Vegan Chocolate Cupcakes, Stewed Apples, Quicksand, & Kate Spade

Two dozen vegan cupcakes for my daughter's birthday party at school. I used the wacky chocolate cake recipe and added one ripe banana (so moist!) and white frosting decorated with crushed and halved Trader Joe's chocolate/chocolate Jo Jo's. The girls in her class said, "Your mom is the world's best cupcake baker!" Why thank you, ladies!

Purple tulips for my little lady's birthday. All girls should get flowers on their birthday; in their favorite color, of course!

A weird mix of weather has brought a few crazy warm days and the kids were excited to play outside to soak up every drop of warmth before the cold really set in. February is the cruelest month! Brrrrr! May, where are you?

My Ayurvedic doctor recommends eating a stewed apple mixed with turmeric in the morning as a liver detox. Sometimes I add a little but more to make it a meal, like walnuts, cinnamon, saffron, and raisins. It's a surprisingly filling breakfast and I have little room for the oatmeal she also suggests that I should be eating. I've never been big breakfast person.

Even though I am done with the flu, I noticed the other day that my face hurt and it felt like someone hit me in the face with a board. Turns out that fun flu led to a sinus infection. Great... In any case, I have always loved the clean look of a classic doctor's office. Wish we had room in our bathroom for this aesthetic.

I love the fact that my daughter fully believes that if you make someone a get-well card, it magically has the ability to do just that. (Note my fancy shoes!)

I wasn't about to let "the sickness" get me down anymore, so I dragged myself to the Quicksand reunion tour last Monday. They were one of my favorite bands in my youth and I saw them several times in the 90s. Don't worry, I was fever free for a few days and made sure to stay away from people as much as possible. Great show; glad I made it!

My dear friend, Kaisa, was on the cover of this Finnish magazine and she's sporting the mittens I got for her at Kate Spade for Christmas. So cute! (No fears, she follows and ahimsa lifestyle; the fur is fake!)


  1. Those cupcakes look amazing!! And hope you're feeling better now!

    1. Thanks! :) I think I finally am somewhat back to normal!


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