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simple living – check in

It’s hard to believe that we have been in the mountains for more than a year already, and that we just moved again. While not perfect with our Simple Living plan, we have definitely changed for the better. I was actually doing quite well until we moved. You know how moving requires all kinds of unexpected things, like shower curtains and paint, so I have been spending and buying much more than normal.
This was not a planned move and we chose this house solely based on the things we couldn’t change. The view is amazing, I stop and take it in several times a day, which is good considering how bad the house really was when we bought it. Not only was it previously a rental, it had been neglected for years and smelled so badly that we couldn’t even move in until all the flooring had been replaced ( 25 year old carpet soaked with the urine of great danes bad- yuck!!). Once the flooring was in, we had to remove a bunch of drywall that was also urine soaked (double yuck!) and then we could get down to removing the wallpaper from the kitchen ceiling and start painting.

It’s been a few weeks of work and I have months of DIY work ahead of me, but as the kitchen is almost finished, I can’t wait to share it all with you and hopefully enjoy a slower simple living pace for the winter.

I do have this print framed and on the new mantel, I hope that you can find a place to use it as well.

live simply free printable word art via sunny vegan

Hello November!

prince family pumpkins


I can’t believe it’s November already and I have decided to sign up for my 1st NaBloPoMo ( National Blog Posting Month ) where you post every day of the month and yes, I may have just lost my mind. Life has been crazy with an unexpected move, total house renovation, soccer, choir and I topped October off with my first case of pneumonia!
Living without a kitchen hasn’t left me inspired to blog much, but since it should be finished this week it seems like a perfect time to commit myself to this blogging challenge.

Can you believe it  actually snowed today so I am ready to look forward to T-day and Christmas, after a quick look back at yesterday’s Halloween fun with my girls, that is. Last year I was so busy doing stuff that we didn’t decorate, didn’t carve pumpkins, and barely made it trick-or-treating. They may never let me forget it, but this year I made sure that we carved pumpkins and decorated just a little .
I hope you’ll join me this month for a little inspiration, relaxation and maybe even rejuvenation. Bring it on November 2014!

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thai pumpkin soup

thai pumpkin soup recipe from sunny vegan


I love the tastes of fall, especially pumpkin. I definitely lean towards the savory side and this thai pumpkin soup came together in minuets with such a warming texture and taste that I am making it again today.

Since we just moved, AGAIN, I have been remodeling the kitchen in the sadly neglected home we bought. The good news is that it will be finished next week and I can’t wait to show you all the transformation. The biggest problem in the kitchen is the stove, which I use a lot, as it has 2 setting. High and Off. Seriously, you can’t adjust the heat or the flame goes out and you are then leaking gas! It’s not just annoying, it’s dangerous so we ordered a new stove which is on the way from NY right now. Gotta tell you, I am ready for things to be more normal and spend time cooking rather than painting or tiling every day.

Back to the soup and pumpkin, which taste do you prefer, savory or sweet pumpkin?


Ingredients: 4 servings

1 Tablespoon olive oil
1/2 medium onion – I used red because that is what I like best
1 clove garlic
1 teaspoon fresh ginger- chopped
1 1/2 cups organic pumpkin puree
2 cups organic vegetable broth
1 cup canned coconut milk- shake well
1-2 teaspoons red curry paste – I keep it mild to serve the kids, but add as much spice as you like!
1 Tablespoon cilantro – plus more for garnish
1 Tablespoon fresh lemon juice


In medium saucepan, saute onion in olive oil until soft and translucent. add next 7  ingredients and stir until heated through. using either a Vitamix or stick blender, blend ingredients until smooth. add lemon juice, stir and season with salt and pepper and serve.
Garnish with coconut milk, cilantro, chopped nuts or green onion.


strawberry quinoa smoothie


strawberry quinoa smoothie recipe from sunny vegan

Let’s kick off  i Heart Quinoa week with a strawberry, thyme and quinoa smoothie.
I eat tons of veggies, but I am not as good as eating fruit so smoothies are a great and delicious way to get the added nutrition of fruit into your diet. By why add quinoa? Well, it’s affordable, easy to make and store and is chock full of protein, magnesium, vitamin B6 and iron. We will learn more about quinoa this week, but lets start with with this easy yummy smoothie, shall we.

This is not a super sweet smoothie, but very filling and earthy with the quinoa and thyme. Add any liquid sweetener such as maple syrup or agave to taste if you don’t have simple syrup on hand.


Ingredients: 2-1 cup servings

3/4 cup vegan milk ( almond, coconut, soy)
1/4 cup quinoa, cooked and cooled
1/2 cup ice cubes
1 1/2 cup frozen strawberries
2 Tablespoons thyme infused simple syrup *optional, recipe below



place all ingredients into blender and blend well for 60-80 seconds. garnish and serve immediately.


Simple syrup is frequently used in mixed drinks and is basically equal parts sugar and water warmed on the stove. To infuse it with thyme, simply add thyme sprigs  to the sugar and water mixture after the sugar has dissolved, remove from heat and allow to steep for 10 minutes. Remove the thyme and use the simple syrup in smoothies, tea or cocktails.

Tomorrow, I’ll share one of my favorite quinoa salads with you along with some quinoa cooking tips.



diy- lemon coconut salt scrub recipe

How has summer been treating your skin? If you are dry, flaky and maybe a bit splotchy then this easy diy coconut lemon salt scrub is just what you need. I love to have the time to pamper myself, but in reality it’s quite rare. By having a scrub with ingredients you probably already have in your kitchen right now, there are no more excuses. Get to mixing  then get your scrub on people!

Another great scrub option is my olive oil sugar scrub, still only 3 yummy ingredients.


1 part ( 1/4 cup) coconut oil
1 part (1/4 cup) Himalayan pink sat
1 teaspoon lemon zest *adjust to your salt/oil ratio
1 teaspoon lemon juice


over very low heat, melt coconut oil and stir in remaining ingredients. allow to cool and transfer to an airtight container.

Usage Instructions:

in the shower, scoop up a small amount of scrub and rub into skin in a circular motion, paying extra attention to knees and elbows. rinse well and follow with your favorite lotion.
Common Sense Notes- avoid eyes and mucous membranes, use of oil will make your shower or bath slippery so be careful.


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