Melissa

best bbq sauce

Looking for a BBQ sauce that is smoky, sweet (but not too sweet), slightly vinegary, and perfect for all that stuff you make that calls for BBQ? THIS is the stuff. It’s my own creation. I tend to like mine not quite as sweet so I only add 1/2 cup of the coconut sugar. Coconut…

vegan flower child hippie bowl

There is something about this grain bowl that reminds me of a combination of walking around the co-op with my parents when I was little and going to an early morning farmer’s market. It’s loaded with fresh, healthy flavors and sparkling with gorgeous rainbow colors. Maybe it is because of those early co-op memories that…

easy vegan banana cake

Here’s something to make when you have 6 or 7 overripe bananas to use up and you already have a freezer bag full for smoothies. I love having extra bananas and coming up with new, delicious recipes for them. I know this is a universal “problem” and there really never are too many great banana…

spicy thai noodle salad

This is one of those gorgeous, show-stopper salads that you make when company is coming. It’s so pretty, and the flavor combinations happening in this dish will knock your socks off. There are many “cooling” foods in this dish which make it an even more perfect summer offering. According to eastern medicine there are foods…

air fryer bowtie pasta chips

Ooh! Aren’t these bowtie pasta chips pretty? They’re delicious and easy too! If you have an air fryer, you’re in luck. I’ve never made these in the oven, but I imagine it would work. Bowtie pasta chips are super crunchy and delicious plain, with dip, or marinara sauce. Season them to your liking prior to…

vegan steak tacos

So delicious and so incredibly easy once you have a batch of vegan steaks in your refrigerator! First make the vegan steak. Now gather the rest of your ingredients: flour or corn tortillas your favorite shredded or shreddable vegan cheese shredded lettuce homemade salsa or homemade pico (or store bought) chopped avocado or guacamole chopped…

next level oven roasted potato salad

Oven roasting potatoes is the key to the perfect potato salad! The potatoes come out delicious and creamy every time and are still firm enough to hold up to the heavy dressing because of the oven roasted layer of potato. We love the depth of flavor that oven roasting lends to potatoes too. We are…

lake harriet gardens + mother’s day 2020

Just thought I’d pop in and share some scenes from Mother’s Day 2020. Even with all the weirdness this year, my husband, daughters, friends, and grandgirls made sure I had a good day and that means so much to me. Flowers, in garden and bouquet form, were the theme this year as they are most…

vegan bbq riblets

I wasn’t sure what to make for dinner last night and almost resorted to tired leftover soup. I was sooooo not in the mood for soup. Then I remembered a little recipe I ran across some time back for easy vegan BBQ riblets that you make in your air fryer. I didn’t have high expectations…

thai green curry

There are so many different curries out there you could literally make a different one every day for a month and never eat the same one twice. I’m not suggesting you try that, but you certainly don’t have to keep making the same tired recipe over and over again. I crave a good curry a…