Thursday, June 13, 2013

June "Summer Fun" Challenge

You are cordially invited to play, get more involved with the team, get inspired, share your talent, take advantage of some free promotion... get ready for June's team creative challenge!

June's Challenge

Our theme is Summer!  Since it is May, it is the perfect time to share some fun items that you think absolutely perfect for summer!  You are welcome to join in with any item you feel represents "summerfun".  The theme is very subjective.  It can be ANY item that you feel fits that theme!  Any color, style, shape or any other thing that fits that theme is welcome to be entered!

Each month's challenge entries will be listed on the blog and put up for public vote, the winner receiving an ad for their shop on the team for the entire month following. :) Every 6 months, all 6 winners from the last series of challenges will be put up for a vote together, the top vote getter winning a grand prize! Yay!

Please join in our creative celebration for this month! Here's how to


*Challenge Guidelines*

~Participation is open to any EtsyVeg team member.

~If you want to participate, you must enter you item in the official thread in our Google Group or EtsyVeg team Etsy forums.

~Each member may enter one item. Entry involves simply posting the
link to an applicable item in your Etsy shop in June's monthly
challenge forum thread and tagging that item with the tag
"summerfun" (all one word, without the quotations). You must
also have your entry tagged with the official team tag, "etsyveg team."

~If an item entered in the challenge sells before the end of the
month, please send a convo to the EtsyVeg Etsy shop, including the
link to the sold item, so that it can still be included.

~Deadline for entry is June 30th.

~All entries will be featured in a treasury on the EtsyVeg blog at the
beginning of next month, to be voted on by the public (EtsyVeg members
can vote, too). The top vote-getter will be awarded with an ad for
their Etsy shop on the top of the blog sidebar for the entire month
until the next winner is chosen. At the end of six months, all winners
from the past six months will be up for vote on the blog again, this
time eligible to win a grand prize gift!

~All EtsyVeg members (not just participants) are encouraged throughout
the month to initiate forum threads about the challenge, make
treasuries by doing a tag search for "etsyveg team" with
"summerfun" and putting only those items in the treasury, or to
generate other types of promotion. (If you do any of these, please let everyone know
so that we can all post or click to keep it going!)

~Please direct concerns or questions to Maggie of magglepie, or send an email to


The EtsyVeg Monthly Challenge is meant to inspire, recognize, and
promote team members and our shops; to spread the word about vegan/
vegetarian lifestyles and living consciously; and to raise awareness
about the ease of eco-friendly living and the rights of animals to
live free of exploitation.

~*Happy creating!*~

Monday, June 3, 2013

Zucchini Hummus - or Green Goddess Dressing - you decide?

Most novice gardeners make the mistake of planting too much zucchini and are so SICK of zucchini everything by August they never want to plant the stuff again.  Has this ever happened to you?  Guilty!  If you need to use up some zucchini, or even not - here's a fabulous recipe I swiped from the only truly evolved, health-aware grocer here in southern Houston - Erma's - whom placed it out for sampling one day a while back.  Even my 10-yr-old son, whom won't touch hummus with a 10 foot pole, declared it delicious!  Go figure. 

 One note - in my trademark haste I neglected to "drain excess water" and ended up with a "dressing", or cold soup.  I poured some over salad the 2nd time I ate it and decided it's my new staple dressing:-)  Who needs bottled stuff w/ MSG and god-knows what other additives?  The addition of 1/2 an avocado would transform it into a spectacular raw Green Goddess-y concoction, don't you think?  Gonna try it....

Zucchini Hummus

2 chopped zucchinis
1/3 c. tahini
4Tbsp lemon juice
1/2 tsp. ground cumin
1 minced clove garlic (I used 2 - yum!)
Handful fresh parsley
1 tsp. sea salt
(optional as mentioned above - 1/2 peeled avocado)

Blend only zucchini in a high speed blender.  For hummus - drain off excess water before adding the remaining ingredients and blending again.  For dressing - omit the draining phase and blend everything at once.

Nutrition Info:  2TBS. = 1 serving
calories - 44.1
fat - 3.8gr
carbs - 1.9g
protein - 1.3g
(recipe courtesy of Carolward99 - a SparkPeople user)

Enjoy in health!  Cherie from Jag & Nevie