My New Fave Veg Product



Hi friends! I just want to share on of my new favorite vegan products.

I very sincerely have been missing tempeh (and tofu, omg tofu) since I’ve been avoiding soy due to it causing migraines. But my friend Andrea tipped me off to Hempeh (and made me a FABULOUS meal with it as well)… And I’ve been eating plenty of it. This product is exactly the texture of the regular soy tempeh I’ve had in the past. It has 22g of protein per serving, which I appreciate because I lean toward mowing down a lot of carbs and this helps me feel a little more balanced. I’ve been prepping lunches with this just lightly seared, with a side of quinoa and buckwheat mixed together, and some kind of steamed or roasted veggies to go along with it.  Yummmm!

P.S. This isn’t an ad or a sponsored post, I just wanted to share because perhaps some of you are veg with a soy avoidance!

Sunday Faves


Happy Sunday folks! I hope you had a lovely weekend and found something enjoyable to do! Here are some of the neat-o things I’ve found on etsy this week…


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I really want to hang some cutesy, oddly shaped bird houses around my garden. This one is dreamy.


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As always, jewelry themed around plants are a win for me.


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Girl power.


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I’ve been thinking of getting a new garden notebook this year, because last years is a sloppy mess full of two years worth of muddy handprints and random notes on what not to and what to plant again.


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The jewelry in this shop is amazing. I’d love to wear a bark ring.


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Lastly, I was looking at plants because I want to diversify my succulent collection, and I found this air plant along the way. I’ve never seen one like this! It’s so cool!

Smoky Roasted Brussels Sprouts


My sister likes to make a sweet and sour brussels sprouts recipe with bacon in it, and it always looks delicious minus the bacon. I wanted to veganize it without losing the smoky and salty flavor. I think I got pretty close, with the simple addition of smoked paprika.



  • 2 pounds fresh brussels sprouts, trimmed
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 Tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 Tablespoons organic cane sugar (bone char free!)
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • salt and pepper to taste


Preheat oven to 425.

Combine all ingredients in a bowl and stir to coat.

Pour onto sheet pan and roast for 20 minutes. Remove from oven and stir.

Place back in oven for 10 minutes, or until slightly caramelized.

Serve and enjoy! 🙂


Sunday Faves


Happy Sunday folks! I hope you had a lovely weekend and found something enjoyable to do! Here are some of the neat-o things I’ve found on etsy this week…


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This is an awesome calendar! It features what fruits and vegetables are in season each month!


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For some reason, I find this absolutely adorable.


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I adore this smock dress!


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This notebook is adorable.

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I’ve got some plants that could use hanging. I think I could figure out how to make something like this.

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This is suuuuuper cute. Not enough room in it for the likes of me, but suuuuper cute for sure.

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Love love love.

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And theeeeese.

Weekly Wishes // 115


Happy 115th week of my wishes, folks! I’ve been doing this weekly wishes thing for quite a while, apparently. It’s a lovely time.

I think short term goal setting is a really fun way to check off more menial tasks & feel accomplished, and setting intentions for the week is a great way to keep myself accomplishing what’s important to spend my time on.

Last week’s goals…

1. Make something new. I stenciled 8 new embroideries and started stitchin’ on one!.

2. Get stuff organized for taxes. I have all the necessary paperwork ready to go. Now to begin….

3. Finish lesson 4 for school. I need to get a couple of herbs before I can finish. I thought I could make do with what I had, but I can’t. I have begun Lesson 5 though 🙂

This week’s goals…..

1. Finish an embroidery. I’m thinking I’ll be able to this weekend.. I must house sit and I plan on doing some relaxing, so I should be able to stitch.

2. Post a new recipe. I’ve all but abandoned posting recipes here, which is kinda why I started this blog anyway. I have one recipe prepped, just need to write it up and pick images.

3. Get outside. I think the temp should be pretty warm this weekend – my phone said Saturday should be 33. I can handle that!

Sunday Faves



Happy Sunday folks! I hope you had a lovely weekend and found something enjoyable to do! Here are some of the neat-o things I’ve found on etsy this week…


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As always, shirts with plants on them catch my eye.


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There are a few recipes for school that have called for roses. I think these would be lovely in my glass teapot.


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This is a fabulously simple diffuser necklace.


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This necklace is SO cool. It makes me want to start designing jewelry… but I really need to give up a few hobbies before I start a new one haha


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This is fabulous. Yeahhhh, girl power!


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Girl power x2. 

DIY Elderberry Syrup for Cold and Flu Season


One of my favorite herbal concoctions to make is Elderberry Syrup. I keep a lot of it on hand for the winter, and make batches for a few of my friends and family members.

Elderberries are considered to be an excellent immune booster and are full of antioxidants. They are high vitamins A, B, especially vitamin C, as well as flavonoids (which are antioxidant and anti-inflammatory). Elderberries have historically been used for treating flu, colds, sinus infections, bacterial and viral infections, as well as a host of other health issues. My sister requested that I cook up a batch for her and her kiddos to combat all the wintery viruses going around.

While you can certainly drink elderberries as tea, making this syrup concentrates the medicinal properties further, and adding a sweetener makes the powerful flavor easier to take. My nieces happen to really like it, and will willingly take it.

Note for the vegan police : I used honey in this recipe because it was my sister’s special request for her batch as honey can aid in battling colds and flu. I talked to a bee farmer extensively about honey production and how much honey bees need to store for winter vs how much is harvested. I chose honey from a local farmer who does not take more honey than what is in excess of what the bees use for their winter food storage. So, while I know that honey is not vegan, as this was not a recipe for myself, I created it with the intentions of using honey sourced from a well aware, skilled bee farmer.

This recipe can also be made with an alternative to honey, such as maple syrup, but the honey helps to preserve it longer and does provide additional medicinal properties.


  • 1 cup dried elderberries (I get mine from Mountain Rose Herbs)
  • 4 cups filtered water
  • 1 1/2 cups raw honey (local is especially beneficial)


  1. Pour water and elderberries into stockpot with a lid (do not add the honey yet!)
  2. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a low simmer for about 1 hour with lid on. (Leaving the lid on keeps some of the volatile oils from escaping, aka: makes better medicine)
  3. After simmering for one hour, it should have reduced by close to half. At this point, remove from heat.
  4. Leaving the elderberries in the pot with the concentrated liquid, mash elderberries using a potato masher or some sort of similar utensil.
  5. Strain through a mesh strainer. Discard or compost berries.
  6. Add honey (or maple syrup if that’s what you choose to use) while concentrated liquid is still warm so it dissolves and incorporates.
  7. Bottle and label. Store in the refrigerator.


The standard dose is ½ tsp to 1 tsp for kids and ½ Tbsp to 1 Tbsp for adults. You can take this daily to help boost the immune system before illness strikes. It is recommended that you take it 5 days on and 2 days off, then repeat. If the flu or a cold does occur, take the normal dose every 2-3 hours instead of once a day until symptoms disappear.

It should last in the refrigerator for two weeks, but can potentially last longer. You can also freeze it and thaw when needed.


Because elderberry boosts the immune system, those with autoimmune disorders should avoid it.
These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.