3 Years of Blogging & A Giveaway!

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Today marks 3 years since I started blogging on October 31, 2008. My, my how times flies!

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Every year that goes by, I’m so grateful for YOU sharing this journey with me and allowing me to grow as a person, make some mistakes along the way, and pursue my dreams. I don’t have all the answers or even many, but what I do know is that we all have something to learn from one another. Sharing our life experiences, gaining insight, laughter, great food, and wisdom. That’s what you give to me each day.

I also know that I really, really have no control around brownies. Or Sketchie cuddles.

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Yesterday I spent a bit of time reading through old blog entries from 2008…oh man, it was funny to read some old posts! The blog has certainly changed and grown in so many ways, as have I. One of my biggest challenges over the past few years has been learning to listen to my heart when sometimes it feels like it’s being pulled in a thousand directions. So far it hasn’t steered me wrong more than… a few times. But that’s OK too.

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I’ve been sitting on some blog news for a while now, but it didn’t really feel fitting to throw at the end of a recipe, so I’ll share it with you today!

IMG 0002 2 Copy1   3 Years of Blogging & A Giveaway!Thank you for your votes in Chatelaine Magazine’s Women of the Year awards! I found out last week that I’m a winner in the Hot 20 Under 30 category and I couldn’t be more excited to be included with so many inspiring women.

I really encourage you to pick up the magazine if you can (it’s on newsstands now) as it’s jam packed with women’s stories of personal triumph, business ventures, and so much more.

 

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Secondly, I’m thrilled to tell you that I recently signed with a literary agent. As you may know, a huge dream of mine is to write cookbooks. For the past while, I’ve been trying to juggle increasing demands with both the bakery and blog businesses and I’ve been running myself into the ground trying to do it all. To give myself the time required to finish the intensive proposal and hopeful future cookbook, I’m closing the bakery. That’s not to say that I will never run the bakery again (who knows maybe someday I will open a storefront), but for now it won’t be open. Your support with the bakery has truly meant the world to me over the past couple years. As a thank you for your support, I hope to include a couple Glo Bar recipes in my future cookbook. This way, you can make them in the comfort of your own home whenever the craving strikes!

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Lastly, I’m excited to be working with Chatelaine Magazine as one of their Health and Wellness bloggers. I’m contributing my favourite seasonal vegan recipes for their blog. If you haven’t checked out their website you really should! It’s brimming with great information and thousands of delicious recipes. I’m really excited to take on freelance work because it’s a great opportunity to spread my love for vegan food. Another opportunity I’ve had recently is to develop the recipes for an article in Glow Magazine, which you can see below.

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Ok, now that’s out of the way, let me get to the fun stuff!

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I tried to think about one of my favourite kitchen items that I could giveaway on the blog. One of them would definitely have to be a cute apron! They really make cooking and baking more fun.

I picked up this apron and matching pot holder at Pier 1 last week for the giveaway. If for some reason you don’t like this apron, I’ll be happy to buy you an apron of your choice from Anthropologie. I know that not everyone likes pink floral like I do, so there are no hard feelings. ;) I want you to love it!

To enter the giveaway please leave a comment below. Contest closes next Sunday Nov 6th and it’s open to anyone, anywhere. Goodluck!

…and Happy Halloween! T minus 8 hours until I become a Queen of Hearts again…

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Antonia October 31, 2011

Congratulations to 3 years of blogging and of course to signing with a literary agency. Keep up the good work. You are a true inspiration!

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Cat @Breakfast to Bed October 31, 2011

I love that apron. It’s soooo cute. I’d look like Lucy but make better baking decisions in it. HAPPY BLOGVERSARY!!

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Yin October 31, 2011

Happy 3 great years :D!

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michelle s October 31, 2011

Wow! So many achievements for you since you started doing what you really love to do. Congrats, you deserve it all! I’ll buy your cookbook for sure.

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Brandi @ The Vitamin Bee October 31, 2011

Wow! What great news! Congratulations on all of your new ventures!

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Emily Villanueva October 31, 2011

So excited for you — change is always a build up of energy taking you in a specific direction! Congratulations!

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Katie October 31, 2011

Congrats! I am a long time reader and really happy for you!

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Erin D. October 31, 2011

Happy blogging anniversary!

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Gina @ Running to the Kitchen October 31, 2011

Happy blogiversary Angela! I’ve loved following your blog for the past 2 years since I found it. You’ve been a huge inspiration for delicious recipes and gorgeous photography :) Congrats on all the good news of working with a publisher and the magazine work!

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Brittany @ Itty Bits of Balance October 31, 2011

Happy 3 years :) I’ve been a faithful reader for 2 of them!

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Emily G October 31, 2011

Congrats on all the big news and happy 3 years!

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Melanie October 31, 2011

Congrats! I absolutely love your blog! :)

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Teresa October 31, 2011

Happy Anniversary! Thank you for all your awesome blog posts and recipes!

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Leah October 31, 2011

Congratulations on 3 wonderful years! I LOVE your blog and your recipes!

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Meghan October 31, 2011

Congratulations! I’m excited to hear there may be a cookbook in your future. I’ve been a reader for while now but recently I’ve started making your recipes, finally, after I moved into an apartment with a much nicer kitchen. Can’t wait to buy your recipes in print someday!

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Kristi October 31, 2011

Love your blog! Although my family is not vegan (far from it, actually) your recipes have been a mega-blessing since my daughter was diagnosed with severe food allergies (dairy, egg, peanut). I can’t stand it when she is left out from food activities, so now I am proud to bring beautiful vegan cupcakes, cookies, and breads not only to her daycare, but to family and work activities. The mac n’cheeze recipes are also fantastic for her – especially the pumpkin one, as she will normally not come within 10 feet of veggies! I have made probably a couple dozen of your recipes and loved them all. I also may have a serious addiction to back-on-track salad, which I am having for lunch again today! I will be first in line to buy the book!

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Sonal October 31, 2011

Congratulations Angela!! So much exciting news! I cannot wait to buy your cookbook! :-) xx

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AndieR October 31, 2011

Happy Anniversary Ange! SO glad I found you :)

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Mer @mersworld October 31, 2011

Love the apron, love the recipes and love the blog! Thanks for everything and keep it up!

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Britta Kallevang October 31, 2011

No need to buy me a new apron – I love pink floral! And thanks for such a great blog with reliably excellent recipies.

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Rachel October 31, 2011

Congrats for all your awesome accomplishments!

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Ali Rivers October 31, 2011

Felicitations sur toutes tes nouvelles! I’ve been following your blog since the beginning of this year, and my fiance and I have loved checking your recipes for inspiration during our ‘every other’ pescatarian months!

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Meredith October 31, 2011

Congrats on signing with a publisher and all of your amazing successes! I make at least one of your recipes a week and would love for them to be all in one book– Usually I have my laptop propped up on top of oatmeal canisters when I’m making your recipes and I get food all over it!

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Jessica October 31, 2011

Congrats! How exciting!

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Heather @ Better With Veggies October 31, 2011

Wow – lots of congratulation reasons in this post! Congratulations on 3 years of blogging, signing with an agent, Chatelaine award & featured blogger, & being smart enough to know when you have too much on your plate. :) I have really enjoyed your blog – this was one of the blogs that helped inspire me to take the plunge from meat-eater to plant-eater. You are really inspirational!

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Sheelah October 31, 2011

Keep up the amazing work!!! I love your blog and ALL of your recipes I have tried have been AMAZING!!! Good luck writting your cookbook, I know I will be first in line to buy it! :)

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Megan @ The Detoxinista October 31, 2011

Congrats, Angela! I’m so looking forward to your future cookbooks!! :D

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Sarah October 31, 2011

Oh my gosh, congratulations!! You know that we’ll be here with you every step of the way. :)

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jose October 31, 2011

CONGRATULATIONS!

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Manasa October 31, 2011

Congrats for completing 3 successful years!!!
I would love to win the giveaway! :)

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Jen October 31, 2011

Congratulations! Your recipes are a fantastic inspiration and keep me focused on staying healthy. Thank you for the inspiration!

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Natalie October 31, 2011

Wow, congratulations! I’m so happy you’re working on a book! And, the apron is gorgeous.

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Dalynn October 31, 2011

I’m so excited for your big news! I have been following your blog throughout the last few years, and you have provided me with endless inspiration, courage, joy, and awesome recipes! I wish you the best in your exciting new endeavors! :)

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Lindsey @ Happy or Hungry October 31, 2011

Congrats on 3 years and all your other amazing recent successes! I love your recipes :) every one I have tried has worked perfectly.
Love that apron also!

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Lungs October 31, 2011

Congratulations on 3 years of blogging! What an accomplishment to consider how much your readership must have grown in that time.

I can’t wait for the cookbook!

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Robyn October 31, 2011

Happy, happy anniversary(and Halloween!)AWEsome site, recipes and pictures<3

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Katie DePoto October 31, 2011

Happy blog-iversary! Thanks for being dedicated and blogging everyday. When my husband and I went vegan I found you in search of keeping our meals fun and interesting. Thanks for everything you have done. You really have helped change my families way of eating. Congrats!

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Kris | iheartwellness.com October 31, 2011

WOW! Congrats on 3 years, congrats on moving forward with your PASSIONS and admitting that you need to make room in your life for more growth ;) Been there, done that! LOL

Love you girl!! I’m so happy for you!!!

I would love to win a beautiful apron, I have totally never worn one before!!

xxoo
Kris

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Lisa October 31, 2011

Congratulations three years! I love your blog.

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Britt @ runwithbritt October 31, 2011

Happy blogging aniversery! Congratulations on the book deal! I can’t wait until it comes out. :) Christmas shopping will be super easy that year!

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