So You Married A Vegan

You may think I married a vegan. I didn’t. When Stephani and I met, she reluctantly ate meat. She still beheld the power of cheese. And I’m not sure she knew what gluten was yet ( I certainly didn’t). So when I say I married a vegan, I really mean I married a lady who became a vegan.

Stephani Bloomquist and Eric Johnson Wedding

Narrowing down the diet Stephani eats today has been an evolution that has given me a firsthand look at the phases of vegan life.

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Homemade Granola Bars

Homemade Granola Bars - These chewy homemade granola bars are a great healthy snack. They're made in the food processor and then just pressed into a container and refrigerated, so they're very easy. Perfect for an on-the-go snack!

I always see recipes for homemade granola bars come through my Pinterest feed and I must admit I thought they seemed kind of fussy. But now that I’m on a fairly restrictive diet, I find it hard to find pre-made snacks that don’t contain ingredients I’m supposed to avoid. That’s where these awesome homemade granola bars come in, and they’re anything but fussy! They take about 5 minutes to throw together in a food processor, then refrigerate for 30 minutes or so and they’re ready to enjoy!

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Fall Sweet Potato Salad

Fall Sweet Potato Salad Recipe - This fall-inspired sweet potato salad has such surprising and delicious flavors, you'll definitely find yourself going back for more! White sweet potatoes lend tasty sweetness, contrasted by crunchy celery, red onion and fresh thyme. Stir in some cranberries and you've got a hit!

Three words: sweet potato salad. Crazy, right?! Like, is it cold mashed potatoes? Kind of. But in the best way and I swear you’ll love it.

Before you bypass this sweet potato salad recipe, hear me out. If you don’t like regular potato salad, you’re in luck! This side dish is completely different than what you’re probably imagining: no hard-boiled eggs or mayonnaise, which can both be a turnoff to some people. Instead, this fall-inspired side is basically mashed white sweet potatoes dotted with celery, red onion, dried cranberries and finished off with some fresh thyme leaves. Yes, you read that right: sweet potatoes! It’s an indescribable, tasty dish, so I hope you’ll try it yourself! Continue reading

Picnic Breakfast at Sunrise

Sunrise Picnic Breakfast at Lake Nokomis

Picnics are my favorite. Sunrises are also at the top of my list of things that are rad. Eric and I try to do a special picnic at least a few times each summer (in fact he proposed to me after one of our picnics!), and we realized that in our nearly 8 years of being together, we had never seen a sunrise together. So we made it a sunrise picnic breakfast!

I’ve watched many a sunrise with my best friend, who happened to live just one neighborhood away from mine while we were growing up. We’d plan to get up early, bring coffee (it was mostly creamer, actually) and spend the first waking hours of the day together watching the sunrise and talking about life. For that reason, sunrises are extra special to me.

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