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

Review: Tentree

 

Tentree

What’s the key to surviving a frigid New England winter? Blankets help, and slippers are great; but most importantly, you’ve got to have a super warm, super cozy sweater. And when you’re looking for superior sweaters, look no further than Tentree.

Not only has Tentree blessed us all with eco-friendly, ultra-comfy hoodies that are perfect for campfires on starry nights or tea on snowy mornings—they also plant ten trees for every item you purchase.

About Tentree

TentreeTentree is a certified B Corporation, committed to creating a positive impact through their ethical clothing. Each item comes with a tag … 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

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

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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