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1. Chicken of the Woods Mushrooms

I love eating edible wild mushrooms . My favorite one is Chicken Of the Woods. It is a shelf mushroom which usually grows on Oak trees. You should always make sure you properly identify mushrooms before you prepare them for consumption. I always  by using google to check images of mushrooms and also by checking field guide books for proper identification.The best way to prepare it is to chop mushroom into 1 inch by 1/4 inch slices to equal 1 cup and put it in a saute pan with 3/4 cup of water with 2 Table Spoons of butter or if you are vegan Earth Balance Buttery spread and olive oil. Seasoned salt and pepper, 3 cloves of garlic, 1 /2 onion saute till water is evaporated add more butter or spread until onions caramelize.

These are one of the best tasting mushrooms . Some say they taste just like chicken. Being a vegetarian for over 5 years now. I never ever really miss eating meat. But I always enjoy mushrooms since I believe they are the closest tasting food to meat. So feel guilt free when you enjoy eating a meal with juicey delicious mushrooms!


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2. Tessimal’s Celestial Dolls at East Village Gallery


Hi Folks! Tessimal’s Celestial Dolls and Fairies and Fairy Houses are on display at East Village Gallery on Union street in Easthampton Massachusetts, right next to Pace.

If you need a unique handmade gift this festive gift giving season, beat the rush don’t stand in line, and find an easy parking place at East Village, open 7 days a week 1-6pm and special holiday hours 1- 8 pm. Call Dianna  ahead    413 (563) 6021 to make a special appointment if you need a last minute gift and 8pm is cutting it close!

All types of hand crafted Artisan items! Jewelry, Scarfs,fairies,tile art,fairy houses, dolls plus more stop on by and take a look.

Buy local and support the Arts!!

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3. Snow Queen





Snow Queen

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Come to Tess’s & Sasha’s Holiday Open House at Apt 422 Eastworks 116 Pleasant St. Easthampton, Maa. 01027 10-8 Sunday Dec 20 Come Celebrate the Holidays Find Unique Art ,Fairy Ethnic Bling, & Vintage Clothing and Jewelry.

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4. Fun Fairies Have Cute Cozy Cottages!


Fun Fairy Land time with Birch Bark Fairy Homes! Great for Holiday decorations! Get your Natural Birch Bark Kit or Custom made House Today!!

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5. Waiting for a new dress





Waiting for a new dress

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I am adopting this Lovely Dolly! I Can’t wait to make her new clothes out of 1960s fabric!

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6. mermaid shell 001





mermaid shell 001

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Sally found her seashell by the seashore.

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7. Girl with Umbrella





Girl with Umbrella

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Girl with Umbrella, Oil painting on Canvas

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8. She Shines





She Shines

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She Shines

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9. Celestial Sun





Celestial Sun

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Sunshine

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10. Cresent Moon





Cresent Moon

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Blue moon

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11. Forest Fairies





Forest Fairies

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Have you ever taken a hike through the forest in search of fairies?

I travel that path quite often and sometimes I stop to take a rest and pull out my watercolor sketch book and paint the scenic woods.

This scene was sketched after hiking up a mountain.

I ventured off of the trail, deep into the woods and low and behold I found these unique fairies sitting upon these quaint little mushroom huts.

They were so enchanting that I had to paint them.

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12. Mega Chameleons





Mega Chameleons

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Sleestack Slided into a pit and realized he was surrounded by Mega chameleons.

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13. Mercat in the big sea





Mercat scene 014

Originally uploaded by tessimal1

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14. Forest Fairies





Forest Fairies

Originally uploaded by tessimal1

Have you ever taken a hike through the forest in search of fairies?

I travel that path quite often and sometimes I stop to take a rest and pull out my watercolor sketch book and paint the scenic woods.

This scene was sketched after hiking up a mountain.

I ventured off of the trail, deep into the woods and low and behold I found these unique fairies sitting upon these quaint little mushroom huts.

They were so enchanting that I had to paint them.

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15. Cat doll Mercat





Cat doll Mercat

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tessimal1 says:
Down at the bottom of the sea, you can find these feline fishies.

They live and they play underneath the foam spray.

They slip and slide and ride with the tide.

They chase little fishies around the seaweeds.

If you are lucky some day visiting the bay, during the full moons low tide.

You might sneak a peek at a mercat asleep, sunbathing on the beach!

This large mercat is a sporting 10″ with a 9″ wing span. What a ketch!

The sea cat has a ribbon on his back so you can hang up in your favorite nautical themed room.

Embelished with tiny little beads and shells.

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16. Tiny Butterfly Cat doll





Tiny Butterfly Cat doll

Originally uploaded by tessimal1

Enjoy your new adopted “Celestial Cat”.

He is totally flea less .

He won’t scratch, bite, or leave smelly prizes in the litter box, or potted plant.

He’s fixed so he can’t spray the curtains or furniture.

You can hug him and squeeze him all you want he wont cry or beg you for food.

This tiny black slyvester kitty is only 2 1/2″ tall, pick of the litter.

I have made 100’s of cat dolls this one looks like a cat my brother had in high school named Snooka. What a cat, he had the biggest eyes and had short stout legs. He would do pull ups on the door frames. My brother would catch him on his shoulder. Geoffrey named him after that wrestler Jimmy Superfly Snooka. He would occasionally hunt mice in the house.

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17. Lizard Lunch


Originally uploaded by tessimal1

Madame Mao has an appetite for blue bellies and aligator lizards.

Miss Mao is my roomate Megans Cat. Sometimes I get the lizards away from her before they get this far.

I have a new pet aligator lizard called stubby. Mao brought her to me missing a tail. Stubby is doing fine now her tail is growing back quite nicely.

Most of the cats I know are house cats, Mao likes to stroll all around the property she finds fun things for cats to do.

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18. Circle Cat





Circle Cat

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This is Circle Cat. My girlfriend Sally paints circle cats. Some times we get together and paint them outside.

This one is dedicated to Heather a 13 year old ginger owned by Gwen.

Heather is a cuddle bug she purrs loudly and when you are sitting or lying on the couch she hopps up on your belly and pokes around with her feet circling around till she finds just the right spot then she plunks down for a more comfortable position for you.

The 3rd cat painting in acrylic paints of my Cali Cats series.

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19. OOch the Egyptian Siamese Cat





OOch the Egyptian Siamese Cat

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I love kitties!

My friend has this majestic loveable cat OOch. I immortalized him in oils, By painting his image.

Cats are my favorite animals. I have loved many of them. Most of my paintings are of other peoples cats. Right now I don’t have any cats. I have befriended my families cats. Some of my paintings are tributes to these beautiful cats.

I love working in oil paints they are like painting with butter. Oil paints blend so nicely you can make so many colors.

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20. Mercat scene 004





Mercat scene 004

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Mercat scene . I make mercats out of fabric fun whimsical creatures full of color and cute enough to make you chuckle.

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21. Becoming a Vegetarian


 

I became a vegetarian in the summer of 2007.  I have many great reasons for making the life switch. This blog delves into some of these factors such as  environmental, phsycological, physical, emotional, and ethical, reasons to become a vegetarian.   

 Sometimes I am a pescetarian. Once every couple of months I consume some fish or shellfish. Mostly I am a lacto-ovo vegetarian. I eat free range eggs and occasionally put half and half in my coffee. I consume rice milk and almond milk daily.  I work in a 5 star gormet resturaunt and I need to taste the food to describe how good it is to the customers. I also believe that the oils in fish are beneficial to your brain and help with concentration and memory. I have been a  lacto-ovo vegetarian-pescetarian for almost a year.  

I reconnected with my old boyfriend and he has been my major influence on becoming a vegetarian. His whole ethical view on being a vegetarian was quite pursuading to me.

I believe it is much easier to become a vegetarian if you live with people that are vegans or are willing to eat vegetarian meals.               

Here is a website that has some great nonmeat recipes: http://www.cookingfor.us/catalog/-c-29_114.html

For me one of the best reasons I became a vegetarian was that when I became one, I lost a lot of extra weight that I had put on when I had my daughter.    

 This “miso veggie” contains miso soup, noodles, spinach, wakame seaweed, soy sprouts, corn, shredded carrots, scallions, and red ginger.I cook mostly asian style cuisine. I love stir fry veggie and king oyster mushroom noodle, topped with plenty of “sriracha hot chili sauce”. Giving up meat  made me appreciate the hot spices in mexican,indian, and asian cuisine.

When I was at my full term pregnancy weight, I weighed 213 lbs. After my daughter was born I weighed 183lbs.  I struggled to lose weight for 6 years with little to no success. I had been slim all of my life.

 My mother always said that after she had me and my brother her metabolism changed and giving birth to us resulted in her weight gain. She claims that she never could lose weight and get down to her wedding gown size.

I did not want to head down the same path my mother followed. My life looked like I would if I continued to implement her eating behaviors. Her motto, “You only live once,” implying you should eat to your hearts content.

I wish I had choosen to become a vegetarian earlier in life,  ”But its better late than never!” The transition for me was not to difficult. Sometimes it was a little emotionally iritating when I could smell meat cooking. I would remember how juicy the gravy was over baked stuffed chicken, comfort food I use to prepare for my family once a week.

 Eggplant is a great substitute for chicken. You can saute it in a pan with olive oil and garlic some curry it is very flavorful. Here is a tasty grilled veggie sandwich, with melted cheese on portobello caps, grilled eggplant,basil leaves, and a shmear of roasted red pepper and eggplant dip, and sliced tomatoes, delicious.

To deflect that urge to devour greasy meat. I would think back to the time my ex made me a steak that he marinated in vinegar it was gristly and so grotesquely sour. I fill my mind with the memory of that taste and how I detested the nasty flavor of that meat. I would envision that experience or other dead meat experiences and it would get me over the greasy meat craving that would occur when meat was cooking.

 

If you want to find vegetarian establishments in your travels across the United States look here:

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Being only 1-8 pages, these guides are ideal for students, parents, and health-conscious travelers! 
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Giving up meat is easier than giving up chocolate. Well sure, would you rather have a piece of chocolate cake baked from scratch, or a cold rubbery chicken leg thats been drying out in the refridgerator. When you are a vegetarian you can still eat chocolate, remember it has antioxidants, yum! Best vegan chocolate cake recipe in the world http://vegan-recipes.blogspot.com/2005/06/best-vegan-chocolate-cake-recipe-in.html

Check out this website a great animated cartoon that explains many facts about what happens to live stock in the meatrix. If you don’t know where your meat comes from because you did not hunt it down yourself with a bow and arrow. Maybe you need a good reason to become a vegetarian look here:    http://www.themeatrix1.com/  Last week we drove through agricultural land past many dairy farms. We went on the freeway up to Frezno route 99. We past by many stockades that were over crowded with cows that were in brown dirt and mud that had no canopy shelter from the sun. They were caged up in brown dirt barracks and could see hay growing out of their reach. I felt sad seeing so many creatures kept in such unfair conditions.      

 The Hindu culture has sacred cows which they never eat.

 Such a beautiful creature!

 

 

 

Maybe you might need a vegetarian starter kit look here: http://www.goveg.com/order.asp

Terminology and varieties of vegetarianism

There are a variety of different practices of vegetarianism. The following table summarizes the most common types of vegetarian diet in Western countries:

Foods in the main vegetarian diets
Diet Name Meat, Poultry, Fish Eggs Dairy Honey
Lacto-ovo vegetarianism No Yes Yes Yes
Lacto vegetarianism No No Yes Yes
Ovo vegetarianism No Yes No Yes
Veganism No No No No[6][7][8]

[edit] Other dietary practices commonly associated with vegetarianism

  • Fruitarianism is a diet of only fruit, nuts, seeds, and other plant matter that can be gathered without harming the plant.
  • Su vegetarianism originating in Hinduism, excludes all animal products as well as the fetid vegetables: onion, garlic, scallions, leeks, or shallots.
  • Macrobiotic diet is a diet of mostly whole grains and beans. Not all macrobiotics are vegetarians as some consume fish.
  • Natural hygiene, in its classic form, recommends a diet principally of raw vegan foods.[citation needed]
  • Raw veganism is a diet of fresh and uncooked fruit, nuts, seeds, and vegetables.
  • Dietary veganism: whereas vegans don’t use animal products of any kind, dietary vegans restrict their veganism to their diet[9]
  • Freeganism argues that all commodities produced under capitalism, not only those from animal sources, contribute to exploitation and avoid buying anything, including food. While many freegans are vegans or vegetarians, others will eat animal products that would otherwise go to waste under the justification that doing this does not encourage further animal exploitation.

It should be noted that most vegetarians also are aware of avoiding products that may use animal ingredients not included in their labels or which use animal products in their manufacturing i.e. cheeses that use animal rennet, gelatin (from animal skin, bones, and connective tissue), some sugars that are whitened with bone char (e.g. cane sugar, but not beet sugar) and alcohol clarified with gelatin or crushed shellfish and sturgeon.

[edit] Semi-vegetarian diets

Semi-vegetarian diets are diets that primarily consist of vegetarian foods, but make exceptions for some non-vegetarian foods. These diets may be followed by those who choose to reduce the amount of animal flesh consumed, or sometimes as a way of transitioning to a vegetarian diet. These terms are neologisms based on the word “vegetarian”. They may be regarded with contention by strict vegetarians, as they conflate terms for vegetarian and non-vegetarian diets.

[edit] Etymology

The first Vegetarian Society founded in 1847 claims to have “created the word vegetarian from the Latin ‘vegetus’ meaning ‘lively’ (which is how these early vegetarians claimed their diet made them feel) …[10] However, the Oxford English Dictionary and other standard dictionaries state that the word was formed from the term “vegetable” and the suffix “-arian”.[11]

The Oxford English Dictionary also gives evidence that the word was already in use before the foundation of the Vegetarian Society:

  • 1839 - “If I had had to be my own cook, I should inevitably become a vegetarian.” (F. A. Kemble, Jrnl. Residence on Georgian Plantation (1863) 251)
  • 1842 - “To tell a healthy vegetarian that his diet is very uncongenial with the wants of his nature.” (Healthian, Apr. 34)

But it also notes that “The general use of the word appears to have been largely due to the formation of the Vegetarian Society at Ramsgate in 1847.

[edit] History

The earliest records of vegetarianism as a concept and practice amongst a significant number of people concern ancient India[12] and the ancient Greek civilization in Southern Italy and in Greece in the 6th century BCE.[13] In both instances the diet was closely connected with the idea of nonviolence towards animals (called ahimsa in India) and was promoted by religious groups and philosophers.[14] Following the Christianization of the Roman Empire in late antiquity, vegetarianism practically disappeared from Europe.[15] Several orders of monks in medieval Europe restricted or banned the consumption of meat for ascetic reasons, but none of them eschewed fish.[16] Vegetarianism was to reemerge somewhat in Europe during the Renaissance.[17] It became a more widespread practice in the 19th and 20th centuries.

In 1847 the first Vegetarian Society was founded in England;[18] Germany, the Netherlands and other countries followed. The International Vegetarian Union, a union of the national societies, was founded in 1908. In the Western world, the popularity of vegetarianism grew during the 20th century as a result of nutritional, ethical, and more recently, environmental and economic concerns. Today, Indian vegetarians, primarily lacto vegetarians, are estimated to make up more than 70% of the world’s vegetarians. They make up 20–42% of the population in India, while less than 30% are regular meat-eaters.[19][20][21] Surveys in the U.S. have found that roughly 1–2.8% of adults eat no meat, poultry, or fish.[22][23][24][25]

[edit] Health issues

Vegetarianism is considered a healthy, viable diet. The American Dietetic Association and the Dietitians of Canada have found a properly-planned vegetarian diet to satisfy the nutritional needs for all stages of life, and large-scale studies have shown vegetarianism to increase longevity, improve health, and significantly lower risks of cancer and other fatal diseases.[26] Necessary nutrients, proteins, and amino acids for the body’s sustenance can be found in green leafy vegetables, grains, nuts, and fortified juices or soymilk.[27]

Vegetarian diets can aid in keeping body weight under control[28] and substantially reduce risks of heart disease.[29][30] Non-lean red meat, in particular, has been found to be a direct cause of cancers of the lung, esophagus, liver, and colon, among others.[5] Large-scale studies have shown that “in comparison with regular meat eaters, mortality from ischemic heart disease was 20% lower in occasional meat eaters, 34% lower in people who ate fish but not meat, 34% lower in lactoovovegetarians, and 26% lower in vegans. There were no significant differences between vegetarians and nonvegetarians in mortality from cerebrovascular disease, stomach cancer, colorectal cancer, lung cancer, breast cancer, prostate cancer, or all other causes combined.” [4] This info is from Wilikepedia.

 

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Snow Queen Painting.

snow Queen

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