Vegan Sweet and Simple Turns 1! And giveaway! (Competition closed)

Posted by on Aug 16, 2014 in Everything Else | 7 comments

Oh how time flies! I can’t believe that I have been blogging for one whole year. And what a year it has been!

My first ever post was a super simple, but tasty recipe for gingerbread bites using almond pulp leftover from making almond milk. Since then I’ve shared recipes for everything from green smoothies to scrumptious salads to sumptuous desserts and reviews from a few of the great places I’ve been lucky to visit.

And I’ve learned a huge amount in the process. I used to be a pretty basic and not-so-good cook. Over the past year I have learned to how different combinations of herbs and spices can create amazing flavor profiles and I’ve learned how to relax, be adventurous and just have fun in the kitchen. I’ve explored new frontiers, like how to create delicious raw meals and how to combine gluten-free flours to make yummy gluten-free baked goods. And I’ve progressed from taking some frankly awful photos of my creations to ones that actually make my food look pretty good (though that’s still a work in progress).  

This blog was never meant to be more than a place for me to explore vegan food and cooking and share sweet and simple recipes! It’s become so much more than that: it’s a place that has allowed me to learn, be creative, and grow. And for that I’m deeply grateful.

So to celebrate this one-year anniversary, I thought I’d do my first ever giveaway!  There are two books and blogs that I’ve turned to again and again over the past year and I want to share them with you. 

The first is Vegan For Her by Ginny Messina and JL Fields. This book is an absolute must-read for any vegan woman or any woman thinking of becoming vegan. I’ve been vegan for 14 years now and I learned a huge amount reading this book, from how to make sure my diet is well-balanced, to which supplements I should be taking, to how my body and nutritional needs are likely to change over my life course.  And it has really great recipes from JL, who taught me the concept of umami and how to be more mindful when I eat! 

Vegan for Her

Vegan for Her

The second is the blog, and now book, Choosing Raw, by Gena Hamshaw. I love Gena’s creative and practical approach to  raw vegan food. While I am not likely to follow a completely raw vegan diet, I have been making a conscious effort to eat more and more raw food, and Gena’s advice about how to do this makes it far easier. Her recipes are absolutely delicious and her blog and book are just beautiful. I could only aspire to be like her! 

Choosing Raw

Choosing Raw

One lucky reader will win Vegan for Her and another lucky reader will win Choosing Raw. Entering is super easy.  All you need to do is follow me on twitter, tweet about this giveaway, like Vegan Sweet and Simple on Facebook, or comment on this blog post through the links below. Entries will close at midnight on August 31st, and the winners will be announced on Monday, September 1st. To enter, you must live in the United States. Good luck! 

And thanks so much for coming on this journey with me! 


Vegan Sweet and Simple Turns 1!

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  1. I love raw cookbooks in the summertime. They inspire me to eat fresher and not having to put stove on is such a bonus!!

  2. skinny bitch!

  3. I’ve picked up “Vegan for Her” on multiple occasions at Barnes and Noble and find it to be an extremely great read. Now, if I didn’t have to wrestle between buying the book or food as a starving college student, this’d be on my shelf!

  4. 14 years is awesome!

  5. I don’t have any vegan cookbooks yet and I think these would be a huge help to me.

  6. The vegan book that I am most inspired by right now is The Animal Activist’s Handbook. It advises you how to be a joyful and efficient advocate in the simplest terms. I’ve just finished reading “The Lucky Ones” by Jenny Brown; her story is amazing!

  7. Congrats on a great year of learning and sharing. These books look great!

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