a few words about miss chelsea elizabeth...

she likes: making kites, dancing in the rain, adventures, little-while friends, letters, whole-leaf tea, crayons, bare feet, jumping in rivers/streams/creeks/waterfalls, language, catching the clock as it changes numbers, sleepovers, trains (big or small), cuddling & waking up before the sun rises, among other random things.

oregon-born, seattle-raised, bellingham-bred and franco-refined, she had moved back to the states from her affairs across the atlantic & now resides in columbia city with french husband & love of her life rémy. they spend most of their time taming the garden, taking care of their three chickens & two cats, and preparing the urban homestead for a new little chick of their own.

Monday, November 7, 2011


the beauty of fall is inspiring.

a little wax paper project with the hubby.





Saturday, October 15, 2011

sweet potato almond/walnut maple cinnamon buns

It's Saturday morning. I wanted to make something delicious for my hubby. And I had just the recipe in mind.

Ooey gooey cinnamon buns.

Well now. Need I say much more? 

This recipe was in this month's Vegetarian Times, and can be found here. I knew the second I saw it the other day that I would be trying it soon. I didn't have pecans, so I used almonds and walnuts instead. And I woke up to discover Remy had used all but a smidgen of the vegan cream cheese when he got home last night, so I improvised on the glaze. It's mostly maple syrup & powdered sugar, with a splash of almond extract, but it gets the job done.

The recipe makes 12 and I was hoping to bring some to French brunch tomorrow with my mom, but I have a feeling they might not make it through the night. :)

Happy baking!!!

Saturday, October 1, 2011

vegan cupcakes take over seattle!!!

I wasn't joking around when I told Paige, the best physical therapist in the world (mom, you are the best physical therapist in my heart, of course) that I make a mean cupcake. And sometimes culinary love is just the perfect way to show how much you appreciate someone! I wanted to thank her (and my amazing chiropractor, Chris; and my doctor, Dr. Hoffman; and all the staff at US Healthworks) for all she's (they've) done to help me heal. So I whipped up a few batches of the best edible thank you gift known to man - the cupcake.

The recipes were inspired/taken/modified from Isa Chandra Moskowitz & Terry Hope Romero's amazing book Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World
They are absolutely divine.

Tiramisu Cupcake
Featuring golden vanilla cupcakes; kahlua/espresso filling; vegan cream cheese frosting; and cocoa powder, cinnamon and coffee beans on top!

I heard many a soul sigh that this was the best thing they had ever put in their mouth, although that might have something to do with the large amounts of mocha kahlua I used to make it yummy. (I warned the girls not to eat & drive - Paige said she blew a 0.036 right after eating it!)

Chocolate Raspberry Tort Cupcake
Featuring basic chocolate cupcakes; Crofter's organic raspberry preserves as filling; chocolate mousse (which is HEAVEN by itself) and fresh raspberries from Willie Green's on top.

I made up the name on this one and I've never actually had chocolate raspberry tort, but if it's anything like this cupcake, sign me up. This was a compilation of ideas from the book thrown together because asked what his favorite kind of cake was, Chris didn't hesitate for a second to reply raspberry-filled chocolate.

(I would also like to note I was told this was the "best f***ing cupcake ever eaten".)

Chai Tea Latte Cupcake
Indian Summer into Fall are my favorite culinary seasons, and who doesn't love a delicious soy chai tea latte? This moist and spicy cake features black & chai teas, soy yogurt to add depth and plenty of cinnamon, cardamom, ginger, cloves, black pepper, nutmeg & cocoa to warm you all winter long. Dusted with powdered sugar & stenciled spices.

These creations were made with lots of love and appreciation for my healers! I am feeling so much better thanks to them and could not express my gratitude better than these treats! Just imagine what they'll get when I'm 100% healed! :)

Happy baking!

Thursday, September 29, 2011

what the hell does a vegan eat anyways?

Sorry for the long hiatus. Life has been kicking my ass as of late. I am currently healing from a crazy work-related back injury (more to come in future posts) and thought staying away from the internet prudent while on crazy medications. Drunk dialing is one thing, vicodin/muscle-relaxant-induced blog posts are quite another!

Anyway, I have been inspired by a whole shlew of blogs I follow, including but not limited to what the hell does a vegan eat anyway? and Vegan Score and crab & bee and have been documenting certain delicious meals that show just how amazing a vegan diet can be! I thought I'd share some of my latest and greatest creations so that you, too can eat delicious vegan meals!

Vegan Sloppy Joes!!!
(featuring vegetarian sloppy joe mix from
Fantastic Foods, fresh onions & Rudy's whole wheat buns)
Mix the mix with tomato paste & oil.
Toast your buns.
Add whatever condiments/extras you like!

No-Cream Creamed Corn!!!
 Easiest and most delicious creamed corn recipe ever:
8 cups corn kernels (fresh is best, of course)
3 tbs olive oil
2 medium leeks, thinly sliced
1 tsp salt
1/4 cup fresh dill, chopped (dried is ok, too)

1. Puree 3 cups of the corn with 2 cups water until smooth.
Strain mixture through sieve and discard solids (I've kept them, tooand it's equally delicious).
2. Heat oil in a skillet over medium heat, add leeks & salt and sautee1 minute. Add remaining 5 cups corn and saute 2 more minutes.
3. Add corn puree to corn-leek mixture and bring to a boil.
4. Reduce heat to low & simmer 15 minutes, stirring often.
5. Remove from heat & stir in dill. Season with salt & pepper & enjoy!

I haven't EVER had left overs with this recipe, no matter how much I make!

Green Onion Pancakes!!!
 2 cups flour
2 tsp salt
1 tbsp peanut/canola oil
1 cup boiling water
1 tsp sesame oil
1/2 cup thinly sliced green onions (we use fresh green onions from the garden whenever we feel like it)
peanut oil for frying

 Basically make a dough with the first four ingredients and knead 10 minutes.
Let sit 30 minutes, covered in a warm spot. 
Roll it out into a big rectangle, brush on sesame oil & sprinkle with onions.
Roll up into a roll and slice off 8 slices. Flatten them & roll them out (see above).
Cook on medium high heat in oily skillet 2-3 minutes each side until golden brown.

 Absolutely divine with soy sauce!!!

Veggie Bouillon!!!
I have been saving scraps from our CSA box, stored conveniently in used cups from work in the freezer and FINALLY got around to making a DELICIOUS veggie base for soups this winter!
 Our fridge is filled with venti starbucks cups of veggie parts.

 Which may include bits of zuccini, garlic, onions, beets, carrot tops, celery, leeks, cauliflower &
broccoli stalks, corn cobs, beet & turnip tops, ends of beans, etc etc.

 It all cooked into a delicious soup base.
And now my freezer is filled with handy veggie bouillon cubes.
I highly recommend this easy food project to everyone!
Crab & bee talk more about it here.

CSA Box Scramble!
 My favorite breakfast of late has been a tofu scramble 
incorporating whatever's in our CSA box from Willie Green's Organic Farm out in Monroe.
Last week was tofu with rainbow chard, carrots, beets, onions, garlic and tomatoes.

PLEASE steal my ideas and share your own with me!!! Recipe sharing is the best EVER & right now is the season! Coming soon: Best vegan cupcake adventures yet!

Happy eating!!!

Monday, August 15, 2011

octopus! merchandise!!!

The octopus! fundraiser merchandise is finally here! We have an assortment of tees, sweatshirts and totes for sale with our octopus! logo, in various sizes and colors. Please contact us with all inquiries or orders (with your name, size, color and design preference) at octopusforms@gmail.com.


Remy designed and executed all the images. We all silk screened every piece by hand.

 Here is the main image for our team:
an octopus riding a bicycle.
 Here is the second image Remy designed:
an octopus taking over the Space Needle 
with Mt. Rainier in the background.

 Me getting my silk screen on.

So far we have only completed silk screening of the first image, but we are working on the second one. Requests/orders may be made for either image, and we'll try our best. We unfortunately can't make any guarantees.

For the first image we have two ink colors so far for women's tees. Black ink on yellow tees or blue sweatshirts, and white ink on green or orange or purple tees.

 Black ink selection.

White with black ink, bike image.
(We currently only have XS in this combo.)

 Yellow with black ink.
(We currently only have mediums in this combo.)

 White ink selection.

 Purple with white ink.
(Sorry we are currently sold out of this combo.)
[Some images ride across the torso.]

 Orange with white ink.
(We currently only have L in this combo.)
[Some images ride off the tee.]

Green with white ink.
(We currently have M and L in this combo.)
[Some images are more or less centered.]

We also have men's tees printed with the octopus on a bike image. We have white or grey tees with black ink, and red, navy, blue or dark green tees with white ink. All the men's tees (except the dark green) have a pocket and two buttons (best seen in the picture of the white tee).
 Red with white ink, bike image.
(We currently only have M in this combo.) 

 Blue with white ink, bike image.
(Sorry we are currently sold out of this combo.) 

 Navy with white ink, bike image.
(Sorry we are currently sold out of this combo.)

 White with black ink, bike image.
(We currently have S & L in this combo.)

 Grey with black ink, bike image.
(We currently only have XL in this combo.)

Dark green with white ink, bike image.
(We currently only have L in this combo.)

 Red with white ink, space needle image.
(We currently have M & S in this combo.)

 Bright blue with white ink, space needle image.
(We currently have L in this combo.)

 Grey with black ink, space needle image.
(We currently have S in this combo.)

 Navy blue with white ink, space needle image.
(We currently have XL in this combo.)

We currently have three types of sweatshirts, but more are coming. Blue or grey zip hoodies and grey short-sleeved sweatshirts.
Grey short-sleeved sweatshirt with white ink.
(We currently have L & XL in this combo.)

Grey zip hoodie with white on black ink on front.
(We currently only have medium in this combo.)

Keep checking back for updates with new combos, with pictures of our options with the second image and for dates we will be out selling our merchandise at specific Seattle locations!!

This coming weekend is the ride!!! We will be at the Skagit County Fairgrounds in Mount Vernon for the whole weekend!!! Come visit!!!

Again, we are asking a minimum donation of $30 for tee-shirts and $50 for sweatshirts, but feel free to donate more if you feel so inclined!

Thank you so much for your support and for helping bring movement back to those who have lost it from MS!!! Together we can make a difference!!

Our team page: http://main.nationalmssociety.org/goto/octopus

Sunday, July 3, 2011

monkey see monkey do

So I finally did it. I finished the monkey.

While it did involve quite a bit of rushed final touches, I think it turned out pretty damn cute in general.

 all the finished pieces.

Sewing the whole thing together proved to be the hardest part. I realized I have no idea whatsoever how to sew knit stuff together, so I pretty much winged it. I certainly hope it doesn't all come apart, but it ended up looking ok.

To sum up the parts, the yarn is organic untreated cotton I dyed myself with coffee grounds and chai tea. The stuffing is bamboo and dried organic lavender. The face is felt, buttons and embroidery thread. The hands, feet & ears are cotton. The monkey's blanket is a square of felt & is attached to his hand with a button.

The pattern I used was of a teddy bear from the book Knitted Toy Tales, minus the snout part and plus a tail I made up.

 the blanket idea is thanks to remy.
it is removable, attached with a button.

 side view.

 tail detail.

 i love his goofy smile.

The monkey was designed/made with lots of love for our amazing "nephew", Solomon, who turned two this past week. It took me about two months from start to finish to complete this project and was totally worth it. Special shout out to Remy for finishing details in the car on the way up to the birthday party in Bellingham, for coming up with the blanket idea and for generally supporting me through my fits of frustration while trying to sew the damn thing together.

Remy also came up with his own creative idea for a present. Solomon's two favorite things right now are monkeys and baseball, so Remy designed, drew and printed a tee-shirt for him. It turned out pretty damn adorable, too.

 tee details.

both our presents for solomon.

Sol and his parents, Mariah & Sam are some of the most beautiful people we know, so we wanted our presents to reflect their beauty (inside & out!) and our love for them! We are so excited to get to be closer and actually see Solomon grow up before our eyes. 

My next project is to use the same general pattern along with the organic cotton yarn I dyed bright yellow (see this post) to create a knit lion for my dear friend, Elise who is preggers with her first back in France!! She is due in October, so my goal is to be done with enough time to have it sent to her before her little baby girl pops out!

So much adorable in this post & I'll leave you with this last image so you will all understand how freaking cute Solomon is!!