5 Things I Learned in the Year 2017

5 Things I Learned in the Year 2017

I don’t know about the rest of you, but for me, this has been a hell of a year. There have been some horrible things happening and it honestly has kind of seemed like the world has been spinning off its axis. Between the heartbreaking number of mass shootings and record-breaking natural disasters, some days … Read More

How to Make Lavender Hot Chocolate

How to Make Lavender Hot Chocolate

I’ve always loved lavender. The taste, the smell, the calming effects it had, all of it. It’s probably one of my favorite flowers, too. So lately, I’ve been getting curious about how to incorporate culinary lavender into my food and drinks, especially into my hot chocolate!    As many of you know, I can’t have … Read More

Vegan, Gluten-Free Persimmon Chocolate Chip Cookies

Vegan, Gluten-Free Persimmon Chocolate Chip Cookies

I don’t know about you guys, but baking is a huge part of the holiday season in my family. From Thanksgiving until New Years, our house is stocked with pies, cookies, chocolates, fudge, magic cookie bars, and so many other delicious treats. While eating these goods is obviously great, it’s really the kitchen and family … Read More

50 Thoughts I’ve Had While Dealing With Chronic Illness

50 Thoughts I’ve Had While Dealing With Chronic Illness

Life is seriously hard sometimes. Whether you have a chronic illness or not, there are some challenges that just seem impossible to overcome. For the last few months, I’ve been facing one of the most difficult challenges I’ve ever faced: trying to get my health back under control. In the late summer/early fall, my Interstitial … Read More

Butternut Squash Powerseed Oats

Butternut Squash Powerseed Oats

I wanted to kick this morning off with something sweet, healthy, and delicious. It’s a chilly one out there (well, for California anyway), and I’m feeling the need for something toasty warm. Also, it’s my birthday and I wanted to make it a little extra special with a new oats recipe! Seeing as cake and … Read More

Persimmon Power Seed Oats

Persimmon Power Seed Oats

For me, there is literally nothing better than the flavors of fall. Particularly, the sweets. If you haven’t figured this out already, I have a major sweet tooth. Whether I have a smoothie, pancakes, cereal, or even donuts, probably ninety percent of my morning meals are sweet. Don’t get me wrong, I love the savory … Read More

Walnut Butter: An Alternative Nut Butter

Walnut Butter: An Alternative Nut Butter

About a month ago I moved onto a small walnut farm with my family. When I say small, I mean we have about two and a half acres with 57 productive walnut trees and one pecan tree. We moved up to this new house right as walnut season started and man do we have our … Read More

Stuffed Acorn Squash with Brussels & Walnuts

Stuffed Acorn Squash with Brussels & Walnuts

As you may or may not know, I recently had to go on medical leave from grad school to get my Interstitial Cystitis under control. (I know I bring up IC in pretty much every post, but the condition has literally taken over my life, so it’s hard not to relate everything back to my … Read More

Your Body is Trying to Tell You Something

Your Body is Trying to Tell You Something

This morning, as usual, I woke up feeling less than stellar. In all honesty, it’s more common that I wake up feeling utterly terrible than relatively decent. So, I took a slow morning. I tried to sleep in a little bit but my mind was going a million miles a minute (as usual). I felt … Read More

Wellness Lessons from the Chronically Ill

Wellness Lessons from the Chronically Ill

Have you ever had to choose between your mental health and your physical health? What I mean by that is, have you ever decided to do something (or not do something) that would improve your mental wellness but harm you physically (or vice versa)?  I believe everyone, whether aware of it or not, has had … Read More