Vegan Quinoa Pilaf & Growing Seed Trees

tasty vegan quinoa pilaf

Hey there, guys. Per usual, hit the jump to recipe button above if you want to skip over all this chit-chat and head straight for the vegan quinoa pilaf. Otherwise, I’ve got a post that’s been brewing for weeks now; a post that almost didn’t get written until a friend accidentally reminded me that this is my part. And so I play it…

I know I’ve done an awful lot of talking about my gramma since she passed in February (here and here), but there’s just so much I could share. So many posthumous lessons she’s taught me … Continue reading

Chickpea Tomato Dip & Living Without Regrets

Chickpea Tomato Dip

Happy Sunday, friends! If you’re only here for the Chickpea Tomato Dip, please hit the jump to recipe button above. Otherwise, stick around to see what kind of “random” thinking I’ve been up to this past week…

Meet Maddie; I’ve known this adorable face since the day she was born. My sister was pregnant with her at the same time that I was pregnant with Jordan, and the girls were inseparable for many years. I can’t lie–all too often their camaraderie caused problems that required regular, not-on-my-watch interventions. The two were particularly fond of re-establishing their own private “gang” (membership … Continue reading

Broken Glasses With a Side of Baked Chili Fries

baked chili fries

Before I dive into some manifestation magic, just a reminder that if you only stopped by for the baked chili fries, be sure to hit the jump to recipe button above. Otherwise, stick around and I’ll fill you in on what Follow Us Home was up to during the month of June…

30 Days

Back at the end of May one of my favorite ladies on Instagram posted about a challenge she was participating in. It focused on the power of manifestation (spoken in a dreamy-eyed whisper) which is definitely one of my all-time favorite subjects. The 30 Day Challenge … Continue reading

Incense, Chocolate & A Little Bit of The Cards

Remember that gargantuan Gramma project that I told you all about? The compilation of photos that just kept on growing? The ambitious endeavor that seemed to take on a life all its own (and carried me right along with it)? The book that started off as fifty pages but ended up at two hundred and fifty pages? Yeah, that project. Well…it’s done. Complete. Finished. Completely finished. Can you feel my relief from where you are? Because it’s overwhelmingly sweet on this end.

I celebrated in my usual way–chocolate and solitude. It’s probably not all that original, but it’s my go-to … Continue reading

Vegan Vanilla Overnight Oats & Another Gargantuan Project

Hey there, guys. Do you remember last week (after I spent a good long while talking about God), when I told you that today’s post was going to explore the subject of my guru? Well…yeah. Sorry, but it doesn’t look like that’s going to happen quite yet. It will–it most definitely will be a subject I’ll happily dig into–but right now I’m so hopelessly distracted by my most recent project that I decided to put it off for just a little bit longer. Mostly because Guru is a subject near and dear to my heart, and my fragmented mind … Continue reading

Nostalgic Wanderings Through the House of Blue

I’m not sure if it’s a new trend in our culture, or just something that I’ve only recently become aware of, but more and more I see the push–the encouragement–to cry. To be your “real” and raw self. It always gives me this strange kind of feeling, like I’m somehow being non-authentic by not feeling the need to shed tears. If I was prone to guilt I’d probably try and muster up some crocodile tears for the cause. But instead I’m always left here–dry-eyed–wondering if it’s just one more behavior that separates me from the norm. Not abnormal because … Continue reading

Vegan Maple Granola Recipe & More Monday Musings

Day 1

I would say that, on average, it takes me about three days to compose a blog post. The first day is really just spent furiously typing; a release of those thoughts banging around up there. The ideas are still jumbled, the whole story hasn’t been formed, and it’s just a pressing matter of getting the words down on paper. Recently, I added a blog tool that helps me with SEO (search engine optimization) so that when you type something into your search bar, somehow (some day) you end up with Follow Us Home as an option. In addition … Continue reading

A True Love Story: Sowing the Seeds

Today I have a story. A true story, a happy story. Something of a love story, even. One that starts with my gramma, moves through me, continues on through Jordan, and hopefully keeps on going into forever. This is the kind of story that renews my hope that yes, one person can definitely make a difference. Even when the world wants to tell me, No. You’re much too small. Even when the world tries to make me feel powerless and weak. Even when the world tries to silence me. This story makes me feel like a warrior, equipped with only … Continue reading

A Fond Farewell(ish) to Instagram

When I put up my Instagram post fifteen days ago I honestly had no idea that it was going to be my last. I knew I was tired and starting to feel burnt out. I knew I was always a little bit behind on things and could never quite catch up. I knew I felt kind of frustrated and frequently frazzled, but what did that mean? Like, exactly. Did I need to scale back? Or just take a rest? Or maybe even hike out to the middle of the woods and stay there for the next 30 years? Really, … Continue reading