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Mar. 25, 2011 at 4:48pm

Old City Hall

Waiting for Merconi's to open this morning this morning, I looked up at Old City Hall and saw  PLANTS growing on the side of it and what looks to maybe be a TREE growing on the ledge of the middle round window!

Now, I realize that I need new glasses, so if a few of you could swing by with cameras and document this I would appreciate it. 



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Sep. 8, 2010 at 4:53pm

Sprouted lentil curry

1 cup red lentils

4 cups water to soak

4-6 cups water to boil

2 cups water to cook

14 ounce canned diced tomatoes in juice or 2 beef steak tomatoes, rough chopped

1 small root of ginger, grated

1 head of garlic, minced

1 heaping teaspoon chili powder (I use ancho)

4 tablespoons butter or oil

1 teaspoon salt

� teaspoon black pepper

1/3 cup cream or thick yogurt or coconut milk

Small dish of red pepper flakes

Soak lentils 4-8 hours,  just until the little �tails� start growing.

Rinse lentil and place in large sauce pan, cover with 2-3 inches of water.  Bring to a boil.  Turn off heat and let sit 10 minutes.  Drain most water from pot � and return to stove.  Add tomatoes, ginger, garlic, chili peppers, water, butter, salt and black peppers.  Cook  on medium low for 1 hour, add � cup water as needed to keep from drying out.  Stir in heavy cream and serve with red pepper flake garnish.

HINT:  most Hindi cooks I know do NOT prep before a recipe.  Chop the tomatoes (if fresh) while the water is coming to a boil. Add the tomatoes and start grating the ginger, add ginger and start prepping the garlic, etc.  The ingredients should be listed by the order of what needs to cook longest.  An example is a potato and red pepper dish � add the potatoes and start chopping the pepper � by the time you add the peppers the potatoes are cooked.

HINT2:  Because of the variable nature of fresh ingredients and spices � a recipe may turn out completely differently than you expected.  If, when you are finished cooking and the dish just doesn�t taste like what it should � rename it.


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Sep. 5, 2010 at 9:46pm

I killed the pot roast,


I suck at white people food.......

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Aug. 14, 2010 at 11:06am

Chocolate Tasting!

Tasseomancy Tea Party & Chocolate Tasting

Sunday August 15th, 3-5pm Tasseomancy Tea Party & Chocolate Tasting

Have you ever looked at the expensive chocolates at the store and wondered if they were really that much better?

Here is your opportunity to nibble a sampler plate of gourmet chocolate and decide for yourself.

Tea - your choice of green, black, herbal or red will be served. Each participant will receive a 15 minute tea leaf/cup reading.

$20 per person, space is limited to 12 people, so sign up early!
To save your space, stop by the store or call 253-572-8339

Cost / Admission

Crescent Moon Gifts
2712 6th Ave.
Tacoma, WA, 98406

The chocolates to nibble:

Hershey�s Milk Chocolate

Hershey�s Special Dark

Cadbury Dairy Milk

Cadbury Royal Dark

Cadbury (Euro) Dairy Milk

Ghirardelli Evening Dream 60%

Ghirardelli Twilight Delight 72%

Ghirardelli Midnight Reverie 86%

Lindt Classic Recipe Milk Chocolate

Lindt Excellence Extra Creamy Milk

Lindt Excellence Intense Dark 70%

Godiva White Chocolate Vanilla Bean

Godiva Milk Chocolate

Godiva Dark Chocolate 72%

See�s Candies Milk Chocolate

See�s Candies Extra Dark Chocolate 62%

See�s Candies Sugar Free Dark Bar

Droste Holland Milk Chocolate Pastille

Droste Holland Extra Dark Chocolate Pastille 75%

Droste Holland Milk/Bittersweet Chocolate

Perugina White Chocolate

Perugina Milk Chocolate

Perugina Bittersweet Chocolate 60%

Ritter Sport Dark Chocolate 50%

Guylian Belgian Milk Chocolate No Sugar

Guylian Belgian Dark Chocolate No Sugar

Endangered Species Milk 35%

Endangered Species Smooth Milk 48%

Endangered Species Dark 70%

Endangered Species Supreme Dark 72%

Endangered Species Extreme Dark 88%

Theo Milk Chocolate 45%

Theo Dark Chocolate

Scharffen Berger Extra Rich Milk

Scharffen Berger Bittersweet 70%

Bernard Castelain Milk Chocolate 37%

Bernard Castelain Dark Chocolate 72%

Chocolove Milk Chocolate 33%

Chocolove Dark Chocolate 55%

Seattle Chocolates Milk Chocolate Truffle

Seattle Chocolates Dark Chocolate 53% Truffle

Newman�s Own Milk Chocolate 34%

Newman�s Own Dark Chocolate 54%

Dilettante Chocolates Milk Chocolate Supreme 41%

Dilettante Chocolates Milk Chocolate Supreme 41%

Dilettante Chocolates Deluxe Dark Chocolate 63%

Fran�s Deep Milk Chocolate 38%

Blanxart Milk Chocolate 34%

Blanxart Dark Chocolate 72%


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Jul. 11, 2010 at 7:13am

Art onthe Ave - Crescent Moon Gifts

Open House!

We're having a big party at Crescent Moon today!

Local fantasy artists and musical groups will be in the store throughout the day.

Every hour will be a new (free) intro-class - I'll be giving the 12noon class "Intro to Hoodoo."

I'll also be the store Tarot reader for the first half of the day.

Hope to see a few familiar faces today!




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Feb. 19, 2010 at 11:56am

Devious Crows

I have it on good authority that Ocryx and Joe are planning something......

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Feb. 14, 2010 at 12:16pm

Make Shed Open House Photos

The not-quite open first peek at the space


The music room - several members are now planning a weekly drum circle type get toghether.

The entry way.

We stayed late.

I brought my spinning wheel, wool picker, and fiber over.  I will be at the space on Mondays - if any memebers want to learn to spin or use the picker/carder.  I will teach an intro to spinning class in March (non-members welcome) watch for details.

The garage - soon to be Hot Shop.

The kitchen.

This will be a dark room as soon as it can get set up.  It's bigger than it looks.

Yeah, I paid extra for this....

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Feb. 9, 2010 at 2:55pm

Update - MakeShed!

Open House

Open House is Saturday - Feb 13th.  Email for address: ravencraftmakeshed@yahoo.com

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Jan. 24, 2010 at 5:02pm


1st Planning Meeting

The 1st planning meeting for the possibility of a Tacoma Makers Space is Tuesday night.  Jinx and I will be there with the people who have the space.  We will walk throught the available space and talk finances.  

Right now thoughts are towards a Hot Shop / forge - kiln area; beginning wood shop; fiber arts set up; dedicated work spaces; and a possible dark room.  There would be wifi and older computers for members to schedule time on.  Are we forgetting anything?

But like I said this is the first (limited access) meeting.  If you have a desire to be one of the opening investors - 'cause these things do cost start up money and monthly maintenance fees - If you are interested in being invovled on the start-up please let me know.


I'll post the followup on Wednesday....



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