Creamy Tomato Soup

creamy tomato soup


As summer begins to cool down, and we ease into the breezy days of fall, our bodies begin to yearn for warm, hearty meals.  Changing our eating habits with the seasons can be a great way to nourish and comfort the body. During the hot, humid dog-days of summer our bodies love salads, juice, and lighter, cooling meals. During the frigid cold of winter our bodies crave stews, casseroles, and hearty, somewhat heavier meals.

While I’m in no rush for the chilly days of winter, I am excited for the gorgeous fall weather and sights that are just around the corner. Colorful foliage, cozy sweaters, bonfires, and pumpkin everything – I love it all! I’ve created a colorful, warm, and insanely delicious soup to usher us into fall. Continue reading →

Mantra Monday – “We become what we think about.”

mantra monday

Photo Credit – Phill Landry

Welcome back for week two of Mantra Monday! I’m excited about this new series because it allows me to share my love of mantras and the power of positive thought. I never really understood the power of positive thought until this past year. It seemed like a great concept, and I had heard of miraculous things taking place as a result of positive thought, but I had never experienced it personally. Then, I met a friend of a friend named Rachel.

I met Rachel at a community yoga class. We chatted about our goals and the changes that we had been looking to make in our lives. I vividly remember telling Rachel that I wanted to be more playful. I wanted to be less of a worrier. All of my life I had been led to believe that I was a worrier. Friends and family had mentioned my anxious tendencies so frequently that I believed it myself. I even told myself I was a worrier. It seemed that all I could do was manage the worrying, but never escape it. Then, Rachel spoke. With beautiful, insightful words, Rachel spoke. She repeated to me something that she had been told by an important figure in her life. She said “Visualize playful Brandy. She’s in there. Let her shine through. The more you visualize her, the more you think about her, the more she exists. Continue reading →

Chocolate Peanut Butter No Bake Cookies

chocolate peanut butter no bake cookies

I’ve always been a huge fan of the chocolate and mint combination. Though I will always have a special place in my heart for the wonderful combination of chocolate and mint, I have a new love and he goes by the name of Chocolate Peanut Butter. I always knew that the chocolate peanut butter combo existed, but I never fully embraced it until I created my Chocolate Peanut Butter No Bake Cookies.

Rewind to a week ago, me in my kitchen with apron in hand and a slight buzz due to the local beer tasting journey from which I had just returned. Phill and I needed to leave for our weekly friends potluck dinner, and I had nothing exciting to contribute. I usually bring a bounty of local veggies from my farm share, but I wanted to contribute something different, dare I say – sexier. I’m just going to say it, I wanted to offer up a sexier dining option than my usual roasted or sautéed veggies. Continue reading →

Mantra Monday – Let go. You will be fine.

let go

I’m starting a new weekly series called Mantra Monday. Each Monday I will feature a new mantra – something to focus on and come back to throughout your week. I do a lot of work with mantras. In all honesty, I’m usually working with about 5-10 mantras at a time, coming back to each one as it feels appropriate. I believe that mantras can give us a sense of direction, comfort, support, and love. They teach us who we are and what’s truly important to us. They show us our obstacles and give us the strength to overcome them. Mantras don’t have to be ancient sanskrit chants or fancy inspirational sayings. They can be anything. There’s only one rule – they must mean something to you. Continue reading →

Build Your Dreams

build your dreams

Ever have one of those days/weeks/months where everything goes wrong – one let down after another? Well, that’s how August has been for me. Phill and I signed a lease for a new apartment,  a cute little place for just the two of us. After inquiring about re-painting, the property manager informed us that the chipping paint in the apartment was most likely lead-based paint. He also informed us that he had no intent on fixing the lead paint situation any time soon. After several phone calls to the city code enforcement agency and the property manager, we were able to get our money back from the lease signing. No cute little apartment for just the two of us, a least not yet.

As if that wasn’t enough, I went into work the next day and was called into my boss’ office for an impromptu meeting. It seems the three “higher-ups” in the company had a secret meeting the previous day during which they decided to terminate my position, effective immediately. I worked for a small start-up marketing company that is operating on a small budget. I would not have been shocked if they hadn’t just created this new position for me some 3 weeks prior. Be that as it may, there I was, a 24 year old college graduate with piles of student debt, unemployed effective immediately. Continue reading →