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The giveaway extravaganza is not over – not even close so don’t worry. But I thought I’d take a minute real quick to share a recipe since it’s been a while.

I love chickpeas and am always trying to come up with a new recipe or way to eat them.. you can roast them, grind the dried beans into a flour to bake with, you can mash them into hummus, you can add them to salads, you can mash them up and add them into cookies … just lots of ways to use beans.

The veggies were cut up ahead of time, so it took no time at all to whip this together, and I just think all the flavors and textures work really well.

Colorful Chickpea Salsa

1 Can of drained and rinsed chickpeas

1 tomato, diced

1 C total of finely diced peppers/celery/onion (I had yellow and red peppers, celery, and sweet onions), or as much/little as you want

For the dressing, mix together:

2 T Saucy Mama’s Lemon Tarragon mustard (it’s amazing! full review of this company shortly)

2 T honey

2 tsp Sailor’s Swagger Pineapple hot sauce

3 T apple cider vinegar

2 T water or oil

spices (a few good shakes of each): Savory, Black Pepper, Sea Salt, Sage, Parsley, Thyme, and Cumin

Mix the dressing ingredients together and pour over veggies/beans.  Allow to chill if desired.   This coul be a side dish (would serve about 4) or a main dish (serve about 2)

I also wanted to let you know about a little sale happening over at my shop!  It’s back-to-school time, but I want everyone to do some back-to-school shopping not just students (I’ve been out of school for quite a number of years now, I’m not a teacher…and yet something about the back-to-school flyers/commercials/sales just makes me want to get a binder, paper, and pens and pretend like I’m in 4th grade again).  So I’m offering 5% off with the code BACK2SCHL through Sept. 10th. 

I’ve already come up with some Christmas/winter scents and by the middle of next month should have the new Fall scents listed, so that’s a bit exciting for me.


Hope everyone has a great weekend!  I’ll be back on Monday for yet another giveaway and to annonce the winner of the Vegan Conscious Box! (one day left to enter)

Baby Shower and Apple Crumb


On Saturday, I went to a baby shower for my good friend, Caroline.   Thought I’d share the card I made – I was quite happy with what I came up with 🙂

What you need:

-Various Paper

-cute stamp (I used a onesie that had written “Yeah, baby” underneath” which I also stamped inside as a border)

-stamp with Congratulations or other phrase

– stamp pad

-puncher (I used a small tag punch)

-thread (I used a thin linen thread)

– buttons


Sorry, no step-by-step photos, but it’s so easy, I don’t think you’ll need them.

1. I started out with a piece of thin cardstock the size I wanted my card.  I then cut a strip of patterned paper the size I wanted and used snail tape to secure around the front to the back.

2.  Then I took yellow and blue paper and started stamping the little onesie stamp onto them (I used blue and green ink).

3.  Using the small tag punch, I punched them out and used a little paper piercer (a sharp tac or something would work) to poke a hole in the top of each onesie)

4.  Then I took my linen thread and put it through each of the cut out onesies and pulled it through the buttons.

5.  Using glue I secured the buttons.

6.  I used a congratulations stamp at the top.

The other day, I had a bunch of apples that were starting to go bad (not bad, but not good to eat plain – like not very juicy and a bit mushy), and I saw this recipe, so I altered it a bit and here’s what I came out with:

Apple Crumb Bake (adapted from Mouthwatering Vegan recipe)


  • 6-10  apples, peeled, cored, and sliced (I used 6 small apples, and it easily could have used double the amount)
  • 2 tbsp evaporated cane sugar
  • ½ cup of water

Stew the apples with the sugar/water until tender, but not too soft (as they will cook more in the oven).  Pour into a baking dish.


  • 3/4 cup of coconut flour
  • 1/2 cup of spelt flour
  • 2 packets of instant grits (1/2 cup)
  • a few drops of almond extract
  • 2 tbsp vegan butter/margarine
  • 1 tbsp evaporated cane sugar
  • 1/4 tsp of stevia

Mix the crumb ingredients together until they are crumb-like (adding water if needed – I ended up adding close to 1/2 cup of water because coconut flour really absorbs liquids, but this will vary, so just go by how it looks to you).  Then put the crumb mixture over the apples and bake at 350 degrees for about 30 minutes, or until lightly browned.

I melted some 80% dark chocolate and drizzled it over the top, but I actually preferred it better without the chocolate.

Final reminder:  Thank-You giveaway ends tomorrow!



Today, I talked to a group of girls from my church’s youth group about “True Beauty”.  I’m much more comfortable writing than speaking, but I think I got across what I wanted to, and the topic was as much aimed at myself as anyone.  I think it’s something all women, no matter their age, struggle with.  It was a fun few hours of the day.  After the little devotional and lunch, the girls got a Mary Kay facial/makeup fun time followed by make your own ice cream bar.  It was just a fun day spent together laughing and having a good time.

I gave them each bookmarks that I made yesterday, and thought I’d show you all how I did it.  I like to do paper crafts, even though I’m not the most artistic person (you do not want me on your team for Pictionary – at least to draw).  It’s pretty basic, but that means if I can do it, anyone can!

Two random things that made me happy today:

My shower curtain…love the gray and love the ruffles… it’s so ME

My bathroom window decal – pretty whilst serving a purpose!

My craft area.  Side note:  See the chiffon-like material on top of the bin on the right side?  Well, that used to be a nice sundress… However it was a bit too long, and I stepped on it once, ripping it.  It was not very well made, and really couldn’t be saved, so I cut off the chiffon outer layer to use with my crafts…I’m thinking some flower hair clips or something.

So this is pretty self explanatory – I cut out paper and smaller pieces, then stamped the flower stamps on the smaller piece and taped them on.  I put a piece of thicker paper in between the layers – on the backside, I wrote “God sees the <3” or “God looks at the <3” (haha, I forgot as I was writing, so there were both) and colored in the heart with pastel chalks and used a little sparkle.

I then laid them out on contact paper.

Cut them out.

And finally added a whole at the top with a paper piercer to add the buttons.

Hope you all are having a splendid weekend!

P.S. Notice the blog design difference?  I was craving something a little different, so I’m still playing around…we’ll see…