Everyday Starlet


Spring Goals 2015

Spring Crocuses
These are from last year…. I SOOO wish they were here this year already!


While its officially Spring on the calendar, here in New England it just barely looks like it.  I have never wanted Spring more than I do this year (and if you live anywhere in the Northeast you know why).  Every season I try to set some goals for myself, no necessarily serious stuff, but some fun stuff that I really want to enjoy in the upcoming season.  I’m always amazed that when I put my goals in writing, so many more of them actually happen. So I encourage you to make a written list of your Spring goals…. here are mine….. (more…)

Vegan Matcha Green Tea Cookies for St. Patrick’s Day

Vegan Matcha Green Tea Cookies for St Patricks Day

I’m sure you’ve all seen the articles circulating Facebook about how unhealthy the Shamrock Shake is for you.  So I set out on a quest to make a St. Patrick’s Day dessert that is healthy and made with whole foods.  Since I’m relatively new on YouTube, I was browsing around for popular channels to Subscribe to, and I found Ingrid Nilsen’s channel (and her other channels including TheGridMonster) and found her recipe for Almond Coconut Chocolate Chip Cookies (video here).  I decided to make a variation on these with matcha green tea powder and some lemon zest, to make a green tea cookie.  I also substituted vanilla extract for the almond extract, and omitted the chocolate chips.  The result is heavily (and you can eat the batter because it’s vegan). (more…)

The Ultimate Sexy Dessert: Vegan Ice Cream Sundae

Vegan, Dairy free, Gluten free, sexy Valentine's Day Dessert

With Valentine’s Day approaching, I went on a quest to find the sexiest ingredients.  I searched books about seduction and internet sources and I came up with an ultimate sexy ingredient list: Bananas, Cinnamon, Vanilla, Honey, Figs, and Walnuts or Hazelnuts.  This got the wheels in my brain turning.  How could I take these ingredients and make the ultimate sexy dessert? (more…)

How to Avoid Dairy to Get the Best Skin Of Your Life

Dairy Free Breakfast

If you knew how much I love cheese, then you’d know how it pains me to say this but I have to cut out dairy.  I have been trying to do this for a while now, but I’m not always successful.  I definitely eat less dairy than I used to, but I’ve noticed that my skin is much clearer when I avoid it completely.  I also notice that I get sick less, and my allergies tend to be less annoying.  So I decided to create a plan for how to cut it out of my diet without missing it too much… (more…)

Vegan Cheese Fondue (aka Risotto)

Vegan Fondue Risotto

Warning: the explanation of how I came up with this recipe is a little confusing…my own family still doesn’t really get it…. but they all agreed that this dish is yummy, so I guess it doesn’t really matter.  Here goes… (more…)

Vegan Pecan Maple Rice Krispie Treats

Vegan Pecan Krispie Treats

When I was little, at holiday time here in New England there always seemed to be maple-pecan candy around (I use the term “little” ironically, because the way I ate made me a very not-little child).  The original recipe calls for a lot of ingredients that are not friendly to the waistline.  So I decided to make this vegan version of pecan candies in rice krispie treat form.  The recipe is a variation on a marshmallow-less krispie treat recipe that I made here (this is the original recipe).  Full disclosure: the ones I made are with honey so they are not technically vegan, but you can easily substitute agave if you are a strict vegan. (more…)

A Little Nuts- Easy Spiced Nuts for Holiday Parties

Spiced Nuts for Holiday Parties with 5 spice powder for Fall Thanksgiving Christmas

Holiday season is quickly approaching, and that means spending more time with friends and family.  Some gatherings are planned well in advance, but some end up as last minute affairs.  So it’s always great this time of year to have a few quick and easy recipes for impromptu company.  These spiced nuts fit the bill.  The ingredients have a long shelf life so they are easy to have on hand, and they’re super easy but obviously homemade, so you guests will feel special.  They have a kick but are not too spicy (you never know if your guests have a sensitive palate or not)… but you can experiment with other spices if you prefer (and any type of nuts you like as well).  The 5 spice powder has a very Fall/Holiday scent so it will make your house smell fabulous as well.  (more…)

Pumpkin Protein Pancakes

Pumpkin Protein Pancakes Dairy free wheat free Fall

After a good workout I usually need a snack.  I like to pick something with a lot of protein, and since I usually workout in the morning, protein pancakes really hit the spot.  With Fall in the air I decided to add some pumpkin to my original recipe, and I used pumpkin pie spice for flavor…. (more…)

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