I’m flying! Okay, let me explain. I’m in an airplane right now, heading to Portland for Vida Vegan Con and am super excited. I will say that I’m not a humongous fan of flying (especially in very small planes), so I’ll be even happier when I’ve landed safely in the rain. You’ll know about it because the plane doesn’t have wi-fi, so I can’t post the blog up here.
What’s even more awesome is that I am not coming home until almost a week from now! So, I’m basically expecting to gain a few pounds, be totally inspired and meet amazing vegan bloggers. Sometimes, I really don’t regret parting ways with the design industry.
I bought a new point and shoot camera for this trip, so that I wouldn’t have to lug around my fancy camera and worry about it getting damaged or hurting my neck. I’ll make sure to take plenty of pictures to share with everyone, next week!
While I’ll be busy doing bloggy things this weekend, most everyone else is celebrating Memorial Day. And people, do I have the perfect beverage for you. This ain’t your average lemonade; it has fresh ingredients, plus a kick from jalapeno and vodka.
This beverage is fantastic because you can make large batches of it and place it into a dispenser for easy refilling. Of course, you can tone down the jalapeno if it’s going to be made the night before a party, as it may be a little too spicy. Also, keep the mixture cold, because the warmer it gets, the hotter it tastes!
Phew, let me tell you, it is so weird to be home again. But, definitely a relief. After a month of working my butt off in the windy, hot desert that is Coachella Valley, and not blogging at all, it is nice to be sitting comfortably at my desk and hanging out with my pups. I won’t lie, though, being forced to have a break from the internet was actually a good thing and eventually I just had to live with the fact that I would have no time to blog, etc. Before April, I was already having a hard enough time juggling my work with my personal life, and now I have to really re-access what my priorities are, but still reach my goals. Such is life!
Here are a few photos from my trip!
Pre-Coachella Show Day
Dust Storm Hellish-ness Weekend 1
About to watch Local Natives
Messin’ around in the Boutique Photo Booth
Some of our Inventory team on the last day!
One of the recipes that I made before I left, is something that I’m really excited about; especially since Cinco de Mayo is right around the corner! I had ceviche a few times in my life before I went vegan, and only once after that. The vegan version that I had was weird and involved fake shrimp which always gives me the heebie-jeebies, so I decided that I would make my own recipe!
This dish is more of a side, but may just steal the spotlight with how refreshing it is and its great flavors. Plus, it is REALLY easy to make. Once of the sneaky ingredients in it are oyster mushrooms, they have a slightly fishy scent/taste which makes this a well-rounded vegan ceviche. You can bring it to a party, serve it with a meal, make it whenever! I prefer to eat it with some salted tortilla chips and a beer.
I can’t forget to mention that my mom loved this so much that she brought it to a get together with some of her quilting friends; and they all enjoyed it, too!
It has been a while since I’ve done a raw recipe, and what better way to usher in the new season than with some easy-to-make, fruity, raw cookies? I have to admit, there are some ingredients that aren’t completely raw; such as vanilla extract and store-bought raisins, but they’re nearly there!
Also, here is some surprise news that I’ve been waiting to share with you, and now is the time. In January, I mentioned that I was working on a large project that I was very excited about; no, it’s not a cookbook of my own, BUT it is someone else’s. You may have heard of her and her brand Happy Herbivore. I was fortunate enough to take a majority of the pictures in her newest cookbook, “Happy Herbivore Light & Fit“! The book will be officially on the market in the fall, but is available for pre-order now. I am so, so elated about having my work published, and I can’t wait to get my hands on a copy.
Now, that we’ve got that covered, I can tell you about these tasty and festive cookies. I shaped them like eggs for the sake of Easter and having them in a basket, but flower shapes would be great, too! Maybe daisies or tulips? Each cookie has minimal ingredients in it and really couldn’t be easier to make and/or eat. I used a dehydrator to keep these as raw as I could, but if you don’t have one, you can bake these on a low-temp. setting in your oven for a couple of hours.
All of the flavors are fresh and fun: Strawberry Mint, Berry Vanilla and Pseudo-Carrot Cake Cookies. I even tested these flavors out on my omnivore parents and got their approval. Not really necessary, but always appreciated. These recipes also work if you want to make Lara Bar-like snack bars, for on the go!
Do you ever have those days where you’re starting out with an awesome recipe idea, and then it keeps morphing? Yesterday was definitely one of those days, for me. I knew that I wanted something minty, chocolatey and green so share with you all, but wasn’t sure about just which way to do it.
First, it started out as a cookie; minty, green and lil’ chocolate chips. But, after seeing the consistency of the dough I thought that maybe this was better suited to be a muffin. So, I baked a couple of test muffins. As good as they were, I knew that they needed something else, a little more of a minty kick. Let there be glaze! A minty sweet glaze was then poured over the top and I adjusted the recipe some more so that it would be a fluffier cupcake.
You better believe that I was in a sugar/carb coma after all that taste testing. But, I will do what I must for you! Even if that means a couple of extra work outs this week. So, now, we have an adorable cupcake that is perfectly suited for St. Paddy’s day! Plus, there’s veggies in it, spinach to be exact; that’s what gives these cuties their terrific color.
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