Tofu Pirate Plush Makes a Perfect Vegetarian or Vegan Gift

The tofu pirate plush makes a wonderful vegan gift.Is it a marshmallow? Is it a ghost block? No, it’s the tofu pirate plush, an excellent choice for all your vegan gift needs!

The tofu pirate is one of the products I’ve been making the longest and even if she isn’t a top seller I love having her around.

I originally thought of this plush as a more niche product but have learned over the years that lots of people love the tofu pirate, especially kids. When I do craft shows, this unassuming white block draws lots of people to my booth who really love seeing tofu represented.  You’ll frequently hear someone saying to their friend “Guess what this is? It’s TOFU!”

The tofu pirate plush, and excellent vegan gift.When I did the Vegan Beer and Food Fest in Portland, Oregon this past fall, she was a huge hit. That Dang Vegan and  The Hungry Taurus both did nice write ups that mention the tofu pirate and some of the adventures they’ve had together.

If you’re looking for a fun and unique vegetarian or vegan gift, you can’t go wrong with a tofu pirate plush toy from Panda With Cookie.

The Great Vegan Grains Book Review

the great vegan grains bookI consider myself lucky to have received a copy of The Great Vegan Grains Book recently. Just published, it is the latest from vegan masterminds Tamasin Noyes and Celine Steen. You may remember them from such blogs as Vegan Appetite and Have Cake, Will Travel. Both blogs are fairly quiet these days, but both were around back in the days when vegan blogging was new and exciting.

I’m in my busy season right now with craft fairs galore but wanted to try out a couple of dishes and get a quick review up. Tami and Celine are two of the nicest vegans I know from the internet and I love using their cookbooks. In full disclosure, this book came to me for free but I haven’t been paid nor asked for a review.

The Great Vegan Grains Book features Celine’s gorgeous photography and an eclectic mix of recipes that feature grains ranging from the familiar rice to the more exotic einkorn. There’s a solid introduction with information on a variety of grains that includes cooking times and liquids for every one used in the book.

First up, I made the split pea and rice artichoke mujadarra (seen above) which was fabulous. I never use split peas except in split pea soup and this dish was so light and fresh I loved it. I also had the roasted corn and barley chowder, which was again light and fresh. I’d make this next time in the late summer when the fresh corn is high, but the mujadarra will be a winter staple.

I just received a bottle of Bar B Cutie bbq sauce from the man behind the I-40 Vegan (another blog from back in the day) and can’t wait to try the BBQ Bulger Burgers next. I’d highly recommend The Great Vegan Grains Book to anyone interested in expanding their bulk bin adventures beyond rice and quinoa.

Crafty Wonderland 2015 Portland Oregon

crafty wonderlandWe’re just 2 weeks out from the biggest craft event in Portland! It’s time for the 2015 Crafty Wonderland super colossal holiday sale! This great event takes place December 12th and 13th from 11 am to 6 pm at the Oregon Convention Center in Hall D. As always, they have fabulous free goodie bags for the first 150 shoppers each day. Admission both days is free.

For the first time they are also doing a ticketed event on Friday, December 11th from 5-9 pm. $20 gets you in to shop early without the crowds along with a free drink ticket and entry into a raffle.

Panda With Cookie is thrilled to be here for our first Crafty Wonderland holiday sale! I’ll be fully stocked with all sorts of fabulous plush toys, cat ornaments, and unique baby onesies for great gift giving.

Buy handmade and support your local crafters! See you there!

Cyber Monday Sale! 2015 Ornament Collection!

Stegosaurus Pirate Rainbow Panda With Cookie has a great cyber Monday sale for you! A free 5 x 7 hand cut paper print with every order of $20 or more.

Simply add the print of your choosing from my Cyber Monday shop section to your cart, then enter coupon code CYBERMONDAY at checkout. Limited to stock on hand, good only for this cyber Monday sale. One per address, please.

cyber monday saleI’m also announcing that my 2015 ornament collection is here! Some old favorites like the Doctor Who tardis and dalek are back as well as some new friends like Bigfoot. These make great gifts and stocking stuffers. Need a secret Santa gift? Who wouldn’t love a wee taco beaming from the tree, especially if they’re already on the taco cleanse.

Thanks for supporting a small business this holiday season!

2015 Madeleine Marketplace and Tree Lighting

handmade cat beds, 2015 madeleien marketplace Panda With Cookie will be at the 2015 Madeleine Marketplace and tree lighting on Thursday, December 5th, from 2-8 pm. There will be over 40 handmade vendors along with the school wreath and poinsettia sale. The Christmas tree lighting starts at 6 pm.

I will have a great selection of handmade plush toys for all ages, as well as baby onesies and my 2015 ornament collection. The brand new pizza and pie cat beds will also be available. Come find me and say hello!

2015 Laurelhurst Winter Bazaar

sasquatch, laurelhurst winter bazaarPanda With Cookie is thrilled to be a vendor at the Laurelhurst Winter Bazaar on Sunday, December 6th, from 9-4. Laurelhurst School is located at 840 NE 41st Avenue in Portland, Oregon.

There will be over 80 handmade vendors, BUNKtruck for lunch, and their annual wreath auction.

You’ll find a couple of my onesies in their raffle, and I’ll have a good selection at my table as well, including the popular Sasquatch onesie above.

Hoping to spend a good amount of time shopping? They will be offering onsite child care! Check out the Laurelhurst Winter Bazaar Facebook page for details and to reserve a spot now.

As always, all my 2015 holiday shows can be found on my event page.

Vegan Thanksgiving Recipes for Everyone

pumpkin cheesecake, vegan thanksgiving

Photo from Just the Food.

Thanksgiving is just around the corner. It’s an excellent day to gather with friends and family to enjoy each others company, play board games, and eat a big home cooked meal.

I’m not big on going overboard on the holidays with a huge meal that takes 3 days to prepare. I want to sit on the couch to watch the Mystery Science Theater 3000 Turkey Day marathon while my partner cooks and then we continue to sit on the couch with George.

So here are some vegan Thanksgiving ideas for people who want an easier day to enjoy.

But a Tofurky roast or a Field Roast. Channel your inner Ron Popeil and set it and forget it.

Our preferred green bean casserole is the one from Campbell’s soup. Classic! Double the fried onions. Paul makes a big batch of the cream of mushroom soup from Cookin’ Crunk in advance and we freeze some for later casserole. This does require some advance work, but it is well worth it and easy to make day of.

A big bag of Pepperidge Farms stuffing will last through the holiday season. Stuffing in a bag! Yes!

I’m not making these this year, but if you want to really go all out with some homemade bread, these are the rolls. I-40 Vegan knows what’s what.

We always have a pile of roasted vegetables and this crispy cabbage recipe from Cadry’s Kitchen looks like a nice addition to those. Toss in some easy roasted Brussels sprouts from Dianne’s vegan kitchen, too. Remember, roasting is your friend. Set it and forget it!

Finish it all off with an easy pumpkin cheesecake pie from Joni at Just the Food. Make a day in advance and eat the night before.

Vegan Thanksgiving! Fast and delicious.


Lewis and Clark CFA Cat Show 2015

cat ornaments, crafty wonderland, CFA cat show Panda With Cookie is pleased to be participating in the 2015 CFA Cat Show put on by the Lewis and Clark Cat Club. I’ll be at the Double Tree Inn at the Lloyd Center at 1000 NE Multnomah St. in Portland, Oregon on Saturday, December 5th and Sunday, December 6th from 9-4.

I’ll have a select number of catnip toys and beds and a large selection of my cat ornaments with options to order your custom cat ornaments at the show.

Admission to the Lewis and Clark CFA cat show is $4, with $1 going toward the Cat Adoption Team food bank. There will be over 200 show cats to see, as well as a household cat division, cat adoptions by Cat Adoption Team and vendors with cat toys and gifts.


New Handmade Cat Beds at Panda With Cookie

handmade cat beds I am thrilled to show what I’ve been busy working on for the past few weeks. I have new handmade cat beds for sale at here at Panda With Cookie.

Available in a pizza pie, with pepperoni, green peppers and black olives on a saucy crust or as a blueberry or cherry pie with lattice topping.

These handmade cat beds measure roughly 20 inches in diameter and are machine washable! Wash in cold water, gentle cycle and dry on a low heat for about 20 minutes. They are sewn with anti-pill fleece and poly fil. george pizza bed

Here’s our model George demonstrating proper use of the pizza cat bed. It’s his pick for the 2015 Holiday Gift Of The Year For Cats and Those Who Like Cats, so you know George means business. Available at Panda With Cookie or pick up at one of my local Portland, Oregon shows this season.