Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Recipe- Yoga Soup

Today's recipe is from Michelle of Sticks In Stones. She has it posted on Vegweb, where it received a lot of postive reviews!

Yoga Soup

2 vegan broth cubes (veg, mushroom, fake chicken, etc)
4 cups of water

Soup Ingredients:
1/2 cup shelled frozen edamame
4-6 vegan frozen Asian dumplings or pot stickers
equivalent of 1 cup of rice noodles/rice stick
1 cup frozen broccoli
handful of chopped dark greens: spinach, kale, or chard

Optional additions:
soy sauce or tamari
hot chili oil, sesame oil
lime juice
ginger - pureed, thinly sliced or minced

Boil the water on high in a medium sized pot and dissolve the cubes in the water.
Add the edamame and dumplings. Stir in a couple of tablespoons of soy sauce or tamari and the ginger.
Bring water to boil again. Cook for about 5 minutes.
Add the broccoli. Cook for another minute at medium heat.
Turn off the heat and add the rice noodles, making sure they are completely covered by liquid. Keep the pot on the burner to keep the soup hot, but not at a boil.
Let the pot sit for about 10 minutes on the burner or until the noodles are fully cooked, adding chopped greens to the pot to steam for the last few minutes.
Ladle into bowls, topping with chili oil, sesame oil and a squeeze of lime juice.
other additions: - thinly sliced or shredded carrot - miso (added to the bowl of soup) - sesame seeds sprinkled on top - chopped scallions - green beans instead of, or in addition to, broccoli
I make this soup every Tuesday after my yoga class - it is very fast, easy and filling. Enjoy!

Serves: 2
Preparation time: 15 minute

Monday, July 28, 2008

THREE Team Treasuries!!!

Three wonderful members snagged treasuries today. Thank you so much to all!! Please check each one out and don't forget to leave a comment and click on each item!

Paws In The Sun made this one.

Pink Bubble grabbed this one.

This Is It! Creations made this one.

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Welcome to this week's new members!

We have three new members this week that I'd like to welcome to the team-

Lemon St. Photography
Dang Argyle

Please give them a warm welcome and take a look at all of the wonderful things they have in their shops!

Recipe- Carob Brownies

Today's recipe is from Erica of Sierra Pelona Crochet. She worked hard at perfecting this recipe, so any fan of brownies would be sure to love these!

Carob brownies

Sift together:
1 1/4 cups flour
1/2 cup roasted carob powder
1/4 cup Sucanat
1/4 tsp. salt
1 Tablespoon flax seeds, ground

Mix together:
2 tsp. vanilla
1/4 cup oil (I use walnut oil)
1/4 cup water, or soy / rice / oat / almond / hempseed milk

Combine together and put into an 8" X 4" loaf pan. Bake at 300ºF for 35 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool on wire rack.

Variations: Instead of vanilla, use 1 tsp. peppermint extract (my personal favorite) or 1 tsp. orange extract (DH's favorite).

Saturday, July 26, 2008

Congratulations My Zoetrope!

Michelle of My Zoetrope wrote a wonderful article about her journey to veganism which was published in The Storque yesterday. The article has received a huge amount of positive responses and even more, several people that responded are looking into veganism!

This is what our team is all about- doing positive, non-aggressive outreach with vegan education. Thank you so much to Michelle for writing about her personal experience and sharing it with everyone!

Friday, July 25, 2008

Recipe- Easy Vegan Soft Serve Icecream

Today's recipe was submitted by Nicole of Late July Photography. I can say from personal experience that this is quite good!

Easy Vegan Soft Serve Icecream

Bunch of bananas frozen
Carob chips
Table spoon of nut butter (I like almond butter)
*optional nuts or chunks of vegan candy

In a food processor take bananas frozen and place one or two in at a time. At first it will be a little choppy but it will smooth out, the icecream will start to form, into a creamy thick soft serve. Add in the nut butter, carob chips or whatever else. If you don't want your carob chips chopped up add them at the end. DO NOT OVER MIX or else it will get like pudding and the bananas will get too warm. This is a great snack for when I'm needing my sweet tooth filled but don't want the extra sugar; its all packed with potassium. I get creative and add fruit, whatever I feel like. It has JUST the taste of soft icecream... its delicious! It doesn't freeze well like ice cream so only make enough for what you plan to eat right now :)

Thursday, July 24, 2008

The Storque featured us!!

Last week I was thrilled when Etsy contacted me to let me know that Vegan Etsy would be the first team featured in The Storque. What an honor for us! Yesterday, the article was posted and received an overwhelming amount of positive, supportive comments from many. Along with the feature was a front page treasury, which not only caught a lot of people's eyes but also brought us some new members!
I'd like to thank Etsy for featuring us and give a big thanks to all of our members that help to make this team successful. Nothing is too small when it comes to participation, so anything that anyone does is very much appreciated. Whether it is using our team tag, mentioning us in your store, posting about us on your website, creating a treasury, being active on our message board or any number of other things that help to promote us, it's all so helpful. You're all wonderful!

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Clearing up the confusion- veganism & tagging

Neva of Neva Jewelry and Art wrote a wonderful piece about veganism and tagging items appropriately that I wanted to share with everyone. We originally submitted it to Etsy so that it could be published in The Storque, but unfortunately another person had already written a short piece on tagging, so administration felt that the topic was already covered. Neva's piece goes into depth with it much more, so I'm hoping that this helps to clear up some misunderstandings and confusion when it comes to what is and isn't vegan. As always, if anyone has any questions about veganism or if you're wondering if something is vegan, please feel free to contact us. You can send me a convo through my shop or post a comment here. Also, please check out our vegan information links on the right sidebar of this page. Lots of good resources are listed!

As a vegan and an artist, crafter, do-it-yourselfer, and all around nerd, I love ETSY. I like buying unique items. I like finding handmade, no-exploitive-labor-involved products like soaps on ETSY. I would have to buy soap anyway, and it's great to have the chance to buy a unique handmade soap on ETSY.

However, I have a great frustration. I've searched ETSY for vegan products and have found products that aren't vegan labeled as vegan. This is annoying to everyone involved. As a buyer I have to read through pages of erroneous search results to find what I'm looking for, sometimes having to open each listing and check the ingredients. I think I've just found the exact soap I've been looking for, but wait there's goat's milk in it. For sellers it's difficult because they think their products are vegan, they just don't have a clear understanding of what that means.

The term vegan, when applied to soap, baked goods, or any product means there are no animal ingredients or components, and that animals were not used in the creation of the item.

I'm an ethical vegan and I've been vegan for other thirteen years, and I was vegetarian for five years before that. To me, veganism helps to make the world a better place. I eat foods and use products which don't contain any animal derived ingredients. My main motivation is a desire to not directly hurt animals, to limit the harm I do in the world. With all the attention on global warming, we've learned that animal agriculture causes forests to be cleared, generates carbon emissions, and pollutes land and water. Using items made from plants instead of animals takes fewer resources, because to raise animals we must feed them plants, grains and legumes over their lifetimes. I also view animals as having their own lives, interests, and purposes. I don't feel animals were put on the planet for me to use. Rather than viewing other species as inferior, I see them as different, distinct, but no less valuable. For these reasons I choose to be vegan.

Other vegans might have other inspirations, some do it for the animals, like me, others do it for health, many do it for the environment. Most vegans value all of these reasons. But the term "vegan: to tag a product means only one thing: that the product is completely free of animal products and was not made in a way that used or exploited animals at all. This is short hand that people can trust. Some people searching for vegan products might not be vegan necessarily, but might want a vegan product due to allergies to milk or eggs for example. Some people who aren't vegan might search for vegan items as gifts for vegan friends. The label needs to be accurate and consistent or else customers won't find what they're looking for.

Sellers might be confused and think that vegan means organic, or that it's ok to use "humane" animal products and still call them vegan. This is not the case. If you knitted a sweater using only the fur you combed painlessly from your own dog, you're to be admired for your thrift and resourcefulness, but the sweater can't be labeled vegan. Local honey is no more vegan than any other honey. Likewise even animal products that are obtained by finding them long after the animal is gone, are not vegan. Vegans don't use bone for example, so even if the bone used in your jewelry was found lying in the woods, possibly years old, it's not vegan. Some people think that vintage items made from animals can be considered vegan because they are so old and the animals may have died more than 50 years ago, but these items still cannot be called vegan.

I'm not using the term judgmentally here, merely factually. It's a label that denotes no animal products of any kind, and as a label it will help your customers find what they're looking for, but only if it's used correctly.

Sometimes people who aren't vegan don't give much thought to where the materials they use come from and so are surprised to find that something isn't vegan. I'm going to give you a cheat sheet below to help you see what can't be called vegan. But a good rule to think about is if your material came from an animal at all, it isn't vegan.

Monday, July 21, 2008

A New Team Treasury!

Thanks so much to Michelle of My Zoetrope for making this awesome team treasury today! You can find it here for a few more days. Please comment and click on the featured items!

Blog Giveaway!!

Holistically Heather is having her first blog giveaway! She is offering a reusable hemp pad (see her blog for details on how to win). For more information on why reusable pads are awesome, read this wonderfully informative post that she made. The winner will be announced on August 1st, so hurry!

Recipe- Pasta Sauce

Today's recipe is from Amanda of Vegan Propamanda. It was featured on Vegan Yum Yum and can also be found on the PPK forums. I can't wait to try this recipe out! Thanks for sharing, Amanda!

Pasta Sauce
Serves two

Dry pasta, enough for 2 people
2 Tbs Tahini
2 Tbs Miso (any, but sweet white is what I normally use)
2 Tbs Soy Sauce
2 Tbs Olive Oil
2 Tbs Nutritional Yeast or Yellow Mustard
2 Tbs Lemon Juice or Rice Wine Vinegar
A few cloves of garlic, minced
2 Tbs Mirin (optional)

*All amounts are approximate, play around!

Boil the pasta, drain it, put the pot back on the warm stove. Add all of the sauce ingredients to the hot, empty pot and whisk until combined. Then add the hot pasta back to it. The heat of the pan and the pasta helps melt down the tahini and miso.

This is great with any green thrown in (spinach, broccoli, peas, etc) or really any other vegetable you want.

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Sale, sale, sale!!!

At Jak Random Art, you'll find her lovely cuffs on sale for $10, marked down from $15. She is holding the sale to raise money to pay for her kitty's recent radical masectomy (she has breast cancer), so not only will you receive a beautiful cuff, but your money will also be going towards a good cause. The sale will be through August 9th, and at this price, you'll want to snatch up that perfect cuff for you!

Also, at Five Cats, most prices have been lowered. 100% of all sales will go toward's paying for her dog Buster's surgery. Please take a look at the great bags, vintage items and supplies that she has to offer in her shop! Once again, your money will be going towards a very good cause and you'll receive something awesome for it, so check it all out!

Welcome to this week's new member!

There is one new member this week who I would like to welcome to the team-

Threaded Smiles

Please give her a warm welcome and take a look at her shop!

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Another team treasury- Vegan Pride!

I grabbed us a treasury today! This could be a good challenge for our team- making more vegan-themed items. Please check this treasury out here for the next three days. Don't forget to leave a comment and click on the featured items!

Welcome to this week's new members!!

We have four new members this week that I'd like to welcome to the team-

Crusty Christy
Monica Richards
Late July Photography

Make sure to check out the great work they have in their shops and give them a warm welcome to the team!!

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Monday, July 7, 2008

Congratulations to Jak Random Art!!

Congratulations to Jennifer of Jak Random Art for having one of her cuffs featured in the summer issue of Flower magazine! How cool is that?

Sunday, July 6, 2008

Another team treasury!

It can be found here for three more days, so please view it and comment!

**Note to members**
If you would like to be featured in more team treasuries, please use the team tag in your listings! I do searches using the team tag for most of the treasuries I do and I'm not alone with that, so your chance of being in a team treasury will go up if you use the tag.

Welcome to new members!!

This week we have two new members who I would like to welcome to the team.

Pink Bubble

Please check out their shops and give them a warm welcome!

Friday, July 4, 2008

New Team Treasury!

Thank you to Michelle from My Zoetrope for creating this bright, eye-catching treasury! It can be found here for the next few days, so please click on it and comment!

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Vegan Etsy is in VegNews!

The latest issue of VegNews magazine (July/August 2008) has Vegan Etsy featured on page 46!* Our blog was one of 21 blogs that were picked out of hundreds for their first annual bloggy awards. What an honor!

Thank you to all of our members for making this possible!!

*To read the feature, click on the picture to the left.