Breakfast Pops

Breakfast-Pops-3

Breakfast-Pops-1

I’m not a breakfast eater, but I’d eat one of these for breakfast every morning in a heartbeat.

Creamy dairy-free yogurt, colorful fruit loops, and juicy fresh fruit makes for a wholesome, grab-and-go, perfect breakfast to ring in the new school year. Hop on that bus your first day of school with a breakfast pop in hand and someone will come up to you and be like,

“can I try that?”

And you’ll be like, “sure, here.”

And she/he will try a bite and be like, “that’s the best breakfast ever! I want my mom to make that for me!”

And then you’ll be best friends for the next ten or so years, sharing breakfast pops every morning.

You’re welcome.

[Read more…]

The Best Lemon Supreme Cake

Lemon-Cake-1

Lemon-Cake-1

Look, I’m not going to throw out “best” on here very often, so when I say it I mean it.

This is yet another amazing-delicious-stuff-your-face recipe provided by Mrs. Mara, Vivian’s momma. It’s not even the lemons that really make this cake, it’s the moistness level. Is that a word? Moistness? This cake is melt-in-your-mouth moist. Like butta. If any of us could eat butter. And trust me, there’s no butter in this cake.

The lemon flavor in this cake is so refreshing, and by using a dairy-free cake mix as the base, SO.EASY.TO.MAKE. But trust me here, there’s nothing cake mix-y about this sucker. It is pure fresh in all directions.

Lemon-Cake-2

This week I’m heading down to Naples, my sister will be in Orlando and my parents will be in Atlanta. This is the first time that we will all three be in different locations. And it’s really weird. We do a lot together.

I was homeschooled growing up, so was my sister, and we always have done everything together. So it’s been a huge adjustment (mostly for me. I don’t like change very much.) traveling without my family, and us all being in different locations this week is just crazy to me. I know I’ll get used to it sooner or later, but right now it kind of gives me anxiety.

I’m one of those people who genuinely loves being around my family.

Even though we’re small in numbers, we’re basically like a walking party all the time.

[Read more…]

The Lemonade Bar: Homemade Lemonade 5 Different Ways

TLB-Cover

TLB-Cover

Nothin’ says summer quite like a big ole glass of ice cold lemonade. You know what I mean, when the only thing that can really cool you down after a hot day out in the sun is a popsicle or lemonade. They are basically the epitome of summer if you ask me.

I’ve been wanting to try to make infused lemonades for a while now. The idea started when I found some dried lavender at a local health food store. And when I realized how easy it was to make really delicious homemade lemonade, I wanted to try other flavors, and on and on and on, until I came up with these five different lemonades.

Now that we’re entering the official hot season of summer, July and August, make one of these to quench your thirst and keep you hydrated while you’re out having summer fun!

[Read more…]

Summer Corn Salad

Summer-Corn-Salad-2

Summer-Corn-Salad-2

There are two types of people in this world.

1. salad people.

2. non-salad people.

In my vegetarian/vegan days, I was a total non-salad person. All the way. When you get offered salads like 90% of the time you ever eat out, it can definitely put you against the salad. But once I started eating meat again, salads came back into my life as a joyous food order.

Bacon on salad = winning.

My favorite type of salad is cobb, but I might just have a new favorite with this corn salad.

[Read more…]

Cherry Cheesecake Pops

Cherry-Cheesecake-Pops-4

Happy Monday from Sunny Los Angeles!

Cherry-Cheesecake-Pops-4

Yep, you heard that right. I’m in LA! Whoop! Anyone reading this live in LA? Let’s meet up, say hey!

I’m here for just a quick trip to help celebrate the launch of my dad’s new product, pretty cool stuff. But don’t worry, I have a delicious recipe for you while I’m here!

Cherry cheesecake popsicles, need I say more?

These are beyond easy peasy lemon squeezy to make, and taste just delish. I love the mix of the tangy cherry filling with the creamy “cheese”cake in the center. YUM.

[Read more…]

Maple Bacon Cookie Sandwiches

Maple-Bacon-Cookie-Sandwiches-5

Maple-Bacon-Cookie-Sandwiches

I guess this might sound like a fall type recipe, but to me, bacon and maple syrup is delicious anytime of the year.

Like, who boycotts maple syrup and bacon in the summer, just because it’s summer?

Not me, that’s for sure.

So I’m going to celebrate maple syrup and bacon RIGHT NOW. And I do not regret my decision at all.

[Read more…]

Gluten-Free (& Vegan Option) Biscuits and Gravy

Biscuits-and-Gravy-4

Biscuits-and-Gravy-4

When I was a vegetarian/vegan, I used to crave biscuits and gravy. A lot. I don’t eat breakfast much, but when biscuits and gravy are offered, I devour my meal.

Before I learned to cook for myself, I always wished I could have adaptions of delicious meat and dairy filled meals, I didn’t know that I could easily make them myself.

Thanks to our society now putting importance on the food we consume, there’s more vegan meat options than ever. So when I found vegan ground sausage (at Publix, by the way), I instantly wanted to make biscuits and gravy.

Add to them being gluten-free, and you have an absolutely delicious and eco-friendly and allergy-friendly scrumptious breakfast.

[Read more…]

Mara’s Summer Peach Salsa

Mara's-Fruit-Dip

Mara's-Fruit-Dip

This fruit dip blows my mind.

You know when a super simple dish can be made to be the most delicious thing you’ve ever tasted? That’s how I feel about this dip.

Vivian’s mom, Mrs. Mara, made it for a get-together we had the other day and literally every.single.person raved about it. I had just enough time to take pictures and then poof; it was gone.

This is an absolutely no fail kind of dish to bring to a party to be guaranteed happy phrases like “this is amazing” and “you have to share the recipe with me” and “we are inviting you to every event now” from the party-goers. That’s how good it is.

[Read more…]

Easy Breakfast Pizza

Easy-Breakfast-Pizza-2

Easy-Breakfast-Pizza-1

When I think of breakfast time, my mind instantly goes to that scene in Cheaper by the Dozen where breakfast is just total chaos, minus the frog of course.

I’m in a family of four, so you would think breakfast was a quiet affair for us. But ever since I was little we’ve always had tons of people over for Saturday morning breakfast. We haven’t done it as much since I’ve gotten older, but there’s usually always someone stopping by for breakfast. I love how our house is open and welcoming, and how there’s always movement and excitement to wake up to.

[Read more…]

Stuffed French Toast Sticks + Arizona Pictures

French-Toast-Rollups-2

Heyooo from the Grand Canyon!

French-Toast-Rollups-2

I’m sure you’ve gathered by now that my family and I (and Vivian’s family) are super duper world travelers. Like, we travel a lot.

We love it, we live for it, and this time we are on a school trip in Arizona!!! We started the trip in Pheonix, then Flagstaff, Page, now we’re at the Grand Canyon, and tomorrow we leave for Sedona. It’s been a whirlwind, but it’s also been a blast! I will be sharing some pictures down below, but first let’s talk about the real highlight for this post… these cute adorable easy to eat fun stuffed french toast sticks.

[Read more…]