For Now, The Brownie is Just a Brownie

By De Elizabeth

CW: Eating disorder and body image talk.

A few days ago, I enlisted the help of my 2-year-old while making a batch of brownies. (Actually, they were cookie-brownies: the kind from Annie’s that is essentially a brownie with a cookie on top — you’re welcome.) I helped her stir the mix, let her lick the spatula, and asked her to scoop the cookie dough with a little spoon. While it was baking, we turned the oven light on and she stood in front of the door, alternating between patient self-reminders of “they’re cooking!” and impatient exclamations of “wanna eat!” Once they were cooled, she tasted her very first cookie-brownie, somehow even more delicious I think, because she helped bake them.

There’s a lot I love about watching my daughter discover things about the world, but arguably one of the cutest is seeing her get excited about her favorite foods. A few weeks ago, I purchased a pack of muffins from the bakery, eliciting a squeal of “Ooooh a muffin!” She’ll announce everything on her plate at lunch — “PBJ! Cheese! Crackers!” — and she’s become inexplicably fascinated with one of my cookbooks, asking questions about everything she sees.

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A Love Letter to Coffee

By De Elizabeth

Over half of my life has revolved around coffee.

Since I was a teenager, I started my day the exact same way: with a cup of coffee, usually in a cute mug, with a splash of something. That “something” has evolved over time; first, it was skim milk and sugar, then just skim milk, then soy milk, then nothing at all, then almond milk, and now, a blend of almond and coconut milk. But coffee has arguably been more than just a beverage, more than just a staple in my morning routine. For every significant chapter, every significant event in my life, coffee has somehow been involved. It’s more than a drink; it’s a moment, a marker in time, an olive branch, a vice, a grain of a memory.

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Family Favorite Penne Pasta Bake

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By Kate Kole

I used to be a ‘different night, different dinner’ kind of gal. I’d hop into the grocery store on my way home from teaching a yoga class to see what I was in the mood to make and have that evening.

Then…I had a kid. And I became a ‘how many nights of leftovers will this make?’ kind of person.

Enter our family favorite penne pasta bake. My mom even called it “restaurant quality”. But then again, my mom told me that my elementary school artwork was impressive. So, I suppose, take her review with a grain of salt. Continue reading

10 Cocktails To Spice Up Your Thanksgiving Dinner

By Catherine Miele

Thanksgiving is one of my favorite times of the year because of family time but also because of the food. Glorious, decadent, seasonal food and absolutely no judgment from dinner guests for partaking in seconds or even thirds.

Despite my love for the main event, Turkey Day is not really about the turkey for me—it’s about the sides. And the drinks!

These 10 seasonal cocktails evoke all things festive and autumnal and must be a part of your Thanksgiving feast.  Whether you’re pumpkin-obsessed, beholden to bourbon, or deeply affectionate toward apples, there is something boozy and delicious for all of you. Continue reading

7 Recipes For A Vegan Holiday Feast

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By Katie Lemons

Being a vegan can be hard, especially when living in a small town in the South. Lack of convenience is one of the biggest drawbacks. I can’t just go to a drive-thru and grab a vegan-friendly (albeit unhealthy) lunch and the selection of vegan/vegetarian foods at our local grocery stores is downright laughable.

The holidays are another time when being a vegan is challenging. Family members are confused about why you won’t eat these delicious mashed potatoes they spent so long making, drowning in butter and cheese. “You can eat this. It doesn’t have any meat.” Continue reading

15 Fall Activities For Every Mood

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By De and Kate

While there’s not a whole lot we can all agree on in 2017, one thing is for certain: Fall is the best season. Between its crisp air, changing colors, delicious flavors, and plentiful activities, it’s got a little something for everyone. If you ask us, it’s singular biggest downfall is how fast it always seems to go. We hardly feel like we have the time to soak in the glory of the season before it’s over and winter has arrived. To express our appreciation for this world in which there are Octobers, we’ve compiled a list of all the ways to make the most of fall this year. Continue reading

Currently: Summer 2017

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By De & Kate

And just like that, summer is over. Okay, technically it’s not quite over yet. But we are beginning to dust off our fall decor and we’d be committing a lie of omission if we failed to admit that we’ve already started stocking up on pumpkin spice everything – ’tis the season! Before guzzling down our inaugural PSLs of 2017, filling our bellies and Instagram feed with apple cider doughnut holes, and tossing on our beloved flannel tops, we figured we’d soak in the last bit of summer by sharing our current favorites.

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5 Vegan Meals To Make This Summer

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By Kate Kole

I’d only made it through a third of the documentary, What The Health, last month before making up my mind. I was ready to make the transition from vegetarian to vegan. Or should I say, 90% vegan, because an all-or-nothing mindset and ultra-strict lifestyle has rarely worked for me.

I rummaged through our cupboards and fridge, taking stock of what we had on hand that would work within my new plan, and which items I’d need to say sayōnara to – like beloved mac & cheese (goodbye my love)! Continue reading

11 Items To Stock Up On Next Time You’re At Trader Joe’s

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By Kate Kole

In college, Trader Joe’s was my most serious long-distance relationship. With 2 ½ hours between campus and our closest TJ’s location, my roommate and I would eagerly anticipate care packages full of our beloved goodies and we’d stock our backseats full of groceries to bring back to school after every break.

In the 8 years since graduating, I’ve been lucky enough to live in places with closer proximity to Trader Joe’s. Meaning, my trips are much more frequent and my kitchen is rarely without my favorite finds. While I could undoubtedly create a list of 100 products worth purchasing, these 11 are the ones I buy in bulk. Because, God forbid I go a day without coconut oil. Continue reading