May 2, 2013
A little slow again this week! I started a couple of part-time/freelance jobs, and I am still working out a system!
So, yes, double the muffin wonderfulness. My daughter had her pictures taken a little over a week ago (at Picture People–great experience), and my stylist was nice enough to squeeze her in for a pre-photo haircut. As an extra thank you, I made a batch of Double Chocolate Muffins from Great Gluten-Free Vegan Eats. There were enough to keep some at home, and they were enjoyed by all! The last one went in as a school snack today.
But one shouldn’t have chocolate muffins every day, or at least that is what I hear, so made a batch of Strawberry Shortcake Muffins a few days later. The recipe was in the same book. I added some blueberries to the recipe, and I was able to make full-size and mini muffins. The mini ones were saved for my daughter’s book club meeting, and the kids enjoyed them with raspberry sorbet and vanilla coconut milk ice cream.
Since my husband had been away on a business trip, I got treated to a lunch out on Sunday–not sure of the connection, but I’ll go with it! So that meant less cooking this week. I did make a batch of Buffalo Tofu on Tuesday and my usual baked tofu on Sunday, but that was about it. I think I need to start making a triple batch of baked tofu instead of a double one–it is all gone as of today, and there is still a day left to the week!
April 9, 2013
I enjoyed doing the interview with the Vegan Bake Sale folks, so I decided to try a few more. This post started out as an interview, but I decided it worked better as a narrative, so I reworked it so the answered flowed together. Tricia Ackner designs fabulous jewelry to hold eyeglasses–though the pieces look great simply as necklaces as well. Most of her designs are for women, but there are some that are unisex. You can check out her website, Facebook page, or Etsy store. If you live in the Capital Region of New York, she is also a wonderful Zumba instructor!
So, here is Tricia’s story–enjoy!
My interest in fashion goes back at least as far as high school. As a student with a limited budget, I learned early on about the importance of mixing and matching my wardrobe to create different outfits. I also learned how simple accessories, like jewelry, put a different spin on the way I looked. Through trial and error, I learned the art of color, textures, and fashion trends.
While I was in high school, I also had the opportunity to serve on Macy’s teen board, which was a group of young women who worked with merchandisers on looks that we liked and what we thought would translate to the high school audience. We also modeled for in-store fashion shows. This made me realize that my interest could become a career path.
After graduation from the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City, I went to work for Montgomery Ward coordinating fashions within the store through displays and educating the employees in the women’s clothing department on fashion trends and coordination. From there, I entered the manufacturing end of fashion and became a sales representative for major clothing lines, traveling within a territory selling to boutiques and major department stores.
When I moved back home to upstate New York, I decided to take my interests in a new direction by working for Canyon Ranch. I had always been interested in health and wellness, so it seemed like a natural progression.
Much of the clientele at Canyon Ranch were baby boomers, as I was. Working with them and seeing myself mature, I began to realize how people change in so many ways, and the changes in our vision are one of the most apparent. Although reading glasses was inevitable, the transition of using them, finding them, and looking hip and fashionable at the same time was a challenge.
We don’t think of getting older in the same way that our parents and grandparents did. Once upon a time, when a woman turned fifty, she was expected to trade her heels for orthopedic shoes. That’s no longer the case. Fifty is the new forty; some say it is the new thirty. We are being defined less by our age and more by our accomplishments. So why should we give up on fashion?
So, in 2010, I tapped into my experience with fashion and decided to create my own line of fashionable and functional eyeglass holders. I like to call it “Jewelry with a Function.” Wanting to steer away from the granny eyeglass holder look, I developed a simple and classy design. I took basic materials like leather, semi precious stones, and silver and came up with a design. My eyeglass holders can be layered with other jewelry and, most importantly, the various styles can be interchanged with the ring, giving you a different look without having to purchase a full necklace every time.
April 2, 2013
This past Saturday we were all feeling well enough to take a ride down to New York City. I had a Groupon for parking, and I wasn’t going to let it expire!
It was actually a pretty low-key trip with no major sightseeing. However, I have to find a new vegan restaurant to try whenever we go down, and this time I wanted pizza.
Some browsing online led me to a pizza place called Slice in Greenwich Village (535 Hudson St.). We had to walk a ways to get there, and I was hoping the food would be worth it! We got to the address, but there was nothing called Slice. For a moment, I was horrified, then my husband noticed a sandwich board outside a place advertising gluten-free pizza. Then I noticed the menu I had seen online in the window. Horray!
Turns out, the place had made some changes a few weeks before and one of them was a new name–it is now called Wild. But the old website still works, at least for now; it just brings up the current menu. A little weird, but whatever. We were just hungry!
The place was small, and the menu isn’t 100% vegan, but all their pizza is made with vegan and gluten-free dough, so I was happy. It is rare for all of us to be able to order pizza out. My husband and daughter each ordered the Local Mozzarella, hers with vegan cheese, and I got the Roasted Vegetable, which had pesto for the base. I also got a Ginger Lemonade to drink.
The drink was great, and the pizzas were delicious as well. They come to the table on the pans they are baked on, which is a great way to reduce dishes and water use. You can order personal or share sizes–we each got a personal. It is free form pizza, and my daughter had leftovers to bring with her.
The only downside is that they charge extra for the soy cheese, and that isn’t on the menu. But I would go back again next time I am in the area!