51 Things to Do This Memorial Day Weekend

Memorial Day Weekend has a special place in my heart. Why? Not because my husband and I go on epic quickie beach vacations or attend the most amazing Memorial Day parties or festivals ever - but because we spend time together. We have an extra day to do anything we want. From cool adventures, to brainstorming ideas and talking about life plans/dreams to embracing completely lazy days at home, binge watching shows or napping in sunbeams.

This holiday weekend is three things to me:
1. Summer. The silent welcoming to the summer season. (Aka, the "you can now wear white pants" wknd. Haha, does anyone still follow that?)
2. Remembrance. A time to remember and have gratitude for those who fought and died in active military service. (It is always good to remember the true point of these holidays. Stop and pause on that, even if for a moment.)
3. Joy + Time. A weekend without expectations, to find joy and leisure in the most random of places. To spend time with your favorite person(s). To do whatever your body and soul is craving and needing at this place in time.

What does your soul need this Memorial Day weekend?? Maybe you will find it on my list!..


Green Fuel Protein Shake, inspired by Disney's Cars 3 and DOLE!

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by DOLE, but all opinions are my own.

If you are an avid reader of my blog you probably know how much I adore all things Disney. So when another favorite of mine, DOLE, asked me to develop a recipe inspired by the upcoming Disney/Pixar film Cars 3, I was fueled up and ready to go!!

When I think of food as fuel, I think of smoothies. Especially green smoothies! But it can be challenging to craft a green smoothie that you CRAVE. Luckily, I have one for you today. My Green Fuel Protein Shake is a citrus-infused, creamy and protein-boosted green smoothie. It is so tasty that you will totally forget how many greens and other healthy things are in here!

The recipe serves two, but I always drink it all myself. Proper green smoothies should leave you chugging them. Fuel up your day with today's recipe and hear more about Cars 3, National Eat More Fruit and Veggies Day and how to enter to win an adventure road trip prize woth over $10,000!..


Vegan Mini Chocolate Chip Cookies, aka "Mall Cookies"

Today I am sharing my recipe for Vegan Mini Chocolate Chip Cookies, aka "Mall Cookies."

Mall Cookies. I grew up in the 80's and 90's, so going to the mall was a pretty exciting outing. I would pop by with a group of girlfriends and we'd browse Wet Seal or Express. And at some point we would stroll by the food court. Ah, the mall food court. Sorry mall food court, but you certainly didn't have many healthy options back then. Giant cinnamon buns, pizza, hot dogs, stir fry, pasta or a frosty orange-flavored "smoothie." But really, the best treat to get at the mall, in my opinion, was a tiny bag of mini chocolate chip cookies from the cookie spot. Those warm and tender cookies had a dreamy aroma that seemed to marinate my pores and leave me drunk on chocolate and butter and flour. One bite and everything felt cozy. you could of course always buy the giant sized cookies, but I always went for the minis.

So cut to today. I decided to go all in with buttery goodness for these vegan version cookies. They are SO GOOD. Neighbors will smell them baking and find themselves at your doorstep. Friends will hear you are making them and pop by just to say 'hi.' And these are so fun to bring to parties or as a house-warming treat for someone. Or even better, offer to bake the cookies in someone's house - so they can really steep themselves in this cookie perfume.

Needless to say, I think you should try these cookies the next time you want something decadent, dreamy and dare I say it, mall-inspired. Enjoy!..


Vegan Creamy Tomato Pasta Sauce in a Flash!

One of my favorite things to do when I make basic spaghetti and marinara sauce is to mix in a bit of my favorite vegan mayo to the pasta. It creates a lightly creamy texture and I just love it. But the more practical way to achieve this creamy tomato pasta effect is to simply craft the most amazing creamy tomato sauce from the start. And this one tastes like lasagna...

Today's recipe for Vegan Creamy Tomato Pasta is a new favorite of mine. This sauce is super flavorful - bright and sassy with a hint of cheeziness, spice and tomato zing all spun together in a creamy, rich (yet healthy + dairy-free!) recipe. And the best part about this recipe is seriously how ah-mazing it tastes the next day, aka leftovers. The sauce marinates the pasta and it all just .. again .. tastes like lasagna! Get the recipe, plus, watch me make it with a video..


Crispy Beer-Battered Tofu Tacos

This post is sponsored by House Foods Tofu.

You had me at beer-battered. And vegan. All in the same sentence. These Beer-Battered Tofu Tacos are my vegan-spin on a beer-battered fish taco. The crispy-coated, Old Bay-seasoned tofu is wrapped in a warm corn tortilla and topped with homemade pickled onions, avocado and crunchy red cabbage. Vegan sour cream or chipotle mayo and/or hot sauce is also a nice touch. Have a tofu taco night with this delicious recipe!..