Blanxart Chocolate

Holy kitties this is some good chocolate. The chocoholic alive and well in me was thrilled when hubby was given vegan chocolate as a thank you gift from his staff.

Then I got to taste it.

So yummers! Creamy and chocolatey. The thin slices are perfect for eating half at a time and letting melt in your mouth. Assuming you have that kind of patience, which hubby did not.

No idea where Blanxart comes from, but if some can be found, it’s totally worth trying. Yummers!

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Feeding a 9-Year-Old

My adorable 9-year-old nephew came to visit last month and I thought long and hard about how to feed this picky eater. I asked my brother which vegetables he liked and made sure to have those handy; baby carrots, broccoli stems, steamed spinach, and avocado. But what would I make for him, other than peanut butter and jelly sandwiches? He had two of those during the visit.

I made pancakes, of course, and he ate more than anyone else at the table. Score! I also made him grilled cheese with smoked tofurkey slices. He liked this so much he asked for it instead of the one meal he didn’t like. I also made pigs in blankets with steamed broccoli stems. He devoured these, along with hubby who only likes the tops of broccoli. They make a great broccoli team!


Nephew kept verifying that everything was vegan. At one point he asked what the cheese was made from if not cow milk? Before I could answer, he suggested chicken milk. This made my brother laugh very loudly.

Nephew ate well and I enjoyed our visit. Woo hoo!

Sweet Freedom Bakery in Philly

Our last day in Philly we decided to walk down to Sweet Freedom Bakery. Especially since the weather was holding calm for us. This spot boasts of being vegan and gluten free, among other things, while being full of yummy.


We were overwhelmed with all the delicious looking options!


Since we couldn’t decide, we picked out a box of different treats to take back to the hotel and home with us. There are a couple tables, but the shop is fairly sparse.


Everything was so delicious that nothing made it back to NYC. We tried a donut, cupcakes, and a cake ball. If you make it to Philly, this place is very worth a visit. Sweet Freedom gets four out of five vegan cupcakes. Yummers!

P. S. & Co in Philly

P. S. & Co was my favorite brunch spot in Philly. All vegan and gluten free, this gem has good food and an outdoor garden to sit in. The staff was super nice and the food case endlessly tempting!


For my first trip I ordered pancakes. Mmm… Then I still had some room and got a piece of cake. Because, cake. My second visit I got breakfast tacos and learned why they are a local favorite. I would absolutely order those tacos again.


The space is rustic and clean.


I absolutely recommend trying out P. S. & Co when in Philly. It gets four out of five vegan cupcakes. Four is because although the food and experience are good, it’s not quite as playful as other places. But, again, totally worth checking out and enjoying.

Pesto Pasta

Pesto pasta is currently my go-to fast meal. Takes as long to make as it does to cook the pasta. And hubby loves it every time! I have been buying pesto at my local farmers market, but any pesto will do great. What you will need:

1 box of favorite pasta, I have been enjoying quinoa penne pasta

1 pint cherry or grape tomatoes, washed and sliced in half. Can use regular tomatoes, but the juice will make the dish a bit watery

1 container baby spinach

1 block mozzarella cheese, diced or torn into smaller pieces. I usually use Miyoko’s mozzarella, but any will work. If using Daiya, the flavor is stronger and thus less than the entire package might be good

1 can white beans, drained and rinsed

4oz of pesto, more if you love pesto like I do

Cook pasta according to package directions. Place beans, pesto, cheese, and spinach, with the spinach on top, in a large microwave safe bowl and cook for 90 seconds to wilt the spinach. Stir in pasta and tomaoes. Serve immediately. Yummers!!