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Eat | Perfectly Valentine’s Vegan Red Velvet Cupcakes

The Perfect Vegan Red Velvet Cupcake on Wayfair by Squirrelly Minds
I’m a huge cupcake fan and red velvet is my absolute favourite. There’s something about that hint of cocoa and deep crimson colour that makes it an absolute delectable delight. I love it even more around this time of year, because who can resist a red velvet cupcake that is so perfectly suited to Valentine’s day?

The Perfect Vegan Red Velvet Cupcake on Wayfair by Squirrelly Minds
Now, I’m going to let you in on a little secret. I used to be an awful baker. No matter what I did something went wrong – especially with the seemingly fool-proof packaged cakes. The egg somehow always settled, leaving a nasty omelette crust on the bottom of a chocolate cake. Yes. Gross.
It wasn’t until I became vegan that baking and I got along. With the threat of omelette based cakes gone, I was able to make baked goods that tasted not only good, but amazing enough for vegans and non vegans alike to devour.

Pop on over to Wayfair today to get the recipe and learn how to get that piped rose icing that’s perfect for Valentine’s day.

Have you tried vegan baked goods before? What’s your opinion?

The Friday Five – Autumn

The Friday Five - Autumn | Squirrelly Minds

Pumpkin pie by Eat me!
Autumn inspired thank you cards from Frances and Francis
Green pumpkin by Miss Mustard Seed
Glitter acorn DIY by Sweet Paul Magazine
Waxed leaves wall art by Elsie Marley

It’s coming whether you like it or not – this weekend marks the beginning of fall.
While summer is my favourite season, I always look forward to the coziness fall brings. I just love the turning of the leaves, warm bubbling soups and the smell of pumpkins being carved and baked.

What’s your favourite part about autumn and what are
your plans for this equinox weekend?

The Friday Five – Nostalgia

The Friday Five - Nostalgia | Squirrelly Minds

The Friday Five - Hot | Squirrelly Minds
Cassette graphic by Evan McMahon

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Jem inspired makeup from the Winter 2008 Issue of Pulp Magazine, photography by Kelly Thompson

The Friday Five - Hot | Squirrelly Minds
LA Gear shoes found on Cristal Milk

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Floppy Disk sticky notes from Burak Kaynak

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Rainbow bright inspired dress from McKenna Bleu

If you’re an 80′s child like me, this week’s Friday Five may have just forced a smile to creep out of that pretty little¬†face of yours. Yup, I’m taking you back to the days of bright colours, inspirational hero rock singers, music that you had to fast forward and rewind, and the dawn of the computer age.

Welcome back to the 80′s friends. And,

have a lovely weekend!

Design | Hal Lasko – The Pixel Painter

Hal Lasko - The Pixel Painter via Squirrelly MindsI have distant memories as a kid sitting in front of our box of a computer screen (fan whirring loudly alongside), painting in horrendous stock colours using Microsoft Paint.

My creations were nothing like Hal Lasko’s.
Hal Lasko - The Pixel Painter via Squirrelly MindsThis 98 year old man creates beautiful pieces of art, one pixel at a time. This retired typographer nicknamed Grandpa has a strong devotion to his art process. He spends hours each day sitting at his computer painting pixels until his work is complete, then sees it through to completion through the printing process. Why? Because it’s fun.

It’s no longer work, it’s fun. When I worked I always had to do something to please the client.

Not anymore.

Hal Lasko - The Pixel Painter via Squirrelly Minds
The most beautiful thing about his story confirms that, just because you retire doesn’t mean you stop living life. It’s when you start. You have the freedom to do what you want, when you want, for how long you want, and if you can channel those wants into a creative outlet there’s nothing that can stop you. That is how I want to live my life, before and after retirement.
Grandpa, you’re a complete inspiration.

Check out this video for more insight into Hal Lasko and his work.
Isn’t he just the cutest?

Is there an elderly person so full of life who inspires you?

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