Living An Inspired Life


Hello friends and supporters of Karen’s Inspired Life! Long time no talk to really. I am still  on planet earth. Valley Center, California to be exact. Continue reading

Peppery Cashew Broccoli Soup

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Source: Peppery Cashew Broccoli Soup

Easy Peasy Nacho Cheesy Kale Chips

What can I say, I’m crazy for kale chips. They are the perfect healthy and crunchy snack food. Made with simple, real, whole-food ingredients that not only pack a flavor bunch but a nutrition bunch too – a double hitter! You won’t believe that such amazingly wonderful nacho cheese flavor can be created from wholesome ingredients either – that is until you try them for yourself.

Easy Peasy Nacho Cheesy Yumminess!

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Imperfection and Indian Rice

So here is the deal… I haven’t posted since October and that is pretty lame. I know. But I’m going to let that go and I hope you will too.

The truth is that I am a recovering perfectionist and I have five posts started as drafts and several other posts sitting in my head waiting for the “right” time. I’ve decided that I really don’t have the time nor the energy to deal with this perfection issue anymore. So guess what? You are getting a new post today in all it’s glorious imperfection because there is only one way to beat that system malfunction – plug forward through the muck anyway.

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Kitchen Love and Inspiration

There is something that you may not know about me if you only know me through this blog. I LOVE to cook. Dicing, chopping and slicing are like an active meditation for me. I enjoy the colors of vegetables, aromas pouring from a skillet and the science of baking. I love finding a recipe and changing it for the better. I have an intuitive knack for knowing if a recipe will be a winner or not. I enjoy “veganizing” comfort foods. I love to make sauces and stocks from scratch. The kitchen is the place I most often let my creative juices flow from love to inspire.

Vegan Cabbage Rolls
“Veganized” Cabbage Rolls

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Beyond Bali

I know I have been a bad blogger lately and have not posted anything since Battambang, Cambodia. Since then I have finished my trip to Cambodia, started and finished (early) my trip to Vietnam, traveled and rented a villa in Ubud, Bali and there is more to come. I promise to complete my previous posts but for now, I am giving a current update on my travel status. Continue reading

Siem Reap – The City that Temples Built

Siem Reap – A city built up around the ancient temples of Angkor Wat for the vast sea of tourist flowing in and out, with it’s hawking of wares, tuk tuks, massage, tourist scams and of course, a pub street.

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