Pumpkin Pie Smoothie (vegan, gf)

Pumpkin Pie Smoothie (vegan, gluten-free)  86lemons.com

I know, I know... ANOTHER recipe with pumpkin. Enough already! I hear ya. BUT, I had to use up my leftover canned pumpkin from the Pumpkin Spice Turnovers (which you must try, btw). So, I made up my own vegan, gluten-free Pumpkin Pie Smoothie recipe and I have to say, it's blog-worthy. Since yesterday's post was lengthy with photo overload, I'll … [Read more...]

Pumpkin Spice Turnovers (vegan)

Vegan Pumpkin Spice Turnovers from Robin Asbell   86lemons.com

Heavenly. That's what these are. Flaky pockets of phyllo filled with sweet, creamy pumpkin filling. I do my best to limit my refined sugar and gluten intake, however a girl's gotta live now 'n then. I say if you're gonna cheat, make it worth your while - and these are DEFINITELY worth the occasional splurge. In last week's Harvest Vegetable … [Read more...]

Brazilian Rice and Beans (vegan, gf)

Brazilian Rice & Beans (vegan, glutenfree)  86lemons.com

Mom! Are you out there?! Are you reading this? Cuz this one's for you. My mom makes a mean Spicy Rice & Beans dish that my dad absolutely loves (I think he could probably live on it for the rest of his life). Today, I've got a new twist on an old favorite for her and for all of you, too. I discovered this recipe from an old post on … [Read more...]

Stylish, affordable accessories + a Stella & Dot giveaway!

Stella & Dot Holiday 2012  www.stelladot.com/livvy

As I've mentioned a time or two before, I am a Stella & Dot Stylist. If you're not familiar with Stella & Dot, well where have you been?! It's the stylish, fashion-forward accessories line that is taking the direct sales world by storm. As a Stylist, I get to help my Hostesses earn $100s in free jewelry and half price items when they get … [Read more...]

Chocolate Peanut Butter Breakfast Bars (vegan, gf)

Vegan Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars

You had me at chocolate. And peanut butter. And the no-bake factor is always a plus. And they are gluten-free, to boot. When I found this recipe on Vegan Heartland, I couldn't wait to try it. I was surprised to find that I had all of the ingredients on hand (if you're vegan, you probably do, too). As Matthew (Vegan Heartland author) notes in his … [Read more...]

Harvest Vegetable Stew in Mini Pumpkins (vegan, gf)

Vegan/GF Harvest Vegetable Stew in Mini Pumpkins  86lemons.com

If you read my Taste of Michigan post from last week, you may recall my new cookbook purchase - Big Vegan by Robin Asbell. This huge cookbook is FULL of inventive, creative, sophisticated (yet uncomplicated) vegan recipes. There are so many I want to try. I finally decided my first test from this book would be the oh-so seasonally … [Read more...]

around the house { fall decor }

Fall Decor at 86lemons.com

Here in West Michigan, we are having the most beautiful Fall day. The sun is shining, the leaves are gorgeous, and well, it's Friday. That always helps. I snapped a few Instagram shots around the house so you could get a glimpse of the 'Fall flair' I've been working on... Remember when I posted 10 Fabulous Fall Decor Projects? Check it out - … [Read more...]

Apple Pie (vegan, gf)

Dreena Burton's Vegan/GF Apple Pie - 86lemons.com

If you've been following along, you know about my vegan superhero crush on Dreena Burton, author of several cookbooks, including my favorite, Let Them Eat Vegan! I've tried a number of her recipes and they've ALL been SO delicious. Seriously. Not a bad apple in the bunch. That's why I think she's such a rockstar. She has 86'd the lemons and gives … [Read more...]

Taste of Michigan (food bloggers event)

Taste of Michigan food bloggers event - 86lemons.com

Caution: Long blog post ahead. There's just so much I want to share with you! On Saturday, I had the pleasure of being one of 20 food blogger participants in the inaugural Taste of Michigan event, which took place in Grand Rapids, MI. The event was created and hosted by Rachel Gurk of Rachel Cooks and Liz Della Croce of The Lemon Bowl. Rachel … [Read more...]

Test Report: Purely Elizabeth Cookie Mix

Purely Elizabeth Cookie Mix (vegan/gf) 86lemons.com

It's not often that I make anything from a box anymore. However, I found a cookie mix at my local health food store that I had to try. It's a Chocolate Chip Cookie Mix made by Purely Elizabeth. This is what got me - it's gluten-free, vegan and free of refined sugar. Oh, and the box is cute. I'm a sucker for good design. The ingredients are: … [Read more...]