Animal Thoughts and Emotions: A Reading List

Something many people don't know about it me is that I'm fascinated with animal behavior. Books on how animals operate, their emotions and motivators really interests me.  I double majored in English and Anthropology for my undergrad college years. For my Anthropology major, I took classes like Primate Behavior, Comparative Anatomy, and Human Evolution and Behavior. My interest branched off from there.  I've read quite a few books on the topic of animal behavior, their thoughts and feelings, and a book on some great primatologists of our time. If you're interested too, I have quite a few recommendations. I loved…

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Christmas Reading List to Keep the Cheer Alive

If you still want to stay in the Christmasy mood like I do, I suggest reading some Christmasy books while listening to Christmas music. I hate that the radios stop playing Christmas music the minute the holiday ends. I would leave my Christmas tree around year up if I could!  Hopefully these books will bring a little extra Christmas cheer into your life.  Previous Next Here's Some Christmas Reading: One Day in December, by Josie Silver  5/5 Find on Goodreads Laurie experiences love at first sight when her bus stops and she makes eye contact with a man sitting…

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Giving Food as Gifts this Christmas

This Christmas my husband and I are on a budget. We're saving for a house (woo hoo!), so we're trying to keep a tight ship. We were trying to think of budget friendly Christmas gifts and of course, the first thing that pops into my head is food! Who doesn't love some yummy homemade goodies around the holidays? Maybe the Grinch, but I think I can turn even him to the sugar filled dark side. So without further ado, here's some tips and ideas for making homemade food gifts for your loved ones for Christmas this year. Planning and Tips…

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Vegan Gluten Free Holiday Sugar Cookies

If you are subscribed to my newsletter, I recently told you I just found out that I'm allergic to eggs and sensitive to gluten. What I mean is, I should not eat eggs at all anymore, but eating some gluten every once in a while is fine. So from now on all my bakes will be dairy and egg free, and I'll be coming out with gluten free bakes as well! My traditional sugar cookie recipe was full of ingredients I now cannot have, so I made up a new one. My new holiday sugar cookies are free of dairy,…

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Red Bean Chili

This red bean chili is a fall favorite in my house. I love to make it once it starts getting cold out. Who doesn't love a good chili recipe? It's got a secret too...cocoa. Who'd a thought, but I'm telling you it works! This recipe comes from one of my favorite food blogs, Smitten Kitchen.  I did make some slight modifications (a little extra cocoa, cough cough), but other than that this recipe is golden. I. Love. Chili. It's like a heartier version of a taco without the shell and there's so much that can go with it. If you're…

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Easy Pea Soup With Gluten Free Garlic Bread

This quick and easy pea soup is my go to comfort food during the winter. I love to throw some pieces of breakfast ham in there and serve it with garlic bread. It really warms you up after a chilly winter day.  If you're serving this for guests and want to get fancy with it like I did in the picture, you can swirl a little milk or plant based milk of your choice on top. I put the ham in my soup to give it a little extra flavor and something for my mouth to chew since the rest…

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Mom’s Thanksgiving Stuffing

Stuffing is one of my favorite parts of Thanksgiving. It just doesn't feel right when there isn't stuffing on the table with the turkey. Am I right? My mom's version is a family recipe she got passed down from my grandma. It's simple and delicious. You can make this stuffing with regular or gluten free bread and it comes out super delicious either way. I don't know about you, but I'm kinda weird and I like to eat stuffing that wasn't actually cooked in the turkey. Mushy bread and me just don't mix. My mom would always make some to put in…

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Vegan+Gluten Free Stuffed Mushrooms

These stuffed mushrooms have become a family favorite. I came up with this recipe for my mom who is gluten free and on a very specific diet. They are the perfect appetizer or side dish for a warm hearty meal in the fall or winter. This would be a great dish to add to your Thanksgiving day feast too!The stuffing base is super simple with the main ingredients being the mushroom stems, almond flour and a variety of Italian spices.  I am a huge mushroom fan. I love basically any and all mushrooms. When I go to the store to…

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Classic Ratatouille—Vegetarian and Delicious

I'm pretty sure my inspiration to try out this dish was actually the adorable Disney movie. Remy made me want to try it. So I made it for the first time a couple of years ago and my husband and I love it.It warms you right up with a mix of creamy tomato and béchamel sauces that have a little zing from hot red pepper flakes. The veggies all stacked into one another look pretty elegant too. I always feel fancy when I make this dish.  I'll admit this ratatouille takes a fair bit of prep work, but it's all…

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November Bullet Journal Theme—With Free Thanksgiving Planner Printable

I wanted to be festive this year so for my bullet journal theme this month I decided on focusing on Thanksgiving. The food part especially. But I also wanted to write down what I'm thankful for and remember what this time of year is about especially with all the turmoil and happenings in the world right now. A little something extra is included in this post as well, free printables! I scanned my Thanksgiving planner spread and Thankful spread for you to use too! You can have a cute colorful way to plan your Thanksgiving and write down what you're thankful…

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