When I think of summers past, August never was a very busy month for me. Usually it was the winding down of a Summer break, when I was in school, or a month where there was some preparing for Back-to-school products at the full-time jobs that I had. Otherwise, there was just the heat, and a few activities that I had to take up my time.
Fast forward to this August, where there is a TON of stuff happening! One thing that comes to mind is the prepping for next month’s Vegan MOFO, which is always exciting and slightly stressful. It’s a great time to stretch your imagination and learn about some amazing new bloggers.
Then, there are all of these events to go to in Southern California! Don’t get me wrong, I’m not complaining, this is super awesome. This week I’m going to a “release party” of sorts, for Follow Your Heart’s new cheese shreds (yum!). Plus, some vegan potlucks, working a music festival (as a merch lady, of course), and most of all, birthdays. Next week I may be helping out Fran & Kate for Fran’s new cookbook trailer, hell yeah!
This past weekend was my dad’s birthday, which means, time for carrot cake! Usually, my mom buys a non-vegan carrot cake to share with the rest of the family, but we decided that I would make some mini-cakes with my new mini springform pans for us. I’m still tweaking the recipe, which is a lighter version of one that I used a couple of years ago. We shared one of the mini-cakes after a dinner of Chinese take-out (classy, no?), and it really hit the spot.
Unfortunately, our amazing weather has decided to actually become Summery, so temperatures have risen about 10-15 degrees. Naturally, I’m trying to stay away from the oven, so I’ve utilized my mini cake pans once again and made some raw cheesecake for you! Raw desserts are some of my favorite to make because it usually consists of soaking, blending, pressing and freezing. Then, ta-dah! A beautiful and healthier dessert for you to (maybe) share with your loved ones.