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    • Hi, my name is Loni!

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    •  4/9/2014 1:12:08 PM
    •  Hello!! 

      Our website has been around for close to five years! We have had so much fun watching things ebb and flow, having over 30,000 hits on some months! We are finally getting on social media and trying to get all that figured out. More recently however, it dawned on us that we have not really put a face to our names, or really even a name to our titles, if that makes sense. We are in the process  of making some big changes to our website and decided it is about time you get to know us! I volunteered to introduce myself first! I think the reason we have held back for so many years is the tough critics out there. We are tender hearts and share our message as a service of love, be gentle on us :)


      Well here goes! 


      Me and my Man


       I feel kind of like a rock star denouncing my Newbie title. I will now write as {L} Loni, the blogger formally known as Newbie Mommy! ;) 
      About me:
      My relationship with God is the most important thing in my life. Then comes my wonderful family, I am a wife and mother to four beautiful daughters, I love them with all my heart. We are far from perfect and there are definitely "those days" that we all have, but I could not love any job more than being a wife and mother. As a family we LOVE to travel.  We road trip for about 6 weeks every summer and get on the road as much as we can year round. Last year we drove through 42 of the 50 States in the United States! We are looking forward to the time where we can head to Europe and explore many cultures! We love to laugh, dance, cook, and play together. 

      My Amazing Family




      My Heroes 



      In January 2012 I completed my Plant-Based certification through Cornell University and have been able to teach a few cooking classes here and there, work with individuals one on one,  as well as apply the knowledge to my own family life. T Colin Campbell is one of my personal heroes.  He is constantly ridiculed by tough critics yet won't back down from his message, his truth! We can all use a little inspiration from this guy! It was an honor and a privilege to meet and talk with him and then have dinner with Kris Carr in the same day (on my 30th Bday at that)! I was at a yoga conference so don't mind my un-fancy-ness!;)



      Yoga Teacher


      One more fun fact, I recently finished my 200 Hour Yoga Alliance Teacher Training with none other than THE Tiffany Cruikshank! It was an amazing experience and I am loving teaching in my new community in Texas! Side note, we just moved to Texas last November (2013) and finally found a house so we will be moving in June. Hooray! I cannot wait to finally unpack everything and get settled!!



      Bonus info:

      My two favorite kitchen gadgets are my beloved Vitamix and my Cutco Knives! They get to come on all of our road trips as well, can't leave home without them!

      My husband is 6'7'' and I am only 4'11''  We are quite the pair!


      I talk about my BRCA cancer gene and what sparked my journey into the plant-based world Here in my Newbie bio.

      If there is something I am missing or you are dying to know, email me at ~ I love hearing from our readers!!!

      Thanks for reading,  



      • Thanks for sharing. I have only recently found your website and am in love! Everything I have cooked has been delicious and even my fussy kids have liked it all so far. Thank you for all the plant based inspiration x
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    • Banana Oat Nut Muffins

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    •  4/8/2014 7:41:25 PM




      Preheat Oven to 350 Degrees Fahrenheit 

      Makes 12-14 Muffins


      3 Large Very Ripe Bananas

      2 cups Rolled Oats (gluten free for my kiddos) 

      2 tsp Cinnamon

      1/2 tsp Nutmeg

      1/2 cup Chopped Walnuts

      2 tsp Ground Flax Seeds

      1/2 cup Dark Chocolate Chunks *optional


      Grind oats in a high speed blender or food processor until starts to become flour, don't over blend it. Mix all ingredients together in a large mixing bowl. These yummy treats are so simple, my kids can do most of the prepping and I assist them with the oven. Line muffin pan with foil cake liners or lightly grease. Divide mix evenly between 12-14 muffins. Bake for 12-15 minutes. Adjust baking time as needed, you want the tops to just slightly brown. (I currently have an awful oven because the door doesn't seal entirely shut, so I have to to continue to check everything.) 

      This recipe can also be made into cookies if desired. Adjust baking time according to size of cookies. 


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    • Cauliflower LOVE {recipes}

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    •  4/5/2014 9:55:01 AM

      Did you know that CAULIFLOWER is a cruciferous veggie and belongs to the same family as KALE and BROCCOLI??



       This delicious veggie gets left behind too often because its lack of bright bold colors. It is loaded with nutrients that help maintain a healthy lifestyle, and it's so tasty on its own raw or steamed. I love snack on it anytime. Lately to feed my curry fix I have been making these two recipes a lot!! Give them a try. Let me know how you like your Cauliflower in the comments below!




      Cilantro Lime Cauliflower "Rice"







      1 Tsbp Coconut oil  (sub for water if you please)

      1 Onion, chopped

      2 Cloves of garlic, minced

      1 Head of cauliflower, rinsed

      1/2 Lime

      1/4 C Chopped cilantro

      1 Tsp Curry powder

      Salt and pepper to taste



      Cut cauliflower into small enough pieces to fit in your food processor. Use food processor to finely chop the cauliflower into small pieces about the same size as rice or you can grate the cauliflower using a cheese grater. Warm the oil in a large skillet, add onions and cook until clear, 3-5 minutes then add garlic and cook for another 2 minutes. Stir in chopped cauliflower and the juice from the lime. Cook for about 5 minutes stir frequently. Finally, add cilantro, curry powder, and salt and pepper to taste. Mix well and enjoy. Tastes great served warm or cold.  





      Curry Lime Roasted Cilantro




      Preheat oven 450 degrees




      1 head of cauliflower

      1/2 bunch of cilantro

      1/2 lime

      1 TBSP curry powder (more or less to taste)

      2-3 TBSP olive oil

      Sea salt and pepper to taste



      Cut cauliflower head crosswise, into 1 inch thick slices. Place them flat on to a rimmed baking dish. Drizzle with olive oil. Sprinkle curry powder, sea salt, and pepper to taste. Place in oven and bake for about 15minutes, until golden brown. Then flip them carefully and continuing baking for another 10-12minutes. Top finished cauliflower with fresh lime juice and chopped cilantro leaves. Serve warm.


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