Pasta with Creamy Vegan Rosé Sauce

September 19, 2016
Pasta with Creamy Vegan Rosé Sauce
Pasta with Creamy Vegan Rosé Sauce

Three things cannot be long hidden: the sun, the moon, and the truth.Buddha
Well guys, it’s been a week! It’s sometimes hard to accept the way the time keeps flying, and with the years that pass and birthdays that come and go, each of us has the opportunity to re-set, reflect, and give thanks. Last week was my 39th birthday, and with it came the gift of one last year to top off what has been a decade of massive consequence in my life. It’s been a hefty 9 years, and if I have my way, I’ll end this stretch of precious time on a high note filled with intention, gratitude, and plenty of energy to start the next ten years of this surreal journey we call life. Nothing mundane about this thing we call existence, that’s for sure ;).Read More

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Chickpea Falafels with Parsley Tahini Sauce

September 5, 2016
Chickpea Falafels with Parsley Tahini Sauce
Chickpea Falafels with Parsley Tahini Sauce

Gratitude turns what we have into enough.Unknown
So this weekend was another reminder for me of just how much we change as we mature! For many months (years to be honest), I’ve wanted to update the colours on a few of our walls (namely the two main floor bedrooms). Both were hella outdated, with the master bedroom a cozy shade of taupe and the room that our girls once shared a baby blue (honestly what was I ever thinking!?!).
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Simply Perfect Salad Niçoise | Vegan

August 30, 2016
Simply Perfect Salad Niçoise | Vegan
Simply Perfect Salad Niçoise | Vegan

Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.Albert Einstein
This is one of those recipes that you will find yourself making over and over again (and warning, it’s borderline addictive too!). Earlier this summer, it seemed as if I was getting hints from all corners to make this simple Salad Niçoise. From Laura’s drop-dead gorgeous version using French Lentils, to this lovely composition with marinated chickpeas over at Minimalist Baker, it honestly felt as though my best girlfriend (and business partner) and I just kept talking about it, gorgeous pictures and the minutia of creative ingredient details included. Truth be told we talk about food an awful lot, and it was during one of our delicious summer brainstorms that we discussed the fried capers. YES, FRIED CAPERS, maybe one of the tastiest things ever to grace the earth. They are everything here and they really make this salad something else!
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Island Getaways + Summer Links

August 14, 2016
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Your heart is the size of an ocean. Go find yourself in its hidden depths.Rumi

My holiday this year was a last minute mash-up of a bunch of little ideas thrown together that just kind of worked. This year the family opted out of planning a big annual to-do, since we’re looking ahead to next summer and planning a big Europe stint to celebrate my next *big* birthday (but hey, they are ALL big aren’t they?). I’ve compiled a few of my fave moments from visits to my folks place, a night at my older brother’s new remote cabin, and a few days in beautiful Whidbey Island with the best of friends.
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Vegan Sunflower Pâté + A Garden Tour

August 6, 2016
Vegan Sunflower Pâté
 Vegan Sunflower Pâté + A Garden Tour


Everything has its beauty, but not everyone sees it.Confucious
This recipe has really been a long time coming on the blog, with 100% thanks to my mom, who never fails to adequately prepare for a visit from her kids with a freshly made pan of this delicious vegan pâté (among other delicious goodies, including her famous frozen brownies). Every time I visit her, I realize once again how good this recipe is – and one so indispensable it will save you a little cash if you tend to buy these types of things (which can be pricey in the stores, and bless those who are producing these great products). The base recipe is easily customizable, so feel free to try it once and then shake it up with added fresh herbs, fresh garlic or minced fresh jalapeno, or even mushrooms for added flavour. I like it plain jane, leaving the variety to the toppings on my sandwich or the goodies in my salad bowl – but hey, once you ace it, have fun with it and make it your own!
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