Long Time No See

Surprise! Bet you weren’t expecting to see me pop up in your feed.  I don’t even know how long it has been since I’ve blogged. To be honest, I’ve enjoyed my break a lot. It has been really nice to have one less thing to stress out about. I’ve been doing a lot of thinking and soul searching during this time and I’ve made a few decisions and realizations.

I think the main thing that I realized is that food should not cause me stress. After taking a step back I realized that having a food blog has really altered my relationship with food, and not necessarily in a healthy way. I am always concerned about what I’m eating and posting and it actually causes me anxiety. What started as a hobby had begun to take up too much space in my mind. While I do enjoy cooking, it has become less enjoyable when I feel pressure (coming only from my own mind) to make up a new recipe or take a nice picture. I’ve decided that I need to take a step back from food blogging in order to regain that healthy relationship with food and to take the stress out of it.

On the plus side, I’ve decided not to step away from blogging completely. As many of you may know, I am a giant nerd. In my time away from my blog I’ve been exploring some of my nerdy interests and thought it would be fun to talk about some of it. I won’t be posting too often, maybe just once or twice a week. I’ve decided to step away from the food blog and the identity that I’ve created to go along with it (I will no longer be commenting as “xvavaveganx”) and just be me.

I understand that a lot of my readers came here to see vegan food and grab some vegan recipes so I totally understand if you do not hop over to my new space. I would love to see each and every one of you there though ;) My new blog is called “Long Island Nerd” and the site is nerdyonlongisland.blogspot.com. I really hope to see you there!

Thank you all so much for all of your support! I can’t even describe to you how much it means to me :) Hope to see you over there!

XO,

Sarah

PS As a way of bribing you over there, you will see lots of cute puppy and kitty pics in my first post ;)

Taking A Break

Hey guys! This is going to be short and sweet. I’ve decided that I’m going to take a break from blogging for a while. I’ve been feeling very sick lately, very anxious and kind of depressed. I don’t get the same excitement and happiness from blogging anymore so rather than sitting here and trying to force myself to think of new posts I’m just going to take a little break.

I’ll still be around commenting on your posts. I don’t know how long I’ll be away or honestly even if I will come back. If any of you need to get in touch with me you know where to find me :) I may not be posting here but you surely won’t be getting rid of me, ha!

Take care for now! <3

Pancakes and Cupcakes

Hey everyone! Hope you all had a lovely weekend. Mine was nice :) Got to hang out with Delilah who gets funnier every day. It’s crazy how smart and funny this kid is. Didn’t get pics though, sorry! Funny thing that did happen was I walked into my brother’s house and wandered into the living room looking for everyone and there was a big bunny house thing in the corner! The cutest bunny was in there and I was so confused and excited because I love bunnies but never heard anything about them getting one. They are pet sitting the bunny for the week. He is so freaking cute!

Before I get into what I did today, I totally forgot to tell you guys last week that my trainer no longer works for my gym :( I’m super sad about this because we had a really good rapport and I am not really interested in training with anyone else there. I’m kind of trying to figure out what to do. I’m thinking I may join a different gym that has classes so I can get different workouts without having to pay for a trainer. I have a gym in mind and the funny thing is that one of my former trainers heads up the personal training there and he is an AMAZING trainer so when I’m ready to get back into the personal training I’d be so happy to have him training me again!

So today I would normally go grocery shopping but I still have plenty of stuff from last week so I spent the day in and did a little cooking. Here’s what I made!

This first yummy summer treat even looks pretty waiting to be blended.

I finally got to try the Strawberry Watermelon Slushie I mentioned in a Fun Friday post a while back. It was just as delicious as I imagined it would be :) Very refreshing!

I also finally got to make the buckwheat pancakes I’ve been meaning to make. I used this recipe but instead of poppy seeds I added blueberries because that’s all I had. They taste pretty good but next time I’ll probably use a cup of oat flour and a half cup of buckwheat flour. I’m still getting used to the taste of buckwheat so this was a little overpowering but they are still pretty tasty. The batter was very thick too and I didn’t know if that is normal since I rarely ever make pancakes.

Finally, on the heels of my gift themed Fun Friday post, I have some pretty new cupcakes to show you! Another year has passed and the same friend that received the pretty pink cupcakes in my header is the birthday girl again. I decided to try and make a two color swirled look and for the three you see here in front it worked out pretty well. I need to perfect my frosting transfer to piping bag since the first three cupcakes came out pretty much all pink. Oh well. I added some of the glitter flakes to these as well for a little extra sparkle :) I’ll be dropping off these cupcakes this evening with a bottle of wine for her to enjoy!

Finally, for all of my fellow seasonal allergy sufferers, did you know that what you eat can exacerbate symptoms? Apparently there are certain foods that can cross react because of allergenic proteins and cause you to have oral allergy symptoms? Read about it here, here, here, and here. Interesting huh? I’m still having a hard time with allergies even though I’ve been taking my antihistamine. It’s getting annoying lol.

That’s all I’ve got for today. I hope that your Monday has treated you well! I’m hoping to pop in again sometimes before Friday :) Have a great week if I don’t!

Fun Friday: The Art of Giving

Hey guys! Happy Friday! One more day until my weekend yay! I hope you’ve all been staying cool in this oppressive heat. I’ve been doing the best I can :) This Fun Friday post is for Shen! I told you I’d write it!

When I was a kid, I loved getting presents. Like most kids, I loved tearing through wrapping paper and getting to the goods. Never in a million years did I ever think I’d see the day where I’d prefer to give gifts rather than receive them. Of course getting fun surprises in the mail is fun, but I don’t make a habit of asking for things. I can’t remember the last time I made a list of things I wanted for my birthday or for the holidays. On the other hand, i get extreme joy out of giving the perfect gift.

I find nothing more satisfying that finding that absolute perfect gift. The one you know the recipient will LOVE when they open it. I’m not saying it happens every time I give a gift… there are people that definitely stump me. However, when I think of the perfect gift I get super excited and I can’t wait to give it!

There are a few different kinds of gifts that I like to give. First, obviously, I love giving food gifts. I know it may not seem like you are making these gifts special for the person receiving it, but there are some ways that you can personalize your food gifts!

First, think of the person who will be receiving the gift. What are their favorite flavors? Do they like baked goods? Do they like infused oils, homemade extracts or pickles? Do they enjoy grilling? A homemade rub or spice blend would be perfect! Just match the gift to their preferences!

This is a gift I made for one of the trainers at my gym last year. He loved the holiday baking I had done and I told him I’d make him some birthday treats. He had no specific ideas of what he wanted so I asked him what his favorite flavor combination was. He said peanut butter and chocolate. How easy is that?!

I made Alicia Silverstone’s Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups for him and they were a HUGE hit! These are a perfect gift to make for the peanut butter lover in your life.

A huge part of gift giving is presentation in my opinion. I love getting cute boxes and pouches and other vessels to package my gifts. And guess where I got this cute box. The dollar store!! I get most of my boxes from the dollar store and they are always perfect!

Another food gift that I LOVE to make is chocolate bark! It is always delicious, super easy and very customizable! The bark photographed above is peppermint cookies n cream. I made a batch for my friend for the holidays last year. I knew it was her favorite of everything I’ve made so I made the whole batch just for her. She LOVED it and loved the fact that I remembered it was her favorite. It’s small touches that make your gifts extra special and meaningful.

Cupcakes are another gift I love to give for a birthday. You’ll probably remember the ones pictured above from my boss’ birthday celebration. He likes fresh berries so included some fresh berries in the filling and the garnish. They looked really pretty and tasted delicious and fresh. Even something as simple as a cupcake liner can really help personalize these gifts! I have a huge collection of liners :)

The cupcakes I make you look at in my header every day… a gift. And there was actually a lot of thought put into them too. I made them for a friend. She lives with her hubby and two sons so she doesn’t see pink too much and it is her favorite color. So I decided I wanted to make girly girl cupcakes for her birthday and the focus was on the color pink. I made homemade pink funfetti cupcakes with hot pink icing, pink glitter flakes and some beautiful little pearls. She loved them and definitely appreciated the pink :) Just a little bit of creativity can turn a simple batch of cupcakes into a super thoughtful gift!

Now, as much as I love giving food gifts, they aren’t the only gifts I give. Another type of gift that I LOVE to create is a big ol’ gift basket! Sadly I only have a pic of one but I can tell you about a few others I’ve made.

I have a few tips for creating a beautiful, personalized gift baskets. First, pick a theme! It is a lot easier to choose the components of the basket when you have a theme to stick to.

I don’t have a pic of it (which is a huge bummer because it was my favorite one I’ve ever made!) but one year for my friend’s birthday another friend and I made the cutest summer themed gift basket. Her birthday is in April and she LOVES the summer so we thought it would be cute to make a basket of summer essentials to get her excited about the upcoming season. There was a bright beach towel, flip flops, some test tube looking drink shooters and other fun summery things. It was so fun to put together and she loved it!

Another gift basket that I don’t have a picture of was a relaxation themed gift basket I gave to my friend last year. Her birthday is in July and she is a wedding photographer so it is her busy season and if her birthday is on a weekend she will almost always have to work on that day. I wanted her to take some time for herself to relax so I made a fun little relaxation kit to give to her! I included two little packets of face mask powder, tea bags (special bags that brew in cold water and make iced tea! She said they were great and very refreshing!), a plastic to go cold cup (to hold said iced tea), face and body creams, home made trail mix (in a mason jar obviously) and a bottle of wine. It also went over really well :)

My second tip for creating gift baskets: Use a functional “basket!!” I almost never use an actual basket in my gift “basket.” I like to use inexpensive storage containers, ice buckets, popcorn buckets and whatever else my imagination can come up with to pack my goodies. I love the idea of being able to use every single part of that basket.

You may remember this gift basket that I made for my friend’s baby shower. For occasions like baby/bridal showers, I also like to stick to a theme. I pick a certain portion of the registry (usually the kitchen section, ha!) and I buy lots of items from that section and make a gift basket. The one above was from the feeding section and I got lots of bibs and bottles and utensils, a baby food cookbook and lots of other stuff. I packed it in a storage container from Target that she could use for some of the baby’s stuff like diapers or toys or whatever.

If you want to stray from a bridal shower registry and you are close to the bride, a cute gift is a honeymoon themed “gift basket.” Buy a cute beach/tote bag and fill it with lots of honeymoon essentials (customize to location). Towels, flip flops, hats, sunglasses, sunblock, and other essentials for the couple would be a really cute and thoughtful gift!

OK I think I’ve chatted your ear off enough for one post! As you can see, I really love talking about this stuff. I love to really get creative about giving gifts so this was a really fun post to write! Maybe down the road there will be a part two, who knows :) Hope you liked this post Shen!

That’s all I’ve got for you today! I hope you all had a great week and that you enjoy your weekend! And stay cool! From what I understand the heat should break by the end of the week. Yay!

Haul & Prep

Hey guys! Holy crap, it’s so hot out!! I’m glad I went to Whole Foods really early this morning before it got unbearably hot. Like a dumbass though, I did have the oven and stove on during the hottest parts of the day. I made it though and now I have lots of healthy stuff to grab for meals during the week! The only annoying thing about this morning was walking out to discover one of my hubcaps is missing. Awesome. Anyway…

First, here’s the haul:

Nectarines, parsley, chard, cauliflower, spring mix, dill, zucchini and brussels sprouts.

Dijon mustard (not a mustard fan but I’m ok with a little bit in dressings and all of the dijon I have in my house has sugar! Wth?!), dolmas in the brown box from the salad bar, brown rice tortillas, tahini, buckwheat soba noodles (I went to the closer WFs with the buckwheat soba, yay!), macro sushi, firm tofu (I miss my tofu scrambles!) and some millet.

So after I got home I started my cooking extravaganza. It got sooooooooo hot.

Roasted some brussels sprouts…

…and a ton of cauliflower.

I also finally made this Quinoa with Corn And Scallions! I haven’t tried it yet but it looks so delicious! I halved the recipe, used olive oil instead of butter and agave instead of honey. Can’t wait to try this!

I had intended on making some millet cakes today as well but the thought of standing over a hot stove for any longer made me want to cry haha. Maybe Wednesday morning I’ll go for it :)

That’s all I’ve got for today! Hope you are all staying cool and having a great Monday!

Fun Friday: The Post I Never Thought I’d Do!

Hey everyone! Happy Friday! I hope you’ve all had a great week :) I’m back with my Fun Friday post and I won’t lie, I never in a million years thought I’d be doing a post like this. I know that some of you at some point in time have asked me to post more pics of myself. I was digging through the archives recently and found some pics and thought I guess maybe I’ll have to suck it up and share them.

Like many people I don’t usually feel too confident in my appearance but I thought maybe just sucking it up and sharing the pics will help me get over it? It may or it may not but I guess now is the time to see. I also think the evolution of my hair is too damn funny not to share haha.

So here I go… the most narcissistic post I’ll probably ever do haha. Although in all fairness I probably wouldn’t have done this if I wasn’t asked ;)

I figured I’d start with this disaster of a hairstyle HAHAHA. Oh the bangs. They look ok in this pic kind of but omg when I tried to style them myself what a disaster! Never again. Oh and I had gotten a makeup trial for a friend’s wedding so that’s where all of that came from. I wish I could do my makeup that well!

Speaking of weddings, this is right after I had gotten my hair and makeup done for my brother’s wedding. Still sober, still normal.

Not so much the case in this pic ha! 5 rum punches in and feeling very good. I am not going to lie, I’m totally wasted in this pic. And this is coming from the girl who has only been wasted about 10 times in her life. Not a big drinker but my brother’s wedding was definitely an exception.

Much shorter hair. I liked this hair cut and it was why I was ok with my most recent haircut where I hacked off the nine inches of hair.

HAAAAAAAAAAHAHAHA sadly I was not drunk in this picture. My friend and I were playing around with the Photobooth app on his MacBook and somehow I ended up with his hat and phone. I’m such a tool omg. And I’m an even bigger tool for sharing it here, ha!

This picture is actually at work! Here is my little space haha. And the picture was set up, I wasn’t actually sitting there texting like that. But that is a pretty standard getup for me in the winter. I’m cold ALL THE TIME there. So the only thing missing in the pic are the fingerless gloves I sometimes rock. This pic is from 3ish years ago, hence the coffee cup that would regularly be on my desk :) Oh and that phone is ridiculous. I think that was three phones ago.

RIght after another hair cut when my hair was still insanely long. My last phone the crap ass Droid that I hated. I need to do my nails that color again…

OK I’m tired of looking at myself but there you go! A blast from the past and a little tour of haircuts past. I’m going to stop looking at this post before I delete the whole thing haha.

Let me know if you have any more ideas for Fun Friday posts!! I’d love to hear more of your ideas! Shen, I know you wanted to see a post about gifts and I haven’t forgotten! That one just takes a long time to put together and I’ll get to it at some point, I promise! Probably closer to the holiday season :X

Have a great night and a great weekend my friends!

Care Package!

Hey guys! Happy Wednesday! Not quite hump day for me yet but hopefully you are all having a great day. I wasn’t around last night because I had a massive headache that spilled into today so I was just relaxing but I’m here today to show you some sweet things that I’ve received over the past few days!!

First, I received a sweet, thoughtful California themed care package from the lovely Laura and California Dream Vegan! We’ve become great friends and she has actually introduced me to Ayurveda which is incredibly interesting and has completely blown my mind (more on this in a later post).

Check out the thoughtful treats she sent!

Starting at the bottom is a Spirulina Bar, some dried apricots (a total fav of mine right now!!) in a cutely decorated bag, Spicy Chipotle Pistachios and Pumpkin Seeds, Orange and Cranberry Quinoa Cereal that you heat and eat, and Ginger cookies!!

Some cute non-edibles! An adorable little bowl, a button and some stickers from Hella Vegan Eats and a cute postcard!

Isn’t she sweet?! Thank you so much Laura, I love it!! :) The care package was very thoughtful too since she had my dominating doshas (more Ayurveda speak, I promise I’ll explain!) in mind as she picked my treats. Very thoughtful and it definitely brightened my day when I received it.

I received another little gift fairly recently.

Cardamom! I mentioned it to a friend that I wanted it and he picked it up for me when he went to a halal grocery store (I think that’s what he said?). I’ve been wanting to grab some for a long time but refused to pay $7 for it but this was apparently way less expensive although he wouldn’t take money for it.

I feel very spoiled! Thanks again to Laura and my other friend for the treats! Can’t wait to try everything and I’m definitely going to be making a chai spice blend and I’m going to put it in EVERYTHING since I’m obsessed with chai ;)

That’s all for today. I hope you all have a great day. Hopefully 9 pm will come quickly :)

Grocery Haul & Some Answers

Hey guys! Hope you are all doing well! Today is my Sunday ;) It’s been a busy day though! I spent about an hour and a half at the allergist (more about that in a minute) and then struggled through a trip to Whole Foods. The one I go to is amazing early in the morning. No one’s around and they have a great selection. After like 10:00 it is a disaster zone with idiots running around and leaving their shit all over and standing in the middle with a totally vacant look on their face. So it wasn’t fun or relaxing like it usually is but at least I got a lot of really great stuff.

Let’s check out the haul first:

Scallions, corn, chard, brussels sprouts, onions.

I splurged on some gorgeous cherries and also grabbed a few peaches and nectarines. My mouth is watering just thinking about them. Hopefully it won’t take too long for them to get ripe.

Macro sushi (another splurge), lentils, buckwheat flour, brown basmati rice and some nooch that I added to my little shaker container :) Great prices on the bulk stuff. Definitely need to continue going in that direction for my grains, beans, and legumes.

Not too bad! I was going to do some prep but it’s so hot the thought of it is making me cringe. I’ll make my quinoa dish on Wednesday morning I think. Luckily the heat is supposed to break this weekend. We lost power for a few hours last night and it was a blessing and a curse. Obviously it was unbearably hot which led to some excessive crankiness on my end. It was also nice though because as most nosy people do, everyone ended up going to their doors to see if everyone else lost power and we ended up sitting outside with our neighbors for about 45 minutes (until the bugs started to eat us alive). Luckily it came back on after a couple of hours so we didn’t have to deal with sleeping like that.

Have you guys ever seen bracelets like these?! They come with all difference charms and in tons of different colors. There are a ton of sellers on Etsy but this bracelet can be found in this store. I’m obsessed with these bracelets and I’m determined to learn how to make them myself! However, since the one above cost a total of $12 including shipping, I decided to order it. I can’t wait to get it! I’ll be making a trip to Michael’s this weekend to try and find the materials I’d need to make my own as well :)

OK so this morning I went to the allergist. My seventh doctor in two years. For the first time I actually left the doctor with some answers! They did over 30 skin tests for airborne allergens like grass, weeds, trees, common animals, molds, dust mites, etc. Turns out I am allergic to grass and weeds (big reaction to ragweed!), borderline with trees and even slightly allergic to cats. That’s not going to stop me from hanging out with Jack and Eddie. It’s such a relief to know that I’m not crazy and I’m wondering if taking care of these allergies will help my overall general feeling of crappiness. I feel a lot of relief!

Side note: did you realize you could be allergic to cockroaches?! I’m so grossed out even talking about this but the Dr. made a joke about having a pet cockroach after he told me I was slightly allergic to cats and I was like wait what? Lol! They tested me for a cockroach allergy! I didn’t know it was possible but he said it was more prevalent in more urban areas. Apparently I’m not allergic though. I was so grossed out by the whole notion though haha.

Also, just wanted to say it’s been pretty clear that I’ve been cutting back on my posting lately. I noticed that when I felt like I needed to post every day I would have a major spike in anxiety so I decided to cut it back. My goal is to post three days a week: Monday grocery hauls, Fun Fridays and at least one post showing some meals that I ate. It’s been working out so far and I feel good about it. And if I feel the urge to post more I will :)

So that’s all I’ve got for you today!! I hope that you all had a lovely weekend and the start of the week has been a good one!

Fun Friday: A Sneak Peek!

Hey everyone! Hope you all had a great week and a fun 4th of July! I know I haven’t been posting much lately but I’ve just been tired and HOT and just blah. I did want to come back for a Fun Friday post though :) Although I haven’t been posting much, I have been planning some yummy meals that I want to make. I thought I’d share a few as a sneak peek for this week’s Fun Friday!!

Let’s check em out!

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I’ve had some mochi sitting in my fridge for a while and just haven’t gotten around to use it yet. I knew that people have made waffles from them and I was curious so I looked it up and found the trick! You shred the mochi and it melts together in the waffle iron! Brilliant! I have plans for this stuff and I can’t wait to show you! The topping is going to be soooooo yummy.

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I have been wanting to make Majudarrah (rice with lentils and caramelized onions) lately and haven’t made it yet because I’m a total lazy ass but this will change! I’ll probably do a bunch of cooking after my appointment with the allergist on Monday.

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OMG I’ve been thinking about making a drink like this for months now and I saw it on Pinterest and now I can’t get it out of my head! Check out this Strawberry Watermelon Slushie (click the source link for recipe) from Live Renewed! This is going to be such a lovely, refreshing breakfast on a gross, hot day.

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A little known fact about me is that I was really into hockey for much of my youth through my senior year of college. I went to NHL games, followed my college hockey team (Go Ice Knights!!!) who went on to win the division championships my senior year (so exciting!!), and even begged my mom to let me play (the answer was no – the investment in braces a few years before wasn’t going to waste ;) ). What the hell does this have to do with the beautiful soup pictured above? Well, when I was young I was a big fan of the Mighty Ducks Trilogy (yup I’m a nerd) and the creator of the soup was actually an actress in the last two movies (Julie, if you are wondering). After a few more movies she turned her attention to cooking and even competed on The Next Food Network Star. Anyway, now that I’ve rambled on about random stuff, the moral of the story is that this Healing Garlic Soup from Colombe du Jour looks delicious and I can’t wait to make it when the weather gets a little colder! And it was created by a Mighty Duck so that makes it even more exciting ;)

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I’ll just come out and say it now, I’m obsessed with Edible Perspective. Ashley has so many amazing recipes that I can’t wait to try, but I definitely think the first one will be the Chocolate Cherry Chia Pudding. You know I love this flavor combination since I love my Chocolate Cherry Smoothies so I can’t wait to try this! I’ll have to splurge on some fresh cherries to freeze though because the frozen ones haven’t tasted great the last few times I had them. This will be a really yummy, refreshing, light breakfast.

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Doesn’t this dish just scream summer? This is Kelly from Just A Taste’s beautiful Quinoa with Corn and Scallions (click the source link for recipe). The dish looks like a perfect light summer meal or side and is very easily veganizable. Corn and scallions have been added to my shopping list as well ;) Yum!

Finally, I’m submitting my Cranberry Apricot Gems for Healthy Vegan Friday this week! My first submission in months but hopefully I’ll be submitting a little more regularly now :)

That’s all I’ve got for this week! Hopefully you’ll be seeing my version of all of these meals sometime soon (except for the soup which won’t happen until it stops being oppressively hot here!)! Yum!

Hope you all have a great start to your weekend! Stay cool!

Grocery Haul and an Easy Snack!

Hey everyone! Hope you all had a nice weekend :) My Monday started off interesting with ANOTHER flat tire (WTF?!). Luckily I noticed it after like a block so I just rolled my way to the tire place a few blocks from my house, ha! It was taken care of by 8:30 am ;) I’m glad I get an early start on the day otherwise I probably would have had to wait for a while!

Anyway, I was on my way to Whole Foods at the time so I ended up getting there just a little bit later than I planned but I ended up getting a lovely grocery haul that I wanted to share with you :)

My beautiful produce haul! From the bottom left corner: Tiny potatoes, mushrooms, green cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, swiss chard, lemons and strawberries.

On the way home I stopped at Trader Joe’s to pick up those apricots because I didn’t like the way they looked at Whole Foods. A whole separate trip for one item lol. Also got some Tom’s of Maine Toothpaste.

Some sprouted raw sunflower seeds.

And finally some amaranth. Check out the price on that ;) I want to try popping it for cereal because I’ve heard it’s good! I’ve also heard it can take a while to get the hang of popping it but it’s definitely worth a shot!

When I got home I wanted to make up a fun new bar/ball/snack thing to change it up. I had an idea and I figured it would make a good light breakfast on the go or a quick snack to pop after a tough workout to re-energize. So here’s what I came up with!

Check out these beauties! Isn’t the color stunning? I thought they looked like little gems which inspired the name… Cranberry Apricot Gems. That sounds so much better than balls, right? ;)

The recipe is so simple but I thought you may like it so here it is!

Cranberry Apricot Gems

Ingredients:

1 heaping cup dried apricots*

3/4 cup dried cranberries (soaked 30 minutes and patted dry)

1/2 cup raw sunflower seeds

Directions:

1. Process apricots and cranberries in a food processor until a sticky dough forms.

2. Pulse in sunflower seeds until just combined.

3. Form dough into little balls (I used a medium sized ice cream scoop). Put a little water on your hands while rolling so the dough doesn’t stick. It may be a little tough to roll them (it may be a little crumbly) so try packing it together while forming it into a ball.

4. Place Gems in the fridge to firm up. Enjoy as a snack or light breakfast!

*My apricots were soft and luscious but if yours are a little more dry, try soaking for a half hour to plump them up.

I’m so happy with how these came out :) They are a little sweet and a little tart and have a little crunch from the seeds. A perfect little snack! I’m planning on submitting this recipe for Healthy Vegan Friday this week… my first submission in months! Yay!

I felt really inspired over the weekend and started to brainstorm a bunch of recipes that I want to try out. These gems were the first test and they came out great, I’m really happy with them! Can’t wait to try the rest!

That’s all I’ve got for today. It’s hot and humid and there has been some pretty crazy (read: awesome in my world haha) storms so I’ll probably hang out inside for the afternoon and do some reading. I hope that you are all having a great day and I’ll be back soon!