Melissa

california vacation ~ 2019

Here’s a photo-heavy post full of scenes from our latest vacation. I still have to post scenes from our Up-North vaca too, but thought I’d share this one with you first since it’s still so fresh in my mind, and so many friends and family members are asking for photos. We had SUCH a great…

vanilla pudding pumpkin pie cups

Craving pumpkin pie but also in a hurry and don’t have time to make one? Have no fear. This little dessert will save the day. Just make these in the morning and let them chill while you’re at work. Top with vegan whipped cream (Reddi Wip makes an almond whipped cream and a coconut one!…

minnesota state fair 2019 ~ some vegan options

Lots of fun at the Minnesota State Fair this year, and LOTS of yummy vegan food! I would have tried more, but as you can see I ate plenty. I even saved room for dessert which almost never happens. We had a perfect day for walking around and stayed for around six hours. The weather…

sexy sun-dried tomato cranberry pesto

It’s not that I don’t ADORE classic basil pesto, because I do… but sometimes it’s nice to try a different condiment. I’ve literally made four batches of pesto this summer. Pretty big batches too, and none, I repeat, none, of the jars were frozen. To be fair, I did give some away to friends and…

best vegan pumpkin bread

It’s that time of year again! The time of year when everything is pumpkin spice and everything nice. I love it when we turn the calendar to September and the kids are back in school. My kids are done with school now, at least for the time being, and it’s a bit strange, but I…

best vegan fried rice

I had a craving for fried rice like the kind you get at the Chinese buffet so I made some for breakfast today. I can’t believe I hadn’t made it before this. It was SO easy and delicious! Tofu really is a magic ingredient. It’s better than eggs, because no weird, sulfury, eggy flavor, no…

restaurant review: the naughty greek

We had an absolutely AMAZING lunch at The Naughty Greek in St. Paul. I marked all of the photos above so you can see the vegan options. I included my daughter Gracie’s salad because any salad can be made vegan at The Naughty Greek. Gracie’s salad was pictured with the feta added. I adore the…

vegan crunchwrap supreme

This is my version of the Taco Bell classic. It’s much healthier and tastier than the original, if I do say so myself. What you need to know about crunchwraps before making your own is that they’re versatile, and they’re comprised of a melty, cheesy, protein layer, a crunchy layer, and finally a fresh layer.…

minnesota landscape arboretum ~ 2019

A wonderful day celebrating Grace’s 19th birthday. Lunch at Buca di Beppo, and then a relaxing stroll around the gorgeous Minnesota Landscape Arboretum. Such a pretty place to visit with their acres, and acres, of sprawling gardens. We stopped in at the cafe for a glass of wine. If we lived closer I’d buy a…