Yes to Carrots!

Thanks to the seedsman in my family this Christmas I was introduced to some new products that I have fallen in love with. I’m a queen of label reading and I like to buy products that are as natural as possible! That’s what I strive for anyways. So, Yes To has won me over. I love their products and their facination with veggies!  Plus they started a non-profit seed fund for under-served communities!

Their products actually contain veggie extracts… for example the second ingredient in Yes to Carrots “C a Softer You” lotion is carrot juice! Mix that up with some of the other ingredients like avocado oil, melon extract, orange extract, pumpkin juice and sweet potato extract it sounds almost like it could be a liquid diet! After all, what’s good for the inside has to be good for the outside!

Check out a new favorite in my stash the Yes To! products!

 

Handmade Holidays

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During the hoildays I always go on a craft binge. My mind starts spinning with all the goodies I can personalize and create for my loved ones. The holidays seem to sap my time away, so this year I’ve decided to start earlier and try to give at least one handmade item to each person on my list. I try to stock pile goodies throughout the year that our vendors sell or that I find in my travels that are handmade or vintage. It saves $’s and makes for a unique gift.

With that said, if I can’t make it handmade, then I want to at least try to buy it handmade. I absolutely love etsy.com.  It is so inspiring. I love to check out their daily showcase. Since I don’t drink coffee in the morning, I use their site to wake up my creative energy! 🙂

Any projects you’re working on for under the tree, I’d love to hear about it.

The Chicago Diner: Totally Worth the Drive!

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Beautiful Navy Pier in Chicago

To do list:
1. Make Chicago Diner Seitan (Gluten Meat Substitute)
2. Finish Christmas Gift for — —-.
3. A ton of stuff to get done for the magazine
4. A thousand things that have slipped my mind at the moment …

One of my all time favorite cookbooks comes from one of my all time favorite restaurants. The Chicago Diner is tucked away on one of Chicago’s busy streets. Being a country girl, I white-knuckled my first ride into that city. However, it has won me over! There is nothing like eating a piece of one of the many desserts that The Chicago Diner is famous for while listening to the never-ending echos of horns honking and enjoying a rooftop view of the city skyline at night.

The diner proudly boasts being, “Meat Free Since 1983” and with their mouth-watering menu, who cares if meat isn’t included! For those of us who can only stand the city for a weekend the wonderful founder of the diner has graciously printed a cookbook to satisfy our cravings. The Cocoa Mousse cake is to die for and they’ve shared their secrets in the cookbook… no hidden ingredients! I also love their seitan. Yum! Their reuben sandwich is one of my favorites.

The Chicago Diner Cookbook by Chef Jo A. Kaucher is a must have for vegans and those transitioning into a more vegetarian lifestyle! Check out their website: http://www.veggiediner.com and be tempted!

So, now that my mouth is watering… maybe I should run and grab those cocoa mousse cupcakes out of the freezer?

The Folk Center

Inside a cabin at the Folk Center

Inside a cabin at the Folk Center

Over the weekend we went to one of my favorite corners of the country, The Ozark Folk Center in Mountain View, Arkansas. It’s a hidden treasure trove of ozark folk art. I always bring something home with me. This time it was a lovely painting and some hand-carved candles. My most unique find, a cigar box fiddle. It actually sounds really good. 🙂

Every day live music fills the ozark hills.

Live music fills the Ozark hills.

In the summer months it seems like the whole town turns out for bluegrass and gospel music on the square. It’s like stepping back in time, fire flies flitting through the air, an ice cream stand with neon flickering lights and lots of good old fashion music.

Ask Apparel’s Groovy Threads

While sorting through my stash of goodies I found my beautiful osage orange dyed silk scarf from Ask Apparel. We were delighted to have them join us as a vendor last May at our Spring Planting Festival. I love their products. All natural, handmade and stylish! 🙂 Check out their site for some groovy threads!

Ask Apparel
Naturally dyed organic apparel. Ask the right questions, wear the right answers.
http://www.askapparel.com