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The road so far…

adrienne orpheus impala costume
Happy birthday to me!

This year for my birthday I wanted to have a Supernatural birthday party so that’s what I did.

From the facebook event page:

On the 23rd of August 1986 in the year of our Lord AD, I descended from Heaven in order to occupy the vessel the world has come to know as ADRIENNE ORPHEUS. On the 16th of August 2014 we will celebrate this joyous occasion by participating in the traditional festivities associated with birth before getting into our 1967 impala and driving off into the sunset while “Carry on Wayward Son” plays in the background.

For the occasion, I decided to cosplay Dean’s car.

Impala costume by Adrienne Orpheus

I made this dress the day before the party using a slightly tweaked version of the sewing pattern Simplicity 3833. For the “license plate”, I painted the sky and orange grass with acrylic paint, and used a white iron-on t-shirt transfer for the “KAZ 2Y5″ part. I had go go boots on before these photos were taken, but my feet hurt so I took them off. When I wear this at Dragon Con this year, I’ll be sporting the boots again!

I made 2 vegan, no sugar added cakes: a chocolate gluten free one and a vanilla whole wheat one.

angel banishing supernatural birthday cake

This Angel banishing cake was the gluten free one, I used this recipe for cupcakes, except I poured the batter into a cake pan. I made up a vanilla glaze recipe using coconut milk, and the angel banishing sigil was drawn using strawberry jam.

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The “devil’s trap” whole wheat cake was made using the vanilla cake and chocolate frosting recipes from Skinny Bitch in the Kitch.

For both cakes, I just substituted a mixture of baking stevia and coconut sugar for the white sugar, since I can’t eat cane sugar.

supernatural birthday party

I made some decorations for the party, including this devil’s trap on poster board for the table. Sidenote: Halloween decorations come in handy when you’re having a Supernatural party.

Near the end of the night we sat around the fire and sang songs, including such SPN classics as “Carry on Wayward Son”, “Eye of the Tiger”, and “Heat of the Moment”.

adorpheus

Today was my actual birthday and I spent it on the beach in the sun which is exactly what I wanted!

vegan high raw cheesecake

Since I had birthday cake at my party I decided to make a cheesecake on my actual birthday. I used this recipe from Chocolate Covered Katie for the cake and I made up my own recipe for the strawberry topping. It was ridiculously good!

I got lots of presents that I loved, but the absolute best thing I got was this baby:

If you follow me on any social network, you probably know that I’ve wanted the vitamix for like 6 years. I’ve put a picture of one on every vision board I’ve ever made. By some complete miracle, I happened to find one on sale at the store. So with a little help from my boyfriend, I finally bought myself one. Dreams do come true!

This was a difficult year for me for many reasons, but I believe there is a rainbow at the end of every storm… and I feel good about things that are on the way. My goal for this new year is to be more open, more authentic, and to share more, including with all of you!

Love and light,

adorpheus

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Bring me some pie.

So… I may or may not have recently started watching Supernatural (by that I mean I watched all 8.5 seasons over the course of what? A month?). I also may or may not be completely fucking obsessed with it. You probably already know this if you follow me on Tumblr or any other social media site. Blame Ell.

What can I say? I love it so much! I haven’t felt this inspired by a show since Deep Space 9. The characters, the stories, everything! Angels! Demons! ANGELS!

THIS GUY!:

Stolen from cakeisnotpiesammy on Tumblr

This year for Ell’s birthday we had a pie party (we made 4 different kinds of pie!) and I’m not sure if I’ve just been practicing a ton, but I suddenly realized that I’ve got this pie-making thing down. After the pie party, Ell and I BOTH had the idea to make a pie with a Devil’s Trap on it, so that’s exactly what we did on New Year’s Eve.

I chose cherry pie for aesthetic reasons, since cherry pie filling looks scarily like bloody entrails or maybe the pit of hell (I know, I know…), though obviously you can fill it with whatever you want. The devil’s trap is chocolate sauce. A lot of people, including Ell and Vynni, say that they don’t like cherry pie – which is probably cuz y’all are used to eating that stuff that comes from a can. This is totally better than that. This is actually good. Ell and Vynni loved it. I loved it. I think even Dean would love this pie, despite it being sugar-free, gluten free, and vegan.

Thanks to yeahilovebeinpurple on Tumblr

For the crust we used Namaste Foods Biscuits Pie Crust and More Mix. We followed the directions for pie crust, except we substituted the butter with Earth Balance (the stick kind) and the egg with a flax “egg”. You can use a pre-made pie crust if that behooves you.

Demon Proof Cherry Pie - can be gluten free, sugar free, vegan (recipe)

Demon Proof Cherry Pie

(sugar free, gluten free, vegan)

I make it up as I go along for this pie, so the measurements are approximate. Use your own discretion, you culinary genius, you!

For the crust

  • see above note about the crust

For the filling

  • 2 ten ounce bags of frozen pitted cherries, preferably organic (about 4-5 cups). Obviously you can use fresh cherries too, but do YOU wanna remove the seeds from 4 cups of cherries?
  • 1 cup of water
  • 1/2 tsp of sea salt
  • 3 TBSP (or more to taste) of Stevia Baking Blend Powder or other dry sweetener
  • 1 TBSP of organic cornstarch

For the Devil’s Trap
Again, I was winging it here. This also made way more chocolate than we needed (we ate the rest like fondue and dipped banana slices in it).

  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 2-3 TBSP coconut oil, melted
  • Stevia or other sweetener to taste

(You can also melt some vegan chocolate chips if you don’t want to make your own chocolate sauce from scratch).

Method

Preheat the oven to 350f/176c.

Make the pie crust according to the package directions if you’re not using a pre-made crust. Put the bottom crust into a greased 8-inch pie pan.

To make the filling, combine the first 4 filling ingredients in a saucepan over medium heat. Cook until the stevia or other sweetener is dissolved and the cherries are defrosted, and the water is boiling a little. Add more water if necessary. Once its boiling, add in the cornstarch and whisk until thickened.

Pour the cooked filling into the bottom crust and prepare the top crust while the mixture cools. Add the top crust when ready.

For the devil’s trap, I etched it into the top crust with a knife prior to baking (above). We used this image from Super-Wiki as a reference:

Thanks Super-wiki

Anyways, after that we put it in the oven until it looked done. Probably about a half hour, but I wasn’t really paying attention. You bake it until the crust is browned a little and if you can see any of the filling, it should be bubbling.

Before decorating with chocolate, set the pie aside to cool for at least 45 minutes. Especially if you’re using coconut oil, you don’t want the pie to be warm at all because it’ll melt the chocolate.

After the pie is cooled off, assemble all the chocolate ingredients in a saucepan and heat over low until the coconut oil is melted. Whisk them together to form a chocolate sauce.

I used a knife to carefully (painfully) draw the design by dipping the tip of the knife in chocolate and drawing along the lines I had etched in the crust prior to baking. This was tricky and not that fun. If you have a better method for doing this, go ahead and try that. Let the chocolate cool.

Eat.

Dean eating pie

Wishing you a blessed new year!
- adorpheus

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