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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Stephanie Japel's Textured Circle Shrug But Not Really on: August 31, 2009 02:57:23 PM
Great job! I too find that simpler is better, and much much classier!

...so in the name of classiness, I should also say that your tush is gorgeous ;o)

2  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / :) on: August 31, 2009 01:53:30 PM
I must say, I'm impressed!

Seeing this pattern in Knitty, I didn't give it a second look. It seemed bulky under the shoulders, and had relatively little shape compared to this one that you knit up. After your post, I may just pick up my needles and stash of shine sport and get to knitting. It seems like a great cover up for summer tanks when the weather starts to get chillier.

Did you add any shaping while lengthening the sweater? Your version looks curvier!
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Resin Gummi Bear Stitch Markers.. on: February 20, 2009 09:38:13 PM
These are so amazingly cute! I want some... Smiley Keep them up, I'm sure that you could sell a ton!
4  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / Re: HELP! My daughter just went vegetarian, need Kitchen help... on: February 20, 2009 07:52:19 PM
I was 13 when I decided to go vegan, and I cooked all of my own meals myself... so I don't really have much advice to give you as a working mother.

What I really want to say, however, is that I applaud your efforts in allowing your child to be an individual, and even helping her along the way. My parents did everything they could to stop me from being veggie, and it didn't make my world any easier. Encourage her to join you in the kitchen, as others stated, and make it a time for the two of you to bond rather than fight over options. Great job, and I think you'll learn to love a lot of the things she will!

www.allrecipes.com
www.vegweb.com

^favorite sites of all time. The first is not all veggie, but they do have a good selection of amazing recipes, many that are increadibly quick and easy, and would appeal to both veggies and nonveggies (*ahem* husband*).
5  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / Re: Amazing spicy hummus - vegan on: February 20, 2009 07:36:12 PM
Thanks so much for this recipe! I used it as a base, and changed it up a bit, as bold, spicy flavors make me cry for mama =D

I omitted the fresh peppers/roasted peppers/worschtershire (just didn't have them on hand), and cut down the garlic to 1 ginormous clove, the vinegar to 1/4 cup. I felt it needed something after messing with the flavors so much, so I added in a dried chili pepper, ground thickly, and a handful of kalamata olives, minced. Yum!

Next time, I'll try the recipe as written just to see if I can handle it...If I can't, I'm sure my boss will be happy- he loves spicy food!
6  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / Re: A Really Great Cookbook on: February 18, 2009 11:27:30 PM
Wow, this sounds delish! In fact, I think I'll work that into the menu for next week. Thanks for the heads up on the cookbook too. I love one called "Nonna's Italian Kitchen"- it's all authentic Italian, with references as to where each recipe came from, and most of it was originally Vegetarian/Vegan, so it really tastes authentically great.

Thanks again for the recipe posting! I'd love to see some more from that book...*hint*hint*
7  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / Re: What fast meals do you ALWAYS have on hand? on: February 18, 2009 11:22:59 PM
>.< I keep thinking of things to add onto this list!!

~Black Bean Rice Wraps:
1/2 can seasoned black beans, heated with some water, garlic and seasoning salt added
1/2 package Uncle Ben's long grain and wild rice, added at the end of heating the beans, just long enough to soften the rice
2 handfuls shredded lettuce
finely chopped tomato, few tbsp
1/2 avocado, thinly sliced
Vinaigrette, made by rubbing minced garlic with kosher salt, then adding pepper, red wine vinegar, tsp of Dijon mustard, olive oil until emulsified

Layer everything but the vinaigrette into 3 or 4 spinach wraps, sprinkle some of the vinaigrette on top, roll up and heat in a hot nonstick pan, seam side down, until little brown patches appear. Turn, and repeat. Serve with extra olive oil or vinaigrette sprinkle on top, after cutting in half to expose the yummy insides.

~My "happy salad"
1/2 can unseasoned black beans, drained and rinsed
1 1/2 cups cooked brown rice, at room temperature
1/3 cup corn, canned, or freshly cooked
1/3 cup diced red bell pepper (raw)
1 jalapeno pepper (seeded if desired), minced

Mix all these together, then sprinkle 1 Tbsp flax oil on top, and enough light olive oil to coat everything thoroughly. Season with salt and pepper and dig in! This salad makes me happy
1)because of all the wonderful colors
2)the substantial amount of fat
3)high in omega-3s
4)complete protein
5) "the more you toot..." Smiley
8  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / Re: What fast meals do you ALWAYS have on hand? on: February 16, 2009 12:35:20 PM
Maybe I've been spoiled, but my favorite quick meal also happens to be "gourmet" =D

Risotto a la Milanese, made by sauteing thinly sliced onion in a little water and rock salt (more flavor, if ya didn't know) until translucent. Then, add short grain rice (we use arborio valencia short grain- really cheap, works great, and easily available in the US) and saute until all the moisture is absorbed. Cook, adding a ladle-full at a time of hot broth, mixed with saffron for color, until al dente. Then, swirl in a Tbsp of butter and some grated parm. Top it off with some easy white beans:

Saute a clove of minced garlic in olive oil, add some great northern beans (rinsed), broth, 1/2 cup petite diced canned tomatoes, and about 3 minced sage leaves. Simmer for a few minutes, until reduced by half. Top with lots of freshly ground black pepper.

Enjoy!

I'm not sure if this is the right place, but if you've never heard of it, "Nonna's Italian Kitchen" is an amazing cookbook that will open up a whole new veggie/vegan world to you. It changed my ways of thinking about food, and it gave me great veggie alternatives to food that I've grown up with all my life. Check it out, it's completely Vegan!

*Edit*
Forgot one thing that I *do*, literally, always keep on hand. It's not vegan (although it could be, easily, with the removal of feta cheese), but it's my #1 favorite:

Greek Salad! Romaine or mixed dark greens, tossed with kalamata olives (a few will do, they're very strongly flavored), halved grape tomatoes, sliced cucumbers, sliced banana peppers, feta cheese, thinly sliced red onion, all dressed with an emulsion (read: shake vigorously in a small container) of olive oil, red wine vinegar, minced and mashed garlic, pinch of oregano, salt and pepper.
On the side, I have pita chips, or pita bread brushed with olive oil and garlic and placed under the broiler for a minute to heat and soften/crisp the top. Talk about some serious flavors!

If I'm in the mood for something a little more substantial but with the same base flavors, I mix everything with a base of cooked and cooled pearl barley rather than romaine, and forgo the pita. Still delicious, but will keep you full MUCH longer.
9  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: girly skull baby blanket... on: October 03, 2007 09:14:36 PM
Awesome!!

Do you still happen to have the picture that you used? I can't seem to find this one anywhere, and I have two babies on the way in our family... one of the moms would totally get a kick out of this!!
10  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Willow (Now with fancy schmancy modeled pictures) on: September 29, 2007 10:45:58 PM
Heh, I'm lazy! I would just pop it in a hot wash, then in the dryer and see what comes out. Since it didn't take too long to knit... but you might end up throwing everything away (this is coming from the girl that has made about 5 sweaters so far and only wears one of them occasionally).

You should probably listen to the people that are screaming "FROG!", but go with felting if you're adventurous. If so, I would knit a swatch and pop it in the wash first. Good luck with whatever you decide.
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