Sweet Bella Vita

a dash of motherhood… a sprinkle of homeschooling… and a pinch of photography ( with a side of compassion )

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florence… gelato

What better treat to enjoy while walking around Florence then a gelato!


I highly recommend a stop at ‘Edoardo gelato biologico’ (not only is it organic ice cream… but it has VEGAN options too!!!) it is near il duomo.

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and this concludes my Florence posts 🙂

if you missed the others find them here:

FlorencePiazzale MichelangeloPiazza della SignoriaIl Duomo

If you go I would love to hear what you liked and disliked about Florence :)



Canada Day ideas

Canada Day is just around the corner 🙂

We like to go see the fireworks … but other then that we take advantage of the day  to just be together and enjoy what ever local activities we stumble upon. From outdoor concerts to festivals… there is always something fun to see and do on Canada Day 🙂

We tend to have a relaxing family day and try to make some fun summer cool treats such as this neat cold treat  🙂

freeze bananas for a few hours  and then toss in blender with a few raspberries … taste just like raspberry ice cream 🙂 really creamy, completely raw, vegan and delicious!


To get other neat and fun Canada Day activities  or ideas go check out the Canadian homeschool blogging team here 🙂

and happy Canada Day!


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a pink ice cream pie

My daughter turned 4 last week; and she requested a pink treat.

So I came up with this:  banana raspberry ice cream pie / cake

Before you start you want to peel and freeze bananas at least 8 … I like to freeze them for about 4 hours … otherwise they get rock hard frozen and are harder to blend into a smooth ice-cream ( but this would depend on your freezer )

Then you want to make the crust and throw that in the freezer as well

Crust ingredients  ( place the following in a food processor and mix well )

  • 2 cups of pecans
  • 2 table spoons of coconut oil
  • a handful cashews
  • and a pinch of vanilla
  • some maple syrup or dates to sweeten  ( I added a little of both )

Check for the consistency … you want to be able to shape it and not for it to crumble … so if it is too soft add more nuts… if too crumbly add some coconut  oil or maple syrup. (but be carful as just a teaspoon can be all you need )

Shape into small pies for individual servings or a big pie and place in freezer for an hour or more.

Once the bananas are ready blend them with frozen raspberries.  I love the taste  of this ; as the bananas are sweet and the raspberries take the sweetness down. I usually add enough raspberries  so that it is not too  sweet … probably about 1 – 2 cup full of raspberries

Once blended  take the pie crust out … fill it up and place it back in the freezer for a bit to get the ice-cream filling to harden a little…

and the you are all set 🙂



I had extra ice-cream left over which was delicious without the crust as well.


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Make it possible

great info on factory farming

Check out their site here Make it Possible

reduce your meat intake!

don’t buy factory farmed!

or go meat free!

be Compassionate!



really easy vegan milkshake

I usually make smoothies with an assortment of stuff in them… but I was craving something really light and fun …

I used hemp milk and bananas!

oh and to get really fancy a dash of cinnamon 😉

vegan milkshake ingredients

I suggest tossing in a couple of ice cubes to make it cooler

vegan milkshake

totally amazing light and simple!

vegan milkshake

hope you have a fantastic week!



vegan flatbread

flat bread is really fun and delicious especially with some homemade hummus … mummmmm



3 cups of flour (you can use spelt, brown rice , or any flour you would like)

1 tablespoon of salt

2 teaspoons of baking powder

3 tablespoons of oil (we use coconut)

1 cup of cold water

we sometimes add chia seeds ( that is what you see in the picture below)


mix all the above together and then roll out and cut into pieces to cook on the stovetop in coconut oil





chia pudding

My husband decided to give this a try … and he was amazed at how easy it was… funny how we hesitate on making stuff at times cause we think it will be hard or take  long to make.

This took 5 minutes to prepare and then placed in the fridge to cool for about 20 or so minutes.


2 cups of coconut milk  (or other vegan milk of choice)

8 tablespoons of chia seeds

1 teaspoon of vanilla

4 tablespoons of cacao

3 tablespoons of maple syrup

mix all the above ingredients together and then refrigerate

to serve you can top with fruits or nuts and maple syrup

(for those with a sweeter tooth , I would suggest adding a little more maple syrup in the ingredients)

and voila!

chia pudding

enjoy 🙂



vegalicious scones

My husband has been playing around with this recipe for the last month or so and it tastes so good ( he has made many variations of it from pumpkin scones to walnuts to cashews  to banana blueberry)  but this one, with pecans is one of our favourites.

heart shaped scones

3 cups of flour ( any flour you like, we have used 6 grains flour as well as spelt )
1 and 1/2 tablespoons  baking powder
1/2 teaspoon of salt
1 teaspoon of cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon of vanilla
2 cups of pecans
1/4 cup sugar ( we replaced it with 7-8 dates)
1 large banana
3 tablespoons of maple syrup
1 and 1/2 flax egg substitute
8 tablespoons of melted cacao butter

Put flour in mixing bowl with baking powder, cinnamon, salt, and vanilla.

Throw pecans in food processor to finely chop
Then add the pecans to the mixing bowl
Then put the banana, dates , and maple syrup in food processor  and mix together
Then add those to the mixing bowl

Get flax egg ready to add to mixing bowl

Add the melted cacao butter to the mixing bowl

scone mix

Mix well and work with hands


Lay on paper to roll out and cut into shapes


Lay on baking sheet


And bake in oven for about 15 minutes at 415 degrees
( this depends on your oven , watch scones carefully)


And enjoy 🙂

My husband likes to add a vegan glaze on top of his, I prefer mine without.


For the glaze in a small blender mix a handful of pecans with a couple of tablespoons of maple syrup and a dash of vanilla, salt, and cinnamon  and pour on top of scone ( this is for a small amount )