photo via Dust Jacket
We’re knee deep in planning our trip to France. In our usual style, we’re planning everything last minute so we’re scouring for the most affordable train rides, nice & trendy boutique hotels, and pretties views. Basically anything and everything to make our trip as memorable as possible. It’s hard to believe you can ever go wrong in the south of France, so I’m finding comfort in knowing that no matter where we are it will be beautiful.
So, I shared on my Instagram & recipe blog post yesterday that we received some bad news. We will not be making it to Nashville for the 4th of July and my boyfriend’s best friend’s wedding. But instead of staying down about it, we whipped up a batch of these raw peanut butter cookie dough balls and went back to the drawing board. The good news? Now we’ll be taking a trip to Paris + the south of France for 2 weeks! As we plan like crazy, I’ve had my mind on the recent summer solstice and strawberry moon. It’s the longest day of the year and the rose moon is a once-in-a-lifetime sighting that hasn’t happened since 1967. Which just makes me feel like everything is going to be okay.
This week went from super busy to super stressful in a matter of minutes. We just found out that we won’t be taking the trip to NYC and Nashville for the 4th of July as planned. It’s quite a disappointment, but long story short it has to do with my boyfriend’s visa issues. It’s an incredibly complicated situation and I understand with everything going on in the world that times are tough right now. So, we’re trying to stay positive and hope for the best in the future. Which is why I whipped up a batch of these delicious, super easy raw peanut butter balls to cheer us up!
We live in a day and age where being different is finally looked at as “cool”. I remember in the 90’s when I’d turn on TV or the radio and every song or show seemed to be screaming at me to “fit in”. Buy this and you’ll feel cool, say this and you’ll sound cool, wear this and you’ll look cool. Granted, I grew up in the 90’s so it could’ve had to do with the fact that as an adolescent I naturally wanted to fit in.
But either way, now you’ve got powerful females like Emma Watson (side note: yes, I’m a major Harry Potter fan) and Jennifer Lawrence spreaking out on feminism and global gender equality. Forget the days when famous actresses were revered solely for their good looks. These women are here with powerful messages and strong voices. And then you’ve got one of my favorites Lena Dunham with her Lenny Letter dedicated to “dismantling the patriarchy”.
I’m so into smoothies lately because it’s scorching hot here in Hong Kong. It’s been sunny and beautiful all weekend long, which makes me crave big, ice cold vegan smoothies. I grab whatever fruits I have in the freezer, mix in more fresh fruits & veggies to my liking, and blend it all up with filtered water in my food processor. I find that I get super impatient when it’s hot out and my boyfriend complains that I get “hangry” and take it out on him. That’s why quick, easy smoothies are my key to satisfaction. I’ve rounded up these 4 vibrant, plant-based smoothie recipes to try out this coming week!