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Monday, April 30, 2012

new art

In case you didn't already know this,  my three.bunnies partner is an amazingly talented person.  Her talents go beyond her jewelry and toy making. She is also an extraordinary artist and I am happy to say our little apartment is now a whole lot warmer and happier with one of her beautiful paintings hanging in it.  Thanks so much Taylor! Please check out more of her great work!


Friday, April 20, 2012

four years

Four years ago, I went on my very first date with my amazing boyfriend, Ryan.  
 He is my best friend and is always there to make me laugh.
I can't imagine my life without him in it.

It has been a crazy, wonderful four years...
Full of creativity, laughter, and geek-love.
Thanks for being exactly who you are and loving me for exactly what I am.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

home cookin'

If you're looking for a good homestyle meal look no further.  I give you BBQ Tofu and Baked Macaroni and Cheese.

Homemade Macaroni and Cheese

Part I: BBQ Tofu

What you need:
-BBQ sauce
-Aluminum foil
And that's it.  
Make it: 
Press all liquid out of the Tofu.  Season if you choose with garlic, salt ( I didn't season but next time I might marinate it a bit in oil, salt, cumin, and garlic).  Place tofu on foil and spoon barbeque sauce all all sides. Grill for 15-20 minutes flipping once.

Part II: Baked Macaroni and Cheese

What you need:

-1/2 pounds elbow macaroni
-1 egg's worth egg replacer (or yes an egg)
-1 tsp Earth Balance Butter
-1 tsp ground mustard powder
-1 tsp salt
-1 cup milk (or rice milk)
-2 1/2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese
-casserole dish (butter or grease your casserole dish if not using stoneware)

Make it:
-Cook noodles until tender then drain.
-Add Earth Balance and Egg Replacer to pasta and stir well.

-In a separate dish mix salt, mustard powder, and approximately 1 tablespoon warm water and add mixture to rice milk.
-Add 2 cups of shredded cheese to noodles and mix well.
-Pour pasta into casserole and pour milk/mustard mixture over top pasta.
-Top with remaining cheese.
-Cook for 350F for 45 minutes or until all golden and crunchy on top.

Homemade Macaroni and Cheese

Enjoy a great home cooked meal with the ones you love!


Monday, April 16, 2012

vegan baking

I love baking.  Ever since I was a little girl standing next to my mother with my Fisher Price plastic food toys helping her bake I have had a passion for it. After a long stressful day few things can calm my nerves as quickly as a homemade sweet. I love the art and precision involved with baking. Now my love for baking has been taken to a whole other level.  I love, love, love vegan baking.

It always seems like my urge for baking suddenly happens as quickly as my cravings so it's important for me to have a well-stocked pantry. Before my vegan baking days it always seemed as though my limiting factor was eggs.  I almost never buy eggs usually because I am very picky about eggs and how I like to eat them and when I do have a craving for eggs they are few and far between.  This means either I have no eggs in the house or they are in that strange "after-sale-date" land where I am never really sure what is going on under that shell.   The substitutes needed to make delicious vegan delicacies have along shelf life and you are almost always guaranteed to make whatever your heart desires through a well-stocked pantry.

Buy it here!

For those of you who are brave enough to enter this awesome, delicious, and flexible world of baking I recommend Vegan Cookies Invade Your Cookie Jar by Isa Chandra Moskowitz and Terry Hope Romero.  This book is a hundred  addictive and homestyle cookies just ready to be consumed.  And if this isn't enough to convince you check out these Cookie Dough Scoops:


Thursday, April 12, 2012


art.downtown Grand Rapids
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Just a reminder to all my West Michigan friends tomorrow night is art.downtown in Grand Rapids.  I hope everyone will get a chance to get out and spend their sunny Friday the 13th gazing at some awesome art work.  Both Taylor and my boyfriend Ryan, as well as many of my other dear friends, have been working hard to make this the best year yet.  Please come show your support as the artists take over the town!


Wednesday, April 11, 2012

yarn wreaths

Fall Yarn Wreath
Living where I do each little apartment looks the same. It's hard to show your decorating identity inside and out. Often times I feel as though I am living in a beige cell. In the inside of my apartment, we have tried to break the monotony with lots of art and it helps to have so many talented friends.  On the outside of our little place it's not quite as simple.  We are just another door in a long line of doors all looking the same. That is why I love a yarn wreath.  They are incredibly simple, cheap, and a great way to brighten up a drab door and to stand out a bit. In the Fall I created this simple wreath with leftover yarn and felt.  But now with the grass and flowers waking it was time for something a bit brighter.
Spring Yarn Wreath

For those who haven't attempted to make one of these wreathes I thought I would write some brief instructions. But there are plenty of tutorials online and just as many if not more ideas as well.

-Yarn (I used a cheap brand since you don't need it to be particularly soft or nice quality)
-Wreath form (For the fall wreath I used a foam form.  For the spring wreath I used a straw form.  The straw form made the wreath look a bit chunkier.)
-Hot glue
And that's it! Seriously, you shouldn't be spending more than $15 dollars to put this whole thing together!

-If you purchased a straw wreath form leave the plastic wrap attached it will make it easier to cover.  If you purchased a foam one remove plastic wrap.
-Find the end of yarn that will unravel the yarn from the outside in (note: opposite of how most knitters and crocheters take their yarn). This will save you several hours of untangling knots!
-Tie end of yarn around wreath form and start wrapping the yarn around.  When making the Fall wreath I was very neat with how I wrapped the yarn.  I was careful to wrap each strand of yarn around so that it would fall neatly next to the piece before it.  This gave me a very neat and flat finish.  With the Spring wreath I just wrapped the whole form like crazy until every sport was covered.  This way caused some areas to be covered in yarn more and gave a messier, bumpy finish.
DIY Yarn Wreath
-When your wreath form is covered to your liking tie the end of yarn to a wrapped section of yarn in what will be the backside of your wreath.
-Next the flowers, again there are a million and one tutorials online for felted flowers.  For the fall wreath I did a simple rose-like flower.  To achieve this look cut a circle out of felt of your choice.  Then cut into the circle in a swirl until you reach the center.  Next roll the swirl of felt up onto itself (like a cinnamon roll mmm!) gluing periodically.  Glue the end and glue onto your wreath.
-For the Spring wreath I made pansies.  For this all I did was cut out pansy shaped petals, hot glues them together and finished with a button.
-Finally, hot glue on those decorations.

-Hang and know that you have the coolest door in your whole cellblock!


Sunday, April 1, 2012

all things cute (a day in pictures)

A new friend checking out what all the bird buzz is about.

The hunt is on!

Where are those eggs!?
I see one!
The after hunt feast!

Making friends.