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I finally finished the second curtain.



Another view of the curtains.


I bought this yellow bowl at Target.


I love these bright colored knives I bought from Fab.com


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I bought these containers at The Container Store and  I love that they’re clear. It makes grabbing what I need much easier.

I bought the storage containers behind my quinoa at Ikea.

Last but not least….laptop storage! I just love this bag. Sometimes I leave it around just because it brightens any room!

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I discovered Angela’s blog OhSheGlows (http://ohsheglows.com/) and it is a wonderful resource for vegan recipes! I’ll share two dishes I’ve cooked using her recipes. Of course I’ve used many of them.

Roasted Butternut Squash Almond Pecan Parmesan

I cut the kale into small pieces.

I sprinkled the kale on the cubed butternut squash and put it in the oven. Salt, pepper, olive oil and minced garlic were all sprinkled on the kale and butternut squash.

I added the pecans and put this back in the oven and it was done! Total oven time is about 50 minutes. This dish was delicious!

I won’t bore you with the details. Here’s a slice of the delicious lentil walnut apple loaf I made. I substituted some of the ingredients. I used almond meal instead of oat flour and I added oats instead of breadcrumbs. This meal was delicious! Thanks to OhSheGlows! Check out her website!

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I love French macarons although I have not eaten them in a while since I’m vegan. I decided to decorate with photos of macarons. This will have to do until I actually find a pastry shop with vegan macarons!


This was such an easy decorating project that added color to the kitchen!


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I found Emily’s Butternut Squash and Black Bean Chili in Pumpkin Bowls on Oh She Glows at http://ohsheglows.com/2010/10/07/butternut-squash-and-black-bean-chili-in-pumpkin-bowls/

The Chili made of black beans, onions, red pepper, garlic, and butternut squash.


Pumpkin bowls!!!

I just love the blue and pink office entrance!




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Twin 1 is trying to go vegan so decided to try this vegan avocado chocolate cake recipe found on  Joy the Baker’s website http://joythebaker.com/2009/07/vegan-chocolate-avocado-cake/

The cake was absolutely delicious. You can still see chunks of avocado in my icing however that did not affect the flavor.

Vegan avocado chocolate cake straight out of the oven!

Yes the icing contains avocado as well!!! I couldn’t stop tasting it. It was delicious!

Yeah I know-my icing is a bit lumpy. The next time I will spend more time mashing the avocado. However don’t let the lumpiness fool you-the cake was delicious!

My first slice….. I also had a second. 😉






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In May I bought fabric from Ikea. I finally decided to put the fabric on stretchers and hang it! I love the bright fun colors. The wall still looks like I can add more to it so I’m thinking about paint on the adjacent wall.

I bought fresh flowers to liven up the place!

I bought the yellow salt and pepper shakers in Liberdade, a Japanese neighborhood in Sao Paulo. They are simple and compact. I like the modern look.



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