The Northern Lights (or more scientifically aurora borealis) are one of those natural phenomena that doesn’t even seem possible. After seeing photos and video, they instantly moved near the top of our travel bucketlist. However, after more research it became apparent that they can be a bit elusive. Experiences range from just a glimpse to spectacular light show. We experienced both ends of the spectrum on our trip to Iceland. The bottom line is that they are a natural phenomena and there is no guarantee! For this reason, we picked Iceland as our country of choice. Even if we didn’t see them, we had lots of other activities planned and would have a great trip. Seeing the Northern Lights would just be a cherry on top. However to improve our chances, I put in a lot of research on how to find and photograph them. Hopefully this will help on your own Northern Lights adventures.
Before our trip, I knew nothing about Antelope Canyon, slot canyons or Page, Arizona. Antelope Canyon caught my interest and I knew I had to see it, especially since it is only one state away. I started researching tour companies, reaching out to other bloggers and turning my day dreams of Antelope Canyon into an actual trip (check out our itinerary here!). I quickly learned that while Antelope Canyon is praised for it’s beauty, it is also notable for being crowded. Really, really crowded. Luckily I discovered Page has quite a few slot canyons, and so we decided to visit more than one. Here is my round up of the best slot canyons in Page.
We just got back from an awesome road trip to Page, Arizona. Page is in the northern portion of Arizona, near the border of Utah and is famous for it’s gorgeous landscapes, particularly Horseshoe Bend and Antelope Canyon. Trust me, these are some of the most beautiful areas we have ever seen and are so unique. While there are lots of activities, I think three full days is the perfect amount to see all the highlights. road trip to page
Cenotes are a truly magical experience and I completely understand why the Mayans valued them. Cave swimming is so unique and has an ethereal quality about it. Each cenote is different from the next with awesome rock formations to flying bats to ancient trees with gnarled roots. They are also a great way to cool off from the heat and re-energize yourself. Here are the five best cenotes near Tulum that we visited during our trip.
Tulum, Mexico is a hidden gem. Located about 1.5 hours south of Cancun, Tulum leaves behind the all-inclusive resorts for unique boutique hotels, awesome plant-based food, gorgeous beaches, ancient ruins, and incredible cenotes. I’m a greedy traveler, so when I heard I could climb a ruin, snorkel with sea turtles, and jump into a bat cave all in one day I was sold. It truly is the perfect location to combine snorkeling, laying on the beach, and discovering history. If this sounds like your kind of vacation read on for tips on how to make the most out of Tulum. travel tips tulum.
Hello from Spain! I am a complete yogurt lover and every time I come to Europe I am excited to have Sojade yogurt again. While I love the access to vegan foods in the US, there are a couple of products in Europe (ichoc and Sojade to name two!), that I look forward to having every time we come. I am eating quite a bit of it this trip and figured it was about time to post on the blog and share a recipe for a hearty breakfast nut and oats yogurt parfait of my own.
Having returned from Italy about two weeks ago, I am already missing the abundance of fresh tomato, basil, and balsamic vinegar. Sometimes I get caught up in making complex and complicated food, but this recent trip to Europe reminded me that simple, fresh ingredients really are the best. Now that I am back, I had the chance to snag a bag of Miyokos Mozzarella (insert happy dance!!). What better to make than something simple, fresh, and Italian inspired, such as these Eggplant Caprese Stacks.
Spring is here and with it all sorts of great produce! I just picked up a box of Ranier cherries (my fav!), peaches, pears, figs, a huge watermelon, grapes, and cantaloupe. As I was unloading it all, I realized I had all the ingredients I used to make the Spring Green Smoothie recipe I entered into the JEM Raw Nut Butter contest last year. Of course I had to remake it and wanted to share it on the blog. I didn’t win the grand prize, but I did win a secondary prize and got 4 free jars of JEM, which was amazing!
Fall is here! And that means it is time for pumpkin everything. I definitely am a fan of pumpkin and always look forward to seeing what new pumpkin options come out every year. I was perusing the pumpkin section at the grocery store (yes, there really is a section entirely related to pumpkin items) and found Barbara’s Puffin Pumpkin Cereal. I quickly scanned the ingredients and was happy to see they used whole grains, real pumpkin, and only had five grams of sugar.
I generally don’t eat a lot of cereal, but have been enjoying a bowl of these on occasion. One morning it dawned on me that these would be perfect for a fall inspired puppy chow! Now, adding chocolate and powdered sugar definitely defeats some of the health benefits of this cereal, but it definitely makes for a yummy treat. For those who don’t know, puppy chow aka muddy buddies aka monkey munch aka reindeer food, is made by coating cereal with a bit of chocolate (and sometimes nut butter) and then tossing it in powdered sugar. It is so simple and insanely delicious. This Vegan Pumpkin Puppy Chow has just a hint of pumpkin spice mixed with the powdered sugar along with real pumpkin in the cereal.
Martin and I are off to Stuttgart, Germany and packed the last of this puppy chow as a fun snack for the airport, train rides, etc. We tried to pack a variety of snacks, as we aren’t sure how vegan friendly all of our destinations will be. So far we haven’t had much trouble, but are taking a couple of full day tours where I think our snacks will come in quite handy. Now, onto the best part, the recipe!
4 cups Barbara's Pumpkin Puffins (about half a box)
½ c favorite vegan chocolate chips
2 tbs Earth Balance
¾ c powdered sugar
1 tbs pumpkin pie spice
Melt chocolate chips with earth balance until smooth either in microwave or using a double broiler. If using the microwave, stir every 15 seconds and melt ver carefully to prevent burning the chocolate.
Pour chocolate onto cereal and mix, coating the cereal completely.
In a separate bowl, mix powdered sugar and pumpkin pie spice.
Place cereal and sugar mixture in a ziploc bag and shake, coating the cereal with sugar. You can also carefully mix in a large bowl, but it is more fun to shake.