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I was wandering outside today, and guess what I found hiding in the rosebushes?

What IS that? Is it trying to camouflage itself, or does it just have a special affinity for flowers and bad metaphors?

…okay, you’ve got me. I knit a uterus.

A friend of mine is having some uterine trouble, so I did the obvious thing and knit her a uterus. Isn’t that what all of you would have done? I’m sending it in a care package to help her on her way. The pattern is from Knitty, and can be found here. I knit this on size 7 dpns with worsted weight yarn, so it came out a little smaller — actually close to the size of a real uterus!

And hey, for you Vegan MoFos out there, I have a cookbook recommendation:

I bought Farmer John’s Cookbook recently on a quest for more veggie-focused cookbooks. While I’m a fan of fake cheese and fake meat, I’ve been working on shifting my vegetarian diet to something that’s actually focused on, you know, vegetables. This cookbook does just that, with a bunch of recipes for almost every vegetable you could imagine (although not artichokes!), arranged by season. It’s full of pictures and anecdotes from the farm, as well as some slightly eccentric commentary from Farmer John. Maybe best of all, this cookbook in particular focuses on seasonal eating, so recipes for early spring produce won’t have you buying tomatoes from who knows where in the middle of February.

I’ve been realizing that the best vegetable cookbooks are those with less glossiness, less pictures, and more text. They appear boring at first, but end up being a wealth of information on how to buy, store, and prepare vegetables — more of a how to cook vegetables guide than anything else.

Tonight? I try to tackle eggplant. I will let you know if I survive. Eggplant and I have a tumultuous past.

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On a whim, I bought some coconut milk ice cream last night. I opted for Coconut Bliss ice cream, choosing Chocolate Hazelnut Fudge. How could I not?

Oh my goodness. It was delicious — a sturdy enough chocolate flavor, not too sweet but avoiding bitterness, with chunks of real (!) hazelnuts. The coconut flavor from the coconut milk was subtle but added a richness to the chocolate and really brought out the hazelnut flavors. The texture was incredible, possessing a smoothness and creaminess that, although light, didn’t feel airy.

Best of all, Coconut Bliss is totally vegan and free of soy, dairy, and even sugar. It’s sweetened with agave syrup, which is supposed to be a more stable sugar for the body, evening out any blood sugar spikes that would normally happen. Agave has the added bonus of being totally vegan, for those of you for whom that is an issue. Apparently, too, coconut milk offers “better” fats that work with the metabolism, so don’t get scared off by the seemingly high fat content. The ingredient list is simple, and I easily recognized all its components. With its fair trade chocolate ingredients thrown in there, this seems to be the most well thought out and conscientious ice cream I’ve ever had.

This is absolutely my new favorite ice cream. The richness of the texture and flavor, combined with the responsibility Coconut Bliss takes for the quality and production of its ice cream, totally sold me. I can’t wait to try the other flavors (which include Cherry Amaretto and Mint Galactica).

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