Skiing, solo road trips, finding unexpected fruit trees, and other ventures

Well friends, it has been six whole months without blogging on here for me and I feel like a lazy BUTT at this point. However, I have been doing multitudes of other activities that strike my fancy just as much of this hobby of mine does. Where in the hell do I even start? From mid-January to now, things have been a’changin’ in some of the best ways. I guess I’ll just give you a list as I do. Ehhhem folks, here you go:

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The Importance of Cooking with Loved Ones

Being out of school for three weeks, I thought, would leave me with copious amounts of time to create recipes, take beautiful photos of the food I created, and then blog, blog, blog about it all. However, I worked more than expected, and took more time to ski and hangout with close friends, who I had not seen in months. Although I wish I had more recipes to share with all of you, I enjoyed my break to the fullest and was able to cook with some of my favorite people. Read more The Importance of Cooking with Loved Ones

On Paying Attention

*This is not a recipe post, but a life/thought post with scattered photos of the process of making a concord grape pie. The recipe is not really a recipe, but a bunch of recipes and ideas thrown together. I didn’t write it down, so I can’t share it with you but feast your eyes on the photos and I will post a few links upon which we based the recipe!*

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Favorite Autumn Recipes

Today marks the first day of autumn, yet the trees aren’t yet changing where I am. The air has begun to cool just a bit so I know colorful autumn is right around the corner. Today is the equinox, so technically speaking, fall is upon us. I am an all-seasons embracer, but fall is the most nostalgic for me. It is a time where we can set free and let go of whatever we feel is necessary in life. It’s a cathartic season. Colors change, leaves fall off of trees, the days start to get much shorter, and it reminds us to let go of what no longer serves us. Life starts to slow down a bit and I think it’s a time for reflection.  To get ready for a winter where things tend to remain a bit more constant.

Lots of things are changing in my life right now and staying in the present is difficult. Times like right now are when I really allow myself to appreciate and wholeheartedly embrace the practice of yoga. Letting go of ego and distractions is one of the most beautiful things we can do each and every day. All we have to do is take some deep breaths.

I urge you to stick with this mantra for today: “In the midst of movement and chaos, keep stillness inside of you”. Although this is one of the hardest things to get out minds to do, it is one of the most important things to let ourselves do.

Be present. Be grateful. And keep and open heat. With that, I want to share with y’all my favorite autumn-time recipes! If you make any of ‘em, tag me @thebakingyogini or #thebakingyogini on Instagram. I’d love to see if you guys make my recipes!

Let’s take a deep breath and get cooking!

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Rejuvenating Lavender Coffee Scrub

makes approximately 14 oz.

When I thought I’d have to be drinking pre-made dining hall coffee this entire year, I got a little scared. Luckily I have a great mom who thought up the idea of buying me a coffee grinder (thanks, mama!) and I’ve used it every day. It’s nothing special, but paired with some Kenyan beans and a french press, I’m not complaining.
Before I left for school I wanted to make a little “get-to-know-you” gift for my roommates, and bada bing…coffee scrub. I made coffee scrub for a lot of family members for Christmas last year and got rave reviews. It’s amazing for exfoliation everywhere (yeah, even my face!) and lasts for such a long time. I just ran out of my 6 oz. jar a month ago.  It got 6 months of use!

This scrub is rejuvenating, brightening, and even a bit relaxing due to the lavender. Make sure to use this two times a week at the max because anymore than that might clog your drain. I know coffee grounds are bad to put down the drain, but I only use around 1/2-1 teaspoon at a time, 2x’s a week. I don’t think that will do too much damage.
I love this stuff and I hope you will too! It’s fully vegan and absolutely amazing. Remember to follow me on Instagram and Pinterest!

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