Vegan Pumpkin Pie!

Vegan Pumpkin Pie!

As I mentioned in the previous post desserts have never been my strength but I love them nonetheless! I was super excited that this vegan version of pumpkin pie not only turned out but I think tastes better than conventional, not to mention it was super easy to throw together! I always liked my pumpkin pie with whipped cream, it really doesn't seem the same without it so I am truly thankful for coconut whipped cream and it is truly a no brainer to whip up! The crust is really just a traditional crust just using Earth Balance buttery sticks (the stick part is important) vs. regular butter and the filling is actually easier than traditional, you just need to remember to soak your raw cashews overnight! 

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Veganizing The Holiday's

Veganizing The Holiday's

Happy Holidays to all! As I was preparing and enjoying Thanksgiving dinner it occurred to me the need to share all of the easy and accessible ways to veganize traditional holiday dishes. As my family typically has a traditional American Thanksgiving I had to keep all of the main dishes nearly identical to how they always have been and I added in a couple new things to the menu as well. I think everyone was a little surprised at how easy it was for me to make a few simple substitutions without sacrificing the integrity of any of the feast, really, anyone can do this! With so many more holiday festivities just around the corner I thought I would share my favorite tips, no recipes per se because I really like showing people how to make things your own, trust your inner chef and go with the culinary flow. 

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The Importance Of Taking Time Off (& the changing of seasons!)

The Importance Of Taking Time Off (& the changing of seasons!)

For the sake of getting straight to the point I will say this: I have been very busy as of late with all great things! All the while though I forgot to be grateful for it all (oops!). Amongst all the work, family, work outs, keeping up with friends, more work and other menial duties I really didn’t stop to think abut the fact that I have had the honor of carrying out all of these tasks and I am in fact very grateful for it all. However, the caveat with all this positive busy-ness is that I have begun to neglect myself and my needs and I have found myself on-edge a lot more than usual, worrying about all the things I need to get done, what I’m not tending to, how short the days can seem, how long others can seem, who I haven't connected with, how many things have gone less than perfectly…you get the point. But none of that actually is THE POINT; sed point is much larger then any of my trivial worries can ever amount to and with this knowledge one should be able to chill out and relax right? Well, yes but finding this sense of inner peace during times of chaos (good or bad!) I am finding this is an artfully composed dance, a dance around BALANCE. Give and take, ebb and flow, positive and negative; always in life there are existing forces of opposition and it is our greatest task to find something in between the two forces that inevitably take us in two totally different directions. All of this is good if we can somehow refrain from attaching “the story” to our emotions and situations that continuously occur throughout our lives, meaning when something, anything happens to us we immediately attach a story to it telling ourselves how to react and at that moment we decide if we are holding onto this emotion and story we have told ourselves. We do this constantly! And we are supposed to, we are human after all; perfection is not something we are going to be attaining anytime soon. 

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