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1  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Tim & Eric awesome embroidery! on: May 07, 2008 08:09:01 AM
in true tim and eric fashion...great job!
2  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Re: d.i.y. moustache wax!!!! on: December 14, 2007 03:48:22 PM
I think you would get along with my boyfriend, who is currently growing mutton chops.
3  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / help me find this sweater pattern on: July 16, 2006 03:46:13 PM
So, i have found this great sweater online and i am really itching to get one. The unfortunate thing is, i do not have 120 dollars to spend on the beautiful, handmade one offered.

My compromise- i make it myself!

Now, i need to locate a similar pattern to this sweater (im sure they are around, it seems like a basic one)...or i could find a base sweater similar to this and just add a hood. I am hitting quite a bit of difficultly in locating one, so maybe you can help?

http://www.naturegear.org/images/sonjasweater_002.jpg

http://www.naturegear.org/images/sonjasweater.jpg

Thank you so much for your help and time!

edited by vanillaxlight to change hotlinked images to links
4  COOKING / Dessert / Re: subversive/artsy cookie decoration? on: July 01, 2006 09:40:36 AM
Go Jackson Pollock!

Just thin out the icing with milk and drizzle like mad on top of the cookies. Its fast, easy, and a hell of a lot of fun.
5  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / Frozen Vegan Orgasms (low fat, too!) on: June 18, 2006 11:23:01 AM
I live in massachusetts and the temperature is definately rising here; but that does not cease the intense chocolate cravings I get.

I am in the process of becoming fully vegan and I was looking for a good brownie recipe and i found this one. Suddenly, the sediment occurred to me that these can be frozen instead of baked (but understand my point of view, i make the brownies for the batter- the baked product is just an afterthought) because they lack eggs or other perishables. Plus, they are amazing on a hot day (and quite messy too). Oh, they can be baked too and be amazing (25 minutes at 350). The product, a tear inducing thing of vegan bliss as well as beauty...

Frozen Vegan Orgasm
1  cup unsweetened applesauce 
1/2  cup maple syrup
1  teaspoon vanilla 
3/4  cup unbleached white flour 
1/3  cup cocoa powder 
2  teaspoons baking powder 
1/2  teaspoon baking soda 
1/2  teaspoon salt 
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 cup barley sweetened chocolate chips (if you dare...)

Optional Raspberry Afterglow

around 3/4 of a cup of frozen raspberries
1 Tablespoon of maple syrup
1/2 cup of water or orange juice

-Preheat oven to 300-350 degrees

-Mix applesauce, maple syrup, and vanilla in a medium bowl. In another bowl, whisk flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon together.

-Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and add the applesauce mixture. Mix until just combined. Gently fold in chocolate chips, if you so desire to enter a new realm of richness.

- Bake for 2-3 minutes until a light layer of bake-ness forms around the edges

-Take out these browines and put them in the freezer for at least 3 hours

-(if you are making the afterglow) Put all ingredients in a blender and blend until sorbet-like consistency. Spread onto the frozen orgasms and freeze for another hour.

-Cut with a wet/warm knife into 9-16 squares

*Each square (for a nine square batch)- only 100 calories (110 with the afterglow) (without chocolate chips)!!! 4 calories from fat!!! 0.6 grams of fat!!! 1.9 grams of protein!!!*


All the more reasons to chocolate-fy your summer. I swear I had a full-on orgasm the first time i tried a bar.
6  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: Sprouting beans at home? on: June 18, 2006 10:53:28 AM
Great to see some sprout love!

I use the bell-jar method (not the book)- which is to get a canning jar, cover the top with screen and screw on the outside lid-things. I usually fill the jar one fourth of the way with seeds/beans that have been fully rised and even disinfected with a touch of bleach solution (1 teaspoon of bleach per 1 cup of hot water) to eliminate the idea of e. coli.

Cover the beans/seeds with water three times their depth and put them in a cool, dark place for around 8-12 hours. When that is over, drain the beans/seeds (that screen top certainly comes in handy) and put them back in your dark place at an angle to drain any excess water that might be around.

Now, its time for some commitment to your dear sprouts. Every 3-4 hours, you must pour a new layer of water into your jar and drain the beans to fully rinse them of any bad things that might be growing. Keep doing this for a couple of days until your sprouts are of good length (the growing time is dependent of what type of seed/bean you are sprouting)

some other sprouting ideas:
-alfalfa (4 days to fully sprout)
-lentils (3 days)
-wheat (2 days)
-sunflower (2 days)
-mung beans (3 days)
-radish (3 days)

I personally love to sprount alfalfa and mung beans and layer them hard-core on sandwiches (my favorite combo is lettus, tomato, carrot, and heavy layers of both sprouts with honey mustard).

Also, wontons with sprouts are surprisingly good. I prepare the Vegetarian Time's garlicky greens dim sum and add a heavy 3/4 cup of mung sprouts to the end product.

Garlicky Greens Dumplings

stirfy:
- 2 tsp hot sesame oil
-4 cups snow peas, chopped
-8 cups of mustard greens (or spinach), chopped
-1/4 cup minced green onions
-6 cloves of garlic, minced
-2 Tbs black bean sauce
-2 Tbs tamari (or soy sauce)
-1 Tbs honey
- My addition: 3/4 cup of mung bean sprouts

Fill a wonton/gyoza wrapper with a tablespoon of the filling each. Seal each edge with water (i am vegan, but you can use egg to seal the edges). Steam the dumplings in a chinese steamer (or a plate set on a cake cooling rack) that is lightly oiled or lined with cheesecloth over boiling water for 8 minutes.

serve with soy sauce or sesame sauce


Sprouts are also amazing as a solo act; just steam alone and serve with soy sauce (or butter). Steamed lentil sprouts are especially good...

As for sources, some seed companies have "special" seeds for sprouting. I have been known to purchase the Botanical Interests line of sprouting seeds (the directions i use for sprouting are inside the package) and have had much success with it.
Normal seeds found in supermarkets (though i do suggest going to organic locations such as Whole Foods) do just fine... just do NOT forget to disinfect the beans/seeds with the bleach solution!

Enjoy! Sprouts are QUITE healthful and tasty.
7  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: my new painted pendants (image heavy) on: May 14, 2006 07:04:05 AM
those are stunning!
i really love the color choice
8  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: Marshmallow Launcher on: March 15, 2006 03:11:05 PM
 Smiley That made my day brighter.
9  COOKING / Dessert / Re: Falafel? on: February 19, 2006 10:39:54 AM
I always add a bit of flour into the chickpea paste before i fry 'em. Also, i pat on more flour on the outside of the patties. I dont know if the extra flour helps, but whenever i forget it, the patties seem to randomly soup-a-fy.
10  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: OPINIONS needed, quick! on: January 16, 2006 06:29:56 PM
damn! im too late to vote...
but i also say no spider from a composition angle.

beautiful work, by the way!
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