happy birthday to....me!
A few thoughts on entering the final year of my twenties!
July 17, 2018
29 is an odd age. It is the end of a decade-long era and not quite the beginning of another. As I get ready to enter the final year of my 20s, I decided to write out what I know now that I didn’t know when I entered this delicate decade...
A Bathtub isn't big enough for an Orca
July 13, 2018
Did you know that tomorrow is World Orca Day! July 14th, is proclaimed World Orca Day to celebrate and focus on campaigns, films, awards, conservation efforts, and everything else about Orcas, also known as killer whales. When I initially learned of Project Orca I knew I had to get involved and also inform you, my readers of this incredible Sea Side Sanctuary. As fellow animal lovers, advocates and compassionate people, I know this will touch your heart as much as it did mine...
THE PIE PIZZERIA'S VEGAN MENU
July 10, 2018
The Pie Pizzeria was one of my favorite pizza joints growing up. My mom would take me to the University Underground location when I was younger and I thought it was such a cool hidden spot! When I approached my high school and college years, my friends and I would have midnight pizza runs to the Underground Pizza joint. A fun quirk to all the Pie locations is that they let you write on their walls with markers. I have my name and a few ex-boyfriends names marked on those walls in several locations, LOL! This place is the epitome of all college hangouts, and for us locals we simply call it THE PIE!...
food, fashion, & crafts for the 4th of july!
July 2, 2018
The 4th of July is my absolute favorite holiday and has been since I was a kid. Well, who am I kidding? I love almost every damn holiday. I think the fact that it’s summer and my birthday month makes it so much better. Growing up my family always made the 4th special with parties and decorations. My mom also made me fun outfits to match my sister. Wednesday is America's birthday and who doesn't love birthdays?! I also happen to love parades, fireworks, and all things food! Not only is it a special day celebrating veterans and America's independence, but a day full of fun, happiness, and the sunshine!...
a succulent themed baby shower brunch
June 27, 2018
I was very honored to host my dear friend, Shelly's first Baby Shower this past weekend. She is due to have a baby boy in early September, and we can not wait to meet him! Shelly and I have a love for all things "Succulent," so what better idea to plan a Baby Shower around! First the guests entered my backyard to enjoy a "Mom-osa Bar" where they were able to choose between champagne or sparking cider. I offered four different types of juices; Orange, Grapefruit, Pomegranate & Lemonade and to top it off they added a few droppings of their favorite fruit. While the guests mingled I had a table of...
chocolate almond butter bars
June 20, 2018
These vegan and gluten-free chocolate almond butter bars are chocolatey, messy, and crowd pleasing. They’ve got the texture, and taste of a wildly decadent cookie bar, yet they’re free of refined sugar and gluten. And they’ve got chocolate chips tucked away in just about every nook and cranny. Behold, these delicious goodies…
EDIBLE VEGAN COOKIE DOUGH
June 13, 2018
The best part about making cookies is licking the spoon, right? Well, what if I told you that you could have as much cookie dough as you wanted without any risk of consuming all the bad stuff!? My vegan cookie dough is sweet and delicious! It’s like eating the real cookie dough, minus the nasty animal by products like milk & eggs!...
chocolate avocado protein shake
June 6, 2018
Avocado in a smoothie??? Well it might sound crazy, but its absolutely crazy delicious, I promise! You can’t taste the avocado in this. It’s all chocolate and banana. I feel like I’m eating dessert when I’m actually eating something that’s completely guilt-free and totally healthy. I added chocolate VeganSmart® powder into...
Rosemary mint lemonade
May 30, 2018
Lemonade is the ultimate summer thirst quencher, but my homemade Rosemary Mint Lemonade is a little more sophisticated than your standard homemade lemonade. The addition of fresh rosemary gives it a layer of flavor and a surprising edge. Plus when its cocktail hour, you can always add some gin or vodka to make it even more exciting!
banana split bowl with superfood-packed almond butter
May 23, 2018
Oatmeal and Avocado Toast are my go-tos day after day for breakfast, so I decided I wanted to jazz it up with my new favorite brand of Almond Butter, REVIVAL. I used Revival's Super Spread Almond Butter! Its intensely protein-packed, superfood-enhanced almond butter. In addition to my Banana Split Bowl I topped it with fresh fruit, organic granola, and almond milk yogurt from...
almond butter chocolate chip cookies
May 21, 2018
Rachel from REVIVAL food company handed me a sample jar of her almond butter I fell in love immediately! I couldn't believe the flavor, it was without a doubt the best almond butter my mouth has ever tasted! I couldn't wait to get my hands on more of their flavors. They stone-grind the almonds in small batches, which keeps the product from ever over-heating and maintaining the quality of nutrients in their delicious almond butter...
outdoor back patio reveal
May 17, 2018
After from moving into a newer neighborhood , starting from scratch with minimal vegetation, I was a bit saddened I was not able to enjoy my new backyard. The back patio has taken a "backseat" if you will and I have pursued other projects. But now a year and a half later its finally complete! We live on a...
A VEGAN PICNIC FOR MOTHER'S DAY
May 12, 2018
We decided to make a sweet day even sweeter by planning a picnic in the park. Graham and I invited my mother, Pattie to join us for a Mother's Day celebration at our local duck pond. To make our set up, we piled on pretty pillows to create a cozy spot and brought our favorite instrument for some fun music. The menu doesn't have to be fussy, because HELLO we have a toddler involved here, LOL! We put together a light yet kid friendly lunch of...
VEGAN 7 LAYER DIP
May 10, 2018
This incredible Vegan 7-Layer Dip is totally photo worthy, just look at those colors! It is a full-on party in a bowl. This recipe is really simple to pull together. To make your very own Vegan 7-Layer Dip, you basically assemble each layer over top of each other in a trifle dish. Start with your pico de gallo, then layer the black bean mash over top, followed by corn, guacamole, vegan sour cream (I purchase mine from my local Kroger grocery store), my homemade vegan nacho cheese sauce...
Fresh chunky guacamole
May 5, 2018
This chunky guacamole is easy, authentic, fresh, and unbelievably, out-of-this-world! Am I being biased... absolutely not LOL! Its amazingly good with lime, garlic, onion & cilantro mixed in with wonderful avocados. It’s the best guacamole ever...
my famous classic margarita recipe
May 3, 2018
When tequila is your liquor of choice, knowing how to make a margarita is must, and I am proud to say this is my tried and true famous Margarita recipe. This Classic Margarita Recipe is perfectly balanced with tequila, triple sec and lime juice for a crisp and refreshing cocktail. No margarita mix required! Choose a high-quality blanco or silver tequila for the best margarita. Since the recipe only has three ingredients, there’s nowhere for any flavors to “hide.” Quality is important. Here are a few tequilas I recommend...
Jackfruit tacos with cashew Garlic sour cream
May 1, 2018
HOLA! I don’t know about you but I LOVE MEXICAN FOOD!! I could literally eat cilantro by the pound and I’m not even kidding you, there’s NEVER enough cilantro! Besides the taste of Mexican food and of course my favorite drink, a Margarita, that goes along with it...It’s literally the EASIEST food to make vegan! Thank goodness for all of those beans and guac!! Jackfruit replicates pulled or shredded meat almost exactly. I was eating these tacos and wondered why in the world would anyone want to eat a chicken when they can have jackfruit!?
VEGAN ROSEMARY FRIES WITH GARLIC DIP
April 21, 2018
French Fries are one of Graham's favorite snacks at home, and we personally think that homemade fries taste the best! When you make them at home you can get perfectly crispy fries without frying them in a gallon of oil, and jazz them up with your favorite seasonings. The key to perfect homemade fries is...
vegan options at last course, dessert studio
April 21, 2018
Last Course is a dessert studio! Each of their desserts are carefully and creatively made in their Utah kitchen with pure and local ingredients. Its a bit different than your average Ice Cream shop and its just what we needed in downtown SLC. Once you step inside this beautiful dessert studio you will be eager to lick everything in site! From the grey and blue tile to the loft upstairs, it is wonderfully designed and a chic place to hang out...
VEGAN FOODIE TRIP TO PORTLAND, OREGON
April 18, 2018
Since becoming Vegan I have heard so many good things about Portland, Oregon. Apparently the VEGAN scene is huge there! I had to make may way up there sooner rather than later! So Sean and I planned out 2 whole days dedicated to stuffing our faces with as much Vegan food as possible! This mini trip was solely just to EAT, and we sure did! We left Salt Lake City, jumped on an Airplane and flew to Portland! After getting our rental car from the airport, we decided that our first stop was to grab lunch at...
3 WAYS TO MAKE HOMEMADE VEGAN POPCORN
April 15, 2018
Popcorn is such an easy and fun snack. We are constantly making it on the weekends while we have family movie night. Ditch the store bought popcorn (its really not very healthy) and enjoy your own homemade popcorn. Because until you’ve had popcorn cooked the old-fashioned way...on the stove top, microwave popcorn just doesn’t even compare! My recipe allows the popcorn kernels to come to an even temperature before popping, which results in much fewer un-popped kernels and fewer burnt kernels.
vegan tomato basil soup
April 9, 2018
There is nothing more comforting than homemade tomato basil soup served with a grilled cheese sandwich. If you are interested in creating this homemade tomato basil soup with a more sophisticated twist, simply garish with basil leaves, your choice of chopped herbs, grated Vegan Parmesan cheese; or top with a swirl of vegan sour cream like I did. This recipe is creamy and super easy to make, a hearty lunch or dinner option.
Vegan Blueberry Lemon Muffins
April 7, 2018
Blueberry Lemon Muffins are a favorite grab-and-go breakfast at our house. They’re incredibly delicious and satisfy every mouth. I bake a couple of batches at a time and keep them in the freezer for breakfasts, lunches, or snacks.
We just love how simple and quick they are to make. Not to mention the moist and tender center bursting with blueberries and the zest of the lemon to top it off!
whats in a vegan pantry
April 2, 2018
Cooking with only plant-based foods is not as difficult as it seems, it simply takes some time to learn new techniques and embrace a new world full of flavors. However, in order to explore new eating habits, it is essential to have ingredients on hand in order to avoid those desperate “there is nothing to eat!” moments. While adjusting takes time and learning, a plant-based diet becomes more than just a change on your plate, it becomes a lifestyle! When it comes to stocking your pantry, there are many options, however, I am going to start with...
SIMPLE IDEAS FOR YOUR VEGAN FRIENDLY EASTER BRUNCH
March 28, 2018
Easter is a celebration that involves getting the family together and putting on a lovely brunch for everyone to enjoy! I have some fun and simple ideas for you to use at your own holiday party!
EASTER NO BAKE COOKIES WITH COOKIE BUTTER
March 27, 2018
No bake cookies are probably the easiest cookie I make in my kitchen. I switched up the traditional recipe and used Trader Joes Cookie Butter instead of regular Peanut Butter! Toss some vegan friendly jelly beans on top and you have yourself a festive Easter dessert!
Review on Mazza a middle eastern cafe
March 20, 2018
Mazza serves Middle Eastern Cuisine at two locations in Salt Lake City. For todays adventure we headed to the 9th & 9th location to test out their Vegan options. The owner wanted everyone to be able to enjoy Mazza, so they sorted their menu out with three different icons; Vegetarian, Vegan or Gluten-Free options. When you see the double V that means it is a Vegan option, so it is simple and easy to order. Every dish is made from scratch, using fresh, high quality ingredients.
3 Vegan Friendly St. Patrick's Day Snacks
March 16, 2018
Are you smiling at the wearin' o the green?
Do you believe in Leprechauns and other things not seen?
Are you friendly and lighthearted each day through?
Then as sure as today's magical, it's Irish you are too!
BUFFALO TEMPEH TACOS WITH CELERY APPLE SLAW & RANCH DRESSING
March 2, 2018
I am a buffalo sauce girl and I love dipping just about anything in that spicy sauce! I even prefer it over red sauce, pesto sauce and sometimes ranch! This fun vegan twist on buffalo tacos will have you tossing crispy tempeh slices in bold buffalo sauce, folding them in warm tortillas alongside your homemade ranch dressing, and topping them off with a crunchy apple & celery slaw.
REVIEW ON BIG O DOUGhNUTS
Donut or Doughnuts...is one of my top 3 favorite confectionery desserts! I am very interested in hearing your thoughts on the correct spelling. Now is it doughnut or donut? Doughnut is the old-school, original term, but donut is picking up steam and is more popular in our ever-expanding online world. So is there a right way to spell our favorite ringed food?
VEGAN BANANA BREAD
February 17, 2018
My favorite snack my mother made for me as a child was, Banana Bread. I obviously had to adjust it a bit to make it vegan friendly, but I still love it just as much today as I did when I was a little girl.
Valentine Sugar Cookies featuring my favorite organic and unique Wood Watch!
February 13, 2018
Graham's request for sugar cookies was no surprise... well lets be honest I really wanted to make some too! Of course he had to choose the ittiest, bittiest cookie cutter to create the cookies with... but he had a lot of fun sticking the cookies into the icing.
Review on Monkeywrench Ice Cream and Coffee shop
February 9, 2018
I can enjoy Ice Cream anytime of the year! What about you? Graham and I wanted something sweet so we drove downtown to get an afternoon treat! We are loving this crazy & bizarre Utah "winter".... its 50 degrees in February! Totally crazy! Monkeywrench is an Ice Cream shop located in the heart of downtown Salt Lake City. They make their own handcrafted ice cream, delicious baked goods & pastries, and also a few plant based milks! It is 100% vegan, from coffee to ice cream and pastries!
How to host a Vegan Valentine's Day party for kids!
January 30, 2018
It's that time of year... heart shaped candies, red foil balloons, giant teddy bears, and love notes!
I am in love with hosting people at my house, and I never say no to throwing a party! One of my favorite things about being a mom is making holidays special. My own mother and grandmother spoiled us on holidays with crafts, festive food, and trinkets. I owe my love of holidays to them, and hope I can make mine just as memorable for my own family.
And with that, I couldn't wait to start planning Graham's first Valentine's party!
Sweet & Sour Brussels Sprouts Stir-Fry
January 29, 2018
Grab a skillet and char the Brussel Sprouts to get that hearty flavor and then toss them in a home made sweet and sour sauce! The sauce has some heat from the togarashi, chile, sesame seeds, ginger and seaweed, which makes my tastebuds squeal! I love hot and spicy food...
Kaff Mercantile featuring Lavender Kitchen bakery goods
January 23, 2018
Graham and I went and checkout Kaff Mercantiles brand new location! Its a really great open beautiful space. Kaff Mercantile is a coffee shop located in Ogden, Utah. They serve coffee, espresso, tea, freshly made pastries, and breakfast sandwiches. One of my favorite things about this establishment is Lavender Kitchen! They are a plant based wholesale bakery, and bake out of Kaffe Mercantile.
Sonora Grill Restaurant in Ogden, Utah
January 12, 2018
The Sonora Grill is top notch! If you are in northern Utah this place is a must try! The food is incredibly fresh and tasty. Their portions were quite large, that we ended up taking home leftovers. Which ends up being a great snack or lunch for the next day! The best thing about this restaurant is that they have a completely separate Vegan menu. A whole page dedicated to all of their Vegan options!