Trail Running: Pocahontas State Park

I’ve taken you to the James River Park System trails in an earlier post, dreamed with you about the potential Ashland to Petersburg trail, and have shared on my Instagram all the cute little trails in the Town of Ashland. Now let’s begin to explore some other trail systems in the metro Richmond area! WithContinue reading “Trail Running: Pocahontas State Park”

Vegan Goodness: Gravy Edition

Besides cheese and my mom’s potato soup, what is one thing I have mourned the loss of since eating vegan? I missed gravy. I am the gravy maker for our big Thanksgiving meals. I am adept at creating this magical potion to add deliciousness to the most ordinary foods. It’s more of an art thanContinue reading “Vegan Goodness: Gravy Edition”

The Squat: What You Need To Know: Pandemic Edition

Without the gym, those of us who exercise on a regular basis or are so bored at home that we want to start exercising are now forced to rely on body weight movements and cardio to fill these needs. If you happen to have an awesome home gym, good for you. I’ll try to hideContinue reading “The Squat: What You Need To Know: Pandemic Edition”

Comfort Baking Part 2: Vegan Apple Spice Bread

When my soul feels troubled, I turn to activities that comfort me. The first is running. This morning, I spent a meditative run thinking about the injustices in our world. I ran for Ahmaud Arbery. He was murdered while out on a run in his own neighborhood. We should not be hunted down and killedContinue reading “Comfort Baking Part 2: Vegan Apple Spice Bread”

Finding Fitness Motivation: Pandemic Edition

I recently revisited my post from February about finding motivation. I wrote that post knowing that the novelty of our New Year’s resolutions was likely fading, evident by the smaller crowds at the gym. Well, now that we don’t have the gym, how do we find motivation to exercise? And where do we look forContinue reading “Finding Fitness Motivation: Pandemic Edition”

Growing Food: Sprouts

Do you want to start a little project that is both super fun, provides fast results, is kid friendly, and delivers delicious, nutritious, edible results?  This is for you. I’m talking about growing sprouts. I have always been a fan of this nutty, flavorful addition to salads and sandwiches. Sprout, veggie, and hummus sandwich? Yes,Continue reading “Growing Food: Sprouts”

Gardening in 2020: Sustainability is Chic Again!

Who is experiencing anxiety when going grocery shopping right now? I’m definitely in this camp! Surveying empty shelves is panic inducing. Who has lots of time on their hands at home right now? Yup. I’m in that camp, too. So what CAN you control? You can create your own food source. That’s right. It’s aContinue reading “Gardening in 2020: Sustainability is Chic Again!”

Comfort Food: Vegan Banana Bread with a Twist

First, let me follow up on my last blog post. I mentioned that one of my favorite movies was That Thing You Do. One of my friends posted this amazing cover by Billy Joe Armstrong from Green Day as a tribute to Adam Schlesinger, and it’s so good, I almost cried! And as we areContinue reading “Comfort Food: Vegan Banana Bread with a Twist”

Focus on Wellness: Pandemic Edition

How is everyone? No, really. How ARE you? Have you settled into a new routine? Are you one of the lucky ones who can work from home? Are you studying online? What are you doing to pass the time? I think most of us have reached the level of quarantine where the novelty has wornContinue reading “Focus on Wellness: Pandemic Edition”

Vegan Potato Soup: Comfort in a Bowl

As we continue to quarantine, many of us are turning to familiar foods that ease anxiety and use up all of those pantry staples we stocked up on. Of all the dishes from my childhood, this one is probably the best. It’s my family’s comfort food, and one of the first things my mom wouldContinue reading “Vegan Potato Soup: Comfort in a Bowl”