• Day 17: Dry January

    January 21, 2020 by

    Wow, my last Dry January check-in was utterly and terribly depressing. I really was feeling like crap though, so I guess it was my real feelings coming through (ha, sorry). Fortunately, I’m feeling MUCH, MUCH better this week. I still have a little bit of a cough, but I think I’m mostly mended. I think… Read more

  • You Don't Have To Be a Vegan

    January 16, 2020 by

    This is a post I’ve been wanting to write for a while, but I guess haven’t had the time or focus to word vomit my thoughts onto the internet. It’s a topic that is close to my heart and has grown increasingly more important to me over the last year or so. I believe that… Read more

  • Vegan Sweet Potato and Portabello Fajitas

    January 15, 2020 by

    Fajitas are easily in my list of top five easy dinners. They are quick, they are cheap and they are absolutely delectable. These particular fajitas are also great because the ingredients are so versatile. Don’t like mushrooms? Add more sweet potatoes. Not a sweet potato fan? Add more mushrooms! Or heck, go get some Beyond… Read more

  • Day 10: Dry January

    January 14, 2020 by

    Today is day 10 of my first ever Dry January, and wouldn’t you know it, I’m feeling like crap. It’s annoying really. Anyone who has ever done this whole sober-for-a-month thing has told me how “great” I’m going to feel. “Your head will feel so clear”, they said. “You’ll sleep great”, “You’ll have more energy”,… Read more

  • 2020 Resolution #4: Shop Small / Fair / Less

    January 9, 2020 by

    Shopping in 2019 was basically not a thing. I told myself I was not allowed to purchase anything new unless it was absolutely necessary, and for the most part I followed that for an entire year. I did buy a couple of things that were necessary and did buy myself nice things a couple times… Read more

  • 2020 Resolution #1: Dry January + Better Health

    January 6, 2020 by

    Every New Year it seems I am trying harder and harder to make promises to myself to take better care of my body. Last year it was a two week detox from alcohol, smoking and sweets, this year I’m tackling an entire month (well, most of it). It’s going to be a challenge for sure,… Read more

  • Vegan Black Beans and Greens Meal Prep

    January 5, 2020 by

    Sunday is meal prep day! And today I made delicious protein and fiber-packed bowls that I can’t wait to eat throughout the week. This recipe is also super simple to make, inexpensive, and extra filling. The ingredients are also available pretty much year round making this the perfect meal prep for any season. Black beans… Read more

  • New Year’s Resolutions 2020

    January 5, 2020 by

    2020 is here. There is no more running, procrastinating or delaying. The New Year is here, and it’s here to stay… at least, until the next one comes around. Last year, I used this blog as an accountability-type place to record my progress on my 2019 resolutions. I found that it certainly helped in keeping… Read more

  • Final 2019 Resolutions Check-In

    December 30, 2019 by

    With 2019 coming to a rapid close, it’s time for one last review of how my resolutions went throughout the year. Overall, I think I did fairly well and I am happy at how this blog held me accountable and helped me stick to my goals. It has also helped me shape new goals for… Read more

  • thistle + rose studios

    December 4, 2019 by

    With 2020 on the horizon, I want to change things up a little bit here on In fact, it’s not just a change on my blog site. I want to change my entire set of goals for 2020. You see, I’ve done a pretty damn good job sticking to my goals in 2019. I… Read more

  • Vegan Lasagna

    December 2, 2019 by

    Lasagna is one of my favorite foods of all time. Who am I kidding, pretty much any type of pasta is my favorite food. Carbs, basically, just all the carbs. This lasagna is awesome because it’s completely vegan while still packed full of nutrients and yumminess. It combines a homemade ricotta, spinach and artichoke hearts… Read more

  • Vegan Chickpea Noodle Soup

    November 19, 2019 by

    Soup is seriously one of my favorite foods! There are so many different kinds and variations that I could go crazy trying to make them all every night for dinner. This particular recipe I realize now probably isn’t so vegan since I used egg noodles – DUH, new vegan eater over here. BUT you could… Read more

  • Easy Sugar-Free Applesauce

    November 18, 2019 by

    I love apples and I love quick and easy recipes so this sugar-free apple sauce is one of my favorite things to make after apple-picking. Lucky for me, my mom has an apple tree so I have almost unlimited access to apples all autumn long. This allows me to play around with recipes to my… Read more

  • Vegan Biscuits and Gravy

    November 7, 2019 by

    Do you ever wake up in the morning knowing exactly what you want for breakfast? And not just knowing, but absolutely craving one particular thing? That was me this weekend. I lay in bed drooling over the idea of a big plate of biscuits and gravy. I scoured my phone for vegan breakfast joints to… Read more

  • Vegan Caramel Corn

    November 4, 2019 by

    Caramel corn is a necessity in our house around the holidays. Every year my husband’s mom makes loads of it and gives us each a giant bag at Christmas time. This year, I thought it would be fun to make some a little early for a Halloween treat exchange at my work, and I thought… Read more

  • Vegan Baked Peaches

    October 24, 2019 by

    Today’s post is taking me back to colder days at the middle of September. Weather has been weird here in northern California, and we’re actually back to days in the high 80s late into October. I’m not loving that summer doesn’t seem to want to end. It makes me miss warm and cozy recipes like… Read more

  • Vegan Tomato Soup

    October 14, 2019 by

    Soup is easily one of my favorite categories of foods. Tomato, potato, squash, chowders you name it, I love it. This is partly why I become so excited for colder weather, even though I consider myself a summertime kinda gal. Soups are comforting and filling, but can also be surprisingly simple and easy to make.… Read more

  • Vegan Avocado Pudding

    October 9, 2019 by

    Let me start this post by saying how impressed I am with using avocados for pudding. Don’t get me wrong, this recipe isn’t going to taste like a pudding pack, in fact it’s more like a mousse than a pudding, but that doesn’t mean it’s not delicious. It’s an easy and vegan alternative to chocolate… Read more

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