Vegan Gingerbread House Party

After decorating cookies Saturday afternoon, I headed back to the apartment to pick up Hector who just got home from school. We headed to Megan’s for our December Post Punk Kitchen {ppk} potluck. This month we decided to make vegan gingerbread houses. The kit that you can buy isn’t vegan but Megan made the cookies for the houses and figured out how to hold the pieces together!

Before we got too much sugar into our system, we had a lentil cauliflower soup that Megan made. It was really delicious. A perfect way to start the evening.

Lentil Soup

We all brought cookies to share with each other. All of them were really yummy!

gluten free chocolate chip cookies

chocolate crinkles

biscotti Megan warned us that once the sugar was heated, we had to act fast and start building. Nissa & Hector tried really hard to figure out their game plan! {Hector & I shared a house, which was pretty comical}

getting read to buildWhile we waited to start, we enjoyed some So Delicious Nog.

so delicious nogOnce Hector, Megan & Nissa began making the houses, I could not stop laughing. I will blame that from the sugar, but it was so much fun to witness the making of these houses.

construction begins!


will it stand up?

DSC_0289We had to get some string reinforcement to hold the houses together. It worked!

string reinforcementNissa’s dog, Oliver, wanted some sugar! He is too cute!

Oliver!We finally finished building the houses and decorated them. They turned out really unique!

Our house may have some flaws, like a hole in the roof, but we just incorporated that into the house as a skylight. The additional awning really adds a nice touch to the house.

our house!Megan’s house was amazing. The best part would have to be the boarded up windows!

Megan's HouseNissa’s house lives in a different neighborhood. It is well taken care of and color coordinated. Just look at that roof!

Nissa's HouseI really had so much fun Saturday! I am really for more holiday related things! 🙂

Have your every built a gingerbread house before?


PPK October Potluck

Yesterday was the Chicago PPKs monthly potluck. Each month we meet & have themed potluck. This month it was Halloween! We are a very small group, but that doesn’t stop us from enjoying wonderful vegan food & company.

I had no idea what to make. I went with an autumn stuffing. It had Field Roast’s smoked apple sausage, dried cranberries, apples, walnuts, and spices. This went with Halloween, right?

Megan made a wonderful pumpkin fruit dip to go along with apples from the farmer’s market. This dip was scrumptious!

Nissa, our wonderful host, made a delicious stew. It went really well with the Halloween theme!

She also made cat shaped tortilla chips! So adorable! I dipped mine with the stew & it tasted amazing!

Dessert: fauxstess cupcakes made by Nissa. These looked & tasted amazing. Just look at the detail in the web! Perfect for Halloween!

All of the food tasted great & I had such a wonderful time at the PPK potluck. We won’t be having one in November due to schedules, but we are planning our next one for early December . The theme is going to be gingerbread houses & a cookie exchange. Can’t wait until December!

PPK Potluck

This past Sunday, a few PPK members and I got together for our monthly potluck. If you are not familiar with PPK, which stands for Post Punk Kitchen, it is a wonderful vegan blog by Isa Chandra Moskowitz, who is one of my favorite cookbook authors. You should definitely check it out, especially if you are looking for some delicious recipes! There is a forum on the blog where people talk about all things vegan and it is a really great resource, especially if you have questions about certain things. Each month so far this year, a group of members from Chicago have gotten together for a potluck. Each month has been a different theme and this past potluck the theme was brunch! This time I was the host, which was really fun!

We had tons of yummy food!

{Berry Muffins & Mango Coconut Muffins}

{Molletes- A Mexican Breakfast dish of refried beans & cheese (Dayia used here!)}

{Avocado Potato Salad from Vegan Brunch}

{Fruit Salad with Soy Yogurt}

{Cinnamon Rolls}

{Mini Quiche}

{The Whole Spread}

Everything was amazing! It is a really fun get together each month! It looks like we aren’t going to have one in May, but we are looking at having an ice cream themed potluck for June! I can’t wait!