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I did it!

  • Posted on: 30 November 2018
  • By: jessica
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I did it! This is the final day of the #bloglikecrazy challenge and I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t relieved. I’m really proud of all the beautiful content I created this month, but I have an announcement- I’m taking December off and enjoying my friends and family during the holidays. But, you know I’ll share a few pics over on Instagram , so be sure to follow along! I hope you’re able to rest and enjoy a peaceful December. Thanks for following along for this fun November challenge!

I’m proud of my heritage

  • Posted on: 29 November 2018
  • By: jessica
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I come from a long line of courageous women. Strong-willed, independent, and bold. These qualities run deep in my blood. As I begin to take steps toward dreaming bigger than I ever have, it is the knowledge of those who came before me that propels me forward. Working with my hands in the kitchen takes me back to being a young girl, watching Grandmama bake. Tiny moments can empower us, if west them.

Wellness coach's guide to: food photography props

  • Posted on: 28 November 2018
  • By: jessica
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The internet is saturated with advice on the subject of food photography. Want to learn how to take a picture of cereal using elmer's glue? There's a youtube video for that. Want to learn how to snap of photo with all the ingredients of a hamburger flying through the air like on a commercial? There's a video for that. But, my guess is that if you've landed on the Spiffy Eats page, that's not your goal. If your goals are more along the lines of taking a stunning photo of that green smoothie recipe you just created or that vegan quinoa burger you can't wait to share with your readers, then you'...

My workspace

  • Posted on: 27 November 2018
  • By: jessica
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Four years ago if someone asked me to share a photo of my workspace I would have been horrified. I had no desk, no camera equipment, no food photography props, no planner! Scary, right? But, when I look back on those times, they hold some of the best memories. Those were the days that I was simiply using my iPhone camera to snap photos of the healthy recipes I was creating. I'd snuggle up in my bed to write blog posts and share my unedited photos. It was pure, it was honest, and it was the beginning of this beautiful life I'm living now. I'm so grateful that as my business has grown I've had...

Spiffy’s Christmas wish list

  • Posted on: 25 November 2018
  • By: jessica
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While I believe Christmas is so much more than the materialistic things, I think it’s ok to dream of exciting things to add to my home and business. I also want to acknowledge my privilege as someone who has the means to have all of my basic essentials and even occasionally splurge. I know everyone doesn’t have that privilege. We donate and volunteer with organizations that help meet the needs of families in our area, and that will be in a future holiday post. Now, on the Spiffy wish list! KitchenAid Food Processor C’mon, you guys knew you’d see something from KitchenAid on this list. And...

After Thanksgiving Refreshing Slaw

  • Posted on: 24 November 2018
  • By: jessica
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I hope you had an incredibly cozy, loving, and joyful Thanksgiving holiday! I sure did. Tony's family sure knows how to cook and I ate sooo much. While I have ZERO shame or regret about what or how much delicious food I enjoyed, I could tell that today my body was craving some crips, raw veggies and I knew this slaw recipe created by Emilie Maynor would totally hit the spot! This slaw is packed with cruncy, nutritious veggies including one of my favorites- parsley. Parsey has lots of health benefits: it's packed with vitamin K, vitamin C, and Vitamin A rich in anti-oxidant nutrients promotes...

Luteal Phase Pumpkin Pie Smoothie

  • Posted on: 23 November 2018
  • By: jessica
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I've been learning so much about my hormones this year and I'm truly amazed at how much food effects them. The book Woman Code by Alissa Vitta has been an amazing resource. It taught me that incorporating certain foods during different phases of my cycle helps balance my hormones! And it's so simple to add in these foods. For example, during the Luteal Phase (the week and a half before your period) our bodies experience a surge of estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone. And the symptoms of PMS occur when our estrogen is too high compared to our progesterone. Foods that help the liver detox...

Whole Food Plant Based (Vegan) Winter Cake

  • Posted on: 21 November 2018
  • By: jessica
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As you know, we've been playing around with some recipes that fall in a line with a whole food plant based lifestyle. Have you seen the documentary "Forks over knives"? Yeah, it's that type of eating. And we are really enjoying it. It's balanced, filling, and non restrictive. Definitely a lifestyle (which is good, because I'm not about that diet culture life). So, since the holidays are here, I figured I'd test out a recipe inspired by my super talented friend Amber of Eat Your F@#*ing Vegetables . Amber shares such creative recipes and this recipe is no different. The icing recipe was...

Vegan Southern Cornbread Dressing

  • Posted on: 18 November 2018
  • By: jessica
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When I was a little girl I would visit my grandmother in Rena Lara, Mississippi. She was always in the kitchen, cookin' this, bakin' that. And bless your heart if you ask her for a recipe. Try as she may, she doesn't know how much of this or that she added. Her cooking style was all about intuition and I've realized that's totally where I got it from! Today, I got in the kitchen and did my best to recreate her southern cornbread dressing, but with a twist- I made it vegan! I know, I know. That's a carnal sin in the South. But, I always feel better when I eat less meat heavy meals, and I love...

Trove

  • Posted on: 17 November 2018
  • By: jessica
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Y’all the cutest mobile shop just opened in the Ham- Trove Design Studio! Trove boasts local fair from so many talented artists all over the Southeast. I have to give a special shout out to my friend Mollie of Big Wave Paper who made this adorable greeting card. All of her cards are made by hand on an antique letterpress. How cool! Visit Trove’s Instagram account to find out all the info about the hours of operations! I’ll see ya there!

Vegan Cinnamon Cardamom Braided Bread with Edible Gold

  • Posted on: 14 November 2018
  • By: jessica
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This cold, rainy weather has me all in the mood for baking bread! The recipe was inspired by this recipe from My Sequened Life with several alterations to make it vegan and a to simplify the process a little a bit. If you're wondering about the beautiful edible gold on top, it's KLG Gold Cardamom Fruitas aka edible gold breath freshner (that also work great in baking!). For a detailed tutorial on braiding your bread check out this ! Ok, here's how I made it!

Blogging through it

  • Posted on: 13 November 2018
  • By: jessica
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This week has turned out to be one of the most stressful weeks ever! I have a lot of really awful things happening in my personal life and I'm doing my best to stay in a positive mindset. Today, I thought about giving up on the #bloglikecrazy challenge. My attention has a lot of really important things to focus on right now, but I've decided to try to stick with it. Any of my other blogger friends out there taking the November challenge? What methods do you use to stay consistent?

3 Plant forward cookbooks to buy for the healthy eater in your life (hello, Christmas gifts)!

  • Posted on: 12 November 2018
  • By: jessica
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You have that one friend (or family member) that's always telling you about the delicous healthy food they made the other night. They flood your Instagram feed with photos of green smoothies and sweet potatoes baked five ways. They know all about the nutritious benefits of adding more veggies into their diet and share creative ways to do just that all the time. OK... let's be honest... this friend is YOU! You came here to read the cookbook suggestions so you could send them to your friends and family *hint, hint, here's what I want for Christmas*. Good! Let's talk cookbooks! Mississippi Vegan...

My city

  • Posted on: 11 November 2018
  • By: jessica
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Reason 9,275,000 that I love living in Birmingham- THE COMMUNITY! When I moved here 5 years ago, I had no idea what amazing people I would meet. This photo from my first food photography workshop was filled with ladies I met from S ee Jane Write membership club, local restaurant owners, small business owners, and more- most of whom I’m now lucky enough to call friend. The women of Birmingham are fierce, loyal, creative, and fearless. What an honor to call this city and this community home

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