Vegan Ginger shortbread bars


IMG_8225IMG_8214IMG_8215IMG_8217IMG_8219IMG_8224I adapted this recipe from Deborah Madison’s vegetarian cookbook replacing butter with the vegan option Smart balance as well as a few other tweaks.  It’s softer and richer in my opinion than with real butter (I have nothing against real butter here, I just find myself avoiding dairy more and more these days)  It’s a super simple recipe and  a totally delicious treat.

Ingredients: 3/4 C rolled oats, 1/2 pound Smart balance butter replacement (1 Cup), 1 C light brown sugar, packed

1/4 tsp salt, 1 Tbs ground ginger, 11/2 C flour, 1/2 C dark chocolate chips (dairy free kind).

1//Preheat the oven to 350.  Beat your Smart balance ‘butter’ and sugar together until creamy and light.

2//Add in the salt, ginger and rolled oats.

3//Add in flour and choc chips.

4//Spread the batter into a 9×12 pan and bake for 30-35 minutes.

5//Let cool on a rack, cut into squares and enjoy!

This is great for a dessert treat with almond milk:)

Weekend Instagram: Bishop Arts district


Me and Instagram get along.  I find a lot of inspiring photos out there from regular folks who find beautiful moments and things everyday.  Here’s a few of my favorites from this weekend where we spent an afternoon at the zoo and a fun evening in the Bishop arts district in south Dallas.  It’s probably my favorite area of Dallas because it’s super funky with tons of great bars and eclectic restaurants, boutiques and people.  This was the first time I took the hubs there since I discovered it a few years ago while working in the area.  I’m pretty sure he loved it and all the different beers on tap at each place we stopped.  If you’re in Dallas check it out for sure; it’s on Bishop and Davis streets in Oak Cliff right off 35E south.  Lemme know what you think!dallas zooMcCaws at the Dallas zooIMG_8300Coveted couch at Tilman’sIMG_8240Bar at Tillmans with a funky wood cut out wallIMG_8299Tillman’s roadhouse grill, awesome place for drinks and eclectic dishes like goat cheese and truffle tater totsIMG_8242His (‘Velvet hammer’) and Her (‘Ginny’) drinks at OddfellowsIMG_8246Funky cafe, OddfellowsIMG_8245Cozy bar at Whitehill ExchangeIMG_8298Street musicians on BishopIMG_8292Jeans sculpture art
IMG_8289Window display for a vintage storeIMG_8297Art at Ginger Fox galleryIMG_8293‘Laughing Willow’ boutique window display
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Cute succulents at ‘Dirt’IMG_8295More succulents at the store ‘Dirt’ in Bishop arts district
IMG_8291Me + Bishop arts wall muralIMG_8288Calypso + coffee after our exciting weekend

For more Instagrams look here, here, here, or here. Here too. Follow along with me for more pics on Instagram at Jesshm28. Have a super day!

A ‘fabulous’ Birchbox


I’m still recieving my monthly Birchbox subscription and was really happy with this one-so happy that I ordered several full size versions of the amika hair mask and Beauty protector leave in treatment. My poor hair in summer just gets fried and frizzy! But I really do love these products for how soft they leave my hair. Anyways, how was your weekend? More on mine later, we had a super fun time in Dallas doing Dallas stuff in Dallas heat:) and a little relaxing by the pool of course. Have a nice Monday!DSC_0002 DSC_0003 DSC_0004 DSC_0001Amika//Mask…YUM!  I’m in love with this brand now.  My hair loves this and I have fine and wavy hair so it needs lots of moisture to get some definition and leave out the frizz.

Amika//Hair treatment…This stuff smells sooooo good!

Beauty protector//Leave in detangler….This is awesome! I bought the full size, love! I use the small one when I traveled to NY last week and love love.

Coola//Cucumber moisturizer…this is amazing stuff, it’s organic and smells great.  I will order the full size someday but it was like 45 bucks and I just bought a ton of sunscreen at Costco.

Isaac Mizrahi//Fabulous eau de parfum

Sumita//Color contrast Eyeliner

Berry sparkler cocktail


DSC_0022 DSC_0028 DSC_0039 DSC_0041 DSC_0013For this drink I made a sorbet and simply poured sparkling wine on top–it was a great drink for our backyard BBQ/grilling night and a sorta celebration of my birthday.

Berry sorbet: 3/4 C sugar, 3 C frozen mixed berries, 1/8 C key lime juice, optional *add ice. Blend well in a blender. Freeze for 3-4 hours.

Spoon into glasses and pour sparkling wine to fill or sprite for a non-alcoholic version.  Add a few fresh berries to garnish and have a sweet weekend ya’ll!

Pic Paradis, hiking St. Maarten


On one of the prettiest days during our trip to St. Maarten we visited Loterie Farms which is such an amazing place.  It’s part farm, tree house restaurant, zip lines, hiking trails, pool and natural springs spa, and bar.  If you ever go to St. Maarten, I highly recommend this place!  It was established in the 1700’s as  a sugar plantation as was the majority of the island.  Now it employs the locals and provides relaxation and adventure for all ages.

We felt adventurous and hiked to the top of Pic Paradis for about $5 each (you pay as you go per activity you want) then relaxed in the treehouse for some specialty cocktails; I had an island rum mojito and a sex-in-the-treehouse- a delicious strawberry ginger drink. The hot springs and pool area looked amazing but it was a little pricey at $35 a person so we decided to head on over to one of the other 35 beaches we hadn’t been to yet, Friar’s bay beach (one of my top favorite beaches!).  Next time, I’d definitely do the pool and catch a yoga class after the hike.  You could totally spend the whole day here doing whatever you want; the vibe was so chill!

Once at the top of Pic Paradis, which took about 1.5 hours climbing through rainforest to 1,400 ft, we had a stunning view of the island.  The turquoise waters, lush hills and homes in the valley were so beautiful.  We met a hermit crab, lizards, some kind of ferret, and hundreds of butterflies along the way. I’ll never forget what a gratifying experience that was.

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