Yep, still alive…in case you were wondering. I miss blogging as often I used to and I have so many things to post, just not enough time to post them! Last month, we enjoyed a wonderful vacation to Budapest and Prague. I hope to share some photos and travel tips with you in an upcoming post. We also recently discovered a local vegan restaurant that we love and I can’t wait to tell you about it. Then there’s that delicious apple tart I made over the weekend, which was awesome. Can’t wait to share that with you, too. But alas, there are mums to be planted and grocery shopping to be done and a road bike that’s calling my name and graphic design projects to…
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….
I feel so terrible for neglecting my little blog! But I don’t feel bad for soaking up every last bit of our short summer season here in Michigan. It’s a beautiful time of year (my absolute favorite). I just wish it lasted longer. It’s funny because all winter long, when the days were so short and there was minimal light to work with, I had this grand plan in my head. I kept thinking that once spring/summer got here, I would work like crazy so I could have a stock pile of recipes/photos/posts to last me through the winter. Ha! So much for that plan. As it turns out, who wants to be stuck in a kitchen all summer long?! Duh. Anyway… moving on. I…
A few times a year, Hubs and a few other guys (the so-called “Back 40 Sportsman’s Club”) venture up to the U.P. where they act like idiots for an entire weekend–shooting off guns, playing paintball–you know, real “manly” stuff. If I have time, I make cookies or some sort of snack for him to take along. This year, when I mentioned making a spicy nut mix, he was all about it. In his book, the hotter the better. He told me to make it so hot that no one would be able to eat it. Nice friend, eh? Well it seems that no matter how spicy I make something, it could always be hotter. So I decided to make it so ridiculously hot that even Hubs’…
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….