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 Monday!

Happy Monday, gorgeous friends!

Hope you had a great weekend. Ours was wonderful but very busy and somewhat stressful. It seems no matter how many exciting activities you have planned, you will always get worn out from all the fun! Oh well, now we are paying the price. Both my husband + I are feeling lousy and I can’t wait to take a hot, hot shower tonight, get into the thickest long underwear I have and sip ginger tea until the cows come home 🙂

Onto the world wide webbery of fun!

These sour cream + cherry muffins from Choosing Raw are vegan + gluten-free! They would be a perfect treat for cold weekend mornings.

[update: Gena from Choosing Raw so graciously reminded me that they aren’t gluten-free as listed, but easily can be by substituting the flour!]

And speaking of not feeling so well, Mind Body Green wrote about four ways to fight off infection this winter.

I have a bag of baby carrots hanging out in the fridge right now and this recipe for ginger-orange glazed carrots from Fat Free Vegan will make sure they don’t get forgotten and thrown away!

My friend co-created a zine about race, gender + bodies! It is called “Moonroot: An Exploration of Asian Womyn’s Bodies” and you can read/print it here.

And I couldn’t resist posting a guilty pleasure. Although I usually eschew both the microwave + refined sugar, this chocolate mug cake from Happy Herbivore is too cute + delicious to say no to!

I will leave you with one of my favorite Latina singers, Lila Downs (you might know her from the Frida soundtrack) singing “Paloma Negra”.