Wednesday, May 27, 2009

My Play List From This Past Friday

In case any of you were curious to know what types of music I generally listen to.

Set 1

What else is there? - Royksopp
Aviary - Ego Likeness
Lovely - Celine
Blindhammer - Assemblage 23
Solid State Logic - Haujobb
Lost in Metropolis - Oil 10
Something I Left Behind - Imperative Reaction
Rose Colored Skies - SITD
Last Call - GLIS
Electrocution - E-Craft
Android - Icon of Coil
Replaced - Cruciform Injection

Set 2

The Immutable Sphere - This Morn Omina
Surface - Aesthetic Perfection
Phoenix - Decoded Feedback
Disolucion - Dulce Liquido
Dissect (Imperative Reaction Remix) - Filament 38
Sex Crime Industry - Cervello Elettronico
Spit - Combichrist*
Der Morgan - Unter Art
Face of Death - Suicide Commando

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Some Vegan Yumminess

The sassy, spunky Clem recently asked me for some ideas for vegan dishes, and I figured I would share some of them here so you can all see that vegan doesn't have to be boring.

I'm not vegan, but I do try to eat vegan and buy vegan products as much as possible and I really admire the idea behind the choice. I'm very much for animal rights and planetary health. I got these recipes from a Mercy for Animals booklet. If you are curious about them, you can find them here:

So, enjoy!

Breakfast Scramble

1 tbsp. vegetable oil
1/2 lb. sausage substitute
1/2 onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 lb. firm tofu, drained and crumbled
1 tomato, diced
1 tsp. turmeric
1/2 tsp. garlic salt
2 green onions, minced

Heat oil in a skillet. Add the sausage substitute, onion, and garlic and fry until browned. Add the tofu, tomato, turmeric, and garlic salt and saute for 5 minutes. Add green onions during the last minute of cooking.

Blueberry Muffins

3/4 cup whole wheat pastry flour
3/4 cup unbleached white flour
1/2 cup cornmeal
1 tbsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. sea salt
egg replacer (equivalent to 1 egg)
1 cup rice or soy milk
1/3 cup maple syrup
1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Mix all dry ingredients. In another bowl, mix all the wet ones. Stir the wet into the dry without over-mixing. Oil a muffin tin and spoon in the batter, filling the cups 2/3 full. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes.

Crunchy Veg Wraps

4 tbsp non-dairy cream cheese (try the Tofutti's yummy)
4 10-inch flour tortillas
1 cup shredded spinach
1/4 cup alfalfa sprouts
1/2 cup shredded red cabbage
1/2 cup sliced avocado
1/4 cup chopped tomatoes
1/2 cup diced cucumbers
2 tbsp finely diced red onion
salt and pepper, to taste

Spread 1 tbsp. of cream cheese over each tortilla. Sprinkle an even amount of the remaining ingredients on each wrap and roll up.

"Cheese Steak" Sandwiches

1 tbsp. olive oil
1 medium-sized yellow onion, halved and thinly sliced
1 medium-sized red bell pepper, seeded and cut into thin strips
8 oz. seitan (available at health food stores), sliced thin
1 tbsp. vegetarian Worcestershire sauce (available at health food stores)
salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
4 oz. soy mozzarella cheese, shredded
2 6-to-7 inch sub rolls

Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the onion and bell pepper, cover, and cook, stirring a few times, until softened, about 5 minutes. Add the seitan and cook, turning once, until lightly browned on both sides, about 5 minutes. Add Worcestershire sauce and season to taste with salt and pepper. Sprinkle with the soy cheese and allow it to melt.

Split the rolls lenghtwise and fill with the seitan and cheese mixture. Serve hot.

Fried "Chicken"

1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. onion powder
1 tsp. pepper
1 tsp. garlic powder
2 cups unbleached flour
4 tbsp. nutritional yeast (optional)
3 tbsp. yellow mustard
1/2 cup water
2 tbsp. baking powder
1 lb. mock chicken (try Worthington Foods Chic-Ketts or White Wave wheat meat)
3-1/2 cups vegetable oil

Mix together the salt, onion powder, pepper, garlic powder, flour, and nutritional yeast in a deep bowl. In a separate bowl, dilute the mustard with 1/2 cup water. Add 1/3 cup of the flour mixture to the mustard mixture and stir. Add the baking powder to the dry flour mixture and mix.

Dip chunks of the mock chicken into the mustard batter, then drop each chunk into the flour mixture and coat with the desired amount of "crust". Fry the chunks in hot oil on medium-high heat in a large skillet or deep fryer until crispy and golden brown, turning as needed.

I will post more later! :D

Friday, May 15, 2009

*blows the dust off her blog*

Poor little blog. I haven't been giving you the love you deserve.

I'm still trying to settle in and deal with the emotional side of this whole moving affair, but I did finally manage to list some new items in my shop, which I am very pleased about. I still have a fair amount more to list on Etsy, and some to move over to Artfire, so that should keep me busy-ish. I have some things to photograph as well.

I'm considering doing home parties. Has anyone tried this? Could be fun once in a while.

Recently my dad and I went on a tour of historic Lakeview Cemetery in Cleveland. It's an amazing place, and I have already listed one photo from the day. You guys just got a sneak peek of another one before it's listed!

Also be on the look out for Sugared Raspberry Lip Balm in pretty little pink compacts. :)

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Oh, so behind

I'm in Cleveland again. I arrived here Sunday evening, very tired and quite unhappy about the whole moving business. I'm still getting settled, and half of the things I brought with me are still in my van as I'm not quite sure where to put them in the house yet.

I have a few new items to list, as well as things to photograph, so hopefully I will get those taken care of within the next day or two. Tomorrow I'm going on a tour of Lakeview Cemetary, which is just awesome and huge. I plan on taking mucho pictures.

Okay, time for the post office!

Friday, May 1, 2009

Giveaway Winner!

Wooohooo! I've reached 400 hearts! In celebration of this, I picked the winner of my contest. I'm pleased to say that the winner is....

EverImprovingMe! Thanks so much! Now go to my shop and pick out your soap and bath bomb or lip balm. :D

Etsy Chatters Team Blog Feature!

I'm so excited to be a part of this team!

If you'd like to read the feature, you can go here: Etsy Chatters Team