The Slump Will Cease

I have been in a slump for quite a while now, and I don’t mean just a cooking slump, I mean a full out, perhaps mostly pregnancy induced, slump. I haven’t felt inspired to cook much of anything when days of unexplainable depression assail me and often feeling overwhelmed about everything and nothing leaves me paralyzed. I know that these dark days are numbered, however I hate the thought of not enjoying the pregnancy to the fullest up to the end feels defeating. I should be bouncing off the walls with excitement for what is happening inside of me (and given how fortunate I do feel), but instead I feel hopeless and lost at times. Not to make this pity party sound like a downpour on my parade of happiness or quest for inner peace, but it is daunting and indeed frustrating to feel so out of control of one’s emotions. This is not to say that I have no good days, on the contrary, I certainly do. I am just yearning for a bit of stability, rather than bumbling along on a rocky path, I hope to find a steady smooth one, with the sunshine and the clear-headedness to see the light and love that is all around me.  Continue reading

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New Year’s Resolutions: Moving Towards . . . the Present

I have been wanting to write other types of posts for some time, and not just share recipes as I feel that I have so much more that I would love to share with you all. I truly hope that you enjoy reading something a little out of the ordinary, that it contributes to your day in some positive way and that of course you feel enthusiastic enough to share your comments as well. So in spirit of the New Year and the holiday season I am sharing these thoughts with you . . .  Continue reading

Winter Breakfast Sunrise Smoothie

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This is an upside down sunrise I realize, but hey, the winter can have that effect sometimes and so can my two-year-old son who is now in a temper-tantrum-throwing and seemingly attention-starved phase. Life is a little stressful now, crazy monster toddler on the loose and one soon to make his debut in a couple of months . . . with the husband out of the country two weeks before he’s due. Did I say I’m a little stressed! I think I need a smoothie for this to take the edge off, forget Jack and Coke, those days are long gone, for now it is an upside down winter breakfast smoothie for me and some good reading. I am clutching onto Marianne Williamson’s A Return to Love for dear life now, since I certainly need all the positivity and spirituality I can get in my life right now. So to make myself feel a little better, calm my nerves and blow the winter blues away I am just going to sip on this refreshing and warming smoothie. Continue reading

Endamame and Mandarin Salad with Refreshing Asian Mint Dressing

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I say screw winter, I am having a salad despite the freezing temperatures outside and the idea of a warm steaming bowl of soup beckoning me on days like this. I want something chalked full of rich raw nutrients, regardless of what the weatherman says, yeah that’s right I refuse to let the winter hold me down. Continue reading

Avo Almond Joy Smoothie

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This avocado almond joy smoothie is what I would call my version of a green goddess smoothie. It is creamy, rich, sweet and feels like an exotic treat, and it doesn’t stop at your taste buds, but offers bundles of benefits for your health. It is loaded with vitamin C, A and is also big to boot on calcium, all from the mighty power of the kale alone. It also has you covered on potassium as the avocado in it packs an even bigger punch in this department with 35% more than that of the banana. And if I haven’t convinced you yet just how good this smoothie is for you then you can be sure that your immune system will thank you this winter when flu season hits and you are sipping on the oodles of immune boosting vitamins in this smoothie, all while giving yourself a sweet treat. So here’s to takin’ care of yourself and feelin’ good! Continue reading

Holiday Cookies: Popcorn, White Chocolate & Cranberry with Butterscotch Drizzle

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These cookies are like Christmas all wrapped up into one fluffy pillow of a goodness. I know the idea of popcorn in cookies sounds just weird, but I couldn’t let it go when I saw it on pintrest and thought it sounded too interesting to pass up the opportunity to veganize it and put my holiday spin on it. Continue reading

No Bake Vegan Turtle Cheesecake

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Here I am writing this post again after loosing it to the virtual internet dustbin where all things lost go only to make the authors of those things incredibly irritated and even more disappointed when the their perfectly written post is no longer to be found. So I apologize for my irritation and lack of desire to re-write my heartfelt post about cheesecake, Italian baptisms and Italian family and culture. But here I go again, and I will try to make it just as wonderful as the first time around! Continue reading