15 minutes or less · Dairy Free · Dressings & Sauces · Quick Meals · Recipes · Salads · Vegan · Vegetarian

Lemon Tahini Dressing.

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One of my favorite ways to ensure that I’m getting enough greens is by eating a BIG salad at least once a day (usually for dinner).  Recently I went through a I don’t want to eat salad phase (I blame pregnancy), so I was making a lot of green smoothies instead, but my anti-salad days are over and today, I’m excited to share my current favorite salad recipe with y’all.

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15 minutes or less · Animals · Baby · How To's. · Recipes · Vegetarian

A Final Goodbye to Lily & How to Make the BEST Hummus.

I can’t believe it’s been over a week since I had to say goodbye to my Lily girl, and if I’m being honest (which I always am!), it’s been one of the most challenging weeks of my life.  Yes, it is getting easier, but I don’t think the heartache will ever fully go away.  I still cry every day, sometimes multiples times a day – usually in the morning, at 4:30 in the afternoon, and at night when I’m laying in bed.  The morning and 4:30 because these were the times Lily used to remind me it was time to eat, and the evening I guess because my mind and body slow down, forcing me to focus on my thoughts.

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Animals · Dogs · Photos

Lily. My Best Friend.

Heartache comes in many forms, and this week I’ve suffered one of the worst heartaches I’ve ever felt.  I lost my best friend.

Lily's last day

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I got Lily in 2005 as a 12-week old adorable puppy.  She wasn’t expected – my boyfriend at the time gave her to me for Christmas, and at first, I was a little overwhelmed because I was in college and also working full-time.  And also never expected a dog!  I didn’t know how I was going to manage taking care of a puppy, but of course I could never send her back!

From day one I was in love with this pup.  I took her everywhere that I could and I loved her beyond words.  Lily has lived in 7 different houses with me and lived in 3 different cities.  She traveled across the country with me and was there for me every step of the way these past 12 years – including my labor with Lucy,  never leaving my side until it was time for me to go to the hospital.

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Breakfast Foods · Comfort Food · Vegetarian

Fresh Mango Muffins.

It’s that time of year again. Time for MANGO MADNESS!!! 

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Our tree is producing mangos faster than we can consume them, so yesterday I decided to whip up some delicious Mango Muffins.  They are very similar to last year’s recipe, but I like these ones better.

I love making muffins.  It brings me back to my glory days working at a coffee shop. A little fact about me: I worked at a coffee shop throughout college and for some time after.  Still one of my favorite jobs because I met some of the most amazing people who I’m still friends with today AND I drank delicious (and free!) coffee all day long AND ate yummy pastries.

Like muffins.

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Baby · Comfort Food · Main Dishes · Pregnancy · Recipes

Pasta with Creamy Pumpkin Sauce.

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Wow. It’s been awhile.  Sorry.

This is difficult to admit, but I have been feeling a little down lately.  It may be a little bit of postpartum, or hormones, or maybe I’m stir crazy (it’s been raining a lot here so it’s difficult to go anywhere).  I’m honestly not really sure. I may have it, or I may not.  Hard to say really.  The good news is, I’ve been feeling a lot better this past week – I’m realizing that I suffer mostly on days that Lucy and I can’t get out of the house.  I’ve never been one who enjoys not doing anything – Bryan laughs at me because I can hardly sit down to watch a movie without having to get up repeatedly to do something.

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15 minutes or less · Appetizers · Baby · Vegetarian

Balsamic Bruschetta.

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There is something magical about hitting 6-7 weeks postpartum.  Many of my momma friends told me that I’d start to “hit my groove” at this point, and so far, this has been the case.  Bryan and I are feeling so much more confident about parenthood – not that there haven’t been moments of difficulty (SO many moments), but I feel like we finally have our feet planted beneath us.  A huge shift from the first few weeks when we brought Lucy home.  It feels really good.

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Baby · Comfort Food · Main Dishes · Popular · Recipes · Vegetarian

Spaghetti Squash with Chickpeas.

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Hi y’all!  It’s me again. 🙂 Hopefully you haven’t forgotten about me as I’ve been on my “break.”

HA!

Perhaps I should come up with a better name, because anyone who has children knows very well that having a newborn is definitely not a “break.”

I’ll deem it a newborn hiatus instead.

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