Falafel Burger Sliders with Cashew Tzatziki & Sumac Fries (Vegan, Gluten Free)

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Logan swings home on his bike as the sun finally dips away and the sky goes ambient blue. He sits on my blanket. Stares at the setup. Looks to me to silently check in that I don’t need to keep things as they are for photos. Then grabs a falafel burger, stretches out, and gets comfy.

Angel dips an entire slider in cashew tzatziki. We get to talking about our days, passing around the kombucha bottle (germs? what germs? we’re all friends here!). It’s like the softness of Spring gives our muscles and minds the opportunity to finally relax. There’s no holding of breath as we did in the tight cold of Winter. It’s ok to release, drink some wine, watch the darkening sky, lay our heads in patches of grass and violets.

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Super Food Goji Hemp Chocolate Snack Popcorn (Vegan, Gluten Free)

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Hands in the dirt. Picking out nets of grass roots. Balancing on the logs that edge my garden plot. I press my thumb into the earth to create tiny pockets where nasturtium, parsley, delicata squash, marigold, spinach, and marjoram seeds will rest. I gently set the roots of tiny rhubarb and tomato plants into the ground, folding the ruddy dirt around them. Angel, my friend and roommate, sets sproutling sunflowers along one corner of the bed, spacing oregano and thyme and peppers with care. She pots the Thai and Genovese basil. We cover a different strip of ground in my yard with black plastic to kill the grass and weeds beneath, preparing it for the wildflower and strawberry patch it will become a month from now. Blue-grey storm clouds start sending down warm droplets. We amble back to the kitchen to watch from the open windows how the storm sifts water over our work.

Logan’s sister sent him a birthday card a couple of weeks back that read, “If you have a library and a garden, you have everything.” I remember when he opened it he just laughed and nodded and said, “She just knows what to say.”

We get so caught up on our ambitions and projects, with this glimmer of our future-life free of worries about money, that it’s easy to forget. Hands in the dirt. A fresh tomato straight from the vine. Face in the basil. A great book in a sunny spot, looking out over it all. Soft red flax flowers weaving in the breeze. It’s all you need.

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Raw Strawberry Goddess Tarts w/ Superfood Chocolate Creme (Vegan, Gluten Free)

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Back in the day when I used to work in a raw food kitchen I would spend hours crafting tiny tarts and cookies out of nuts, dates, coconut oil, and vibey ingredients like cacao nibs and chia. Mostly in a little room with no windows where I essentially had to stare at a wall of spices and condiments while doing my work. When I wasn’t rolling dates and cocoa and coconut into balls, I was making veg sandwiches and picking sprouts out of my braid. Or just trying to find a moment of peace free from submerging my arms in dirty sink water. Fun times.

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