Look on the Bright Side

It’s been a hectic week and it’s only Tuesday!  But at least it’s Fat Tuesday and that means that somewhere, someone, is having a fabulous time.  And maybe you’ll be going out and having a fabulous time later on, too.   You always have to look on the bright side, right?

Maybe these pictures will put a little bright side on your week.

Bright Side #1: Nature in bloom, the sun is shining, the days are getting longer, and spring is in the air!


I love how my neighborhood and neighbors have cute gardens and pretty plants to take pictures of for my blog for practicing my photography skills.

Bright Side #2: A fast and easy dinner that makes planned leftovers and very little dishes because it’s a one-pan meal.  <— See that link for more ideas.

Cheezy Vegetable Bake (Vegan, GF)

It’s hearty because of the potatoes and beans and no one will miss the meat.

Bright Side #3: Skylar Smiling!

Bright Side #4: A batch of Microwave Chocolate Peanut Butter & Oat Snack Bar3 bars ready in 3 minutes.  Can’t beat it.

Bright Side #5: Thinking about making Kale Chips (Vegan, GF, use oven or dehydrator)

I love the cheezy factor
And there’s always a bright side to vegetables for me.  I really do love green veggies.  Thus, my blog’s name.

From my last post about Caffeine and wondering if you’re addicted to it, or if you’d like to become caffeine-free, thanks for the caffeine comments.  Everyone was really jazzed up to talk caffeine.  Pun intended. Many of you enjoy your caffeine in coffee and tea and have no plans to change.  Some of you are caffeine free already.   Whatever works for you.

Dessert.   In honor of Fat Tuesday and New Orleans where Bananas Foster originated at Brennan’s in 1951.

And this would be Bright Side #6: my Vegan Bananas Foster

Bananas Foster involves flaming, alcoholic bananas

That’s a brown mixture of: vegan butter, brown sugar, rum, and banana schnapps.  Slurp.

Pour this over ice cream.  And die and go to heaven.
Or over Vegan Vanilla Softserve
Chocolate Sprinkles, optional


1. Has your week been going by fast, slow, or average?

Average pace, but just as busy and hectic as ever!

2. Do you try to look for the bright side?

I do because it makes life easier and more enjoyable not to focus on the negatives in life.  We all have them, but why dwell on them.

A glass half full attitude is the way I am and even though I do have craptastic days, I try not to dwell on them because like my grandma said, tomorrow is a new day and everything is better in the morning.  I’d have to agree.

There’s also the Law of Attraction:  What you put out there is what you will attract.  I’ve posted about this before.

Put out happy vibes, and happy vibes and happy things will come back to you.  Even if it’s not always true, it’s a good intention to have.

3. What are some of your bright sides today, this week, or lately?

My bright side is that I just got in from a fabulous workout and 20 minutes of at-home yoga.

Happy Fat Tuesday!  Don’t Drink & Drive and Be Safe!

49 comments on “Look on the Bright Side”

  1. This week is going by so slowly for me! and I always try to find the bright side in everything.

  2. Bright Side: I like the phrase “Where Attention Goes Energy Flows”

    And I have GOT to get me some nutritional yeast for those kale chips!

  3. Hi Averie,
    I’ve been reading your blogs for a while and tonight i made your “Microwave Chocolate Peanut Butter & Oat Snack Bars” I just had to let you know that they tasted AMAZING :)
    thanks for the great recipes and life insights!

  4. I always look on the bright side. Perhaps it is my fatal flaw, but I am an eternal optimist, and I ALWAYS give people the benefit of the doubt.

  5. Everything looks good. That one dish meal, if kept vegan, will be great for Lent for the kids. I can keep aside the veggies for me and marinate, then dehydrate–top with a raw macadamia cheeze and everyone will be happy.
    Peace and Raw Health,

  6. Hey!!

    Awesome as usual I must say! Im getting up early to make those snack bars for work. Looks so good! Things have been super unbelievably crazy busy..yikes! I’ll be around more this weekend I think but wow. But despite the crazy I always look on the bright side of things. Life is too short to dwell on the negatives thats for sure. Plus a positive energy radiates to others. So I think thats important too=) Have an amazing day/week hon!!

  7. Its busy week, my school weekend is coming up, so it shortens my regular week. I am trying to see bright side, but sometime sits not working, like now my little boy got a cough . Not nice.

  8. My week has felt slow! And I’m so grateful – I’ve felt good, and that stops the feeling of wanting to go to another place and another time, just waiting for things to get better. When I feel good I’m in the NOW, just how I like it ;-). Ahhh.

    Skylar has your beautiful eyes :-)

    The huge bright side this week (besides health!) is the weather – I hate to talk about the weather but after this dreary winter I have to admit there’s a special flutter in my chest from waking up to sunshine and blue skies, even if there’s still frost on the ground. YAY!

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  10. I am currently going through a break-up w/ my live-in BF of 7 months.. therefore, I am DEFINITELY trying to look on the bright side!! While I’m sad that it is ending, the past few days I’ve been more in tune w/ my feelings and what really needs to happen for me to grow and be happy as a person. He’s just not currently meeting all of my needs.. and if you’re not happy then what is the point!! So now I’m looking for new, fancy one-bedroom apts and couldn’t be more excited!! Wish me luck!!! :)

    P.S. Skylar is just way too cute. :) I wish my sister would spit out a girl already! (She’s got 3 boys.. poor her, HAHA)

  11. This week has been super slow for some reason!! But I bet it’d go by faster if I made that bananas foster to add onto some Vegan Vanilla Softserve. YUM!!

  12. That caserole looks so yummy – what kind of cheez did you slice out on top? I think I might be able to get my husband to eat this!!

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