staples of my plant based pantry

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staples of my vegan pantry

as a vegan momma of (almost) two who loves to cook, keeping a well stocked plant based pantry is a must. there are just a few ingredients that i have to have on hand at all times! they make dinners easy to throw together and textures like ‘creamy, cheesy and meaty’ oh-so-possible.

>> not sure what we eat? check out the plant based recipes library and years of ‘dinner ideas’ posts that share what we eat each week. want to dive in a little deeper? you can read more about my vegan pregnancy, why becoming vegan is the best thing i ever did, how i make it easy, my tips for traveling vegan, and advice on grocery shopping.

my top 10 vegan pantry must haves:

raw cashews. raw cashews are a vegan’s best friend. i use them to make everything creamy – from pasta sauce to soup! they have a very mild flavor (not very nutty at all), and are really easy to use.

>> to make cashew cream: soak the cashews overnight, then drain and rinse. add enough fresh water to just barely cover the nuts and blend in a food processor. now, let all the things be creamy!

nutritional yeast. we use this every day, and if you haven’t yet, you must try it! nutritional yeast is packed with nutrition, particularly B-vitamins (like B12), folic acid, selenium, zinc, and protein. we primarily use it for it’s rich flavor though, which can be described as cheesy, nutty and savory. we add it to grits, soups, sauces, gravies, and just about any other dish we want to amp of the flavor of!

chickpeas. chickpeas in particular are another ‘bean’ staple in our pantry. i make homemade hummus several times a week, and this is by far the most delicious (and affordable!) way to do it. my staple recipe is: 1 can chickpeas, 2 tbs tahini, 2 tbs olive oil, 1 tbs lemon juice, 2 garlic cloves and salt to taste. from there, you can start experimenting with fresh herbs, olives, sriracha and more!

coconut milk. another great way to make things creamy is by using coconut milk. i love to use them in both deserts and savory dishes like curries and soups. i have to admit, i indulge in the full fat variety for the ultimate creamy experience!

flax seeds. flax seeds are an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids, so we add them anywhere we can. but our favorite way to use them is as an egg replacer for cookies and baked goods (here’s the recipe)!

plant based proteins: of course, we keep a stock of plant based proteins. we try to limit the amount of soy we eat, so we only stick to whole food soy sources like tempeh and tofu. we also love to occasional indulge in some specialty items like field roast apple sage sausage and no evil foods prepper seitan.

beans. beans are always on hand (both canned and dried) so i can add them to just about any dish we’re making. they’re a great way to add protein and one of bear’s personal favorites! some of our favorites are adzuki beans, white canneli beans, garbanzo beans, black beans and kidney beans.

grains. we love to experiment with different grains. i use them for stir fries, sides and additions to meals like soup and burritos. our favorites are quinoa, kamut, pearled barley, amaranth and millet.

nuts. in addition to cashews, we sprinkle nuts on just about everything. i love to top our meals with pecan parmesan, taosted almonds and chopped walnuts.

almond milk. finally, almond milk is our go-to dairy free milk. it’s delicious, nutritious and works well for both savory and sweet cooking.

what are are a few of your favorite plant based pantry staples?

5 fonts to fall in love with

| a font affair | baby & children

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rivea upright by madpie paper works

i believe i’ll always be in love with the wonderful world of fonts. the market today is abounding with quality, handmade fonts. i could look at them forever!

i go through spells of discovering new fonts, usually tipped off by a design project. most recently, i was working on an invitation to my upcoming baby shower and wanted something sweet and simple for the title. the one’s i’m sharing with you today are just a few that i fell in love with along the way!

speaking of, what are your thoughts on having a shower for baby 2.0? i know the topic is a little controversial, but i err on the side of getting together and celebrating new life! i know mommas usually have most of the things they need by the time a second (or third!) child comes along, but there are always things we need (especially if baby 2.0 is of a different gender). diapers, a double stroller, another car seat, etc. plus, i think it’s fun to celebrate with friends and family around the larger events in our life. do you agree?

do you have any favorite handmade fonts right now? be sure to share them with us in the comments section so we can check them out, too!

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pillowbook by lisa glanz

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loveton by irwanwismoyo

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westcoast by cultivated mind

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helena by noe araujo



spoonchallenge 2015: creating a fabric collection

| bonnie christine design | design

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hey everyone! i’m so happy to team up with spoonflower for this year’s spoonchallenge – creating a fabric collection! for four weeks (starting july 6th) we’ll be sharing everything you need to know to design the most beautiful fabric collection.

HOW: all you have to do is follow along each week to learn a new skill or technique! sign up for a weekly email full of everything you need to know to get started, or simply follow along on spoonflower’s blog. snap a picture of your progress and use the #SpoonChallenge hashtag each week to share what you’re learning! 

so, are you ready? if you’re a budding textile designer looking for tips and tricks for creating a fabric collection, or perhaps you’ve mastered the art of surface design, but still struggle with crafting a cohesive set of patterns – this series is for YOU!

week #1 is already here!

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for week #1, i’m sharing with you everything i know about how to gather inspiration for a pattern collection. it includes all the little tips and tricks that i use myself before i begin designing a collection! we’ll talk about brainstorming ideas, writing 20 words, building a story, using photography and inspiration boards and how to source your own inspiration. i’ve also made an adobe illustrator video tutorial on my favorite way to build custom color palettes!

>> visit spoonflower’s blog for the full article. be sure to tune in all week as well as they share more info and interviews (like this one from elizabeth olwen!). we can’t wait to see what you create!

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diy fabric covered keds

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diy fabric covered keds! (3)

for my current garden inspired fabric line, cultivate, i just had to make some fabric covered keds! since my mom, maxie makes, is the queen of all crafts, i turned to her for help. after only a few minutes of brainstorming and pattern piece-building, she had a plan!

we used one of my favorite prints from the line, thrive passiflora, but of course, you could use any cotton fabric. with just a handful of supplies (that you probably already have in your craft closet), we had these kicks covered in a single afternoon.

>> head on over to maxie makes for the step-by-step tutorial!


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if you’re interested in seeing more projects made from cultivate, be sure to check out the cultivate lookbook and learn more about the line and the inspirations behind it here.

looking to purchase this fabric? see if your nearest independent quilt or fabric shop is currently stocked with cultivate, shop online from my mom’s quilt shop – a stitch in time, or view a full list of online shops here.

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a gift guide for july

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a gift guide for july

product links: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10

a handmade gift guide for birthdays, anniversaries, holidays… or for no reason at all!

fun facts for march:

>> first saturday is free hugs day!
>> july 19th is national ice cream day.
>> july’s birthstone is the ruby.
>> july’s flowers are the larkspur or the water lily.

july’s desktop & smartphone backgrounds

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it’s summer. and it’s july! june was full of summery delights, watermelon and trips to the farmer’s market (see a little recap below!). we’re kicking off july with a trip to the beach and we’re having so much fun! this month, i’ll be wrapping up the bulk of my big business tasks for the year so i can start focusing on our baby girl’s arrival. she’ll be here in just 8 weeks!  what will july bring for you?

to download july’s backgrounds: click on the image above to download the .zip file with both calendars inside – or – click here to download the desktop background and here to download the smartphone background. enjoy!

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a little recap of our month!

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to download the printable version: click on the image above to download the PDF calendar. print on heavy card stock (my favorite is epson premium presentation paper). punch a whole at the top to hang or simply stack.

please note: all images, patterns and designs © bonnie christine | going home to roost. you may not reproduce, re-create or sell in any way, but please feel free to download for your own personal use. if you share on your own blog (i’d be delighted!) please direct your readers to this post to download the file. thank you!

june’s roost tribe recap

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june is winding down and july is almost here! today i’m sharing with you this month’s recap of the roost tribe, which gives you a sneak peek of what roost tribe members received last month. if you’re interested in receiving it, you still can. i’ll be sending out a recap on thursday, to members with all of the content in it from last month so no one will have missed anything, regardless of when you might have joined during the month.

that means, that if you join before thursday, july 2nd you’ll still get all of june’s content + july’s content as well- that’s two months for the price of one!

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a set of custom washi tape clip art.

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and a video tutorial on how to create your own!

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a set of inspirational desktop & smartphone backgrounds.

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a printable greeting card.

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yummy recipe for (vegan!) nacho cheez!

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the wispy summer pattern collection.

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the complete ebook: 12 teachings that help my business thrive (also available for purchase here).

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a list of favorite links and resources rounded up through the month.

plus more! being a member is tons of fun and we would love to have you join the family!

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10 creative supplies i use nearly every day

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10 creative supplies i use nearly every day

i find myself using the same materials over and over again. they all help my crafty to-do’s in one way or another, so i want to share them with you! i love learning about new tools of the trade, don’t you? in fact, why don’t you share one of your own favorites with us in the comments section!

1) pantone color guide: though this is pretty industry-specific, i couldn’t manage without it. i use it anytime i design for a client and it’s the only way to communicate color accurately. plus, it’s beautiful to look through and fun to work with!

2) afterlight: my favorite app for editing photos. i generally use the manual controls, cropping and straightening tools.

3) borden & riley tracing paper. a wonderful tracing paper that scans beautifully and nearly eliminates the need for a lightbox.

4) winsor & newton indian ink. i keep this ink right by my desk so when i need to work on a logo or hand lettering project it’s easy to grab. it’s easy to work with, smooth and dark.

5) teuxdeux. my preferred task manager. i couldn’t function without it!

6) palomino blackwing pencils. my ‘go-to’ pencil for sketching and lettering.

7) wacom cintiq. though i’m still using a wacom tablet, i’m saving up for a cintiq. i’ve been assured by several others that it’s worth the investment and a total game changer when it comes to designing! i’ll keep you posted!

8) merchant & mills paper scissors. they make cutting any kind of paper a breeze!

9) uni pens. the perfect dark, smooth inked pen for sketching with.

10) sketching notebook. i love to use a large plain notebook that lays flat when opened. this angles notebook from sasha kretova is perfect!