Vegan Sunflower Pie & A Shortage of Fingers

 

Vegan Sunflower Pie

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

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

Vegan Pumpkin Pie

Vegan Pumpkin Pie

So…next week’s Thanksgiving. And here we are, seven short days away, and I haven’t managed to post even one of the recipes that I’d planned on. But, you know, such is life. Because rather than offering you all some Vegan Pumpkin Pie two weeks back, I offered you the tale of Lucky Penny instead. Which was great, and thanks to you our plan is going even better than we’d dared to hope. It’s just that I figure food is moderately important, too. Or so my body likes to tell me. On a near hourly basis.

But before I get to … Continue reading

Writing as Empowerment – Spotlight on the 826 National

826 National
826 National

Our family has always been one of creative pursuits. Between the five of us, we’ve tried scrapbooking, painting, knitting, crocheting, drawing, embroidery, photography, sewing, quilling, wood-working, felting, collages, jewelry-making, and probably more that I’m forgetting. Growing up, my mother and sisters always enjoyed crafts the most, but I had little patience for many of them. When it comes to creative pursuits, my favorite has always–unequivocally–been writing.

I wrote stories, poetry, essays, novellas, and eventually novels; I kept journals faithfully for many years; and over the course of my pre-teen and teenage years, I also created several blogs. Writing … 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

DIY Checkbook Cover

DIY Checkbook Cover

Earlier this year I opened my first checking account; being able to deposit all my funds easily into one place and keeping track of my own budget was just one of those little “adult things” that made me feel more self-sufficient. I feel like actually writing checks is becoming more rare these days (I write one about once a month), but me being me, I had to have a cute checkbook cover all the same.

So here I am to share the pattern with you all! It’s super easy and straightforward for anyone who knows how to use a sewing … Continue reading

Chia Seed Sourdough Bagels & Freedom Postponed

(Please hit the jump to recipe button above to head straight for the Chia Seed Sourdough Bagels. Otherwise, let’s talk priorities. Specifically, mine.)

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

Review: Meow Meow Tweet’s Deodorant

Let’s talk sweat.

Maybe you’re one of those lucky people that only sweats during an intense workout. Or maybe you’re like me, and in most life situations–appropriate or not–you sweat a little (a lot). And to save yourself from loads of embarrassment, you’ve got to have a good deodorant (and maybe some armpit pads).

Enter Meow Meow Tweet.

Now, if you’re going to lather your underarms in deodorant once (or twice) a day, it’d better be the best product out there, right? Since conventional deodorants can contain a bunch of unnecessary and harmful ingredients, I needed a deodorant that worked, … Continue reading

Gluten-free Sourdough Starter

Hey guys, nothing wordy from me today (gasp. I know); I’m just stopping by to share a quick recipe. I’ve been meaning to get this one up for a while now, but it took a friendly request to actually get me moving. So here I am with my gluten-free sourdough starter, and I’ll be back again soon with one or two of the bread recipes that I love so much. In the meantime, you can all get those starters going…

Supplies:
  • brown rice flour
  • clean glass jar
  • chlorine-free water
Day 1

Add ½ cup of brown rice flour … Continue reading

Vegan Q&A ~ But Where Do You Get Your Protein?

where do you get your protein?

Finally, another installment in my Vegan Q&A series. It may be slow going, but I’m back, and today I’m going to tackle the question of: But where do you get your protein?

If I’m being honest, a lot of these common concerns are laughable for those of us already living a plant-based life. Not because they’re stupid questions, but because living on the other side of the meat industry we’ve seen the falsehood behind so many of the “facts” we hold so true and dear. Thinking back to the days before going vegan, I remember I had many of … Continue reading