→ VEGAN + LIFE

This year I am shaving my head at a St. Baldrick’s event here in Denver on March 16th at 1pm. St. Baldrick’s organizes fundraisers where people raise money in the weeks leading up to an event where people who have been raising money, shave their head. My goal was $1,000 and thanks to family and friends, I have reached my goal!

If you’re bored and want to come buy me a Guinness after I shave, let me know. ❤️

They aren’t really triplets but so close in age that I started calling them that, especially after Rachel was diagnosed. It was easier than saying 1, 2, 3 and 4 because I knew at some point “Thing 1,” Rachel wouldn’t be here. And here we are.

This is a picture of the kids taken by a photographer at their Homeschool Enrichment Program. I purchased the rights to share this picture on social media and make prints but I think she deserves credit. 🙂

Elizabeth Osberg Photography

Julie had been wanting to try making vegan cupcakes but hadn’t gotten around to it, mainly because she was waiting on me to buy the ingredients. I took a stab at the cake while they were in their homeschooling enrichment classes today and this is quite good. I doubled the recipe and bought frosting off the shelf. I made this into cupcakes, paper lined and baked each pan of 12 at 350 degrees for 23 minutes. Since we are a mile above sea level you may need to adjust the time.

Ingredients

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour (I added a few extra TBS to thicken the mixture up)

1 cup sugar (I used evaporated cane sugar)

1/4 cup cocoa powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/3 cup vegetable oil

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 teaspoon distilled white vinegar

1 cup water

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly grease one 9×5 inch loaf pan.

Sift together the flour, sugar, cocoa, baking soda and salt. Add the oil, vanilla, vinegar and water. Mix together until smooth.

Pour into prepared pan and bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 45 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool.

Hope the kids like them. I’m going to bring each child 2 cupcakes at pick-up. Letting them eat in the jeep is such a bad idea.

Rachel would have loved these so much.

Weeks before Boston’s 11th birthday I came across a picture from his third birthday party and decided I wanted to try and inexpensively recreate the picture.  I think I nailed it without spending a fortune.  The main difference, to me, was the cost of the cake.  Vegan cakes are much more expensive than an ole vanilla box cake by Betty Crocker.  This is the resulting picture.


This is the comparison picture between 2017 and 2009.


London turned 12 just 10 days later and I sprung for a full vegan cake for him.  It was INCREDIBLE!


A few days before his birthday we went to a party for Ruby who was turning 4 and Boston took this picture of his brother. I love when they take pictures on my phone, seeing the world through their eyes.

One of Rachel’s favorite movies. Rachel became a vegan before she died, perhaps you can try a vegan meal in her honor.

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