Tuesday, February 22, 2011


Forrester has been really interested in taking lots of pictures lately. Here's a sampling of what I find in the midst of my photos after uploading.

My work day started with dealing with a guy making rather big and difficult deal about his necklace that didn't arrive. First, he opened a paypal dispute after 7 days of not receiving the package.
1. I think 7 days is a reasonably amount of time to not have received a package. It happens to me most of the time. just chill.
2. Shouldn't the dispute be within etsy, since that's where the shopping is being done?
3. You should probably contact the person and ask before making a big deal and involving paypal.
I email him, he says he tried calling the phone number on the paypal receipt and it being incorrect, he "panicked". Again, try asking the designer first. Its probably ok.
I respond to the dispute explaining i got the package out with upgraded shipping and he probably received it the day after opening this dispute.
Turns out, the package never arrived. Did he email me and tell me this? No he continues to complain to paypal about it. I granted him the freaking refund and told him to return the necklace should it show up.
Im pretty bummed. This amethyst is expensive. And in high demand.

Luckily, I located a wholesale exporter of the stuff in Uruguay. Just have to drill it myself.

Monday, February 21, 2011

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Nutrient packed "spaghetti"

Tonight for dinner I really needed something light. This type of dish has become an easy protein packed favorite.
One can diced tomatoed not drained
1 small can of tomato paste
Minced garlic to tast (i like tons of garlic!)
1\2 diced onion
Add your favorite veggies. I usually do broccoli, corn etc., tonight I finely chopped a few leaves of kale.
Salt, pepper. Add herbs such as basil, oregano, and thyme.
1/2 cup cooked quinoa
Let this all steam and simmer until the veggies are cooked and flavorful.
Put it over noodles, tonight I used spinach tofu "noodles" for a starch free light dinner.
Paired with a bit of cultured purple cabbage and a glass of dandelion tea. Yum!
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Monday, February 14, 2011

Tofu lemon pie Recipe below.

The chilled pie. I think the tofu needs to be pre mashed or run through a food processor otherwise it isnt totally smooth.
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Valentine's with the kiddos

Today I made a gluten free and vegan mushroom lentil loaf. Rosemary potatoes with a shitake gravy For the pair.
Mushroom lentil loaf
1 cup cooked brown rice
1 cup cooked lentils
1 cup chopped mushrooms
1/2 cup chopped onion
2 tblspn minced garlic
1 cup breadcrumbs (i shred 2 gf bread slices)
Replacement for 2 eggs mine: 2 tblspn flax meal 6 tblspn water heat or let sit until it turns gel like)
Salt, pepper, paprika, other herbs to taste.
Put into oiled bread pan and bake at 350° for 30 to 45 mins. I would suggest covering with foil for a bit as the top tends to get rather crispy.
This is packed full of protein, fiber, and good grain!

For desert I finally got around to preparing this lemon tofu pie. I bought a gluten free pie crust at the grocery store, im not a fan of preparing my own crusts.
3/4 lb silken tofu
1/2 cup sweetener. I used a vegan cane sugar, agave nectar would be a good choice too.
1/2 cup cornstarch or arrow root powder
1/2 cup lemon juice
2 tblspn lemon zest
1/2 tspn nutmeg
Heat starch, water, and sweetener until thick and smooth
Add lemon juice and zest, tofu, nutmeg
Heat until hot but not boiling. Pour into prepared crust. Chill!
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