Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Monday, August 29, 2011

Meatless Monday Recipe

This recipe has been adapted from Great American Home Cooking 1998. Originally called Mom's Best Meatloaf, my husband and I like to call it Unmeatloaf. Can also be made into Unmeatballs.


2 tsp vegetable oil
2 onions, chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 boxes of Fantastic World Foods Taco Filling prepared (you could also use Fantastic World Foods Vegetarian Sloppy Joe w/o any sauce or a combo of the two)
1 1/2 cup bread crumbs
Egg Beaters, equivalent of 2 eggs
1/3 cup plain yogurt
1/4 cup parsley, chopped
1 tbs Dijon mustard
1 tbs apple cider vinegar
1 tsp eash salt & black pepper
1/2 tsp dried thyme


1 cup ketchup
1/4 cup vegetable broth
2 tbs brown sugar
1 tbs apple cider vinegar

Preheat oven to 350F. Whisk together glaze ingredients in small bowl and set aside. Heat oil in skillet over medium heat. Add onions and saute for 7 minutes stirring often. Add garlic and cook 2 minutes more. Put mixture into large bowl and let cool. Add remaining ingredients and mix thoroughly. Grease a 9x5 loaf pan. Press mixture in pan evenly. Brush with 1/2 cup of glaze and bake 50 minutes. Brush with another 1/2 cup glaze and bake 10 more minutes. Slice and serve with remaining glaze.

Friday, August 26, 2011


Took a mini break from beadweaving and any long-term projects to make some earrings

And a treasury

Wishing all a great weekend!

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Creativity takes courage. -Henri Matisse

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Treasury of the Day

Ok, so I can't choose just one today.

Inspired by Halloween

Love, love, love the mauve!!

Captivated by the mustard and fall colors

Sneak Peek

Just a little sneak peek at some beadwoven items I am working on.

Monday, August 22, 2011

Treasury of the Day

Meatless Monday Recipe

Meatless Monday is an ongoing international campaign to encourage people to not eat meat (at least) one day of the week to improve their health and the health of the planet. As this initiative grows in popularity, so does the need for delicious recipes. As a long time Vegetarian, I thought I'd share the best recipes in my arsenal each Monday.
The following recipe has been adapted from a June 2005 issue of Vegetarian Times. I've made it for several family members that are hardcore meat eaters and they all love it and I hope you do too. It is one of my all time favorite recipes. It looks like a burger and tastes like a sweet & spicy meatloaf. Feel free to share your thoughts if you try it. Enjoy!

Jamaican Patties

3 tbs vegetable oil
1 1/2 cups chopped onion
3 cloves garlic, minced
3 tbs jerk seasoning
1/2 tsp salt
4 cups grated carrots
2 cups frozen peas, thawed
1 1/2 cups plain breadcrumbs
Egg Beaters, equivalent of 3 lrg eggs
1/2 cup vanilla rice milk

Heat 1 tbs oil over med-high heat in non-stick skillet, add onion and stir often, cook 2-3 minutes, until softened. Add garlic, jerk seasoning, and salt. Cook 30-60 seconds. Stir in carrots, cover, and reduce to medium heat. Cook 5 minutes or until tender. Stir in peas and cook 1 minute. Transfer to a large bowl and fold in breadcrumbs. Whisk together Egg Beaters and milk in separate bowl, then stir into mixture. Form into 12 3/4 inch thick patties using approx 1/3 cup for each. Heat 1 tbs oil over med heat in large non-stick skillet. Add patties and cook 5 minutes on each side until golden. Repeat, adding more oil if necessary.

Pineapple Salsa

2 cups diced pineapple
1/2 red pepper, diced
1/3 cup chopped cilantro
4 green onions, chopped
1 jalapeno, seeded & minced
1/4 cup fresh lime juice
pinch of salt

Combine all ingredients & mix well.
Serve with patties.
1 serving = 2 patties and 1/2 cup salsa. Approx 230 calories per serving.

Friday, August 19, 2011

Etsy Treasuries

Who doesn't like to be featured in a treasury on Etsy? When I have the time, I find them quite fun to create; hunting for that perfect item, never knowing what you might find. Or stumbling across an item so lovely you're inspired to feature it in a treasury.
I noticed there are treasury makers that exist on Etsy for the sole purpose of creating treasuries; they are neither sellers or buyers!
The Wisconsin Street Team, aka the Moo Crew, feature treasury challenges every week in which they ask members to create a treasury based on their chosen theme featuring other members and then post the winners on their blog every Tuesday.
Here is my latest treasury, inspired by a cool light source I happened upon on Etsy this morning.

Here is a treasury that struck my fancy with lovely finds and a nostalgic theme. Isn't it dramatic and gorgeous?

Thursday, August 18, 2011


Welcome to the new Bliss Works Studio blog!
I hope you’ll enjoy my blend of geekery, photography, and sporadic musings on jewelry, books, Etsy, and more.
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