Blood Test Results + Vegan Food Swap

Vegan Food Swap Package  86lemons.com

Just over a week from now, Hubs and I (along with a group from our church) will be leaving for a mission trip to Dominican Republic. We are very excited about this trip and I can't wait to share photos and details with you when we return. I am going to try my best to write a few pre-scheduled posts before we leave so this blog won't be entirely … [Read more...]

Stella & Dot Giveaway – Spring 2013 Collection

Stella & Dot Spring 2013 Collection   www.stelladot.com/livvy

I thought I'd take a little break from food posts and introduce you to a few of my favorite pieces from the Stella & Dot Spring 2013 Collection. And while I'm at it, I'm going to give some away! After all, I really do appreciate you guys. Thanks for reading and commenting. You guys rock. Ready to meet my new friends? How's THAT for a pop … [Read more...]

Mushroom and Spinach Pockets (vegan)

Mushroom & Spinach Pockets #vegan #glutenfree #gfcommunity 86lemons.com

I'm not really sure which teams are in the Super Bowl. Well, now I am. I just googled it. 49ers and Ravens. While I love to watch college football (Michigan Wolverines, in particular), pro football just doesn't interest me much. But I do look forward to the clever commercials during the Super Bowl. And sometimes there's a decent halftime … [Read more...]

Peanut Butter Crispy Rice Treats (vegan, gf)

Peanut Butter Deluxe Crispy Rice Treats (vegan, gluten-free) 86lemons.com

Yikes. An entire week flew by without a single post. I can assure you it's not because I was lazy. I don't feel like I got that much done, but I sure feel like I was busy. Between design projects, dentist/doctor appointments, a million errands/tasks, book club, testing recipes, learning about food photography, getting my car fixed, cleaning up the … [Read more...]

Kalamata Olive & Herb Socca with Roasted Vegetables (vegan, gf)

Kalamata Oliva & Herb Socca with Roasted Vegetables (gluten-free, vegan)  86lemons.com

(Don't let the length of this post/recipe scare you away. It really is easy and fairly quick to make.) I am so excited to share my new-found love of socca, the chickpea flour crêpe/pancake/flat bread from Nice, France. It is very easy to make, yet I felt like an accomplished baker when I saw the end result - it's beautiful! Don't worry, if you … [Read more...]

Carrot Cake Protein Bars (vegan, gf)

Vegan Carrot Cake Bars

Remember our friends, J & A? And the baby shower I threw for them back in November? Well they've barely been in their new home for four weeks and guess who decided to make his way into the world two weeks early? Yep, their baby BOY! Isn't he so cute?! Everyone is healthy and happy and doing great. Under his little cap is a full head of … [Read more...]

Tropical Smoothie with Persimmon (vegan, gf)

Tropical Smoothie with Persimmon  86lemons.com

I'm kind of embarrassed to admit that this was my first time trying persimmon. I was getting stuck in a smoothie rut and needed to change it up. So I bought four persimmons and they've been sitting on the kitchen window sill for a few days. I didn't really know what I was looking for when I bought them. Turns out the ones I chose appear to be quite … [Read more...]

Easy DIY Valentine Garland

Easy Valentine Garland using paper lace hearts from the dollar bin at Target  86lemons.com

I have never once decorated for Valentine's Day - until now. But now I have this hutch, this chalkboard, this white wreath and this centerpiece that all beg for festive adornment. It's just so easy to add a few simple touches that I couldn't resist. Besides, winter here in Michigan is drab and gray and depressing - who couldn't use a little … [Read more...]

Vegan Lasagna with Lemon-Basil Cashew Cheeze

Vegan Lasagna with Lemon Basil Cashew Cheeze

Just before Christmas, one of my friends from college gave birth to her second baby girl (a real doll, I might add!). This friend is among a group of five of us who all lived in a tiny blue house not too far from campus. Fortunately, we all still live within an hour or less from each other, so we manage to get together for dinners and beach days … [Read more...]

Roasted Pear and Arugula Salad (vegan, gf)

Roasted Pear & Arugula Salad (vegan, gf)  86lemons.com

Have you ever roasted a pear? Until now, I had not. I know - so sad, right? Well, I mean, I've eaten roasted pears (in salads, desserts, etc at restaurants), but I had never prepared my own. It's so easy and yet the result is so gourmet, so decadent. I've gotta do this more often. It's a shame that I didn't have dinner guests the day I made … [Read more...]