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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Steph October 31, 2011

Happy Blog-aversary! Here’s to many more years :)

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Amy October 31, 2011

Congratulations Angela! Your cookbook will be amazing, I’m sure of it! So glad you are able to pursue your dreams and always keep your work evolving- and we all get to follow along on here daily! You inspire me to eat more vegan food every day, and your blog is my favorite one that I’ve found to date! You deserve every last bit of your success :)

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Katie October 31, 2011

Angela! I’m so happy to hear that you’ve been blogging for three years! I’ve just recently discovered your blog a few months ago, and I couldn’t be happier with everything I’ve made (and eaten!!!) Thanks for everything you do!!! :)

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Amanda October 31, 2011

Wow! Congratulations on all your accomplishments! I collect aprons, and I think that one would fit perfectly in my collection ;)

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Coco October 31, 2011

Congratulations, Angela! Looking forward to seeing what you come up with — I know you’ve got some great books in you!

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Sarah October 31, 2011

Congrats on the 3 Year Blogiversary!

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Jessica October 31, 2011

Thank you! for so many inspiring ways to use oats, and SO MANY other awesome recipes. You book will be a smash hit. You are by far one of my favorite bloggers and you deserve all the wonderful things happening for you. You make it easier to eat vegan food every day!!

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Jessica October 31, 2011

Clarifying-easier meaning I am new to being vegan and this blog has so many vegan recipes that I dont have to sit and wonder “What can I eat today that is vegan?”

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Michelle Alemi October 31, 2011

congrats on blogging for this long! someday i hope to start my own too!

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cristin October 31, 2011

Congratulations on everything, Angela! Such great news all around. And the apron is super cute!

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Jenni Allan October 31, 2011

Happy 3 years!!! LOVE the pink, thank you!!

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Caitlin October 31, 2011

Thanks for hosting such a cute giveaway prize! And for being an excellent blogger. Your story has inspired me and still does. I have emailed you in the past seeking help while struggling with disordered eating and you answered, and it meant so much to me. Thank you for being there for your readers!

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Erin October 31, 2011

Congrats! Sounds like lots of exciting things will be happening in the future!

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Lucy October 31, 2011

I love your blog, it is so inspiring! Congrats on 3 years – I hope you celebrate :)

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Mellissa October 31, 2011

3 years is so exciting, especially with all that change. Life really does surprise!

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tracy October 31, 2011

congratulations on 3 years!

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Amanda October 31, 2011

Congratulations on 3 years Angela!! I love reading your blog and wish you all the best with your books…I’ll be keeping an eye out for them :)

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Simone October 31, 2011

Congrats on 3 years!

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kayleigh October 31, 2011

so exciting! love your blog!

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Shanna October 31, 2011

Happy anniversary! I have gotten so much out of your blog in the last few years!

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Mary Ellen October 31, 2011

Happy 3 Years! Here’s to another 3 and many more beyond that :)

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Yvonne October 31, 2011

Congratulations on your 3 year milestone! It’s been a joy to read your blog and try your creations. Thank you! :D

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Sandra K October 31, 2011

congratulations !! You certainly deserve it.

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Sabrina Butkera October 31, 2011

Happy 3 years!

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Julie October 31, 2011

Hi Angela! Can’t wait to get your cookbook!! Congrats on everything!! :)

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Allie October 31, 2011

Three years, wow, congratulations! Adorable apron!

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Andrea October 31, 2011

happy blogging anniversary! i’m so happy that i found your blog a little over a year ago – you’re an inspiration, both in the kitchen and in life. cheers to many more blogging years!!

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Ashley October 31, 2011

SO Much to comment on in this post, but I might just leave you with a HUGE congratulations!!!!!!!! Look at all you’ve accomplished in three years!! So proud + excited for you! :) :)

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coffeeaddict October 31, 2011

The apron is adorable. I mean seriously, who wouldn’t want to cook in a frilly, pink apron?!
Three years and still going strong! Congrats!
I admire you for being courageous and inquisitive and passionate. I love that you share your triumphs and failures, never afraid to admit you’ve made a mistake.
I love your blog, it’s a very positive and inspirational force in my life.
And photos of Sketchie!!!

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Amanda Elliott October 31, 2011

Congrats on three years!!!!! I love aprons, couldn’t cook/bake without them!

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Lauren M. October 31, 2011

You are so freakin adorable in that apron! Happy 3 years!!

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Danielle J October 31, 2011

Happy anniversary and congrats on signing with a literary agency. Such exciting things! :D

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Kelsey H October 31, 2011

Love everything pink, flowery, and ruffly. Congrats on 3 years!!

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Ashley October 31, 2011

Congratulations on your career move. Im so excited for you! I wish you all the luck in the world :)

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Jessica October 31, 2011

Congrats! And that apron is adorable!

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Sara Best October 31, 2011

Congrats Angela! I’m a huge fan of your site (check it all the time when I need a new recipe idea) and all of this success you’re having is entirely because of all the hard work and dedication you’ve put out. Enjoy every moment of it and I can’t wait to buy your first cookbook!

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Kate October 31, 2011

Happy 3 years cant wait to see what the future has in store for you!

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Nobody October 31, 2011

Happy 3 Years!!! I don’t have an apron… so I would be THRILLED to win. ;)

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Katrina October 31, 2011

You have come up with so many lovely, tasty, and pretty recipes. Happy 3 year blogaversary!

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Kelly October 31, 2011

Congratulations on all your success!

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Lindsey October 31, 2011

Happy Anniversary!

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