Happy Fall!

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Happy fall! I think I'm like every other healthy living blogger out there, because I'm positively obsessed with all things fall---including pumpkin recipes, fall weather, comfy sweaters and boots, fall baking, the smell of cinnamon and nutmeg in my kitchen, fall decorations and the anticipation of Christmas around the corner. Fall is definitely my favorite time of year! Although Florida weather is still quite hot and sticky. I've been able to pull a few decorative scarves out of my closet, but … [Read more...]

A relaxing fourth of July

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Happy 4th of July! I hope everyone is having a wonderful holiday, and relaxing and enjoying time with loved ones! All of my family is up North this time of year, so I'll be having my own quiet holiday (darn summer school kept me from getting up to Minnesota until August. bah!) But I am actually savoring a little relaxing solitude today. I just finished a huge accounting exam, so I can actually breathe for a few days until the new material starts. I finally found my nemesis in the accounting … [Read more...]

Happy Easter Weekend

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Happy Easter! I can't believe we just finished Easter weekend! Spring has flown by and now summer is peaking around the corner. Florida days are becoming increasingly hotter, which makes me even more happy to have finally caved in & rejoined a gym, so I don't have to even think about exercising in the heat! I decided to join Lifestyles last month on their passport membership, so I can work out at all of their locations. Which means when I'm up in Tampa with my sweeti we can go to his gym, … [Read more...]

Christmas dinner at Mom’s

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Tonight is Christmas dinner at mama's house! I came over bright and early to start baking and helping out in the kitchen. I whipped up a vegan pineapple upside-down cake, and a variation on my chocolate banana bundt cake for dessert tonight. This bundt cake has a Christmasy twist, or as my mother would say, "Christmasish" <--- her favorite word. Tonight I used dark cocoa powder instead of regular, and used peppermint extract in the frosting instead of vanilla. I topped the cake … [Read more...]

Farmer’s market visit

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The fall semester is over and things are also winding down with work, so I'm finding myself with more free time on my hands than I'm used to, but absolutely loving it! Enough free time that I can take off work early and squeeze in some Christmas shopping and a farmer's market visit with my mama dearest. But what would Christmas shopping be if I didn't scoop something up for myself along the way? Teehee... I'm so bad... but it felt so good, and just had to be done. My new Le Creuset oval … [Read more...]

Merry Christmas Cabbage & Kale

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I think God had a sense of humor the day he created the pomegranate. I've never in my life experienced such a sweet, juicy and delectable fruit... that was so absurdly difficult to get at. (Although the coconut ranks high up there too). But all the hard work and time is usually worth it in the end. Health benefits of the pomegranate: Pomegranate seeds contain high levels of flavonoids and polyphenols--some pretty powerful antioxidants that fight free radicals and protect us … [Read more...]

Crockpot saves the day

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There is something about the smell of a crock-pot meal wafting through the house that just makes me smile. In my humble opinion, the crock pot is pretty much the most ingenious invention ever. Dump everything into a pot, add water, a few spices, turn on a switch... and walk away! In a few short hours the sweet aromas fill the room. Crock pot meals come in especially handy when cooking a full meal is too time consuming and practically out of the question. Did I mention it's cram for finals week? … [Read more...]

Marinated Cauliflower

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Hello blog world! I've been MIA this week because I was sort of in a blogging funk, so I decided to take some time away. And I'm okay with that! But I'm such a hypocrite because when some of the blogs I stalk love take a break from blogging, I'm always thinking come on, post already! So you see, it's a double-edge sword. But I digress... Even though fall is here, it still feels like summer in Florida. It's hot and muggy and I'd do just about anything to trade places with one of you all up … [Read more...]

Sweet roasted beets for dinner!

Sweet roasted beets for dinner!

I've had a beet in my fridge for a month. Yes a whole month! And I ate it tonight. Hmmm... I didn't realize root vegetables could last so long to be honest. And trust me, I looked it over beforehand. But no worries, no mold! To be on the safe side, I roasted it up in the oven instead of juicing it :) I blame my man-cave of a fridge for keeping it in hiding. My friends and family always tease me about my overloaded fridge and pantry. First of all, I'm usually pretty heavily stocked. Secondly, I … [Read more...]

pineapple upside-down cake

pineapple upside-down cake

Since the bridal shower, everyone has been asking me for my vegan pineapple upside-down cake recipe! This cake turned out super moist and delicious, and to be perfectly honest, I enjoyed it more than the cupcakes! I would make this again for any special occasion or dinner party. I used whole wheat pastry flour and very little oil, so the cake is pretty healthy, compared to your average dessert. There is definitely some sugar but I opted for the less processed brown sugar and agave syrup to … [Read more...]