Motivational Monday!

Happy Monday readers!

Hope you had a great weekend. While everyone was watching the super bowl, we were installing window drapes, walking around our new neighborhood and getting a visit from the fire department! It seems someone had left a manual under the sheet for the broiler and when we started the oven, the whole place was smokey. Luckily, they got here within five minutes and discovered what was making our place a smoke-filled mess (and our eyes so teary!) Phew.

Onto the goodies!

Erin from Babycakes fame shared this fun take on Thin Mints.

Veg News posted 25 ways to relax vegan-style!

Jennifer Cornbleet came to the East Bay Raw Meetup a few weeks ago and made a flourless chocolate cake. Yummy!

This oldie but goodie is from the genius gals over at pure 2 raw and is an easy, delicious way to start your morning.

And I will leave you with a beautiful poem from Bent Lily:

THE PRESENT

The present
paper thin
be careful
it is dissolving
as you read this
new moments
erupt under your feet
fill each one
with awareness
witness
your heart beats
can you believe it
your body coaxes
you onward
constantly
utter faith
that you will
spend the offering
of life
wisely.

Have a wonderful week!

[beautiful seaside photo from Lovelorn Unicorn. Is it summer yet?]

Motivational Mondays! The Raw + Vegan Dessert Edition!

Phew. This week has been filled with tons of work (and it is only Monday!) I am very pleased to say that I finished the coursework for my summer program tonight and that I will have the next two weeks school-free! Bike rides! Reading in the park! Queer dance parties with friends! I am so excited for this time to relax + recharge before the real madness begins…

Here are some fun things from around the web. As you can see, my festive spirit has overflowed into the recipe links…this week is dessert time! And can you believe that all these yummy treats are RAW + VEGAN? And pretty healthy too!

Path Less Trodden posted these chocolate + banana ice cream cups and they look divine!

This raw strawberry cream pie from Rawmazing took my breath away.

A little too much prep for me but this raw chocolate turtle “cheesecake” would be great to bring to a potluck.

This may just be my favorite. A raw + vegan mud pie that is yummy and nutritious!

And speaking of raw + vegan treats, Natalia KW just came out with her book Cupcake Heaven and it looks AMAZING. Sayward from Bonzai Aphrodite raved about her use of coconut flour instead of always using tofu or nuts and although I never buy books anymore, this is definitely one I am planning on picking up soon!

Hope you have a wonderful week!

[photo credit: thunderbolt]