Almond Pulp Brownies

I guess it’s getting a little over the top, this love of all things almonds. It has gotten to the point that I was pretty sure I’d already made a video for these seriously insane Almond Pulp Brownies and had to check the archives of my blog to make sure. Typing in “almonds” as a… Read more »

Curried Veggie Chickpea Stew

There’s a trend as far as my cooking is concerned. For a recipe to be Erica-approved it usually has the following attributes: Must offer some form of convenience, whether it be minimal chopping, less dirty dishes, or time-saving (like the slow-cooker) Must pack in as much good stuff as possible (like plants, or weird shit like… Read more »

I LITERALLY Love You, Millennials!

If you haven’t noticed, I’m a Millennial. Like the epitome of a Millennial. I got coddled and praised as a child and now I’m all those cliches you’ve heard…I jump from job to job, I expect praise too often, I’m pretty gosh-darned entitled, and I overshare A LOT on social media. Frankly, I LOVE my… Read more »

Rainbow Slaw with Tahini Dressing

  Summer is inching closer and to me that screams SLAW! I love slaws, of all shapes and sizes, especially when they include all the colors of the rainbow! Try this Rainbow Slaw with Tahini Dressing from Lunch Box Bunch! What can you bring a little color to this week?  

700 Days Old, No Shame

Yesterday, the 2-year-old I take care of fell off a spinny swing at the park. His 4-year-old sister spun him fast. I watched him fall. It wasn’t really a fall, more like a slightly failed attempt at getting off the contraption. He landed pretty lightly on the squishy playground floor. But then he started screaming,… Read more »


My sweet, dear friend Taylor recently became a contributor to Here is her first video seeking to define PRIDE. Tay’s video got me thinking about pride and what it means to me. “Pride is having the courage to say: This is who I am. This is what I want. And I’m going to go… Read more »

New Jersey Flower Goddesses

This past weekend I traveled to the East Coast to celebrate the engagement of a beautiful couple who totally and completely love and vibe with each other. For the most part, the folks at the party were from New York City, though my Cali crew joined the ranks of other out-of-towners from beautiful destinations like… Read more »

Defending Almonds PLUS Almond Meal Cookies!

I’ve built a bit of a reputation for being pretty PRETTY into almonds–almond milk, almond pulp, almond meal. It comes as no surprise that when news hit of the exorbitant amount of water required to grow a single California almond, people were clamoring to alert me. Yo, we’re in a humongo drought here in CA,… Read more »

Taco Pickles

I eat tacos pretty much all the time. I’m lucky to be in a city where there’s good tacos on every corner. My favorite thing about taco trucks, besides the tacos, is all the different pickled toppings to choose from…radishes, carrots, onions and cilantro, peppers. So these homemade Taco Pickles from Eva Kolenko are really rocking my world… Read more »

Wandering to Find Balance

I burnt myself out and lost my balance in the last week or two. Finishing the Mindful American pilot was such an accomplishment, but I pushed so hard I made myself sick and exhausted. It’s a common feeling for so many of us, to just go go go. I felt like I couldn’t do anything… Read more »

  • Mindful Baby, One More Time

    YOU KNOW, I love to dance. I love to dance anywhere. I love to dance silly, dirty, big, like a three-year-old at a wedding, like my mom at a wedding, like a Beyoncé backup dancer. I think it’s important to dance! Or at least to do the thing that makes you the happiest in the… Read more »

  • Cold Brew Coffee and Homemade Cashew Coffee

    I have a deep and undying love for coffee. Like most humans, I have to be cognizant of my coffee intake, going ham on the java can make me quite a wild woman. Lately I’ve been making a lot of Cold Brew. It’s super easy to make and I find the end result tastes smoother and… Read more »

  • Earth Hour

    This past Saturday was Earth Hour. I had never heard of Earth Hour until that morning when I noticed some chatter about it on Twitter. Everywhere across the world people celebrated by turning off their lights at 8:30 pm local time. Here in Los Angeles, the lights went out at the Staples Center, the ferris wheel… Read more »

  • Beet Soup with Beet Green Pesto

    If you are following along with the One Weird Thing cooking vids, then you already have a whole bunch of delicious, homemade Veggie Stock filling your fridge and freezer. Great! Let’s use it to make soup! This Beet Soup with Beet Green Pesto recipe actually comes from the Le Creuset website but you don’t need… Read more »

  • Samuel and Melesse

    One of my Forty Acts goals (and just general life goals) is to meet more of my neighbors. I’ve lived in the same apartment in LA since 2010 and I only know a handful of people that live in my building. Recently I’ve made friends with a young boy named Samuel and his father Melesse,… Read more »

  • What Does a Cyclist Look Like?

    When I first started biking as my main form of transportation, I was scared. Not just of all the 3000 pound cars I was up against, but also of the other riders. I was terrified of doing something wrong, something embarrassing or dumb. I haven’t felt so insecure since middle school–I was the new kid… Read more »

  • Homemade Slow-Cooker Veggie Stock

    This video really cracks me up. I’m so surly at the end! I think my roommates were laughing at me for spilling broth everywhere and my natural comeback was “How much broth did you make this year!?!” …as if that’s something people say. This week I came down with a nasty little bug. It was… Read more »

  • Farmers Market Friends

    I am so grateful to have a farmers market on my street once a week, all year long! The Tuesday market in Culver City is dear to my heart, as are the familiar faces of smiling vendors and hard-working entertainers. That baby goat is only a few days old. For years I’ve been befriending baby goats… Read more »

  • Three Ingredient Peanut Butter Mousse

    One of the easiest ways I’ve found to be more mindful in my daily life is to eliminate undue stress. And the most delicious way to do just that is whip up a dessert with only THREE INGREDIENTS, two of which you likely have in the house already! I present to you the magical Three… Read more »