Recipe: Vegan Vanilla “Birthday” Cupcakes

Hello everyone,

I recently blew out the candles for my 30th birthday. Where did the time go?! The weekend was filled with family, friends, lots of laughter, and of course, plenty of good food! When it comes to baking for my loved ones, I go all out with flavor and style. But for me, I like to keep my own birthday treats simple. 

I love a perfectly done vegan vanilla cupcake. The light airy cake, topped with a sweet icing and sprinkles – it can’t be beat! There is something so comforting and special about it. I’ve been making these cupcakes for years, but I recently doubled the amount of time I let the soy milk and apple cider vinegar curdle. I have to say, it made a huge difference! I’ve never had cupcakes so fluffy! 

Give this updated recipe a try and let me know how it works for you!

Cheers & happy eating!


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Spring Wishlist: A Vegan Lifestyle

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This month I turn 30. It’s one of those milestones I suppose, but for the first time I can remember, I’m just not that excited about it. Perhaps I’ll try 29 again. 29 redux. Okay?

This year, I am truly thankful for my friends/ family, my health, and my new house. Shortly, after my birthday I’m traveling for work and then heading off for a 10-day excursion through Arizona, Utah, and Las Vegas. I’m not one to post about vegan lifestyle or put together a wish list, but I thought I’d give it a try by sharing some of my favorite items and new purchases for my birthday. What do you have your eye on?

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How to Use Garlic Scapes

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First HomeI bought my first home last summer. It just so happens that the folks who owned the home before me were avid gardeners so I inherited three raised garden beds. One day I got the bright idea to dive right into gardening. No, “let’s take it easy this year.” No, “let’s just start with tomato plants.” No. I went from zero to sixty.

I hopped online and purchased heirloom organic vegetable seeds, seed starter kits, heat mats, shelving, lights, and created a full on grow area in my basement. It looks like I am a doomsday prepper. Surprisingly, most of my seedlings are doing fairly well, and I’m not entirely overwhelmed yet. But I can feel it coming.

One of the easier things I’ve started to grow indoors is garlic. I simply purchased organic garlic and split the large bulb into pieces. Then I planted the individual garlic cloves point up in 6″ of soil, watered it, and covered the containers in plastic wrap. Who knew it could be so easy to grow? Continue reading “How to Use Garlic Scapes”

March Savings: Tasty Bite meals, Earth Balance, Beyond Meat & more!

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Spring is right around the corner, and I’m ready for it! After a few nice days, it turned cold and wet in Cleveland. I’m spending the weekend focusing on a little spring cleaning, de-cluttering my office and the basement.

During a much needed ‘break,’ I scoured the internet for the best new savings and coupons so you don’t have to. There are some amazing rebates right now, including one for $0.25 off any item on Ibotta or $0.50 off Just Cookies! Plus, rare finds like $1.00 off any Kite Hill product coupon at MamboSprouts. Check out all the latest coupons and deals below!

Happy shopping & eating!


PS – As always, in case you missed them, check out my top ways to save and other recent savings posts.

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Recipe: Homestyle Green Bean Casserole


Hello everyone,

 It’s 6:30pm on a weeknight. You got stuck at work, and then in traffic. You’re tired, you’re hungry, but not to worry—dinner is already done! Casserole is a perfect goto meal for busy weeknights. You can make it in advance and simply reheat and serve on the spot.

Growing up, I know that green bean casserole was a popular staple at family get together and holiday events. However, I just couldn’t get excited about the dish. It’s soggy. I don’t like mushrooms. The list goes on.

I finally decided to give traditional green bean casserole a vegan twist, using vegetable broth and nutritional yeast instead of cream of mushroom soup! Check out the step by step pictures below.

What’s your favorite weeknight recipe?



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