Saturday Mix | {Vegan} Cheesecake Fruit Dip

August 20, 2016

{Vegan} Cheesecake Fruit Dip by Faring Well

How often would you say that you try to be bored? I have a hankering that it isn’t too frequent. You would have to really try, like really try, in order to reach “true” boredom. Bury your phone in the closet, shut off (not put to sleep) you computer, unplug the television from the wall, and hide the magazines under the cushions kind-of-try. I often “make myself be bored” for about a half hour during the day. Usually laying on my bed, staring at a spot on the wall. The initial fifteen minutes my mind is racing. I’m thinking about all of the tasks I could be doing, and what I’m going to do once my thirty minutes are up. However, after the fifteen minute buffer ends I slip into this state of true boredom. My thinking simplifies, and my mind slowly drifts – expanding my thoughts. I’m able to think of a single task rather than twenty, and sometimes – I think of nothing at all.

Those last fifteen minutes go by too quickly, and I often wonder what would come from a prolonged stretch of boredom. This past week, I sought to do so – clearing my schedule through Friday, I embraced boredom all week. What came of it? A new awareness of freedom. No Snapchat, and very little social media – I had true privacy. A fresh perspective on creativity and experimentation. Returning to a simpler style of life, such as I had before blogging full time. My fridge and pantry got trimmed down to only the essentials. Lots of chocolate nut butter was consumed straight from the jar, while laying on the couch in the middle of the day watching Gilmore Girls – and feeling zero guilt. I laughed out loud at myself when I would do silly things throughout the day, like squirt myself (and the kitchen) with the sink hose on accident. Or knock over the garbage can. Or for having flailed my arms screaming when I thought a cricket had jumped from the cabinet and down my back, to find it was only my hair tie that had fallen loose (I laughed particularly long after this last one).

I took things more “lightly”, and actually thought – a lot. Scott was out of town this entire week, making it the perfect environment here at home for me to conduct this little experiment. And you guys, it was wonderful. I realized more about myself, my work, my friendships, and values this week than I have given thought to “completely” in ages. If I had one tip for you this weekend, it would be to unplug and let yourself get bored. Oh, and to make this delicious fruit dip. xx


// LINKS

If I could enjoy three of my favorite bloggers’ recipes this weekend, I would chose Jodi’s summer squash salad, Lindsey’s spicy oven fries, and Elenore’s earl gray ice cream cake – YUM.

Oh so fitting for today’s post, this Ted Talk on the power of time off is incredibly inspiring.

This bunny video made my heart so happy. Also this little teaser from JEW (!!!).

This weekend’s tunes: Old Man Canyon.

Short and sweet this week – xx


// RECIPE
As seen on my Nom show this past week. 

1 can full fat coconut milk, refrigerated overnight
5 to 6 ounces plain, plant based yogurt
2 to 3 tablespoons pure maple syrup

fruit to serve: sliced strawberries, bananas, figs, plums, and berries.

Discard the water from the coconut milk can, and scoop the cream into your blender (or bowl if using an immersion blender). Add the yogurt and 2 tablespoons maple syrup. Blend until smooth, taste, and add additional tablespoon of maple if desired (you may need to reduce the maple if using sweetened yogurt, I used unsweetened). Serve with fresh fruit and enjoy right away. Store leftovers in the fridge in an airtight glass container for up to 3 days.


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{Vegan} Cheesecake Fruit Dip by Faring Well

  • Jess @ Nourished by Nutrition August 20, 2016 at 4:15 am

    I admit I have trouble unplugging. In this day and age it seems to be increasingly harder and harder to find true privacy and not be in trawled in someone else’s world thanks to technology and social media. Your intentional boredom sounds like a wonderful form of meditation and a great reminder to take the time each day to put the practice into place. Have a lovely weekend, Jessie!

    • Faring Well August 20, 2016 at 7:05 pm

      I think it is truly hard for us all, but practice makes us better, yes? At least I’m hoping so ;). And thank you Jess, I hope you are having just the best weekend, hugs to you girl! xx

  • Joyce @ Sun Diego Eats August 20, 2016 at 6:56 pm

    I read an article about how people’s brains now are not used to ever truly being alone with your thoughts and it does affect your creativity if you are always consuming content and never just letting your mind wander. I find that even when I’m waiting for something for 45 seconds I will open Instagram or Snapchat and start scrolling :/

    P.S. Ahhh why a cricket?!

    • Faring Well August 20, 2016 at 7:07 pm

      Ah me too, it can be so tough – but if we put our minds to it (literally) I believe we can gain back some sanity + alone time! Cause I do love all of those wonderful things in moderation too, and they are even better when allowed a little space! And right, I always jump to “cricket” (haha!) so glad it was just the hair tie this time ;).

  • genevieve @ gratitude and greens August 21, 2016 at 7:35 am

    I’m so bad at being bored! I’m terrible at prioritizing “me time”. Even when I tried to be bored, I just have to pick up a book or magazine or something… Sometimes in the morning I will wake up and just lie there for a little bit without looking at my phone, and it’s kind of nice to just be able to lie there and think about the day ahead. Thanks for the inspiration, Jessie :D

    • Faring Well August 22, 2016 at 1:20 pm

      Aw I love hearing about that moment in the morning Genevieve, I do the same sometimes too! Such a wonderful few minutes that can totally count as a little extra boredom that day – in the best way possible. Thanks for your sweet note here, you’re the best. I hope you are having a wonderful beginning of the week! xx

  • Rebeca August 21, 2016 at 11:38 am

    Love your thoughts on making yourself be bored. It’s something I’ve been doing for a while and I’ve gotten better at it. At first, after 5 minutes, I wanted to go outside, grab a book, do anything! But with time I’ve learnt to let go and just be.

    Now, about the dip. I made it yesterday for a last minute dinner with friends and it got rave reviews. Simple can be more than enough, right? Hope you’re having a great weekend!

    • Faring Well August 22, 2016 at 1:23 pm

      Thank you Rebecca, I’m happy to hear you enjoyed my ramblings + have been working on a letting go of being busy at times too, so wonderful! Also so neat is that you made the dip and it was a hit! Goodness, hearing things like this make my week. Thank you for trusting my recipe to serve to your friends + for letting me know! I hope you had a stellar weekend, and happy week to you now too! <3

  • Rae August 22, 2016 at 8:58 am

    This vegan cheesecake dip looks and sounds absolutely delicious and those figs look so tasty. As far as making ourselves bored goes, I think this is a really interesting concept. Boredom usually has a negative connotation, like the feeling we have when we do not WANT to do anything and are restless and have no satisfaction or motivation. I think what you were doing would have a different name although I do not exactly know what I would call it – emptying your mind and just indulging in stillness maybe? I think that we should all try to practice doing so more often – it would do wonders to help us re-connect to ourselves on a visceral and organic level. I have really wanted to do one of those yoga retreats where you have to be silent for a week to sort of do a similar thing. I think it would be really hard at first and almost feel like being imprisoned but in the end would be very freeing and enlightening. Great post!

    Rae | Love from Berlin

    • Faring Well August 22, 2016 at 1:25 pm

      Thank you for the recipe love Rae! And I agree, it does have a negative connotation most often. I’ve learned to love it more though as time goes on, it really can be so positive! But I do also like your idea of using another word, meditation or peace seem to resonate most. One of those retreats where you go to be in silence sounds so interesting to me too, I can only imagine all that you would learn when you let your brain function at full capacity! Thank you again for your comment here girl, hope you are feeling rested and ready to tackle the week ahead – xx

  • The Clever Carrot August 23, 2016 at 5:13 am

    Hey Jess!!!! I;m not so sure t’s boredom. It’s peace and quietude…something I crave and have to basically force myself to do. You ,my friend naturally unplug by immersing yourself in nature. Social media can suck you dry. Talk about having to find a balance!!

    Love your thoughts as always and LOVE your beautiful photos!! XOXO

    • Faring Well August 23, 2016 at 7:14 pm

      Hey Emilie! I feel so special that you stopped by, thank you friend! And it so is peace and quietude. I love that word, “quietude”. It is such a balance to enjoy both the hustle and the quiet, I hope you are having one of those “balanced” weeks – and thank you so very much for your sweet compliments + note here! XO

  • Jodi August 23, 2016 at 9:32 am

    Jessie – I am so in love with this notion of being bored. There are million things for us to look at/do/make everyday that taking just a few minutes to let your mind set it’s own pace is so needed. Also – Gilmore Girls, I watched the seasons this winter when Matt was away – ahh so good with a spoonful of nut butter. Soul good. Thank you for linking my salad, thank you for posting your thoughts, thank you for your continuous inspiration :) xx

    • Faring Well August 23, 2016 at 7:15 pm

      Yes to boredom, and yes to so much GG! I watched it non stop when Scott was out of town, isn’t it the best medicine for when our guys leave? Wish we were neighbors and could have GG nights ourselves ;). Adore you and so grateful for you friend, XX.

  • Gena August 24, 2016 at 4:33 pm

    For various reasons, my summer has been all about embracing spaciousness — more unoccupied time, longer stretches of idleness, quiet, moving slowly. It has taught me so much about who I am and what I’ve been hiding from. It’s great to hear your reflections on taking time off this week, my friend, and I’m so glad that you were able to fill that time with fun and silliness and rest! May you carry little bits of that feeling into all that lies ahead :-)

    • Faring Well August 26, 2016 at 5:15 pm

      That is so wonderful to hear Gena <3 that stillness is so needed, and I'm glad to hear you have been finding it this summer! I hope it continues for you too, and thank you for your sweet note + wishes here friend. Cheers to a fun and restful weekend - xx