Do the best you can until you know better. Then, when you know better, do better.
— Maya Angelou

Who I Am

Hello, I am Katie, the photographer, recipe-developer, artist, mammographer, and host of this blog! I am also the author of the cookbook Pure & Beautiful Vegan Cooking, published in April of 2016 by Page Street Publishing a division of MacMillan. I'm married to my ever-loving husband, Todd. Stick around and you'll see a lot of our two rescues, Bailey and Anouk as well. 

I love using fresh, natural ingredients in my cooking. This vibrant bundle of chickweed came right from my yard!

I love using fresh, natural ingredients in my cooking. This vibrant bundle of chickweed came right from my yard!

Our little family lives happily in Alaska. It's where I was born and raised and where Todd (from Ohio) was lured to by legend of the amazing Alaskan women. It's a fact. Bailey is a rescue from the last cell, down a long and sad hallway in our local animal shelter. He was the only puppy that remained after my third visit one sunny week in July. I thought one week was much too long to be left in a shelter, so I brought him home with me. Anouk is a pint-sized rescue from a remote Alaskan village, Kalskag, where dogs are not treated very friendly. He was found following some children home from school and sleeping under their porch in the below freezing temperatures. Once squinty-eyed and scared, he's now a bright-eyed, happy ball of energy!

Bailey, my sous chef and our furry, four-legged child has a big personality. 

Bailey, my sous chef and our furry, four-legged child has a big personality. 

Why I Blog

We are vegan. Eeek! Scary, I know. But it doesn't have to be, and that is the premise of this blog! That and our Alaskan adventures of course, which we'd love for you to join us in. We started out on our vegan adventure due firstly to some health issues and secondly, to the knowledge that came from the relentless research of a vegan diet due to said health issues. However, most influential was the discovery of how animals (known as food to some) are abused by the food industry. Let me just say that if the general public knew how cow's milk is produced and comes to market, I doubt many people would still drink it. Ignorance really is bliss, I was the poster child. 

However, being vegan isn't about being perfect! I still have a jar of honey in my cupboard and yes, I sometimes carry around my leather purse I got before I was vegan (gasp!) Let's get real though, any little bit helps. Respecting all living creatures and recognizing their rights and welfare is tremendously important. As is the welfare of ourselves! I share the belief that animals are not ours to exploit. They lead their own lives and I only want to help care for them, not destroy their lives. In addition, eating a plant based diet will most likely vastly improve anyone's health. It's hard to conceive for some though, as the Standard American Diet contains milk, meat and eggs. I grew up eating all that too! Still not sure about a plant-based diet? Check out all the benefits from non-biased, scientific research here.

I started blogging after peer pressure from Todd for several years. I've always loved to cook and explore the culinary world, sharing my recipes with friends and family. However, I never really felt that I had a good reason to blog and I was never, ever able to keep a journal, despite my efforts. When we started out on our vegan journey, it was a big dietary change for Todd and this blog started out as a way to cope with those and also to share great vegan recipes. 

I want to share how delicious, easy, and truly fulfilling being vegan can be!

I want to share how delicious, easy, and truly fulfilling being vegan can be!

What You'll Discover 

My mission is to help inspire people to lead kinder lives; lives with less impact on the planet and healthier lives. To hopefully make you laugh and include you in on our crazy Alaskan adventures.  And whether you're a vegan, vegetarian or an omnivore, our recipes are sure to be a hit and maybe you'll even find some inspiration to cut back on animal products and lead a healthier, more peaceful life. Always good right? Yes.

My old-time Rhubarb Lavender Shrub, made from freshly picked produce from the garden, is similar to the one my grandmother used to make.

My old-time Rhubarb Lavender Shrub, made from freshly picked produce from the garden, is similar to the one my grandmother used to make.

Read more in-depth about My Vegan Story over at my interview with Keepin' It Kind.

I hope you find the strength to make changes in your life that better yourself, the world, and all Earth's creatures. Thank you so much for stopping by!

Being vegan, you can have amazingly decadent ice cream...and eat it too!

Being vegan, you can have amazingly decadent ice cream...and eat it too!