Sweet Corn + Beluga Lentil Salad with Honey Mustard Dressing

May 23, 2016
Sweet Corn + Beluga Lentil Salad with Honey Mustard Dressing
Sweet Corn + Beluga Lentil Salad with Honey Mustard Dressing

“What will happen to us?” I asked. “There will always be us,” he answered. Patti Smith
This weekend was just a little bit special. Not because we did anything particularly ground breaking – unless you consider painting walls and sweeping the top of our old garage a particular thrill! With three glorious days and zero work scheduled this long weekend, I’d been looking forward to this long weekend of hermit-hood more than anything I’d planned in recent memory. With life these days being a whirlwind of working several projects, keeping up with fitness goals, and still trying to stay on top of the needs of the ever evolving family – I love being at home in my down time, with my family, getting shit done.
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Hippie-Dip 10 Minute Stewed Rhubarb

May 10, 2016
Hippie-Dip 10 Minute Stewed Rhubarb
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A mother’s hug lasts long after she lets go.Unknown
My mom has always been in to astrology, ever since I can remember. Even to this day, visits home mean naps on the old family couch (lots of naps) – which sits nestled under my favourite old window in between coffee tables adorned with stacks of her dog-eared astrology volumes – each holding its own unique version of the stars with their ancient and mysterious wisdom.
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Chipotle Hummus Platter with Cashews + Greens

April 13, 2016
Chipotle Hummus Platter with Cashews + Greens
Chipotle Hummus Platter with Cashews + Greens

The grass is greener where you water it.Robert Fulghum
This recipe is something I find myself craving often. Of course there is never a day when I wouldn’t love a freshly made hummus – as it’s the first thing I taught myself to make (using this classic recipe here) way back when I was a teenager (it’s crazy how long ago that was now).
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Sarah Britton’s Best (Ever) French Lentil Salad

April 7, 2016
Sarah Britton's Best (Ever) French Lentil Salad
Sarah Britton's Best (Ever) French Lentil Salad

Peace comes from within. Do not seek it without. Buddha
I have to start this post by saying I’m waaaaaay late to the party on this one. In the blogosphere, there are recipes that seem to turn up everywhere you go – whether browsing Pinterest, or in blog comments, google searches and elsewhere. This My New Roots recipe is one of them, as it is indeed a classic in every way. A classic that up until recently I’d never even tried. I can now definitively say that I have been missing out something major, as Sarah Britton’s Best Ever French Lentil Salad is actually that good. It’s the best ever. End of story. Once I tried it (the first bite pretty much blew my mind), I just knew I had to share it – as this is one recipe that every plant based home cook should make, and take it from me, don’t wait years to do it like I did. Do it now. You’ll be so happy you did!
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Vegan Banana-Oat Cookies with Chocolate + Hemp

March 28, 2016
Vegan Banana-Oat Cookies with Chocolate + Hemp
Vegan Banana-Oat Cookies with Chocolate + Hemp

Have no fear of perfection; you’ll never reach it.” Salvador Dalí
In a world of imperfections, it can be hard to acknowledge those things that maybe we aren’t the most proud of. We often tend to think those things that are less-than-ideal make us somehow less as humans, or that challenges are a sign that we just don’t have it ‘all together’. Well I for one have never had it all together (newsflash!), and I surmise not a one of you reading this has ever felt that way either. Sure there are times when we may feel just a little more on top of things, more on our game. But even in those moments, we are likely still aware of what can still be done even better, what can shine a little more. After all, improvement is always possible. But is it always necessary? That’s a good thought.
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