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User Image thefirstmess Posted: Jul 7, 2012 11:31 PM (UTC)

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User Image thefirstmess Posted: Jan 16, 2018 9:05 PM (UTC)
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We’re loving Turks and Caicos beyond belief. The vibe is real! Lots of plant-based options too. We ate all this goodness at @retreatkitchen. Summer rolls, big salad with roasted sweet potatoes, wild rice & broccoli, green juices, and some incredible peanut butter chocolate chunk cookies 👌🏻 #plantbased
User Image thefirstmess Posted: Jan 10, 2018 1:44 PM (UTC)

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VERY fancy tahini granola with orange, cacao nibs & mulberries. Recipe is on the blog today 😉🖥👌🏻 Shovelling handfuls of this into my mouth as I race around the house trying to get ready for our trip to Turks and Caicos tomorrow! Might be a sprinkling of beach pics the next few days 🤷🏼‍♀️💙 #thefirstmess
User Image thefirstmess Posted: Jan 4, 2018 7:44 PM (UTC)

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Sneaking in with a new recipe on the blog. It's a creamy white bean soup with kale, rosemary & lemon. Perfect for cozying up with in the middle of a bomb cyclone, amiright east coast people? 😬🌨🌀🌪😅 Please stay safe out there. #plantbased #thefirstmess
User Image thefirstmess Posted: Jan 3, 2018 8:20 PM (UTC)

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So nothing is going my way this week and all I wanna do is cuddle by the fire and eat a loaf of bread, seriously. But I've got work to do 'cuz a new blog post/recipe is fiiiiiinalllllly coming to the blog tomorrow! Hint: it's cozy and goes perfectly with bread, yay.
🍞🍞🍞🍞🍞🍞🍞🍞🍞🍞🍞🍞🍞🍞🍞🍞🍞🍞This loaf was made using Jim Lahey’s incredibly easy no-knead method, which you can find on the @pinchofyum site! I add a good spoonful of coconut yogurt to mine before it sits overnight for that "fake sourdough" vibe. Highly recommend it 👌🏻✨
User Image thefirstmess Posted: Jan 2, 2018 2:29 PM (UTC)

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Happy new year to you ✨. After the all-out frenzy of the holidays, I love the deep cold and quiet of early January. It's a time that's ripe for stillness, contemplation, and nourishment of all kinds. Cleo and I are finding ways to basically do everything in this cozy spot today. Swipe for a better peek at my coconut bircher breakfast with persimmon. It’s my go-to at the moment 💙
User Image thefirstmess Posted: Dec 30, 2017 3:03 PM (UTC)

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Still have room for one more healthy-ish treat? This 2 ingredient @SunButter chocolate fudge is easy to make and so ridiculously good. And bonus: you can check the link in my profile for even more recipe inspiration via SunButter's Trending Chocolate Recipe Collection. It's a 0.99 Kindle recipe collection, with all proceeds going to Food Equality Initiative, an organization working to improve access to allergen-friendly foods for those in need. I truly love the work that they do! #Sponsored 🍫RECIPE🌻
INGREDIENTS: 1 1/2 cups Organic #SunButter + 1 1/2 cups vegan chocolate chips
METHOD: 1) Line an 8x8x2 baking pan with parchment paper, with overhang on the sides. 2) In a double boiler setup, combine the SunButter and  chocolate chips, stirring until completely melted and homogenous. 3) Pour the fudge mixture into the parchment-lined baking pan. 4) Place the pan in the freezer for 45 minutes, or until fudge is firm. 5) Remove fudge from freezer and cut into squares. Store the fudge in a sealed container in the refrigerator.
User Image thefirstmess Posted: Dec 29, 2017 2:30 PM (UTC)

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Cleaned, reorganized, and rotated the pantry situation ✔️ Holiday stuff is put away ✔️ Light closet cleanup is happening this morning ✔️ But biggest thing: we're finally getting our fireplace set up today--right before a deeeeeep cold snap ✔️ Getting cozy and ready for you, 2018. (People always ask: you can find wood-topped storage jars like mine at @thecontainerstore 🧐)
User Image thefirstmess Posted: Dec 28, 2017 6:09 PM (UTC)

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Making up for lost time in so many ways here. Little lunch bowl with steam-sauteéd broccoli, quinoa, sexy swoop of hummus, aleppo pepper sprinkle, caper and shallot-dressed greens (dressing recipe on my site!), shaved cucumber, sunflower seeds, lots of pepper, and a cutie mug of turmeric coconut milk to drink.
User Image thefirstmess Posted: Dec 24, 2017 1:01 PM (UTC)

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The creamiest coffee for the snowiest Christmas eve morning ✨. I blend a handful of soaked cashews and pecans (50/50) with about 2-ish cups of hot coffee, little pinches of cinnamon and nutmeg, some tocotrienols if I'm in the mood (hiii abundant vitamin E 👋🏻), a splash of MCT oil, and a few drops of stevia or maple syrup. We're staying put until we venture out for a get-together this evening, but I think we're getting even MORE snow overnight! If you celebrate, I hope that you have a wonderful day tomorrow. Stay safe and bright out there. Love you all ❤️
User Image thefirstmess Posted: Dec 19, 2017 6:11 PM (UTC)

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Apricot and pistachio, raspberry and pecan *chef kiss* 👩🏼‍🍳😚👌🏻
User Image thefirstmess Posted: Dec 16, 2017 6:47 PM (UTC)

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How to win friends and influence people ✔️ (Opened these in my back seat at a rest stop for the ´gram, whyyyyy not 🤷🏼‍♀️😎)
User Image thefirstmess Posted: Dec 13, 2017 5:34 PM (UTC)

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When only the fanciest potatoes will do 💋
User Image thefirstmess Posted: Dec 12, 2017 7:15 PM (UTC)

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That thing where you plan to make the perfect, most classic apple crisp for your family dinner, but you're short on apples AND oats 🙈.. @LoblawsON online shopping comes in with the save 🏅. I just placed the order from home and sent my man on a pickup mission (he doesn't even have to leave the car yasss). Apple crisp is crispin' and I barely miss a beat with party prep. Check the link in profile to try this time-saver yourself, and use code LAURA10 to receive $10 off your first purchase of $50 or more at 😉 #AD
User Image thefirstmess Posted: Dec 11, 2017 10:52 PM (UTC)

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Holiday times = cookies all the time 🤗🍪. These are admittedly sub-par peanut butter cookies that I fixed with chocolate ✔️
User Image thefirstmess Posted: Dec 11, 2017 6:01 PM (UTC)
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Just fondly remembering this lovingly beige/brown meal that was made and enjoyed with @yumuniverse, @ohladycakes, @jessicamurnane & @adinagrigore a few weekends ago. We've got a kale caesar, roasted cauli steaks, stuffing (made with Heather's unreal gluten-free sourdough bread), mashed potatoes, and super herb-y mushroom gravy (thickened with potatoes yessss!). All vegan, all perfect. Also, I throwback when I feel like it 😉
If you can afford ashwagandha/100% organic produce/sustainably harvested lichens etc. every day, you honestly may not need anything from Santa this year! Let me be clear: I'm not knocking gifts and people who love to receive/give them. I get it! If you are in a position to give though, consider coordinating charitable donations on behalf of your friends and fam as gifts this year. Less stuff, less pressure, less wrapping materials, doing good, helping the greater good, more conversation, stronger connections, more joy! I've tagged some great organizations here, and I’d like to encourage you to do the same in the comments. Holiday hugs. You're all so, so wonderful to me 🤗💋
User Image thefirstmess Posted: Dec 7, 2017 1:58 PM (UTC)

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My man swears that he told me about needing a potluck salad for a work function over a month ago, buutttt I'm pretty sure that I JUST heard it for the first time last night 😅. @LoblawsON online shopping for the win. This service helps me avoid the busyness this time of year so that I can get the job done faster (and my man gets to win friends with salad). Check the link in profile to try it yourself and use code LAURA10 to receive $10 off your first purchase of $50 or more at 🤑 #AD
User Image thefirstmess Posted: Dec 5, 2017 4:16 PM (UTC)

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Sharing these festive coco-mint cookie truffles on the @plantarestaurants blog today! It’s a teeny holiday spin on the ones in #FirstMessCookbook. They’re secretly healthy and everyone loves them ✨. Click over to their profile to check out the recipe link 😉
User Image thefirstmess Posted: Dec 4, 2017 1:23 PM (UTC)

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Relaxing mornings that start with hot drinks and toast = the best. I enjoy @lovemysilk coconut creamer whipped into a tea latte while my man goes straight for the creamy coffee option. That dairy-free bliss life 🙌 ☕ Check it out in stores 😉 #PerkYourCup #ad
User Image thefirstmess Posted: Dec 2, 2017 12:54 PM (UTC)

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This ✨winter glow green smoothie✨ with hemp and ginger is on the blog today, made in partnership with @manitobaharvest! I share a few other ways to use hemp AND there's a hemp prize pack giveaway in the mix as well 🎉 #HeartTheHarvest #ad