Oh. My. Goddess.

You're a Goddess ("And you're a slayer") DressingSo you know the best thing ever? Friends who casually send you stuff they found in their garage that they’re no longer using.

Take, for example, our Vitamix – yes, a freaking Vitamix – courtesy of one spectacular pal, Grace. (A million thanks for that one, it seriously comes in handy.)

What will I ever do with this Vitamix? Wait… a bagillion things. Not to sound like a 4am infomercial, but I can now: make my own almond milk, blend soups, go raw for a week, give my poor juicer a break, or make some dazzling vegan dressings for my homegirl who just re-gave up dairy. (She’s whoopin’ my tuches on the vegan front.)

I found this recipe from the Oh She Glows blog – and she does!

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  • 1 garlic clovephoto
  • 1 cup packed avocado flesh (2 small)
  • 7-8 tbsp water
  • 5 tbsp apple cider vinegar*
  • 3-4 tbsp fresh lemon juice, to taste
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 cup packed fresh basil leaves
  • 1/2 cup packed fresh parsleyphoto 2
  • 1/2 cup packed green onion (dark green part only, not white)
  • 1 tsp kosher salt, or to taste
  • Pinch of cayenne (optional)
  • Touch of honey and/or agave

As per usual, I futzed around with it. I used whatever basil and parsley we had in our window garden (pictures coming soon!) – which didn’t quite add up to a cup’s worth of each. Used a regular onion because I was strangely out of scallions, replaced cayenne for black pepper, and faked it with little of this/little of that-ing.

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All in all it came out delicious and springy and ready to smother on everything.You're a Goddess Dressing

tumblr_ljv16g4Qph1qa1vu6P.S. Evan’s contribution to said experiment: “Way to nerd out on salad duty.”

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Gimme Cookie, Got You Cookie

IMG_9284It’s official. Spring is here and there’s nowhere to sit in the park anymore.

Just two weeks ago there were no leaves on the trees yet, the flipping season refused to commit, and you had to carry at least three sweaters around at a time for fear of sudden temperature drops. This week is better, but I remain skeptical that we’re through with the rampant changes in weather patterns this year.

John Oliver has this to say on the subject:

So now that we’ve settled that, there has been plenty of time for some pretty spectacular picnics. Like with our lovely pals Claude and Louise, on a late April day, with a big ol’ pile of Mediterranean food. (Thanks to tiny hole-in-the-wall delicious restaurant, Jerusalem).

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IMG_9331IMG_9298IMG_9349No picnic is complete without a patch of grass, a lot of giggles, a stack of cookies, and a dog.

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Mission accomplished.

Keep trying, Weather 2014. We’re rooting for you.