So I have been thinking that I have worked a LOT this past year, and the imbalance of work/play has been drastically skewed. With this in mind, my resolutions this year are to bring more balance to my life, not necessarily by working less, but by weeding out some of the wasted time (I'm looking at you internet!) in favor of fun things that are new to me or that I haven't done in a long time (and that make me happy! Sometimes you forget how certain things make you so happy!) Quitting my day job is a big goal for me this year, as it's been really difficult to balance a full-time job and then come home and work on my personal business and then any freelance work that I have. Don't you just hate it when those pesky day-jobs get in the way?! I know that I'm lucky to work in a creative field, but after five years, it has taken it's toll on me and I'm ready for a change. Plus, the fashion industry isn't really where I want to be anymore. It's just overcoming that security job fear and taking that leap that stands in my way. Anyways, I started thinking of all the FUN things that I want to do or feel like I'm missing out on and decided to make them my resolutions for this year. I made a little doodle so that I can hang it up above my desk at home as a reminder too.
I hope everyone has a fantastic New Year and I want to thank you for reading my silliness and looking at my photos and art this past year. Hooray 2010! (don't you just love the positivity that comes with a New Year? Yay momentum!)
Thursday, December 31, 2009
Wednesday, December 30, 2009
Espresso Chip Oatmeal Cookies (from Vegan Cookies Take Over the World)
Mexican Hot Chocolate Snickerdoodles (from Vegan Cookies Take Over the World)
Gingerbread Biscotti! (from Vegan Cookies Take Over the World)
My Mom made an apple pie! She even put 'lil cut-out heart pieces on top; She's the cutest, right??
Annnnnd some Tester recipes for Joni and Celine's new book of Vegan Substitutions!
Salisbury Steak with Mushroom, onion, and Sage Sauce:
Green Tempeh Casserole! Yummmmmm!
And I made some spicy tempeh tonight (simmer tempeh in water until all absorbed, then mix with a few TBS of Vegan Mayo, some sriracha, some nooch, and salt/pepper) in these 'lil baby pitas that I found at Whole Foods. Super-cute and bite-sized! Nik almost knocked me down trying to get more. Served with a side of raw cabbage/carrots/onions in oil/vinegar/herbs to counter all those sweets I have been eating pictured above. :P
1/2 day of work left this year, huzzah!! Happy New Year friends!
Sunday, December 27, 2009
The December 2009 Daring Bakers’ challenge was brought to you by Anna of Very Small Anna and Y of Lemonpi. They chose to challenge Daring Bakers’ everywhere to bake and assemble a gingerbread house from scratch. They chose recipes from Good Housekeeping and from The Great Scandinavian Baking Book as the challenge recipes.
The options for this month's challenges could have gone into the crazy zone (I had visions of a cuckoo clock gingerbread house or a whole miniature village), but I decided that since this was my first gingerbread house EVER, I should probably just keep it simple to start. Good thing, because I learned a whole lot, the most important is that gravity was not my friend. I used Vegan Dad's recipe and advice, with good results. Dough was awesome and strong, and bonus, tasty! The icing ended up being my enemy, pairing with gravity. I countered this by decorating some, sticking in fridge, repeat, until things had somewhat solidified on. Toothpicks also helped to hold things together, and were later removed after chilling.
I'm not so sure there are any cuckoo clock gingerbread houses in my future, but it was a fun project (also, it was waaay fun visiting Economy Candy!)
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
This past weekend, Nik and I drove to his parent's house for an early xmas celebration. While I was there, I got to play with the cuuuuuutest little kitty. Seriously, LOVE!
We visited a wind farm! Huuuuuuuge!
And then...we came home to this. But seriously, the drive home was a record-breaker in terms of driving back into NYC. No traffic and none of that storm stuff everyone was talking about.
I'm excited to visit my family this weekend! Nik and I are taking a train (I couldn't handle driving two weekends in a row, haha.) I'm doing some last-minute baking this year. I have some Gingerbread Biscotti and some Mexican Hot Chocolate Snickerdoodles in the oven as we speak! A few more batches of cookies and some S'mlove pie and I'll be ready for xmas.
I know New Year's Resolutions are totally lame, but I'm taking them seriously this year and am working on a list of goals that I want to accomplish this year. Most center around my business and making it more "serious." This blog is a big part of this and I hope to make it a bit more focused and regular. Blahblah, I know, I know, resolutions are boring. :) But! Expect lots of new things!
Happy holidays everyone! I'm signing off until after it's all said and done with!
Sunday, December 13, 2009
Nik and I recently got to check out the new vegan chocolate cafe, and we picked up a few select chocolates. This was a few weeks ago, so I only slightly remember the names of each, but here goes nothing:
Peanut Butter (Nik tried this one and didn't like it; said it was dry)
Chocolate covered edamame (was my favorite)
Jasmine (It was okay, nothing special)
goji berry and vegan bacon (disgusting! I spit it out! I NEVER spit out chocolate!)
So, alas, although pretty, I think they need to iron out their flavors a bit more before I would go back. I did get a few more flavors, not photographed, and I don't even remember what they were. I did pick up some of their spicy hot cocoa mix and this stuff is AMAZING! Super-spicy and flavorful, you only need a little bit. Hot cocoa is the best.
Here's some tester food from Celine and Joni's last book of Vegan Subsitutions.
Butternut Lentil Burger
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
Hello! I'm fully recovered now, from a totally awesome day at Bust's Holiday Craftacular, last Sunday. Lots of fun, happy people with incredibly nice things to say, lots of sales, awesome neighbors and location, and just overall good vibes everywhere. Bust even interviewed me! Here's some pictures of my table:
Also, I picked a winner for my Give-away! With the help of Random.org, commenter #4 is the winner! #4 happens to be the super-fabulous Jeni Treehugger! You should all check out her blog, because she's awesome and funny and makes delicious food!
Thank you to everyone who entered; I think you are all pretty super-awesome and wish I could give a calendar to all of you. I will definitely have more give-aways in the future!
Sunday, November 29, 2009
Hello! Hope you had a relaxing weekend with lots of yummy food and catchup sleep! I sure did, and am getting a bit sad-faced that Monday is almost here. I haven't reached the sick-of-leftovers phase yet, so I figured I should post about it now before I am!
I went with Bryanna Clark Grogan's Seitan tofurkey for the main in the roulade style (I super-spiced it up though, with fresh sage, rosemary, thyme, and garlic), roasted brussel sprouts (I shredded them up for extra-yumminess!), corn, mashed taters with mushroom and onion gravy (modified from VCON), stuffing, cranberries (with apples added! BUT, I forgot about them in the fridge, so we didn't get to eat them until the next day, with leftovers!), and Pumpkin Cheezecake Pie for dessert (and soyatoo on top!) with a homemade graham cracker crust. Everything was pretty successful and delicious! We didn't eat until 9ish at night, due to a little underestimation in the timing, but it was all good. Super-happy thanksgiving! Some pictures:
I've also been super-crafting this weekend, preparing for next weekend's Bust Craftacular. If you are in the NYC area on Sunday, December 6th, come say hi!
Friday, November 27, 2009
Yeah, I jumped on that bandwagon, why not! All originals are on sale AND I'm having a Buy TWO 8"x10" Prints and get ONE FREE sale! Sale ends at midnight Monday, November 30th. Just write the name of the FREE print that you want in the "Message to Seller" box during checkout.
The November 2009 Daring Bakers Challenge was chosen and hosted by Lisa Michele of Parsley, Sage, Desserts and Line Drives. She chose the Italian Pastry, Cannolo (Cannoli is plural), using the cookbooks Lidia’s Italian-American Kitchen by Lidia Matticchio Bastianich and The Sopranos Family Cookbook by Allen Rucker; recipes by Michelle Scicolone, as ingredient/direction guides. She added her own modifications/changes, so the recipe is not 100% verbatim from either book.
This was my second challenge, and it was a LOT easier to veganize than last's month's Macarons (but then again, most things are easier to veganize.) I decided to deep-fry half of the recipe and bake the other half, for comparison purposes. Of course, the deep-fried version was tastier, but the baked ones were good too! My cannolis were filled with a Vegan Coconut Macadamia Nut Creme, with the shell insides coated in chocolate. These were REALLY good the next day, after a night in the fridge, when the filling flavors could meld together more. I don't have an exact recipe for the filling, but it consisted of fresh tofu, macadamia nuts, shredded coconut, a bit of agave nectar, and little bit of Soy Delicious Coconut Milk.
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Puppy kisses and Kitty purrs for you all if you vote for me here: http://www.etsy.com/voter_list.php?ref=voter&room_id=80
Monday, November 23, 2009
I decided to have my first-ever Sale AND Give-away! For starters, all of my original paintings in my shop are now on-sale, ranging from $14-45! Craziness, I tell ya. I'm trying to move out some things in my shop and make some room around my apartment (and for new work!) AND I'm having a Buy TWO 8"x10" Prints and get ONE FREE sale! Sale ends at midnight Monday, November 30th. Just write the name of the FREE print that you want in the "Message to Seller" box during checkout.
Secondly, it's also my first-ever GIVE-AWAY! I know, I'm crazy with the FIRST-EVERS today. Anyways, I'm giving one of my 2010 Wall Calendars to one lucky reader here!
There are two ways to win:
1-Leave a comment here!
2-Tweet about it on twitter, AND leave me a comment here telling me you did so, to up your chances of winning! Tweet this:
RT @myzoetrope Win a super-cute 2010 My Zoetrope Wall calendar!: http://my-zoetrope.blogspot.com/2009/11/sale-give-away.html
That's it! Enter by DECEMBER 7TH MIDNIGHT, EST and I'll pick a random entry (with the wonderful help of random.org)!
Saturday, November 21, 2009
It was such a pretty Fall day today, that I thought I'd bring my camera along when I went to pick up my CSA and visit the Farmer's Market this morning. Days like this, make me love Brooklyn and my neighborhood. So many people out today, I assume to prep for Thanksgiving this week ('cause I sure was). It must have been community rake day in the park today too, because there was lots of raking going on (and little kids jumping in piles!) I'm super-excited for a 2 1/2 day work week coming up, and for the extra days off work to work on my freelance work and Etsy shop (yes, days off to work more, ha! But I enjoy that kind of work, so it's okay). And to sleep in! Yes! I'm not traveling for Thanksgiving, so it will just be a nice quiet dinner with Nik and I. Hooray for leftovers! I can't decide on whether to make this, this, or the old (delicious!) standby (scroll down to the Seitan "turkey" part). I'm going to make mashed taters w/ mushroom gravy, roasted brussel sprouts, cranberries, stuffing, and Pumpkin cheesecake for dessert. Yum yum, I can't wait! What are YOU making this year?