Spring is coming/here/??

Here we are, February 6th, almost 50 degrees outside...weird. I've shoveled once this winter. Times change, weather changes, patterns alter, etc, etc. I love that I can drink the water that comes out of my faucet at home; I love that I have a faucet that dispenses water in my home. I want my kid to have the same. What am I really saying???

Maybe we shouldn't eat so much meat. I stopped around November 2001, with the occasional bite here and there. I have eaten some fish over the past decade and a half too. I have since stopped that as well. Practiced a vegan diet for a few years, switched back to vegetarian when I got pregnant in 2014. Now am back to a vegan diet. Why? Well, I have moments of extreme sadness when I think about the harm inflicted on sentient beings (just one of many links to check out if you are so inclined http://www.livescience.com/39481-time-to-declare-animal-sentience.html) only to satisfy our conditioned responses to our hunger and thirst.

I also think about how our diets are a product of our history and tradition. My grandparents' families ate the way they did because they raised animals, collected their eggs and milk and slaughtered them for their meat. Because they didn't have such unlimited access to other forms of food and often their financial circumstances didn't allow for it. Do I understand this? Yes. Do I feel that I must eat the way they did even though my situation is completely different? No. 

Then I think about the damage that a diet including factory-farmed animal products has on our environment. I won't post a link here as there are soooo many and all you need to do is a three-second google search and you'll see what I mean. My point is, why partake in the factory-farming system if you don't have to? It's not an easy transition sometimes and maybe you'll make "mistakes", I know I did and still do and that's ok, no one is perfect and you shouldn't expect yourself to be perfect. 

This is what I read when I need to remember why my choices are important. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eating_Animals I recommend this book to everyone. Be prepared to change your eating habits by the time you finish the book. Habits change. Traditions change. Climate is changing. Etc. Etc. Etc.

September already!?!

Cliched observation/question:

Where did the summer go? The students have returned & it'll be September next week! Wow. It seems like every summer goes by a little more quickly; once I have settled in & adjusted, that's when it's ending. The good news is this is the best time of year for local produce--we still have summer veggies like zucchini, cucumber, and peppers but we also have the beginnings of the fall harvest: cabbage, butternut squash, potatoes, onions, and garlic. It's such a treat to live in a place with the some of the most fertile soil on the planet. I could go on and on about black Iowa dirt. I could also just direct you to this great song from my favorite Iowa musician, Will Whitmore: 


Enjoy the music and the veggies, Iowa City. Come let me cook for you. 

Grow me all the herbs...........

Grow me all the herbs...........

It's about that time (or perhaps slightly past that time) to plant some herbs in some giant pots on our patio so that soon we will be able to make our cocktails and our dishes even more amazing because not much else tastes as great as a fresh herb garnish on an already tasty drink and/or dinner. Jaime and I need to go buy a bunch of dirt (or find someone who can give us a bunch of dirt...) and get to planting! Stay tuned for beautiful herbs.

I really want a mural for the patio...

A few years ago our landlord had the building painted and we're still totally in love with the color that we helped choose (red has always been my favorite), but the patio is desperately in need of a makeover. We're planning to scrape the walls & paint them white but eventually I'd love to have a mural out there. I'm thinking "Iowa, Before the Corn"--so a prairie scene? I don't know who would create it or when it'll be done but I wanted to share my idea. (Now where's my pickle? Haha.)

What a Load of Craft After-Party!

Reservations are encouraged because seating is limited! :)
Call us at 319-248-0077

Celebrate What A Load Of Craft & Mission Creek with some super tasty food and some special punch we made just for you!
$25 gets you all-you-care-to-enjoy-while-they-last of the following organic vegan treats, made from scratch:

pickled veggies; marinated olives; spiced nuts; tortilla bites with creamy vegan cheese & veggies; lemon-sesame kale salad with brown rice & veggies; mini kebabs with basil tofu, cherry tomatoes, and cucumber; coconut pineapple cake with chocolate drizzle; cardamom-rosewater cookies; peanut butter cookies; and Jaime's cocktail punch!

We'll also be offering an a la carte menu from 5-9pm:
soup; salads; hummus & falafel; fries & sweet potato fries; tempeh reuben platter; flatbread pizza!

Stick around for the amazing (and cheap: $5) show afterwards, featuring Daisy Chains, Gem Jones, and Savage Young Taterbug!

Spend the night with Trumpet Blossom, you won't regret it.

Join us Saturday April 16th for our 4th Anniversary Party

We've got a great day planned with tons of live music, food & drink specials, and complimentary birthday cake! We open at 11am and are planning to party til midnight so make sure to join us! We couldn't do what we do without your support so thank you & we can't wait to see you for our 4th anniversary!