When Life Give You Lemons

Super cute "When life gives you lemons, make lemonade" vintage cross stitch just listed in the shop just in time for all those lemonade stands or beach houses that need decorating.

Speaking of cross stitch, look at this NOS (New Old Stock) cross stitch printed fabric (actually a full-sized light twill bed spread), but would make an awesome picnic blanket or tablecloth or use it just for the fabric. It's in new, unused condition. Listed soon!

I'll be listing some fun, smaller, and kitschy items over the summer. Saving my serious stock for the fall and winter months (lots of Dansk, Cathrineholm, etc.). Keep checking back!

Messin' Around with Beyond Meat

I'm always down for trying new vegetarian products, so when I saw that my local Wholefoods was selling Beyond Meat, I had to bring it home!

At first sight, Beyond Meat looked and felt eerily like prepared chicken strips. So much so that it grossed me out, to be honest. The first bite, however, assured me that it was, in fact, soy. It has a very dense texture and a very grassy taste. You can eat them straight out of the package or cook them like you would tofu or wherever you need to substitute chicken in a recipe. I personally like the flavored varieties over the plain one.

My first attempt at using the strips was for a veggie chicken cheesesteak loaded with tons of barbecue sauce. It was really good! They didn't fry as hard as I wanted them to, and I think they would have been better cut into even smaller  and more uneven bits. You know how come veggie chicken can get really stringy (like meat, probably from the gluten strands), these protein chunks don't. I attribute that to their lack of gluten.

With the rest of the package (one package will last you!) we made several fajitas and then finally finished it off with the yummy asparagus tacos. I fried the Beyond Meat in cumin and taco seasonings, added the spears and some corn. They were so incredibly good.

Beyond Meat chicken strips are a great way for transitional vegetarians to work their way off meat or for those experienced veggies who need to stay away from gluten. I personally think seitan has more flavor, but I know it can be really hard to digest for lots of people. One good thing about Beyond Meat,  is that it, like tofu, easily takes on whatever flavoring you give it, so it is extremely versatile.

Baked Chickpea, Cauliflower, & Tofu Curry Bowl & Samosa Burritos

The other night I wanted to make a curry (which we call "sabji"), but I didn't stand over a stove frying things, so what I did was decide to find out if I could bake the sabji instead. The result were fantastic and it was so simple and hands off to make. Just my style!

The next day, after a long bike ride, I wrapped up the leftovers (topped with some fresh chopped tomatoes) in a whole wheat tortilla and grilled it. That "samosa burrito" was pretty awesome, if I do say so myself!

Baked Chickpea, Cauliflower and Tofu Curry
(vegan) Serves 4

  • Preheat oven to 350.
  • Coat an 8x8" glass pan with oil and sprinkle 1/2 tsp turmeric, 2 tsp cumin powder, 1 tsp coriander powder, 1/2 tsp white pepper, and a pinch of red pepper flakes over the oil. (Alternatively, you could use 1 TB of curry powder).
  • Chop up 1/2 of one head of cauliflower into bite size pieces and place in pan.
  • Drain and rinse one can of chickpeas. Place on top of cauliflower.
  • Chop 1/2 block of drained and pressed extra firm tofu into tiny bite sized pieces. Place in pan.
  • Add one chopped red pepper and one chopped tomato to the pan. 
  • Sprinkle the ingredients with about 1/2 TB of grated ginger.
  • Cover pan with aluminum foil and bake for about 30 minutes or until the cauliflower is soft.
  • Throughly mix the sabji up with all the spices and add salt to taste. Serve over rice.

Freshly Listed: Liz, Horses, Owls, Amish, Cows, Elephants, & Dads

Lots of fun newly listed items in the Scissors & Spice shop! Take a peek at things for Father's Day, grads, birthdays, picnics, outdoor parties, and whatever you can cook up this summer! New things added almost everyday, so check back frequently, and make sure you follow me on Twitter or Facebook for updates!

And! The best part! A 10% coupon for you for the Memorial Day weekend: Use code MEMDAY at checkout! There's lots more in the shop like sets of Pyrex bowls, Cathrineholm, vintage books, and much more. So shop and save!

All items can be purchased through the Etsy shop. Pick up is available if you want to bypass the USPS!

2 Bored Kids + 3 Ripe Bananas + Elbow Grease = Banana Bread

They look so cute when they cooperate!
What do you do when you have bored kids and three black bananas? You put those darlings to work and have them make banana bread! I used Post Punk Kitchen's recipe which, by far, makes the best vegan banana bread this side of the universe.

My daughter painted this plate when she was about 5. I love it!

The kids made this all by hand, smashing and mixing it all with a potato masher! And I tell you what, it was way more dense, more moist, and way more spongey than when I mix it up in my Kitchenaid. Maybe it is true, those dang gluten strands don't like to whisked too much. I think I will be making this recipe in that same manner from now on. It probably also helped that we dumped about the equivalent of one bag of chocolate chips into the batter (a combination of the half-dozen almost empty bags of various types of chocolate stashed in our baking cabinet). In any case, good job kids!

A New-Found (Old) Love

Back when I was about 7 or 8, I discovered a new state of independence awarded to me by two wheels. Having a bike was sweet freedom, and I was smitten. I loved it so much I even wanted to become a pro-cyclist. But, after someone stole my bike right in front of my apartment in Boston, I was heart broken. Being a poor college student, there was no way I would be able to afford another one and I didn't ride again for years. Then life happened, I moved several times, got married, had kids, and after one failed attempt to get bikes (we actually bought them, they just sucked), we finally bit the bullet and bought decent bikes. Reunited and it feels so good!

For the past few months, we've been riding through some of the really great trails in northern Delaware. It's the most peaceful and fulfilling activity, and being in nature is so energizing. We're definitely hooked.

Here are a few pics from a recent trip through White Clay Creek State Park in Delaware. We crossed state lines while on the trail and were pretty excited about that! If you live in the area, you have to check it out! The trail mostly follows the creek, but there are beautiful vistas to take in even when you are not right along side the water.

If you look closely at this picture, there are quite a few frogs under the lily pads!

All pictures were taken at White Clay Creek State Park, about 10 minutes or so from the University of Delaware Campus. If you have the chance, you should go!

White Clay Creek State Park
Newark, DE

Vintage Craft Books: Popular Science, April 1955 (For Dads Day!)

Back in the day, men tinkered with broken things around the house as moms baked cookies and fretted over what apron match their enormous, full skirts. At least Popular Mechanics made it seem that simple and innocent.

This particular issue from APril of 1955 is a gem filled with wonderful images sure to inspire the dad in your life or designers needing to rip off ideas, er, I mean, seeking inspiration.

Get your copy in the SXS Etsy shop here. Makes a great father's day or birthday gift for that special guy.

Classic & Simple: Vegetarian Lentil Soup Recipe

Sometimes you just need to get back to the basics! Lentil soup is classic and so easy to make and so yummy in your tummy! Once you get this down, next time, try tinkering around with the spices, add more or different vegetables, use different lentils. Play with it until you make it your own!

Classic, Basic Lentil Soup Recipe
Serves 4, vegan


  • 2 carrots, peeled and chopped
  • 2 ribs of celery, chopped
  • 1 Tb olive oil
  • 1 tsp thyme
  • 1 tsp sage
  • 1 tsp marjoram
  • garlic to taste (or hing)
  • 2-3 bay leaves
  • 1 cup of dried lentils
  • 5 cups of water
  • sea salt & black pepper to taste

In a soup pot, on medium heat, add olive oil and spices and garlic and saute for 1 minute. Add chopped veggies. Saute for for a few minutes. Add bay leaves and lentils, stir for a few minutes and then add water. Turn down heat and let simmer for about 30-40 minutes (depends on the kind lentils you use, they should be soft, but not falling apart, when done), stirring occaisionally. Add salt and pepper to taste. Serve over rice or with hot, crusty bread!

Vintage Cookbooks: Home Preserving & Bottling

Home Preserving & Bottling by Gladys Mann (published in 1970) is an awesome reference for all you hipster homesteaders. From jams and chutnies to pickles and beer. There really is something for everyone in this ultimate compendium of preservation.

Thank goodness the menfolk can appreciate all the ladies' hard work!

Something to do with rhubarb other than pair it with strawberries. There are lots of very interesting combos like this one in the book.

Great creepy 70s food photography!

Apple and Red Pepper Chutney! Intriguing! Recipes are given in both US, Imperial, and metric measurements.

Pickled cabbage! Chow chow! Pickled onions (yuck!).

Jams and booze. Booze and jam. And parfaits? A little something for everyone.

Get your copy of Home Preserving & Bottling here in the Scissors and Spice Etsy shop!

Vintage Children's Books: My Mother is the Most Beautiful Woman

Quote on the inside cover: "We do not love people because they are beautiful, but they seem beautiful to us because we love them!" --an old Russian proverb

A split vintage children's book by Dandelion Library: "My Mother is the Most Beautiful Woman in the World" (Story by Becky Reyher; Pictures by Ruth Gannett) and "I Saw the Sea Come In" (Story by Alvin Tresselt; Illustrated by Roger Duvoisin).

Get this copy in the Scissors and Spice Etsy shop: Buy it Now!