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1  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / Post-Juicing carrot pulp fritterz, GLUTEN FREE. on: January 28, 2019 01:27:53 PM

Juicing lately and not happy with all that precious leftover pulp that gets composted.
This time, after juicing carrots,  I decided to eat it!

Had 12 cups of pulp to work with. There were occasional  large bits of carrots mixed in and I removed them.
Sauted 5 chopped shallots and 3 cloves of pressed garlic.
Added them to pulp, put in a beaten egg, half cup of veggie broth, three quarter of a cup chickpea flour.
Mixed well, let sit for 10 minutes.
Pressed into patties, fried on medium heat in avacado oil, 5 minutes per side in a cast iron skillet.
Here in this picture I am using vegan Chipotle mayo as a spread. Tons of other options...anything you might think for a condiment that tops a burger.

Texture was a new experience for me, definitely pulpy! Carrot flavor just barely came through.

Now I have about a dozen cheap healthy meals.  It made 18 patties.
2  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / Bok Choi ribs with Rutabaga Hummus on: January 22, 2019 02:31:33 PM

This turned out yummy with a nice mix of both textures and flavors.

The spread...
Steam or roast 2 cups of chopped rutabaga (I tried both and found no difference in flavor). Cool. Put in blender with 3 T olive oil, 1 large clove minced garlic, one can of drained chick peas, one quarter cup tahini, and a dash of lemon juice. I had none so used lime and it was nice.
Blend on lowish speed. It will require much poking and prodding in the blender since it is quite dry.
Wash bok choi, cut off leafy part. Dry where you are gonna put nomnoms or else it will all slide off.
Spread chilled hummus on , shake a bit of paprika for color, top with salted sunflower seeds and one cut up black olive per unit.

chow down and know you are eating something really healthy yet nommy!!!

Thanks to Acadian Driftwood for sharing the produce from her veggie farm.
3  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Winter Inchie House on: January 14, 2019 11:09:22 AM
I have not been crafting for awhile for various reasons.
I truly did not think I could but got the urge last evening and decided to try no matter what the outcome.
I was pleasantly surprised that my body and brain cooperated in making this winter inchie house.

front entrance with welcoming snowperson

side entrance where someone left a sled that Mom wouldn't allow in the house. Bummer.

view of two sides featuring cats. The woodstove pipe is a piece of paper clip with a wad of tinfoil as the top protector

The cat cannot stand the torture of the birds at the feeder so she nudges the window open to wave her paws at them. For this transgression, she will be denied her treat of sardines this evening and she will refuse to speak to Mama because of it.

kitty sitting on the back of the sofa, being a good girl. her tail went straight up when she saw a ginormous person taking her picture.

The inside of this thing is full of tape and prop sticks. For some reason my Modpodge refused to work. I wish I could doctor up the inner bits to look nice when i peep thru the window but i have no idea how. Suggestions much appreciated!!!
4  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / Pumpkin Pie Tea on: January 11, 2019 08:23:40 AM

Acadian Driftwood has been giving me wonderful produce lately from her farm. This time it was winter squash.  In this pic is what's left of the cooked squash. After cooking it, I had several pints of water , all nicely flavored with essence of squah. It sat in my fridge for a bit, as I KNEW I could use it somehow.
Today I heated some up, generously sweetened it with agave syrup,  and shook just a tiny bit of premeasured spices in.
It's great! I also tried adding a tablespoon of my plant milk (veggemo brand) and it made it nice n creamy.
Now I know how to use up that entire batch of water.
5  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Using mens ties to revamp a 1970s folding suitcase rack on: September 19, 2018 12:08:29 PM

A dear friend owns an Adirondack summer home compete with one of those fabulous mens ties chairs in her guest bedroom. However, when guests do arrive (and they flock to her place each summer for the beauty) they end up putting their luggage on the bed. Not too convenient. So I decided to provide her with a rack to go along with the theme of her chair.

My friend George Albee made a luggage holder in 1970 as a gift for my parents. It has remained in the family and in spite of the fabric ribbons being busted for the past ten years, I rescued it from the tag sale my father held when he moved to assisted living last year.

What was originally on it..... gorgeous and retro but no way to salvage.

I have been collecting ties for a couple of years, hoping to one day make a tie chair of my own. Each time Goodwill has them for 99 cents, I gorge. So I was able to dig into my collection and come up with nine brown themed silk ones for this project. I did not want to use any bright or fun fabrics because I was afraid they might clash with the existing chair at my friend's house.

Since I have been ill all summer, my joints don't really work so I could not pick up my sewing machine in order to set it up and sew a bunch of ties together, which I originally pictured for this project. I opted to braid them instead and I think it will do. So I was able to hand sew in the few places that needed such a thing, which was only the edges.

I was even able to save all 18 little brad nails and use them in the original holes.

Here is what it looks like where it meets the wood. The one place that you still get the visual of a tie.

This is her Christmas gift but will be handed over next week before she leaves her summer home.

6  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / altered Playskool bus for my favorite Tin Tin fan on: September 19, 2018 07:16:37 AM

I found this gem at a tagsale two years ago for a whopping fifty cents. A lucky find since they go for no less than fifteen dollars on the net.

I did a total coat of white. It took several layers and I finally had to break down and buy that paint that hides every stain and bit of paint imaginable.  It stunk so I had to do it outdoors and let it dry. But so many bugs were hovering around , not to mention falling leaves, so I erected a folding card table over it and thought I was oh so clever.

Here is the sketch in pencil I drew on it before the art painting began....

Detailed shot of Snowy, racing alongside the bus

I used the core characters but had more room on the bus so had to find some great looking faces from various books.

Those two bumbling idiots Thompson and Thomson, who cannot even mount the steps of a bus properly...

I used a black pen which said waterproof on it as all outlines. Then when acrylic paint time came, which of course has water in it, what do you suppose that professional pen did?!?  I was so ticked off as it ran all over the place. So after painting, I had to redo all of the black outlines.

Added a couple of coats of clear acrylic at the end and gave it to Acadian Driftwood last night for her birthday.

thanks for looking!!
7  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / three days til the wedding!! on: August 22, 2018 04:45:32 AM

Wedding of a friend takes place this Saturday. I created this pen and ink and watercolor art of the two of them holding hands, and wedding date and names. I got a lousy photo of it and had to tilt it so the glass would not reflect like crazy but you get the idea.....  I could not think of what the heck to get them for a wedding gift and I hope they like this.

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9  CRAFTSTER CRAFT CHALLENGES / Craftster Craft Challenge Theme Ideas, Etc. / let your imagination run wild with an old plastic magnetized alphabet on: August 02, 2018 04:20:24 PM

Should be easy to get our hands on a set of these if you dont already have one from your childhood or your kids or grandkids.  dollar store might have tons. Especially now with school shopping just around the corner

The only rule.... use them to make something awesome!!

door sign
photo frame
wall art
cup cozy
there are those seriously talented folks out there who could turn it into a prom dress for heavens sake

10  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / OTCT ... One Tiny Cryptid Thing on: August 02, 2018 09:06:20 AM

Been on a CryptKick lately.  Anyone want to join?  Need to keep it Tiny for funding sake.

What Cryptid delights you or makes you shiver or wonder? 
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