roasted veggies

I wish I could share with you how my kitchen smells right now. Soft summer breezes carry the scent of freshly mown grass, and somewhere a candle is burning. But the smell I’m most enjoying at this moment is the aroma of vegetables roasting slowly in the oven. Potatoes, mushrooms and onions, and squash and…

the best birthday ever!

Today is my birthday!! I just love birthdays. People go out of their way to let you know they love you and to make you feel special! I wish everyone could feel like this on their birthday. I know not everyone does, and I am honored and very blessed to be surrounded by such amazing…

sisters and fruit-on-a-stick

I have a lot of sisters. Six of them, in fact. Seven, if you count my sister-in-law, Sydney, which I do; eight, if you count my mom, which I do. So, last week, one sister who lives far far away in Wisconsin, and another sister who’d just spent 4 months in Zimbabwe were both actually…

garbanzo bean crepes

I recently discovered an amazing thing: you can actually grind dried beans – just regular beans you’d get in a bag at the grocery store – into flour, and use it to make things! Apparently, this is not a new concept for everyone. In fact it is a common practice in other cultures. Garbanzo bean/chickpea…

life changes and lunch

This whole babies-moving-away-to-college thing is harder than I thought it’d be. I thought there would be long busy days of super-productivity and date night every night. Maybe that will happen in time, but for now it’s dinners trying not to look at the empty spots where they used to sit, turning music on really loud…

banana split nice cream

I get cold every time I eat frozen desserts. I mean shivering under a blanket and my rings don’t fit anymore cold. And I hate to be cold. So why do I insist on putting myself through that? Why am I, even now as I type, sitting in front of a bowl of delicious green…

avocado cilantro lime dressing

I don’t know about you, but I have trouble finding a salad dressing that I like that is low in fat and calories, and dare I dream, even remotely healthy! If it’s low fat, it tastes weird to me, and too sweet. If it is calorie free, it’s just awful! Maybe I just haven’t tried…

3-bean salad

A couple of weeks ago, on a warm but not too warm evening, overlooking a quiet lake, under a peachy-gold sunset, I had the best meal I’ve had in a long time. Some lovely friends invited us to come to their lake house to go kayaking with them, and I was pleasantly exhausted from the…

chocolate for breakfast

Just imagine it…sitting down for breakfast in front of a giant bowl of cold, creamy, chocolaty goodness and it’s all good for you, guilt-free, healthy, and vegan. And it’s CHOCOLATE, people!

pineapple dreaming

I looked high and low. I looked under the shelves of mangoes and behind rows of bananas, but they were nowhere to be found. Just a few days ago, there were piles and piles of them all over the store. I let the abundance of pineapple fool me into thinking that I could come back…

homemade vegetable crackers

Hello friends! I’m so glad you’re visiting with me today! One of the hardest things personally, for me to give up has been crackers and chips. I know they aren’t healthy, but they’re so CRISPY and SALTY and DELICIOUS. They are the perfect thing to munch on while reading a good book, while watching reruns…

asian salad

One evening, on a rare occasion of having the house to myself, I decided to try an Asian dressing recipe I found online. This attempt was not a raging success.