11/28/12

Vintage Children's Books: 1940s ABC by Whitman Publishing







I love the quaint and folksy illustrations and drop caps in this 1949 ABC book by Whitman Publishing. The individual pages would look great framed in a nursery or children's room.

Since I've always posted photos of the vintage children's books in my collection, I have decided to also sell them in the S&S Etsy shop. The Whitman ABC book is available here! Enjoy!

11/27/12

Bake Eggless Vegan Oatmeal Butterscotch Cookies!

Sweet and salty, these butterscotchies fueled our leaf raking!

Taking traditional cookie recipes and veganizing or de-egging them is generally pretty easy. Dairy substitutes are a no-brainer; use Earth Balance for the butter (I love the buttery sticks--so easy to measure!) and for milk, just use you favorite non-dairy milk (mine is coconut in the carton). Now getting rid of the eggs is a bit more challenging. Veg News has a good article about replacing eggs and Vegan Baking has a really extensive guide to bakings without eggs. My go-to method, for cookies at least, is to replace the eggs with 1/4 of your favorite yogurt (full-fat and thick works best) and 1 TB of cornstarch. It generally works beautifully; it binds, it is moist and adds that element of fat that eggs normally give. Experiment and see what substitutes work best for your tastes and have fun with it!

To make vegan/eggless oatmeal butterscotchies cookies, use this recipe from Hershey's and use substitutions listed above. You can find vegan butterscotch chips at Vegan Essentials (just try not to eat them all before you make your cookies!). The recipe can also easily be made gluten-free by using GF baking mix and GF oatmeal!

11/22/12

The Bright Friday, NO, Weekend Sale in the Scissors & Spice Shop!


Everyone's doing it, so heck, let's have a sale! 15% off everything in the Scissors and Spice Etsy shop until Sunday! Use coupon code WEEKEND at check out. Hells yeah! Head on over to www.etsy.com/shop/ScissorsAndSpice and start saving now.

11/21/12

A Tip for Making Sweet Potato Casserole or Pie!

Peeling sweet potatoes for mashed sweet potatoes, casserole, or for pie can be such a daunting task. The tubers often have lots of bumps and grooves and can be very difficult to deal with despite their sugary nature. Don't fight with your tater, bake it!

Use this technique whenever you need cooked sweet potatoes for dishes like pie, sweet potato casserole (this technique ensures that the potatoes have nice, soft buttery texture) or mashed sweet potatoes.


When you bake a sweet potato, the natural sugars in it caramelize (and gives it a depth of flavor that you cannot achieve by steaming) and the skin peels off so easily.

To bake, preheat oven to 425. Wrap each sweet potato, with skin on, in aluminum foil and place directly on oven rack. Bake for 45 minutes to an hour (depending on the size of the potato). Remove from oven and let cool in foil. When cool, open and peel the skins off and now your ready to use them in your recipe!

11/20/12

Hello, New York!


I'm back after spending a few days in New York. Well, actually Jersey City, NJ. It's actually much cheaper to stay across the river and take the short train ride into the city (the Newport Path train puts you right into the center of the city!). The hotel rooms are bigger and more affordable (great for when you are staying with your family), you don't have to pay tolls to enter the city, deal with crazy traffic, parking is free or at a much lower cost, and best of all, you get to wake up to views like this: the lower half of Manhattan and the Hudson River!

We didn't really hit up any veg restaurant super stars, just our usuals, like Soy and Sake (great for the kids!). And if you follow me on Instagram (scissorsandspice), you may have went on a little tour of Soho with me late Monday morning. We had a great time, but now, it's time to hunker down and get the shop stocked for the holidays. I'll try to do some really great updates this week even with the wonderfully hectic Thanksgiving cook-a-thon already upon us. Think we're going to play it low-key this year and enjoy our family's dinner and then the next day, enjoy a vegan Thanksgiving at Su Tao in Malvern, PA. What are you doing for Tofurkey Day?

11/15/12

Sugar and Spice


This is a cute vintage 1940s tea towel that was just listed in the Scissors and Spice Etsy shop. Even though it has already been snatched up, I couldn't help but post this detailed picture (for obvious reasons!). If you want to stay up on additions to the shop and get first dibs, please follow me on Twitter and/or Facebook to know when I add new listings.

11/14/12

My Better Half's Projects


Mr. Scissors has been crafty! We've been working on some cool things for his blog's shop. First up, just in time for the holidays, is this handy custom Type and Lettering pencil case great for your favorite designophile. Use it to tote around your supplies, organize your make up or as an accessories bag. Comes packaged with a Type and Lettering custom pencil and there are additional sets of pencils for sale as well. Check it out and happy shopping!

11/12/12

Scissors Craft: Pinecone Decoration Ideas for Christmas

Our pinecone booty!

So, my kids had off Veteran's Day. I got an early start to the day, packaged up Etsy orders, made my list of errands, got the kids dressed, and headed out the door. Went to start the car... the battery was dead. URG! They left their overhead light on and it drained the life out of the car. Great... I was dead set on getting a coffee, so since it was a beautiful day, I locked the front door and told the kids to get walking. We were going to make the mile trek to Starbucks! Now, a mile is not that far, but when you live in the suburbs with no sidewalks, it makes things interesting, specially with a 3-year-old in tow.

In any case, it was actually a really nice walk and we came across a bounty of pinecones along the way. We "harvested" them to use in crafts. I'm still trying to decide what to do with them. Maybe a wreath for the front door? A golden centerpiece? A pinecone tree? Ornaments? I collected a bunch of ideas and thought I would list them here for those or you that have a bunch of pinecones you don't know what to do with. I'll let you know the final outcome after Thanksgiving! Oooh! suspense!

-To get started, run through these collections of ideas on how to use pinecones in your holiday decor:

Love the peanut butter/seed ideas (great to do with the kids!) and the glitter ceiling hanger on this blog:
http://bebehblog.com/7-things-to-do-with-pinecones/ 

And of course, Martha always has tons of ideas. My favorite is the window swag.
http://www.marthastewart.com/274350/pinecone-crafts/@center/307034/christmas-workshop

-Tutorials on how to prepare the pinecones once you bring them home. 

http://tipnut.com/how-to-prepare-preserve-pinecones/ 

http://popgoesthehome.com/try-this-bleached-pine-cones-give-an-autumnal-classic-a-new-look/



This lovely window display of pinecones comes from South Moon Under in Rehoboth Beach, DE. I like how there is a poppy element of color contrasted by the natural texture of the pinecones and twine. I might use this idea and do an acrylic paint dipped pinecone wreath.

-A tutorial on how to dip your pinecones in acrylic paint:
http://factorydirectcraft.com/factorydirectcraft_blog/paint-dipped-pinecones/

Happy crafting! I'll post pictures once I've decided how we are going to use our harvest!

11/11/12

Vintage Children's Books: Gravity is a Mystery







The best part of the book was the library card still attached to the inside cover!

"Gravity is a Mystery" by Franklyn M. Branley and illustrated by Don Madden, published in 1970.

I haven't posted images from a vintage children's book in awhile! I found this one the other day at the Salvation Army and fell in love with the illustrations and color palette.

11/9/12

Help The Snail Feed Hot Vegan Meals to Victims of Hurricane Sandy!

Donations can be sent via paypal to thecinnamonsnail@gmail.com

You guys know my love of Cinnamon Snail's delacacies; now I love them even more! They have been driving their vegan lunch truck to some of Sandy's hardest hit areas in New Jersey and New York and distributing free vegan meals to people in need. The best part is, you can help! It's as simple as sending any amount via paypal to thecinnamonsnail@gmail.com. Even if you only have $1 to spare, your help is greatly appreciated. They'll be in serving free meals to Rockaway Beach in Brooklyn on Saturday and serving paying customers in Red Bank, NJ on Sunday. Thanks, and please spread the word!

11/6/12

Vote with Your Kids!

From Instagram: follow me @scissorsandspice

Unless you've been living under a rock, you know that today is election day in the USA. I brought my kids with me and we had great discussion about in what country we live (with my 3-year-old) and about different governmental positions and for whom we were voting (with my 6-year-old). My father, from a very early age, taught me to be politically aware, and I hope to do the same with my children. Instead of leaving them with their grandparents or voting while they are in school, bring them with you for a very important social studies lesson! Now go vote! :)

11/5/12

Give Thanks for Vegan Pumpkin Spiced Cupcakes!

Pumpkin, pumpkins, everywhere! While pumpkin pie is a traditional staple at everything thanksgiving table, why not mix it up this year? I baked these moist, not too sweet, pumpkin cupcakes for my husband's birthday and they were a hit! I filled them with a pumpkin butter, topped them with a maple cream cheese frosting, and then sprinkled them with toasted, candied walnut pieces, a little bit of candied ginger, and a dusting of cinnamon.

If you'd like, you could also make these as muffins. Substitute some of the flour with whole wheat and leave off the toppings for a seasonal breakfast treat.

Below is the recipe for the cake. Just use your favorite frosting and filling to give it your own personal touch! Tip: The cupcakes are actually better if made a day or two ahead of time and kept in the fridge; they become more moist as they sit!

The cupcakes being filled with pumpkin butter!

Moist Pumpkin Cake or Cupcake Recipe (vegan, eggless)

Ingredients

  • 3 cups AP flour

  • 2 cups sugar

  • 
3 tablespoons cinnamon
  • 2 TB pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 tsp salt

  • 2 tsp baking soda

  • 2 TB molasses
  • 2 cups of puree
d pumpkin
  • 2 cups water
  • 
½ cup vegetable, canola, or other mild-flavored oil
  • 2 TB apple cider vinegar
  • 
2 tsp vanilla extract

Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 and line cupcake tins with liners.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together dry ingredients.
  3. In another small bowl, mix together molasses, pumpkin and water. Set aside.
  4. Make three divots in your dry ingredients. In one, add oil, in the next add vinegar, and in the last, add vanilla. Pour the water/pumpkin mixture on top and mix together ingredients until combined.
  5. Fill cupcake liners 2/3 full and bake for about 18-20 minutes or until done. Let cool and then decorate as desired.