
1 tbsp vanilla extract
2 cups light brown sugar, packed
1/2 cup coconut or canola oil
pinch of sea salt
1/4 cup almond milk, soy milk or cow’s milk
Preheat oven to 350.
In a large bowl mix together the yogurts, sugar, molasses and oil. Stir well to get rid of any clumps. Sift in the flour, baking soda and sea salt. Stir to combine wet and dry ingredients and then fold in the lavender buds and chopped walnuts.
Bake at 350 for 35 minutes or until golden. Makes about 18 blondies.
The double chocolate cupcakes also came out really, really well. Perhaps I shall post my recipe for those tomorrow night? 😉 They literally were the moistest cupcakes I’ve ever made!
To keep myself from eating the entire kitchen, I snacked on an Odwalla bar while I baked—
And later had a cranberry soda for a pick-me-up 🙂
And then Ryan and I went out to Paci’s around 8:30. OMG, the pizza was so good! No one could believe it when we EACH ordered our own large pizzas!
Can you guess whose was whose?! 😉
Yep, Ryan got sausage and pepperoni and I got a margherita pizza!! We each ordered our own (large was the only size available) because a) we can’t agree on pizza toppings and b) I wanted a ton of leftover slices to take to my parent’s house for lunch tomorrow!
The margherita pizza was AWESOME. Get this, I ate THREE of those super large slices and I don’t even feel full right now! What is wrong with me?! The crust was just so thin and the cheese was very light. Mmmmm
When I reached for a third slice Ryan goes “who are you??!” But it really was light and not greasy in the slightest bit. And I was hungry….so sue me!!
I also had my first Blue Moon since they only had beer, no wine.
I actually liked it–huge surprise! I’m definitely NOT a beer girl but this was actually refreshing!
No gelato for dessert—-we just rolled our pizza bellies on home.
Elastic waist pants, here I come! Alarm going off at 6:30 for the garage/bake sale tomorrow! If you are in the area, stop by and see me 🙂 I’ll be out there all day long helping my parents and selling my ware.
JessicaJune 26, 2009 at 10:31 pm
That looks so yummy. Good for you! I can eat half a pizza and feel pretty good … And I always get a tomato pizza. I haven’t had pizza in a while, but I think that’s our next plan for our cheat meal in 2 weeks haha 🙂
CyndiJune 26, 2009 at 10:41 pm
Still Life in South AmericaJune 26, 2009 at 10:45 pm
Wow-wee girl! You’ve been a busy bee.
I wish I were in your area so I could stop by and snap up those beautiful lavender brownies and anise scented chocolate cupcakes. Too delicious!
I have a feeling you’ll be a popular spot. 😉 Good luck with everything. Love the signs.
JocelynJune 26, 2009 at 10:51 pm
mmm that pizza looks to die for~! go ahead girllll indulgeeee
Good luck! If i were there I would sooo buy some goodies..
It looks like your arm is kinda scratched up? kitty?
jennaJune 26, 2009 at 10:54 pm
No cuts. BURNS. Culinary school and working in a 500 degree oven will do that to a girl.
JocelynJune 26, 2009 at 10:55 pm
wow…that is CRAZZZZYYYY
JessicaJune 26, 2009 at 10:56 pm
PS I was reading through older blogs and see that you use the same exact makeup i normally do. the 3 main bare essentials (literally lol) and lash blast. though i bought a new mascara and will post it when i try it out … 🙂 just thought that was cool haha.
MariaJune 26, 2009 at 11:10 pm
Not only do your baked goods sound amazing, but they’re absolutely beautiful! It definitely looks like they were made by someone who went to culinary school–so pro ;). I love the Namaste sign in your kitchen by the way, very niiiice. Mmmm I adore Kombucha. The pizza looks amazing–gotta love magherita!
MarathonValJune 26, 2009 at 11:19 pm
Sheesh!!! I am super impressed with the lavendar blondies. I’ve used lavendar once before in a recipe but I never would have thought to make it VEGAN! I can’t wait to make those sometime!
RebeccaJune 26, 2009 at 11:26 pm
I seriously need to make those Lavender Walnut Blondies like now!
They look amazing. I love lavender anything! Great idea!
VeggieGirlJune 26, 2009 at 11:26 pm
BEAUTIFUL BLONDIES LOVE!! 🙂
KatherineJune 26, 2009 at 11:29 pm
Good luck with the sale tomorrow!!!
Heather @ Health, Happiness, and HopeJune 26, 2009 at 11:31 pm
Sounds like a fun, busy day in the kitchen! Have fun at the sale tomorrow… I’m sure all the goods will be a big hit! 🙂
btw, I LOVE those Synergy drinks. SOOO healthy and amazing flavor!
Melissa @ For the Love of HealthJune 26, 2009 at 11:31 pm
Look at all your fantastic baked goods!! I appreciate all of the hard work that went into it. I love your KitchenAid mixer!! I have one in black- its my baby 🙂
mmmm pizza–looks very tasty!
Have a wonderful eve!
BeccaJune 26, 2009 at 11:33 pm
Hope the sales go well tomorrow! If I was anywhere near you (alas, Washington state is NOT) I would totally stop by and pick up a lavender blondie. Yum!
SarahJune 26, 2009 at 11:35 pm
I’m going to have to try to make some blondies, I can’t say I’ve ever had one. I’m intrigued.
I’ve never used lavender in a recipe before, though I have some growing in a pot on my kitchen windowsill. What is the flavor like? Could I use fresh or would I need to track down some dried?
KaylaJune 26, 2009 at 11:42 pm
Those blondies look great! And I really like that Namaste sign too, I need to find one!
Jenn Eats Nutritiously NowJune 26, 2009 at 11:46 pm
Good luck with the garage sale and selling all your baked goods. I hope you’ll have fun!
StephanieJune 27, 2009 at 12:02 am
Those double chocolate cupcakes look amazing! Please share the recipe : ) What a great idea to sell baked goods at a garage sale, I might have to borrow that idea! Hope it goes well tomorrow!
DanielleJune 27, 2009 at 12:03 am
Those blondies look fantastic! I want one!
IrisJune 27, 2009 at 12:08 am
You should definitely post the recipe for the chocolate cupcakes! They looked great! I wish I was nearby so I could stop at your bake sale!
Megan (Runner's Kitchen)June 27, 2009 at 12:12 am
My friend Leah and I once ate an entire pizza by ourselves 🙂 Pizza is the best. Good luck with the bake sale tomorrow!! If all goes well, perhaps in the future you could take your goods to a local farmer’s market to sell?
Still Life in South AmericaJune 27, 2009 at 12:15 am
I’ve made lavender shortbread before, and it was so demure and savory. It’s perfect for tea time. The lavender really shines through the butter cookie.
Lavender chocolate bars are also delish.
TayJune 27, 2009 at 12:15 am
OOOOOOOh holy pizza Gods. That stuff looks awesome (especially the crust – I’m a huge crust girl!). Good luck with your bake sale! How I wish I was close by so I could experience some Eat Live Run goodies!
MeghannJune 27, 2009 at 1:00 am
Save Derek and I one of each please! 🙂 See you tomorrow! I will text you when we plan to stop by.
AngharadJune 27, 2009 at 1:02 am
Blue Moon is so delicious! It’s one of my new faves too and I am totally new to drinking beer! Those cupcakes look frickin amazing! Good luck for tomorrow!
TashaJune 27, 2009 at 1:07 am
CUTE apron! 🙂
Danielle C.June 27, 2009 at 1:15 am
Yum, yum that pizza looks amazing, and I definitely enjoy a Blue Moon every once in awhile.
Good luck with the bake sale tomorrow!
MayaJune 27, 2009 at 2:49 am
I can’t wait to try those blondies! The carrots on top of your cupcakes are really cute, hope your bake sale is a success!
LizaJune 27, 2009 at 4:40 am
Jenna, your baked goods look absolutely decadent! I would die to try just one of those Vegan Double Chocolate Cupcakes. Just look at all that icing! Good luck on the bake sale tomorrow, I’m sure everything will sell out in a second. 😀
The pizza looks really good, too! I’ve had that feeling before. I tried this New York Pizza once and I ate like 3 slices and couldn’t believe it. I just didn’t feel full, and the pizza itself didn’t feel heavy. 🙂
AmandaJune 27, 2009 at 5:09 am
Thanks for your reply! Do you know how long the macaroons last and can you freeze them, as i live in New Zealand so shipping will take 6-10 days. Thanks
Christie @ Find My WeighJune 27, 2009 at 5:53 am
All of your baked good look fantastic!! Good luck at the sale!
RunToFinishJune 27, 2009 at 6:13 am
wow the food looks amazing and if I lived there I’d totally be coming by!
Recipes for CreativityJune 27, 2009 at 7:11 am
Thanks for the recipe! I would never think to put lavender in any baked good…but that’s why you’re the awesome baker that you are! I hope the garage sale is fantastic!
Katrina (gluten free gidget)June 27, 2009 at 7:14 am
Oh my gosh those blondies!!!!!!!!!!!! I am making those! Thank you so much for sharing the recipe!
kaileyJune 27, 2009 at 7:34 am
i love margahrita pizza 😀 its too good for words!!
& the blondies look so delicious!
EricaJune 27, 2009 at 7:34 am
I’m sure the baked goods will go- everything looks SO delicious. I want one of those adorable carrot cake cupcakes
Courtney (The Hungry Yogini)June 27, 2009 at 7:36 am
SO cute! Look at you in the kitchen =)
Glad you had a fun night with Ryan…mmmmm pizza. YUM!
Best of luck with the back sale. I’m gonna try to stop by!! Those blondies look amazing!!!
AdaJune 27, 2009 at 7:40 am
Your baked goods look so delicious and creative! I have had lavender ice cream before, which was absolutely heavenly:) Good luck raising money at the garage sale today!
courtneyJune 27, 2009 at 7:43 am
For anyone who can answer.. I have been taking wheatgrass shots recently. I love them! However, I was wondering if it is truly as healthy as people say it is. apparently it is equal to the amount of nutrients in a whole bunch of vegetables and it has calcium, magnesium, alkaline properties? I have been searching for an article that can give me info, but every article I come across seems like its from a bogus website. does anyone know some true facts about this healthy stuff? I obviously still eat my veggies everyday, but I would just like to know!! thanks
KateJune 27, 2009 at 7:47 am
Just wanted to let you know that I stumbled upon your blog a few weeks ago and have been loving it ever since! Keep up the great work…I voted for you a few times (using different email addresses..I’m so sneaky) so I hope you get the job!!
BevJune 27, 2009 at 7:49 am
I wish I had my private plane so I could just fly there and buy one of each 🙂 You look so cute in that apron. Have a successful bake sale.
LaurenJune 27, 2009 at 7:50 am
The baked goods look fantastic, Jenna – I’m sure you won’t have any trouble getting rid of them ;).
The pizza looks delicious as well – nothin’ wrong with enjoying a few slices from time to time!
Blue moon is one of the favorite beers – it’s even better when served in a frosty cold glass with a fresh orange slice… very summery!
LynnJune 27, 2009 at 7:59 am
OH WOW thsoe blondies look sooo good!!!! 😀
I love your apron!! Looks like great pizza night too!
AmyJune 27, 2009 at 8:50 am
Rock on! I would totally be at that bake sale if I lived near you. I’m considering buying all the ingredients and attempting those blondies this afternoon. They sound so delicious! I hope the sale goes well!
leslieJune 27, 2009 at 9:10 am
looks like a delicious day in the kitchen. lavender in baked goods sounds like perfection!
~Jessica~June 27, 2009 at 9:20 am
Wow, I am so in awe of your baking abilities! Everything looks so wonderful and I seriously think you could make a living selling those delectable vegan goodies! You are so talented and strong: I’m so sorry that I wasn’t around to give some support when tragedy struck earlier in the year, but I hadn’t ‘discovered’ your blog at that point and it’s only from reading back over earlier posts that I realised the full extent of what you’ve been through. You are truly an inspiration and a wonderful, beautiful person both inside and out.
All of the rest of your eats were so healthy for the day that I think you deserved 3 slices of pizza, particularly after all of that baking!
Enjoy your weekend
Daria (Summer of the CSAs)June 27, 2009 at 9:22 am
Thanks for posting the blondie recipe – those sound amazing. Good luck with the sale!
HeatherJune 27, 2009 at 9:30 am
Your baked goods look absolutely amazing. I’d drive down from Orlando just to buy some 🙂 Also, YAY for Blue Moon! My favorite beer – but next time you have to find it on tap & get it with the orange slice, which is the only way to drink it.
CateJune 27, 2009 at 9:35 am
Hope your bake sale sells out! Everything looks amazing!
The pizzas look great – I think I’ll be making pizza tonight.
KimJune 27, 2009 at 10:01 am
Your baked goodies look amazing!! I am very interested in trying out those lavender blondies! YUM!!
Pizza looks great too!! 🙂 I am now making pizza for dinner tonight. 🙂
AimeeJune 27, 2009 at 10:06 am
I had my first Blue Moon with dinner last night. I had a draft with an orange in it. I had two I enjoyed it so much! I never have beer unless it is a fruity belgium beer that doesn’t taste like beer, or a hard cider. I usually stick to white wines.
Good luck at the sale today!
Shannon (The Daily Balance)June 27, 2009 at 10:17 am
pizza looks AMAZING! wish I was in your area so I could come to the bake sale!!!
katie sJune 27, 2009 at 10:25 am
Good luck… I wish I was in the area so I could come buy some of those delicious looking desserts!!! Where can I get dried lavender buds????
SarahJune 27, 2009 at 10:25 am
I love it when pizza is light and thin like that, it makes it so much more fun to eat without paying for it later 😉 Good luck with the garage/bake sale, I wish I was in the area but I’m nowhere near ya! Have a great saturday 🙂
ballerinaeatsJune 27, 2009 at 10:41 am
What does your tattoo mean/what is it of?
jennaJune 27, 2009 at 3:36 pm
I got that tattoo right after my little brother died this past April. Its a cross in the waves because he was a big surfer.
CathyJune 27, 2009 at 10:45 am
I SOOOOOOOOO wanted to come to your garage/bake sale. You have been so busy baking that I did not get a response for specifics to get there. Bummer! I even have a present in my car for you. Maybe another time………
Hope it all goes well.
Mrs. Myers @ Eat Move WriteJune 27, 2009 at 10:59 am
ha ha ha elastic waist pants. You sound like me. Sodium in pizza gets me every time. Looks like you had a good time. Have a fun weekend!
SallyJune 27, 2009 at 11:30 am
I love Blue Moon, on the bottle they suggest drinking it with a slice of orange and it really enhances the flavour. Definitely worth a try.
Your carrot cakes looked AMAZING! Good luck with your sale.
MattJune 27, 2009 at 11:33 am
This post has inspired me to do some baking today!
JoyJune 27, 2009 at 11:43 am
your hair looks super cute in that last photo! and FIRST blue moon? how have you gotten through life without a blue moon?! 😉 all the baked goods look delicious
NicoleJune 27, 2009 at 12:05 pm
Mmmmm!!! All those goodies look so very tasty!
Oh She GlowsJune 27, 2009 at 1:22 pm
LOL @ ‘we just rolled our pizza bellies on home’….so funny.
Evan ThomasJune 27, 2009 at 2:21 pm
Margharita is my favorite pizza, and I haven’t had it in far too long. Any chance on a recipe for the anise scented frosting?
MeggilizzJune 27, 2009 at 3:25 pm
JENNA!!! Everything looks absolutely DIVINE!!! 🙂 And I love that ceramic piece for the lavender!! Good luck with your garage sale tomorrow! 🙂
ashleyJune 27, 2009 at 3:27 pm
Ah, everything looks so good. If I lived closer I would be there to buy some of those baked goods. Hope the garage sale went well.
JessJune 29, 2009 at 12:06 pm
Blue Moon is great–one of my favorites and perfect with pizza.
NatalieJune 29, 2009 at 1:28 pm
Those chocolate cupcakes look so good! Please post the receipe when you get a chance!
JessJune 29, 2009 at 2:16 pm
wow Jenna, those lavender blondies look amazing. I’m not much of a baker, but I think I will give those a whirl. Also, I adore your apron. I love aprons (my friends buy them from all over for me, plus I have some from my grandmother and greatgrandmothers) because I’m such a klutz! I even wear them when I’m eating sometimes! haha-embarrassing but true!
CarolineJune 29, 2009 at 4:06 pm
Yum! Blue Moon is even better in a glass with a slice of orange… 🙂
CrystalSeptember 6, 2011 at 12:24 pm
Made the blondies today-they are excellent! Thanks!