A Happy Start to the New Year: Vegan Whole Wheat Waffles

Happy 2014, everyone! Instead of black-eyed peas, we started the new year with whole wheat waffles, a recipe from “Vegan Cooking for Carnivores” by Roberto Martin. Don’t worry, you don’t even have to ask—they are sooo freaking good. Highly recommend. I also recommend buying the cookbook if you’re curious about a vegan diet—Roberto is excellent at making a plant-based diet palatable to those who prefer the meatier side of food.

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Ingredients

Step 1: In a medium bowl, combine the flours, baking powder, cinnamon and salt.

Step 2: Stir in the milk, water, applesauce and melted butter until well incorporated.

Step 3: Let the batter rest for about 5 minutes while you preheat the waffle iron.

Step 4: Spray the preheated waffle iron with nonstick spray and cook the waffles according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Serve with maple syrup.

*Makes 8 medium waffles.

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New Year, New Wardrobe

Give yourselves a pat on the back guys, because, congrats—we made it through the holidays and to the new year with our sanity firmly in tact (eh, sure).

I love to start the new year fresh. After setting a bunch of goals for 2014, my favorite way to stay motivated is to clean out the old clothes I don’t wear anymore and re-build with a wardrobe that inspires a new routine. If you’re rebooting your wardrobe too, you’ll need these staples (buying info here):

1. Accessories

Stand out with a chunky necklace—this year, the chunkier (and wilder), the better.

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2. A Jacket, a Sweater, a Blouse

Each of these make for a versatile wardrobe, especially when you rotate them with…

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3. Jeans, Jeans and Jeans

Worry about pants later—right now, you need to get comfy in denim: black jeans, boyfriend jeans and dress-up jeans (for a night on the town that doesn’t require a dress).

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4. Boots!

While it’s still cold out, enjoy the best part of cold weather and strap on a pair of heeled boots. Or, to stay a bit more comfy, try quilted riding boots.

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5. Last But Not Least: The Bag

Do I really need to give you a reason to buy a new purse?

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Celebrate the Season in Silver & Gold

Christmas parties! New Year’s parties! And a few birthdays! Don’t you love this time of year? Not just because you get to snuggle in with your friends and family for holiday cheer and yummy eggnog (well, some of us love it), but also because that means shopping. Yes, shopping for your loved ones—but it doesn’t hurt to snag yourself a new dress for the new year, now does it? For details on the items below, visit Polyvore.

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