Saturday, December 25, 2010


HAPPY HOLIDAYS!


Thanks so much to all of my customers and friends, I feel very lucky to have met you all :D

Thursday, December 2, 2010

I was recently interviewed by Anna of Annuk Creations, you can check it out on her awesome blog!

She is a wonderful person I met through Etsy and has the most loveble kitty named Zoe :) Anna makes beautiful and unique jewelry (Purrfect for Christmas presents!) go visit her Etsy shop and her web page :)


http://annukcreations.blogspot.com/

Once again~ Thank you Anna!!!

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Baked Seitan (Wheat Gluten Meat Substitute)




Looking for a meat substitute that is easy, quick and tastes great? Seitan is a very versatile food and can be eaten in stir fries, sandwiches, stews etc. It tastes great with brown gravy and is even awesome cold! The only problem I can think of is that most people believe you have to boil it, and alot of times this method results in tough, chewy blobs or soggy unidentifiable crap-ola.
After searching teh interw3bs for better ways to cook wheat gluten (Seitan) I have found a few really good recipes and have reworked them to fit my own families tastes :D


Ingredients:
One and a half cups vital wheat gluten
1/4 cup nutritional yeast
1 tsp salt
2 tsp pepper
2 tsp onion powder
2 tsp garlic powder


3/4 cups water
4 tbsp tomato paste
3 tbsp tamari
2 tbsp oil


Preheat oven to 325°.

In a large bowl mix dry ingredients. Mix the liquid ingredients in another (smaller) bowl. Stir or whisk well until mixed.

Add the liquid ingredients to the dry ingredients. Mix well and add a bit more water if necessary to absorb all of the dry ingredients into your dough, then knead for about two minutes (you don't have to go crazy kneading--just make sure your everything is mixed together well).

Cooking:

I usually coat the bottom of a round cake pan with oil and add a bit of liquid (veggie broth, gravy etc.) just enough to cover the bottom of the Seitan blob. I then cover the pan and cook for about 60 minutes. (This is because I NEVER have tin foil around!) It turns out very good except the bottom gets a bit crispy.

I would much rather follow the method I found on the Post Punk Kitchen blog:

Form into a log (6-8" long), wrap tightly in foil, twisting ends. Bake for 90 minutes. When done baking, unwrap and leave out to cool all the way. Then wrap it foil or plastic and refrigerate. Slice to use as desired.

This tastes wonderful smothered in vegan brown gravy...

And there you have it! I guarantee that once you make Seitan this way you will never boil it again! Let me know how it turns out :)

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Bully for the Bulls! They are SAFE!



Just found out that the three gorgeous bulls that Jodi of This Is It Creations was trying to raise money to save from slaughter are now the newest members of her family!

You can read all about her story on her blog. She will also be needing "moo-la" to take care of her new babies and I am planning on trying to do something special so check back here in a few days :D

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Happy Valentine's Day to all of you! Please remember that your animal friends deserve a little extra loving today too!

Tuesday, February 2, 2010


Jodi of This Is It! Creations just found out that the 3 bulls who graze on their land were scheduled to be slaughtered today. They asked the owner if he would consider selling them the bulls instead and he has agreed. But he needs them to pay the full amount of $3600 in just under two weeks time.

These three are amazing animals. They have been named Pooka Cow (the brown one), Spotty Friend, and Less Spotty Friend. They are only 2 years old and have many more years of happy lives to live. So let's save these lovable bulls, What are ya waiting for? Mooove it! :D

I will be donating 50% of all sales in my Etsy Shop from Feb 2 through Feb 11
You can also find the link to donate directly here: http://cutelittlepackage.blogspot.com/2010/02/help-save-3-bulls-from-being.html


Also, if you would rather mail a check, please send it to:

This Is IT! Creations
P.O. Box 1252
Jacksonville, OR 97530

This post was originally found at http://cutelittlepackage.blogspot.com/


I just found out that you can see the list of shops currently donating here: http://cackleberry.blogspot.com/2010/02/compassionate-art.html

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Thursday, January 21, 2010

Omigosh this is the best Vegan Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies recipe EVER! I found it surfing around the web looking for something to make my kids for dessert last night, made them after dinner and within an hour they were gone :)

I had to use vegan spread instead of margarine because it was all I had, and omitted the chocolate chips (couldn't find any that were vegan) so I needed to add a little more flour...but they turned out so good, and were very easy to make!
Tell me whatcha think!


Vegan Peanut Butter Filled Chocolate Cookies

Makes about 26 cookies

1 ½ cups flour
½ cup cocoa powder
½ teaspoon baking soda
½ cup margarine
½ cup sugar
½ cup brown sugar
¼ cup soy milk
½ cup powdered sugar
½ cup peanut butter
1/3 cup chocolate chips

* Mix flour, cocoa powder, and baking soda in a bowl.
* In a separate bowl, cream together the margarine, sugar, and brown sugar. When combined, mix in the soy milk.
* Add the flour mixture to the wet ingredients and mix.
* In a separate bowl, mix the powdered sugar and peanut butter with a spoon or your hands.When ingredients are incorporated, add the chocolate chips and knead further with your hands to incorporate the chocolate chips.
* Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
* Take about a 2 or 3 tablespoons of the chocolate dough in your hand, and roll into a ball.Flatten the ball on the parchment paper to form a disk. Take a pinch or about 1 teaspoon of the peanut butter mixture and place in the center of the disk. Fold the edges of the disk up and over the peanut butter, pressing the seams together. Place the cookie seam-side down on the parchment paper to bake.
* Bake for 8-12 minutes in a preheated 350° oven.





**Original recipe and pic found at http://macandcheesereview.blogspot.com

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

"The Painted Cat"



This is my latest painting... I just finished it last night :D The actual colors are very bright , I am kind of dissapointed in how the scanner shows it. Ah well, you will just have to buy it to see how beautiful it is in person :P It is currently on sale in my Etsy shop.

Namaste♥

Monday, January 18, 2010

Sweet Dreams Kitty



What do Kitties dream about? They dream about love♥!
My newest mixed media piece for Valentine's Day :) As always 10% of sale will be donated to Blind Cats Rescue & Sanctuary~

Vegetarian Suet Treats for Birds




One of my most favorite things to do in the morning is grab a cup of coffee and watch the birds visit the feeder on our deck. I love the woodpeckers and the itsy bitsy Carolina Wrens the most. These little guys love to eat suet (which is a bird treat made from lard and other gross things, peanut butter etc.)and it costs me alot of money to buy it since the majority of it is carried away by the squirrel bandits. I wanted to try an experiment and make my own "suet". Being a household of vegans and vegetarians there isn't much lard or beef fat or icky stuff like that in our fridge so my version will have to be vegetarian :D

I took even amounts of peanut butter (preferably crunchy), rolled oats, bird seed, a little bit of margarine, and some hush puppy mix (don't laugh--it was the only thing I could find in our cabinets that had corn meal in it!) You can use plain corn meal :) I mixed all the ingredients in a bowl and then spread the concoction into a square pan--I guess I made it around 2-3 inches thick and then stuck it in the fridge overnight. When the sun came up I cut out a square chunk of veggie suet and put it in my suet holder (you can buy these pretty much wherever bird seed is sold).

My little birdie friends went wild for it and I was so thrilled to see all my most cherished birdie friends: the Red Bellied Woodpecker, a Downy Woodpecker and of course my little bitty buddies the Carolina wrens, nuthatches and cute lil chickadees all grabbing a snack while I sat and watched. I think my kitty Sheppy loves watching them almost as much as me (obviously for different reasons though lol...)!

I've made different varieties of this veggie suet (more or less of some ingredients or some not at all, added different seeds and nuts etc.) and the birds love it every time (unfortunately so do the squirrels!) So if you enjoy watching birds and feel like making them a treat, go ahead and whip up some veggie suet!

P.S. I've also found other vegan suet recipes by searching online, one of them can be found at this wonderful blog: http://shenandoahvegan.blogspot.com/


Sunday, January 17, 2010

Making Super Epic Awesome Bagels


Decided to try making some of my very favorite food in the world: bagels. I figured it would be hard to do but after trying this recipe by John D. Lee I am now a wonderful bagel maker :D

Here is the recipe. if you are using active dry yeast, be sure to proof it first (let it sit in a little warm water till it gets foamy.) Good luck and let me know what you think!

Homemade bagel recipe


4 cups bread flour

1 Tbls sugar

1 1/2 tsps salt

1 Tbls vegetable oil

2 tsps instant yeast

1-1/4- 1-1/2 cups of warm water.


Mix all the ingredients in a bowl. You don't have to worry about soaking the yeast when you use instant yeast (most yeast sold these days is instant yeast). The dough should feel stiff, but add the extra water if it's really stiff, or you can't get all the dry flour incorporated.

Plop the dough down onto the counter, and knead for about ten minutes, or until the dough is uniform and smooth.

Cut the dough into 8 equal sized balls, and let rest for 10-20 minutes.

Pre heat your oven to 425.

Now, take each of the dough balls and using two hands, roll it into a little snake on the counter. When the snake is longer than the width of your two hands, wrap it around your dominant roiling hand. The dough rope should be wrapped so the overlapping ends are together at your palm, near the start of your fingers. Now take the two overlapping ends, and use your palm to squish/roll these two ends together. Once the dough is fused, you should have a perfectly circular bagel-to-be! This is the only part of the process that can take a little practice before your bagels will look really professional. Don't get discouraged if they don't look perfect, it just takes practice!

Let your bagels rest on the counter for about 20 minutes, and meanwhile, bring a pot of water to boil, and grease a large baking tray lightly. You can just rub a splash of vegetable oil and rub it around.

After the 20 minute wait, your bagels will start to look puffy, and it's time to get them boiling! Add them as many at a time as you can to your boiling water without crowding them. Boil for about a minute, turn them over, and boil for another minute. Take them out a let dry for a minute and then place them on your oiled baking tray. Repeat until all the bagels are boiled.


Add the tray to the oven, and after 10 minutes, flip the bagels over, bake for another ten minutes; and they're done!

*original recipe found here: http://hubpages.com/hub/Homemade_bagel_recipe_Make_great_nadrolled_water_bagels__its_as_easy_as_baking_a_loaf_of_bread

Saturday, January 16, 2010


~♥~Valentine's Day is coming!~♥~

Here is my latest Kitty Card for Valentine's Day!

Monday, January 4, 2010

Cruelty-free Art Supplies




As I was surfing around the Internet for recipes I got to thinking about all of the things I use daily and how I could switch everything over to cruelty free products and I realized I hadn't thought about some of the most important items I use in my everyday life: my ART SUPPLIES! Here is an interesting article I found online at http://emptyeasel.com~
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The Vegan’s List of Art Supplies: Art Products Free of Animal Ingredients.
by Small Footprints


Do you know what ingredients are in your paints, pencils, inks and dyes? If you do, then you have a great head start in knowing what materials you are working with on a daily basis as well as the broader actions you are participating in.

For example, some artist pigments are made from plants, minerals, or synthetics—but many are not. Ivory Black and Bone Black pigments come from charred animal bones. Lampblack, on the other hand, is pure carbon and not from animals at all.

Here are some other pigments that are not made from animals: ochre, raw umber, burnt umber, burnt sienna, cadmium yellow, zinc oxide, gamboge, indigo, madder, cobalt blue, naphthol crimson and diozine.

Knowing what ingredients are in your pigments is only a start, since many art products combine pigment, binder, and other materials (which may be made from animals.).

For those of you who are conscientious about the art supplies you use, the following list contains artist materials you might want to stay away from.


Art products made from animals:

Cochineal is a scarlet dye made from ground up female cochineal insects.

Ox gall is obtained from cows and used as the wetting agent in most watercolour paints.Thankfully, Holbein has some watercolour paints that do not contain ox gall, including Cadmium Red Deep, Cobalt Blue, Cadmium Yellow Deep, Lamp Black, Opera, Burnt Sienna, Ultramarine Deep.

Rabbit-skin glue comes from rabbits and is used for sizing oil painting canvases.

Gelatin is made from boiling animal skins, tendons, ligaments, etc. The highest-grade gelatin, made from the skins, hoofs, and bones of calves, is used in gesso, while many watercolour papers are also sized with gelatin. Accent Vellum, construction paper and most handmade papers usually don’t have gelatin. There are also some papers available now that are sized with starch—ask for them at your art supply store.

Sepia ink is made from the inky substance found in the sacs of squid and cuttlefish.

India Ink or Chinese Ink is made of carbon or lampblack pigment, and a shellac binder which is obtained from secretions of an insect.

Water resistant inks usually contain animal ingredients. Water soluble inks, on the other hand, seldom contain animal ingredients. In almost every case you can check with the manufacturer via the Internet using a contact form or email address posted on their website.

Bone charcoal comes from animal bones. Regular “charcoal” comes from vines and willow trees. The word “bone” is a dead give away—if you’re unsure, ask.

Artist’s pencils may contain beeswax, but not always. Derwent (for example) does not use beeswax in any of their products. Their charcoal pencils are made from pure charcoal, clay and pigment, the wax used in their pencils is from a plant source, and the binding material is from a mineral source.

Derwent’s Coloursoft pencils, Graphitint pencils, Aquatone pencils, metallic pencils, graphitone and even Derwent’s Pastel Blocks are free from animal ingredients. You can ask them for a complete list of animal-free art supplies if you’re interested.

Natural hair brushes use hair harvested from farm-raised or trapped animals, particularly sable (marten), squirrel and mongoose. Less expensive natural brushes are made of horsehair, pig bristles, or hair from ox snouts and ears.

There are now high quality synthetic brushes that are just as good as natural brushes. Winsor & Newton is just one of many manufacturers who make synthetic brushes.

Oil pastels are made by combining raw pigments with animal fat and wax. Soft pastels on the other hand are usually free of animal ingredients, and you can even make your own, if you’d like. Here’s some additional information on that.


Art supplies free from animal ingredients:

Graphite is a mineral. What surrounds it may not always be animal-free, but by itself, it is. As mentioned above, Derwent is usually a good choice for animal-free pencils.

Charcoal—not bone charcoal—comes from plants.

Conte Crayon is made from natural pigments (iron oxides, carbon black, titanium dioxide), clay (kaolin) and a plant-based binder (cellulose ether).

Walnut ink, made from walnuts of course, can be used in place of sepia ink and gives a tone from sepia to rich brown depending on how much water is mixed in with it.

Damar Varnish is made entirely from a plant source.

Fixative sprays by Krylon (many of them, at least) do not contain animal ingredients.

Yupo paper is made from 100% polypropylene and is suitable for all watercolour techniques. It’s good for drawing and fixatives stick to it as well.

Raw fabrics such as unsized organic hemp, bamboo, linen or cotton can all be used for supports and contain no animal products. Stretch the fabric on stretcher bars and apply Golden’s Absorbent Ground instead of gesso. Golden’s Absorbent Ground is 100% polymer and absorbent for watercolours.


How to learn more about ingredients in art materials:

Going straight to the manufacturer or company is the best way to find out what is in your art supplies. The internet has put us in easy reach of manufactures and companies who want to hear from us and are willing to respond.

A simple, polite request has power—we can see that by all the new products being made that are free of animal products.

There are also several good books which explain what ingredients are in which art supplies. Check out The Artist’s Handbook of Materials and Techniques by Ralph Mayer (it has a great section on pigments in particular), Color by Victoria Finlay, and Jenny Rodwell’s book entitled Painting With Acrylics.

When it comes to art materials, please leave the animals out of it. Compassionate change is possible. Ask for it!

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I would really appreciate it if anyone that knows of any place to get animal product free and cruelty free art supplies could ya send me a link or info? Thanks!

Sunday, January 3, 2010

I found an awesome sight lat night while I was looking for a vegan ranch dressing recipe :P I just can't live without mah Ranch lol...its called "I can't believe it's vegan!" and it was pretty cool to see that alot of the stuff I need for recipes are at my local store :D
If it gets a little warmer out today I need to go get me some vegan mayo at the health food store in the town--it was 59 degrees this morning in my house *brrr* I look pretty funny sitting here typing with my hat and fuzzy boots on lol but wth.

Friday, January 1, 2010

I've started making my Kitty inspired jewelry, mostly pendants and charms right now but also working on some kittylicous earrings and bracelets too! Let me know what you think of them :) These can also be customized to look like your little furry friend--just ask!