Being away from home often means missing things: events, friends, the familiar.
Since I’ve been back, catching up with friends has been my top priority. Second, has been finding time to get familiar with my kitchen again after being in the larger, 105 Academy space.
The need to restock my shelves and fridge was the perfect excuse to revisit the events I missed while I was away. And by events, I mean fantastic recipes that my friends posted on their beautiful blogs that I was dying to try but couldn’t in my hotel-room kitchen.
On my first morning back in Toronto I headed off to the market to pick up fresh ginger and raw almonds to make a raw version of Nicole’s Flourless Almond Ginger Cookies.
There was one other recipe that I bookmarked while I was away: Sweet Potato Hummus! This recipe comes from the genius that is Gena of ChoosingRaw.
Combine all of the ingredients in your food processor and blend until smooth, adding water (approximately a 1/2 cup) as needed to create a thick dip consistency.
This hummus is a rich, spicy, creamy spread that you can add to sandwiches, salads, veggie platters, crackers, etc. If you’re a fan of sweet potatoes and a hummus lover than you really need to try the two together. Let this be my gift to you (pretend Gena also signed the card).
When I read an email from Jessy I’m always left with a happy vegan face. Always.
She introduced me to the vegan gluten-free community resource she’s creating along with Kittee and Allyson. If you’re eating gluten-free, or want to feed friends who are, I strongly suggest you check out the site. There will be lots of fun and food to come.
AND Jessy sent me this incredible package.
Honestly, I was totally overwhelmed when I opened the box. These are all very special sweets that I have oogled in grocery stores while visiting the U.S.A but have never, been able to bring myself to buy. She seemed to know all of the items on my super special secret wish list: Kookie Karma, Laughing Giraffe, Coconut Aminos and Gnosis.
Life lesson: Always say yes to the chance to send a gift. You will receive more in return that you could ever imagine. I plan to be friends with Jessy for a very long time.
Finally, I’d like to share one more gift.
The “One Lovely Blog Award” given to me by Ela.
1. I don’t know what I want to be when I grow up (yes, I do have a full-time government job, but that is not the answer).
2. I’ve taken classes in kayaking, International Humanitarian Law, Reiki, hula hooping, sign language and much more – it is possible that I just like classes.
3. I’m totally motivated by tests and challenges. I like signing up for races, yoga challenges and blogger events (including Morgan’s PIPES challenge).
4. For a long time I’ve dreamed about working for the World Health Organization.
5. Recently, I’ve been dreaming about teaching young Moms to make healthy, affordable food for their families.
6. Sometimes I dream about plating ideas and I have to get up and draw a picture of what I want the dish to look like.
7. Sometimes I dream about puppies.
I’m thrilled to have this chance to pass this award on to five Lovely Blogs:
I hope you’ll check out each of their blogs, where they all share their unique gifts with the world.