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1  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / Re: Why are you Vegetarian/Vegan? on: November 29, 2006 08:42:26 PM
Absolutely retroeva; local shelters are where my craft sale profits go; year-round but especially at this time of the year... glad that other people like to help out while they shop! Cheesy
2  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Craftster Itself / Re: Craftster on Gilmore Girls! on: November 29, 2006 04:28:54 AM
Not to be a downer, but this isn't going to turn into one of those SFwhatever 'stitch & bitch' wars is it?  Tongue I just learned about that one, (thanks to leah's helpful post). I didn't even realize I was so out of the discussion loop until last night. Caught me by surprise & I caused a minor commotion at my house hollering "omigodshe'swearingacraftstertshirt!" I *love* that people are looking out for leah, & enlightening potential buyers about magpie is way smart. Hope TM options are available; (a year of lawschool & it still baffles me). On the bright side, what's that they say about imitation & flattery? Kudos on the complement! Grin
3  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / Re: Why are you Vegetarian/Vegan? on: November 29, 2006 03:26:36 AM
Wow,  Shocked thought read most of their stuff, but I must have missed a lot of what you guys are talking about. I think there are a lot of people who recoil at the name "PETA" because they usually only hear newsbytes or press on their militant factions, but am I missing something?  Huh
I was actually kind of pleased with their essays like www.goveg.com/effectiveAdvocacy_personal.asp. I do craft sales for animals & dont want to support a dogmatic group that ostracizes! I mean, I understand the shock value to get people thinking, & I love the ideals of cruelty-free living, but in reality you do the best you can, you know?
So help! Before I mail Christmas cards with *my* peta labels!
4  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / Coming out to the family howd YOU do it? *Share your wisdom here!* on: November 28, 2006 03:22:29 AM
OK, they all know Im not crazy for meat, but it hasnt been an issue yet. Theyre my outlaws, and I really dont want to offend. Plus, because of too many times of eating it to be polite, (& self-rationalizing not to waste it for no reason other than my ideals), Ive already set the precedence. I dont eat meat anywhere else, & would love to try & stay on the vegan wagon even. I've tried bringing meat-replacements (stressing the cholesterol-free bene) but I swear theres a TVP alarm on their house; I can hardly get it in the door!  Anyhow, now I stick with other 'regular food' alternatives, like black bean chili or hummus & try to complement the meal without taking away from the cook. So, is it too late to switch horses midstream?  Huh
5  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / Re: Welcome to the Vegetarian / Vegan board! on: November 28, 2006 01:37:17 AM
I personally think the gigantic bags of TVP I get from the health food store are way convenient & certainly cheaper if I'm looking for a ground-type addition, although one from the 3 pk in Boca's crumbles are quick for a smaller dish. I can't try the meat strips or unbreaded chix yet; (I think it turns me off for looking *too* much like meat!) We all have our faves, but in our house it's Boca's spicy chik'n patties cubed in a stirfry for me & Gardenburger meatless riblets mixed in with chunks of red-skinned potatoes for my better half. Jeez... now I'm hungry!
6  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / Re: low calorie/fat vegan options? on: November 28, 2006 01:01:29 AM
http://www.lowfatveggiefood.co.uk/recipes.htm
http://www.fatfree.com
http://www.vegout.info/recipes.html
Try some of these... My fave dinner is rice or couscous with fresh veggies & either tofu or beans. I always keep bags of fiesta blend veggies in the freezer -the mix already has the beans in there & you can get out only as much as you want. Give that rice cooker a run for it's money to get in some grains!
7  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / Re: Why are you Vegetarian/Vegan? on: November 28, 2006 12:27:49 AM
Seems like I've been avoiding meat forever, & I can certainly sympathize with the in-schoolers; it's tough to do when you're in a carnivore family (I know, humans aren't true carnivores, but you know what I mean). Ma says it's easier for me (she used to get hungry in surgery she eats her dead cow so raw Tongue & I never cared for the stuff myself) & she 'just can't think about what & where it came from'... I have a hideous time thinking of anything else! I'm trying to be more tolerant & it's hard since I seem to get more diehard with age. I guess for me eating other mammals just doesn't *feel* right, & although I don't really get it, if people educate themselves & still feel good about it, so be it. I might feel differently had I grown up in a generation when there wasn't so much unnatural fast mass production, but after I read a few facts from PETA's site, I think I've got the right idea. Heh, I remember at home ma used to get on me for picking the dark stuff off since 'its just part of the chicken'; yeah, sure -call me sheltered but I never realized they were *veins*! And it wasn't until *college* that I heard someone refer to meat as the muscle; wasn't until then I realized, as in taking a bite out of your arm! You grow up w/ma making you eat liver & ribs - never realizing they belonged to somebody! So, yeah... that's why for me! Love the new board; believe me, I censored myself in the interest of keeping it! Nice to see it here, especially with the new-ish cooking section! I'm off to see what creative ideas the crafster crew have for dealing with life as a veg-head! (sorry for the rambling, but fab addition to the best site on the web doncha' think?)
8  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Re: Shaving Cream Cards-- With Tutorial--MUST TRY! on: November 27, 2006 10:21:29 PM
Ok, here's the link to the fabic version... http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=25347.0
Haven't tried that yet but my 7 year-old niece & I had a *blast* making cards! We stuck with the plain colgate instead of gel since I like the smell plus we gave them to dads. I forgot gloves & have stained my hands with food coloring plenty of times before (I use a scrubby sponge personally), so she wore her craft smock & we used Q-tips to mix the colors initally until the colors were a little more dilluted. *Then* we played with the creme so much we had to refill our pans! We glued clipart printed on color cardstock for front accents & I lined the inside of mine with thin colored writing paper, punched some holes along the edges for a little more fancification & well, you know how I'm decorating my coordinated cards, boxes, & wrap for the holidays this year! A fantastic, inexpensive, versatile, & *fun* craft!
9  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: Help! What can I make with Dozens of Pony Tail Holders (with pic) on: February 18, 2006 11:35:57 PM
I don't know if you're a target aficionado like me, but the "chicks rule" & the like were in the "one spot" $1 section that they discount to 75% off regularly. Fantastic bargains, especially if you can think outside the box like with these ties & use them for an alternate purpose. They should be about there since their last section was Valentines' & such... I'm headed there today! Grin
10  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: rubber shelf liner? on: February 18, 2006 01:50:41 AM
Ok, so we know it sticks to stuff & keeps it from sliding, so think beyond rugs. I'm a certified clutz & if it's not nailed down I'll tip it, spill it, knock it over, etc. Attach it to the bottoms of all the things in your house that you need to be able to pick up & move on occasion but would still be nice if they didn't slide like phones, fans, pencil cups, coasters, etc. I've also used it to make mouse pads & on the bottom of the Sirius antenna in the car. But I have to say, less shifty kids is a much better goal than my convenience!
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