Pumpkin Pecan Cake (v/gf)

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It's pumpkin-everything season. Pumpkin Spice Latte. Pumpkin Pie. Pumpkin Soup. Pumpkin carving. Pumpkin candles. And my latest obsession, Pumpkin Cream Rooibos Tea. And here's one more for ya—Pumpkin Pecan Cake. This is a have-a-friend-over-for-coffee kind of cake. She'll never guess it's vegan and gluten-free. She'll ask you for the recipe. … [Read more...]

Quinoa Kale Bowl with Mushrooms & Asparagus (v/gf) + Butcher Block Giveaway!

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I've been struggling with food lately. For health reasons I'd rather not discuss right now, I was put on a gluten-free, anti-inflammatory, low-fat, nightshades-free diet. Plus I'm vegan. I felt like there was nothing left to eat. (Side note. I got about zero results when I googled recipes with these restrictions. Which is why I'm a huge fan of this … [Read more...]

Kale Salad with Blackberries and Toasted Coconut-Pecan Clusters (v/gf)

Kale Salad with Blackberries and Toasted Coconut-Pecan Clusters #vegan #glutenfree (F)

I used to think kale was only used for garnish. I mean, really, who eats that stuff?! I don't know about you, but I am not a fan of plain ol' raw kale. It's bitter and tough and has a terrible aftertaste. Fortunately, it doesn't take much to transform this super nutritious leafy green. A little lemon, a little olive oil, some salt/pepper and of … [Read more...]

Fried Ice Cream (v/gf)

Fried Ice Cream #vegan #gluten-free  (F)

I generally try to keep it pretty healthy here. Not today. This recipe for vegan fried ice cream (with a gluten-free option) is all about SPLURGING. It's a special occasion dessert. One to pull out for birthdays, anniversaries and such. Or maybe you've just had a really bad week and you could use a little food joy. During college, I was a server … [Read more...]

Preserving Memories + DIY Travel Journal

DIY Travel Journal #diy #travel #handmade #journal (F)

Did I ever tell you that Hubs and I got married in St. Lucia? Since then, we've enjoyed many trips to the Caribbean, Mexico, U.K. and Europe, as well as within the U.S. I wish I had been smart/diligent enough to document the details of each trip. Now they're all a blur. Before digital cameras came along, I was better about printing our photos and … [Read more...]

Cherry Chickpea Wrap (v/gf)

Cherry Chickpea Salad Wrap with creamy cashew dressing  #vegan #glutenfree (F)

Finally. I got some things checked off the to-do list last weekend. Stuff like transitioning Hubs' old office into a dedicated photo studio/prop room. Hubs' office is now a small dresser—LOL. Whatever. He barely used it. This room now has a freshly painted table, two book shelves full of props (plates, linens, utensils, etc) and various photo … [Read more...]

Curry Sweet Potatoes with Broccoli and Cashews (v/gf)

Instagram photo of Laketown Beach in West Michigan

What a gorgeous holiday weekend it was here in West Michigan. We had perfect weather. A long bike ride, a BBQ/fireworks bonanza with neighbors, a lazy beach day, dinner with friends, a late night movie, sleeping in—we took full advantage of the long weekend. The party didn't end there. Last night we got together with friends for a potluck. We sat … [Read more...]

Coconut Lemon Tart (v/gf)

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I wonder if other countries get carried away with national flag-themed food the way we do in the U.S. Do a search for "Fourth of July desserts" on Pinterest and you'll get a smorgasbord of inventive red, white and blue creations. I'm gonna take a wild guess and assume we do this better than anyone else. Because we are obnoxious Americans. We are … [Read more...]

And we’re back…

Work In Progress (feature)

The site has been down for a couple of days—all for the greater good, my friends. It's back up now! I'll spare you the technical mumbo-jumbo. Bottom line is I had to make some changes in order to keep up with WordPress and the like. I think you'll enjoy the new functionality, especially once it's all working properly. There's still a lot of work to … [Read more...]