New cookbooks & lychee fruit

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A few weeks back I finally scooped up the new Oh She Glows Cookbook and I haven't been able to put it down since! Angela's recipes are so creative and tasty, even my hubby is loving these vegan eats! I finally experimented with cashew cream pasta sauce, and found a new favorite homemade veggie burger. After pouring over every single recipe in this book I ended up playing around with her sauces and dressings most of all. Who doesn't love a tasty and healthy dressing to slather all over a big bowl … [Read more...]

Minnesota Vacation

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Just a few pics of our Minnesota vacation so far... My dad's house, view from the boat on the lake The lake front, docks and fire pit My sweeti getting ready to head out for a boat ride Small fishing boat in Pleasant Lake We took the fishing boat out for a romantic boat ride at dusk Dad's backyard at dusk My dad and his lil lake dog Ziggy Back of the house I got this cute lil sign for my dad and step-mom for their first year anniversary last year A true … [Read more...]

Vegan Chocolate Banana Muffins

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I am a huge fan of bananas. It's safe to say I enjoy a banana or two every day. Whether it's for a quick on-the-go snack, added to smoothies, smothered in nut butter, whipped up in the food processor for banana soft serve, added to chia pudding, or snuck into baked goods... I'll put a lil nana in just about anything! But I'm kinda weird when it comes to bananas. I do not enjoy them very ripe. In fact, I prefer them with a lil green around the edges, and absolutely no brown spots! blah! But … [Read more...]

Summer School I Abhor You

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Summer school has begun... dun dun dun. And I have senselessly packed my summer schedule with more classes than I can realistically handle. But alas, too late now, I'm just going to give it my best shot and run with it. Summer school is crazy because they pack an entire semester (about 16 weeks) worth of material into a condensed summer period (6 to 10 weeks, depending on the course). So instead of 1 or 2 chapters a week, each class covers 2, 3 or even 4 chapters a week. A WEEK! Oh yes, and … [Read more...]

Cinco de Mayo libations & celebrations

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This weekend was celebratory! College graduates around the country finally celebrated their years of hard work paying off, followed by plentiful Cinco de Mayo Festivities! You couldn't ask for a more celebratory weekend! ;) My sweet and beautiful cousin Sarah graduated this weekend. So proud of her! After catching up on numerous chores and work, I headed to Tampa for the weekend to celebrate Cinco de Mayo (and our semester being over!) with my sweetie. We hit up Ceviche restaurant in … [Read more...]

Juicer review – which juicer is right for you?

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Hello gorgeous.  Meet the newest member of the family.  Isn't she lovely? Stevie sure thinks so. This is an Omega 8005 masticating juicer. I snagged this baby during Amazon's deal of day a few weeks ago for my mom and step-dad. Then I called up my boyfriend in a frantic. Me: There's an Omega juicer on Amazon for super cheap. I just bought one for Mom and Rick and I think you should get one too. Snag it! He: Hmmm... I'll check it out. Me: You have to get one! I love my Omega … [Read more...]

Star fruit in all its glory

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After work today I decided to swing by the Famer's Market to snag some fresh fruit! I've become quite a fruit-eater lately. (Like multiple times a day, everyday.) I suppose it's because fruit is so easy to carry along to work or school for a snack, and the natural sugar content is a great pick-me-up during the morning and throughout the day. Plus it's so darn good for you it's ridiculous. When I'm buying fruit I try to go with what's fresh, local and in season. I grabbed a giant Florida … [Read more...]

Homemade Sangria

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Sangria is... well let me tell you what Sangria is.Fabulous.Sweet.Refreshing.Fruity.Delish.Party Drink.Just what I needed tonight. As I mentioned earlier, I enjoyed a wonderful girl's night in with my best girlfriend tonight. We talked about her wedding planning, dined over fabulous food (I made another batch of sesame seared eggplant with braised leeks), and knocked out her bridal shower invitations. I haven't gotten one quite perfect yet, but I'll post some crafty pictures later.I felt like … [Read more...]

Iced Mint Green Tea hits the spot!

Iced Mint Green Tea hits the spot!

It sure feels like summer is here. That may be because I'm in sunny Florida, but geez the humidity has arrived. In my house I battle the AC unit. I try my best to keep the AC off for as long as I can possibly bear. That's what windows and fans are for anyway, right? But when the process of walking from one end of the house to the other causes me to perspire... (uggh) sometimes I give in and crank the lil sucker on.But with that said, I try to avoid the AC until the temp gets in the 90s. It's not … [Read more...]

Hot Totties

So, because I have the luck of the Irish blood that runs through my skin, I suppose that is why God gave me this wretched cold AFTER Christmas and BEFORE New Years and hopefully not during either of the two holidays :) Either way, I felt it coming on yesterday and I woke up feeling utterly wretched. To make matters worse I am spending the week with my boyfriend's family in Northern Illinois and away from home. Being sick is always a million times worse when you're away from home. But my man and … [Read more...]