Seriously Good Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies

Sometimes you run across a recipe so simple, so delicious, you just have to share it.

When we were in Chicago recently, our friend Katie made these amazing chocolate chip cookies. I took one bite and was like, “Give me the recipe now please and thank you.” I even made baking these cookies one of my small goals for this month. Yesterday was a rainy afternoon, so it was cookie time, y’all.

I was a little worried that Katie might be some kind of cookie wizard and mine wouldn’t turn out as well as hers. But they were still so so good. I think this recipe is pretty foolproof. The best part is that, since it’s vegan, you can eat the raw dough right out of the bowl. Which I did (#noshame). Continue reading “Seriously Good Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies”

My Top Spots for Happy Hour in Austin

Happy hour is, arguably, the best time of the day. I love a good happy hour, but a good happy hour is not always easy to find.

I mean, sure, that bar down the street offers $1 off wines by the glass and $3 domestic beers in cans during their happy hour…but does that pittance really make you “happy”?

Give me something more substantial, I say! Something worth braving horrendous rush hour traffic and postponing my after-work comfy pants!

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Simple Meals: The Bowl

We got back from Mexico City (which was amaaaaazing) a few days ago, and I’ve been feeling a little run down since. While I love exploring new places, traveling definitely takes a lot out of me. I’ve been tired and just meh this week. A little anxious, too – last night I dreamed that spiders had set up a small colony in our house. My head is in a weird place.

When I feel this way, first I try to remember that everything is temporary and it will eventually pass. Second, I try to be gentle and extra caring with myself. The last thing I want to do is plan meals or look at recipes, but I know I need to eat nourishing food. I also need something simple. So lately, I’ve been all about the Bowls. Continue reading “Simple Meals: The Bowl”

Where to Eat During SXSW

SXSW, that annual juggernaut of crazy-times, is taking over Austin March 9-18. Usually I avoid it because I am curmudgeonly and don’t like crowds or noise or standing in lines (although I may break custom and get a guest pass, and/or pop by KUTX Live at Four Seasons). But if you’re a fun person who is attending SXSW, you will probably be hungry at some point, and you will need a place to eat. Lucky you, I have some suggestions! Continue reading “Where to Eat During SXSW”

Tuning Out Diet Culture

Diet culture sucks. Let’s work on tuning it out.

Diet culture is an insidious thing. (If the term “diet culture” is new to you, here is a pretty good explanation.) It speaks to us from magazines, movies, television shows, and our own families and friends. It’s a systemic issue but also a deeply personal one (and really, which issues aren’t deeply personal?). I struggle with it, and you probably do, too. Those of us who identify as female bear the brunt of diet culture, although it certainly affects everyone.

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