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

Vegan Creamy Mushroom Pasta & Charitable Silence

creamy mushroom pasta

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In what you say of another, apply the test of kindness, necessity and truth, and let nothing pass your lips without a 2/3 majority.
~Liz Armbruster

So…I Told You

For most of my life, I didn’t understand (and I definitely didn’t appreciate) that simply because you have an opinion–even a “helpful” one–it doesn’t mean that you need to share it. I always figured that if I was in the position to see how you were screwing up your life, repeating … Continue reading

Vegan Chickpea Curry & Lights in the Dark

Vegan Chickpea Curry

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Speaks For Itself

As a general rule, I avoid talking politics. I try to keep an especially low profile on my Instagram feed, where my focus has been to unite rather than to divide; because like it or not, politics are intensely divisive. And even though, yes, we should be able (and mature enough) to talk about this like adults, it’s not often the case. The subjects are heated and often personal, making it hard to keep our hearts neutral and separate from the … Continue reading

Roasted Rosemary Potatoes & Life Rearranged

Roasted Rosemary Potatoes

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So here we are, with an entire year looming before us. At one point, twelve open-ended months would have felt completely daunting (and seemingly endless). I mean, what if they were only a miserable repeat of the miserable year before? Not always something I was ready to eagerly embrace. Gratefully, for the past handful of years my approach has been much more optimistic again. And even if it’s not always exciting to wonder what lies ahead, it is always interesting. What mysteries, magic, and … Continue reading

Cinnamon Applesauce & The Sunday Before

Cinnamon Applesauce

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When I was a much younger version of me, I always felt especially privileged around this time of year. Not because we had a whole lot of extra money to spend on extravagant presents (we didn’t). Not because we were celebrating in some grandiose way (we weren’t). And not because we would soon be gifted the latest and trendiest fashions (we wouldn’t). My sense of self was grossly inflated simply because I was lucky enough to be celebrating Christmas early. Days early, sometimes a … Continue reading

A Medley of Updates: Christmas Codes & Leprechauns

Thanksgiving 2019

Hey, guys! I hope that you all had a beautiful Thanksgiving. Obviously, ours involved lots of tasty vegan food, but other than that we decided to keep things really low-key. Partly because chill is kind of our thing, but mostly because I’m unexpectedly hosting Christmas this year (for our rather large family). I figured it wise to conserve my energy, knowing that the week before the 25th will likely be a food-prep marathon. It’ll be crazy, but fun, in a completely holiday-ish way. But it’s not Christmas quite yet, and I’ve got some fun updates to share. Like, leprechauns. So … Continue reading

Vegan Sunflower Pie & A Shortage of Fingers

 

Vegan Sunflower Pie

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Expert Bricklayer

I build walls; I actually build a lot of walls. And just so it’s clear, they’re of the inner and metaphorical variety.

While this might seem like a really obvious tactic of evasion, my typical Piscean heart knows it more as a matter of survival. Survival for a heart that feels empathy to the point of pain; pain so painful that sometimes it can take my breath away. And after years of learning how to coexist with this overly-sensitive heart … Continue reading

Lucky Penny & the Great & Daring Turkey Rescue

Turkey Rescue

So maybe you remember the turkey escapade that I mentioned a few weeks ago? (Or maybe not, because I talk a lot.) Well, today I’m back to share the (very long) story. I’ll confess, right off the bat, that it doesn’t have the happy ending that we’d hoped it would. That’s fairly typical of life, I guess–going where it needs to, and not necessarily where I want it to. But it’s pretty much a given that if I can’t find a silver lining, then I’m going to make one. And so in spite of our heartbreak at not … Continue reading

Chia Seed Sourdough Bagels & Freedom Postponed

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Jordan likes to joke that these days I go to bed with the chickens, and it’s true. I’m not sure when it happened, but somewhere along the line early to bed, early to rise became my favorite thing. But it hasn’t always been my thing. Once upon a time the late-night hours were my most favorites, and in the middle of a noisy, motion-filled day, I’d find myself thinking of them far too often. (And probably with … Continue reading

Cinnamon Raisin Sourdough Bread & Turkeys on the Brain

Cinnamon Raisin Sourdough Bread

Hey, guys. I’m going to try and keep it brief today, but if you’re only interested in the Cinnamon Raisin Sourdough Bread please hit the jump to recipe button above. Otherwise, I’ll give you a succint update about what crazy stuff has been happening around our home. Even my hiatuses somehow always include some unforeseen excitement (of the country variety, of course).

Social Media Break

If you follow me on Instagram, you might possibly have noticed my recent absence. After I watched Jordan embarking on an unexpected social media break, I found myself jealous. Like, crazy jealous. Her creativity … Continue reading