Pain. Chaos. Coping. And finding the beauty. //

Can I be honest for a moment, friends? This week kicked my ass. No really...it did. But like anything in life, there are always silver linings and little moments of joy we can grasp onto in the midst of the "oh my god, what is happening?!" kind of lessons.  While this past week seemed to [...]

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 [...]

Haiku & Matcha Chocolate Chip Cookies // 

No one travels Along this way but I, This autumn evening. - Matsuo Bashō I don't know if it's the start of fall, or just the start of a new season in me. But I have been spending my free time baking, drinking matcha tea, and reading haiku. I have always felt a strong pull, [...]

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 [...]

2 ingredient vegan coconut Greek yogurt // 

This is not a test. This is not a sham. This recipe really is only 2 ingredients and really is the most creamy, delicious Greek style yogurt I've ever had...And it's vegan.  I was spending $2-$3 each on one tiny serving of vegan probiotic yogurts, and always finding myself disappointed (not only by the price) [...]

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 [...]

Oatmeal Raisin Energy Bites (vegan & gluten-free!) // 

As a photographer in the midst of wedding season, snacks are crucial to my survival. No seriously -- trust me -- you don't want to see me hangry. Living with chronic illness and running my own business, it's incredibly important for me to take care of my body, which is easier said than done sometimes.  [...]