A Healthy Day in the Life… 5   Recently updated !

I’ve been getting a funny question rather frequently lately… What does a typical day of meals/snacks look like for me? I suppose it isn’t that funny since I’ve made no secret about the fact that I’ve transitioned to eating mainly whole, plant foods, and have also cut out pretty much all added sugar. Not exactly […]

Healthy Plant-Based Lunch Ideas

The best granola I've ever tried, and I'm not even remotely kidding.

Pretty/Hungry + Golden Girl Granola (Giveaway!) 1

~ Some time ago I was asked to collaborate with Golden Girl Granola for a product review here on Pretty/Hungry!  I had never heard of the company before so I was very intrigued.  Afterall, it’s not easy to find a great granola… most of the brands I’ve tried are far too sweet, and are, of […]


Cozy Vegetable Pasta Soup 6

~ Meet Miss February. This soup is Miss February in the 2015 Pretty/Hungry Recipe Calendar. Have you snagged your copy yet?  Because it’s not too late.  (Although it’s kinda too late since we’re two months into 2015… but what I mean is, it’s not too late for you to get a calendar if you want […]

Vegetable Pasta Soup Vegan

Silky Coconut Pumpkin Soup

Pumpkin Coconut Soup 2

~ You might recall a recent Facebook post in which I sheepishly confessed that I just now removed the pumpkins from my porch.  (Yes, the ones I had out there to commemorate the Harvest season.  Yep, it’s February.)   I’m a mom of a 2-year old and a newborn, and I run two home businesses… what […]


Stove Top Espresso and Morning Musings 4

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!