Beauty, Featured, My life, Seattle

Talking About Sustainable Beauty Brands on New Day Northwest

April 24, 2019
Talking About Sustainable Beauty Brands on New Day Northwest

It’s always a delight to visit New Day Northwest! Today, I shared some of my favorite beauty brands that strive to create sustainable, responsibly sourced products.

Featured brands and products:


Purchase online only.

Vapour Organic Beauty

Purchase online or in Seattle at:

Parlor 112606 2nd Ave, #115 Seattle, WA 98121

Pharmaca1815 North 45th Street Seattle, WA 98103

Elate Cosmetics

Purchase online or in Seattle at:

Eco Collective – 5201 Ballard Ave NWSeattle, WA 98107


Purchase online or in Seattle at:

Follain – 2627 NE University Village St, Seattle, WA 98105

For 15% off your purchase at Follain, use the following code at checkout: ref15_u2foim

Breakfast, Drinks, Featured, Food, Snacks

Glowing Green Spirulina Smoothie

March 30, 2019
Glowing Green Spirulina Smoothie

This Glowing Green Spirulina Smoothie was inspired by my recent trip to Hong Kong where fresh, tropical fruit is aplenty. This juicy blend of seven simple ingredients is delicious and nutrient-dense.

At the Ladies’ Market in Mong Kok, Hong Kong looking for mangoes. 🙂


  • 2 cups unsweetened plant milk (almond, hemp, oat, ect…)
  • 1 ripe banana
  • 2 handfuls of spinach
  • 1 cup mixed frozen berries
  • 1 cup fresh pineapple, cubed
  • 1/2 cucumber, peeled
  • 1 tablespoon spirulina powder


  • Place all ingredients into a high-speed blender and blend until completely smooth. Enjoy!

Dessert, Featured, Food, Snacks

Vegan + Gluten Free Almond Biscotti

March 10, 2019
Vegan + Gluten Free Almond Biscotti

Almond biscotti always reminds me of my grandma Marilyn who is quite possibly the classiest woman I’ve ever known. Aside from her willowy, Audrey-Hepburn-esque figure and immaculate cardigans and polo shirts, she is also a phenomenal home chef. There isn’t a childhood memory that I have of spending time at my grandparent’s house that doesn’t involve some sort of kitchen project. I have no doubt that my passion for food was first kindled in their kitchen.

These Vegan + Gluten Free Almond Biscotti are the closest contender to my grandma’s original recipe. I hope you enjoy them (with a steamy espresso) as much as I do!


  • ¾ cup sliced almonds
  • 2 cups gluten free, all-purpose flour
  • ¾ cup almond flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon, ground
  • 1/3 cup almond milk
  • 1/3 cup vegan butter substitute, melted (I used Earth Balance)
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoons almond extract
  • ¾ cup coconut sugar
Vegan + Gluten Free Almond Biscotti
Vegan + Gluten Free Almond Biscotti


  1. To toast the sliced almonds, preheat oven to 325° F.
  2. Spread the almonds out evenly on a baking sheet, and bake for 9 minutes. Set the timer and check frequently to make sure the almonds do not burn.
  3. When the almonds are done toasting, set them aside and turn up the oven to 350° F.
  4. Line a baking sheet with a parchment paper or silpat.
  5. In a large mixing bowl combine dry ingredients: gluten free all-purpose flour, almond flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg. Whisk together thoroughly.
  6. Stir the toasted sliced almonds into the dry ingredients.
  7. In a medium size mixing bowl combine wet ingredients: almond milk, melted vegan butter and vanilla & almond extract. Add the coconut sugar, and stir to combine.
  8. Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients. Pour the wet ingredients into the well, and gently stir to combine the wet and dry ingredients together, being careful not to over-stir.
  9. Toward the end of the mixing use your hands to gently knead the dough together.
  10. Form a log with the dough and place onto the lined baking sheet.
  11. Using a piece of parchment paper and a rolling pin (or hands), gently roll the log to flatten out slightly.
  12. Score the log where you will later cut into biscotti slices. Using a knife make light lines about every ¾ inch. This will help to cut the biscotti when the logs are done baking.
  13. Bake the log for 30 minutes at 350° F.
  14. Allow the log to cool for 10 minutes before handling, and turn the oven down to 325° F.
  15. With a serrated knife, using a sawing motion cut the biscotti along the score marks.
  16. Place biscotti cut side up back onto the baking sheet.
  17. Bake for 10 minutes at 325° F.
  18. When the biscotti are cool enough to handle move them to a cooling rack. When the biscotti are completely cooled, store in an airtight container. Enjoy!
Breakfast, Featured, Food, Snacks

Vegan Banana Nut Muffins

February 21, 2019
Vegan Banana Nut Muffins

Greetings from the other side of Seattle’s Snowpocalypse 2019. After an armrest-clenching landing at Sea-Tac last week (and an equally slick ride home), it was immediately apparent that staying off the roads and out of the sky would be the safest option until conditions improved.

So, as a result of ripe bananas and serious case of weather-related cabin fever, I created these delicious and healthy Vegan Banana Nut Muffins. They’re packed with fiber, good fats and only require 7 simple ingredients. Enjoy!



  • Preheat oven to 360° F and line muffin pan with baking cups.
  • In a large bowl, mash banana with fork until soft.
  • Add Earth Balance and coconut sugar and cream together.
  • In a separate bowl whisk together flour, salt and baking soda until well combined. Gently stir wet and dry mixtures together, stirring until everything is just combined. (Do not over stir.) Fold in nuts if desired.
  • Next, carefully spoon the batter into lined muffin pan, filling each well about 2/3 full. (If desired, garnish with additional nuts on top prior to baking.)
  • Bake muffins in preheated oven for 25-30 minutes, or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.
  • Serve while still warm and store any leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a week.