“Wait, that cheeze looks like cheese.”

There’s really nothing better than cooking with friends.  Ally and I had the whole day to ourselves with absolutely nothing on the agenda. That NEVER happens.  Naturally, we planned a veggie girl dinner party. 

Did I mention that Ally’s fridge and pantry look like mine now?  It made me SO proud 🙂

It was pretty hard to decide what to make.  We perused the blogs for a good while, but we stopped dead in our tracks when we saw Daily Garnish’s pumpkin cinnamon spiced vegan ice cream.  Six ingredients.  Really?

Then there was the issue of the ice cream maker.  I mean, who actually owns an ice cream maker?  Ally’s mom, of course! It was meant to be.  And don’t get all worked up over the ice cream maker.  They retail for about $45 and rumor has it, there’s one for $12 on eBay.  Trust me, you should invest in one of these babies.

Who would have thought that making ice cream would be so easy?  You literally throw six things in a blender (we added 1/4 tsp each of ground ginger and nutmeg), pour it into the ice cream maker, and let it do it’s thang for thirty minutes.

It tasted even better than it looks.  I wish I could have turned it into a candle.  That’s how good it smelled.

We also made vegan summer vegetable lasagna using whole wheat lasagna noodles. It was great, approved by both Ally and our never-had-a-vegan-meal friend Katie.  The tofu ricotta is deeeelish. 

“Wait, this cheeze tastes like cheese!”

“It would be really good on crackers.”

“…Do you have any vegan crackers?”

Italian delicacy, meet your dairy-free counterpart. You’ve got some stiff competition.

The kitchen smelled like Bucca di Beppo meets Jeni’s ice cream.  It was perfect.

Now go make homemade popcorn on the stove and pop in the Justin Beiber movie.  He is FABULOUS!  “Never say neverrrr.”

Then pandora John Mayer and forget about getting your car towed for $237. There’s pumpkin ice cream in the freezer!


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