The last faded autumn leaflet hangs from a frozen branch, just a short fall from the tree to winter. ~ Terri Guillemets
In a wink of an eye, the last month of the year is here. At the beginning of the year, a year always seems like a long period of time but once December arrives, we can’t help but wonder where did the time go as we busy ourselves with the festivities of the season and the closing of yet another year.
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While I air on the side of being a vegetarian, I’m no vegan. Not even close. I’m a milk and chocolate chip cookie girl, a wine and cheese lady. But! I totally get the vegan cause and I have vegan friends. It’s hardly fair to them to receive socks come Christmas day while everyone else gets gourmet gifts made with much love. This vegan version of the classic amaretti cookie recipe is one of my rescues.
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Each year, at this time, I pick 4-5 recipes that I intend to double or triple make to give as gifts come Christmas. This year, one of the recipes that made it to this list is this vegan chocolate chip cookie recipe. I know, chocolate chip cookies are not exactly what comes to mind for Christmas but in case you missed the title, these are the best vegan chocolate chip cookies and such things must be shared. Yes, I have my vegan friends in mind but surely this recipe is not limited just to them. I also thought it would be a good idea to show my non-vegan friends (as I showed my husband earlier this year with these cookies) that vegan food can be just as decadent and delicious.
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I equate peonies with love because they’re the first blooms of summer. – Isaac Mizrahi
Finally, my peonies have bloomed! Years ago, we didn’t plant them in the most ideal location, and so, each year, ours are always late to shoot up soon after the last bit of snow has gone and likewise, late to bloom. This year, I was slightly more anxious waiting for them to bloom as I wanted to practice my photography skills (or lack of) with them. They are far too lovely to pass up such an opportunity. Since the only appropriate food I had conveniently available were these cardamom cookies, there is no uncertainty about which recipe this post will feature. Don’t get me wrong though, these are not just any ordinary cookies; they are made with whole wheat flour, contain no eggs and are flavoured with cardamom. I almost always have a jar of these in my pantry.
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