Sindy's Valentine's Desserts

Okay, let's see if I can do this in one take, I have to get these desserts packed up and to class for my final. 


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Aidan: Okay, Sindy, remember to smile, and look right into the camera, and I will keep moving to get different views as you speak.
Ready.....Action!


Happy Valentine's Day to everyone.

I’m Sindy Odders, one of the assistant pastry chefs at the Hyatt Hotel at River North in Chicago. Today, I have prepared for you a selection of vegan and vegetarian Valentine desserts. 

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I have adapted these recipes to vegan and or vegetarian from historical and vintage cookbooks 
for my senior graduation project at the Culinary Institute.
Whether you choose to be vegan or vegetarian for health, personal, or religious issues, 
no one has to deprive themselves of fabulous desserts. 



I have prepared for you a selection of delicious cakes, tortes, tarts, pudding, 
and cookies for your Valentine's Day celebrations. 


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My personal favorite is the Strawberry torte in an almond pastry shell. The Peach Melba cakes are topped with a festive strawberry, and the Strawberry Layer Cakes have whipped coconut frostings and fresh strawberries.


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Desserts are the perfect food for entertaining or treating your family for Valentine's Day.

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We have a Chocolate Lady Finger Coconut Cake, a Raspberry Macadamia Nut Torte, a Carrot Cake with a Caramel Vegan Meringue topping. The most unusual recipe on the table is my frozen Vegan Avocado Gelatto Cake Roll, topped again with strawberries.

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The favorites at the HFIM test kitchens are the chocolate, vanilla, or gingerbread heart cookies. 
I make these all year round for my housemates. They never last long.

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We can't forget tea, coffee, or a Lemon Curd Torte and Bon-bons with a Coconut Creme 


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The recipe for my Almond Strawberry Vegan tarts will be available on my Facebook page. This is 
 Sindy Odders-TheVeggieDessertQueen signing off from the HFIM test kitchen and have a 
fabulous Valentine's Day Celebration. 



Sindy, that was great, but I was drooling all over your table. Can I please have some cake.

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Aidan: "Who said this wasn't a high paying job! I should have your video ready by tomorrow on this sugar high.  Say, let me try the Avocado Gelatto rolly-thing, that looks delicious."

Sindy: Anything you want, you are a real doll for helping me. Now, I have to get everything to school for my final grade. Now, to begin working on my food van. I have all my recipes, just need to get my van ready to go. (Future DIY food van episodes---beginning soon.)

(PS I'm not a vegan or a vegetarian cook, this is just what Sindy chose...? I've been assured all these recipe's may be possible, though. Much of the food is delicious erasers from Target, cookies are Sculpey clay/fabric paint/glitter, and plastic miniatures from assorted thrift store goody-bags.)
Sindy is a Katniss Barbie, Aidan is a 2004 are rescues from a thrift store.

I'll be happy to answer any comments or questions!
(any corrections are welcomed also.) 

All the opinions and photographs on this blog are my own, unless otherwise stated. 

 I have not been paid or reimbursed in anyway for my opinions
 or products shown, or from where I shop. 

The dolls shown are from my own and the Grand's collection. 
Clothes are vintage or made by myself. Occasionally, I falter and buy something new.

PLEASE do not use photos without linking back to this blog without my permission, but Pin away!
Thank you for your cooperation, Sandi Magle

I'll be sharing at these fine parties:

Sandi

Going Home: Part 3 Morning After

We left Richelle, sleeping alone on the couch. She finally drifted off to sleep.

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"What's that noise, MO-om, what are you doing?


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Mom: "I just thought we should all have breakfast together and have a talk?"


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Dad: "I need more coffee, please."

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Ryan: "I just need a new head, but coffee would be nice, thank-you."



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Richelle: "Well, I'm wide awake now. What do you 'boys' have to say for yourselves? And, that means you, too, Dad."


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Mom: "Who's going to want porkies and bacon? Ryan how do you like your eggs?"

Richelle: "Ryan, what happened?"

Ryan: No thank you, Mom. Richelle, I'm sorry we were celebrating. And, if we are going to be married, we can't go to bed angry."

Richelle: "I wasn't angry, you were passed out face down ACROSS the bed."


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Mom: "Waffles or toast?"

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Dad: "Richelle, honey, this was my fault. Ryan wanted to come back after the dart tournament and well, it all just got out of hand. He wanted to come back and be with you."

Mom: "Ryan, Richelle, what's this about you getting married? No one has said anything to me. The waffles are done."

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Ryan:"Richelle, will you be my wife, forever....because I love you and your family."


Richelle:Oh, Ryan, yes, I will marry you. And, don't leave the toilet seat up. That's not too much to ask for, is it?"



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Dad: "Ryan, don't give in on that one. Now that is settled, pass the syrup."

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Ryan: "I love you, sweetie, to the moon and back. I'm sorry."

Richelle: "I love you, too, Ryan. Forever and ever."




Mom: "Oh, wonderful. How about a May wedding at Uncle Jim's farm in Woodstock. We've already talked to him and it's only about sixty miles from Chicago and then all your friends won't have to come all the way up here."

Richelle: "Sure Mom, but, I thought you said no one talked to you about this?"



Dad: "May would be good, and before the season. We got full cabin rentals after Memorial Day. Your Mom was just like me, she knew right away Ryan was the one for our Richelle. We always know these things, ya know. And, welcome to the family, Son!"

Ryan: "Phew, maybe I will try some of those porkies and eggs, now, Mom. And, please pass the coffee. I'm starving."

Dad: "Better stock up, Son. We are doing an ice fishing derby, today."



Richelle: "But, Dad......?"

Mom; "I thought we could go by Marla's and look at dresses. Who's going to be in the wedding? You promised your cousin she could be in your wedding, when you were seven, and she remembers."

Richelle: "Mom, dresses, oh, which cousin?...oh, my."

(to be continued in the far future)

I'll be happy to answer any comments or questions!
(any corrections are welcomed also.) 

All the opinions and photographs on this blog are my own, unless otherwise stated. 

 I have not been paid or reimbursed in anyway for my opinions
 or products shown, or from where I shop. 

The dolls shown are from my own and the Grand's collection. 
Clothes are vintage or made by myself. Occasionally, I falter and buy something new.

PLEASE do not use photos without linking back to this blog without my permission, but Pin away!
Thank you for your cooperation, Sandi Magle

I'll be sharing at these fine parties:

Sandi










Going Home cont.: Bedroom action!

Late Friday--We left Richelles family and Ryan having a great time at the bowling alley. From there Mom, Dad, Richelle, Rocky and Ryan are off to a pot luck at the Rod and Gun Club & Bar.

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After a quick dinner Mom and Richelle go back to the cabin, while the 'boys' are left to their own devices.

Richelle: Mom, I hope Dad doesnt' give Ryan a lot to drink. He's a real light-weight, one glass of wine and he's done for the night.

Mom: I hope so too, I saw Ryan with Rocky and his friends, I hope he doesn't like beer.

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Mom: Ryan must have taken my jacket, since I'm wearing his now. But, it's really great to have you home. Now, that we are alone, why make this trip in the middle of winter? 


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Richelle: Ryan isn't here, can we talk about something else. It sure is chilly in here. Can you kick up the heat?

Mom: Sure...tell me about your job, and the HFIM house. I get to see your facebook page, but everyone else is strangers. Tell me about them.

Three and a half hours later, a truck zooms into to the woods outside. The cabin door flies open....and it's a CHEESEHEAD!


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Ryan: Wuuuucy! I'm home....Hey Der, Chickie-Babe!



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Ryan: Your brother made me an OFFICIAL CHEESEHEAD....! I need a kiss, now!

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Ryan: MMMMMMUH! OH...uh oh, it's Mom, but I luuuuvvvvvvy you, too! I gotta use the little boys room. (He tromps to the bathroom, singing, "In heaven there is no beer.....that's why I drink it here..."

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Ryan: Honest I'm aiming but the 'john' keeps moving around!


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Mom: Well, that's my cue to leave, I will have to rustle up food for the other two, I'm sure. Sleep in tomorrow if he needs it. 

Richelle: Good night Mom, we will see you in the morning.

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Richelle: Ryan, are you okay in there?

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Ryan: I'm great! I won my hat for eating the most deep fried cheesecurds---THEY are awesome. You never told me about cheesecurds.

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Richelle:Well, you don't even want cheese on pizza, you said it upsets your stomach.

Ryan: Oh, well, these were great--luv my hat!

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Ryan: Come give me a kiss-----(HUGE BELCH)! ooooh, cheesecurds are awesome.

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Richelle: Let me help, you took Mom's jacket and scarf. 

Ryan: YEP, they are Packer green and gold and the Bears really SUCK!


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Ryan: Helps me with these pants and who turned off the lights???

Richelle: OMG!

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Richelle: Stay still---and point your toes, please....RYANNNNN!


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Ryan flips over on his stomach singing, "And when we are gone from heeeeere, our friends will be drinking all the beer! La, la, la, la, la, ......I luv you....come give me a kiss, Chickie-babe....my stomach hurts."
(soft snores into the pillow)

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Richelle turns down the lights...and changes into her nighty and Mom's sweater jacket....

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Oh, my...have I made the right decision. I thought he was a nice, stable---city guy. And, in one night, he's ruined!


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Sigh, so much for a romantic night in the Northwoods-----on the couch!

(to be continued)

I'll be happy to answer any comments or questions!
(any corrections are welcomed also.) 

All the opinions and photographs on this blog are my own, unless otherwise stated. 

 I have not been paid or reimbursed in anyway for my opinions
 or products shown, or from where I shop. 

The dolls shown are from my own and the Grand's collection. 
Clothes are vintage or made by myself. Occasionally, I falter and buy something new.

PLEASE do not use photos without linking back to this blog without my permission, but Pin away!
Thank you for your cooperation, Sandi Magle

I'll be sharing at these fine parties:

Sandi





Richelle and Ryan:Bowling in the Northwoods

DIY Bowling Alley.


Mom and Richelle battle Dad, Rocky, and Ryan at the local bowling alley in the Open Winter Tournament.

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First ball of the night is a strike for Todd (Dad).

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Yay, Richelle! A strike!

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Rocky follows through, what will be the result! A spare---too, bad!




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Refreshments between turns!

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There goes Richelle again! STRIKE!

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Wheeeee!

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Ryan concentrates, he has to get a strike.



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Oh no---a split!



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Don't worry---Rocky will save the day, Ryan.


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Rocky has another smooth release, will it do it?


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Nice Strike Rocky!



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Dad throws one more strike!


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What's the scores?

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The ladies are ahead by 2 pins Dad!



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Better luck next time champ!
Now, on to the Rod and Gun club

(to be continued)

Diorama Notes: Bowling lanes are from a cardboard box. 
Pins and balls are kids' table top toys. 
Colored lights above the pins were battery votives. (These were not strong enough-may have to use like 6 inside the box, next time.)
Ball return is a tape covered plastic box.
Lanes are accented with craft foam strips and silver duct tape. 
Flooring is actual living room floor in real life. 
Walls: Blue -craft foam- Gray and white-textured art paper.

Dolls: Richelle is a recent Barbie on a vintage reticulated body.
Ryan and Dad are articulated Ryan dolls, Dad(Todd) has chalk pen, beard and hair alterations.
Mom(Barbie TNT-with original body with hair cut and chalk pen grayed hair) 
Rocky is an articulated 'Alan' doll or a prince. 

NEXT TIME, I will set this up on the table with flooring scraps as---I'm too old to be crawling around on the floor to take pictures!



I'll be happy to answer any comments or questions!
(any corrections are welcomed also.) 

All the opinions and photographs on this blog are my own, unless otherwise stated. 

 I have not been paid or reimbursed in anyway for my opinions
 or products shown, or from where I shop. 

The dolls shown are from my own and the Grand's collection. 
Clothes are vintage or made by myself. Occasionally, I falter and buy something new.

PLEASE do not use photos without linking back to this blog without my permission, but Pin away!
Thank you for your cooperation, Sandi Magle

I'll be sharing at these fine parties:

Sandi