banana cupcakes and food in jars

It is a friends birthday. Said friend loves banana bread. Said friend needs a birthday treat. Said friend is getting banana cupcakes (vegan) with cream cheese frosting and chocolate cream cheese frosting with a dusting of cinnamon.

I agreed to help make a cake/treat of sorts and although making the cupcake itself vegan was fine, I would have felt very self imposing making a tofu buttercream or something else. And I am having moral dilemmas with tofutti and earth balance so I didn’t really want to go buy it for the frosting. And since someone else was purchasing the ingredients and I was making it for someone else, it would be inconsiderate to make something otherwise.

Anyways, the cupcakes turned out beautifully!! I made the cake part in the AM, read and did some work during the day, and frosted them with said friends boyfriend in the afternoon. The recipe I used is based adapted from here but I added cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves. I also replaces the chocolate with pumpkin seeds because I had those on hand and I added the equivalent of 1 flax egg…I am not really sure why. But they turned out great, pretty much a good quintessential banana muffin.

The muffin was transformed into a cupcake with frosting! wooooohooo!!! Lacking a real piping bag, I used a ziplock bag. It turned out rather well I suppose.

Earlier this week, knowing how crazy it would get given the work that had to be done, I made a mass amount of food, which I stored in glass jars. Glass jars are probably one of the best things ever. First off, they are ‘free’ when you buy pasta sauce, or peanut butter, or jam, or a anything else that comes in a glass jar. They also come in all sorts of shapes and sizes. And, its probably a lot better for one to eat out of glass then plastic. Anywho this is what I made:

2 sweet potatoes+6 carrots+1 onion+bag of frozen brussels sprouts+1 T olive oil+3 T soy sauce+2 T brown sugar+a sprinkle of garlic powder+salt
Put it in a baking casserole type dish
I think I baked it covered for about 20 minutes and then uncovered for 35 ish on about 350. Something like that. The numbers are not as important as the texture of the stuff. And let me tell you, it was delicious. The soft creamy potatoes and slightly sweet caramel-y onions were my favorite, but the sweet onions go well with the brussels sprouts in my opinion. I have been obsessed with them lately. Anyways, it was quite nice not to worry about lunch for the duration of the week. 
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