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plant based dinner ideas (7) glazed lentil walnut apple loaf. meat lovers rejoice! this veganized version of meatloaf won’t leave you missing anything, accept leftovers. i’ve probably made it a dozen times and it’s always a huge hit. it’s also the perfect comfort food for this time of year, as it bursts with all the flavors of fall. i usually serve it with whatever sides i have on hand, which usually consists of mashed potatoes, roasted carrots and some kind of sauteed green.

*why are the dinner ideas posts different? click here to read more.

what was on your plate this week? any favorite recipes you’d like to share?

we follow a whole foods, plant based diet. the dinner ideas posts are a way for me to log our dinners, how we make eating this way easy, and hopefully inspire you to try some new things as well. they are always meat free, dairy free and often gluten free. you can follow the posts here, and i encourage you to share your favorite recipes with us as well!

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pure love lifestyle store

October 3, 2013

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though i can’t read a lick of swedish (anyone?), i couldn’t help but share some of pure love’s amazing products with you. if for no other reason, i think they’re incredible lifestyle inspirations. with a simple, light and airy feel to all of their products, i can’t decide which are my favorites!

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october gift guide

October 2, 2013

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october gift guide

product links: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11 | 12

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

fun facts for october:

>> first week of october is national children’s book week
>> october 4th is world animal day
>> october 5th is international world’s teacher day
>> october 12th is free thought day
>> october 16th is world food day
>> october 21st is apple day
>> october is fair trade month
>> october is national squirrel awareness day
>> october’s birth flower is the calendula
>> october’s birth stones are pink tourmaline and opal

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supply paper co.

October 2, 2013

Posted by in handmade

supply paper co.

i just can’t get enough of supply paper co.’s fresh and clean look. it’s exactly my style! jessie james is the maker and owner of this online atelier, where she creates everyday things that are simple and considered. with beautiful hand-lettering, rubber stamps, letterpress paper goods and more, i think you’ll really enjoy browsing around. head on over to her shop to look around and visit her workroom!

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october desktop + iphone calendar (3)

can you believe october is already here?! my my, this year if flying by. but i welcome october with open arms. it means the beginning of sweater evenings, stove top soups, pumpkin patches and lots of fires. it’s one of my most favorite times of the year! this set of desktop + iphone calendars was inspired by all the fall foliage. i hope they will brighten your workspaces and make you smile! :) xo, bonnie

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to download october’s backgrounds: click on the coordinating image above, then select your preferred size (most likely, ‘original’). right click and select ‘save as desktop background’ or download to your phone.

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to download october’s backgrounds + seasonal veggie guide: click on the coordinating image above, then select your preferred size (most likely, ‘original’). right click and select ‘save as desktop background’ or download to your phone.

for more information on what’s in season in your town, check out this seasonal ingredient map!

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 flattered!) please direct your readers to this post to download the file. thank you!

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eat your veggies mood board

October 1, 2013

Posted by in handmade

eat your veggies

as you all know, i’ve always been passionate about eating my veggies and supporting the local farmers who grow them. by visiting the farmer’s market or joining your local csa, you can eat seasonal, sustainable, delicious food year-round! for my latest ideabook over on houzz, i’ve featured a few of my favorite veg-inspired products and artwork. head on over to my ideabook to read more and grab the sources!


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roost tribe anniversary and giveaway! (1)

hello, lovelies! i can’t believe i’m about to say this, but it’s been one year since the roost tribe began!! in order to celebrate, i wanted to host a big giveaway. check out below how you can easily enter to win BOTH a 1 year subscription to the roost tribe AND all of last year’s content for FREE!

what is the roost tribe?
in case you’re new to the roost tribe, it’s a membership that welcomes you to a family of creatives for just $5 a month. by joining, you’ll become a part of an incredibly inspirational community. members receive a welcome packet with several informational e-books covering blog growth, pitching your products, writing product descriptions, going home to roost’s creative story and a list of top industry resources. additionally, each month members receive printables, patterns, illustrations & clipart, a plant based recipe, adobe illustrator tutorial, iphone & desktop background, special guest articles on creative topics and more all delivered right to their inbox! click here to see more about what all’s included.

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about the giveaway: enter to win BOTH a 1 year subscription to the roost tribe AND all of last year’s content for FREE! visit the monthly recaps to see what’s been sent out over the past year, and click here to see what you can expect to receive each month.


open to: EVERYONE- roost tribe members and non-members alike!

deadline: giveaway will end sunday, october 6th at midnight, eastern standard time. the winner will be drawn using a random number generator and announced on this post shortly after.

to enter: comment on this post and let us know how this membership and content would be useful for you (or why you’d like to be a member).

additional ways to enter:

>> like going home to roost on facebook

>> share about the giveaway on twitter and include the handle @gohometoroost and hashtag #roosttribe

>> share the above giveaway image on pinterest and include hashtags #goinghometoroost and #roosttribe

be sure to leave a new comment for each additional entry so it counts (limit of 4 comments per person)!

good luck! xo, bonnie


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diy rope changing basket

September 30, 2013

after falling in love with this baby changing basket (and not being able to find one like it anywhere), i decided to just make my own version! using a clothesline and this method, i whipped this guy together in an afternoon. though i’m sure bear will grow out of it eventually, i’m so happy to use it in these early months. it’s soft and cozy and fits him perfectly!

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- clothesline (i used 200 feet for this basket)
- sewing machine
- colored polyester thread
- 2″ foam for ‘mattress’ (available at craft stores)
- soft wool for cover (i used one of my husband’s old sweaters!)
- organic sherpa for linings (optional)

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begin by sewing two sides of clothesline rope together with a zig zag stitch into a long oval shape. this defines the entire shape of your basket (i.e. if you were making a round bowl, you’d start this in an exact circle).

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continue sewing around and around (and around and around) adding one layer of rope as you go.

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the most important part of this step is to try to keep the bottom of your basket laying flat as you sew it together. this gets harder and harder the larger it gets, but is an essential step in order to keep you basket laying flat.

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once you’ve made the entire flat bottom and you’re ready to turn up the edges to make the sides, take the entire piece of flat bottom you’ve created and tilt it upwards as you sew. (head on over to this post to see a good picture of this, i’m sorry i couldn’t manage to take one the project was so huge!). continue to sew until you’ve run out of rope, then back stitch thoroughly to secure the end.

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next, simply lay a piece of tissue paper inside the basket and make yourself a ‘pattern’ for the mattress pad. trace it onto the foam and cut around it. here, i’ve used one of my husband’s old wool sweaters to make a cover for it, but you could also use any fabric or wool to make the cover using the same pattern you used to cut out the foam pad. if you like, leave an envelope closure on the back for easy washing.

though this is completely optional, i also made a few mattress liners out of organic sherpa fleece. using the same pattern you made for the mattress, cut out two ovals and serge around the edges.

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and voila! the perfect little nest for your wee one. of course, you can also use this same method for non-baby related items, like large baskets, small bowls, coasters, trivets and more!

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