breakfast

Vegan Black Forest Pancakes

 

Since moving down to California, I have been downright lonely. I have my husband, and he is pretty fab, but nothing beats the happiness of hanging out with a group of friends. Luckily for me, one of my best friends in the world has been preparing to move from our hometown down to California as well, and not just anywhere in this massive state. She moved in thirty minutes away from us. HOW IS THE WORLD SO BEAUTIFUL?

After giving her over twenty fours to unpack (more than enough time), we pleaded her to come hang out with us for an afternoon. Which turned into a night. Which turned into three nights. And I had so much fun with her that I’m experiencing a kind of post-fun blues now, but I’m resolving some of that blues by doing some of the fun things that we did together, like working on our Etsy accounts (mine is filled with food puns, hers with vintage sweaters) and eating these black forest pancakes. (more…)

Chocolate Chip Oatmeal

Alright, friends. I have just one more final to do today, and then I’m off to Christmas break. Woot!

It is definitely a change of pace to be at college, as opposed to going to work every day like I did prior to this. Honestly, I am so glad that I decided to go back to school. I have been able to think more and more about what I truly want to be in life, and I am giving myself the opportunity to do it. But that is just the logical reason that I’m glad to be in school. The real reason I’m glad is because, without a perfectly clear-cut reason, I am so much happier now. I feel like I am exactly where I am supposed to be in my life, and I feel like I am in control of my fate. I am so happy to be surrounded by likeminded people in my classes, to engage in mentally stimulating activities, and to be investing in myself rather than aimlessly and numbly going to work at a dead-end job.

Don’t get me wrong, I don’t think that all jobs without education are dead-end (or that jobs that require education aren’t) but for me and the particular job I was around the particular people I was working with, I felt truly and deeply depressed. I was in a hole for those two years that I felt I was constantly digging myself out of, and I am so so happy to finally feel free. And I do feel free. I sing and dance for no reason, I take naps at my convenience and wake up feeling refreshed and open, and when I have clear free time (or sometimes when I procrastinate) I get to do something that I really love doing: blogging. I get to make new recipes, dance around the kitchen getting everything together and then cleaning it all up, try delicious food combinations, test lighting and angles in my food photography, and share this beautiful vegan lifestyle with all of you wonderful people. (more…)

Super Simple Oatmeal

This recipe is super simple, and it is my go-to for breakfast. I recently read and article by a man who went on a spiritual buddhist-inspired retreat, and he commented that during it they always ate oatmeal/porridge for breakfast because it was simple, nutritious, and filling. I loved that idea, so I have been incorporating oatmeal into my breakfast routine more and more. During the morning time, I’m not really looking for something spectacular or taste-bud-alteringly delicious, but I was afraid of maybe becoming bored of the meal if I had it every day.

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