Saturday, October 30, 2010

happy halloween!

here are a couple random pumpkins to make you feel a little halloweenier. :)

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

ann arbor featured in design*sponge

design sponge's city guides are usually pretty great. i enjoy looking at them even if i don't plan on visiting particular cities. well, the most recent city guide is for ann arbor! how cool! i met the author jaimi at blue house, and knew it was in the works, and i chatted with nicole at blue house as she was making sketches for the article. so it was lovely to see it finally happen. the article points out some great local establishments and name drops some great local artists. truly wonderful.

art by nicole ray.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

tempeh- quinoa- sweet potato burgers

i found this recipe online while looking for a sweet potato something or other. i really don't know how i find things sometimes, the internet is magic and things just appear, and i am very glad this recipe appeared. i am also glad that the burger is baked and not pan fried. it is super tasty, and it is even good before you bake the burgers- for those of you who need a taste while you're cooking.

i pretty much followed it to a T, but didn't omit certain things, so i'll post what the author wrote, with my notes not quoted. the recipe is vegan.

tempeh-quinoa-sweet potato burgers
from the golden yolk who adapted it from the moosewood restaurant's cooking for health

1/2 cup quinoa
2 cups thinly sliced peeled sweet potatoes (
about 2/3 of a large sweet potato)
1 cup water
1/2 tsp salt
1 tbsp olive oil
1 cup diced onions
1 cup minced bell peppers (
i used green)
2 garlic cloves, minced or pressed
8 oz tempeh, diced
1 tsp dried oregano
1/4 tsp ground black pepper
4 tsp soy sauce
2 tbsp tomato paste, ketchup, or tomato salsa (
i used ketchup)
1 tbsp dark sesame oil (optional)
(i recommend it)
2 tsp dijon mustard
1/3 cup chopped fresh cilantro

1/4 cup sesame seeds
Preheat the Oven to 375 degrees.

Rinse the quinoa in a fine strainer and combine with the water and sweet potatoes in a sauce pan. Add 1/4 tsp of the salt. Cover and bring to a boil, then reduce heat and let simmer until the quinoa is soft and the sweet potatoes are tender, about 15 minutes.

While the quinoa and sweet potatoes cook, heat the olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add the onions, the rest of the salt, and cook until the onions are soft, about 5 minutes. Stir in the bell peppers and garlic, cover, and cook for another 3 mintues. Add the tempeh, oregano, black pepper, and soy sauce, cover, and cook for 7-8 minutes stirring occasionally. Transfer to a bowl and set aside.

When the sweet potatoes and quinoa are finished, mash them in the saucepan and then add to the bowl with the vegetables (Note: The quinoa/sweet potato mashed together is delicious on its own. I plan to make this as a side for another meal someday). Mix in the ketchup, sesame oil, mustard, and cilantro and refrigerate until cool enough to handle. Then shape the mixture into burgers (1/2 cup each) and sprinkle each side with sesame seeds. Place on a lightly oiled baking sheet and bake until firm and golden, about 35 minutes.
makes 8 patties.
i served it with a side of roasted butternut squash and sweet potato (leftover from this recipe), and a salad. i've also had it in a lettuce wrap with a dollop of ketchup, and also in a pita wrap with kale. the author recommends it on a pita, or served with guacamole or avocado. mmmmm.

Wednesday, October 06, 2010

you know you wanted to see more

i know i did. the internet is rampant with lovely images of yarn graffiti done across the world. i know you googled the heck out of yarn bombing after my last post (you know, the few of you who haven't been yarn bombing yourself the past year), but just in case you didn't, here's some eye candy. :)

i want to have a yarn bike and live in a yarn house surrounded by yarn trees. i think my favorite are the statues wearing apparel. all this reminds me that i don't think i ever posted a blog about the lisa anne auerbach exhibit i saw at the UMMA in ann arbor last fall. hmm.

Tuesday, October 05, 2010

i don’t knit or crochet, i look at books

i did take a knitting class in the spring at blue house, taught by nicole of sloe gin fizz, but sadly, i retained very little and cannot get the yarn onto the other needle. even though i can’t knit or crochet, i LOVE to check out books on the matter to see what fabulous things other folks are making. here are the latest two i grabbed and totally dig:

i love this book. i have a hidden passion for graffiti, and being a lover of craft, i find yarn bombing totally intriguing. yarn bombing = leaving a knitted or crocheted work in a public space. this is usually done in a stealth manner. yarn bombing can be political, it can be heart-warming, and it can be funny. this particular book is truly mesmerizing, and is a definitive guide to act of yarn graffiti. since summer i’ve seen some yarn tagging around ypsilanti and ann arbor and it makes me happy whenver i see it. this book is chock full if images of yarn graffiti, the story behind some taggers and some groups, the reason, the why, and it has patterns and ideas for you! tag a telephone pole, a tree, a rock, a wall, a bike, a fence, the list is endless. check out the fabulous author blog at, which has a lot of images, to see what's inside the book. do it.

crobots: 20 amigurumi robots to make, by nelly pailloux

one word: ROBOTS. more words: they are tiny and crocheted japanese style and are SO CUTE. i would like to make these little robots. but in reality, due to lack of skill, i would like someone skilled in the art of crochet to make one (or many) for me. robots are just awesome, hands down. in this book you will find images of the finished crocheted bots and the patterns to make them. you can make a dogbot, ninjabot, zombiebot, retrobot, mechanobot, or even a space mouse. one of my favorite things about the book is the little story each robot has to go with it.

bouncebot: round and energetic, bouncebot has gleaming, multifaceted eyes, a rich assortment of controls, and a rolling, bouncy walk. despite his slightly bland expression, he radiates a cheerful, positive air- use him to brighten up the "to do" pile on your desk, or sit him on a corner of the kitchen counter so that he can keep an eye on who is coming and going around the house.

as with most amigurumi dolls, these are way cute. don't say i didn't warn you.

Friday, October 01, 2010

local artist feature: all things grow

ypsilanti resident marcy davy, of all things grow, creates original screen prints on canvas that are stretched, framed, and turned into ready to hang wall art. her nature inspired designs are so pleasing to the eye, and i love the colors she uses.

after a brief hiatus, her shop opens up again TODAY, with new things, a sale, and a giveaway!

seed. mesas. log slice. water table. are some of her fabulous prints.

she recently gave me a stack of some not-so-perfect printed fabric to see what i could come up with. there are a few things in the dang shop now. and i have more in the works! here is the beginning.

PS this blog was posted at 10:10am on 10-1-10 on purpose :)