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  • Main Dishes,  Veganism

    Asian Inspired Tempeh Salad

    One of my New Year intentions for 2019 was to eat more greens. While I am vegan, I do not particularly love salads. In the past, I would only eat taco salads, for obvious reasons. I became determined to create a salad that I could actually enjoy eating. I thought of all the foods I love. My favorite protein is tempeh. I eat stir fry a lot. Tahini is a staple. I also go for cheap meals. Not cheap as in bad, but cheap as in affordable. I try to eat mainly whole foods as long as they are tasty. This recipe checks all of the boxes for me. Pin…

  • Sweets,  Veganism

    Vegan Baking: Triumphs and Fails

    Baking takes practice and vegan baking takes even more practice. The basics revolve around substitutes like: flax eggs, soy milk, mashed fruit, etc. I guess I’ll start with some of my vegan baking “hacks”. To substitute eggs, I use either a flax egg or a mashed banana. When I want to imitate the structure eggs give, I use ground flax seed mixed with water. I typically use 1 tablespoon in place of one egg and mix this with 2-3 tablespoons of water. In most of my recipes, I use 2 tablespoons of ground flax seed with 4-6 tablespoons of water. I let it rest for about 5 minutes or until…

  • Photography

    Bitter Cold

    You might think that I’m just some girl on the internet that takes pictures of food. I am, but most of the time you’ll find me outside. I am admittedly – too attached to my camera. Fortunately, I am able to capture beautiful everyday moments and then share them with you all. It’s been a winter wonderland where I live. It seems like magic. Here are some of my favorite and recent photos. More Photography: Winter Spell Saying Farewell to Autumn Autumn’s Beginning Rural Aesthetic I Want to be Great Here are some photos prior to the snow storm. It was still freezing outside, but everything was simple and desolate.…

  • Sweets,  Veganism

    Cranberry Cinnamon Buns (Vegan)

    These are some nice buns! My baking game has elevated and I am now using yeast. Let me warn you, yeast is a fickle beast. Sometimes everything goes great and other times- it’s a complete disaster! The bright side of yeast is that traditional baking ingredients like eggs, are not required to raise the dough. Which is great news for all of us eating plant-based. Pin This For Later 🙂 Homemade cinnamon rolls have always intimidated me. In the past, I would just go for the kind that came in an aluminum cylinder. You probably know the kind. I’m always looking for new things to veganize. There are store bought…

  • Lifestyle

    Arizona Travel Guide | Part 1

    When you think of popular travel destinations, Arizona doesn’t always come up. I think that should change though. I recently went to Arizona and I truly enjoyed my trip! It is so much more than just a desert and I think there are activities for everyone! This post will cover Phoenix and the surrounding areas along with many of the photos I took. Part 2 will cover Northern Arizona or the “high country”. Unfortunately, I can’t really recommend many Airbnbs or hotels because I stayed with my family. Hiking is really big in Arizona. There is Camelback Mountain which is near Phoenix and Scottsdale. The Superstition Mountains have many trails…

  • Lifestyle,  Photography

    The Nifty Fifty Review

    The infamous 50 mm lens. Most photography enthusiasts rave about this lens, with good reason. For non-professionals or people just starting out in photography it can be intimidating to stray from the kit lens. Before purchasing this lens, I read tons of reviews. Everything I know about photography is self-taught. I am not incredibly knowledgeable about the technical side of a dslr. Most reviews were highly technical and on one hand this was helpful. But on the other hand, it made me confused as to whether it was worth the investment. I’ll try to keep this review reader friendly. Typically this lens retails for around $125. Right from the start,…

  • Lifestyle

    Holiday Gift Guide

    I’m a little late on this as many of you have probably gotten your loved ones gifts, but I’m sure there are other procrastinators out there! I thought I would share gift ideas that add value and are more mindful. I think that anyone would like these, but these ideas are more targeted toward millenials or for foodies and content creators.  Some of these items are affordable and others are more of an investment. Everyone has a different budget for the holidays, so I’m trying to include things for everyone. Before I get into this, I think I should talk about what intentional living means to me. Some people that…

  • Main Dishes,  Veganism

    Vegan Pasta Bake + Tofu Ricotta

    I used to roll my eyes when a food blogger talked about tofu ricotta and how it was so similar to traditional ricotta. I didn’t believe them to be honest. Cheesy lasagna and pasta bakes were something that I missed from before I was vegan. So I started experimenting with tofu ricotta. The first time I made it, it was garbage. It tasted so bad, but I finally have a recipe that tastes good and performs similarly to traditional ricotta.  Pin This For Later ⇓♥ This recipe is also gluten free. I used a pasta that was made out of green lentils and that’s why the picture has a green…

  • Main Dishes,  Sweets,  Veganism

    A Vegan Thanksgiving (2018)

    I went overboard this year… I cooked and ate way too much over Thanksgiving. The holidays are for binge eating though, at least in the US. Last year, I posted recipes from Thanksgiving and I thought I would continue the tradition this year. Here is a rundown on what I ate… Pumpkin and Maple Scones. Apple and Pear Crisp. Vegan Spinach Artichoke Dip. Vegan Stuffing. Salad. Sweet Potato and Bean Chili. Tempeh (sautéed). Some of the recipes I have already posted, so I will link to that specific post. Pumpkin and Maple Scones The recipe can be found here: Vegan Recipes for Fall (Sweet and Savory). Pear and Apple Crisp This…

  • Main Dishes,  Veganism

    Inauthentic Vegan Falafel

    I researched a lot of falafel recipes. Many of them said things like “you must use chickpea flour” or “canned chickpeas WILL NOT work”. That’s a bit dramatic. I enjoy authentic falafel; but when I make it at home, I am not going to go out of my way to make a glorified veggie patty. So if you are wondering why “inauthentic” is in the title, it’s because this is a more Americanized and forgiving recipe. Nonetheless, it is delicious and healthy. PIN THIS ⇓♥ On to what you came here for, the recipe… Prep Time: 15 minutes Cook Time: 30 minutes Medium Difficulty Print INGREDIENTS: 2 cans of garbanzo…

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