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tuesday things

New nail polish, good-morning dark roast, quick sketching sessions…

loving some of life’s pleasant little consistencies.



As for any other things I’m loving lately —

1)  This baked falafel with spicy feta yogurt dip from How Sweet It Is… Oh my gosh, I want this right now.  I absolutely love falafel.  This recipe needs to be tested in my kitchen very soon…potentially today…

2)  I sifting through about a million pins on Pinterest and happened upon this list of 20 Inspiring Vegan Blogs to Follow.  What a great list!  I’ve viewed some of these blogs during my recipe hunting sessions but a few of them I’d never even heard of before (which I hate admitting because the photography is stunning and the recipes make my mouth water)!  This list is definitely worth checking out.

3)  These vegan masala chai snickerdoodles from Oh, Ladycakes have me wanting to get in the kitchen and start baking immediately.

4)  One of my all-time favorite bloggers and California girls – Joy the Baker – is moving! To New Orleans!  I’m glad she’s sharing her journey with those of us who love reading her blog and I’m totally loving this list of moving essentials.  I’m looking forward to seeing pics of her new digs!

5)  These roasted broccoli bowls from Love & Lemons look like a perfect dinner for me.  I love simple recipes with minimal clean-up so this one looks like a winner.

Winner, winner vegan dinner! ;) Ha, I crack myself up.

6)  I just recently bought this shirt from Anthro… and I love it.  If I could wear it every day, I probably would.   Is is bad that I want it in that glorious emerald color too?  :/

7)  Speaking of Anthro – I already have this bowl in purple, but the red is just sooooo prettttyyy….

Nope, I don’t have a problem.


Cheers, internet kids!  Happy Tuesday!

– Love, Ericka


quick breakfast parfaits + life lately


Life lately has been not so much the days of wine and roses…more like the-days-of-cobbling-together-quick-breakfasts.

(I sincerely hope none of you have thought that I’ve fallen off the face of the planet…although I sometimes feel like I may have…)


(Food photography attempts at 4:30 in the morning lend themselves to atrocious lighting…my apologies…let’s just agree to squint and pretend it’s arty, okay? Okay. Sounds peachy-keen.) 

I’m sure I’ve mentioned it before, but I wake up ludicrously early on days that I have to go to work (and actually, some would think I wake up ludicrously early on my days off too — but whatever…) — but this fact, plus a 12-hour shift, requires either mediocre morning meals or otherwise something very quick…but hopefully, something equally nutritious and sustaining.

Enter the bright and cheerfully colorful Greek yogurt parfait…

I generally use 0% fat plain Greek yogurt and whatever fruit/granola/nuts & seeds combinations I have on-hand for add-ins.

I’m basically in love with this maple almond butter, so it’s become a common feature in my recent parfait combinations.  Try it, it’s fabulous — and maybe just a tad addictive…


If you can manage to get this in the bowl and not eat it straight from the spoon then your will-power is supremely impressive.

Let’s get real though…I’m not going to tell you how to make a parfait (it’s all about layers, kids – no sweat, we can do this!), but I am going to share with you the one I made this morning, because I was so pleased with the combinations I chose and hey, sharing is caring, right?

Strawberry and Apple Greek Yogurt Parfait

  • 2 or 3 gigantic fresh strawberries, cut into pieces
  • Granny Smith apple slices, cubed (I used perhaps a third of an apple)
  • non-fat plain Greek yogurt (about a third of a cup, maybe more)
  • a (hefty?) sprinkling of your favorite granola (I used Hemp Plus granola from Nature’s Path…yum!)
  • a small pinch of flax seed meal
  • melted almond butter (or whatever nut butter you like) for drizzling on the top

In a bowl, put some of the cut fruit in the bottom.  Then add your yogurt, topping it with the rest of your cut up fruit, the granola, and the flax seed meal.  Drizzle with the nut butter of your choosing.  Grab a big spoon and an even bigger mug of coffee to start the day off right!


Happy Wednesday, loves!

(By the way, this post isn’t sponsored or anything, I’m just a fan of almond butter, singing my praises.)

tuesday things

Good morning!

It’s my day off and I’m still drinking coffee, currently watching an older episode of Doctor Who (with Ten… because, well duh, he’s Ten *swoon*), and pondering what I need to do today…

I think I may peruse this lovely list from Oh My Veggies – 15 Basic Recipes Every Vegetarian Should Master – sounds useful, yes?

Useful for me anyway.


Can I just say I’m rather obsessed with this supergreens smoothie?  I love the bite of ginger at the end of each sip – it’s so delicious.  (And nutritious!)

Though that smoothie is handily store-bought, it’s fresh and reminds me that I’d like to start making green smoothies in the morning again.  This recipe from Gourmande in the Kitchen looks like a keeper.


Tea is inherently inspirational and uplifting, but I love it when the tags spell it out for you.  If you’re looking for a good tea brand and some tea-time Zen, then you should check out Yogi tea.  It’s basically fantastic.

I have breakfast on the brain.  Earlier in the week I saw this post by How Sweet It Is – toasted pistachio and pineapple muesli — um, sounds amazing and I kinda wish I had some right now.

Maybe that’s what I need to do today… make some snacking granola type deliciousness.


Happy Tuesday, kids!

tuesday things

Why hello there, Internet people!

Today I’m crushing on a whole horde of incredible recipes & food photos – as well as some fantastic kitchen gadgets/gifts for loved ones who dig cooking & baking.  So many terrific bloggers are putting together holiday gift guides and sharing festive recipes I’m eager to pass whatever viewing traffic I can over there way – go spread the love!

Also, expect a few festive pictures from my recent visit to The Magic Kingdom – I gushed a little over the nostalgia and the decorations…


Love the seasonal fruit garland… pears and apples and citrus!

Speaking of citrus, can we agree that these would be a phenomenal Christmas breakfast? Pistachio, orange, and dark chocolate cinnamon rolls from Joy the Baker.  Like…woah.

And maybe for dessert – chocolate hazelnut crepe cake with orange frangelico syrup from the Baker Chick.  Festive decadence at its chocolaty finest.

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One of my more recent food blog discoveries, Naturally Ella, never ceases to amaze me – this three grain maple granola looks absolutely fabulous!  My morning yogurt could use a makeover – might need to make this stuff soon.

Again with the breakfast-type foods – A Sweet Spoonful’s spiced steel cut oats porridge with cranberry-ginger sauce.  Yum!  This sort of meal would be fitting for a day like today – Florida finally hit the 40 degree mark! (*Cough* – About time!)

Cooler weather always makes me yearn for comfort food – like grilled cheese. How about this dijon brussels sprout grilled cheese from A Cozy Kitchen?  I’m game.

Unfortunately, I’m not certain this cooler weather will last…at the very least I can guarantee another over 75 degree day prior to the upcoming solstice (boo :P).  On the bright side I could possibly wet my whistle with a sip of this bonkers awesome black cherry & thyme lemonade from my fellow crazy-flavor lover, Allie, of The Apothecary Bee.  By the way, if you’re looking to get crafty this Christmas, you should definitely click around her site – I love the sparkly pine-cone garland, I think that’s my favorite one.  :)

I have to share how stoked I am about the upcoming Chronicles of Alexander Hawthorne – Episode 3: The Surface is in production y’all!  I can’t wait. Seriously.

Ignite your anticipation by watching this haunting teaser.


This doodle comes a little early, but the mini-me and I wanted to get festive.  :)  Happy and Merry Tuesday!