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

vegan pumpkin pudding(Please hit the jump to recipe button above to head straight for the Vegan Pumpkin Pudding!)

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 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