Hold onto your hats, folks. That’s right, I’m doing two cookbook giveaways in a row. I’m blowing your mind, I’m sure. In case you missed it, the first was Kathy Hester’s Vegan Slow Cooking for Two (or Just for You). Today, I’m introducing you to Amber Shea Crawley’s Practically Raw Desserts, which you can win by entering below. When Vegan Heritage Press invited me to participate in this blog tour to promote Crawley’s book, I figured why not? A free cookbook for me and one to give away. Then the book arrived and let’s just say I wasn’t overly impressed. I judged it. By the cover. By the photos. The design/layout. All of it. Since I’m a graphic designer, this kind of stuff really bugs me….
September 11. I just can’t write a post without acknowledging the gravity of this date in American history. It’s hard to believe it was twelve years ago already. Like so many of you, I remember that day so clearly (which is saying a lot because my memory isn’t so great). I still get choked up when I think about watching the horror and the aftermath unfold on TV. I can only imagine what those who were in the planes, in the Pentagon, in the towers and the surrounding areas went through that day. Growing up in America, there was a sense of security, a sense that something like this could never happen to us. All of that changed on 9-11-2001. I’m still grateful to live…
Bust out your party hat and say HAPPY BIRTHDAY to 86 Lemons!!! Today marks the one year anniversary of my first blog post. It’s kind of fun to look back and see how far I’ve come. While I’m still learning and always will be, my photos have come a long way. In fact, just yesterday I was teaching two friends how to use the manual settings on their DSLR cameras. A year ago, I had no “cool” photo props. Over the past year, I’ve managed to build a nice little collection of plates/bowls, linens, utensils, etc. A year ago, I was still learning about new-to-me ingredients like chia seed, flax eggs, coconut oil, tapioca starch, lentils and dates (to name a few). Now these are…
Over the weekend, I was talking to a friend who I hadn’t seen in a while. She was asking how the “vegan thing” was going and I was commenting on how much more energy I have now. Looking back on the past week, it’s crazy how much I’ve managed to get done. So much more than I ever used to. I wish I was disciplined enough to keep a journal. It would be interesting to take a look back at a few years ago. To compare notes on how I felt then compared to now. It’s easy to forget. People ask me all the time if I plan on sticking with this. It’s been over a year and right now, and I see no reason…
A few weeks ago, I had the grand idea of inventing a key lime coconut popsicle recipe for Cinco de Mayo. Unfortunately, it didn’t turn out so well. I must have used too much key lime juice because they were quite tart. Not horrible, just not what I hoped for. BUT, in the process, I learned an awesome trick for juicing key limes–use a garlic press! GENIUS! Worked like a charm. I decided to revisit that flavor combination another time, and moved on to Orange Creamsicle instead. I was shooting for a popsicle recipe, but as it turns out, I prefer this vegan, gluten-free recipe in its original form–as a creamy beverage. Instead of using navel oranges, I used my new favorite fruit discovery–minneola oranges….