Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Am I missing something??

This morning a friend of mine posted an article on Facebook from NPR titled "Good for you, good for the earth" and it advocates eating more vegetable and less meat/animal products. In fact, the author recommends eating vegan before 6pm, an approach he calls "VB6".

And that's all fine and good. I am totally on board with eating fewer animal products- better for us, better for the earth.

The author helpfully includes 4 recipes at the end of the article. But here's the kicker- 3 of the 4 contain meat or other animal products. And the 4th is BREAD, something that's fairly easy to come by in a vegan form. Um, hello? NPR? Anyone home?? Your article advocating vegan eating doesn't actually contain vegan recipes in any meaningful sense. Way to confuse people who may not be clear on exactly what "vegan" is, and way to flat out not help folks who may be interested in incorporating more vegan dishes into their meals, but don't know where to start.

I feel like I'm taking crazy pills.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009


I've been really fucking sick, which has sucked. I'm on the mend I was able to make sweet potato biscuits with Liel while Zion was at school. And I only sneezed like 50 times while making them! (Don't worry, I didn't sneeze IN the biscuits.) They turned out pretty well too- esp with jam on them. Which, I know, kinda defeats the purpose of making something with added health benefits like sweet potato biscuits. But...well, I like them that way :P

Ugh. Still a bit sick for blogging apparently. *sneeze*

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Sheep to Shawl

Yesterday we went to Sleepy Hollow with some friends so we could check out the "Sheep to Shawl" festival. It was...well, it was like Rhinebeck, if Rhinebeck were very small and had very little to see and hardly anyone there. There was one yarn vendor, a demonstration on dying yarn with plants, a sheep shearing exhibition, some spinning wheels (2), carding and a sheep dog show that was actually with ducks and MC'd by a very, VERY chatty dog handler. Holy crap, I thought he'd never stop talking and make with the animal herding.

Then we had yummy Chinese food in Tarrytown. All in all a nice day!

Liel and I watching the wool carding.

Zion and M trying a little carding themselves.

Liel ran around (when she wasn't whining).

And Zion was impressed by the cows :)

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

First Tooth

Yep, Zion is a big boy now!!

Monday, April 6, 2009

I'll have candy all the time...

I just made the most amazing marshmallows ever. EVER! In the history of the world. I don't know what I did wrong last time, but these ones don't smell icky. They smell like vanilla heaven! Vanilla heaven rolled in toasted coconut. I was like a 2 year old licking the bowl and the beater and the spatula after I put them in the pan to cool- marshmallow fluff on my hands and face.

Tomorrow: Lemon marshmallows!

And Becka, these are nothing, nothing like the ones in the store. Though you might not like them anyway cause they aren't crunchy?

Hooray for me!

Sunday, April 5, 2009

I want candy...

I made the mistake of browsing Foodzie and Etsy yesterday, looking at candy and pickles (not at the same time!). Now I am in lust for marshmallows! My friend Julie chastised me for even thinking about buying marshmallows that someone else had made- didn't I know how easy and delicious it was to make my own??

Um, yes. Kind of. I've made marshmallows once before. I hear they were pretty good too. But I could barely stand to eat them and when I did, I wished I hadn't. Turns out that hot gelatin smells rank. Really, really nasty. And even though the smell fades I could still smell it on my marshmallows- or at least I thought I could. So, that pretty much sucked.

But I'm nothing if not easy to shame into DIY-ness. So now I find myself childless on a Sunday afternoon (Robert took them hiking) and contemplating the creation of marshmallows. Again. Luckily (??) I'm fresh out of corn syrup and probably low on gelatin (I'm so lazy that I haven't gotten to the kitchen to look yet. Yet.), so I'll either have to wait or walk to the (overpriced) store in the village.