Things I’m Loving Lately.

Hello sweet people of the interverse. I do hope your week has been a bright one and that you’ve had a chance to step back and admire the beauty that is life.

I decided to do a Things I’m Loving to get into the blogging life again. I’ve always loved writing and feel that this space is for great for rattling about things and ideas and food talk that if we’re being honest, the only way people can handle this kind of talk is by willingly reading it. Am I the only one that feels this way? Like, no one wants to go to Thanksgiving dinner and talk about yoga wheels and the slight B12 deficiency that vegans face. ZZZZZZZZZ. But I’d like to build Jesus and PB as a creative place to express and share love for food, fitness, B12, and whatever else I am (and you are) particularly excited about at that moment.

WHEH OK let’s get to the good stuff.

There are a select few things in life that get me as excited as quality kitchen appliances do. So you can imagine my excitement when I was gifted a VITAMIX for my college graduation.


Just a girl and her industrial blender.


I’ve also been crushing hard on this book. I found it randomly at a thrift store a while back and have made a number of dishes out of it. I addressed my vegan phase here.


These babies are so sweet. I first saw them on Ellen Fisher’s youtube channel and after receiving them for Christmas, I don’t plan on going back to plastic/paper grocery bags any time soon. As the label notes, they stretch like crazy and are perfect for a farmer’s market haul! Of which we had on Sunday:


About half of our bounty.


Who’s seen these?? I’m the most amateur yogi you’ll meet, but this is great for assisting in balance and stretching out muscles. I use it like you might a big foam roller.

I’ll be back soon enough for more good stuff. But for now, au revoir as I eat shepherd’s pie from that cookbook!


On eating plants.

Hello long lost (but never forgotten) blog and blog readers. I hope those of you stopping by JPB have had a wonderful holiday season are are settling into the new year happily.

A mini life update if you’re curious: I recently finished my undergraduate degree and am living at home enjoying being close to family and friends while I learn how to adult. I decided to revisit the good ol’ blog and write about something I’m especially excited about right now, and that is plants.


Few are strangers to a bashing of vegan eating, whether you experience it personally, or leave your house every decade. Vegan is a foreign word that more often than not, stirs skepticism and uncertainty. Up until recently you could hear me boldly say “I could never be a vegan. It’s too restricting and dramatic” (note the objectivity), and I truly believed this. I assumed that vegans live their lives in a bubble and are so vehemently opposed to animal cruelty that they refuse to go within a 2 mile radius of a can of chicken stock. While the facts of a vegan lifestyle have not changed, my sympathies have begun to change.

Veganism for me looks like a concentration on fruits/veggies, beans, nuts, seeds, healthy plant-based fats and steering away from products that contain animals and their secretions (though one can definitely eat poorly and still be a vegan. mountain dew and oreos anyone?). I refer to my veganism as plant-based, not only because most of what I try to eat focuses around plants, but also because I have no fear of tasting a friend’s whole milk hot chocolate. I’m finding that this lenient but respectfully persistent approach to uphold the bond that food creates with people and importing my values/habits into everyday life is a healthy approach for me. I like to think of it as flexibility. Also, as with anything, things are always changing and evolving, so the goal is to go with the flow as best as I can.7a0a1f9a6f9d2bb805809dd59a1062dc--vegetarian-humor-vegan-humor

Learn to be light-hearted (esp about this topic)

What matters to me is that people who encounter this lifestyle, either by reading about it or meeting a person who identifies as a vegan keep an open mind and strive to inform themselves as they would on any other subject. There is an overwhelming stigma and by effect, a sense of prejudice against “the vegans” which I’m eager to help break down by the way I speak and sympathize with both meat eaters and non alike.

Now, though many who know me might think otherwise, I do recognize food and our physical bodies are not the entirety of life. Of course not. I’ve tried to keep this space for the purpose of uplifting readers so their spiritual, mental/emotional and physical life can live in harmony. My goal is that a sympathizing of plant-based living can be a means by which we impart compassion and understanding to extend to every aspect of our lives. Whether a person adopts this way of eating for ethical, environmental or physical reasons, it’s just as important to approach vegans and non respectfully and kindly.

I’d love to hear your thoughts and experiences on plant-based living.

Ruth 1:16-17

Today I want to share some scripture I enjoy. 

God has brought the book of Ruth to my mind recently, so this morning I decided to open up my Bible and read through the 4 chapters. 1:16-17 really spoke to me. The praiseful song of Ruth speaking to her mother-in-law, Naomi, is touching.

Naomi’s husband and sons have died, and Ruth’s sister-in-law has left to go back to her homeland. When Naomi instructs her to return to the place where she came from, Ruth is adamant to stay with Naomi, to return to her mother-in-law’s land, Israel.

But Ruth replied, “Don’t urge me to leave you or to turn back from you. Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God my God. Where you die I will die, and there I will be buried. May the Lord deal with me, be it ever so severely, if anything but death separates you and me.”

They are welcomed back to Israel, and Ruth goes on to work, marry and serve God and Naomi.

What’s so unique about these verses is Ruth’s utter submission and willingness to be a servant. She could easily go back to her homeland (as Naomi has instructed her); she would be welcomed and could live a decent life. But instead, she follows Naomi to Israel. In the verse, she claims “your people will be my people and your God my God.” After being with Naomi for so long, she has seen the error in her ways of praising many gods. She opens up her heart to let God do His work in her life, and He blesses her abundantly. 

There are only 2 books in scripture that are named after women, this along with Esther. Ruth is a beautiful example of how our lives might look when we let God take the wheel. In complete submission to Christ, we are glorifying Him, allowing Him to carry out the plans for our life.

What a glorious concept that is. 



Tomorrow: Low Cal Peppermint Hot Cocoa. Perfect winter treat!