The “just because” funfetti cake (vegan + gluten-free) //

I am a big fan of celebrating life. Of extravagant love. Of tea parties just because. Of baking at midnight.  This past Tuesday was Brian's father's birthday, and while his dad is no longer with us on earth, I felt compelled to honor his life in the small ways I knew how: icing a homemade [...]

Dutch Chocolate Beet & Avocado Cake (Vegan + Gluten-Free) //

I do this weird thing where every time I get sick, I get into a HUGE mood for baking. Seriously -- it happens every time. So, the other night while feeling clammy and feverish, I decided to make Candice Kumai's vegan chocolate cake...at midnight. The first time I make someone else's recipe, I like to [...]

ALMOND BUTTER CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES //

When I originally saw the Minimalist Baker post this recipe, I was already instantly hungry. And if you're wondering if these cookies lived up to the hype, they were everything and more. These are the people pleaser of cookies, in my opinion, as they will truly win over anyone. Vegan, gluten-free, relatively healthy, but completely [...]

End of Summer Mango Refresher //

While technically we only have a few more weeks of summer, Los Angeles begs to differ with the consistent 90 degree days we've been having. There's really nothing like a good book and a frozen beverage to wind down on a hot summer day, and I've been having way too much fun with my Nutri-Bullet [...]

Suncafe //

   I have known Ron Russell (co-owner and a chef at Suncafe) for many years, so it was an absolute honor when he invited Abby (AKA Troll) and I to come dine at the restaurant last night. Ron is one of the kindest, most welcoming hosts I have ever known, and being at Suncafe just [...]

Homemade (garden-made) Wheatgrass Powder // The Homebody

   Lately I have been sharing some DIY ideas straight from my garden, and today, it's all about the wheatgrass. My little wheatgrass plant has been growing like a weed, and I couldn't juice or use the stuff as fast as I was harvesting it! So, I decided to make wheatgrass powder for my daily [...]

Vegan Shepherd’s Pie

I can't take credit for one little bit of this incredible recipe, because it was 100% prepared by the wonderful Brian. Shepherd's pie has always been one of my favorite meals, and I'm pretty picky about it. I grew up with my mother's delicious recipe, and one of my first jobs was at an Irish [...]