Friday, 11 April 2014

You've done it again, Spring



 I thought that Autumn was my favourite season once.
But Spring blossoms and herbs and sunshine and a break from clouds and rain?
Mmm. Yes.


Much love, Vivi

Friday, 21 March 2014

Vegan Chocolate Black Bean Cookies


These cookies are exceptional. They boast a full can of black beans and no refined sugar, flour, butter or eggs. These, my friends, are a gift from heaven. You can eat them for breakfast. Lunch. Second breakfast. Whatever your heart desires, because, as I like to put it, they are basically fancy vegetables. If one bean dessert isn't enough, you can find a delicious white bean cake here.

Ingredients:  

2 cups black beans
2 Tbs. coconut oil
1/2 cup maple syrup 
3 heaped Tbs. (the more the better) cocoa powder
1 1/2 cups oats
large handful dark chocolate chips/chunks

Rinse and drain the black beans. Use a food processor to blend beans with coconut oil, maple syrup, and cocoa powder. 
Transfer fully blended bean mix into a bowl and stir in oats and dark chocolate.
Mold into balls, place on baking tray, and press into a thin circle.
Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes.
That's all there is to it! Ridiculously easy and healthy black bean cookies.

Enjoy! 

Tuesday, 25 February 2014

february air


It's felt a lot more like December than February these past few days! We had a HUGE snow fall that cancelled classes today and gave me time to happily snap the beauty of a winter's day. I'm a cozy knits kind of girl, so any excuse to pile them on, and snow is a FABULOUS one, makes me happy. ;)

Wednesday, 5 February 2014

Howdy Light and Sunshine

As I type this, glorious rays of winter sunlight are streaming in through the windows. It's in the negatives outside, but it sure is stunning from inside. ;) Here are a few scenes from a sunshine and vegetable filled morning...

Wednesday, 22 January 2014

My work space

Here it is! My little work space where I study, do homework, type articles and browse pinterest. ;) Needless to say, I spend a lot of time at this space, so making it pretty has become a priority. I've hung water colour and pastel art on the wall in front for a pop of color and it works wonders! I also added a mason jar that I plan on filling with everything good that happens in 2014 to remind me to continually be thankful in the everyday! More than excited to read them all when 2015 comes around. ;)

Much love, Vivi

Sunday, 5 January 2014

2014//

I love looking back on memories. You could say I'm a big culprit of nostalgia. ;) 2013 in three words would be: transitioning, challenging, and peaceful. Graduating from high school, beginning University, getting my braces off and chopping off 18 inches of hair were big transitions in my life. There were stretching, more challenging times where all I wanted to do was cry, and cry I did. But amidst any tears, there were peaceful times. From sitting in the garden with my family, going to the mountains with my Grad class, and baking treats in my faithful kitchen, to learning to drive (okay not so peaceful) and a healthy dose of yoga.
Okay, nostalgic essay finished! I'll be short and sweet now. 2014, thanks for coming! I think you and I will be dear friends. :)
Much love, Vivi

Sunday, 29 December 2013

Scenes of Christmas


the sweetest of cupcakes
presents (now opened) wrapped beneath the tree
mom sipping coffee in the early morning light 
more festive cupcakes! the eggnog flavor gets my vote
brother's new snowflake bedsheets
and mmm, our annual tradition mincemeat tarts on Christmas morning 
it's a good life. full of food and festivities and flavor. 
thank you God, for your constant supply and love, you are good.