Thursday, March 31, 2011

Etsy shop!

I'm excited to announce that Muddy Spoon creations are finally available online at my newly launched Etsy shop! I've so far got several sets of my handmade cards available, and I've got a few knit things and other crafty projects to list, so stay tuned! I've added a link to my shop on the right sidebar of this page so you can have a glance to see what's happening :)

It's a beautiful day outside today, and the sunshine beckons... I hope the sun is shining down on you as well!

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Ganesh is Fresh

I just finished carving this new stamp, of the Hindu elephant God Ganesh, and celebrated by using it to make some cards! Ganesh is worshipped as the Lord of Success, remover of obstacles, and God of education, wisdom, health and wealth. He's clearly a good guy to have on your side.

If you'd like to have some Ganesh cards of your own to send some good vibes to those you care for, send me an e-mail. Much love and may thanks to everyone for your positive responses to the last batch of cards! Stay tuned for more, my mind is full of ideas!

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

The Magical Forest

 Will and I celebrated his birthday yesterday by going for a morning yoga class then heading into the woods for a hike. It was our first proper hike this spring, and it was beautiful. We wanted to share some photos he took with you.

Chickpeas and Bread

"Mulla Nasrudin was eating a poor man's diet of chickpeas and bread. His neighbor, who also claimed to be a wise man, was living in a grand house and dining on sumptuous meals provided by the emperor himself. His neighbor told Nasrudin, 'If only you would learn how to flatter the emperor and be subservient like I do, you would not have to live on chickpeas and bread.' Nasrudin replied, 'And if only you would learn how to live on chickpeas and bread like I do, you would not have to flatter and be subservient to the emperor.'"
- from "A Life Worth Breathing" by Max Strom

Monday, March 28, 2011

The best Indian food ever

I was recently introduced to a fantastic Indian cookbook called Vij's at Home: Relax, Honey... the title alone is pretty great. Now, Indian food is probably my all-time favourite, and I have to say this is the best I have ever had. Vij, who actually lives in Vancouver and has a restaurant a few blocks away, really knows how to cook. We've made the spicy cauliflower steaks a few times, and holy cow, it's like being punched in the mouth by awesomeness. We've been pairing it with coconut red lentil soup from a great vegan blog Will discovered while searching for the cauliflower recipe.

I got home last night after a day full of yoga goodness and was promptly greeted with this tasty treat:

Oh man, it's just so good. We're going to have to check out Vij's restaurant soon for comparative purposes. I can't believe I haven't been to India yet.... yoga and all the delicious food I could ever want... what are we even waiting for?!

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

My Seane Corn Experience - I laughed, I cried, I sweated... a lot.

Although I’m working on being fully present in the moment, I’ve gotta admit that I’ve been looking forward to this past weekend for months. From Friday to Sunday I had the incredible pleasure of taking part in a workshop led by Seane Corn, a master yoga teacher from California. The workshop, in addition to being open to any interested yogis, was actually part of my yoga teacher training at Semperviva. Each teacher trainee has been asked to write an observation on the weekend, and I wanted to share mine with you. 

All Juiced Up

I cannot over-emphasize how much I love smoothies and fresh juice - my blender and juicer are easily my two favourite kitchen gadgets. Lately I've been in the habit of making juice every morning before breakfast. I find it boosts my energy for the whole day, and is a really easy way to increase my fruit and veggie intake. Here are a couple of my favourite recipes:

 Green Juice
1 pear + 1 apple + 2 stalks celery + 1/2 cucumber + chunk of fresh ginger + handful or two of spinach
This photo was taken a few minutes ago, I am drinking this juice in realtime- perfect start to my day!

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Muddy Spoon Demystified: A Tale of a Girl and a Boar

A few people have asked me recently about where I got the name Muddy Spoon. So here I am to reveal its mysterious origins. First, the definitions of the components as per my macbook's nifty dictionary:

muddy |ˈmədē|adjective ( -dier -diest )covered in or full of mud
spoon |spoōn|nounan implement consisting of a small, shallow oval or round bowl on a long handle, used for eating, stirring, and serving food.verb2 • (of two people) lie close together sideways and front to back with bent knees, so as to fit together like spoons.

Now for the story:

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Upcycled hemp pants

While spring cleaning I unearthed a pair of hemp pants I've had for years and worn all over the world. I absolutely loved those pants, but they had seen better days and were pretty frumpy. I figured they could use some TLC, so I busted out my scissors and chopped them up. The top of the pants became a skirt before they knew what had hit them: