Healthy Happy Life

Easy Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls

Sometimes, you need Cinnamon Rolls. AmiRight?

Sometimes you need decadent and cozy.
Sometimes you need velvety cream cheese frosting.
And caramelized cinnamon-sugar filling.
And fluffy spirals. And vanilla bean aromas.
While still in your pink PJs, warm mug in hand.
Sometimes you need Cinnamon Rolls.

And Christmastime is kinda the b e s t time for all that.

So today I am sharing my easy, vegan Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls, which is based on one of my vintage recipes, Pumpkin-Pecan Cinnamon Rolls. I have always loved that recipe, but this version is updated to be simpler.

I also share 1) a video for this recipe 2) things that make me feel sentimental 3) ten happy things for the holidays.

Hope you can wake up one morning this month to the aroma of these cinnamon-magic beauties...


Virtual Holiday Movie + Baking Party: 60+ Vegan Recipes!

I am excited to share (another) holiday round-up for you guys, featuring two things you need during December: holiday movies and holiday baking recipes!

Bloggers, and a few readers too, share their fave movies and vegan holiday dessert recipes. I absolutely loved hearing everyone's movie faves, a few memories and traditions and recipes too. What a cool way to connect and share a piece of ourselves. Thank you to everyone who shared and participated! (And I hope you continue the party, by leaving your faves in the comments!)

So snuggle up on the couch and turn on those twinkle light, movie + cookie baking season is in full swing!

My Virtual Holiday Movie + Baking Party: 60+ Recipes to Explore!..


10 Reasons to Love Off-Season Dubrovnik

Fresh from Barcelona, we took a plane ride to Croatia!..

A large chunk of our recent European vacation was devoted to the magical, mystical city of Dubrovnik, Croatia. Though it has always been a popular travel destination, in recent years, Dubrovnik has become even more popular due to the fact that it is a major filming location for HBO's Game of Thrones. Dubrovnik is basically King's Landing + The Red Keep..

A bit About Dubrovnik. Dubrovnik is also popular due to its placement on the UNESCO World Heritage Site List. Dubrovnik's walled "Old Town" has long been heralded as one of the most well preserved medieval cities.

I love this description from a travel site: "Jutting out into the Adriatic Sea with a backdrop of rugged limestone mountains, Dubrovnik Old Town is known as one of the world's finest and most perfectly preserved medieval cities in the world."

GOT fandom has brought tourist numbers to al all-time high. The Telegraph wrote, "Crowds and Cruise Ships Have Ruined Dubrovnik." And if you google videos for "Dubrovnik Crowds" you will find videos like this that show the city streets and the famous walls of the city simply packed with tourists.

So... my husband and I knew we wanted to visit Dubrovnik, but we also knew we wanted to visit it during the off-season. And I am so happy we did. I absolutely loved our time there and have loads of travel tid-bits and photos to share with you guys today..

Here are 10 Reasons to Visit Dubrovnik Croatia During the Off-Season...


Beach Break: Swim in the Adriatic

My dip in the Adriatic Sea was one of my favorite parts of our Dubrovnik, Croatia adventure this past November, over Thanksgiving. So I decided to give it its own little "beach day" photo-rich blogpost..


Strawberry Satsuma Smoothie

This Strawberry Satsuma Smoothie is my go-to morning sip right now. It is creamy, brightly flavored and energizing. Delicious orange-banana flavor is accented by sweet strawberry.

Morning Sip. This pink smoothie is perfect paired with a sunrise or early morning sunshine glow.

Vitamin (C)itrus. And the best part is that this smoothie provides a healthy boost of vitamin C, which is something we can all appreciate during the colder months.

And if you are devouring Christmas cookies in swift fashion, this is a nice little break from that. Hope you enjoy this smoothie just as much as I do..