Recent happenings…

Today, I thought I'd catch you up on what we've been up to lately. This will be a mishmash post full of recent happenings. First of all, a greenhouse update. I'll let the photos do the talking... So far, so good! I'm hoping to be able to keep the veggies and herbs in the greenhouse all summer since it does get quite a … [Read more...]

Sweet & Spicy Nut Mix (vegan, gf)

Sweet & Spicy Nut Mix #vegan #glutenfree #recipe #snack

A few times a year, Hubs and a few other guys (the so-called "Back 40 Sportsman's Club") venture up to the U.P. where they act like idiots for an entire weekend–shooting off guns, playing paintball–you know, real "manly" stuff. If I have time, I make cookies or some sort of snack for him to take along. This year, when I mentioned making a spicy nut … [Read more...]

Why soda is liquid Satan and coffee is for pussies.

Why soda is liquid satan and coffee is for pussies...

(Special coupon code for 86 Lemons readers in this post.) Over the weekend, I razzed my mom and cousin-in-law about their coffee addictions. They both drink too much coffee. They admitted to going to bed at night thinking about the coffee they will drink the next morning. I would say that's a problem. Yes, research has shown there are some … [Read more...]

Blueberry-Oat Breakfast Squares (vegan, gf)

Blueberry-Oat Breakfast Squares #vegan #glutenfree #breakfast #recipe

Over the weekend, I was talking to a friend who I hadn't seen in a while. She was asking how the "vegan thing" was going and I was commenting on how much more energy I have now. Looking back on the past week, it's crazy how much I've managed to get done. So much more than I ever used to. I wish I was disciplined enough to keep a journal. It would … [Read more...]

Orange Creamsicle Smoothie (vegan, gf)

Orange Creamsicle Smoothie #vegan #glutenfree

A few weeks ago, I had the grand idea of inventing a key lime coconut popsicle recipe for Cinco de Mayo. Unfortunately, it didn't turn out so well. I must have used too much key lime juice because they were quite tart. Not horrible, just not what I hoped for. BUT, in the process, I learned an awesome trick for juicing key limes–use a garlic press! … [Read more...]

Virtual Vegan Potluck: Sweet Potato Asparagus Cakes with Lemon Basil Cream (vegan, gf)

Vegan Potato Asparagus Cakes

Welcome potluck guests! Have you had to change your shirt from all the drool yet? Today I am participating in the Virtual Vegan Potluck, which is basically a string of 100+ blogs all linked together with "forward" and "back" buttons/links to guide you through an online plant-based progressive dinner, if you will. You'll be taken through eight … [Read more...]

Creamy Strawberry Herb Balsamic Dressing (vegan, gf)

Creamy Strawberry Herb Balsamic Dressing #vegan #glutenfree #salad #dressing

Sometimes I get in a rut with salads and then I get sick of them. I need to change up the ingredients more often. Throw in a more fruity version like this one once in a while. Unless you're like my dad who doesn't like fruit in his garden salad. Then you're just missing out, I guess. This post isn't a recipe for a salad (it's pretty easy to … [Read more...]

DIY Mother’s Day Card (free printable)


This week on Facebook, my mom posted a photo of her mother and wrote, "My mom may be a little crazy, but that's what makes her the BEST MOM!!!" The same is true of my mother. She's a little crazy (let's be honest, sometimes she's a LOT crazy), but she sure can be a lot of fun. Her name is Sherry, but her alias is "Sharia Shriver" (Maria's Shriver's … [Read more...]

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie Bites (vegan, gf)

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie Bites #vegan #glutenfree #dessert #grainfree

I kept seeing this recipe all over Pinterest. That ooey-gooey, melty chocolate photo finally got the best of me and I decided to see if these grain-free little devils tasted as good as they looked. Unfortunately, I noticed that there have been a few other bloggers who have made this recipe, then stolen the original photo, which they posted … [Read more...]

Pineapple + Portobello Tacos with Roasted Chickpeas (vegan, gf)

Pineapple & Portobello Tacos with Roasted Chickpeas #vegan #glutenfree #recipe

Ahhh - SUNSHINE!!!! Finally. Nice weather can do wonders for my ambition level. It's like the sun is beaming down all this energy into my body. Over the weekend, Hubs and I managed to get a whole lot of work done and continued right into Monday and Tuesday. Now we can barely move. We replaced the carpet in our living room with hardwood maple. There … [Read more...]