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


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...]

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...]

Coconut Lemon Tart (v/gf)


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...]

The Oh She Glows Cookbook Review, Giveaway + Empowered Noodle Bowl (vegan, gf)

Empowered Noodle Bowl with Thai Peanut Sauce (vegan, gluten-free)

I must start this off with an apology to my regular readers (if you're still there). This is my first post since November. I had every intention of taking a brief hiatus for December, but I did not intend to leave you hanging for January and February. A clumsy fall resulted in a broken right (dominant) hand just before Christmas. Just after the new … [Read more...]

Stella & Dot Giveaway – Winter 2013

Stella & Dot Chelsea Tech Wallets

This is a post I've been meaning to write for MONTHS! I've had this delicious little leopard Chelsea Tech Wallet sitting on my desk, just waiting to be snatched up by some lucky winner. Better late than never, eh? This will be the third time I've given away one of these wallets on the blog. (Enter to win below.) And each time, people seem to … [Read more...]

A Trip to Budapest and Prague + Travel Tips

Budapest at Night

Hubs and I love to travel. We enjoy lazy, tropical vacations and we also enjoy the exact opposite–trips that have nothing to do with lying around and everything to do with exploring, site-seeing and learning. On our first trip to Europe several years ago, we decided to see as much as we could in three weeks, which meant a whirlwind journey through … [Read more...]

Butternut Squash Frijoles (vegan, gf) + GIVEAWAY!

The Great Vegan Bean Book by Kathy Hester

Can you imagine writing an entire vegan cookbook in which every single recipe contains BEANS? I can't. But Kathy Hester pulled it off beautifully. And it's not all soups and side dishes, either. From breakfast to dessert, Kathy covers it all. You won't believe all the creative uses for all kinds of beans. What's so great about beans? For one, … [Read more...]

Why is everyone juicing?

Tips on Juicing:  how to best drain out the pulp #juicing #juice #vegan #glutenfree #healthy

Earlier this month, I turned another year older (and wiser, I hope). Instead of blowing my birthday cash on clothes and shoes, I decided to invest in a juicer. I've been on the fence about purchasing one because I didn't know if I would use it enough. Would I make one batch of juice and be over it? Would it be too complicated, time-consuming and … [Read more...]

Your body is begging you to enter this GIVEAWAY.

Sweet Potatoes with Greens, Leeks, Beans & Cilantro  #vegan #healthy #glutenfree

We all want to look and feel great. Especially for summer. It is swimsuit season, after all. Less belly fat would be good. So would more energy. And how about a well-functioning digestive system? Who doesn't want that? Wouldn't it be great if everything was in balance and running smoothly? That's what this giveaway is all about. It's your chance to … [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...]