Nutritious Strawberry Breakfast Cookies (vegan, gf)

delicious, healthy, hearty #breakfast #cookies  (#vegan, #glutenfree)

Bust out your party hat and say HAPPY BIRTHDAY to 86 Lemons!!! Today marks the one year anniversary of my first blog post. It's kind of fun to look back and see how far I've come. While I'm still learning and always will be, my photos have come a long way. In fact, just yesterday I was teaching two friends how to use the manual settings on their … [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...]

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...]

Banana-Apple Buckwheat Muffins (vegan, gf)

Banana-Apple Buckwheat Muffins #vegan #glutenfree #sugarfree #healthy #recipe

Remember the Get Balanced course I wrote about not too long ago? It's a 15-day course focused on balancing your cortisol levels (that would be your stress hormone), which is intricately linked to everything from weight to mood to energy. I'm 11 days in and going strong. You would not believe the amount of substance to this course. Nutritionists, … [Read more...]

Chocolate Mini Tarts (vegan, gf, raw)

Mini Chocolate Tarts #raw #vegan #glutenfree #gfcommunity #foodphotography

Hubs gets home from work, walks in the door. I'm in the kitchen, which is a disaster zone and I am very irritated... Hubs:  What's wrong? Me:  Oh I just wasted all this time making this stupid recipe and it tastes like crap. Hubs:  Oh no. What is it? Me:  Mini chocolate tarts. They're raw, you won't like it. Hubs:  It looks really good. Me: … [Read more...]

Peanut Butter Crispy Rice Treats (vegan, gf)

Peanut Butter Deluxe Crispy Rice Treats (vegan, gluten-free)

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...]

Easy Snack Bites (vegan, gf, raw)

Easy Snack Bites (raw, vegan, gluten-free)

Whew... well that was a busy week. Hoping to get back on track with more frequent posts this week. We hauled out the Christmas tree and decorations today. The house is looking festive and cozy. I'll share pics soon :) So, I was thinking... while Santa may be jolly, his "husky" physique tells me he's not too healthy. It's time that he trade in … [Read more...]

Pumpkin Pie Smoothie (vegan, gf)

Pumpkin Pie Smoothie (vegan, gluten-free)

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...]

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...]

California Chipotle Chop with Agave-Lime Vinaigrette (vegan, gf)

California Chop Salad with Agave-Lime Vinaigrette

I get so bored with the same old salads, don't you? I decided that maybe a new dressing would fix my salad rut. My search led me to not only a delicious new dressing, but a clever new salad, too. The recipe is from Chloe Coscarelli's (vegan) cookbook called Chloe's Kitchen. I have to admit, I'm a sucker for any dish with "California" in the … [Read more...]