Soup Du Jour_Vegan Style

Aside from vegan tomato basil, this hearty vegetable soup is one of my all time favs. Spring, winter, summer, I’ll take it any time of the year. I’ve had several variations of this dinning out but never found the perfect broth to veggie ratio. So, in my attempts to create this soup I’ve so deliciously imagined up, I decided to stray from any recipe, add my favorite veggies, and make it my own.

Recipe: I sauteed onions, garlic, celery, and carrots. I added the veggie broth and brought it to a boil. Once it was boiling, I added broccoli and potatoes. Brought that to a boil and then let it simmer. In the mean time I was roasting cherry tomatoes in the oven. Right before serving, I added the  roasted tomatoes, basil, oregano, and rosemary.

It turned out absolutely fantastic; healthy, hearty, fresh, and perfect for this time of the year!

Vegan Peanut Butter Cookies

With the Christmas tree up, and the rain falling, I thought I’d add to the holiday spirit by baking a batch of peanut butter cookies from Oh She Glows. Yes vegan and simple, but definitely not the most healthy… oh you know, a cup of peanut butter, a pound of maple syrup…oh well :) They turned out great at 350 degrees for 11 minutes.

p.s. If your peanut butter, maple syrup, and/or almond milk are NOT sweet, you might want to add some sugar to the recipe.

 

 

 

 

Oh She Glow’s  Auntie Angie’s Soft Peanut Butter Cookies

  • 2 cups whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 3/4 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 1/3 cup of extra virgin olive oil
  • 3/4 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1.5 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup almond milk
  • Turbinado & kosher salt, for sprinkling on cookie before baking

Black Friday Recap

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Black Friday Recap: I was delighted when the bf said yes to Black Friday madness and even more giddy when he mentioned this was included in my bday gift(s).

We definitely made it to the Gap at 7am for the “Everything in the store is 50% off!” We cabbed it down to Union Square no problem. However, I don’t know what I was thinking going to the this location;  it was a complete nightmare, hundreds of people swarming over all the fabulousness. Thank goodness we tagged teamed because the line went pretty fast; the bf got in line while I managed to find the jeggings I had been waiting for and a couple other amazing half off duds. We also stopped in at Nordstroms and Banana and I swooped up this in navy, and this in black.

Overall, it was exhausting, but well worth it. The over-dyed navy jeggings from the Gap are so flippen comfy, I want them in every wash. AND those city flats are A-MAZE-ING. If you’re looking for simple, comfortable flats get a pair of these ( I got them in flint gray and soft gold). Thank you hun your the bestest :)

I know I’m a bit late, but did anyone else find any fabulous deals?

Happy Holidays

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Happy Thanksgiving to you all! I absolutely love this time of year; the crisp weather, scarfs, family time, gatherings, pumpkin pie, wine, movies, cuddling, and the best holiday of the year, Black Friday!!! Tomorrow we are not only giving thanks, but we will be celebrating my 25th birthday. I wish I could say, I love Thanksgiving for that exact reason, amazing food and bday festivities, but I happen to not care for turkey, stuffing, or cranberry sauce. No, this has nothing to do with my veganisms; I’ve had my mom make me spaghetti ever since I was a little girl… I’ve always been a bit strange

This year I will be spending tomorrow with some extended family, aka the bf’s family, where they’ve been so gracious to change up the menu a bit to cater to my vegan ways; this is supposed to be a surprise birthday special, but I’ve kinda figured it out ;)  Can’t wait to be sitting around the table with loved ones feasting and drinking.

What will I be doing over the next four days?

  • Thanksgiving dinner= Birthday, lots of food and wine, and lots of sweets!
  • Putting up the Christmas tree
  • Downloading John Legend’s Christmas album
  • Keeping the Thanksgiving movie tradition alive and going to see Love and Other Drugs
  • Black Friday here we come!

What are your plans for this Thanksgiving holiday? Will you up and early to shop Black Friday?

Updates Through Pictures

Rather than write it, I thought I’d show you just what I’ve been up to…

Walking to Polk for some Giants World Series fun.

Hot tea has been perfect for those crisp mornings… especially on the work-from-home-days.

The greatest/bestest/spicest vegan pizza alive; pizza sauce, calabrian peppers, kalamata olives, and drizzled olive oil. Thank you Delarosa. Seriously, to die!

The famous Blue Bottle Coffee at the Ferry Building.  We literally waited in THE longest line ever… but thought it was appropriate,  considering it’s almost been a year since I’ve been living here and I have yet to experience the actual coffee shop, just saying.

We finally put up Tara’s silk screen… it really is perfect for the living room; the colors, and the size. love.love.love (Please excuse the couch’s wrinkled skirt, woops).

Headed out to Drink.Eat.Play yesterday and had a blast with some old friends… and we thought those cups would be too small, pssshhh~

After our 5 mile walk to the Ferry Building, which most definitely included giant hills, some times this is as a good as it gets!

.: Have a fabulous week :.

November Baby

The big 25 birthday month has arrived! I’m super excited to celebrate it for the first time in the city of San Francisco. I Haven’t settled on location yet, but I have been thinking about THE dress. I actually have a black mini with puffy cap sleeves, but I’ve been eying the one shoulder look; they’re just so effortlessly chic.  Plus, I’ve worn a black, strapless mini for the past 3 of 4 birthday parties, think it’s about time to change it up!

Here are some of my favs from Asos.com. The first one is my favorite so far, what’s yours?

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Weekend Recap

Good Morning to you all! It’s been quite some time since I’ve posted last, but I have not abandoned you, I promise. Although I’ve been lacking in the blogging arena, I’ve been one busy girl; work has been crazy madness and I had one jammed packed weekend! The cold rainy weather was perf for a baking/making marathon, pumpkin carving, friends, wine, and the GIANTS!!! So trilled for the G MEN and love seeing the city of Sf come together in support of the hometown team. World Series here we come!

All Little Round Up of the Weekend:

Friday night catch up sesh with Kate at Delarosa 5 mile run before the rain started, and then dined at  The Plant Spent all day Saturday baking my first ever vegan chocolate chip cookies and pumpkin muffins We were accompanied by neighbors and and delightful mulled wine for the Giants game We rounded out Sunday with pumpkin carving, pumpkin seed roasting, and I made fresh homemade vegetable soup

All my baking and making turned out pretty fabulous. It took me several batches to finally figure out the right texture for the cookies, but the muffins, soup, and pumpkin seeds are fantastic! I already bought all the ingredients to make banana chocolate muffins… hehe, this weather has me doin it up in the kitchen!

How was your rainy weekend?

DIY Guacamole

This was definitely a first. I’ve only recently started eating guacamole and by eating it I mean only while I’m out, and only if it contains chunks … I have really bad texture issues, and to me, without the tomatoes, onions, jalapenos, I can’t handle the soft, smooth, creaminess; I know, I’m weird!

After trying several fantastic versions while I’ve dined out,  I decided to whip up my own. I made an attempt at this recipe and it turned out pretty fabulous if I do say so myself ;) It’s a bit on the chunky side, but it’s just the way I like it!

 

 

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“the rest is still unwritten…”

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I knew her departure from The Hills wasn’t the last time we’d see her… Get ready folks for another round. With her successful b0ok series LA Candy, the Lauren Conrad Style Guide, and affordable fashion line at Kohl’s, Ms. Conrad has taken on yet another project. LC’s newest adventure will begin next week when she chronicles her quest to create a new line of evening wear and build a fashion house from the ground up all while the MTV cameras tag a long.

Fashion + Lauren Conrad + Reality TV = My kinda gig. I’ll definitely be watching. Anyone who can appreciate fashion, knows Lauren is a bit of a fashionista; classic, sun kissed, simple, cali girl ;)

.l.o.v.e .h.e.r.