New Dog Store Alert!!! Pawsh Dog Boutique

Scrolling  Daily Candy today I discovered a fab new puppy store  Pawsh Dog Boutique . This new shop boasts fabulous toys, plush beds, styling duds and  high quality food.

salsLast night we took pictures of the pups for our holiday card and I was thinking, what on earth do you get the dog who has everything? As my terrors, I mean terriers 😉 love to destroy every plush toy they come in contact with, Pawsh offers a 10% discount on all mangled returned toys( +receipt), called their ” destroyed toy program.” I love this idea!

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Products I Adore: Alpine Ice

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I discovered this fabulous dessert a few years ago and was blessed to receive two cartons at the vegan thanksgiving.

Alpine Ice comes in a variety of flavours, I am privy to the Mango Passion. This dessert contains no soy, dairy, egg, nuts, dairy or fat. Super flavourful and packed with a rich infusion of herbal water, this frozen treat mimics sorbet but is less sweet.

Vegan Thanksgiving

apetizerAs Christmas looms I have been busy planning gifts and putting off decorating the house. Been very tired!

In any case, wanted to report on the fabulous vegan thanksgiving my husband and I attended in Brookline at My Thai Vegetarian.

The meal started with 5 crispy cigars of garlic marinated tofu rolled into a wrapper and fried. It was served with an appley plum sauce.

The second course was a phenomenal squash and coconut soup chock full of clear noodles and sauteed tofu.

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My main course was a goregous menagerie of  vegetables with pumpkin and tofu in a light coconut curry sauce served in pumpkin. Nice presentation…

Jesse ordered a mango stirfry served in hollowed out mango with brown rice.

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Vegan Thanksgiving


A few years ago I stumbled upon the Boston Vegetarian Society at a doggie event in my hometown. They are a group that organizes a variety of events, cooking demos, dinners and classes to share the veggie lifestyle with Boston and its suburbs.

Every year they organize a Vegan Thanksgiving at a restaurant in Boston, I have always wanted to go and finally may be attending! Check out the amazing menu below. I have heard wonderful things about these dinners. Most often people say ‘ eww ‘ to vegetarian food but come on its almost 2009- how about trying something new?

THANKSGIVING MENU

APPETIZER – Five Crispy “Cigars” with Dipping Sauce and Salad

Tofu marinated for 24 hours in fresh garlic ground to a powder, lemon grass, and curry powder, then tucked in a thin wheat flour wrapper and fried to a crispy golden brown.  Served on a bed of fine angel hair red cabbage and carrots and with a dipping sauce made from applesauce, pickled lime, and orange peels.

SOUPSweet Potato Soup

Tender sweet potato and fresh tofu with coconut milk, onions, and a mild yellow curry base

ENTREES – CHOOSE ONE OF THE FOLLOWING THREE

1)  Whole Baby Pumpkin, steamed and carved, and filled with sautéed fresh pumpkin, fresh tofu, snow peas, sweet red peppers, scallion, bamboo shoots, lemon grass, Keffir lemon leaves, and fresh basil, in a mild coconut curry sauce, and topped with steamed peanuts…

Served on a bed of finely shredded lettuce and red cabbage, encircled with sliced avocado and tomatoes.  Salad served with a side of sweet/sour dressing made with mandarin fruit.

2)  Butternut Squash and Tender Soy Fillets, sautéed with onions, scallions, and snow peas, in a creamy coconut sauce, served surrounded by broccoli flowerets and carrots.  Topped with roasted cashews, walnuts, and hazelnuts.

3)  Mango Lemon Steamed Tofu – A whole mango boat, carved and filled with fresh mango and sautéed onion, lemon grass, steamed tofu, bamboo shoots, carrot, and zucchini, in a mild chili sauce.  Served on a bed of mixed
mesclun baby greens with Keffir lemon leaves, with a side of sweet/sour dressing made from mandarin fruit.  Topped with roasted cashews, walnuts, and hazelnuts.

* For those allergic, nuts on the entrees are a topping and can be left off upon request when ordering.

RICE – Choice of white or brown rice (specify when ordering).

DESSERT – Tender sweet potato with tapioca and sweetened coconut milk

PRICE for the four-course fixed dinner:
$18.50 + tax & service = $22.50 total!!  Cash only, no credit cards, please.  Pay at the register upon arrival.  (Exact change is greatly appreciated.)

CHILDREN are welcome!  Kids 10 and under can order a half-size order (entrees #2 and #3) for half price: $11.25 includes tax and service. Toddlers who eat from the meal of their parents are free.

Variety of Vegan Cakes and Beverages – priced separately

LOCATION:

My Thai Cafe Vegetarian & Bubble Tea Bistro
404 Harvard Street, Brookline, MA
(between Beacon St. and Comm. Ave. near Coolidge Cr.)
617-739-8830

Weekend Project: Composting Bin

image from groovygreen.com

image from groovygreen.com

Ever since my husband and I made a compost bin, we have been elated with composting! ( Who knew it could cause such excitement!) Our city charges for flimsy trash bags, so we are ultimate recyclers. Anything that can be recycled is, every ounce of paper,  plastic, even tin foil! We only use about a half trash bag per week!

We have taken our recycling to a new level with composting by making our own compost bin. I have come across a few different ways to make your own composter. Skip the pricey bins, its all the same. Dirt in a ventilated container, add organic matter, stir, add to garden- how hard can it be?

This Old Young House’s version is the one we did and it took about 20 minutes to put it all together. SO easy.Daily Candy Seattle included this version today. For a PDF version click here.
More questions, like what is composting? what can I compost? What can’t I compost? Click here.

Products I Adore: Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps!

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Dr Bronner Liquid Peppermint Soap ( image: dr.bronner.com)

This week, I would like to profile one of my favorite products that is a must have in these hard economic times… Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps. I love their bar soap, but I love their liquid soap even more. It has hundreds of uses, clean the car, clean the dogs, clean the floors, clean yourselves.

Fair trade & organic oils, biodegradable and vegetable based, what else can you ask for?

For cleaning you can dilute  it , one part soap into 40 parts water for light cleaning or using it full strength for the tough jobs. You can even use it to wash your clothes, add a little baking soda. I have used it to wash my sneakers- they came our smelling lovely and super clean.

Another trick is adding two tablespoons to a small pump squirt bottle, fill to the brim with water and volia! Hand Soap! I use it in the kitchen, and every time anyone uses it they say wow, that smells awesome.

Pick some up at your local natural store or the natural beauty aisle at Target!

Secret Freegan- Saving the homeless

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A days worth of bread in a dumpster, image from Secret Freegan

Was followed today by a person today on Twitter, Secret Freegan. I had heard of the lifestyle before when I was researching being vegan back in the spring.  Freegans are people who employ alternative strategies for living based on limited participation in the conventional economy and minimal consumption of resources. It really is a fascinating lifestyle.

Ginger Freebird collects food from dumpsters at grocery stores to feed the homeless in this podcast from Nature Moms Blog she talks about how she goes about her donations.

I blogged about this today because I think its important when living your life to keep it simple. I  am working to not encourage purchasing excess items to make a meal, or tons of decorative things from crazy stores on my blog. As we are moving further and further into this economic downturn I think we need to stop and take a look at what we are purchasing and why we are purchasing. I am becoming more and more conscious of this everyday.