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...]

Stella & Dot Giveaway – Winter 2013

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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...]

Pumpkin Oatmeal Cookies (vegan, gf)

Vegan Pumpkin Oatmeal Cookies (gluten-free)

Happy World Vegan Day! That's right, November 1 marks this annual occasion, followed by a month-long celebration called World Vegan Month. If you're thinking of testing the waters, check out this excellent article on tips for going vegan. It's full of really great, practical advice from several vegan experts–and it was written by my cyber-friend, … [Read more...]

Apple Tart (vegan, gf)

Apple Tart (vegan, gluten-free)

Once in a while, I find a really good blog that sucks me in for way too long. Just one more post, I tell myself. Then that post links to another great post and there I sit, lost in someone else's life. Why is it we are so intrigued by the lives of perfect strangers? Would we be this interested in these people if we had met face to face? There's … [Read more...]

DIY Mother’s Day Card (free printable)

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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...]

Stella & Dot Giveaway – Summer 2013 Collection

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That's right, it's time for another Stella & Dot giveaway! This time, from the just released 2013 Summer Collection. Our Chelsea Tech Wallet has been extremely popular and since you all seemed to love the giveaway I did last fall (for the Chelsea in poppy), I decided to give away another one! ***Note:  This wallet is currently available in … [Read more...]

Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting (vegan, gf)

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Last weekend we were invited to our friends' house for a vegan, gluten-free dinner. Vegan because of us, gluten-free because of them. It was an excellent meal! For starters, there were chips & salsa and veggies & hummus. Then we enjoyed a salad with roasted pears and stir-fry with vegetables and tofu. We should have stopped there, but there … [Read more...]

Stella & Dot Giveaway – Spring 2013 Collection

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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)

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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...]

Easy DIY Valentine Garland

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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...]