I’m back from a fabulous yet very busy week in Portland, and boy do I miss it. If you haven’t been following the #VVC2013 madness on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook, I encourage you to check it out. Apart from memorializing the enormous swag bags we received this year, participants have been sharing their thoughts on the many workshops and panels over the three-day conference as well as photos of their reunion with new and old blogger friends from around the globe.
Just like everyone else, I had a blast. Although I’m super shy at large group events like this one, I did hang out with some pretty awesome people and I came home feeling a renewed sense of motivation for my blog and other outreach projects. I spent the week with my favourite travelling partner, Lisa, and we were able to fit in some great brainstorming sessions over mugs of chai lattes and vegan cinnamon rolls. The week could not have been better.
Ah, long weekends full of sunshine, how I love you.
The initial plan was to spend the weekend at the cottage, but hubby and I opted to stay in the city to get some much-needed spring cleaning under way. And, since we are in the process of planning out a new addition to our house, we need to be diligent about completing the necessary plans for the building permit. Have you ever had to apply for a building permit? It’s ludicrous, I tell you. Truly ludicrous. Floor plans, site plans, cross sections, elevations, lot surveys—yikes!
I’m traveling to Portland next week to join 200 other vegans who are invading the city for the 2nd annual Vida Vegan Con. I can’t even begin to tell you how excited I am to see other fellow bloggers like JL, Gena, Dreena, Hannah, Hannah, Angela, Terry, Isa, Fran, Kate and many others.
When I feel overwhelmed with anticipation of events like this, all I want to do is eat celebration foods—you know the kind you don’t normally indulge in? The kind you eat when you are surrounded by people who make you happy and you feel like your life couldn’t get any better.
But I live by the mantra that you will feel good by eating well, so I decided to create a treat that is good for me but also satisfies my craving for something sweet.
Enter this easy-to-make, creamy pudding. The winning ingredient: chia seeds!
Wow, it’s ridiculous what a little site redesign does to invigorate my passion for blogging and sharing new recipes. I had so much fun—yet had to do very little—working with Lindsay over at Purr Design on giving ADC a new look. (If you’re reading this through an RSS reader or by email, click over and check out the changes!)
I wanted a fresh, streamlined look and, most importantly, a more organized and user-friendly recipe index—check it out by clicking on recipe index in the menu bar above. All recipes are now indexed visually by category and ingredient, or you can click on the archives drop-down menu in the right-hand sidebar to view all posts by date.
Although she may not know it, my stepmother Lisa is the most responsible for my love of cooking and baking and, ultimately, my endless appreciation for the culinary craft. Growing up, she taught me that food is not just nourishment; it is about celebration, community and love, and it enables us to feed our bodies as well as our spirits.
My mother Catherine, on the other hand, inspired me to pick up a camera when I was 14 and start shooting—anything—and to see the beauty in the little things around me and capture them within the frame. She gave me the courage to pursue this passion way back in high school and it created a whole new confidence in me.
The combination of influences has made me who I am today, and I’m incredibly grateful to have both of them in my life.