Where I Am Now + My Feature in Edible Allegheny

Hi, all!

It’s been pleasantly productive over here with an abundance of fulfilling work being done, but oh how I’ve missed spending time on this blog. I haven’t even written about my word of the year/yearly focus as I did with last years “soften,” which was only the first of three words that fostered my personal evolution in 2015.

While 2015 was centered inward, 2016 has been all about branching out beyond myself. Continue reading

Our Best Vegan Thanksgiving Yet

Usually we have 2 family Thanksgivings, one with J’s family and one with mine. This year though, we only had one dinner (with my family) that was sandwiched between visiting J’s family and some of my extended family. It was a full day to say the least.

J and I did most of our food prep on Wednesday, while dancing and singing to some 90’s alternative (nostalgia) and tunes from our regular rotation. Since we weren’t cooking for 2 dinners and we simplified our menu in general, it was nice to take our time and enjoy cooking together.

As with last year, about 1/2 of us at the table partook in the vegan Thanksgiving food and the other half had the turkey and nonvegan stuffing plus some of the vegan food.

The rundown:amuse buche

We started with an amuse bouche which was my ginger kuri pudding with granola and pomegranate seeds. Think of it as pumpkin pie but better. Continue reading

October Favorites

I’ve been wanting to start a monthly favorites post for a long time. It’s a great opportunity for readers to get to know the author of a blog and on the flip side it’s a fun way for the author to share what’s been lighting up their world lately. Since October was a month full of even more gratitude than usual, I figure there’s no time like the present. So, without further ado, here are my October favorites!

Note: This is not a sponsored post, but simply a sharing of my very favorite things of this month. If I ever feature a sponsored product, it will be clearly stated. Enjoy! Continue reading

Vegan Brunch at Amazing Cafe

Sleepless nights and blurry days. I’ve been having trouble getting enough sleep. Tucker has had an upset tummy these past 2 weeks which mean sometimes he needs a late night grass snack to soothe the discomfort. Usually J and I take turns with the sick puppy episodes, but it’s been all falling on me due to J’s demanding schedule. I’ve been implementing a pretty good — if I do say so myself — wind down routine in the evenings, so that’s been some relief. But now that Tuck is on the mend, I’ve had anxieties to tend to which have again cursed my once dream-filled nights.

amazing cafe wallsEarly Sunday morning, not long before the sun would creep through our blinds and cast rays of light across our floor, I’m still awake — tossing about with the occasional spritz of Rescue Remedy, wondering why my guided sleep meditations weren’t working. I got the sudden craving for an acai bowl, no doubt the desire for nourishment and wellness support in some form if it would not come by sleep. I recalled how badly I’ve been wanting to try the food at Amazing Cafe in the South Side and made the decision that I’d either invite people to come along with me (later) in the morning or go to Whole Foods and get ingredients to make my own acai bowls at home. Continue reading

Meatless Monday: Vegan in Ohiopyle

A  couple weekends ago, we packed up the car and drove to Ohiopyle for 3 days of nature immersion and camping fun. Ohiopyle is about 1 1/2 hours from the city, but it’s very secluded. We made sure to pack all of our food essentials before leaving, but even in a small town in the mountains, we were able to find vegan food at a cafe!

For breakfasts, J made his coffee over the fire and we ate granola with almond milk and fresh cherries. If we were still hungry, there were also some oranges. Don’t you wish you could eat this. here. everyday?

granola and fruitFor lunch, we packed brown rice wraps, hummus, veggies (cukes, carrots, red pepper, and mixed greens), food bars (I’m digging Go Macro bars and the 22 days nutrition bars), and more cherries and oranges. Cherries have been my jam this summer! Continue reading