Adventures

As you know, I love nature and the outdoors and I try to spend adequate time enjoying all that it has to offer.  One of my favorite outdoor companions is my dog, Toli.  She absolutely loves exploring and getting rugged, despite her gracefully aging body.  She's a young pup at heart and in spirit, though. I'm always trying to find new and different places for us to go and mix things up.  I like to call these trysts "adventures" because,…

Aveda Dry Shampoo

I have been experimenting over the years with dry shampoo in order to not have to wash my hair every day.  My hair gets greasy pretty easily and anytime I sweat, good bye cute hair!  I get my hair colored and cut at an Aveda salon and a few visits back, I tried their dry shampoo-Shampure.  This stuff is awesome!  And it comes from a company that is cruelty free, which is super advantageous to my plant based beauty endeavors.…

Vegan Pumpkin Zucchini Chocolate Chip Cookies

I am almost always craving sweets and wanted to make something to have on hand for a few days.  A little treat for after my main meals.  But I also wanted to make sure that I was eating a treat that wasn't completely terrible for me.  I've been sick and haven't been able to get my regular gym time in this past week so I needed a semi-not so bad for me dessert.  Fall is also upon us (despite the…

One Step at a Time Towards a Plant-Based Life

Formally known as the beatnikbaker, I decided to change my name to the beatnikblogger.  I am still passionate about alternative, healthier and vegan baking and will continue to post and write about recipes.  I also have a strong passion for fashion, beauty and an active lifestyle.  I'm searching for more in this life.  I want to live greener, more plant-based and cruelty free.  I love nature and animals with my whole being and want to do what I can to…

Free People Vegan Bucket Bag

Every girl wants a new purse every now and then and I'm by far no exception.  One of my favorite places to find a great, vegan bag is Free People. Free People is a store/website that is the queen of boho and vintage style fashion that features the latest trends and styles.  They say their collections are for women who live free through fashion, art, music and travel and I couldn't agree more  Everything they sell from clothes to the…

Gluten Free and Vegan Chocolate Chip Scones

I was presented with a challenge of turning a quick bread recipe that I enjoyed into gluten free.  While making changes to the recipe I had and enjoyed, I thought, why not make these vegan as well?  The adjustments were easy and the required ingredients I already had on hand.  Anytime I can make or eat something that is all plant-based, I go for it! I really liked chocolate chip scones that I made awhile back so those were one…

Gluten Free Baking Tips and Thoughts

‘Gluten Free’ is a phrase that more and more ingredients, recipes and restaurants are using. People with Celiac Disease and gluten intolerances seem more prevalent than years ago and these people deserve to eat delicious baked goods just like the rest of us. Gluten free foods have come a long way in terms of taste and texture. Breads used to be rock hard and crumbly with a high price accompaniment. Through experimentation and trial and error, there are now ways…

Profiteroles with Chocolate Mousse Filling

Delicious, airy, fluffy baked dough filled with a smooth, chocolate mousse cream?...Yes please! Pastry items are one of my all time favorite goodies. I love the buttery taste, the flakey texture, the creamy and fruit fillings.   Pastries, especially puff pastry, are rather difficult to produce. You can buy pre made puff pastry that tastes very similar to homemade. My goal is to try out making my own puff pastry and make turn overs, streusels, etc. I haven’t done this yet,…

Frangelico Chocolate Truffles

These truffles have few ingredients and steps, which makes them seem deceivingly easy to make. If the right kind of chocolate, cream and proper refrigeration aren’t used and done, however, things can go wrong rather quickly! This recipe and experience fall into three of the categories I have on this blog right now-recipes, alternative recipes (I will discuss chocolate in more detail; some chocolate is quite natural and starts off plant-based) along with some oops’. Once you get the correct…