Fruity Chia Seed Jam & Confessions of an Emoji Addict

fruity chia seed jam

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I started drafting this post way back in March. But then things started happening in our world, and week after week it was pushed aside in favor of something more pressing. Until now, when it’s feeling like maybe the time has finally come. So let me try this again. But you might want to wish me luck, because who knows how close the next change of 2020 looms. Based on the pattern, my guess is close. Very close.

A Million Times Over

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Almond Butter & The Storms Before the Calm

almond butterPlease hit the jump to recipe button up above to head straight for the Almond Butter; otherwise, I’ve got a lot of (very loud) things on my mind…

Year of the Rat

I was only five days into January when I realized that 2020 was going to be a pivotal year for me. I actually sensed the changes coming even before the ball had officially dropped, but January 5th quickly confirmed the feelings. And then, so did the days of February…and March…and April. Some pretty significant changes arrived in May, too. And not to be outdone, June’s been working on … Continue reading

Investing in Women: Spotlight on Women for Women International

Women for Women International

It’s a story we’re all too familiar with. In many places, we’re encouraged to ignore it; in the United States, for instance, we’re told that feminism is no longer necessary. Women are equal, aren’t they? They’re no longer confined to the home, they hold jobs previously denied to them, and overall, their position in society has improved in many ways. So what’s all the fuss about?

The fuss is about this: Although in some countries great strides have been made, for many women around the world, equality and opportunity are still not readily accessible. Women are less likely to hold … Continue reading

DIY Face Mask & I’m Still Smiling

DIY Face Mask(Please hit the jump to recipe button above to head straight for the DIY Face Mask pattern. Pattern, recipe, same difference, right? Especially when it comes to skipping over all of my endless sewing chatter…)

That Time

It’s officially that time of year again. You know, that crazy time when, all of a sudden, a dozen spring projects need to be done–like, yesterday–and you can barely catch your breath in between the doing. That’s the current non-stop (and surprisingly blissful) state of things in my life right now. And sure, my back is screaming at me to stop already, and … Continue reading

All-Natural Hairspray & Waste Not, Want Not

All-Natural Hairspray(Please hit the jump to recipe button above to head straight for the All-Natural Hairspray recipe!)

While not considered a national holiday, this past Wednesday was still one of my top three favorite holidays. Christmas and Easter vie for first and second place because, you know, Jesus is awesome. And then there’s Valentine’s Day, but that one’s really only in contention because it has the most cheerful color palette of all (and love is pretty cool, too).

But colors alone aren’t enough to win that coveted third spot, especially when a day celebrating our gorgeous planet is in the running. … Continue reading

Vegan Corn Cakes & Too Many Holes

Vegan Corn Cakes(Please hit the jump to recipe button above to head straight for the Vegan Corn Cakes!)

I realize that not everyone sees COVID-19 as a giant opportunity for growth. I also realize that there are a lot of humans out there who just want to get through it–survive it–as quickly as they can. And while I’ll certainly be grateful just to get through the whole mess, too, I see this crisis from a much different perspective. Let’s get through it, sure, but let’s also come out better on the other side.

And after twenty-six days of lockdown here in Connecticut, … Continue reading

Vegan Pumpkin Pudding & Reluctant Dependence

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I know I’ve been talking an awful lot about this pandemic, and maybe you were even secretly hoping that this week I’d take a short break from it all. (You were, weren’t you?) But I can’t, not quite yet. My head is too busy trying to process multiple thoughts, and for some strange reason, this is where they often come together. There have been so many times that I’ve sat down with only a vague topic in mind, but then once I start to … Continue reading

Vegan Butternut Pie & Our Petri Dish World

Vegan Butternut Pie(Please hit the jump to recipe button above to head straight for the Vegan Butternut Pie!)

I keep getting the feeling, as these quiet days melt into weeks, that this coronavirus is something of a dictator. It may only be a temporary reign, but the rigid control over our lives is no less real; and unlike Hitler, it’s making good on its boasts of conquering the world. It slipped in so silently, shaping how we live and where we work. Telling us who we can see and who we can’t. Forcing us to slow down, and to be still in … Continue reading

All-Natural Hand Sanitizer & Accidental Soapboxing

all-natural hand sanitizer

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At this point, I doubt it will surprise anyone reading that I wasn’t queuing up for hand sanitizer and face masks. While I respect–and am truly sorry–that there are people gravely ill and dying from this coronavirus, I still can’t allow it (or anything else) to force me back into fear. I learned the hard way that panic gets you nowhere but into huge trouble incredibly fast. In fact, is there anything more efficient at obstructing clear thinking and smart action than panic? … Continue reading

Vegan Chocolate Cupcakes & Birthday Musings

Vegan Chocolate Cupcakes with Cacao Cashew Frosting

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Monday is my 46th birthday.

Lest you think that I’m distraught about that number creeping ever closer to 50, you can think again. Although it defies the prevalent attitude of our times (a quick peek around me shows a world fiercely intent on resisting the inevitable aging process), I’m perfectly okay with leaving the twenty-somethings to their youth. Give me the experiences, the understanding, and maybe even a wee bit of the wisdom that comes with age, and I’m a super happy lady. It’s … Continue reading