February 27, 2017

February Updates!


Hey guys! It's been a little quieter around the blog lately as I haven't been posting as much. BUT I'm still recipe testing and can't wait to share some new stuff with you over this next year. You may know how picky I am about the recipes I post here - if I don't have any that fit my strict requirements, I just don't post. (I'm a firm believer in quality over quantity.) First and foremost, the recipes have to be EASY; meaning an ingredient list that doesn't overwhelm, with simple-as-possible steps. It's a fun challenge taking a recipe idea and seeing just how simple I can break it down without sacrificing flavor. I love highlighting the natural, delicious flavors of plant-based foods in an easy, approachable way and I truly hope that shines through in the recipes! 💚 (If you have any suggestions or feedback, I always love to hear!) In the meantime, I've also been taking a little more time to just enjoy life. Here's what I've been up to!

Skiing in Yellowstone
The park transforms into an *unbelievable* winter wonderland and I'm totally in awe of mother nature every time I journey outdoors. But that also means...

Shoveling. All the shoveling.
This is a typical scene from our driveway... and this photo was taken only late-December! The town gets an average of 220 inches of snow each year, but with views like this and standing among a tranquil forest of snow-covered pines, it's hard not to love. (Plus the benefit of a built-in arm workout every week haha.) I honestly never thought I'd love winter as much as I do here... such weird, confusing feelings 😉

Reading More
I made a goal to read more this past year and here are a couple that have stood out from the crowd:

"The Book of Joy" by Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu - this book is a true gift to humanity and one of my all-time favorites. Highly recommend to everyone, regardless of faith or location 🌎 It guides us to embrace the oneness of humankind, cultivating more love, joy, and compassion even in the midst of adversity. So much beautiful wisdom in these pages!

"Super Immunity" by Dr. Joel Fuhrman - this book came recommended by the lovely @happilygreenvegan on Instagram. It gives incredible insight about optimal nutrition and gaining protective immunity against all things from the common cold to cancer. A truly powerful read and I urge you to check it out for yourself and your family! 💪🌿


Grizzly & Wolf Discovery Center
We've had many animal sightings out in the wild lately (moose, bison, fox, coyote, bald eagle, marmots, big horn sheep, etc.) but we also love spending time at the Grizzly & Wolf Discovery Center. Unlike a zoo, it's a not-for-profit wildlife park and educational facility that takes in animals that, for various reasons, are unable to return to the wild (wolves, bears, and an assortment of birds-of-prey). They take amazing care of these beautiful creatures and I love supporting a place like this. If you're ever in the Yellowstone area, I recommend checking it out!


Matcha Whisking

Yep. Still love matcha! My favorite part of the morning is still whisking a warm bowl for my daily dose of zenergy and antioxidants! So incredibly thankful for companies like Encha - they have the BEST organic matcha straight from farm in Japan 🍵 (Check out my matcha page for more matcha info if you're interested!)


Desert Walking
Back in December, we got to spend a week and a half in the bright desert sunshine during the holidays 🌵 I came across this big fella on a hike one day in Catalina State Park near Tucson, AZ. (Fun fact: saguaros don't grow their first side arm until they're 75-100 years old!)


Superbowl on an IMAX Screen
For reals. This was an awesome experience... except I was really, really rooting for Atlanta. Which I think made it all the more crushing to watch their collapse unfold on a 6-STORY TALL screen 😆🏈


Sunrises
I try to get up early enough to catch the sunrise... and on some mornings, Mother Nature treats you with sights like this ✨


The Garden Grazer on Instagram
Even though I haven't been posting as many recipes on the blog lately, I stay pretty active on my instagram page with posts and stories if you'd like to follow along there. And I absolutely LOVE checking out what you guys are cooking! It's a fun place to connect 😊


Yellowstone Love on Instagram
If you're interested in checking out our "not-food" adventures, feel free to follow along on my other instagram @YellowstoneLove sharing my love of nature, animals, and all things Yellowstone! 🌲 It makes my heart so happy to share nature's beauty!!


Favorite Quotes & Pinterest
I find quotes inspirational and have been sharing a collection of some of my favorites on a Pinterest board. (If you'd like to follow along with me on Pinterest, here you can find The Garden Grazer's Pinterest Page.) I'm pretty active on there, sharing my new blog recipes, and many awesome recipes from other talented vegan bloggers! 💜


I hope this finds you well and wishing you all a happy, healthy March! Spring is near!!
🌷 -Kaitlin



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