But We Carry On

Today’s post is supposed to be another recipe, and I even made it so far as making the actual dish, but then…we ate it. Without getting any pictures, or typing up a recipe, or drafting up a post. And honestly, I can’t even feel bad about that because I’ve been hopelessly, terrifically preoccupied with…”the book.” My book. The book that I started back in the autumn of 2012 and somehow, through a crazy twist of events, ended up completing only now–with more than its fair share of tears, sweat and desperate prayers.

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Vegan Body Lotion

In terms of productivity, I thought 2018 was a really great (and remarkably satisfying) year for me. I set goals and I met goals, just one after another. Sometimes it took me longer than I’d predicted, but if, in the end, I reached said goal, I never hesitated to crown it a raving success. But as I sit here, just one tiny step into 2019, I can review last year in one of two ways: the first is to see it as completely daunting. I set the bar so dang high (for myself, by myself) that it makes me wonder … Continue reading

DIY Stamped Spoon Tutorial

The bad news: if you don’t have the supplies for this project, then I have to tell you, it’s not exactly cheap.

The good news: if you have the supplies already, it’s one of the cheapest!

Whether you want to personalize the utensils with names, quotes, verses, or dates, they make perfect gifts for almost anything. Wedding? Birthday? Housewarming? Baby shower? You’re covered! You can keep them for display purposes, or you can use them like regular spoons and forks. If you choose to use ink in the letters, it will eventually fade out from repeated washings, but they still … Continue reading

Vegan Chilled Chocolate Pie

I almost can’t believe another Christmas has come and gone, just like that. Because even though I made sure to thoroughly embrace all of my favorite holiday traditions, life was just so busy this year that it feels like the day kind of sneaked on past with barely a whisper. A really lovely and peaceful and joyful whisper, but still a whisper, and it’s a decidedly surprising feeling to be on the other side of it already. And yet here I am, thoroughly preoccupied with my New Year introspection and figuring out who I want to be as 2019 spreads … Continue reading

Panic, Prayer & Patience

This post is proving a little bit harder than usual to write. Not that I think the words won’t flow once I start typing (I can already feel them, chomping at the bit), but there’s more than a little trepidation putting this all out there. But after being on Instagram for the past year, and writing one deep(ish) post after another, I’ve realized one very important thing: the harder it is for me to share (basically, the more I really, really don’t want to), the more that I need to. And whenever I question that, or second-guess myself, God sends … Continue reading

DIY Table Runner Tutorial

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We don’t decorate too much for the holidays, but one thing we always like to do is switch out table runners. It’s not much, but it really adds a pop of color, and they’re simple enough that you can make one for every season! The finished product measures 39″ x 13″ so it’s a perfect size for most coffee tables or dining tables.

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Supplies:

  • 24 5” squares (this fabric
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Vegan Pumpkin Spice Cookie Bars

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In happy anticipation of the upcoming holiday it somehow feels mandatory that I share an autumn-themed recipe with you all. And if you can think of anything that goes better with Thanksgiving celebrations than pumpkins and spice, make sure to let me know, because I think they just sum up the whole beautiful season. Throw in some apples, crunchy leaves and honking geese, and I think we might have accidentally ended up in my own personal vision of heaven — blown in on some of those crisp autumn winds. Pure. Happiness. But enough about the glory of fall, because you … Continue reading

How to Start a Library (or Three) in Africa — Spotlight on the African Library Project

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I spent my childhood with my nose in a book. Ask anyone who knows me; at this point, it’s kind of the defining feature of my personal history. If you were ever looking for me, you could often find me settled in the oddest of places—sometimes on the couch or my bed, but just as likely under the kitchen table, tucked between a cupboard and the wall, or on top of the slide on our swing set—lost in the world of whatever work of fiction had currently found its way into my hands. I devoured everything from Nancy Drew and … Continue reading

Lemongrass All-Purpose Cleaner

I would guess that there are tons of people out there who would argue that the world we currently live in is a safe one. The foods, the products, the clothing, the cleaners. Completely safe for the humans, for the animals and for the environment. In fact, why would anyone even suspect otherwise? Don’t we have government agencies created specifically to take care of these kinds of details so that we can focus on the more important tasks, like raising kids and following dreams? I’m thinking even scooping the litter box ranks higher than keeping tabs on the smorgasbord of … Continue reading

DIY Wooden Pumpkin Tutorial

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There are two types of people in the world: the first kind will want these pumpkins all over the house come the first of October (my mom), and the second will look at them and say, “How does a piece of wood look like a pumpkin?” (my dad). If you’re part of the latter group, this project is probably not for you (though I do highly recommend that you work on your imagination just a wee bit), but if you belong to the former group, jump right in! They’re one of those projects that doesn’t cost much to make, isn’t … Continue reading