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Matter of Perspective

Vegan hot dogs at the Seattle Mariners game! I blogged a book about conscious living a few months ago, and this is one of the most popular posts from the book! The book is no longer online, but I am hoping the book will be published soon. In the meantime, I still want to share…

Time to give batch cooking a try again!

​I have mentioned batch cooking and meal prep many times, but it is something I forget to do in my kitchen. So I decided to give it a go again last week! I made large batches of brown rice, tri-colored quinoa, cheesy tempeh, and un-refried beans. I also prepared kale, shredded carrots, shredded cabbage, chopped…

Solutionary vs. Veganism vs. Plant-Based

You probably have heard me use the terms solutionary, vegan, and/or plant-based, but what do they mean and what are the differences?  Veganism and plant-based terms are somewhat interchangeable, but they do hold completely separate values. A person who follows a plant-based diet may or may not subscribe to living animal-free in their entire life…

Can Selfishness and Compassion Live Together?

​Are we innately selfish, or do we usually have the best intentions at heart when thinking of others? I’ve been thinking a lot about selfishness and compassion lately.  I grew up being taught, and trying to live by the saying – treat others the way you want to be treated. On the surface, it is…

Happy New Year!

I hope you are having a peaceful start to the New Year!  2018 was a complete whirlwind! There were so many great personal moments to look back on, and so many fateful events that happened worldwide. As I think about the year that just ended, and the year that is to come, it fills me…

Gingerbread  Cookies from Naturally Sweet Vegan Treats

I have fond memories of gingerbread cookies. As a youngster, my kindergarten class learned how to make gingerbread men cookies, and then they mysteriously took off on an adventure through the school! ​We went on a scavenger hunt throughout the school looking for them using the clues they left behind at each stop. It took…

Pumpkin  Spice  Pumpkin  Pancakes from Naturally Sweet Vegan Treats

I love all things pumpkin this time of the year (yes, I am one of those people). Even though I eat pumpkin year round, I have a nostalgic feeling while cooking or baking around this time.  I love this recipe in Naturally Sweet Vegan Treats by Marisa Alvarsson for Pumpkin Spice Pumpkin Pancakes. Even more so…

Veggie Patch Brownies from Naturally Sweet Vegan Treats

The folks at Page Street Publishing have been releasing some great vegan cookbooks lately! One of their latest, Naturally Sweet Vegan Treats by Marisa Alvarsson is no exception.  I love baking and all things dessert related, but there are many times where I want a treat that is not too sweet or too heavy. Plus…

Resource Guide

I know I have been giving resources in each post, but I wanted to create a space where they can be easily accessed. I will also be creating a subpage under Conscious Living Tips where you will be able to find these informational resources! Click Read More to see the resources!  Resource Guide Books GeneralA…

Vegan Month of Food Recap

​I can’t believe another Vegan Month of Food has come and gone! It was a heck of a month full of great daily and weekly themes, delicious food from all of the MoFo participants, and new cooking challenges for me. I enjoy using the daily idea prompts to plan my month, and also to see…

Conscious Living Recipes

​I thought we could take a mini-break now that we are halfway through the 100 Conscious Living tips so I could share some vegan-friendly recipes with you. I have always loved cooking and baking but found my creativity in the kitchen soared after I became a vegan.  I felt limited in my food before, but…

Vegan MoFo – Day 14!

​I am a little late posting day 14. One of my cats had to have emergency surgery and I spent most of the end of last week worrying about him or following him around the house after he came home. Hopefully, he will be better in a few days! ​ ​Day 14’s theme of MoFo…

Vegan MoFo – Day 10!

This week’s theme is Free-from – meaning free from nuts, gluten, or any food that should be avoided in your meal planning. My husband, Steve, has a sensitive to gluten, so I am starting to learn the ways of gluten-free baking. I made this cookie especially for him! He loves nuts in cookies and LOVES…

A Taste of Thanksgiving Meatballs from Mindful Vegan Meals

It is never to early start thinking about your Thanksgiving and holiday menus. I am so happy to be able to share this recipe by Maria Koutsogiannis’s, founder of FoodbyMaria, new cookbook, Mindful Vegan Meals.  This recipe drew me to this book instantly! The depth of flavors and the heartiness of this dish is magical! It…

Vegan MoFo – Day 6!

The first week of Vegan MoFo is almost gone, but not before we talk about the “Anti-Vegan.” Today’s theme is all about the “where do you get your protein” or “I could never give up cheese” comments. My first thought, well that is easy….I can just pop a Beyond Meat burger on the grill and…

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