Archive for March, 2012

PILE OF CRAFT 2012! Wooot!

Posted in Baltimore love, charm city craft mafia, crafting, crafty reads with tags , , on March 15, 2012 by askthesky
Charm City Craft Mafia is looking for the country’s best and most unique crafters for this year’s PILE OF CRAFT indie craft fair!
Pile of Craft 2012 will be held at 2640 St Paul Street in the lovely Charles Village neighborhood of Baltimore.
In it’s 6th year, Pile of Craft will feature over 40 independent artists: stitchers, knitters, printers, painters, sculptors, jewelers, weavers, photographers, makers and doers.
Booth spaces are 8′ by about 5′ and it’s an indoor show – which means rain or shine – Your crafts will look great and stay safe!
Food trucks, coffee, music, good people and lots of balloons.

(Want to see what the fuss is about? CLICK HERE for photos of past shows).
Think you’ve got a fun & funky product that would fit our aesthetic?



Posted in musings on March 14, 2012 by askthesky

That bark I made yesterday?  The coconut bark?  Turned out amazingly delicious.  Just thought I’d let you know.  

Linky love…

Posted in gfcf diet, life in general, primal cooking with tags , on March 13, 2012 by askthesky

Um, I have been bad about taking photos lately.  But!  I have lots of things to recommend to you today, that others have been posting, and that I have been trying.

First!  My nephew had his b-day party last Saturday, and although my sweet sister went to the trouble of baking Cherrybrook Kitchen cupcakes and making icing from scratch that was safe for the kids (thank you, sissy!), I wanted something for husband and me that was festive and birthday-ish without being so very full of refined sugar and junk.  I ended up making this cookie dough dip, but I changed it up a bit.  I’ve been having a serious craving for truffles lately, for some reason, so I rolled the “dip” into balls (I think I added a little more almond flour to facilitate this), stuck them in the deep-freezer for a couple hours, then dipped them in melted 80% dark chocolate.  They weren’t really hard (the coating was, but not the inside), even after a night time rest in the freezer, but I sort of loved that, b/c it made the coating sort of crunchy and hard, but the filling stayed nice and soft, like… a TRUFFLE.  Which is what I was going for.  I’m really excited to get my pre-ordered copy of Eat Like A Dinosaur, written by the Paleo Parents who came up with this brilliant recipe.

Tonight, I decided it was time to use up the rest of my Coconut Cream Concentrate.  I made chocolate fudge with it at Christmas, which was Very Very Good, but I still had about half the jar left (I got the big one), and it’s been taunting me up there in the cabinet.  I decided to try this recipe, which looks so pretty in the photos over there (go, I’ll wait… weren’t they nice?), but I wanted to dull the coconutty-ness a little.  The fudge was really good, but there’s something very science-experiment about the consistency of the cream concentrate.  It’s like that substance I used to have my students make with cornstarch and water- just when you think it’s a solid, it’s not.  Anyway.  I melted the coconut cream concentrate, melted some super dark chocolate, and chopped up some dried cherries and blueberries (Trader Joe’s).  I poured out the coconut first, then scattered the fruit and some sliced almonds over the top.  Then I topped it with the chocolate and spread it over the top so that it completely covered  the coconut.  It’s setting in the fridge now, I’ll let you know what we all thought of it.

Thanks, internet, for the great ideas!  Next post, I need to outline my family’s new favorite side dish- Spaghetti Squash Lasagna.  With pictures, for crying out loud…

So, I have this new business…

Posted in charm city craft mafia, crafting, musings, super fun for little one with tags , , , , , , , on March 5, 2012 by askthesky

…with my friend Julia!  It’s called Meep!Craft, and we make things for babies and mamas and all kinds of other happy people out of “upcycled” clothing.  This is a fancy way of saying that we take donated clothing, shirts and pants and skirts that are sad and forgotten, and give them new life!  It’s pretty fun, and good for the earth, too!  There’s a line of lunchbox products that are perfect for Primal/Paleo snacks! If you’re in need of a baby gift, a pretty pick-me-up for yourself, or some eco-friendly housewares, check it out!



Does it have to be so hard?

Posted in musings on March 5, 2012 by askthesky

First things first: I had an incredibly good lunch today. Wanna see?

<insert obligatory iphone photo apologies here>

It’s chicken pot pie casserole (I use the filling recipe from Paleo Comfort Foods, plus one tablespoon of arrowroot starch mixed with cold water), and top it with my own biscuit topping (almond flour +salt, cut in grassfed butter, add one egg, mix with hands until smooth), and very spicy chorizo and greens, loosely based on this recipe over here.  Except my chorizo is crazy spicy, so I don’t use the hot sauce or vinegar, and I added half a shredded purple cabbage, too.  YUM.  I have found that I feel much healthier, generally, when I have at least one serving of cooked greens a day.  This time, I made a whole bag of trader joe’s “greens for cooking”, plus the cabbage, so I’m pretty much set for the week on that.  Score.

You know, internets?  I’ve been thinking a lot today about this whole eating thing.  I got a lovely note via Facebook this morning from my friend Katie (Hiya, Katie!  Don’t be a lurker!) about my food posts and how she’s inspired by my attitude- I think she said (maybe misquoting you here, K, but I’m too lazy to go over and look to be sure) that I make it seem like a super fun adventure rather than a big, splinter-like chore.  I was so tickled, and most of the time, I do feel as though it’s an adventure.  Sometimes, a splinter, but usually, a fun fun partycook time.  I love to cook, though, so there’s that.

Lately, I’ve been having some pushback from someone in our lives (HINT: someone who used to be married to me).  Now, when the kids are with this person, they do not eat gluten or dairy.  They do eat loads of corn, rice, beans, and a whole host of other non-primal/non-paleo compliant foods.  Foods that Mark Sisson would call ‘cheap calorie sources’.  Now, this makes sense, as this person needs to save all the money possible.  But I’m not here to talk about this other person, not really.  I’m here to say this: when my family is with me, they will eat primally.  When they are not, I hope that they will not be given gluten- that much is very important to me, especially given Z’s autism.  But beyond that, I have let go of my expectations.  They will encounter things outside of this house that are not “clean” foods, that much is certain.  What’s important to me is that they (and I’m including my current, super-husband in this list) GET IT.  They know why we don’t eat the things we don’t eat, and they know why we do eat the things we do eat.  Just this afternoon, my daughter had the chance to have some of her (gluten-free) Valentine’s Day candy for an afternoon snack, but she chose to have some grapes instead.  When I asked her why, she said, “I just feel like grapes would be better for right before I do my homework.”  Brilliant, this one.

So, all this to say: no, I don’t want to take over the world with my primal mind power.  Well, I sort of do, but… (did you hear that they’re launching a certification program soon?  So tempting!)  My point here is, I am realistic about this way of living.  I know that my kids will eat things that aren’t healthy, and I know that sometimes, I really want a gluten-free cupcake, so I make one.  And I eat it.  And life as we know it, does in fact, go on.

I’m trying to remember that when dealing with the folks who have such a hard time understanding our choices.  To see their fear, or their lack of understanding, as something to approach with compassionate love, just like I try to approach every other situation.  Then, I think of all the many people who have asked me for food help recently, or the people like Katie, who have been quietly inspired, or the people who commented on the photo I posted of my husband on Facebook this morning that shows how much weight he’s lost in the past few months.  Those who want or need me, find me.  Those who are threatened by my choices, are threatened.  Que sera sera.