Stove Top Espresso and Morning Musings 2

Some time ago, my mother-in-law gifted me with a little stove top espresso maker she bought in Italy.  (And technically, she bought it for *us*. But I feel that the bond between said espresso maker and myself has grown so deep that really it cannot truly belong to Chris as equally as it does to […]

Stovetop Espresso and Morning Musings

Chocolate Peanut Butter Smoothie with Hidden Veggies (Aka: Popeye and a Chocoholic Get in a Fist Fight!)

Popeye and a Chocoholic Get in a Fist Fight 1

I’m a major smoothie girl! And so is my little one.  (Which is delightful to me because she considers smoothies to be a real treat and I’m happy to serve them up since they’re soooo good for her!) I’ve shared my Tropical Green Monster Smoothie with you before, and also my Post-Partum Super Smoothie.  But […]


The Cutest Food on the Planet 1

I don’t know if you all have noticed but it has been a LOOOONG time since I’ve posted an actual recipe here for you.  The Kale Casserole doesn’t exactly count because I took those photographs about 3 months before our baby was born.  Since Ava’s arrival, it’s been a whole different story.  Lots of last […]

Popped sorghum grains are high in protein and make the most adorable "mini popcorn!"

New Years 2015

The Five Most Fabulous Foods of Fourteen!

Hi Friends! Have you enjoyed your holiday?  Have you slept late, sipped coffee, and effectively forgotten you ever had responsibilities beyond clearing away wrapping paper debris and loading/unloading the dishwasher?  I sincerely hope so.  My holiday has been thusly blissful. Among my favorite moments of the week was tonight, when my siblings and I decided […]


Are You Giving BIG This Year? 1

Do y’all remember when I wrote this post last year? To give you a short recap: My family suffered two huge losses at the end of 2013 and start of 2014.  Attempting to process those losses was a mind-boggling feat.  (To be truthful, my siblings and I didn’t have the slightest clue how to begin to […]

Grief Recovery Retreat at Whitestone Country Inn

Wild Rice, Mushroom, & Kale Casserole  #vegan

Wild Rice, Mushroom, & Kale Casserole 3

I’ve wanted to share this recipe with you for ages!  It’s one of my favorites… a go-to in our household. There’s just the small matter of these two babies I’ve been blessed with.  Most nights, they prohibit the making of any sort of proper dinner, and on the rare miraculous occasions when a meal does […]


A Whimsical Giveaway! 23

The sweet folks over at Catching Fireflies recently approached me about featuring my Salted Caramel Mocha in a holiday-themed post called 6 Mocha Recipes to Warm Your Heart & Soul…..  How delightful!  I checked out the post and the recipes sure do look tempting.  I’m a mocha-lover through and through, and my 2-year-old can vouch […]

Metallic gold temporary tattoos

My 2014 Beauty & Style Christmas List

What’s on my Christmas list this year!

I pretty much always have a mental “Christmas List” going… how about you?  And I always love hearing what other people have on their lists, particularly if they are people whose style I admire.  My blogger friend, Natalie, posted her list the other day and it’s a great one! Today, I thought I’d share my list […]


Happy Day Before Thanksgiving 1

I hope you plan on unplugging this weekend and spending some time looking at the faces of those around you.  (Hopefully they are faces you love dearly… I know that’s the case for me!)  I’ll be nowhere near my computer or I-Pad, and the faces I’ll be looking at include: My sweet pregnant (with twins!) sister-in-law… […]

Happy Thanksgiving from Pretty/Hungry

Festive and healthy Thanksgiving ideas!

ThanksGiving Your Waistline a Chance This Year! 1

In many Thanksgivings past, I’ve counted down the days til the big feast… fantasizing about all the amazing ways I planned to “cheat” on whatever diet I was on at the time.  Pie, stuffing, countless buttered rolls, and an obligatory bite of turkey.  (Turkey’s never been my fave.  Anyone else grossed out by the smell??) Well, […]


Dear Carissa: Part 2 2

Hello and welcome to the 2nd edition of “Dear Carissa” – where I answer your questions about cooking, budgeting, wellness, and life!  (Since I’m such an expert… NOT.)  Actually the real reason for this series is that I wanted a way to answer your Frequently Asked Questions in one place so that others might benefit […]

Dear Carissa: Part 2 - I'm back to answer more of your questions about food, budgeting, wellness, and life!

Your #veganism FAQs - Answered!

Curious about Plant-Based Eating? 9

~ I’m not sure what predispositions you bring to the table when it comes to plant-based eating, or what you think when you hear that phrase.  I know that we live in an age where trendy new “diets” lurk around every corner and that you probably know numerous people who are trying “paleo” or “gluten-free” or “soy-free” […]


The Impossible (Possible) Fudge Brownie Cookies! 1

~ Something very odd has happened to me lately… I’m am losing my desire for super-sugary sweets.  What is going ON with me?!?  It’s quite baffling.  All of a sudden I cannot finish a pint of Ben & Jerry’s (which is unheard of!)  Even my ongoing love-affair with Seasonal Reeses just isn’t burning as hotly […]

HEALTHY Fudge Brownie Cookies (Except no one would ever know they are healthy!) #vegan #chocolate

Why not try red wine in baked goods?  This Red Wine Apple Bread is fabulous!

Red Wine Apple Quick Bread 2

~ Oh hello there. I have a fabulous recipe to share with you today.  I invented it.  And I am in love with it.  But I do feel the need to provide a disclaimer and tell you that my husband does NOT love it.  (And now I feel the need to disclaim that disclaimer and […]


A Farm-Fresh Meal Delivered to my Door!

“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” Hippocrates 460 B.C   As you all know, I’ve recently had a baby!  She’s two weeks old, in fact.  And throughout the past two weeks, we’ve been very blessed to receive some wonderful food gifts from friends and family to help relieve the burden of food […]

Farm-to-Table Meal Delivery!