Monday, August 29, 2016

No Chill Vegan Molasses Cookies Recipe

I love the flavor of gingerbread and molasses. I made these Vegan Molasses Cookies from They are pretty easy to make and take about 20 minutes.

1 cup flour
2 tablespoons flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ginger
1/4 teaspoon clove
1/8 teaspoon salt
2 cups brown sugar 
6 tablespoons vegetable oil
2 tablespoons unsweetened applesauce
2 tablespoons molasses
3 tablespoons sugar, for rolling

Note: If you want to make sure these are vegan, use vegan sugar and molasses. 


  1. 1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F or 165 degrees Celsius.
  2. 2. In a large mixing bowl, sift flour, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, cloves and salt.
  3. 3. In a medium sized bowl, combine brown sugar, vegetable oil, molasses, vanilla and apple sauce.
  5. 4. Combine dry and wet mixture to form the dough. Stir until just combined.
  7. 5. Using a tablespoon measure, scoop up dough and form round cookie balls. Roll the doughs of balls in to sugar (I forgot to do this step so they turn out okay either way; they just won't be as sweet without the sugar). 
  9. 6. On an ungreased cookie sheet, add the dough balls. Press them down slightly with your fingers. 
  11. 7. Bake for 13-16 minutes in the oven. Let cool on the baking sheet for a few minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. 
  13. Overall, these cookies came out pretty good. They were not my favorite cookie ever, but they were pretty good. I think I will try rolling them in sugar next time. The texture was good and I liked the flavoring. I also like that you don't have to chill the dough so they were easy to make.
  14. What kind of cookies do you like to make? Let me know in the comments.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

What is Your Favorite Way to Make Money?

What is your favorite way to make money online?

There are many ways to make money online. With all the different options, it can sometimes be confusing what works and what doesn't. I have been experimenting with different ways to make money online. I often post reviews and different thins I have tried on this blog. I am curious what your favorite way to make money online is.

My favorite way to make money online right now is to do freelance work for other people. I have found it is a good way to make money quickly and also lets you connect with other businesses. Another way I like to make money online is to sell things. I sell things through my Etsy shops, Move the Needle and Printables and Things. I also like to use eBay to sell used items and things for other people.

Let me know in the comments what your current favorite way to make money online is and what works for you.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Planner Inspiration

With the school year approaching, now is the perfect time to buy a planner. Here is some planner photography inspiration:

Do you like to decorate your planner?

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Millennium Park Yoga Workout


Millennium Park in Chicago has free summer workouts. The workouts take place outside on the lawn. I recently went to one of the morning yoga classes to try it out. 


I liked working out outside on the lawn. It was interesting to do yoga in the park instead of inside. I also liked seeing the architecture and having big open space in the park while I did yoga. The teacher spoke over a speak. The turnout wasn't too big, but I thought it was a fun experience. 


What events do you like to do in the summer?

Monday, August 22, 2016

Random Food Photos

These are a couple of photos of food I took recently. 

 These are dried pinto beans I made. I have been experimenting with different types of dried beans lately. I do not know if I prefer the taste over canned beans, but they are cheaper to buy. 



I like using the beans in bean and rice dishes. The photos above use brown rice and black beans. I like just mixing then together and adding salsa or another ingredient to give them flavor.


I love the vibrant colors in these two photos.


I have been having oatmeal for breakfast a lot. I am looking for more ideas of what to put in my oats. Let me know in the comments what you like to put in your oatmeal or what you have been cooking lately. 

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Paper Source Planner Review

Back to school time is a great time to start planning. I was shopping at Paper Source and saw a few planners on sale. I decided to pick a few up since they were half off.



This 18 month weekly calendar planner is dated from August 2015 - January 2017. It has a weekly layout with good space for writing notes or decorating. It also has monthly and yearly views in the front. I used it for keeping a schedule of events I was going to and keeping notes. The size is medium - not too large or too small. It is good for keeping at hot desk or carrying around. 

It has a pretty rose gold and black design. The side of the pages are gold when you close the planner. It uses an open coptic stitch binding that is painted black. The open stitch design is nice because the planner lies flat when you open it. It also has a strap, but no bookmark. 


This 17 month weekly planner is dated from August 2015 - December 2016. It uses a weekly layout with lined pages. I used it for keeping a daily to do list. The lined pages are good for writing, but may not be good for decorating.

This planner is soft cover. It has an elegant light gold color and design. It is a medium sized planner that can fit in your purse. I liked the design of this planner overall, but think it could use a bookmark or strap. The size is nice.



This paper planner is dated from August 2015 - December 2016. The layout uses a monthly view. I used it for planning blog posts. It is a small planner that can fit anywhere. 

The planner uses a cute tan, gold and black design. The pages are tan on the inside. The cover is paper and uses staples are a stitching. I liked the paper design, but this may rip or year more easily than hard or soft cover. 

Which planner do you like to use?

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Old Olympics Photos

These are some old Olympic photos I found around the web. 


Let me know in the comments what your favorite event is at the Olympics.