Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Blue Heron herbary

This past weekend we went to Blue Heron herbary to pick out some lavender for the yard. We ended up with way more than just lavender. There's also some oregano, thyme, garlic and sage along with three different varieties of lavender. The herbary is adorable and has gardens where you can pick lavender, a little pond that when we were there someone was sitting at and painting, a bunch of chickens running around, and a BUNNY! It's located on Sauvie Island, a little bit north of Portland, where there are a bunch of small u-pick farms. The berry farms were hopping, but I was wearing a dress so I couldn't go picking. Maybe we'll do that next weekend.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Crazy for ric rac

Notice a theme? I've been using ric rac in all of my pouch projects lately. I made these two last night with the fabric I bought over the weekend. The elephants are a nice linen blend Japanese import, and the foxes are printed on organic cotton. A little pricey, but too adorable to pass up.
They are listed on my Etsy shop for $7 each right here.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

My weekend in pictures

 My weekends are Sunday/Monday and I always look forward to it every week. Since my boyfriend works nights, the weekend is really the only time we can go out without having to go to a late movie, pizza place, or a bar. This weekend we took full advantage of the nice weather in Portland and went to a farmer's market on Sunday and picked up delicious vegan truffles from Missionary Chocolates, as well as some apple cider, salsa, and a little pepper plant. There is a cute fabric shop right down the street from the market so we stopped in there and I picked up some fabric that I'm excited to use. On Monday we decided to have a little picnic in Peninsula Park where they have a large formal rose garden. We brought vegan BBQ from Homegrown Smoker and some coconut battered deep fried Oreos that were crazy good. The "pulled pork" is actually soy curls, and I don't know what they use to make their mac and "cheese", but my recipe is cashew based, so I'm guessing theirs is as well. I know it seems sacrilegious to make BBQ and mac and cheese vegan, but it's actually really yummy.
Now the weekend is over and it's back to doing schoolwork and housework until the next weekend is here.
For more pictures, check out my Flickr page.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Vegan French toast

Seriously! French toast without any eggs. And guess what? It tastes good! Soooo good.
Vegan French toast
adapted from Vegan with a Vengeance

- 1 cup non-dairy milk 
- 1/4 cup chickpea flour
- 2 tbs corn starch 
- 1/2 tsp vanilla
- 4-5 slices of French bread
1. Combine the milk, chickpea flour, corn starch, and vanilla and wisk until dissolved. Pour into shallow pan with slices of bread to allow it to soak for a few minutes.
2. Heat a large pan on medium and spray with cooking spray. Cook on each side for about minutes, until it looks nicely browned. 

If making a lot of French toast, you can heat the oven to 200 degrees and put the finished slices in there to keep warm. Serve with butter, powdered sugar, maple syrup and/or fresh berries. It's delicious!

Monday, June 6, 2011

Coming soon

I've been working hard to replenish the pouches in my shop and have a big shop update coming soon in the next few days. I already have my one pouch available here and will get the others listed soon. I tried to add appliques and rick rack to make them more interesting. I also have one coming that includes pink UNICORNS and GLITTER. You'll just have to stay tuned to see that one!