Can You Hear the Crickets?

Geez, it sure has been quiet around here. This is my first post in 3 weeks and it isn’t even a recipe. I haven’t posted a recipe in well over a month. I’m sorry! I promise that I have something in the oven. Literally, there is something baking as I type this and my house smells amazing. If it all goes well, that recipe will be up on my blog later this week.

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In the meantime, may I suggest you make this watermelon mint frosty to keep cool on these hot summer days?

If you’ve been following my blog for awhile, you know I’ve posted income and traffic reports for the last 9 months. It has been a really good exercise for me. It helped keep me going and growing for months. Now, I’m happy to report that I have a decent supplemental income coming in from my blog and blog related activities (freelance work, advertising, affiliate income). I did some quick math to determine my earnings in May and it was approximately $560. Not too bad, right?

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California Love

I’m writing this from a tiny little desk in the Arts District of Los Angeles. Light is pouring in to the room through glorious stained-glass windows. This space will soon be open for business as a craft distillery. It is called The Spirit Guild and it is helmed by one of my dearest friends and… 

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Growing The Blenderist – April 2015 Income Report

This is my once a month, super-nerdy post for other bloggers. If you come here for the recipes, you might find this post boring. I’m sorry! This post is all numbers and blog geekery. This post also contains a number of affiliate links.   If you read last month’s income report, you will remember a steep… 

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The $13 Chocolate Bar

A decade ago I was living in Toronto, working in a fancy boutique in a fancy neighbourhood. I’d often treat myself to lunch at Pusateri’s Fine Foods, a fancy gourmet grocery. I hit up the deli counter for some balsamic chicken breast and roasted vegetables and made a beeline for the cashier. You had to… 

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Making Changes

It is spring and that means I’m feeling compelled to get my life in order. I’ve been listening to the audiobook version of The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing. The book is really making me think about my physical and mental space. I want to be surrounded by stuff… 

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Fruit and Granola Breakfast Parfait

Some days, I’m content to cut up a bunch of fruit and make a fruit salad. That is the easy and sensible thing to do. Then, there are days when a regular old fruit salad won’t do. On those days, I make breakfast parfait! This parfait may look complicated, but it is very easy. All… 

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Grain-free Granola – Vegan and Gluten-free

Let me tell you a little story. Once upon a time, there was this woman who decided to make granola. She went to Whole Foods and bought nuts and fruit and cacao nibs. She mixed those lovely ingredients in a big bowl with some melted coconut oil and maple syrup. The mixture was lovely and… 

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Growing The Blenderist – March 2015 Income Report

This is my once a month, super-nerdy post for other bloggers. If you come here for the recipes, you might find this post boring. I’m sorry! This post is all numbers and blog geekery. This post also contains a number of affiliate links.

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Vegan Coconut Mango Panna Cotta

Last week, I shared this Vegan Chocolate Panna Cotta recipe. It was very popular, but I’ve heard there are some people in this world that hate chocolate. To those people I say, “Chocolate is the best, your tastebuds are broken”.   I’m a kind person and I don’t want these chocolate deprived people to feel… 

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Vegan Chocolate Panna Cotta

Last week, I decided to play around with some kanten (a.k.a. agar-agar). Kanten is made from algae and it is a great substitute for gelatin in many recipes. Kanten comes in several forms. I used the granulated form. You can also buy flakes or sticks of it. For my first experiment, I created this vegan chocolate… 

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Triple Layer Coconut Oil Cups

Yesterday was a good day. The photography gods were smiling on me. There are some days when I can’t get a decent photo of my food to save my life. It’s usually a combination of my own impatience and less than ideal lighting. I had 3 desserts to photograph and I managed to get them… 

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