loving lately.


Happy Friday!!

It’s honestly kind of an emotional Friday for us because it’s officially our last day in DC for the summer 🙁 For those of you just popping in, Nate and I have been living here for his work for the past few months, but we’ll be heading home to Durham this weekend to finish out his last year of law school.

It’s definitely a bittersweet feeling— I’m so sad to leave this big, beautiful, busy city that I call my second home, but it’ll be nice to be back in our normal routines in NC before the school year begins. Ohh and all those other exciting things I just told you about on Tuesday!!

In other news, life is about to get pretty darn interesting because we’re also picking up our puppy this weekend <— insert dancing girl emoji here!! We’ve been wanting to get a dog for a few years now, but never felt like we had enough time take on that kind of responsibility with our careers and school. Because who are we kidding, it’s kind of like having a baby.

So now that the timing is right, we pulled the trigger and could not be MORE excited about it. Watch out for lots of new puppy pics on my Instagram and snapchat (pumpkinandpb)!

Anyways, onto the purpose of this post. Here are my favorites in food and life from the past few weeks. Hope you guys have a beautiful weekend! Stay cool!


recipes i’m making lately.

these toasted coconut pancakes. i made them with gluten free flour and they were a little more dense, but still super delicious.

this balsamic spring vegetable salad. it’s so versatile with ingredients i’ve got left in my fridge, so this is another weekly recipe in our kitchen.

this green goddess quinoa summer salad. because anything with the words “green goddess” is always a winner in my book.

these almond flour zucchini muffins. i swear i’ve made these babies, like, once a week for the past month.

these coconut watermelon slushies. these drinks just scream summer to me!


things i’m loving lately.

these spindrift seltzers from trader joe’s. sometimes it’s nice to drink something other than plain ol’ water during the day and i love the natural ingredients in these. and now i’m obsessed.

ok, i’m sure you already saw this but GILMORE GIRLS announced their release date!

did you guys see these awesome personalized beer bottles nate’s family made for our engagement party?!? we still have a 6-pack left that i don’t want to drink just because they’re too pretty!

speaking of our engagement party, i also shared the sweet goodie bags that were given to our guests at the end of the night. these jem nut butters are so unique and were such a big hit!


recipes i’m eying up lately.

this southwest egg scramble. i make stuff like this all the time for a quick lunch or dinner so this is definitely getting added to my list.

this vegan sesame noodle bowl. another awesome quick meal! lovingggg these flavors!

this avocado pesto pizza. is there really anything better than those three words in the same sentence?

this tomato basil & artichoke picnic sandwich. i could probably eat this every day of the week and NOT get sick of it.

these strawberry basil caipirinha cocktails. i secretly adore caipirinhas so this is totally up my alley!

this gluten free vegan cookie cake. this girl knows how to make a gluten free cookie RIGHT!



Hi, I’m Liz and this is my food blog where I share my love of healthy foods and whole ingredients. You will find mostly vegetarian dishes, plenty of sweets, and lots of love from this little kitchen in Durham, North Carolina!


  1. Yay for coming home to Durham!! 🙂 There’s a part of me that misses DC and then another part not so much lol I think after commuting back and forth into the city every day with traffic it dampened my love haha But I do love visiting these days! And what kind of puppy are you getting???? PS thanks for the scramble love!

    • Yeah that whole traffic business is no fun at all. But it’s such a fun city and there’s always so much to do. At the same time, I am pretty excited to be back home in Durham 🙂

  2. Omg a puppy!? Yayy!!!!! My friend here just got a french bulldog and I’ve been so obsessed. They totally brighten up people’s day!!! That will be so fun

    • French bulldogs are the cutest things ever! Seriously couldn’t be more excited about it!

  3. Ohmygoshhhh, Liz! I totally hadn’t seen the Gilmore Girls release date OR trailer yet! I am so excited! Hehe thanks for making my morning <3

    • Right?!?! So freaking excited for it’s release!! And the puppy, of course 😉

  4. Such a fun list! Congrats on the puppy, and enjoy returning to NC! I am so excited that all of us in the Carolinas are only 2 months away from those gorgeous Carolina fall sunsets!!! 🙂

    • I totally agree on that one 😉 Thanks Heather!

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