Can somebody say "cuteness"? Because this post is full of all things tiny and adorable. Like these Better Than Butter Tarts:
This is the July recipe in Sarah Kramer's 2010 Go Vegan wall calendar, so I whipped up a batch for the bitches at O.C. Night (that's when a bunch of girls get together and watch The O.C. on DVD).
These cutesy little pastries are filled with an Earth Balance-y raisin/walnut filling. The tart shells were made using my own recipe for whole wheat pie crust. According to Kramer (a native Canadian), butter tarts are all the rage in Canada. The O.C. ladies couldn't even tell these were vegan, and I'm sure they'd be perfect to serve at your next Newport cotillion (that's some nerdy O.C. humor for ya).
On to other cuteness ... check out this ADORABLE Happy Apple change purse that River made for me!
In case you don't know, River is an old-skool blogger of the awesomest order. She's pretty much the Martha Stewart of the blog world. But I'm sure River is way cooler than Martha Stewart. River used to maintain the blog Wing It Vegan, where she displayed crafty vegan treats like veggie meatloaf coffins and mashed potato ghosts for Halloween (or Halloweegan as she called it). That blog is no longer active, but it remains online. You must check out her sweet vegan holiday treat ideas!
These days, River blogs at The Crafty Kook, a melting pot of her mouth-watering vegan eats and fun crafty projects. A few months ago, River showed a few of her latest coin purse creations including one like the happy green apple one shown above. She mentioned in the post that she might be giving away a few, and she was soooooo sweet to include me in the lucky bunch!
Right now, my happy apple is hanging out in my kitchen window next to a tiny pirate monster sewn by the PPK's Panda Cookie.