Vegan Thanksgiving Recipes and Plans

I am no recipe creator but I’ve been seeing friends post plenty of great vegan Thanksgiving recipes this year. I’m doing a little round up of delicious things you can make this week to share or to keep for leftovers all week.

vegan thanksgiving

First up is squash dressing. I’d never heard of this dish until Johnp blogged about it for vegan mofo a few years ago. Cornbread and summer squash mixed up together and baked. Pictured is his squash casserole, which uses that same ubiquitous squash with cracker crumbs. Choose your own casserole adventure!

I’m also a big fan of the Campbell’s soup recipe for green bean casserole. This one is super easy to veganize. Substitute soy milk for the dairy milk. The cream of mushroom soup can be subbed with the recipe from Cookin’ Crunk or by using a vegan boxed soup such as Imagine Portobello Mushroom (just thicken the packaged soup with some flour or cornstarch).

If you want to make your own roast, why not try out Isa Moskowitz’s seitan roast stuffed with shittakes and leeks? Or try out her cornbread stuffing with pecans and pears.

pumpkin cheesecake

For dessert, I’m eyeing this pumpkin cheesecake pie from Joni Marie Newman.  You can’t go wrong with pumpkin and cream cheese and this recipe looks very easy to make. Just remember to invite me over when it’s all done!

Personalized Pet Ornaments Cat and Dog

It’s thpersonlaized pet ornamentsat time of year again! Personalized pet ornaments are back at Panda With Cookie!

These are easy to order and make wonderful Christmas gifts for any pet lover on your list. Send a photo of your cats and dogs to pandawithcookie at gmail dot com and I will email back with a price quote and any questions I have. I’ll then work on creating your pet pattern and send in progress photos for approval before the final sewing.

personalized pet ornaments

These are one of my favorite items to make at this time of year. Turnaround is as quick as a week and I’m already in production on orders.

Personalized cat stockingI also have a new personalized pet item this year, the made to order cat stocking! This is an Eco Felt stocking in red or green that features your pet’s face and any letter of your choice on the cuff. I can ship one pre-stuffed with a catnip carrot or catnip dinosaur from my shop. If you’re interested in one for your pup, send me an email and I’ll work on a prototype.

Personalized pet ornaments and stockings are wonderful and unique gifts. They are sure to delight on the Christmas tree for years to come.


Grout Elementary Holiday Bazaar November 22

Panda With Cookie will be at the Grout Elementary holiday bazaar on Saturday, November 22, from 9-3. The sale is a benefit for the 5th grade trip to Science Camp. There’s a pancake breakfast at 8 am and doors to the fair open at 9 am. I’ll have a fresh batch of my taco pirate ornaments for sale after almost selling out last weekend,  as well as my usual selection of plush and baby onesies.

Come out and support that Science Camp trip! I look forward to seeing everyone there!

grout elementary

Work in Progress, Holiday Ornaments, Cat Stockings, Tea

work in progress

The holiday season is upon us and is hopefully my busy season. I am focusing on some work in progress for a show at Llewellyn Elementary this weekend, working on my new personalized cat stockings, and some special order ornaments today.  And drinking some tea which I see now is nearly empty.

star tree topperI am also starting to list some of my 2014 Christmas ornaments including my new pirate star. This little one has a red ribbon to hang on the tree and a fabric loop sewn on the back if you want to use it as a tree topper. I’ve been topping my tree with one of these for the past couple of years and it always proves popular.

My tea of choice this morning is lapsang souchong from Townshend’s Tea. Mug courtesy of Vida Vegan Con.

Buckeye Balls Now With Vegan Recipe

buckeye ballsBuckeye balls! Who doesn’t love them? Peanut butter and crispy cereal rolled up in chocolate. This is my favorite quick dessert to take someone. They are easy to make, don’t require a lot of ingredients and need no measuring.

I first learned of Buckeye balls from kittee’s great Papa Tofu zine and I use a mix of the recipes from there and Vegan Finger Foods. Today I’m going to share my magical recipe with you.

Buckeye Balls Panda Style

-Put some powdered sugar in a bowl, and add some crispy style cereal to it. Mix. Make sure there’s about twice as much crispy as there is sugar

-Add a dash of cinnamon and mix again.

-Plop in some peanut butter and mix it up until it’s a good consistency. Add more crispy cereal if it is too soft, add more peanut butter if you can’t incorporate the dry mixture.

-Roll into balls and freeze.

-Melt some chocolate and dip each frozen ball in and cover. Drop onto wax paper and freeze again. Don’t worry if they aren’t perfectly round and smooth like the picture people put on Pinterest. They will be more tasty if they are lumpen and uneven.

-Eat 5 with some tea in your garlic mustard mug.


Llewellyn Elementary School Holiday Market 2014


I am pleased to announce that I will be at the Llewellyn Elementary School Holiday Market on Friday, November 14th and Saturday, November 15th. The show is from 2:30-6 pm on Friday and 10-4 on Saturday and is located at 6301 SE 14th Ave in Portland, Oregon. Please stop by and say hello! They will have a raffle going with proceeds going to benefit the PTA and one of my mini monsters will be up for grabs!

Vegan Applesauce Bread Recipe from Ladies Auxiliary Favorites

vegan applesauce loafAs promised in yesterday’s post, here is the vegan applesauce bread recipe from The Ladies Auxiliary Favorite Recipes cookbook. Originally submitted by Mrs. J. Leonard from Sandwich, Illinois.


2 c. flour                                 1/2 c  shortening

1 t baking powder                 3/4 c sugar

1 t baking soda                      2 eggs- I replaced with 2 flax eggs, 2 T flax mixed with 6 T water

1 t cinnamon                          1 t vanilla

1/2 t nutmeg                          1 c applesauce                      1/2 c walnuts, optional

-Sift together dry ingredients.

-Cream shortening, then add in and cream with sugar

-Beat in flax eggs and vanilla

-Blend in dry ingredients, adding applesauce at the end and mixing to wet all ingredients

-Let rise 20 minutes then bake at 350 for 45-55 minutes.

applesauce bread recipeLook at that nice crumb! This is a pretty mildly flavored bread and I would add more cinnamon and nutmeg next time. Great texture and it held up well for a few days. I’m pleased that my first attempt at a recipe from this book turned out well. If you make this, let me know how it turns out!

Food That Looks Like My Cat: Applesauce Bread

A friend recently sent me a great old spiral bound cookbook from the Sandwich Community Hospital in Sandwich, Illinois titled Ladies Auxiliary Favorite Recipes.

Ladies Auxiliary Cookbook    I remember this type of cookbook well from my youth. A group would gather recipes from the community and send them off to be spiral bound as a fundraiser for the VFW ladies auxiliary or the volunteer fire department. Each person would get credit on their recipe and if you bought the cookbook you would know most of the people inside. And had likely tried a few dishes as well.

vegan applesauce bread

I’ve decided to veganize some of the recipes from this cookbook to see how they turn out, starting with Mrs. J. Leonard’s applesauce bread. I’ll have a recipe and review posted here tomorrow. After the loaf came out of the oven, smelling quite autumnal, I noticed that it bore a resemblance to a certain ginger cat.

applesauce loafAnd indeed, the applesauce loaf from the Ladies Auxiliary Favorite Recipes is a very close match for George. Stay tuned tomorrow for the recipe!

New Dinosaur Tag Toy Plush for Babies


tag toy

I have new plush tag toys debuting in my shop today!

I reworked my old tag toy pattern to make them smaller and easier to hold for tiny hands. Each stegosaurus has five grosgrain ribbon spines to grab onto and is available in either green or blue with white dots. These make an excellent baby shower gift or a stocking stuffer for the newborn. The super soft fleece is great for cuddling. And if your cat is anything like my George, they’ll love carrying one of these around. Let them pretend to be king of the reptiles!


These tag toy plush are available today at Panda With Cookie for just $12 plush shipping. Be sure to sign up for my newsletter to start receiving new product updates and coupon codes to use. Thanks for supporting handmade!

Monster Plush Are Back

Monster plush are back in my shop starting today!

monster plushI spent the past week sewing, finishing, and photographing my original and much loved monster plush. There are a couple up for sale on the website now and more will be listed over the next week.

Monster plush are sewn from either super soft fleece or textured corduroy. Each face is handsewn so each monster has a unique personality. All Panda With Cookie plush are sewn to be gender neutral kids toys that are meant to be enjoyed by all ages. They arrive to you ready for adventure!