Coffee Talk

Coffee Talk #6: a chance to catch up on the little things in life—both sweet and salty! 😉 September 2018

Once a month, we take a break from all things baking (okay, that’s not even possible), and spend a few moments to catch up. We’re gonna shoot the breeze, take some time to slow things down and share some fun life updates. Won’t you stay awhile? 🙂 I can’t wait to hear your updates! Be sure to comment below with all the things going on with you. Ready? Let’s do this!

Museums & seeing all the sights in Boston… So Erik and I have this thing where we move all over the place, pick super popular big cities/tourist destinations to live in, and completely miss the whole point. Like, we don’t sightsee at all. At all. We’ve been doing this for years now! We’ve lived in San Francisco, San Diego, Boston (yep, we came back), etc. and barely got a chance to explore. Ages ago, I read somewhere that it’s a great idea to explore your own city like you’re a visiting tourist. It’s like a low(er) budget vacation, and you get to see/appreciate your city in a whole new light.

Now that we’ve moved back to Boston, we’re finally, finally planning on seeing all the sights! Over the years, I’ve had the chance to do the Freedom Trail (and all the sights along that path), taken photos at the Boston Public Gardens, and walked all over Chinatown, Downtown, etc. But Erik and I have never been to an art museum here! Or the local zoos, or the local aquarium. So we’re gonna compile a big ‘ol list of places to visit and start from the top. If you’ve visited/live in Boston, what places would you recommend we visit? If you live in a big city/cool destination, what are your favorite places to visit?

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Erik and I, enjoying the great outdoors in Boston. 🙂

 My fave fitness videos… so remember last month when I shared my current YouTube favorites? A couple folks were interested in what videos I like to do. Here are some faves:

3 Ingredient Healthy Vegan Rice Crispy Treats (V, GF): a chewy homemade vegan rice krispy treats recipe, made with whole, gluten-free, protein-rich ingredients. #RiceCrispyTreats #ProteinPacked #Vegan #GlutenFree #CleanEating #Snacks #HealthySnacks | Recipe at

Sneak Peek Above… Any guesses as to what it is?

In the Kitchen… I can hardly believe that it’s September already! September means that I’m just finishing up the last few touches for fall recipes (last minute guys!!), right in the thick of Thanksgiving and Christmas/Holiday recipes, and starting to think about healthy January foods. Looking back at last year, I realized that I shared way too many peppermint recipes. I literally only planned like 2 or 3 of them and then suddenly, there was 500. Okaaaay, I exaggerate. 😉 This year, I’m looking to do a better variety/spread of treats. And I’d love to do recipes that can smoothly transition from the end of the year holidays into the new year (i.e. yummy, decadent, but also fairly guilt-free).

What recipes would you like to see in November, December and January of next year? Let me know in the comments below, and if I can recipe test the heck out of it and come up with something worthy of your amazing palates, I’ll share it!

Easy Gluten Free Vegan Pumpkin Coffee Cake Recipe (V, GF): a thick layer of moist pumpkin coffee cake with a cinnamon sweet, buttery-rich topping. Made with healthy, whole ingredients. #Vegan #GlutenFree #CoffeeCake #Pumpkin #VeganBaking #CleanEating #Fall #PumpkinSpice | Recipe at

Popular Recipes This Month

Popular Recipes From the Archives

Coffee Talk #6: a chance to catch up on the little things in life—both sweet and salty! ;) September 2018 | Post at
Grams aka my mom looking like she’s pretty much READY for Halloween!! .

Halloween and then some… Alright, who’s ridiculously excited about Halloween?!?! Anyone else saying ME! ME! ME!!!? Just me?? D’oh! For some reason, Halloween is one of my very favorite holidays. Maybe because it’s spooky, exciting, fun, and totally an awesome reason to let loose and be a bit odd. I’m thinking of possibly sharing a Halloween recipe or two this year… and if it doesn’t outright have spiderwebs or troll eyeballs in it, then it’ll be a yummy homemade candy or two. Also, Erik and I might just finally get dressed up this year!! Are you planning Halloween yet? What kind of treats would you like to see for this spinetingling holiday?

That’s all for today! I hope you had a bit of fun chatting with me. I may or may not try to live a more exciting life so I can have more thrilling updates next month. Lol! J/k… am I even capable?! What have you been up to? What are you most looking forward to in the fall?

In case you’d like to check out the archives, take a peek at past Coffee Talks: August, JulyJuneMayAprilCatching Up 2Catching Up 1.

‘Til next time…

Sending you all my love and maybe even a dove, xo Demeter ❤️

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  1. You guys are adorable! What I remember most about Boston was, 1. The best Italian market I’ve ever been to in the Little Italy area – Salumeria Italiano. 2. The best $4. lunch at a Vietnamese take-out place somewhere near hospitals (I was walking all over Boston). 3. The big market downtown where I first saw some vegetables I’d never seen before.

    1. Thanks Mimi! Sounds like your trip here was amazing! Maybe you went to New Saigon? It’s near Tufts Medical Center. 🙂 There’s a great farmers market near Boston Public Market, too!

  2. I would love to visit Boston – thought we were going there this Winter for one of my daughter’s ice skating team’s competitions, but that trip fell thru – all the parents were SO bummed, lol! I live near L.A., CA – which I LOVE – but really wish we were in an area with actual seasons! Specifically – because your pumpkin coffee cake makes me want to go home tonight after work and bake it immediately (forget dinner!), but am conflicted because it’s still in the high 80’s/low 90’s, so it’s hard to picture eating that right now (not that you’re only allowed to eat pumpkin at one time of year – but you know what I mean). Being in L.A., there’s always so much to do, but I think no matter where you live it’s so easy to get complacent and not “tour” your own city – and harder to actually get out and DO stuff! My favorite things are outdoor summer concerts (tons to chose from around here – and FREE!); and also visiting museums – which are here in abundance – and all kinds. Thanks for the great post, I love your coffee talks. BTW – my guess is peanut butter rice crispy treats, too (which are another fav!). Have a great day!

    1. Hi Rhonda! Darn, I hope you and the other parents get to go soon!! Seasons: absolutely!!! I grew up in NorCal (Oakland, San Jose, Alameda) and Erik grew up in SoCal (Glendale), so we’re constantly bowled over by how present the seasons make themselves here. Hehe. Yeah… baking in 80/90 degree weather is straight up unpleasant! Hopefully it cools down so you can. 🙂 Those FREE outdoor summer concerts sound amazing! Here’s to more of those and more outdoor adventures! Good guess, answer coming soon. Have a wonderful day! Xo

  3. Aaaaaaa I’m also so excited for Halloween! I’m gonna dress up as an “Oh Deer”…. hehehe! My guess: are those pumpkin rice krispies I spy? Or perhaps peanut butter???

  4. I live in JP. Love the Mary Baker Museum (Mass Ave near Symphony Hall) with the Globarium. Check it out. A glass globe that you walk through on a guided tour.

    1. Hi Suzanne! WOAH, a glass globe that you can walk through? I seriously need to see that. Gonna share your awesome info with Erik and plan a trip soon!

  5. Love your recipes & your posts! .
    Have you been to the Planetarium at the Museum of Science?
    Looking forward to your fall/winter recipes!!

    1. Aw, thanks so much Maria! I’ve been to the Museum of Science loads of times, but never the Planetarium!! Gonna check it out. ☺️

  6. You guys sure know how to work hard and play hard. I love it. Are those some kind of cinnamon or pumpkins spice rice crispy treats. That’s in my to do list for fall. They look gorgeous ..

    1. Hehe. We’re really going for a better work-life balance, that’s for sure! Good guess!! You’ll see shortly!

  7. You guys sure know how to work hard and play hard. I love it. Are those some kind of cinnamon or pumpkins spice rice crispy treats. That’s in my to do list for fall. They look gorgeous .

  8. Hey Demeter, I can’t wait to see your clean eating treats in 2019, that are yummy, decadent, but also fairly guilt-free).

    1. It’s been so amazing getting to experience so many different places. ☺️ There’s really nothing like traveling!