African-inspired Peanut Stew

Posted by on Nov 16, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

African-inspired Peanut Stew

Did you make my eggplant satay?  Was the sauce not delicious?  But I had a lot of it left over and it couldn’t just go to waste, oh no. And I kind of ran out of things to dip into it.  So I had to come up with something new.  Plus I had the weekly CSA allotment to use up – in this case, sweet potatoes and kale.

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Eggplant Satay Skewers with Lime Basil Noodles

Posted by on Nov 10, 2014 in Cooking | 0 comments

Eggplant Satay Skewers with Lime Basil Noodles

Sorry I’ve been a little scarce.  NaNoWriMo + class + setting up my new business = busy busy busy!  You’ll have to forgive me if I’m away more this month.  But my little head is quietly planning Hanukkah crafts and holiday recipes!  Hopefully I will get to them before I run out of time again.  

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Ava Dress Part III

Posted by on Nov 4, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Wow!  Halloween just flew past.  So much for my 7 days of Halloween crafts!  I’m still new to this blogging thing and it’s pretty easy to get behind – I get the feeling I need to prepare for holidays several months in advance.  Not so easy with a busy schedule.  I really admire all the bloggers who are actually on top of things.  Well, I really admire anyone who is really on top of things.  But I digress.  Even though I didn’t meet all my halloween goals, I still want to share the final Ava/Anna dress with you.

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Ava Dress, Part II – Fashion Fabric

Posted by on Oct 22, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Ava Dress, Part II – Fashion Fabric

I was trying to get this dress done really quickly, so I had about 2 hours to shop for fabric.  Sometimes I shop for fabric online – assuming I know exactly what kind of fabric I want – but that was definitely not going to work this time.  So I had to work with the local big-box fabric store and a little fabric warehouse nearby.   I have to say that choosing fabric is my least favorite part of sewing.  I still don’t have a great handle on how a particular fabric behaves and I most certainly can’t tell what something is just by looking at it.  But mostly, it’s because I’m cheap.  I know what the best fabric IS, I just don’t want to spend the money on it.

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Sewing the Ava Dress: Part One

Posted by on Oct 12, 2014 in Sewing | 0 comments

Sewing the Ava Dress: Part One

So we went to Mickey’s Halloween party at Disneyland, and of course I wanted to wear a costume.  But they have specific rules about when and where adults can wear costumes, and I didn’t really want to get in trouble if I went a few hours early or wanted to go across to California Adventure, so I was worried about how to manage that.  I decided the best route might be to make a dress that wouldn’t look completely out of place as day-to-day wear, but still gave a nod to a disney character.   This is referred to as “disneybounding”, a practice which started with the Disney Bound Tumblr blog of Leslie Kay.  If you’ve never seen it in action, you really should check out the Tumblr!

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Tofu “Sausage” with Caramelized Apples and Onions

Posted by on Oct 10, 2014 in Cooking | 0 comments

Tofu “Sausage” with Caramelized Apples and Onions

Does everyone get completely weepy when tired or is it just me? Because we went to Mickey’s Halloween Party last night and all I want to do today is cry.  I was completely cranky in class today and then I spent the rest of the morning wandering aimlessly through Target.  Thank goodness I had the presence of mind not to spend my entire life savings, because being sad makes me want to buy myself things.  And eat junk food.  I should really take a nap.  One thing I most definitely do not want to do is cook dinner tonight. 

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Sweet and Sour “Meatballs”

Posted by on Sep 30, 2014 in Cooking | 0 comments

Sweet and Sour “Meatballs”

Well, vegan MoFo has officially come to a close but I couldn’t go without posting this recipe.  Sweet and sour meatballs were my favorite childhood food and one of the few Jewish dishes we would regularly eat outside of holidays.  Like the cabbage rolls, it is based on a sweet-and-sour tomato sauce, which might be my favorite thing to eat.  Honestly, I think I could eat the sweet-and-sour tomato sauce with a spoon, never mind the meatballs.  

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