Melissa

vegan backyard bbq bowl

We went to our daughter Andrea’s on Friday night for a vegan backyard BBQ, and it was SO good! This is more of an idea post than a recipe post. I’ll supply a link to the riblet recipe, and will share the recipe for the best vegan cornbread EVER in a later post. You get…

vegan cheesy bacon fries

I had a craving for cheesy fries with smoky bacon (vegan, of course), and a big dollop of cashew cream on top. I’ve been eating a more whole foods, plant based vegan diet these days and I feel fantastic. Making my favorite foods vegan and healthy is somewhat of a challenge, but I’m having lots…

vegan “lobster” roll

I had a craving for lobster rolls. I used to go to a place in the cities called The Smack Shack where they make really good ones. Since going vegan, I obviously don’t indulge in lobster any longer. I thought about how to make something that even tastes remotely like one. I looked at some…

north coast ~ 2020

Hello, Friends. We just spent a lovely week on the North “Coast” of Lake Superior and it was such a refreshing vacation. This is an excursion we take every year. The tradition is relaxing and comforting. Now, more than ever, I think it’s important to try to enjoy simple pleasures like reading a good book,…

vegan picnic hoagie

We have been enjoying sooooo many beach picnics this year and this is, hands down, our favorite picnic sandwich. It’s easy to prepare and it travels well. I put the vegan mayo, tofurky, vegan cheese, spices, and onion on the hoagie buns and then wrap them up and put them in the cooler. I pack…

scenes from summer 2020

How is your summer going? It’s definitely been a different sort of year, but we are doing our best to enjoy everything we normally do and have fun. There have been lots of picnics in all sorts of different parks, nature hikes in the woods, long bike rides on the Cannon Valley Trail and Pioneer…

chocolate peanut butter cup cream pie {vegan}

Here’s an easy, no-bake, decadent, rich, chocolaty, peanut buttery, creamy pie that goes together in minutes and is super delicious! The first time I made it I could hardly believe how good it was. I make it often (maybe too often?) because of how good and easy it is. We enjoyed big slices of this…

pineapple cocktails

Here are a few refreshing, beachy pineapple cocktails to celebrate summer! Garnish with flamingo swizzle sticks, mini paper umbrellas, cute straws with puffy pineapples on them, maraschino cherries, pineapple chunks, lime wedges, orange slices… you get the idea! Have fun with it. My daughter made the drinks pictured above and they are literally just pineapple…