Creative Project #15 ~ Eat Your Veggies

 Today started out as a hectic day, taking one dog and one cat to the vet, and ended with dog agility class.  So my creative time was limited.  The dog if fine….the kitty has a grade 3 heart murmur 😦
I managed to squeeze in some sewing machine time, and finished this placemat which was the idea of my cousin, Tara, for her husband.
It also included a cow with a special message……
Tara loved it…..
I tried to make it as masculine as I possibly could.
See you tomorrow with Creative Project #16!

Creative Project #5 for February….something in on the road.

Today was a pretty busy day.  We are emptying our upstairs to have spray foam insulation put in……and *maybe*, just *maybe* one of the rooms upstairs may become a classroom for me to teach quilting.  I have gotten a lot of requests lately and am starting to feel like I should pay it forward.
So the morning was spent emptying two huge rooms, then after lunch my husband and I took a road trip to another town….40 minutes away ~ far for the islands!… attend a fundraiser for a friend’s mom.
If I was gonna create today I had to take something on the road.  I had gotten an email from Lion Brand Yarns this morning featuring some patterns, and one of them was a cute little crocheted envelope.
Just before we left I got it started.
Here it is in the car when I completed it.  You can take a look at our *highways* 🙂
When I got home I sewed on a button for a clasp.
Makes the perfect jewelry pouch!
My husband has also been creative!  For Christmas he got a home brewing kit to make his own beer.  We are beer connoisseurs!  And tonight the time had come to taste the first batch, after 3 weeks of waiting!
It was awesome!  This batch was Lager and the next batch will be Draught.
And I know this beer is vegan!
Hope you have all had a wonderful Saturday!

Creative Project #2 for February

This post makes my 90th post!!!  If I keep up this marathon blogging, in no time I will be on my 100th post!!!  That day I will do a giveaway for my followers.
Today I worked on a few different projects.  I have some orders from the show for my journal covers, so I started a few of those today.  One of the orders is for a design different than any I have done….here is a sneak peek…..
I also worked on a project that has been at the back of my mind for a while now.  Inspired by these two books……
*Whimsyland* & *Greetings from TucsaDelphia* by Liz and Beth Hawkins.
The designs in this book are full of fun and whimsy and that is top on my list when making something.  After looking in these books, when I received them several months ago, I wanted to make some place mats.
So today *Vegan Blvd.* was created!
I love scooters and if the traffic here was decent I would drive one.
Tonight is pizza night, so in between sewing projects I have made some vegan sausage for the pizza and have the dough rising.
I am looking forward to dinner and using my new placemat!
Happy Creating….until tomorrow 🙂

Cooking and Creating

I have been pretty stressed and busy preparing for my upcoming art show next weekend, which means I have needed some comfort food, and boy did I ever find it!
Vegan Eggnog Cheesecake!!!!!  This was so amazing!!!
I found the recipe at the Fat Free Vegan website.  Go and check out this recipe and others on the site.  There are lots of amazing recipes!
This beauty sliced up better than any non-vegan cheesecake I have ever made in the past and you could not tell the difference.  I am now inspired to try out different vegan cheesecake flavors also!
One of my latest creations for the upcoming show was a bar stool that I painted for an auction that will be held at the show called, “Take a Seat for Conservation”
There will be almost 30 chairs and bar stools, painted by artists, up for auction.
I am looking forward to seeing all the chairs and stools all together…..what a pretty sight that will be!
The art show is a show called, “Art for the Parks”.  It is put on by the Bahamas National Trust and is January 28th, 29th and 30th at the Abaco Beach Resort in Marsh Harbour.
If you are in the area I hope to see you at the show.  There will be so much more there than art……crafts for children to do, a mural painting area, chalk art contest, an awesome food court, the art booths and much more!

Sweet Potato Pie Smoothie

The breakfast of champions!!!  Most people I know love sweet potatoes (yams), in fact I don’t think I have met anyone that does not like these little gems.  I am not a breakfast person at all.  A few years ago if I did a long run, then I might have been hungry when I got back, but that doesn’t happen anymore.
So one day my friend Amy, from Lubbers Landing, told me about this smoothie that she makes sometimes and I tried it and now have been drinking these almost every morning ever since!
Amy has tried it with pumpkin as well and that is also yummy!  I started out making about 2 cups of this but now I drink 4 cups and that keeps me full until lunch time.
You will need a juicer and a blender for this recipe.
1 large sweet potato (yam)
2 apples ( i use red delicious)
1/2″ – 1″ piece of fresh ginger (depends on how much you like ginger)
3 carrots
1-2 frozen bananas
1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
a large handful of fresh spinach (optional)

Juice the sweet potato, apples, ginger and carrots.  This should make about 1 1/2 cups of juice.  Add this juice to the blender with the frozen bananas, spinach and the pumpkin pie spice.  Blend until smooth.  ENJOY!!!

I suggest starting out drinking just 2 cups of this and work up to more.  The recipe above should make about that.  I add more sweet potato and more carrots to increase the size of mine.

I have been crazy busy getting ready for an art show in 2 weeks and finishing up the last of my orders.

I just finished this ring for a customer with a beautiful piece of amber sea glass.
In a few days I will start to post some pictures of items I am making for the art show.  Nothing is completely finished yet, but I am working hard!
Have a great weekend 🙂

Christmas Dinner 2010

Happy New Year!!!!
One of the biggest changes I made last year was that I became a vegan.  It is one of the best decisions I have ever made in my life.  I am happier, lighter, a faster runner and eating the most delicious food ever!
I do quite a bit of research online and through cookbooks for recipes.  Some I do not change, but a lot of times I take several different recipes, make my own changes and come up with my own.
My husband has not fully converted, but we still had a vegan Christmas dinner!! I was so happy!!
So throughout this year I would like to share some of my recipes with you from time to time.  I will still be blogging about my jewelry and quilts, but wanted to share this side of my life with you also.
Here was Christmas dinner:
I did a lentil-nut loaf that was wrapped in pastry (a take on wellington), mushroom gravy, mashed potatoes & green bean casserole….all vegan 🙂
Below is the loaf before I sliced and served it.
I am going to share the lentil-nut loaf recipe with you below.
My cousin, Tara, did a vegan banana cream pie with was OVER THE TOP!!!
I hope I can inspire you to try some of these recipes.
Lentil-Nut Loaf
1 cup cooked brown rice
1 cup cooked lentils (i have also substituted 1 can of  black eyed peas, rinsed and drained)
1 cup uncooked instant oats
2-3 cloves of garlic minced
1 medium onion, finely chopped
1 medium carrot, grated
1 red bell pepper, finely chopped
1/2 cup walnuts (or other nuts you have on hand) finely chopped
1/2 cup tomato puree
1/4 cup black olives, finely chopped
3 tablespoons tamari sauce (or soy sauce)
1/4 cup red wine
1/4 cup panko bread crumbs
Juice of half a lemon
2 tablespoons of mustard
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1 teaspoon dried marjoram
1 teaspoon rubbed sage
salt and pepper to taste

In a large mixing bowl mix all the ingredients together until mixed well.
If you are going to roll it in pastry, form into a log and wrap in pastry.  Place on a baking sheet with parchment paper.
If you want to make a traditional loaf, then lightly oil a loaf pan.  Press mixture into loaf pan pressing out any air pockets.
Bake for 40-50 minutes, covered for the loaf.  Then uncover and bake for another 20 minutes.
For the wellington style loaf bake until the pastry is a nice golden brown. This was about 80 minutes, but check it after 45 minutes.
Allow both to stand at room temperature for 15 minutes and then carefully slice.

Hooray December!

This is my favorite time of the year!  I love the weather, Christmas, the decorations……everything!
What I love most of all is my busyness is over for about a month!  In the last month, or so, I have travelled to Nassau to do two art shows where I got to sell my quilts and jewelry and I ran into friends that I have not seen in years!
It was really windy and I could not use all my jewelry displays, so please excuse the horrible table display.  It didnt stop people from buying and that is what counts!  The joy of outdoor shows!
In between the two art shows we had dog agility trials here…..
My potcake, Trixi, got her Novice Standard Agility title and two legs towards her Novice Jumpers with Weaves.
Above are most of us with our ribbons!!! YAY!!!
It was a week of training, trials, great friends and food!
Speaking of food…….back in August I went *VEGAN*!  I’ve been a vegetarian on and off for the last 17 years and swore I could never give up cheese.  Now I can’t believe I didn’t do this before.  I feel like a million bucks, my running is better, and I have lost most of the weight I had put on over the last two years.  So in the midst of my busy life I have been trying new recipes and enjoying every step of this new lifestyle.  I will have to do a post on the whole story another time.
After the two art shows I organized a dessert auction in aid of the humane society I work for, Friends of Abaco Animals.  It is called “Designer Desserts”.  We auctioned off some amazing desserts (and some were vegan!) and sold some vegan cupcakes.
The auction started off pretty slow but in the end we did better than 2009!  The money from this fundraiser will help spay and neuter more Abaco animals.
The day after the auction my friend, Amy, and I had a display of vegan food and environmentally friendly cleaning products at an environmental film festival put on by Friends of the Environment.
People were pretty impressed with our food.  We had raw energy cookies, black eyed pea hummus, no-egg nog (made from walnuts), vegan cupcakes.  I hope more people can realize the impact of slaughter houses on our environment, not to mention the impact on the animals and our bodies!
When all of this was over, last Sunday, we were finally able to get together with family and friends for a thanksgiving dinner.
When January comes (and it is coming very quickly) I will be preparing for an art show, Art for the Parks, which is the last weekend of January, and possibly another art show before that (which is a bit of a secret for now).
So I am going to throughly enjoy December…, friends, food and holiday gatherings……cannot wait!