Happy Thanksgiving!

November 27, 2011

{Source} Well, here I am. Sheepish grin and all, just like Jeremiah the Innocent here. I kept meaning to develop some fantastic new recipe, assemble some impressive Thanksgiving feast (this proved problematic in my tradition-adhereing family given that I now refrain from eating poultry), or accomplish some remarkable feat before sharing my “I’m still alive […]

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I choose confidence and joy — shoulders back, chin up!

October 12, 2011

A Russian friend’s dad used to walk by and knock on my back. Thump, thump. “Straight up, Kristina!” he barked. Yes, my name is Kristen, but Russian female names usually end in “a/ia,” so I’m rather accustomed to this sort of artistic license. More recently, my yoga instructor told me that in tree pose I […]

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Local [Juice] Bar Scene

September 30, 2011

Happy Friday! I hope this finds you all enjoying a great start to the weekend. Remember when I threw caution to the wind and purchased this Breville juicer in July? Since Breville came along, I’ve made some fantastically juicy combinations. More importantly, I’ve added loads of veggies to my diet. In fact, the only downside […]

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Texas Football Game Day Brunch + Pumpkin Cinnamon Cookies

September 22, 2011

Feeling like a smug little yogi this morning, I left the house in the dark for yoga at dawn. Unfortunately for me, this picture of zen-like bliss was interrupted when I tripped over this. A menacing fallen tree branch in our walkway. Lovely. Remember, it was dark at the time. This graceful near-fall left my […]

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Championship Banana Bread Oatmeal Bake and US Open!

September 13, 2011

We still have about a week and a half to go before fall is officially upon us, but warm oats have already triumphantly returned to my breakfast repertoire. Inspired by Chocolate Covered Katie, this weekend I made cinnamon roll baked oatmeal (boatmeal) complete with maple syrup and blueberries. What a lovely breakfast to go with […]

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Lazy Vegan Pizza and Le Pain Quotidien

September 8, 2011

After a slew of largely unimaginative dinners over the past few weeks (think sweet potato, salmon, halibut, rinse and repeat), there’s a newish meal on the blog/block — a vegan pizza, the distant cousin of the easy flatbread pizza. That’s right, I didn’t exactly roll up my sleeves. Instead, I fetched a pre-made vegan pizza […]

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Rose Bowl Flea Market

August 25, 2011

Hi, Friends! First, I have to say — it feels so good to blog again! Velvet Husband and I are about to leave for San Diego, where we’ll be volunteer leaders at a Young Life Capernaum camp. In college, I was on ropes course summer staff at Frontier Ranch, a Young Life property in Colorado, […]

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Malibu and Salmon

August 13, 2011

Hellooo there, handsome! I met this guy after yesterday’s lesson with a different horse. We were on the way to the car, but he didn’t want me to leave (if I do say so myself). He followed me. Demanded kisses. And completely melted my heart in the process. I didn’t catch his name, so I’ll […]

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Butternut Squash Ravioli with Garlic and Sage Sauce

August 10, 2011

On a recent stroll through Old Town (because that’s what marrieds do), we happened upon one of our mutual guilty pleasures — Barnes & Noble. While I’ve become quite the kindle-a-holic, there’s a certain genre of books I prefer not to be in e-reader form — recipe books. Sometimes a girl just needs pages. After […]

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Spaghetti Squash with Guacamole

July 30, 2011

Have you ever wrestled a spaghetti squash? Risky business, I tell you. But not nearly as treacherous with protective kitchen gloves! After making spaghetti squash dishes twice last week, I’ve become well-acquainted with these thick-skinned babies and their heavy selves. First, I recommend wearing kitchen gloves for the slicing. Never know when the squash might turn […]

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