For The Sick Days

Hello lovelies!

My handsome hubby recently got sick with a stomach bug. We aren’t exactly sure what caused it, but a lot of people in our area seemed to picking up that or a summer cold. I got the latter and am still fighting off a lingering cough. No one likes being sick! During these times, I think it is even more so important to focus on putting good into your body. You get out of it what you put in, so put in healthy!

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Minus the cookies (although sometimes delicious comfort food does do something wonderful for the soul πŸ™‚ ), I made us this tasty but incredibly simple dinner that lasted a few meals.

It’s not anything fancy, just a simple veggie soup and a fresh fruit cup, but boy was it good. Being sick is pain enough, and cooking seems like such a chore during those times. Thankfully this was done in all of 20 minutes, without much work on my end.

Simple Veggie Soup
1 box of organic vegetable broth
1 large head of broccoli, chopped
1 sweet onion, chopped
2 carrots, chopped
1 tbsp vegetableΒ oil (optional)
Herbs/spices to season (garlic, onion powder, salt, pepper, etc.)
2 cups of dried brown rice

Begin cooking your rice before you start with anything else. I use a rice cooker and do 2 cups brown rice, 5 cups water. This takes about 20-25 minutes to cook which is enough time for the soup to finish up.

With your veggies chopped, throw everything into a large soup pan on high heat. Once you see it start to boil, turn it down to medium. Stir frequently. The soup should be cooked in about 15 minutes. While it’s cooking, if you’d like to make the fresh fruit cup pictured above, just chop up some banana, strawberries, green grapes, golden delicious apple, and drizzle lightly with fresh lemon juice.

After the soup and rice are done cooking, you can eat them separately or together. I like to blend up my soup with the rice, making for a creamier and more filling mixture. This is what is pictured above. It also works great if you want to leave it as a chunky vegetable soup as well. Add a few wheat crackers to the mix and you’re done!

I hope that you don’t have to get sick to enjoy this simple recipe, but I do hope you gobble it up once you make it! Have a lovely, healthy day my friends!



Mama Bear’s Love Cookies (PB & Choc Chip)

Hello lovelies!

A long time ago I promised to share this recipe and I’ve taken my sweet time getting around to it. It also doesn’t help that I tend to eat all the food I make before I remember to take a picture of it! LOL!

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I make these cookies anytime we have company over, I want to do something nice for someone, or hubby wants a delicious treat. Hence why they are called love cookies. It may seem silly but I do believe that the what we are feeling gets poured into whatever we are doing. It shows in our performances, artistic creations, and I believe it also transfers into food. So part of the reason I think people love these cookies, is because I intentionally make them while focusing on love. Love for friendships, family, Jesus, the world, all of it. It just makes everything better!

I adapted the recipe from one of my favorite vegan cookbooks, La Dolce Vegan.

Mama Bear’s Love Cookies
What you’ll need:

1 1/4 cups flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
egg replacer equal to 1 egg (I use Ener-G egg replacer)
1/4 cup water
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/4 cup oil
3/4 sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup vegan chocolate chips (Enjoy Life Semi-sweet chocolate Mini chips or chocolate chunks, depending on your preference)

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Prep your egg replacer. Stir together flour, baking soda, and salt. Add the egg replacer, water, peanut butter, oil, sugar, and vanilla. Stir together until well combined. After the dough is formed, cover the mixture with the chocolate chips and fold into the dough. Roll into balls and place on cookie sheet. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes. (These come out of the oven looking like they are completely cooked because they are chewy cookies, so let them cool a bit to harden up) Makes approximately 16 – 20 cookies.

Whether you give these cookies away or save them for yourself, be sure to schedule some much needed rest time after eating. Devour the goodness and savour.

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Happy munching lovelies!


Faux Chicken Salad Delight

Hello Lovelies!

I originally started out writing a post today for my famous Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip cookies, but alas I couldn’t find a picture and need to make some more before I complete that post. In spite of that mishap, I found myself with an intense craving for some version of chicken salad and I NEEDED it. I mean, get out of my way, I’m bulldozing people over until I get what I want. That’s the kind of pregnancy craving I had for this stuff.

My absolute favorite version is from Whole Foods- their Mock Chicken salad. I can eat so much of that stuff that it probably isn’t good for me anymore. Unfortunately the closest Whole Foods is about 30 minutes away and that just wouldn’t do (plus Audrey was napping). So I began adamantly digging through all of my cookbooks and when finding nada there, began searching online for a quick and delicious recipe!

I came across the Fat Free Vegan blog and her post for Old Fashioned (Tofu) Chicken Salad. I had the majority of the ingredients and decided to substitute a few things in place of what I didn’t have. What I ended up with was so incredible. It made about 5 sandwiches and was completely gone by the end of dinner. Even Audrey loved it, no, devoured it! We all went back for more and I was scraping the bowl clean. Needless to say, this recipe will be back in our home very soon!

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Faux Chicken SaladΒ 

1 14 oz pkg extra firm tofu
1/4 cup veggie broth
1 tbsp soy sauce
1 tsp dried thyme
1/4 tsp rubbed sage
1/4 tsp ground black pepper
15 red grapes
large handful of pecans
2 dill pickles
5 bread and butter pickle slices
3 tbsp vegan mayo
1 tsp honey mustard

Preheat the oven to 415 degrees. Cut your tofu block into 8 pieces and place two paper towels or a clean cloth underneath and on top of the tofu pieces. Press gently to drain the liquid from the tofu into the towels. Repeat this process until most of the water is out of the tofu. Cut tofu down further into about 16 pieces. Place on a lined baking sheet.

Mix the broth, soy sauce, thyme, sage, and pepper. Pour half of the mixture on top of the tofu, then flip the pieces and pour the remaining mixture over the tofu once more. Bake for appx 20 minutes or until you see the tofu browning on the edges.

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While the tofu bakes, chop up your grapes, pickles, and pecans to prepare for the main mix. Remove tofu from oven and let cool. ( I transferred mine to a glass bowl and placed in the fridge to speed up the process). Once cooled, using a fork or by hand, tear the tofu into irregular pieces. Add in your chopped goodies, and all the remaining ingredients.

You can refrigerate longer but we were so hungry we ate it right away on toasted bread! Next time I make this I think I’d like to include apple and celery chunks and perhaps inside of lettuce wraps instead of bread! Quick dinners like this are great to whip up for any occasion. I hope your family enjoys as much as mine did! I know I’m stuffed!


Where have I gone?

Hello my lovelies,

It’s been quite some time! I feel bad for not keeping up with the blog, but alas, life has kept me incredibly busy once again. In March we found out we’re having another baby! Woop woop! So with a growing belly, fighting nausea, and chasing a toddler around everywhere she goes- you might be able to imagine I’ve been a busy mama.


Now that I’m in my 5th month though, energy is coming back and I’m feeling motivated to start writing again. I always promised myself this blog would be a no pressure gig so I stick to that. Family always comes first, right? πŸ™‚

This being said, keep an eye out for new posts on recipes, outings, new information I find out in the vegan world. Good things are coming this way!




The Gerson Miracle

Hello Lovelies!

Today’s post is simple. Cancer makes me angry. Companies that deny the fact that a vegan diet can reverse, cure, and prevent cancer make me even angrier. It’s high time we educate ourselves on true heath and how to take care of our bodies and let them heal themselves.

Check out this incredible documentary and please share!

Have a beautiful day!


Keeping Busy!

Hello Lovelies!

How’s life treating you guys? I hope very well! It’s been quite busy for me. I’m finally getting into a groove of daily life as a SAHM. My post today has a lot of information for you! πŸ™‚ I’ve got a garden update, pics of Audrey’s 1st birthday (woohoo!), an incredible recipe, etc. So let’s dig in!

Garden UpdateΒ 

Well, living in Dallas (Texas, really), this weather is crazy whack. We’ve had two or three more frosts since I tried to move my seedlings outside. So they died. Way to go me (sarcasm). It also killed off my broccoli and kale plant, but I have not lost hope! I’ve been reading up on quite a few books and been working diligently to get my beds prepared.


I’ve found all of these books to be incredibly informative. They also provide recipes (some non-vegan, but can be altered). Grow Your Own Food has diagrams and goes into great detail of how you should prepare your beds. Great info!

I’ve worked through my compost pile and made some changes to the beds that are already in place. I do have some spinach seedlings that have made it through this weird weather and I’ve put mini gatorade bottles with the bottoms cut off over them to create a greenhouse effect. It keeps the air warm and humid, even when its a little chilly outside.


DSC_0361 My strawberry transplants have done great! (above) I’ve got six little spinach seedlings growing! (below)


My gardening buddy, Swiper. He loves to lay in the sunshine outside while I work away πŸ™‚


My other buddy, Grizzly. He doesn’t like to be outside when its cold but he loves to be around family, so he hangs out with me and runs around like he owns the place!

My grandma gave me one of my grandpa’s aquariums and I have turned it into a indoor greenhouse for my little seeds to germinate. I placed my two squash and cilantro survivors in there as well. It’s lined with foil to reflect the light and I have a lamp on when it gets dark. I do turn off the light for a few hours each night, but the area gets light for about 14 hrs a day.


Toilet paper rolls cut in half, labeled on laminated book cover paper cut into strips. LOL I’m trying to be resourceful you guys…;)


Left: Cilantro; Right: Squash

So that’s what is going on with my gardening. I’ll post more as more starts to grow- or die…but let’s hope that doesn’t happen!!!

Audrey’s 1st Birthday!


Vegan cupcakes! I made strawberry cupcakes, using a box mix from the store (just be sure to check all the ingredients for casein/caseinate), and used egg replacer and coconut oil with vanilla frosting. They were a hit!

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I don’t know if there are truly enough words to speak on how this little girl has captured our hearts, but man do we love her! This first year has been incredible. She devoured two of those cupcakes, LOL. Tons of toys, lots of singing and playing. She was the life of the party! I’m so happy we got to spend that time with family. πŸ™‚ Can’t get enough of that!

The day after Audrey’s party, we had a guest worship leader, BJ Putnam, at our church. I don’t think anything can inspire you to keep doing God’s will in your life as some great worship music! It felt so good to hear it! It helps that my rockin’ husband was jammin’ on the guitar up there. πŸ™‚ He’s amazing!

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Shepherd’s Pie Recipe

Now that all the business slowed down, I was able to make a great homemade meal last night for the family. I pulled out one of my new cookbooks I hadn’t cracked open yet and came across this recipe. It took a little while to prepare, but it turned out SO GOOD! Very much worth it! You can buy the book HERE.



This recipes makes enough for dinner, lunch, and dinner again! It really was so delicious!

Well lovelies, that’s it for today, but stay posted! I’ve got some great posts coming this week including cookies to die for, a new update from our friends at The Vegan Option, vegan vacations, and more!

I hope you have a wonderful rest of your day!!!

With love,


Learning to LIVE



Hello Lovelies!

How’s the world treating you today? The past two days have been a wonderful learning experience for me. For a while, pretty much over the last year, I’ve been considering quitting my job. Like many of us, I let the extra cushion on our finances convince me to keep working. With our daughter getting older every day though, this slowly became more difficult to do while taking care of her. It was an incredible opportunity to be able to work from home and stay with my baby all day, but it started to wear me down. I don’t know how some of you super mamas do it!

I kept pushing on as long as I could, but both ends of the candle were far over burnt and I started to feel depressed. That’s when I couldn’t take it anymore. When my mom called me to tell me my grandpa had suffered a stroke (a week before he passed away), I made the decision to turn in my notice. This was a very hard thing for me to do because I’ve always held a part of my identity and self-worth in my accomplishments at work. As life moves forward though, you really begin to notice the things that matter most and for me, that is family.

Monday night I was making myself some Yogi Bedtime teaΒ and this was written on the tag:Β DSC_0216

How incredibly fitting for where I am at in life! As of February 10th, I became an official Stay at Home mom and my work consists of taking care of my family and loving the world. That’s just what I intend to do.

Monday morning I decided Audrey and I would get out of the house. The weather was too beautiful to resist! Here are a few pictures of what we experienced together:


She likes to sneak off to my bookshelf, pull off her Veggietales DVDs and “read” the front and back covers πŸ™‚


She’s still pretty small for the baby swing, but she absolutely loves it. She was laughing and clapping her hands the whole time!


I’ve seen over 30 turtles in our pond before but this day we only saw one little baby sunbathing!


A bunch of ducks flew in as we were circling around. Audrey squealed at them πŸ™‚


“God said every green thing is for food mama, so I’m gonna eat this!” I did the best I could to stop her…but she may have still gotten a piece or two haha!


She’s never played in the grass before so she crawled and grabbed and tossed it everywhere!


Nom nom noming on a PB&J


Oh yea, water….its goooooood!


Our pond never seems to fail to provide something interesting to check out- this time it was an upside down grocery cart! Classy!

To some moms these things might seems like what you would do every single day. For me, I like to really recognize the fact that the world is a huge place for Audrey to discover, for all of us to discover really. It’s watching her examine these little things, on our small adventures, that I realize the most precious things in life. Family, hope, and love. Beautiful God-given things that bless our souls. So yes, quitting my job has been more than worth it, just to learn to live.

Take some time to discover the world this week Lovelies! You’ll be so happy you did! πŸ™‚


Vegan Pancakes- nom nom nom!!!

Hello Lovelies!

When my hubby and I got married we decided to start a Saturday morning pancake tradition. We stuck to it for the most part, but since our baby was born, I have to admit I’ve been slacking. I picked back up when we moved into our new home, but the last oh, six months or so I haven’t been so great.

That being said, last night when hubs and I were watching Parenthood (tears, always!) and a commercial came on for who knows what and I saw them… delicious, fluffy, and oh so mouth watering PANCAKES. So, instead of waiting for Saturday, I woke up this morning and made pancakes for the family and man were they good!


The recipe I originally started with came from (recipe here), but they always seemed to burn on me and weren’t as sweet as I like. Thus, I altered the recipe and came up with what I’ve listed below that we much preferred! I would like to state, before I put this recipe out there, that I think if you’re going to have pancakes, you should balance it out with some fruit or fresh fruit/vegetable juice as shown in the picture. Have a little healthy in there too! πŸ˜‰

Vegan Pancakes!!!
Yields 6-8 pancakes

1 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
1 tbsp sugar
2 tbsp baking powder (I know that seems silly, but it works)
1/8 tsp salt
1 1/2 cup soy milk (or another dairy-free version)
2 tbsp coconut oil
1/4 cup applesauce (I’d love to try cinnamon applesauce next time!)


Mix your dry ingredients (flour, sugar, baking powder, salt) in a large mixing bowl. Add in soy milk, coconut oil and applesauce in next. Using a whisk, beat the mix for about 60 seconds. Let the mix sit for another minute by itself so it naturally rises and thickens. Using a 1/4 cup to measure, fill the cup and pour onto your griddle or pan. I use my griddle and put the temperature just barely over 300 degrees. Wait until you see bubbles starting to form in the middle and the edges of the pancakes look somewhat cooked before flipping over for just the right color!


Once your finished cooking, set the table (because pancakes deserve a welcoming atmosphere πŸ™‚ ), add a side of fruit, and get to munching! These pancakes are baby approved as well!

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Maybe you’ll start a new Saturday tradition, maybe not. But either way, I hope you enjoy my version of vegan pancakes! If you don’t like the recipe, you can always revert to Aunt Jemima’s Original pancake mix, because yes- it’s vegan too!

Happy Weekend Lovelies!


Restaurant Review- Kalachandjis

Hello Lovelies!

If you’re in the Dallas area, IΒ highly suggest taking the time to go to this lovely little restaurant, Kalachandjis. Authentic vegetarian indian food at its best!


This restaurant makes finding the vegan dishes incredibly easy by placing little buttons next to the dish names indicating what has dairy, egg, or is gluten free. It is a buffet style dinner and once you are finished they stop by to offer you dessert (which was AMAZING).

My husband pulled up their website and we found that they offer cooking classes as well! Yes please!!

While the story behind this restaurant supports a religion in which I don’t believe, I still appreciate the atmosphere and the beauty it holds. All of the meal prices are a suggested donation.

I enjoyed curried vegetables and potatoes, basamati rice, BBQ tofu, noodles, and topped it all off with blueberry halvah (which isn’t vegan, but I had to try!).

If you’re in for a “spiritual” experience and delicious food, check out Kalanchadjis! 5 stars in my book!


Kalachandji’s Restaurant and Palace
5430 Gurley Ave
Dallas, TX 75223


Dear Grandpa

Hello Lovelies!

It’s been a while! My apologies… The past two months have been more than chaotic and emotional. The beginning of this month marked a new journey for me as I quit my job in the business world to become a full-time homemaker. Thank you God for giving me the opportunity to take care of my family and home full-time. Last month a dear friend of mine had her first baby, a beautiful little boy. Life, in all forms, is incredibly precious.

I am incredibly sensitive to both life and death. As I admired the new life around me, death creeped up when I wasn’t looking. One of the men I most looked up to in my life, passed away after years of his struggle with cancer.

My dear Grandpa…how I love and miss you so.

Taken four years ago- me and Grandpa

If you would have ever had the chance to meet my grandpa, you’d instantly know the kind of man he was. He was kind, hard-working, honest, and always had a story to tell. Every time he saw me, he’d always say “Come here girl” in his scratchy country voice as he patted his knee. He told the same story countless times of when I was little, sitting next to him and fell over backwards as I pointed to a plane passing over in the sky. I love that that memory always stayed with him, as it now does with me.

My grandma and grandpa have always known I love the outdoors, but my green thumb, well… it isn’t so green. I love working in the garden, feeling the dirt between my fingers. I love to feel the air pass through light and fluffy soil, and squish together the tough clay like soil. One of my most treasured memories is a day I spent with a friend of mine at their little farm. Grandpa showed me how he planted and cared for his okra, beans, turnips, and spinach. He showed me how he tilled his land and my friend and I helped dislodge his tractor from a mudhole. I got licked by a cow and chased by the farm dog. I had so so much fun, sweating in the heat, breathing in the warm summer air. Such wonderful memories are made that no photograph or letter can truly capture, just the mind.

After my grandpa passed away, my mom was helping my grandma go through some of his old things. I asked for his gardening binder. It has old gardening catalogues, recipes, planting guidelines, etc. I just wanted something tangible that represented what we shared. Not only did she give me this binder, she also gave me an old cookbook (which is very much non-vegan lol), a ridiculous number of seed packets, a seed planter, a dehydrator, and a garden hoe. As I mentioned before, I’ve always loved gardening but I’ve never really been successful. Over the last week, after having quit my job, I started up again, only this time, remembering my grandpa’s voice. I started some of my seedlings inside since it was still icy indoors. As of today, I moved these little guys outdoors in the warmth and sunshine. I’ve planted some herbs that will hopefully be sprouting soon. I chopped off some leaves of lettuce and kale that had already been growing and trimmed my broccoli. I’m going to believe that the knowledge my grandpa shared with me was not in vain. I’m going to believe that he passed on a gift to me and that with all that he taught me and has passed on to me, I will learn how to cultivate and maintain a garden that can sustain our little family.

Here are some pictures of what all I’ve started. If you have a small garden you tend to, please share your pictures. I’d love your ideas and experience shared here. Let’s continue the beautiful legacy of knowing, sowing, and growing our own healthy, organic foods!


My aunt gave me this gardening table. I haven’t quite set it up to its full potential yet, but I do plan on doing that soon!


Green Waldorf Lettuce-just trimmed it back today and planted two more rows of it!


Obviously I need to do some de-weeding…but besides that this little Kale plant is working on sprouting some new leaves for me!


I counted four heads emerging from the branches of this broccoli plant today. I’m excited to see what comes of it!


I’ve always been a fan of fresh herbs. Not only are they delicious in cooking, but they make for lovely decoration and warm up any atmosphere.


This yellow squash practically bolted out of the baby jars I had originally planted them in! They moved into their own cans today!


Obviously I like to upcycle things πŸ™‚ I’ve been using old baby food jars to sprout my new seedlings. In this picture, I have four watermelon seeds sprouting up!


I got so excited about the first two squash plants, I went crazy and planted 12 more- and yes, more upcycling! I used an old plastic spinach container from the store and cut 6 toilet paper rolls in half to plant each seed in.


And I still have all of these seeds left to plant!!! Let’s hope I really learn how to do this. I’d hate to waste all the goodness that has been given to me.

Dear Grandpa,

I don’t know if you can look down on me and see the work that my hands have done, but if you can, I hope you’re pleased. I miss you terribly. It was hard to walk through you and grandma’s house without you there, sitting at the dining table telling stories. I’d like to believe that if I’m quiet enough, if I listen close enough, I’ll hear your voice. What a peaceful thing we shared together, tending to God’s green earth. Thank you for everything you ever taught me. Thank you for showing how much you loved us all. I can’t wait to see you again one day!