Simple Vegan Chickpea Stew

Hello! It’s getting warmer and warmer as Spring comes into full bloom! This weekend in Portland, Oregon, it’s in the 80’s! YAHOO!! I cannot wait for beach days, late night bonfires and tons of pool time this summer! But Oregon has this abominable little habit of tricking us into thinking that warm days are hereContinue reading “Simple Vegan Chickpea Stew”

Dyeing Fabric with Kitchen Scraps

Less Food Waste = A Healthier Planet I have a mild obsession with figuring out ways to reduce food waste. Food is not only fuel for our bodies and minds. Food is the very thing that connects living beings with the earth. If we didn’t have the perfect elemental balance in our air and ourContinue reading “Dyeing Fabric with Kitchen Scraps”

Ultimate Lucky Charms Pop Tarts!

Confession: I LOVE LUCKY CHARMS and POP TARTS! I mean come on. I basically have never not been craving a giant bowl of Lucky Charms, or a hot pop tart straight out of the toaster! And I even made pop tart macarons! THAT’S how much I love those processed sweets. But these products have countlessContinue reading “Ultimate Lucky Charms Pop Tarts!”

Tulip Farm & Easter Cookies!

We got engaged!!! On my birthday two weeks ago, we went to the Tulip Festival in Woodburn, Oregon. It was an overcast and windy day, and the colors of the tulips really popped against the grey sky. It was still a bit early in the season for the tulips, so they weren’t all in fullContinue reading “Tulip Farm & Easter Cookies!”

Slovenian Easter Buns

Easter Buns from my Dad’s Dad’s Dad Easter is almost here!! Typically around this time of year, ovens are filled with hot cross buns. And usually, we are part of the hot cross bun entourage, making the home smell like fresh bread and icing them with crosses. But this year, I wanted to try somethingContinue reading “Slovenian Easter Buns”

Easter Eggs Dyed with Kitchen Scraps!

Let’s Welcome Spring with Bold Colors Happy Spring!! The tulips and daffodils are blooming, the birds have a happy tone in their song and the sun is shining earlier in the morning and longer into the evening. This time of year is so special because new life is budding and blooming all around! And whatContinue reading “Easter Eggs Dyed with Kitchen Scraps!”

Strawberry Pop Tart Macarons!

HAPPY NATIONAL MACARON DAY!!!! WOOOO HOOOO!!!It’s national macaron day every March 20th here in the United States. And what better way to celebrate than with some amazingly delicious and unique strawberry pop tart macarons!?! If you haven’t made macarons before, check out my own first attempt, along with a some helpful tips and a plethoraContinue reading “Strawberry Pop Tart Macarons!”

Milk Bar Crack Pie

Wait what? Milk Bar Crack pie? As in like crack is whack crack??There’s no actual crack or drug of any kind (besides sugar) in this pie. BUT I promise that you will become addicted after the first bite, and you will be craving more. Eating this pie is like the best high in the world…Continue reading “Milk Bar Crack Pie”

Vegan Black Bean Brownies with Chickpea Cookie Dough

Is it freaking you out to see Christmas-themed photos in March? TECHNICALLY it’s still Winter for one more week. Truth be told, I made these healthy vegan black bean brownies with chickpea cookie dough in November and I was SO STOKED to share them. But then I totally forgot about them and I was likeContinue reading “Vegan Black Bean Brownies with Chickpea Cookie Dough”

chocolate strawberry macarons

My very first attempt at making macarons Helloooo, March! On this lovely weekend in the glorious third month of the year (because it’s my bday month, ayoo!) I decided to take a whack at something I’ve never made before – macarons. These illustrious French pastries have captured my heart and my stomach for ages. AsContinue reading “chocolate strawberry macarons”

Candied Cranberry Crepes

One Food for the Rest of Your Life… If you could only eat one food for the rest of your entire life, what would it be? I would choose crepes every time. There are endless flavor possibilities with these French staples! If you’ve never had crepes before, they are like super thin pancakes with aContinue reading “Candied Cranberry Crepes”

I Let Buzzfeed Decide What I Eat For A Day…

I first found Buzzfeed in about 2012 and I quickly became enthralled by their quizzes. They are so random and unnecessary, and they are unnervingly entertaining. Most of the quizzes only take a few minutes, so you can quickly find out all sorts of things you never needed to know about yourself. For a funContinue reading “I Let Buzzfeed Decide What I Eat For A Day…”

vegan miso banana bread

The perfect bananas for making banana bread are so brown that they are toeing the border of going bad. Like, not moldy yet. But the ratio of brown to yellow should be about 9:1. So yes, it will take some time and patience to prepare this amazing vegan miso banana bread. But the wait forContinue reading “vegan miso banana bread”

Thai-Style Quesadillas & Tacos with Fresh Tortillas

Trying an Internet Trend During Snow First, this was the weather while I was making these delicious quesadillas. SNOW! It rarely snows where I live, so this was a treat! But now, on to more important things… FOOD! I’ve seen this cool way to make quesadillas all over the internet and it looked quite simpleContinue reading “Thai-Style Quesadillas & Tacos with Fresh Tortillas”

Strawberry Ombre Heart Cake

Hellooo How are you? Are you in need of a super cute pink cake? Yes?! Me too!! My parents and my grandparents all came to town for a family get-together. And I wanted to make something super special and delicious and impressive for everyone to enjoy. Hence, say hello to this gorgeous strawberry Ombre heartContinue reading “Strawberry Ombre Heart Cake”

Vegan Pink Donuts (Dyed with Beets!)

A Magical Dream Came True I LOVEEE donuts. My boyfriend used to work at a donut shop way back in the day. I loved to go there and just be immersed in the heavenly scent of fried dough and frosting. Ahh good times… But there’s only so many donuts I can eat every day untilContinue reading “Vegan Pink Donuts (Dyed with Beets!)”

Harry Potter Sugar Cookies!

Harry Potter for Christmas For Christmas, I received this super awesome Harry Potter-themed cookie baking kit from Williams and Sonoma! IT IS SO COOL! It provides the recipe, a bunch of neat cookie cutters and piping bags to make incredible Harry Potter sugar cookies! So in December and into the beginning of January, we justContinue reading “Harry Potter Sugar Cookies!”

Holiday in Hawaii – December 2020 – Part 6

Welcome Holiday in Hawaii – December 2020 – Part 6, to the last and final part of our holiday on the gorgeous island of Oahu, Hawaii. I had the privilege of flying with my partner to visits my parents, who are living on the island for a few years for work. I can’t express justContinue reading “Holiday in Hawaii – December 2020 – Part 6”

Easy Dairy Free Chicken Casserole

An Ode to Casseroles After all the cupcakes, cookies, cinnamon rolls and other sweet treats this season, I am ready for some healthy food to restock my fridge. Do you like casseroles? I personally have a love-hate relationship with them. I love their convenience. Casseroles achieve a quick and easy meal prep because they’re soContinue reading “Easy Dairy Free Chicken Casserole”

Holiday in Hawaii – December 2020 – Part 5

Day 7 – Kualoa Ranch Raptor Tour and Ziplining, Chasing Big Waves and Watching the Sunset at North Shore! Kualoa Ranch Have you seen any of the following movies? – The Karate Kid II (1986)– Jurassic Park (1993)– Mighty Joe Young (1998)– Fifty First Dates (2004)– Jumanji – Welcome to the Jungle (2018) We gotContinue reading “Holiday in Hawaii – December 2020 – Part 5”

Small Batch “Pick-Me-Up” Cupcakes

We needed a pick-me-up Let me tell you why we needed small batch pick-me-up cupcakes at our house. Recently, my family experienced a loss. Our dog, Spencer, went to be in doggy heaven. He was an English springer spaniel and he had super cute soft and floppy ears. Unfortunately, Spencer developed intramuscular disc disease andContinue reading “Small Batch “Pick-Me-Up” Cupcakes”

Holiday in Hawaii – December 2020 – Part 4

Hi there! Thanks for stopping by to read Holiday in Hawaii – December 2020 – Part 4! Day 6 – Ka’ena Point, Shave Ice, Pearl Harbor Museum, USS Arizona Memorial, USS Utah Memorial and Dinner at Aiea Bowl Walking to Ka’ena Point The most western tip of Oahu is called Ka’ena Point. By taking aContinue reading “Holiday in Hawaii – December 2020 – Part 4”

Holiday in Hawaii – December 2020 – Part 3

Happy New Year, friends! I’m still reminiscing about the sunshine and family time I soaked up in Hawaii just a few weeks ago. Here’s Holiday in Hawaii – December 2020 – Part 3, which covers Day 4 and Day 5 of our trip to visit my parent’s home on the island of Oahu! <3 DayContinue reading “Holiday in Hawaii – December 2020 – Part 3”

New Year’s Fortune Cookies for 2021

Hellooooo 2021! It’s about dang time you got here! To celebrate, I made New Year’s fortune cookies for 2021 with inspiring and funny messages inside. The recipe was super simple and they look just like the ones from the Chinese restaurants! Hopefully this brings some good fortune in the new year. If nothing else,Continue reading “New Year’s Fortune Cookies for 2021”

Carrot Galette with Carrot Top Pesto

Joyeux noel, my friends! Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays to you! Behold, the carrot galette with carrot top pesto! Buttery, flaky pie crust envelopes sweet roasted carrots on a bed of creamy hummus, drizzled with tangy carrot top pesto. Voila, a Christmas dish for you! This recipe is perfect for Christmas this year because it’sContinue reading “Carrot Galette with Carrot Top Pesto”

Holiday in Hawaii – December 2020 – Part 2

Day 3 – Green World Coffee Farm, Snorkeling at Shark’s Cove, Matsumoto Shave Ice, Sunset at Barber’s Point Lighthouse Welcome back to Holiday in Hawaii – December 2020. Here’s Part 2! We did so much on Day 3 that I could only fit the recap of one day into this post! If you missedContinue reading “Holiday in Hawaii – December 2020 – Part 2”

Christmas Cranberry Cinnamon Roll Wreath

Christmas Cranberry Cinnamon Roll Wreath Christmas You can totally make this scrumptious treat any time of the year. But cranberries are in full stock right now, since they are harvested between mid-September until around mid-November in North America. Braid them in your Christmas cranberry cinnamon roll wreath with a needle and thread for an impressiveContinue reading “Christmas Cranberry Cinnamon Roll Wreath”

Holiday in Hawaii – Dec 2020 – Part 1

On Thanksgiving, I had the amazing privilege to travel to the island of Oahu in Hawaii. My parents moved there for my dad’s job a couple years ago, and I hadn’t seen them in nearly a year! I was so excited to be able to spend the holiday in Hawaii with my parents at theirContinue reading “Holiday in Hawaii – Dec 2020 – Part 1”

PB & J Pancake Cake – Breakfast for the Family

Breakfast Memories It’s one of those things where people either love it or hate it. Some people love it and no matter what time they wake up, they need to eat something in the realm of “breakfast food”. Others will skip breakfast entirely, maybe just opting for black coffee. I grew up on the classicContinue reading “PB & J Pancake Cake – Breakfast for the Family”

Savory Breadsticks Four Different Ways

The Breadsticks The gluten free breadstick recipe I followed is from The Healthy Gluten-Free Life by Tammy Credicott. Her cookbook creates really delicious gluten-free food without a pre-made gluten-free flour blend. There’s a lot going on to create these chewy, soft, flavorful breadsticks including xanthum gum, potato starch and tapioca flour. When I first readContinue reading “Savory Breadsticks Four Different Ways”