Sunday, November 25, 2012

Quotable Quotes - John Robbins

A funny little quote from John Robbins:

“It may be healthier to eat beer and franks with cheer and thanks, than to eat sprouts and bread with doubts and dread.” 

Be happy and confident :-)

John Robbins being the amazing author of many books on vegan diets and planetary health. 

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

GivingThanks Roasted Veggie Recipe!

We can't have an entirely vegetarian Thanksgiving at our house, but we do come close. The carnivores revolt so we have ham or roast beef typically because Turkey isn't popular.  Not exactly traditional, but really it's about GivingTHANKS more than food anyway so why not?!

I'll be making this fabulous winter vegetable roast.  VegNews Publisher Joseph Connelly provided the recipe on their website:

Joe’s Roasted Winter Vegetables
Serves 6
What You Need:
2 large carrots
2 sweet potatoes
2 yams
2 parsnips
1 medium red onion, quartered
1 acorn squash
1/2 large butternut squash
12 Brussels sprouts
4 cloves garlic
2 tablespoons olive oil
Fresh rosemary, to taste
Salt, to taste
Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
What You Do:
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Rinse all vegetables and cut into 1/3-inch pieces** (the Brussels sprouts can be left whole). In large mixing bowl, add vegetables, garlic, oil, rosemary, salt, and pepper.
  2. Place vegetables in large, flat roasting pan and bake 45 to 60 minutes, stirring every 20 minutes, until tender. Serve immediately.    
** I think I'm going to leave my veggies whole like the Shutterstock photo above - beautiful isn't it!?

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Quotable Quotes - from an ACE!

When you hit that road block - be inspired by Wayne Gretzky, the hockey legend:

"You miss 100% of the shots you don't take".

Take a shot!

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Just some Friends

Don'tcha love them?
fennec fox (desert fox) posing as Skippy John Jones:-)

harp seal

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Slurp Away the Sniffles?

I don't know about you, but my kids have started bringing home every virus and it's brother already this season.   I am happy to report that Super Immunity Soup has helped me stay up off the couch and away from the tissue box!  TRY IT -   I found if I doubled the garlic and lemon I enjoyed the taste more, but see what you think. 
I pilfered the recipe from Jessica at Glow Nutrition
Liquid Gold!  Okay, well Liquid GREEN at any rate...

This soup is like a savory smoothie. It's fast, vegan and mostly raw. If you cook cruciferous veggies (like kale) and allium veggies (like onions), the nutrients are destroyed. But if you puree them together first, they chemically bind together making a superfood, as well as keeping all nutrients in tact even when heat is applied. It's delicious and cures a cold in no time!

What You Need

2 cups kale
1 cup vegetable stock (homemade is best)
1/8 of a cup of any variety of onion (I like green onions)
1 clove of garlic
1/2 of an avocado
1 tablespoon of miso paste
3 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
Juice of 1 lemon
Sea salt and pepper to taste

How to Make It

Blend all ingredients together in a food processor or blender for until smooth and bright green. Heat through on the stove top - only  few minutes. Or you can allow your Vitamix to heat the soup as it blends to retain live cultures in miso. Serve immediately. Variation: Add dandelion greens instead of kale when cleansing in the spring. Add half of a small cucumber and serve cold as a gazpacho in the summer.

Sunday, September 16, 2012

What is Man Without the Beasts?

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Quotable Quote - Spring Comes Often

Think of self doubt as seasonal. Spring always comes.  - Danielle LaPorte of Danielle

I don't know why this quote made me think of food; maybe seasonal spring=green=food?  At any rate, here are some special offerings to celebrate the "springness" (a word?!) of growing things to eat:

Super Foxy Sweets Truffles!!!  Pepperminty deliciousness:

Vegan Gluten-Free Chocolate Truffles: Peppermint

From Sunny Cabana Publishing, L.L.C. :
Raw Food Recipe Book   

From Shop Homegrown:
Handmade Wood Sign

Monday, August 27, 2012

Words of Wisdom from Jane Goodall

Rachel Sarnoff, of Mommy Greenest and blogging fame, recently had the tremendous pleasure of interviewing Jane Goodall, and here is a quote:

"I met so many young people as I traveled who seemed not to have hope for the future. They were depressed, angry and apathetic. “Roots & Shoots” [encourages participants to understand that ] every single one of us makes a difference every single day. We can’t live through a day without making an impact. And we all have a choice."

What difference, what choices will YOU, will WE make today? 

Monday, August 20, 2012

Quotable Quotes - From Petrified to Freedom

Loyalty to a petrified opinion never yet broke a chain or freed a human soul.
—Mark Twain, American author (1835–1910)

 One of the long-held opinions the world could stand to break is the "beeflief" that ingesting animal products is necessary for human health.  Here at EtsyVeg we know this to be false and are happy to support release from the bondage of this petrified idea:-)

Some chains you won't want to break, from two EtsyVeg stores: Yukiooki and Ideology. Enjoy!

Chain from Yukiooki
A Compass for your soul?
And from Etsy shop Ramshackle Studio:

Speaking of Petrified - the real deal

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Know What You Wear

An Angora Rabbit 
Here at EtsyVeg we thought we'd share a short & sweet article regarding the way animal-based fibers are acquired for the making of some fabrics like cashmere and angora.  Knowledge is power and we believe everyone should be able to make informed choices.  There aren't any scary photos, so go ahead and read it here:-)

At the bottom is a link to Vegan clothing and accessories companies if you're interested in shopping Vegan.   Many of EtsyVeg members also sell cruelty-free goodies, so check our shops as well, just click on Crafty Veggie Marketplace (carrot logo) on the right of your screen.

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Quotable Quote - Long Live the Faux Fur

"Wild animals never kill for sport. Man is the only one to whom the torture and death of his fellow creatures is amusing in itself."
—James A. Froude, English historian (1818–1894)

What IS amusing, perhaps - items that honor the animal kingdom whilst making a mockery of sport hunting.  Here, a few (decorative) giggles at the expense of trophy taxidermy:

Technicolor Faux Bear Skin Rug
Hilarious Photo Within a Photo

Faux Antlers - in PINK!  genius.

 (all from Etsy sellers).

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Chocolate Chip Cookie Pie

By Cori of Peace, Baby! Batiks

I tried for years (honestly) to make the perfect chocolate chip cookie. I tried lots of different recipes, and they always came out too crispy and flat. I could never get the consistency of the butter or margarine right; it was either way too soft or too hard.

Then, I found this one on the back of a package of margarine, and Voila! Perfect chocolate chip cookies. The secret? The margarine/butter is melted. Now, I get compliments on my chocolate chip cookies every time I make and share them.

For a variation on my cookies, I tried a cookie pie the last time I baked them after seeing this idea on Pinterest. It’s ridiculously easy: Just make your favorite cookie recipe, press the batter into a pie plate, and bake.

Just thinking about these cookies makes me want to bake.

Cookie Pie

2 1/2c flour
1t baking soda
3/4c butter or margarine, melted and cooled
1 1/2c brown sugar
1 egg
2t vanilla
1c semi-sweet chocolate chips (I often use white and chocolate chips)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a pie pan.

Combine flour and baking soda and set aside.

In a large bowl, cream the margarine and brown sugar. Mix well. Stir in egg and vanilla until well blended. Add the flour ingredients and stir until just combined. Fold in the chocolate chips.

Press into the prepared pan and bake 25-30 minutes or until a knife or toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Slice into wedges and enjoy!

To make cookies: Drop by heaping tablespoons onto cookie sheets and bake 9-11 minutes.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Quotable Quotes - Kris Carr

This week - a quote from Kris Carr:

"If your body is a temple, then your mouth is the alter.  From this day forward, vow to treat yourself like a Divine Being."  pg. 38, Crazy Sexy Diet.

If you don't know the energetic joyfulness of Kris, check out her wonderful blog and read her books; especially if you need a boost right about now:-)

Friday, July 20, 2012

Friday Finds - Let the Sun Shine In

I don't know what the weather's been like where all of you live, but here in Minnesota, it's been hot and sunny! So, in honor of that big ball of gas in the sky, I've stopped by to share some lovely yellow EtsyVeg items that I hope you'll love! Enjoy.

Toddler T-Shirt: Yellow with Batik Helicopter, Short Sleeves (18 months) READY TO SHIP by Peace, Baby! Batiks

Lemon Yellow Beehive Utensil Crock - Ceramic Utensil Holder - Stoneware Pottery by KarinLorenc

JULY SALE yellow bunny peep earrings by thelittleschremlin

Giraffes Screenprint, Mustard Yellow, Jungle Art by sassandperil

Yellow duckling - crochet toy ducky duck by thestitchandfold

Yellow Gold Full Size Eyeshadow by MineralLove

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Quotable Quote o' the Day + Recipe

I had one of those 'I can't believe I said that!' moments this morning as my children squabbled over who was going to eat more waffles.  My six-year-old often tries to keep up with her ten-year-old brother's appetite, prompting my outburst,

"Eating is NOT a competitive sport!"

After I blurted it out I was struck how poignant that sentiment actually is.  Over-eaters are in competition with their better judgement.  Anorexics are in competition with their scale.  Of course there are the infamous, revolting how-many-hotdogs-can-you-eat type of competitions.

And then... often there are the vegan/vegetarians whom self-righteously compete against the the rest of the world to eat with perfect compassion.   Let's advance our passionate cause with just the compassion part - for humans first :-)

 On a lighter note - a great, QUICK AND EASY, no cook, summer recipe!!  I've been eating it for breakfast for an energizing, alkalizing happy jolt. Of course for other meals the addition of tortilla chips + vegan sour cream & cilantro is spectacular.


3 lg. Tomatoes
1 Cucumber
1 Green Pepper
1 clove Garlic, chopped
12 C. Tomato Juice
½ C. White Wine Vinegar
¼ C. Lemon Juice
1 T. Mustard
Tabasco to taste

Garnish: Cilantro and/or vegan sour cream

Wash, peel and chop tomatoes & cucumber.  Wash, seed and chop the pepper and place
all in a salad bowl.  Add the rest of the ingredients, mix well and serve cold w/ the chopped
cilantro on top.  

Donut Muffins

By Cori of Peace, Baby! Batiks

When I was a kid, my grandmother made the best homemade donuts. Crispy on the outside and warm and soft on the inside. They were amazing, and I loved them.

I don’t own a deep fryer and I do try to watch how much fried food I eat, so I haven’t attempted homemade donuts myself. That’s where this easy donut muffin recipe comes in. I’ve been making this one for what seems like forever, ever since my mom shared it with me years ago. They hit the spot in my appetite looking for donuts, especially when you slice them in half and spread peanut butter on them.

Donut Muffins
Yield: 12 1c sugar

1/3c shortening
1 egg
1/2c milk (I use soy milk)
1 1/2c flour
1 1/2t baking powder
1/4t nutmeg
1/2t salt

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 12-cup muffin pan or line with paper or silicone baking cups.

Cream together the sugar and shortening. Add the egg and milk. Stir in the dry ingredients.

Pour the batter into the muffin pan and bake for 25-30 minutes until lightly browned on top.

Note: I have successfully made this recipe vegan by substituting Egg Replacer for the egg.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Cheesy Quinoa

By Cori of Peace, Baby! Batiks

I love macaroni and cheese (my favorite recipe is here), and I’ve recently rediscovered quinoa. I was delighted to come across this recipe for Cheesy Quinoa Mac & Cheese while hanging out at Pinterest one day.

I simplified it a little bit, but I plan to follow the original recipe sometime and add sautéed vegetables. For now, this dish is a family favorite: My son asked for seconds! Great reheated for lunch, too.

Cheesy Quinoa
Adapted from Around the Table: Loving Food in RI and Beyond …
Serves: 8

1 1/2 c quinoa, rinsed and drained
1 c chopped broccoli
Salt to taste
Pepper to taste
2 large eggs
1 c soy milk or dairy milk
1 1/2 cups grated Cheddar cheese, more for sprinkling

Bread crumbs for topping Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Coat a 13x9 baking dish with cooking spray.

Cook the quinoa according to package directions, about 15 minutes. Steam the broccoli (I used frozen) until tender.

Whisk the eggs and milk together in a large bowl. Fold in the quinoa and broccoli, stirring very well. Pour into prepared pan and top with bread crumbs.

Bake 30-35 minutes until the bread crumbs are browned.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012


"Americans eat over a million animals per hour."  Dr. Neal Barnard MD, speaking yesterday on the preview interview for Veganpalooza.

 In light of that horrendous fact I just had to pass this along!  Too good to miss - FREEEEE!  Yes, that's the FREE Veganpalooza webnar series starting tomorrow.  All of the vegan heavy weights are speaking on cutting-edge topics and you can hear them for free.  FREE!  Sign up here:
Veganpalooza SIGN UP
They've got Rory Freedman, Rip Esselstyn, Dr. Neal Barnard, MD, Dr. T. Colin Campbell, Colleen Patrick-Goudreu, Rich Roll, Kathy Freston, Keith McHenry of "Food Not Bombs"... on and on!

Definitely a can't miss opportunity.  Tell everyone you know:-)

Cheers and Veggies,

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Quotable Quotes - If You Think You Can't, Think Again

He can who thinks he can, and he can't who thinks he can't. This is an inexorable, indisputable law. -Pablo Picasso

Everyday we all struggle to stare down the things we "can't do" whether it's saying 'no' to dairy products, quitting at just one cookie, getting out the door to exercise, making a phone call we dread... whatever.  
But, Picasso is right - it's all in what you think.

This week  - let's all focus on changing one "I can't statement" and knock it out of the park.

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Quotable Quotes: Pedal Power to the People

chic Frenchwoman during Paris Fashion Week 2012

"When I see an adult on a bicycle, I know there is hope for civilization"
~H.G. Wells, historian and futurist.

Ok, chalk this one up in the 'humor' category, but I just had to include it what with the le Tour de France kicking off yesterday!  It's a big month for international sporting events and as creatives we can surely relate to the difficulties faced by athletes (and Veg crusaders?) constantly striving for betterment.

Let's push ourselves further this month - eat more collard greens!  Run faster!  Draft a new pattern!  Paint with your eyes closed:-)  Go Team EtsyVeg! 

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Spotlight Seller

It's Sunday so that means it is time to Spotlight one of our awesome EtsyVeg Sellers!!! This week we have Kelly Beth of Twig and Leaf Botanicals!!!

Tell us a bit about yourself? 
hi! my name is kelly beth. i'm a certified clinical herbalist and foodie, wanderer and constant photographer. amongst other things.

Vegan or Vegetarian? How long?
i have been happily vegan for many years!

When did you open your shop on Etsy?
october of 2009.

Organic Vanilla Bean Bath Therapy
What do you sell on Etsy? 
i cultivate and harvest small-batch organic alternative health herbs, organic kitchen herbs and spices, as well as delicious spice blends. i also make organic & vegan skin care, with a healing focus.

When you are not working on your shop, what do you do? 
i spend a lot of time with my plants, and i also do landscaping to make other people's yards come to life. i tend to space out and watch the sky and mountains, because i live in such a beautiful place in the Roosevelt national forest. i also write for an online vegan/vegetarian website, and have a lot of hobbies.

Organic Vegan Cheese Seasoning
Where do you get your inspiration? 
from plants and all of the amazing healing properties that they hold for us, from beautiful vegan food and from the needs of those i love.

Favorite veggie meal?
too many to list a single one! i'm a huge fan of israeli pearl couscous fruit salad, lentil burgers, vegan scrambles; and anything with beets; i just love nutritious beautiful food!

Where else can we find you?

Thanks for being part of the team Kelly Beth!! Make sure to check out everything at her shop Twig and Leaf Botanicals!!!

*Hey EtsyVeg-gies!! If you want to be featured in an upcoming Spotlight Seller please convo BunnysBakedGoods on etsy for more information!* 

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Quotable Quotes - The "Poison Pill"

Vicente Wolf Couch at Ralph Pucci
Since we are a collective of compassionate creatives (how's that for alliteration?!) I thought this week addressing the constant design conundrum "when to say when" would be fun.  In art school you spend countless hours discussing the skill of knowing when to quit, back away from the piece and allow it to be finished.  Is this ever easy? NO!

Thus the quote of the day...

"The designer Andree Putman taught me about what she called the 'Poison Pill,'" says Ralph Pucci.  "That's when you add that one extra detail that isn't necessary - like the added spice that ruins the dish..." (Elle Decor, July/August 2012, pg.98) 

Don't you love that?

I know I've been known to overdose on the Poison Pill from time to time:-/

{Back story - Andree Putnam and Ralph Pucci are fantastic, modern minimalist designers of interior objects and furniture.  They are both disciplined masters at knowing when to stop}

Have a great and PRODUCTIVE week!

Andree Putman chairs

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Quotable Quotes - - they're BACK!

Greetings EtsyVeg community!  We've decided to resurrect the habit of posting inspirational quotes every week to our happy little blog. 

 My dear college friend from  Chasing Lightning Bugs on Etsy made a lovely, original calligraphy piece with the following quote on it.  It's hanging in my entry hall.

"I wish that every human life might be pure transparent freedom."  Simone de Beauvoir

Feel free to pass on anything you would like to see posted. 


June "Summerfun" Challenge

You are cordially invited to play, get more involved with the team,
get inspired, share your talent, take advantage of some free
promotion... get ready for June's team creative challenge!

June's Challenge

Our theme is Summer Fun! With this being June, it is the perfect
time to share some fun items that are cool and summery! You
are welcome to join in with any item you feel
represents "summerfun" The theme is very subjective. It can be
ANY item that you feel fits that theme! Any color, style, shape or
any other thing that fits that theme is welcome to be entered!

Each month's challenge entries will be listed on the blog and put up
for public vote, the winner receiving an ad for their shop on the team
for the entire month following. :) Every 6 months, all 6 winners from
the last series of challenges will be put up for a vote together, the
top vote getter winning a grand prize! Yay!

Please join in our creative celebration for this month! Here's how to


*Challenge Guidelines*

~Participation is open to any EtsyVeg team member.

~Each member may enter one item. Entry involves simply posting the
link to an applicable item in your Etsy shop in June's monthly
challenge forum thread and tagging that item with the tag
"summerfun" (all one word, without the quotations). You must
also have your entry tagged with the official team tag, "etsyveg team."

~If an item entered in the challenge sells before the end of the
month, please send a convo to the EtsyVeg Etsy shop, including the
link to the sold item, so that it can still be included.

~Deadline for entry is June 30th.

~All entries will be featured in a treasury on the EtsyVeg blog at the
beginning of next month, to be voted on by the public (EtsyVeg members
can vote, too). The top vote-getter will be awarded with an ad for
their Etsy shop on the top of the blog sidebar for the entire month
until the next winner is chosen. At the end of six months, all winners
from the past six months will be up for vote on the blog again, this
time eligible to win a grand prize gift!

~All EtsyVeg members (not just participants) are encouraged throughout
the month to initiate forum threads about the challenge, make
treasuries by doing a tag search for "etsyveg team" with
"summerfun" and putting only those items in the treasury, or to
generate other types of promotion. (If you do any of these, please let everyone know
so that we can all post or click to keep it going!)

~Please direct concerns or questions to magglepie, or send an email to


The EtsyVeg Monthly Challenge is meant to inspire, recognize, and
promote team members and our shops; to spread the word about vegan/
vegetarian lifestyles and living consciously; and to raise awareness
about the ease of eco-friendly living and the rights of animals to
live free of exploitation.

~*Happy creating!*~

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Spotlight Seller

The Spotlight Seller is back and excited to share another awesome member of our EtsyVeg Team!!! This week we have Christine of DesignSpecimen!!

Tell us a bit about yourself? 
My name is Christine. I have lived in Michigan my whole life but love to travel.

Vegan or Vegetarian? How long?
I have been vegan for about 15 years now.

When did you open your shop on Etsy?
I joined Etsy in 2007 but just last month really opened up my shop.

Copper Etched Vegan Necklace

What do you sell on Etsy?
I sell vegan and animal-inspired etched copper pendants and soon other earrings, bracelets, etc.

When you are not working on your shop, what do you do?
When I am not making jewelry I am a freelance graphic designer and nanny.

Copper Etched Chicken Necklace

Where do you get your inspiration?
I volunteer once a week at a local animal sanctuary and spending time with the animals and their unique personalities gives me inspiration.

Favorite veggie meal?
My favorite meal would have to be vegan pizza rolls with lots of green olives and Daiya cheese.

Where else can we find you?
My website is I am also on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and Pinterest. 

Thanks for being part of the team Christine!! Make sure to stop by and check out her fantastic work at  DesignSpecimen!!!

*Hey EtsyVeg-gies!! If you want to be featured in an upcoming Spotlight Seller please convo BunnysBakedGoods on etsy for more information!* 

Friday, June 8, 2012

Friday Finds - Summer Fun

I don't know about where you live, but it's baking hot here in Minnesota this week, and as we roll into June, I thought it would be fun to do a Summer Fun post for Friday Finds. Enjoy these great summer style items from our EtsyVeg Team!

Summer Fruits Soup or Cereal Bowls - Set of 4 Pottery Bowls by KarinLorenc

Summer Greens - Green & White Beach Necklace by BlissWorksStudio

Hazy Summer Flowers ACEO - fine art print - nature photography - limited edition by maybesparrowsplace

Lavender Love - Recycled Single Switch Plate Cover, Bumble Bee, Insect, Purple, Blue, Flower, Spring, Summer, Garden, Seattle by Aguavino

JUNE ONLY Vegan Organic Local Strawberry Caramels (limited edition) by feedyourface

Toddler T-Shirt: Pink with Batik Hearts, Short Sleeves (18 months) READY TO SHIP by PeaceBabyBatiks

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Strawberry Crumb Bars

By Cori of Peace, Baby! Batiks

Our strawberry patch produced mightily this year, and I have the berries for at least three batches of jam in my freezer. We still had plenty to eat, though, which was good because my son decided this summer that he liked fresh berries again.

Some of the berries went into a batch of these delicious strawberry bars. The only deviation I made from the recipe was to add a few frozen raspberries to make a full quart of berries. It made plenty to share!

Strawberry Crumb Bars
From “Smells Like Home

1½ c sugar, divided
1 t baking powder
3 c flour
¼ t salt
Zest of 1 lemon
2 sticks (½ lb) cold unsalted butter, cut into pieces
1 large egg
4 c fresh strawberries, hulled and quartered
4 t cornstarch
Juice of 1 lemon

Preheat the oven to 375° F.  Grease a 13×9-inch pan and set aside.

In a medium bowl, combine 1 cup of the sugar, baking powder, and flour. Mix in the salt and the lemon zest, and stir together with a fork. Cut in the butter and egg with a pastry blender (or two knives) until the largest chunks are about pea-sized. Spread about half of the dough mixture in an even layer over the bottom of the prepared pan and press down firmly to form the bottom crust.

In another bowl, stir together the remaining sugar, cornstarch, and lemon juice. Gently mix in the strawberries until combined.

Spread the berry mixture evenly over the bottom crust. Crumble the remaining dough over the top of the berries. 

Bake 45 minutes or until the top is slightly golden brown. Cool completely before cutting into squares and serving.