Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Blogger Action Day

This year's theme: poverty.

And today, I'd like to talk food. Remember food? If you're my age or younger, you might not. You might know mostly food-like products (Lucky Charms anyone? How about Velveeta?). I was a vegetarian for five years not because of the plight of the animals kept in nasty cages and treated terribly (though there's something wrong about that too) but because of how wasteful, ridiculous, and costly--both to our health and to our ecological well being--the western meat production system is.

However, there's a lovely tide coming--one where we eat locally grown food, we know our farmers, we eat things that were grown in season, using sustainable methodologies...etc. We take care of the soil and it takes care of us. We eat when we're hungry. We eat with others, sharing stories and savoring flavors. We stop when we're full. We spend a larger percentage of our income on food, as do the Italians, the Spanish, and the French.

Whole Foods and PCC used to be where the greasy hippies shop. Now it's where we all shop*. But I propose taking it one step further--go to your farmer's market. Talk to the guy who milks the cows on Saturday for market on Sunday. Meet the woman who bakes the bread. Talk to her about where she gets her flour. Ask her if she uses eggs from pastured chickens.

So. Here's my spin on Blog Action Day: let's not let ourselves live in poverty of nutrition. Did you know that for the first time in history, pediatricians are seeing obese children with major nutrition deficiencies? That's a serious, serious problem. We've created cheap food so that we all have plenty to eat...but we've stopped thinking about WHAT we're eating. Empty calories don't do anyone any good.

Let's get back to knowing what we're eating; participating in our own nutrition; cooking and sharing food with neighbors, friends, and family--and in the mean time, we'll all be richer. But I'm not talking about money, ya'll.

Check these out:

1. A book you have to read
2. A movie you have to watch
3. Where to get good food
4. Where we buy the best lamb, raw milk, and hairy pig in town
5. Why you want to buy local

*Okay, I admit, I'm living in Seattle, and though many of us wear suits, we're all pretty much greasy hippies on the inside.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

word cloud of cupcakery

created here simply by typing the url of this* blog.
note the prominence of the word "cupcakes." nuf said.
make your own. link back. have fun.

*(THIS one. the one you're reading.)

Monday, October 13, 2008

Kindred spirit

HEY YOU Minneapolites! Minneapolitians? Minneapolisians?

If you live in Minneapolis, it's time to read this blog. Why? Three reasons.


Meet Sheela Namakkal. She and I went to the University of Minnesota at the same time. We both majored in Women's Studies (such a lucrative major...). And we both heart cupcakes. I heart eating them. She bakes them too. She caters here. And she brings cupcakes around town on the weekends. Go get some. Seriously.

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Shameless self-promotion

Shameless self-promotion of gavron designs logo wear.

Modeled (action shots!) of my adorable nephew, Brendan.

Just look at him off-road in that shirt!

(photo credits go to his mum, Melissa, my lovely sister.)


a picture of Piper wearing the adorable hat I made for her while she was still in utero, now that it fits!

(photo credit goes to the mister.)