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...]

Russian Tea Cakes (vegan, gf, raw) + COOKBOOK GIVEAWAY!

Practically Raw Desserts by Amber Shea Crawley #vegan #cookbook #giveaway

Hold onto your hats, folks. That's right, I'm doing two cookbook giveaways in a row. I'm blowing your mind, I'm sure. In case you missed it, the first was Kathy Hester's Vegan Slow Cooking for Two (or Just for You). Today, I'm introducing you to Amber Shea Crawley's Practically Raw Desserts, which you can win by entering below. When Vegan Heritage … [Read more...]

Gazpacho (vegan, gf)

Creamy Gazpacho Recipe from Mon Ami Gabi #vegan #glutenfree #soup #summer #fresh

I feel so terrible for neglecting my little blog! But I don't feel bad for soaking up every last bit of our short summer season here in Michigan. It's a beautiful time of year (my absolute favorite). I just wish it lasted longer. It's funny because all winter long, when the days were so short and there was minimal light to work with, I had this … [Read more...]

Hearts of Palm and Avocado Salad (vegan, gf)

Hearts of Palm and Avocado Salad #vegan #glutenfree #salad #recipe  86lemons.com

Two posts in one day? Yup. I'm on a roll. Must be all the fruits and veggies I've been eating this week. After two not-so-healthy recipe posts in a row (first Carrot Cake, then Mushroom Stroganoff), I promised to get back on track this week. And that I have. I can really tell a difference in my energy level. I know I've said it before, but it's … [Read more...]

Southwestern Quinoa Pasta Salad (vegan, gf)

Michigan Seasons

I saw this image on How Does She's Facebook page today and it couldn't be more accurate. As far as I'm concerned, March can start going out like a lamb any day now. I've had enough snow and cold weather. Bring on the sunshine, Lord. Please. My sister, who now lives in Texas, brought her six kids home (to Michigan) for a visit over Spring … [Read more...]

Asian Ginger Plum Lettuce Wraps (vegan)

WildTree Asian Ginger Plum Dressing #vegan

The theme of this post is QUICK! Not only because this meal (or appetizer) can be whipped up lickety-split, but also because I am racing against the clock to get my mile-long to-do list completed before we leave for our mission trip. Last week, a box of goodies from Wildtree came in the mail (I ordered and paid for them, this is not a paid … [Read more...]

Chocolate Mini Tarts (vegan, gf, raw)

Mini Chocolate Tarts #raw #vegan #glutenfree #gfcommunity #foodphotography  86lemons.com

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) 86lemons.com

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...]

Quinoa Corn Edamame Salad (vegan, gf)

Quinoa Corn Edamame Salad (vegan, gluten-free) F

Happy New Year! The ball has dropped. The calendar has changed. Resolutions have been made. We're two days into 2013. Soon we'll be 30 days in, then half way... and before we know it, 2014 will be here. When you think about 2013, what is it that you want to remember? Will it be the year you started eating healthier? The year you finally decided on … [Read more...]