this is my new go-to quick snack/meal. on an over-the-top hectic day this week, i found myself dinner-less and craving something light and fresh yet satisfying. these fit the bill perfectly and they were a quick and calming recipe to make. they have no oil added… and you can’t even tell because there’s a trick incorporated to give them that feeling of a naughty crunch!
the dip is made with vegenaise. have you tried it? it’s a vegan spin on traditional mayo, and trust me, it tastes even better, and is super healthy in comparison. my fridge is never without a jar of the stuff.
i was beyond thrilled to share this recipe over on vmac+cheese yesterday! as i’ve mentioned (various times) before, i am such a fan of her and her blog. she’s always so generous with her knowledge and content – i was ecstatic she asked me to guest post on her blog while she was away on holiday. here’s the full post and recipe:
the sun is starting to make an appearance more regularly and i’m feeling so bright and happy! these are a few things i can’t get enough of right now.
dayNa decker sent over this luxe peony candle – i’m not only in love with it, but the packaging is stunning and so right up my alley; i’m defo keeping that box! oh, and it’s natural and basically chemical-free. the candle burns with a soft crackling sound that is so tranquil with a book. i actually get sad when i have to blow it out! | please tell me you like a smidgen of trash tv? well, i love a lot of it and am watching the new season of real housewives of orange county online… with my bf (he pretends he’s doing me a favour, but i know the truth) | every year around this time, i break out my jo malone nectarine blossom and honey cologne. it’s so, so fresh and bright and instantly gets me in the vibe of spring and summer | i have this cook book on order and (as you may know) am a huge gp fan. based on what i’ve heard, her newest cookbook is all about a natural, organic and gluten free lifestyle which i try to adhere to myself | i picked up these sweet, tiny and delicate heart shaped earrings for myself at a local boutique, loft 82 and can’t take them off
i was never a huge fan of smoothies. store bought ones were always full of sugar, “fruit” and powders that were more commercial than nutritious. about a year ago, i did some research into living an alkaline lifestyle. i wanted to supplement something into my diet that really got my body working to its optimal levels – something that was easy to incorporate into my routine and was full of ideal nutrients. sure, you can juice, but that’s not always the most affordable, simple route. i’m always realistic about how sustainable a routine is for me, and i know i won’t be able to juice daily for the rest of my life. i love the idea of throwing a scoop of a well rounded green cocktail into my morning smoothie: it’s easy and very rewarding.
i’ve never tried the this technique before, and have always loved the way it looked. you’ve seen it all over pinterest: the famous ombre cake!
i won’t lie, yes, it’s a little extra work and more than a few extra dishes (this recipe works best if someone else is doing those!), but the outcome is so worth it. i was delighted to see everyone so enthralled by it. for a 9″ four tiered cake, i doubled this recipe, and added purple food colouring gel to each layer batter, just reducing the amount for each layer. using your favourite boxed mix is fine if you prefer! a simple vanilla buttercream topped the cake (double the frosting recipe if you’re doubling the cake), and i loved the simplicity of the flavour because it let the layers and the topper shine.