An Obsession with All Things Handmade and Home-Cooked

Eat Your Veggies!


Like mom always said, you’ve got to eat your veggies if you want to grow up big and strong.  There’s plenty of scientific evidence to back that claim up now, but even before the medical experts decided to weigh in and add legitimacy to that classic parental insistence, it was an unarguable fact that those leafy greens were the key to a healthy adulthood. Instead of reaching for the spinach like so many trendy mothers, however, mine would bust out the most unsuspecting subjects… Like mushrooms.

Balking at the power of a simple button mushroom, I resisted just like any average child, squirming in my seat until dinner time was over and I could toss out the offending fungus on my plate. Clearly, my mom had a few tricks up her sleeve, and over time I caught wind that these were no average mushrooms at all.

Sure, they looked different than their brown brethren, but when I would finally oblige with a few tentative bites, it felt as though my energy levels suddenly went through the roof, like a new set of batteries had been installed inside me. It’s a crazy concept to be sure, but I’m convinced to this day that those mushrooms and veggies were what always charged me back up, almost like magic!

Of course, I still could never bring myself to eat those suspicious red-capped ‘shrooms… Perhaps that’s why I never grew so tall!

Author: Hannah (BitterSweet)

Author of My Sweet Vegan, Vegan Desserts, Vegan a la Mode, and Easy as Vegan Pie.

36 thoughts on “Eat Your Veggies!

  1. Too adorable!! Love it :)

  2. Oh man!! Those are awesome. I’m obsessed with Mario!

  3. OMG – HANNAH!!!!!


    made my day….

  4. O how cute those are Hannah! Lovely!

  5. I am an avowed mushroom hater, but those crocheted ones are just adorable!

  6. Those are way too cute to eat. But I adore mushrooms.

  7. OMG – I absolutely love these! I’m super obsessed with the Mario Bros! A comic book store near my apartment carries a pillow version of the toadstool heads, lol.

  8. Adorable! I’m not sure if that is crochet or knitted, but I love it.

  9. so so cute, did you crochet those? i wish i could crank out something like that, i’ll stick to scarves ;)

  10. So cute!! I love them.

  11. Cute story! I love the little guys in your greens!

  12. I made that mistake with the hermits too, but didn’t know about the correction, next time though!!

  13. I LOVE them! Very cute and clever :) Now I wish I could crochet so I could make some!

  14. Oh my goodness, these are wonderful! I’ve gotta show my game designer friends…

  15. Happy New Year Hannah! And these little crochet “creatures” are so cute, absolutely adorable!

  16. ow so cute, I loved it :)


  17. Ohlalalalalala so cuuuuuuuuuuuuute i love it !
    Tout mignon, bravo !

  18. hehehe totally adorable :) and now I have the Mario theme song stuck in my head LOL

  19. so cute! I love the story too :)

  20. The mushroom story was adorable, but nothing beats the red and green mushrooms in the pictures! They are too cute!!! Happy New Year, by the way =)

  21. So adorable, I would eat them if I could!! :D

  22. Awww tiny and adorable. Takes me back to my days as a kid playing lots and lots of Mario Bros. Lovely, Hannah!

  23. Hannah – These are terrific! For some more knitting fun, check out I’ve made a number of their things for my family. Currently, I’m working on their owl backpack and owl purse for my daughter.

    Happy New Year!

    Natalie @ gluten a go go

  24. These are just too cute, Hannah! :)

  25. These are so adorable, I really loved reading this post:)

  26. Ahhhhhhhhhhh Mario mushroooooooooooooooms!!!! I want!!! So cute.

  27. OMG! Those are SO fucking cute!

  28. Ohhh Hannah they look gorgeous!!! I have been away from my website for far too long and had no idea whether you had gotten around to making the mushrooms or not – they look so cute in the salad! Glad to see my pattern turned out well (whew, it makes sense for others ;) )


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