About

 

Simple Vegetarian Foods. Easy to prepare. Healthy. Seasonal. Accessible.

Thanks for joining me here and for visiting IPOM! My name is Shira, and I’m so happy to have you here. Having long subscribed to the philosophy that eating lots is never as good as eating well - here you will find simple, plant-based nourishment that won’t weigh you down.

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Utilizing simple whole foods in their freshest state, as well as enjoying everything in moderation and with gratitude.

As a food lover who lives to provide friends and family with nutritious & tasty meals, I believe that eating well should be accessible to all, and that cooking & eating healthfully needn’t be expensive or complicated.

“Man, because he sacrifices his health in order to make money. Then he sacrifices money to recuperate his health. And then he is so anxious about the future he does not enjoy the present; the result being that he does not live in the present or the future; he lives as if he is never going to die; and then he dies having never really lived” 

~ The Dalai Lama on what troubles him most

Though not strictly vegan, the recipes you’ll find here won’t feature much eggs or dairy, and when they do, there is usually a purely vegan substitute offered. As a lifelong vegetarian, I don’t know how to cook meat, and the truth is it’s just never been food to me, not even a little.

In addition to recipes here at IPOM, you might also find the odd post about what else is inspiring me, always with a less is more twist. I don’t exactly consider myself a minimalist, but I do strive to simplify where and when I can, and often dream of roaming a beautiful countryside with a backpack and nothing else. I make do by enjoying the beauty of my surroundings here at home in Vancouver, BC, which happens to be a pretty spectacular place.

I am mother to two beautiful beings that came to light my way and wife to my soul-mate, who is not a vegetarian, though after 15 years together he is really coming around to all the lentils and kale around the house. I am also a dedicated runner & gardener with a strong tendency towards perfectionism and what could be described as somewhat compulsive behavior  passionate affection. Meaning if I love something, I usually love it a lot. 

The Bigger Picture.

I started this blog in January 2012 as part of a much larger project I was working on. In April of 2011, I was struck by an idea so grand (to me) and so wonderful in its simplicity that I simply had to act. Motivated by the need to find true purpose beyond just the basics (family, career, self), I began working on a passion project that has transformed my life. 

At that time, I was struggling with a few things. I was drowning in a compulsive cycle of consumerism & accumulation and it seemed everything I tried to curb it had failed. Nothing I ever bought, no matter how nice, was ever enough. I was also not eating well, or frankly, eating enough. After a lifetime of healthy eating, I was ignoring the truth that I simply needed more of what mattered in my life – to be of service to others in some way and to do something for the greater good.

So I cut back. I stopped buying stuff (for a while). I cancelled the $100 per month yoga pass I wasn’t using anymore, and I started doing things for others. I committed to intentionally ‘going without’ something I normally would take for granted for one day per week and putting the value of what I didn’t consume aside to buy food for those who have less than me. I spent time talking to other folks who, just like me, wanted to know how to do good. And I started an organization.

I’ve found so much joy in sharing the great wealth we all enjoy, and consciously trying to take time to slow down and just realize how freaking lucky and blessed I am to be able to do so . I’m still as far as one can get from being saintly, but I’ve never been happier or more inspired to do good and keep plodding on in the only way I know how: with honesty, earnest hard work, and sincerity. I’m so glad to have you here, and to share with you whatever it is that brings you by. Let’s celebrate good shall we? 

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My recipes have been featured on The Kitchn (here and here), NoshOnit, Fave Gluten Free Recipes, & WordPress’s Freshly Pressed. IPOM was named one of WordPress’s 7 Food Blogs To Follow This Summer  in May 2012, and you can also find me on Foodgawker and Tastespotting, as well as contributing the occasional lifestyle piece for Greenster Magazine.

I started blogging with WordPress and found a home there until going self-hosted in January 2013. As you can see from older posts, it has been a real evolution, as I started taking pics first with my iPhone. I now use a real camera, and I am learning as I go, and having a lot of fun doing it.

Copyright

Please do not re-publish recipes and photos from In Pursuit Of More on your blog or website. Bloggers work hard to develop & create original content to share freely and it’s not okay to use it as your own. If you wish to link to a post here on the blog, please do so by using one photo to accompany the link back to this site.

To many happy & fulfilling meals!

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195 Responses to About

  1. Thank you for liking my post :)
    Your fasting and idea of living with less is such an inspirational and philanthropic act :) Good luck in the non-profit organization “Not so Fast” (loved the name) :) …will surely come back again and spread the word ..

    • Thank you! It has been such a fun journey and so needed in this western world of blessings and excess! Thanks so much for taking the time to comment, it’s great to feel ready to ‘get the word out’ and start connecting with fellow bloggers like yourself! I’ll be following too – always chasing the vision seems to be the truly fun part so far :)

  2. Hello Shira!
    Saw u stop on my blog! Now I see you too ;)

    ~ Shira

  3. I Love This Blog!! Very connected, and can appreciate how you can articulate your thoughts to your blogging, nice prose.

    I am grateful for the connection, looking forward to your muses Shira.

    • Thanks again so much! I am loving the process – even if it is terrifying at times. Lululemon has as part of their mantra “everyday do one thing that scares you”. The journey is fun – I am so glad we connected too and looking forward to following you as well! Thanks so much :)

  4. The great thing about you liking my post is that I discovered this blog :-) I’m inspired, truly. A new follower…
    Best, Pauline.

    • Thanks Pauline! Thanks for joining us! I’ll be visiting your site too – I hope you can join the conversation with us! We are just getting started, thanks for the follow :) Shira

  5. This blog is awesome! The blog itself is well-designed and attractive, and the idea is inspiring. Thanks for the “like.” Your idea reminds me of this verse from the Bible, which also ties together fasting and helping others:

    “Is not this the fast that I choose: to loose the bonds of wickedness, to undo the straps of the yoke, to let the oppressed go free, and to break every yoke? Is it not to share your bread with the hungry and bring the homeless poor into your house; when you see the naked, to cover him, and not to hide yourself from your own flesh? Then shall your light break forth like the dawn, and your healing shall spring up readily; your righteousness shall go before you; the glory of the Lord shall be your rear guard.” Isaiah 58:6-8

    • Hi Lyssa, thank you so much for your thoughts and your kind words! I do love the passage you shared here – fasting I hope can be a powerful tool to bring many together – I know it is already practiced my many. Thanks for the encouragement, I do hope you will stop in again, cheers!

  6. Love this. Beautiful blog and even more beautiful message. Thanks for stopping by, I will be following you too :)

  7. Wow, this is absolutely amazing. You have such a compassionate and humble outlook on living, it’s so inspiring =) Love your cause – I hope it gets the massive recognition that it deserves!

    • Wow – thank you! I am touched that you feel this way – thank you so much for taking the time!…I really am trying to live humbly and with awareness – and hopefully inspire a few others a long the way – it’s oh so hard, especially in our world of excess and riches where it’s so easy to forget all we truly have. I appreciate your feedback and your follow (these kids of things really motivate me) – please tell your friends! Soon I will be putting out a call for anyone who wants to try a safe fast with me. Such a widely used spiritual practice still relatively untouched by the Western world. Best to you ~ like your blog as well! Yours in Less! ~ Shira

  8. Yep, you’re onto something big =) And I’d be down to join you in a fast at some point! I’d just want to be sure that I’d be doing it for the right reasons – I’ve got a bit of a dodgy past with restrictive eating – but keep us all posted, and I’ll do my best to spread the word!

    • Thanks Jessi! I hope to join hands with all – especially those who have struggled with disordered eating (I too have been there). I would never encourage fasting entirely for anyone with this history. Building awareness is the goal and I hope all can take part in their way, even something as simple as giving up a glass of wine or a latte (a luxury). More to come – thx so much for your support and kindness!

  9. I came here to thank you for visiting my little bit of the blogosphere. No, I’m not stalking you but I am going to follow you. I like what I see and can’t wait until I’ve got more time to take a peek into the archives. I almost forgot, “Thank you!”

  10. Such a beautiful blog! Thank you for following my blog (even though there’s not much there yet). I’m so excited to follow your upcoming posts! I’d love to contribute in anyway possible so keep me updateed!

    • Thank you Gabby! I found you over at Jessi’s website slotheatz, I love to read about other women looking at food objectively and striving for a balanced and healthy perspective – props to you for stepping out! I’ll be posting this week about a few friends and how they are making their difference – stay tuned! Love your offer, I might just take you up on that!Cheers ~ Shira

  11. Jesse

    What an inspiration! Thank you for making me think about all of the blessings in my life. It’s too often that we forget about everything we’ve been given and still ask for more.

    Good luck on your journey!

  12. Hi Shira!
    Thanks for visiting my blog and thank you for sharing your journey. I think what you are doing is awesome and a real example of paying it forward. I look forward to following you.

  13. very cool blog. glad i stopped by!

  14. This vegetarian cant wait to try some of your recipes! Thanks!

  15. I am so impressed by your story and your mission and your amazingly generous heart and spirit. Such a fabulous idea and so few people in our western society think about society’s issues long enough to put this together. Thank you from all of us for what you do!

    • Thank you Anna for your incredibly kind words of support! It is a giant project that has helped me work my way out of a personally challenging time. Connecting with the community has been (and is) totally energizing, motivating, and amazing! Glad you stopped in – love your blog! Stay tuned :) ~ S

  16. Wow. I’m humbled and inspired by your purpose for this blog. I’m so pleased I am following you!

  17. I love your blog; you have a wonderful story here. It’s very inspiring; I love how your blogging is part of a much bigger purpose.

  18. Thanks for stopping by my Post today! I love your Goethe quote. It’s one of my favorites!

  19. Shira,
    It is as if I am reading whatever is on my mind! How awesome to find you..
    I will have to sit down and read to come back and leave an elaborate note here..

    - In a hurry..

  20. Hi Shira,
    Thanks so much for visiting our restaurant’s blog and liking the posts :) Your blog is beautiful and even more importantly, so inspirational! Love what you’re doing with your non-profit! Keep up the good work and good vibes <3

  21. This is a very intriguing story! I think I am on a similar journey right now. I am glad that you are sharing your experiences on here so I don’t feel so all alone, thank you for that!

  22. I’m just simply loving your blog!!! The photos, the recipes, the “lyrics” ;)

    The overall look is great and the contents, even better!!

    Great, great job!!

  23. I really admire what you’re doing. And this blog, it’s lovely, with brilliant photographs.
    Never stop. (:

  24. I really like your design, your recipes and pictures. Great job!

  25. Such a beautifully presented blog Shira, and I love the quotes scattered through your posts.

  26. I’m so glad I’ve found this; after only reading this and a few posts, I can tell I’m going to love it! I have always had a strange/weird relationship with food – not in a serious way, but I’ve always thought about it – sometimes too much, sometimes not enough, sometimes in the wrong way – and in the last year or so I’ve decided to make changes too. I’ve thought about fasting but never followed it through, but perhaps this will push me over the edge! I love the idea of experiencing more by having (spending, etc.) less…basically, I LOVE this blog! Thanks for sharing it!

    • Thank you for your thoughts on this – I am very flattered! Hopefully your journey will continue in a positive healing way – because you deserve it! Looking forward – thank you! :)

  27. i just love everything about this! you have yourself a new follower :)

  28. Man, I like you a lot! I enjoy people who look inward and soul search; people who see beyond the tangibles of this world. You are good peeps, Shira :) xoxo!

    • Thanks Cara! So awesome of you to visit – I too have been enjoying your blog, and your message to the world (never mind your super fun energy, photos, and amazing food!!). You are too very kind! Looking forward to sharing more – good peeps gotta stick together! ;)

  29. Hello Shira,
    Just wanted to let you know that we love your blog and that we nominated you for the Kreativ Blogger Award! Check it out here: http://twistedsistersdesign.wordpress.com/2012/03/12/another-award-oh-wow/

  30. Shira, my blogster buddy – I want you to know how much I am loving the kale pesto I made from your extra special recipe. It is so, so good. Seriously good. I have taken to having it on my sprouted grain toast in the morning. OMG!

    I am now regretting sharing some with my very nice neighbour (not a lot, because that would be churlish, but just a weeny bit, if I’m being honest!)

    Anyway, I’m making it again this weekend. YUMMO! :-)

    • Oh you have no idea how happy that makes me to hear! Tough now too that you have to wait to buy more kale! It seems to get more yummy as it sits in the fridge too if that’s possible – and I too have it on toast (sprouted grains = yummy!) or crackers, or as a side to rice, or, or…it is that good – I am SO happy you love it! Your neighbors are very lucky to have you – you generous soul!
      Thanks for the update – you know how much I love them! xo
      PS – snowing here today :(

  31. CJ

    I came to your blog simply to look at a kale recipe (kale is my newest obsession)…but what I stumbled upon in your blog is so much more! Thank you very much for sharing your journey….we all struggle in our lives…especially to find joy and happiness in our blessings instead of taking the air we breathe for granted. I have just recently starting really focusing on how the food in my life is affecting how I live my life. It really is an important component…but not the only one. Just wanted to to say thanks for sharing and commend you on your amazing blog (it is so aesthetically pleasing as well …. how do you get the quotes in your posts in outlines and in a different font/size?? I am very new to blogging and am still trying to find the little tricks to make my own blog how I envision it visually in my head).

    • Thanks so much for you thoughts and your comment – I am so glad you found this blog too (one kick at the kale pesto recipe and you’ll know why – hehe!)…love that you enjoy the blog and the design :) The theme came with those features and the rest was ‘customized’ (just a little) – it can be tough to find the right look, but it just takes time! I hope you enjoy the kale – it’s my fave too!! Hope that helps (just a little)!

  32. Kathrynasher

    Hi! I just read your killer kale pesto! Your blog is lovely! If you ever want to check ours out(as theres always a mention of kale…spinach, seagreens etc) pls check us out at http://www.katasher.com! Will bookmark you now! x

  33. Shira – included your link in my blog roll – I am simply loving your posts – now that I have gone through a lot of your posts – I’m loving it even more…)

  34. This is really inspiring!! plus, the photography is beautiful, I can’t almost smell and taste the amazing foods you show!

    • Wow – thanks so much! So good to have you here – and thank you for that! The support from the kind words of readers like you is wonderful – and I hope the sharing is equally of value to you! :) Have a wonderful day!

  35. Hi there, I just nominated you for the Kreativ Blogger and Very Inspiring Blogger Awards. Please see my post about this: http://meaningfulwesternlife.com/2012/03/30/2-more-blog-awards/

    Wendy

  36. Shira – your new post can’t be seen. Any idea?

  37. I really enjoy reading your blog. All of your recipes are so wonderfully written and illustrated with photographs.

    http://whataboutthepie.wordpress.com/2012/04/02/versatile-blogger-award/

    Cheers and keep up the great work!

  38. Thank you for following my blog. I’m so glad it’s given me the chance to find your’s – this is a beautiful, amazing idea, and so simple. I will be reading.

    • Thanks for stopping by too! Looking forward…I appreciate your thoughts very much (thank you!), lots more to come!:) Have a great weekend!

  39. I really enjoy reading your blog, so I nominated you for The Very Inspiring Blogger Award! You can check out details of it on my blog. Keep up the great work!

  40. I think I have a new girl crush. Yup… I definitely have a new girl crush.

  41. Hi Shira! I recently started following your blog and have found it so inspiring. I love your reflections, you have a way of speaking so much truth from the heart. I have decided to nominate you for the Versatile Blogger Award. http://curiouscuisiniere.wordpress.com/2012/04/30/versatile_blogger_award/

    • Thank you Sarah! That is so wonderful – I am so glad you enjoy it, and this always makes my day to hear *blushing*! Congrats on your nomination too! xo! :)

  42. From the look of the comments above, it seems to be the place to do this: I have honored you with the Kreativ Blogger and Sunshine Blogger Awards (http://keepinitkind.com/potlucks-pals-pats-on-the-back/). Thank you so much for your inspirational blog! :-)

  43. What a great cause! I myself try to eat healthy, mostly veggie stuff and to have an overall balanced diet.I like the idea of conscious living and giving and few things saddens me more than when I see hungry people.Noone should be hungry.Though I don’t yet fully understand how fasting can help others unless you collect the food you would eat otherwise but I guess that’s exactly your purpose If I understand it right. Anyways it’s a wonderful cause and I wish you all the strength to keep the spirit up.

  44. hey lovely lady! i just wanted to let you know that i enjoy your blog so much that I have nominated you for the “one lovely blog award”! check it out here –> http://madisoncary.wordpress.com/2012/05/11/one-lovely-blog-award/

    lovelovelove
    madisoncary

  45. I think your blog is great and I’ve nominated you for the Sunshine Award. :) http://trialsinfood.wordpress.com/2012/05/12/101st-post-and-a-big-thank-you/

  46. You’ve been nominated for the One Lovely Blog award!

    Here are the steps for the award:

    Name the blogger who awarded you this fantastic award
    List 7 random facts about yourself
    Award 15 other bloggers this award
    Enjoy!

  47. Hi! I nominated you to “one lovely blog award” Read all about it;
    http://wholisticme.com/2012/05/22/when-the-going-gets-tough/
    Aurora

  48. What a wonderful discovery! I came upon your blog by chance in a WordPress News email this afternoon, “7 Food Blogs to Follow This Summer”. I forwarded the email to a few friends who love everything about food and was about to file it when “In Pursuit of More” caught my attention. Somehow I felt this was going to be more than a food blog ~ and it sure is! Your journey sounds wonderful Shira, I look forward to reading more and following along.

    Cheers, Chris

    • Thanks for reading Chris, and for your comment! I am glad you joined me – the journey is just beginning and it’s been a good time so far! Appreciate the support! :)

  49. Lovely Shira – CONGRATULATIONS on featuring in the WordPress.com bog news! Woohoo! So very pleased for you. Your energy & enthusiasm is shining through, my friend.

  50. leilabf

    Hi Shira, I’m from Brazil and I’m loving your blog, it’s very inspiring, looking foward to reading and following. Cheers, Leila

  51. Hi Shira! It’s Marina :) I started a new blog to channel my other passion – http://www.bikramyogamusings,com I know you love Bikram when you have time and I was wondering if I could a)interview you for the blog as a Bikram practitioner b)have you contribute a favourite Bikram Yoga after-class drink or food recipe c)anything else, or all of the above. Let me know! It would be fun to include your thoughts either way :) I will subscribe to comments here, or you can leave a comment on my Bikram blog. Thanks!!

  52. Yes, I will definitly come back.
    Because your words have touched something quite deep inside me that also feels the urge to slow down and find purpose – real purpose.
    I am looking forward to reading more posts and finding inspiration, calm and some ease.

  53. I wanted to tell you how much I enjoy your blog. I have nominated you for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award…please find the link here: http://finefrugality.wordpress.com/2012/05/29/very-inspiring-blogger-award/ Thanks for all that you do!

    • WOW! Thank you!! I really appreciate that and am so happy to hear that you enjoy the blog – I love yours as well :) Congrats to you on your award – it is well deserved! Have a wonderful day! xo!

  54. Eva

    Hi Shira, great blog! I wanted to add it to my Google Reader, but for some reason your RSS icon links to an unusual page that didn’t work for me. I’m guessing you could probably have lots more subscribers/followers if you used the following link for RSS subscriptions: inpursuitofmore.com/feed

    I’m sorry, this reply is a bit out of place. I didn’t know how else to let you know.

  55. Just stopping by to tell you that I nominated you for a Beautiful Blogger Award :) http://bernadettbon.wordpress.com/2012/05/29/beautiful-blogger-award/

  56. Hey dear. I’ve just nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award. Looks like everyone thinks you’re super. http://mysisterspantry.wordpress.com/2012/06/01/versatile-bloggers-us-awww-shucks/

    • I think THAT is super!! I am thrilled – and so happy you like the blog! Congrats on your award too – well deserved! xox! Thanks again :)

  57. Jacqueline @How to be a Gourmand

    Hi Shira,
    Just found your blog via WordPress email. I love the design and your brand has a clear message. Just wanted to pop by to say hello and I’ll be adding you to my reading list :-)

  58. Hi there! I love your vision and what you are doing here! wow! how long have you been doing this?

    • Hello there back! Thanks for this, and for your question! The ‘vision’ started back in April of last year…and the blog started back in January (but was conceived in November). We are just getting started and a lot of things still in the works! Thanks for the follow, I hope you will stay tuned with us! :)

  59. What a beautiful blog and vision you have! Your courage, determination and joy are inspiring. So glad I found your blog!

  60. Hi Shira I have been following your blog since I started blogging and it’s just wonderful. Your intentions are honourable, your pictures are beautiful, the care and time you put into your posts is obvious, your cause is magnificent and your recipes delectable.
    I have nominated you for a couple of blogging awards and if you are interested you can pop over to my blog to have a look, and if you accept you can nominate some of your own favourite blogs. Thank you, I just love your site xx
    Melanie

    • How incredible kind of you (and what amazingly kind words for IPOM) thank you Melanie! You just made my Friday! And congrats to you on your nominations, so well deserved! :) So happy to have you as a follower. Truly. Thank you!

  61. I love the less-is-more philosophy and the aesthetic of this blog. It’s truly one of the gems on WordPress.

    I’m new to WordPress. I was wondering how you’re able to highlight text like you do in your blog without getting the quotation marks around the text you highlight? For example, in the beginning of this post you highlight the words: “What if we found a way to find a middle ground?” And it looks like you used the quote feature in WordPress, but there are no quotes around that text on this page.

    I love how you highlight important points in your post using this method, and I would love to know how you do it.

    • Hi thanks for your comment and question! I believe the theme I use,’Pilcrow’, has this as a feature within the theme, though we did do some customizations, I am quite sure this was already a feature. I am glad you enjoy the blog, thanks for your awesome comments! :) I hope that is helpful?
      Cheers!

  62. jillianmckee

    Hi,

    I have a quick question about your blog, do you think you could email me?

    Jillian

  63. loving your blog! i look forward to reading more!

  64. hello nice to meet you
    David in Maine USA

  65. Amy

    Wow, what an inspiring and interesting blog you have.. the world would be a better place if more people took a step in the right direction like you. Nice work :)

  66. Love the concept your blog is based on and the powerful messages you propogate. Will be lurking around for more :-)

  67. Wow, beautiful words. I just came across your blog and I’m loving the message. Your pictures are so bright and vibrant, going to take a look around.

  68. Hello

    I love this blog!!!! Is so yummy and cute!!!
    And I would like to let you know that I nominated you for the One Lovely Blog Award :)

    Please check http://sandrafyianderson.com/2012/08/05/one-lovely-blog-award/

    Lots of love
    xxx

  69. But a smiling visitant here to share the love (:, btw great style and design .

  70. Thank you for sharing the simple joys of life! I’m glad to have been referred here =>

  71. Hey!! I just discovered your blog and I am devastated I didn’t find it earlier.. Love your theme.. it is beautiful <3 I'm in search of a new theme myself

  72. great blog, im really enjoying it

  73. Love your blog.
    Its going to become my daily must read.

  74. What a wonderful discovery. I can’t wait to read more! Lots a love, health & gratitude :)

  75. Hello there! The beautiful Somer at http://vedgedout.com/ directed me to your blog.

    I love your message and believe in your mission/values.

    I went through a trying time in 2010 which inspired me to create my own blog. My blog: GiRRL_Earth is an acronym for Grow it, Re-use, Recycle, Love our Earth! Since creating the blog, I have reduced my carbon footprint to the point where I have almost no waste, everything I produce can be either composted, recycled or re-purposed for something else. I also (almost) entirely sustained myself via my own garden — that was a first and I am so proud of myself (learned a lot too!).

    Lastly, when I need to buy something new, I go to http://www.etsy.com and buy something that has already been worn, preferably something from the 1950s or 60s. This way, I am re-purposing clothing rather than buying new stuff that was probably made in a sweatshop. It feels good to not waste my money on designer sh*t or to get caught up in the “keeping up with the Jones’s”.

    Oh and I love to fast and am currently doing The Master Cleanse. I find fasting cathartic.

    Your blog is an inspiration!

    Best,
    Susan @ GiRRL_Earth

  76. what an inspiring and fascinating blog. you’re pursuing one of those concepts that seems so obvious once it’s written about, but is so elusive without it being brought to life by some one like you. thank you!

    • Thanks very much! We hope we can nail it down somewhat – you are so right about the concept! It’s been a fun challenge to put the ideas together….we are having a blast with it! Thanks for taking the comment, and do check in again to stay updates (and try some recipes if you like too!) – thanks very much again! :) XO

  77. Hi there!
    Somer of VedgedOut introduced me to your blog and I find it absolutely inspiring. To that end, today I nominated you for the Beautiful Blogger Award. I hope you do not mind.
    -Susan
    http://girrlearth.com/2012/11/12/nitty-gritty-dirt-man/

  78. I have nominated you for Blog of the year award for 2012, I know it late in the year, so its up to you if you participate.
    http://liveblissful.wordpress.com/2012/12/05/blog-of-the-year-2012-one-lovely-blog-award/

  79. Hi Shira, I love the story and concept behind your blog, it’s very inspiring.

  80. I nominated you for the Inspiring Blog Award as I appreciate how you weave meaning and positivity into your life and convey it to the world through your blog which is something I strive to do myself. http://amiramelody.wordpress.com/2012/12/16/inspiring-blog-award/comment-page-1/#comment-162

  81. Congratulations! I’ve nominated you for the Beautiful Blogger Award – check it out here:
    http://lovinghomemade.com/2012/12/18/beautiful-blogger-award-nomination/

  82. Katy D

    Hi Shira! I LOVE what you are doing and have been dreaming up a very similar program for my area. I was looking around your blog for some way to contact you directly, but I can’t seem to figure it out! Would you please email me if you have a few minutes to answer some questions about how you got started? Thanks in advance for any help, and thanks so much for all that you do!!

  83. Beautiful Shira! I so admire what you are doing! And of course, love your food. :) Delicious Wishes, Karista

    • Shira

      Thank you Karista! Best wishes to you as well – and thank you for visiting me at the new home! Looking forward to much more :) XO

  84. yunah

    just stumbled on this website- beautiful design & font, and i also like how you lay out the Less & More. clean & appealing!! why is it so hard to find an uncluttered website??

  85. I’m so happy that I found your blog! I enjoy it so much and your photos are beautiful :) Thank you for a blast of beauty and sanity in our zany world…

  86. I just stumbled across your blog, and I am in love! Excited to make some of your recipes! I just started an Organic Vegan blog and am excited to see how amazing they can become! Thank you for sharing!

  87. Just sending a little love your way – I’ve nominated you for a Liebster Award! You can check it out in my latest post. Thank you for the delicious recipes, beautiful photos, and always inspiring words.

  88. mrspotandmrlid

    Simply put your blog is beautiful. An inspiration to a new blogger such as myself.
    Thank you
    Mrs Pot

    http://mrspotandmrlid.wordpress.com

  89. Great blog. My kind of food and my kind of ethics. I’m glad Pinterest made me discover it! Will follow carefully…

  90. Hi, I just popped in to have a look at your blog. Really nice words and recipes. Glad I found your site!

  91. Wonderful philosophy. It’s so, so easy to get sucked into the consumerist lifestyle of the Western world. Good on you for bucking the trend, reclaiming your life and getting healthy! Thanks for sharing your journey with us x

    • Luccia Torrisi

      While I was looking for a recipe for authentic Italian “Cecina”, (garbanzo bean, flour, flat bread), I found your website. What a surprise! What a beautiful person you are, and, what a WONDERFUL philosophy!!!!!!!!!!!!. I’m making your recipe, today, to go along w/homemade roasted pepper/tomato soup. (So…………..worth the effort). Continue to spread the GOOD NEWS around. God Bless! Ciao, LUV, Luccia

  92. I’m with you on that journey… I’m getting used to the failures also… and the heady excitement of the successes within them… and I’m so excited to share your journey too. Thanks for doing something so amazing. You are an inspiration to many.

  93. Glendonna

    I enjoy your Instagram posts so had to check your blog. Glad I did. Your philosophy matches my own. Raising four kids in this suburban culture creates many challenges. It’s good to feel my values are validated.

    • Shira

      Hi Glendonna! I am so happy to have you by for a visit – thank you for such a lovely note! I’m always happy to hear from folks who can relate and who’s wisdom we can all learn from. Would love to stay in touch :) Cheers!

  94. I just hit your blog searching for “Italian chickpea flatbread” and I’m deeply impressed. The recipes are wonderful, just what I was looking for, and the blog looks great as well. I will be following your blog this summer…

    Kind Regards

    Steve

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