Omaha Adventures & Hearty Vegan Giveaway Winner

Hello everybody! I am sure you are all extremely eager to find out who won the Hearty Vegan giveaway, right? Well I am posting the winner at the end of this post, after I fill you in on some fun adventures.

I spent the last week brunching with friends, testing recipes in Omaha, NE for Isa Moskowitz (did you know that she is writing the dessert section of the (forthcoming) new Forks Over Knives cookbook?), modeling a new PPK/Teal Cat Project t-shirt, and celebrating Tim’s 35th birthday. I love spending time eating with friends, working with Isa, and lounging around in my jammies eating cake with Tim. So far this year is off to a good start. Here are some photographic highlights:

Cinnamon Pear Pancakes from Blossoming Lotus in Portland, OR

Seitan Rancheros from Blossoming Lotus in Portland, OR

Apricot Fig Bars (Isa tester recipe)

Peach Muffins (Isa tester recipe)

Raspberry Jam Dots (Isa tester recipe)

Sweet Potato Enchiladas from Pepe’s Veggie-Mex Bistro in Lincoln, NE

Crystallized Ginger Muffin from Maggie’s Vegetarian Wraps in Lincoln, NE (ugly photo, delicious muffin!)

Above is an outtake from the t-shirt photo shoot, you can see the chosen photo here. Please consider purchasing one of these amazing t-shirts. Proceeds go to The Teal Cat Project so that they can continue helping kitties in need of some extra love. And we all love kitties, right?

Unfortunately, I returned home from Omaha in the late evening on Tim’s birthday. We had a quick dinner and caught up on our eight days apart. I made him a cake today, but there are no photos. It’s just nice to be back in his company once again!

And now… The winner of the Hearty Vegan Meals for Monster Appetites giveaway! I had so much fun reading about all of your favorite hearty meals. I myself love thick, filling soups. OK, here we go… Commenter #38, Sarah! Congratulations!! I will contact you via e-mail so we can arrange shipment of your book! To everybody else, stay tuned for more giveaways next month.



A Hearty Giveaway!

Who’s up for another giveaway? This time, I am hosting a giveaway for your very own copy of Hearty Vegan Meals for Monster Appetites by Celine Steen and Joni Marie Newman (courtesy of Fair Winds Press). I had the pleasure of testing recipes for this massive, colorful (seriously, there are so many beautiful photographs to lure you in), recipe-packed cookbook and can tell you first hand that it is a true treasure. If you want filling meals that will keep your tummy happy and please the fussiest anti-vegans on the planet, you should enter this giveaway!

Stuff I made:

Avocado Rolls

Pesto Pea-Damame Soup

Tempeh, Pepper, & Spinach Pesto Sandwich

Funnel Cakes

Roasted Broccoli & Garlic Pizza

I also made Altella Spread, Blueberry Buttermilk Pancakes, Salty Sweet Oats, Ham-ish Saucisses, Mozzarella (perfect for pizza), and Roasted Broccotato Soup with Bacon Flavored Chickpeas. This cookbook has you covered with beverages, breakfasts, soups, breads, main entrees, desserts (like Cake Batter Ice Cream!), and even condiments. Celine’s gorgeous photography graces the pages and the first chapter offer tips and advice on cooking, baking, and stocking your kitchen. There are soy-free and gluten-free recipes, plus low fat recipes. See? They have thought of everything, just for you!

For a chance to win a copy of Hearty Vegan Meals for Monster Appetites, leave a comment here telling me what your favorite hearty meal is, whether it’s from a cookbook, a restaurant, or one of your own creations. It doesn’t matter, I just want to know your favorite hearty meal! I will randomly select a winner on Wednesday, January 18th. This giveaway is open to US residents only (sorry!).

Good luck everybody!

Into the Gorge

The weather report predicted rain for today. Tim and I took our chances and ventured outside for a little road trip to the Columbia River Gorge despite the wet forecast. We’ve visited this area so many times (look here, here, here, and here) that it almost feels like an extension of our apartment. When family and friends are in town, the Columbia River Gorge is guaranteed to impress. It goes without question that bringing along a camera is mandatory. The gorge is most known for the many (many, many, many) waterfalls that are accessible by short hikes or by pulling your car into a small lot and walking 20 feet to an open view of cascading water.

My favorite part about the gorge is the lingering clouds and fog that weave around the hills and trees, which we definitely witnessed this afternoon.

And since I mentioned waterfalls:

Latourell Falls

Bridal Veil Falls

Multnomah Falls (taken last year during the first week of January)

We stopped at several other waterfalls as well, but I didn’t photograph them all. We lucked out with the weather: it didn’t start raining until we were back in the car and headed for home!

Giveaway Winner!

Celebratory lights!

Happy New Year everybody! I am keeping this post short and sweet because it’s past my bedtime and slumber is waiting. I just wanted to announce the winner of my recent giveaway… Random Number Generator says…

That would be the lovely Moonsword!!! Congratulations!! I will send you an e-mail so we can arrange shipment of your fun lil’ package. For everybody else, I have two more giveaways coming up in January and February. So, you know, stick around!