Vegan Benedict

  I love to cook for my non-vegan friends. Not only does my southern upbringing compel me to feed others, but I also like to spread the good word by demonstrating that vegan food isn’t just quinoa bowls. So many vegan dishes are satisfying, knife/fork meals, and we rarely need expensive meat replacers. Some of…

Telling my 4-year-old.

Here we are, about 6 months into our separation: that time cushioning the space between today and the point of impact. The end of the marriage was sudden, meaning that it happened in one day, with little to no warning. If I was completely blindsided by it, I had to protect my children from the shock….

Why cast iron? And how to care for it.

Iron is an essential nutrient for our bodies, and iron deficiency is the most common nutrional deficiency in the US. Why do we need it? To delivery oxygen throughout our bodies. About 2/3 of your body’s iron store is in your hemoglobin: the stuff that helps red blood cells carry the oxygen from the lungs….

Tired face fix: vegan cosmetic review.

Ok. Let’s get a couple things out of the way first. I’m 42. Last night, I had roughly 5 hours of very interrupted sleep. I have to take this tired face with me everywhere I go. Thank goodness for make-up. For my everyday face — my bright-light-facing, every-angle-exposed, multi-expressioned face (rather than my dark-restaurant, preferred-lighting…

Want to save the planet? Be vegan.

I passed, yet another, water main break in Los Angeles. It always hurts my soul when I see these because it means that thousands of gallons of precious, clean water are wasted. As The LA Times reports: About one-fifth of the city’s water pipes were installed before 1931 and nearly all will reach the end…

Homemade Vegan Pizza. And Kids.

Pizza is awesome. Kids are awesome. Making pizza with kids is — awesome-ish. Once you accept that there will be a little clean-up, you’ll have fun with it, and so will they, for sure. Here’s a pizza crust recipe that you can make easily with or without the kids. They’ll enjoy being involved; you’ll enjoy having…

Clean your fruits and veggies and keep them longer

Here’s just a quick tip that could save your fruits and veggies, and that means your money. I don’t know about you, but I grocery shop for my family once a week, and I load up. That used to mean that I had to organize my fresh produce in order of decay, so that we…

It’s not just the lizard.

So, I found this sneaky guy in my bedroom this week. He was big. He was fast. He was in the wrong place. I had to find a way to get him out the door without scaring him further inside, and without alerting the kids that there was something cool and slithery in their house. I…

Honey, You’re Vegan to That: a thought about raising vegan kids.

  When I broke the news to my friends and family, “Mom, Dad, loved ones — I’m…vegan,” there was palpable worry across the board. Yes, there was a little “What about your protein?” or “Can you still have chicken broth?” But I think the bigger concern was over how many pamphlets and videos I would have on demand…

Crafty Mac & Cheeze

All growing up, and well into adulthood, a favorite go-to ‘meal’ for me was  Mac & Cheese   — and I don’t mean the real stuff (although, sure). I mean the processed stuff, from the box — with the powder. It was so easy to make. It was so cheap. And it was sooooo yummy….

An Open Letter to the Well-Intended

This new stage of my life calls on all the warm bodies in my tribe to circle up and face out. I never married with the hopes of it failing. But it did. And, finally, that’s ok. Sometimes things just don’t work out they way we planned. I have worked (will work) hard to find…

Homemade Body Butter – Shea & Cocoa Butter

I’ve been a fan of good skin care and skincare products ever since I had to rescue my acne-riddled face in college. Before being vegan, I paid a ton of money for a ton of chemicals, and didn’t think twice about it. But I think twice now, and I do still love good skincare. Over…