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21  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / Re: what do you wish people told you before you became a vegetarian/vegan on: November 04, 2008 09:04:36 AM
I want to start out by saying the husband and I aren't vegeterians or vegans. BUT, we don't eat meat more than once a week and we do it for the budget and the environment. We still eat cheese.

I wish people would stop calling me a "vegeterian" like its some kind of disease. Its a lifestyle choice and one we did to help save the environment and because we were looking at no food at all with what meat costs! I also don't think all vegeterians should be lumped into any of the following (of which I have been accused): PETA, radical animal activists, hippies, Indians, solely ethnic food eaters, grass eaters, the super-God people...and those are the ones in the last two weeks I remember.

I wish people had told me that when you go to do the lifestyle, you don't have to do it all at once. The first time we tried was a disaster because we tried to eliminate everything at once. The second time worked because we eliminated one food at a time at our speed, not someone else's. Now we're down to chicken, some fish, and cheese.

I wish that someone had told me to go to the doctor before doing it and make an appointment with a dietitian. Once we did it for the second time around, we eliminated a lot of the "always hungry" and "sickly" issues.

I also wish someone would have told me how hard it is to eliminate cheese from the diet. Giving up milk was easy, yogurt was fine, but cheese...is hard for me.
22  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / Re: Sooo, I guess I'm not a vegetable-type person on: November 04, 2008 08:55:14 AM

I used to think I hated vegetables. That's because, when I was a kid, all my mom would cook were the following:
-potatoes (which I liked, and still do, but have long since branched out)
-frozen carrots
-frozen corn
-frozen peas (which I still will not TOUCH to this day. Ever.)

And since I hated most of these, she wouldn't even try to feed me anything else. So I grew up not eating many veggies, and then moved away. And when I started doing my own grocery shopping, I noticed all these other types of veggies - spinach, kale, peppers, zucchini, sprouts, snow peas - the possibilities were endless. To this day, about once a month or so, I make a point of buying a totally new vegetable and learning how to cook it.

I'm the exact opposite. I've hated fruits forever because all my mother had were


All in various states of frozen or canned. I hated the texture of all of them and don't eat any of them to this day. My husband (a devout fruit lover) has gotten me to venture into apples, tomatoes, dehydrated blueberries (great instead of m&ms in trail mix) and some berry jams. I'm still not a big fan.

The best thing that she can do is try a wide variety of vegetables in different states.

I recommend people go to a local ethnic market or the local "Mercado" (typically staffed by Hispanic people) and see the variety that's possible. I hated eggplant until I tried Indian eggplant and Japanese eggplant. The Italian variety had a texture I hated.

And think outside the box for uses for the veggies. One of the best things I have ever tasted (though the shape didn't exactly turn out) was pumpkin ravioli. And I had thought it was only good for pie! Another one is if you like something like hummus or other dips, try putting veggies through a puree, and mixing it in. And adding sliced shallots to a sandwich melt is easy and you'll hardly notice them.

And ask for recipes at your favorite restaurants. I had a fabulous leek polenta on vacation, explained to the chef I was from out of town and thought it was fabulous, and she gave me the ingredients. Sometimes veggies taste better when they're inspired by good restaurant meals!

And especially when trying salad, try to buy as many mixed color greens as possible. If all you've got is Iceberg, your salad is going to stink no matter what  Shocked

I'm a vegetable geek so its no wonder the husband and I are almost vegetarians. The only one I've found I really don't like is canned/frozen peas. I don't see much of a loss there LOL.
23  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: 2008 What do I make for... thread. on: November 04, 2008 08:34:17 AM
Any ideas for my boyfriend's family?  The part of his family living at home is his mom, dad, and little (14 yr.) brother.  We will have been together for 9 months at Christmas, although we've been friends for years.  I'd like to do something for the family rather than one individual person, but I'm not doing too well coming up with ideas. 
* I thought about just making some cookies and Christmas candy, but his mom and g-mas are good cooks and I would really like to give something that will be appreciated.  (Can you tell I'm trying to make a good impression?) 
* A friend suggested giving a set of mugs with fancy hot chocolate mix and candy, but I feel like this is kind of overdone.  What do you think?  Or do you know of a spin I could put on that to make it more unique and fun?
Thanks! Smiley

What about some canvas shopping totes and some small gift cards to the local gourmet food store (or organic food store, etc.)? Something that would help them with their general good cook-ness :-)

The other thing I thought of immediately that my husband and I *always* need is nice oven mitts. We cook a lot (and bake too) and we're constantly using the heck out of those things. And pretty dishcloths to beat the heck out of LOL! I knit lace ones to practice (thank god food doesn't care how big my yarnovers are  Cheesy ) and then use and abuse them.

If they are good cooks, however, if you do decide to bake something, I'm sure it will be fine because a good cook will be gracious and tell how much thought was put into a gift. (And *ahem* if I could suggest, for women good chocolate is always welcome - especially homemade fudge  Cheesy)
24  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Knifty Knitters! on: October 29, 2008 09:30:07 PM
I'm trying out the knit stitch with my regular hat yarn and it seems to be coming out a LOT tighter than the e-wrap stitch does... is this normal?

Totally normal. I try not to do it with tough yarns like cotton and try to purposely make my tension slightly looser. The e-wrap stitch builds extra room by twisting the stitch. You get used to it after awhile.

I finally dug up my purple board loom and am thinking about what to do next with it. I've been playing with a few things but nothing's worked so far.
25  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: 2008 What do I make for... thread. on: October 19, 2008 03:42:43 PM
Are you guys just sharing list/ ideas.
because i tried to post my list on the other thread similar to this one and it had a few questions on it and nobody responded yet?
maybe it was the wrong one?
So if thats what your doing i may just post my list...and my questions!

that's pretty much it. A lot of the threads are being merged into here to make sure people do get suggestions.
26  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Knifty Knitters! on: October 19, 2008 01:40:45 PM
has  anyone tried the honeycomb stitch on the KK???  does it work up nicely?

You're talking about this one, right?


Its on my list of things to do - think it would make an awesome scarf pattern.
27  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Knifty Knitters! on: October 11, 2008 10:57:16 PM
i really want to work on something... but every I've seen lately that I want to try calls for a small gauge loom and all I have are the KKs.

anyone seen anything super cute on a the KK looms?

Good thing its not just me! I haven't seen anything cool in awhile. Something tells me I need to get designing again Wink

What are you looking for in particular? Maybe we can find something new in the Argentinian or Spanish magazines that might excite you! (Don't worry, I read them regularly and I don't speak either language fluently - hurray for Google Translate!)
28  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / Re: Holiday carepackages for deployed husband? on: October 05, 2008 09:35:20 PM
Wow, sorry to hear your husband is being deployed.

From sending care packages for my cousins, I can ditto the comments about burning CD or DVD copies. Just in case something gets left out in the sun, scratched, or gets sand on it, its a good idea. I usually buy a few movies at Blockbuster or Redbox and then burn the copies.

My cousins always seem to want stuff to do, too. Since the fam takes turns sending stuff, I usually send goofy stuff since I usually don't get a holiday. Things like little paper models, coloring books, blank homemade game boards (lots of templates on line, and I send them blank so they can make up their own games and won't lose pieces), and lots of little stuff like homemade mini books, packs of gum, non-melting candies, those water bottle packages of Crystal Lite and Hawaiian Punch, etc. Dover Publishing has a great site for goofy stuff - my last package had the McCain/Obama paper dolls in it from there LOL.

I love the idea MandaRenee had about decorating the boxes - I'm going to look into what holiday falls around my next turn - I'm sure there's one somewhere!
29  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: 2008 What do I make for... thread. on: October 05, 2008 09:18:34 PM
Anyone got some ideas for my best friend? She's in her (ahem) late 20s, moved into her first apartment and recently moved a boy in as well. She's into knitting, unicorns, punk music, and lives in rural MN. She's not on Craftster so suggest away! I'm trying to think of something that was useful when I moved out, but that was so long ago I've forgotten what I didn't have at the time...

I keep going back and forth on the rest of the gifts. Part of the economy going down the drain is that my desire to make more of my gifts goes up, but that doesn't necessarily come with the confidence of WHAT to make  Grin
30  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: 2008 What do I make for... thread. on: October 05, 2008 09:14:33 PM
Brother (25) - He basically told me he would like a sandwich and milk for Xmas??  Huh His wishlists never make any sense to me. He has a small collection of cow things, has degrees in computer engineering, electrical engineering and math, so maybe something geeky would come in handy. Haven't started anything for him yet as I already made him a crochet cow for his last birthday and I'm really not sure what I could make him.

From my knowledge of people that age range, he's probably hinting he wants some homemade goodies to eat! I'd make him a gift basket full of cookies and other fun stuff to eat.

That's about all I got for ya, sorry.  Huh
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