The 10 Lessons of Project Food Blog

by Angela (Oh She Glows) on December 12, 2010


When I first heard about Project Food Blog, I was shaking in my boots.

You want me to do…what exactly?

I felt as small as an ant.

For how many months?

My eyes were wide in horror.

I thought about it for a while as I read over the challenge descriptions.

And then it hit me like a ton of brown sugar…

Project Food Blog was an excellent excuse to bake (and eat) more dessert!


I knew what I had to do.

Project Food Blog also ended up being a wonderful opportunity to push myself far out of my comfort zone and to see just what I was made of.

Three months have passed, and I am absolutely thrilled to be in the final round among such talented competitors. I have been blown away by the incredible level of talent expressed by so many amazing bloggers throughout the competition and I feel so honoured to be here today!

For my last post in Project Food Blog, I thought it would be fun to turn back the clock and share the lessons I have learned for each challenge.

Lesson #1: Know Where You’re Going, But Never Forget Where You’ve Been.


From hot pink polka dots to hot cross buns, I told you my story in a playful poem for my first entry of Project Food Blog.

I had so much zest for life when I was a little girl, but somewhere along the way I lost myself to an eating disorder that haunted me for over 10 years. As a young adult, I didn’t know who I was or what I wanted out of life. I thought a fancy title or high paying career would bring me the happiness that I sought, but I was sadly mistaken.


I started Oh She Glows on October 31, 2008 as a commitment to beat my disordered eating, connect with other women, and redefine my relationship with food and health. Several months later, I found the courage to quit my unfulfilling research career, vowing to find my true calling in life.

Months later I opened my own bakery and I pursued my blog full time.

It was one of the best decisions I have ever made.

Lesson #2: Find Inspiration and Then Make It Your Own


Inspiration is all around us!

My motto is to find what inspires you and then add your own signature twist to it. I don’t expect you to bake or cook like me, but I do encourage you to find what makes you glow in your own kitchen.


In Challenge #2, we were asked to tackle a foreign cuisine. I chose to re-create a classic French Tarte Aux Fraises with a fun vegan twist. I actually ended up liking it better than the original tart I sampled in Paris.

Shhh, our little secret. ;)


Lesson #3: Cultivate New Traditions


Traditions make us feel all warm and fuzzy inside, but trying new things can be fun too!


In Challenge #3, we were asked to host a luxury dinner party. I decided to host my First Annual Vegan Thanksgiving creating 16 Thanksgiving recipes for my family and friends. Initially, I was afraid that no one would want to attend, but some of my guests told me that it was the best Thanksgiving dinner they ever had.

Although, they may have just wanted the last slice of Pumpkin Pie Brownie…


Lesson #4: Sometimes You Have To Figure It Out As You Go


I don’t have all the answers, but sometimes I wish I did…


In challenge #4, we were asked to create a step-by-step recipe tutorial, and I decided to make vegan Gingerbread Caramel Pear and Spiced Apple Upside Down Cakes. After several baking flops, I was reminded that sometimes I need to figure it out as I go!

And besides, successful outcomes are much more satisfying after you fail a few times…


Lesson #5: Kneading Dough Is Cheap Therapy


The other working title for this lesson was ‘The Thought of Making Pizza Dough Gives Me A Hot Flash’.

Before the Pizza Challenge, I was terrified of making my own pizza dough.

I don’t know about you, but my stomach always trumps fear, so I poured myself a glass of wine and made trial after trial of pizza dough, testing all kinds of weird and wonderful recipes. Several hours later, with myself and my kitchen covered in flour, I conquered my Pizza Complex and worked out some stress in the process.

The Roasted Tomato, Onion, and Basil Pesto Pizza was a smashing success!


Lesson #6: Food Can Taste Indulgent and Be Good For You At The Same Time


In challenge #6, we were asked to hit the road with a cooler full of portable food.

I created a ‘Going The Distance’ Vegan Energy Lunch that fuelled us through a 7 mile hike. As an added bonus, the lunch was waste-free and brimming with healthy energy foods such as homemade fruit roll-ups, Pumpkin Spice Lattes, chili, homemade rolls, energy truffles, apple chips, and cakes in a jar.

We were carbo-loading, after all. ;)


Lesson #7: Don’t Take Yourself Too Seriously


I have learned to embrace my inner dork.

I sleep much better at night now.

Initially, the video challenge made me want to run for the hills, but once I decided to just have fun with the video everything fell into place. After 3 weeks of planning and recipe testing, 1.5 days of shooting, and 60 hours of editing video footage, it was very satisfying to watch the video when it was all said and done!

My inner dork is now exposed and there is no turning back.

I’m ok with that.


Lesson #8: Sometimes You Just Need To Splurge


For the pumpkin challenge, I decided to create a pumpkin recipe I hadn’t seen before- Pumpkin Pie Cinnamon Rolls– and then turn it into a splurge-worthy holiday breakfast that I will be making for my family on Christmas morning.

Let’s face it, sometimes you just need cream cheese frosting and Bourbon first thing in the morning. ;)


Lesson #9: Sit Back, Relax, and Let Someone Else Cook For You!


Going out to eat is a rare occasion for us, but when we do it is a real treat. I was so inspired by my experience at The Coup restaurant, I bought their cookbook and adapted several recipes that I could enjoy at home whenever the craving strikes…which has been too many times to count!


Despite everything I have learned from Project Food Blog, there is one lesson I have known since day one.

In my Project Food Blog Profile I wrote:


Lesson #10: Never Forget Those Who Have Inspired, Helped, and Supported You Along The Way.

In just a few years time, I have transformed the way I see myself allowing my passion and love for food to flourish after many years of denial. I have unleashed this great passion and fire inside of me and there is no turning back.

In large part, I have all of you– my family, friends, and the wonderful blogging community- to thank. I am so grateful to be a part of such a wonderful group of inspiring individuals and I hope that in return, I can inspire you to find what makes you happy.

As an expression of my gratitude, I decided to incorporate the lessons I have learned throughout the competition and create a new twist on my all-time favourite childhood dessert

Meet: The Nanaimo Bar.


Speculated to originate in the 1950’s from a woman living in Nanaimo, British Columbia, these no-bake bars are always a staple on my family’s holiday baking list.


The graham coconut base is a cross between a coconut macaroon and a graham crust, with a chewy, moist, and chocolaty flavour that is impossible to resist. A rich chocolate coating covers the creamy and thick vanilla custard buttercream, making this dessert an irresistible crowd pleaser.

I baked some delicious homemade graham crackers to use in my base mixture.


The graham crackers have a sweet, nutty flavour with a kick of rich molasses. They were perfect in this bar recipe.

Every Christmas Eve, I used to help my mom and sister bake Nanaimo Bars, sneaking nibbles of chocolate and licks of buttercream frosting whenever my mom wasn’t looking. When I told my mom that I wanted to create a fun take on Nanaimo Bars for Challenge #10, she dug up her recipe that has been in the family for several decades.

I used her recipe for inspiration and I added my own signature twist, creating three delicious flavours: Classic Vanilla, Mint Chip, and Pomegranate Almond Vegan Nanaimo bars.


The Classic Vanilla Nanaimo Bars turned out so similar to my childhood favourite, I couldn’t even notice the difference!

I also made Mint Chip Nanaimo Bars with a burst of peppermint flavour and a crunchy candy topping. In lieu of using artificial green food colouring, I used fresh spinach juice that worked out amazing. Don’t worry, you can’t taste the spinach at all. :)


Last but not least, I made Pomegranate Almond Nanaimo Bars made up of fresh Pomegranate juice (for the gorgeous pink colour) and pure almond extract for a delicious aroma and flavour that blended together wonderfully with the chewy coconut and graham crumb base.


For all of the Nanaimo Bar recipes, please see the attached PDF file. I will also be posting a step-by-step photo tutorial of the 3 Nanaimo Bar flavours this week. :)


The bars taste amazing paired with this creamy Peppermint Nog made up of almond and coconut milk, peppermint extract, mint tea, and a touch of sweetener.


I always assumed that this childhood dessert would be something I would have to miss out on as a vegan, but I now believe that the sky is the limit when it comes to adapting recipes!


While I learned so many valuable lessons in Project Food Blog, the ultimate lesson I take away from this contest is that anything is possible.

Project Food Blog has changed me forever. My fire and passion for healthy food, recipe creation, photography, and writing is stronger than ever and I now feel like I can do anything if I set my mind to it.

In the words of Eleanor Roosevelt, we must do the thing we think we cannot do.

I am happy to say this girl is in a good place,

Some say you can now see the glow upon her face.

The moral of the story is to never accept what you think is your fate,

For sometimes you must pave a new road and go create.


I thank you for your amazing support during Project Food Blog and for your constant encouragement, inspiration, and positivity!

Should you wish to support my efforts, voting is NOW OPEN! Thank you so much for your support! :)

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Mimi December 12, 2010 at 4:35 pm

NO DOUBT that I’ll be voting. You are amazing! (:


Jenn @ LiveWellFitNow December 12, 2010 at 4:36 pm

What a beautiful post my dear! You have so many wonderful things to share…so many. :)


[email protected] knackfornutrition December 12, 2010 at 4:38 pm

I’m so excited that you made it to the final 3! I really hope you win, as I have enjoyed reading all your posts. I can’t wait to test out some of your recipes! Good luck!


Erika @ Health and Happiness in LA December 12, 2010 at 4:40 pm

What a great retrospective! You definitely deserved to get into the finals, just look at all the amazing things you’ve made! I love how you went above and beyond the challenge, every single time.


Averie (LoveVeggiesandYoga) December 12, 2010 at 4:41 pm

The sheer amount of work throughout this whole process has just FLOORED ME!!! You, and anyone else, who has made it this far has dare I say 100’s if not 1000’s of hours into this thing! From recipe development, groc shopping, preparing/making/cooking, photographing, then blogging about it all…my god woman, you deserve to be where you’re at with this project. It’s like a dissertation..takes on a life of it’s own!

Just this one post..must have taken hours to create. I am amazed by your hard work! And of course, the recipes themselves, the photos, truly beautiful works of art!

Congrats on your achievement!!!!



[email protected] December 12, 2010 at 4:42 pm

You are amazing and so inspiring! Love, love, love your blog. best of luck in the contest.


Allie (Nutty FlexitALLIEan) December 12, 2010 at 4:43 pm

LOVE. You’ve done a wonderful job with the PFB posts (and all the regular ones) and have been so inspirational for me. Good luck, I sincerely hope you’re #1!


Amber Vs. The Aisle December 12, 2010 at 4:44 pm

Angela! You are awesome! This is amazing! I will be voting for you all week! :) I hope you win!!!!!!!!


Jessica @ How Sweet It Is December 12, 2010 at 4:44 pm



kristin @ the expat diaries December 12, 2010 at 4:45 pm

I’ll be voting for you first thing in the morning…you have done such an incredible job and I was so excited to see your veganized Nanaimo bars…I’m from Victoria and Nanaimo bars have also had a place on our family’s Christmas menu for decades. My Mom has a Nanaimo Bar recipe card identical to yours, spots and all!


Talia Lapid December 12, 2010 at 4:45 pm

Just wanted to warn you that the pdf link just takes you to page that says “oops …..ate your link”! I hope you can fix it before tomorrow :)

Your post–your journey–has been amazing to follow.

Best of luck, I know I’ll be voting for you!


Angela (Oh She Glows) December 12, 2010 at 5:00 pm

Oops, Should be fixed now…let me know if it works! :)


Britt December 12, 2010 at 4:45 pm

What an amazing job you’ve done! I can’t wait to try vegan nanaimo bars!


Kris | December 12, 2010 at 4:46 pm

Girl, your gorgeous, your food is gorgeous and your words are gorgeous!! I can’t wait to try your nanaimo bar recipe and see the recipe for these graham crackers!

you have this in the bag!



Julie December 12, 2010 at 4:47 pm

You have helped me in more ways than one. Reading your blog everyday has been such a blessing. You are beautiful and inspiring… and I love how you have reached your happiness. Bravo and Cheers!


Ritika December 12, 2010 at 4:50 pm

Your post just filled my heart with so much love. Love of your story, your spirit, and how blessed I am to have found this blog. I really feel I can do anything! I have a difficult final exam tomorrow and I’m glad I read this in my study break. I wish you the best for this competition and will definitely vote for you as always! <3


Jessica @ Dairy Free Betty December 12, 2010 at 4:50 pm

You’re going to do awesome, this is such a beautiful/colorful post!!

YAY for being #1!! :)


Lauraa December 12, 2010 at 4:52 pm

Can’t wait to vote for you!
And going to make the nanimo bars as soon as I can get to the grocery store (damn freezing rain)
Good Luck! Hope you win!


grocery goddess jen December 12, 2010 at 4:56 pm

Angela, you are amazing! You know I’m hoping for you to be the big winner :)


Katie @ Healthy Heddleston December 12, 2010 at 4:58 pm

Loved this post.. can’t wait to place my vote for you — good luck Angela, you are truly and inspiration!


Emma December 12, 2010 at 4:59 pm

Gosh Angela you are too good to us readers. MORE recipes and of course beautiful words of hope and inspiration.
You have to have to win :)


Little Bookworm December 12, 2010 at 4:59 pm

It has been great to follow all your posts for Project Food Blog! Good luck for the last challenge! :)


Bronwyn Coyne December 12, 2010 at 4:59 pm

Absolutely amazing. Looks delicious. Good luck with the final project food blog test!


Ashley @ Nourishing the Soul December 12, 2010 at 5:00 pm

You’ve blown me away in this competition. I’m so glad that you have grown personally from it as well!


Angela (Oh She Glows) December 12, 2010 at 5:01 pm

thanks everyone!


Agnieszka December 12, 2010 at 5:02 pm

jesus christ your food is pulling me to the floor. it looks amazing . you are definitely magician


rebecca lustig December 12, 2010 at 5:03 pm

you are such a talented, beautiful person and i really hope you are able to see this through!

good luck— youre a rock star,


'Dee December 12, 2010 at 5:03 pm

Yayyyy, love this post! I am so proud of you.


Holly @ couchpotatoathlete December 12, 2010 at 5:03 pm

Congratulations on making it to the final round Angela — I will definitely be voting for you :)

I love your creativity and the passion you obviously have about your cooking and baking! It inspires me to find what I am most passionate about.

Good luck!


Gloria December 12, 2010 at 5:04 pm

Amazing! You definitely have my vote :D


Emily December 12, 2010 at 5:05 pm

Incredible Ange! Sooooo amazed at all that you have created over the past few months…best of luck, I’m sure you’ll do incredibly well!


Lauren December 12, 2010 at 5:06 pm

All your posts have been wonderful! I love these lessons and those bars look amazing and so colorful. One of my favorite things is how you make different versions of the recipe – I always want to try all the versions right away.


Faith @ lovelyascharged December 12, 2010 at 5:06 pm

What an awesome post and even more awesome lessons! Thank you for all the time and effort you put into sharing what you learn and what you create with us…your blog was the first I ever read and I absolutely love seeing new posts of yours pop up in my Google Reader. Keep up the amazing journey with health and best of luck with the last round of voting!


Healthy Chocoholic December 12, 2010 at 5:08 pm

What an awesome challenge!!!!! I’ve been dealing with an eating disorder, and this blog has been so great to read! I have downloaded the PDF for the nanimo bars and plan to make them very, very soon!


Emily December 12, 2010 at 5:08 pm

This made me cry. Really, you are so inspirational.
I’ll be voting for you again for sure!


aubrey December 12, 2010 at 5:10 pm

No, thank you. You’re my idol!


Jessica @ Jessica Balances December 12, 2010 at 5:14 pm

Girl, you’ve got my vote! :) I can’t imagine how hard it’s been keeping up the bakery while coming up with new recipes each week — you’re amazing. I hope you win!


yasmine (mypurplegrape) December 12, 2010 at 5:15 pm

what a beauitful post! you are my ispiration! Im so amazed at how creative you are with your food.

I’ve only just started reading your blog, but I already feel so proud of you! definatly voting for you!!


Jes (Self Motivation) December 12, 2010 at 5:15 pm

You are an inspiration!


katrina m December 12, 2010 at 5:15 pm

What a great post Ang!! I haven’t been here the last week or two (I just had a baby girl!! (: ) but I came to check today and am so glad I did!! Those bars look FABULOUS, like everything you make. Good luck with the final challenge!!!!


Kris December 12, 2010 at 5:17 pm

Wow! Thses are incredible! What an ORIGINAL idea! The amount of time, effort and creativity that you put into these challenges is nothing short of amazing! Voting for you from the start and all the way to the end! You deserve this! Cheers!


Allie (Live Laugh Eat) December 12, 2010 at 5:18 pm

Wow Ange! You’ve gone above and beyond for PFB and you definitely deserve the title and more. I only lasted to challenge #3 (haha) but even in those 3 weeks, I learned so much about myself and it challenged me to expand my cooking, baking, and writing skills.

I cannot even IMAGINE going months on end with PFB. You are amazing. Congrats to you for making it to the last round. I wish you all the best!!


Holly December 12, 2010 at 5:18 pm

you are amazing! i seriously was in awe with each and every post. while i love the other two finalists, i firmly believe you deserve to win. best of luck!!!!


Maria December 12, 2010 at 5:19 pm

Bravo, Ms. Oh She Glows. You are lovely inside and out.

Also – spinach food colouring – brilliant! Love the colour it imparted.


cami December 12, 2010 at 5:20 pm

Good luck Angela! Another vote from me! :)


stacey-healthylife December 12, 2010 at 5:22 pm

Nothing short of amazing. You have worked so hard and as a reader I enjoy everything you have put into it. You have definitely gone out with a bang also. I will be voting for sure, just remind us. :) Best of luck I hope you win and I will enjoy seeing more of your recipes in the future.


kelly December 12, 2010 at 5:26 pm

Amazing post! Good luck, Angela!!!


Ashley December 12, 2010 at 5:28 pm

Awesome post lady!! You have taken this contest by storm!
I will be both voting and crossing my fingers for you :)


Marci December 12, 2010 at 5:30 pm

Your posts have been so beautiful and thoughtful. Youve been a fave all along! And even before the contest.


Whitney @ Whitinspired December 12, 2010 at 5:33 pm

I will be voting…and probably making those at some point this holiday season. Yummy! You were by far my favorite in this competition..your posts and dishes are so well thought out.


Crystal December 12, 2010 at 5:34 pm

I grew up living 45 minutes away from Nanaimo, BC… so when I saw your Nanaimo Bars I squealed with delight! I can’t wait to try these out! :)

I really hope you win the challenge! I love your blog and all your posts :)

PS my family stores Nanaimo Bars in the freezer… they taste better that way!


Freya December 12, 2010 at 5:34 pm

Looking forward to the homemade graham crackers recipe! Graham crackers aren’t available here and I’d been wanting to make nanaimo bars since coming back from Canada. Some of my globars even made it back to NZ- well travelled little snacks!


Freya December 12, 2010 at 5:34 pm

Looking forward to the homemade graham crackers recipe! Graham crackers aren’t available here and I’d been wanting to make nanaimo bars since coming back from Canada. Some of my globars even made it back to NZ- well travelled little snacks!


Janna December 12, 2010 at 5:36 pm

I was literally just thinking about vegan nanaimo bars the other day. I’m so happy you created these.

You have put so much work into this contest and every post has been a work of art. You truly deserve to win!


Gabriela @ Une Vie Saine December 12, 2010 at 5:37 pm

This is incredible. Ever since discovering your blog, it’s been one of my very favorites. You’ve provided me with so much inspiration, and encouraged me to let go of so many fears of foods I still had. Every single post in this competition has been truly amazing, and you definitely have my vote!!


Gina December 12, 2010 at 5:39 pm

You have done such a wonderful job in this competition!
Both you & your food are inspirational!


Melissa December 12, 2010 at 5:39 pm

Angela, this post brought tears to my eyes and warmed my heart. Tomorrow, for the tenth time, you will be getting my one and only vote. Congratulations!


Melissa December 12, 2010 at 5:39 pm

Angela, this post brought tears to my eyes and warmed my heart. Tomorrow, for the tenth time, you will be getting my one and only vote. Congratulations!


Danielle December 12, 2010 at 5:44 pm

Amazing I have no dout your going to take home the WIN!!!


Katie~ Run For the Bikin! December 12, 2010 at 5:45 pm

Beautiful post! If I am completely honest I have always thought of you as above me, you are always so perfect, it is, in a way, comforting to know we all struggle with the same things sometimes.

Blogging really can be an amazing thing, can’t it? In my three months of blogging I have really learned some things about myself and have worked to push myself out of my comfort zone more than I ever have before.

Çongrats on making it so far, I will be voting for you!! :D


Brittany (Eating Bird Food) December 12, 2010 at 5:47 pm

Lovely post Angela! You’ve got my vote!


Vanessa December 12, 2010 at 5:52 pm

Awesome post! Congrats on making it to the end!! Loved seeing all of your creations!! Got my vote!


Sarah December 12, 2010 at 5:59 pm

You were born for this :) I enjoy reading every day! Thanks for your passions and efforts that you share.


Lisa December 12, 2010 at 6:01 pm

You are so talented Angela!


Margaret December 12, 2010 at 6:03 pm

Angela – my most favorite desert bar – Nanaimo Bars. I just LOVE these.
Can’t wait to try all the flavours – they look wonderful.
Also, can’t wait to vote for you tomorrow, again….
Wish you very best of luck


Erin (Travel, Eat, Repeat) December 12, 2010 at 6:05 pm

Wow, I’m hungry after this post! Your pictures constantly awe and amaze me — seeing them all together like this makes me so happy.


Jessica December 12, 2010 at 6:13 pm

Your posts just get better and better! Thank you for continuing to share great recipes, your warmth and your bright, positive attitude! Your blog always makes me smile :-) Good luck with the Project Food Blog- you know you have my vote!


Kaitlin December 12, 2010 at 6:16 pm

You are an inspiration Angela & your efforts have been nothing short of amazing! You continue to help me feel encouraged & work hard to see food, exercise and my body in a new, much more positive light.. thank you!


christina cadden December 12, 2010 at 6:26 pm

Loved your post! I will be voting! I have loved all your work!


Nicole (Picky Nicky) December 12, 2010 at 6:27 pm



Melissa @ I Never Imagined December 12, 2010 at 6:31 pm

Ange, this post is an absolute winner! It is the best post yet- and I have thought that every single PFB post you’ve done is brilliant. This one exceeds even the brilliance of the others! It’s perfect! I love it!!


skinny latte December 12, 2010 at 6:34 pm

Congratulations Ange, you are such a positive and inspiring force in the blogging community. And if you haven’t been approached to write a vegan cookbook by now…..well, I think it’s only a matter of time :) good luck with the project food blog comp and beyond, you’re already a winner, well and truly xx


Heather (Faces of Beauty) December 12, 2010 at 6:41 pm

you are amazing, an inspiration, and a truly lovely woman…this post brought tears to my eyes because even though i didn’t make it past level 4 in the challenge there was an insane amount of stuff that i learned about myself!


*Andrea* December 12, 2010 at 6:42 pm

i hope you win! i’ve followed your blog from the beginning, i think mostly because i relate a lot to your past but want to be like you in my future :) your recipes are amazing – you have a true gift in the (vegan) kitchen! congrats on following your dreams, and for sharing everything with us interested readers


Therese December 12, 2010 at 6:42 pm

It’s been so fun to follow you (and vote for you) each step of the way. I LOVE that you incorporated a recipe into every single post- not everyone did that. I’m still waiting for the s’more cake-in-a-jar recipe, though ;-)

I’ve already made the Club Med Salad and I’m obsessed with the coconut chai latte from The Coup cookbook. Keep those recipes coming (if it’s okay with the owners, that is)! Trust me, next time my husband and I go to Banff (we went there for our honeymoon) we’ll be stopping at The Coup on the way.


Angela (Oh She Glows) December 12, 2010 at 8:12 pm

Glad you liked the Coup recipes..I cant wait to cook my way through the book!

The smore in a jar recipe is lost…lol. I did two trials of it last week and still have not been able to replicate it. Will keep plugging away at it though!


Ali December 12, 2010 at 6:45 pm

Beautiful post! You are doing great things in this world ….and even greater by veganizing the mint nanaimo bar – those are my favourite! I feel like this contest is more exciting than the Olympics – go Canada go!! Best of luck, you’ve got my vote (obviously!).


jenny eats nutella from a spoon December 12, 2010 at 6:53 pm

no doubt i’ll be voting too. angela, you’ve shown me so much about how one can be healthy while still being kind to yourself. im talking mostly about mental health, the relationship with food. i know that my young-girl self had a zest for life too and somewhere along the way she got lost and the anxious adult version started to overrule. i love that quote by eleanor roosevelt.


Tracy December 12, 2010 at 6:53 pm

This is one of the most inspiring posts I’ve ever seen on a food blog. GOOD LUCK to you – you’re incredible!


Roz December 12, 2010 at 6:59 pm

You are MOST CERTAINLY getting my vote. You blog is one of the best!!! Good luck!!!


Alaina December 12, 2010 at 7:01 pm

Love it! Love it! Love it! No doubt that I will be voting for you tomorrow. :-) Those bars look unbelievable!


Camille December 12, 2010 at 7:03 pm

What a wonderful wrap up post. You absolutely have my vote. Good luck!


kellyO December 12, 2010 at 7:14 pm

Beautiful post. I hope to one day be at peace with myself the way you are. You’ll absolutely be getting my vote!


Liana @ femme fraiche December 12, 2010 at 7:25 pm

I loved this post, each of your lessons are extremely insightful and inspiring. I was hunting for nanaimo bars unsuccessfully today and this just made the craving that more intense! GOOD LUCK


Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin December 12, 2010 at 7:26 pm

Yours was the first blog I ever read! I remember spending hours reading through your past entries and with each post I read, I gained more and more inspiration to get over my disordered eating. You’re truly inspirational and you deserve to win! :D


Angela (Oh She Glows) December 12, 2010 at 8:10 pm

I’m glad to hear that! :)


Mrs. Muffins December 12, 2010 at 7:33 pm

I’ll be sure to vote! I’m SO excited for you, I just know you’ll win :)
Thank you for always inspiring.


Katy (The Singing Runner) December 12, 2010 at 7:33 pm

This post brought tears to me eyes! Very inspiring and insightful! You definitely have my vote (as always) and I really hope you win! :)


Maxine December 12, 2010 at 7:42 pm

I love this post! It kind of brought tears to my eyes because I am at a point in life where I just graduated college in a field that was chosen for me and I thought it would bring me happiness in the end because of the name and the monetary benefits but I couldn’t be any unhappier and when you said “find what makes you glow in your own kitchen” it really hit home for me. Thank you!!

P.S. Do you have a recipe for vegetarian/vegan chili? I’ve been looking everywhere for one and I cannot seem to find one.


Angela (Oh She Glows) December 12, 2010 at 8:09 pm

Thank you…I wish you all the best with your current situation. I know you will pull through!

The chili recipe is in challenge #6 post (linked in a pdf) I found the link for you so you wouldn’t have to search for it! The chili is AMAZING, I hope you enjoy it! I need to make a big batch and freeze it for the winter :)


Maxine December 12, 2010 at 10:52 pm

Thank you for the words of encouragement and thank you for the link!! I have no doubt that it will be amazing, I can’t wait to try it!

Congrats on making it this far in the challenge and I hope you win:)


Bridget December 12, 2010 at 7:43 pm

This is post pretty much sums up why I love your blog and read it everyday! I was smiling the whole way throught this post :) You deserve to win this so much! Can’t wait to vote for you on monday!


Hillary [Nutrition Nut on the Run] December 12, 2010 at 7:49 pm

You should feel SO proud looking at your PFB journey from start –> finish. Incredible work, Angela!!!


Cara Craves... December 12, 2010 at 7:52 pm

Congrats Angela!
Take a deep and breath and be so proud of yourself and
what you have accomplished over the past few months!
You are amazing!
A winner in my books.
I will go vote now :)


Paige @Running Around Normal December 12, 2010 at 7:53 pm

You are such an inspiration, Angela!! You have so much patience, values, and most of all – talent!!
Those bars look amazing. You’re so creative.


Ashley December 12, 2010 at 7:58 pm

Its such a wonderful post. I love your blog, it’s so inspiring and I never fail to read it. Congratulations on getting so far in project foodblog and i will definitely be voting for you. Good Luck!


Stacie December 12, 2010 at 8:01 pm

What have I been doing every Monday (when applicable) for Project Food Blog? Voting for Angela of course! So, guess what I will be doing tomorrow? ;) Thanks for the yummy bar recipe…and the pdf file! I now know what I am going to make for my family’s annual cookie this weekend!! Thanks you too for such a lovely, warming, heartfelt post. So happy for you!!!


Beth @ Will Run for Books December 12, 2010 at 8:05 pm

Angela, I <3 you! This post almost made me cry!


Melissa December 12, 2010 at 8:15 pm

I will of COURSE be voting tomorrow!! I swear you read my mind.. I was just talking about Nanaimo bars — I haven’t made them since I’ve become a vegan but I neeeeed them at Christmas time.
So thank you! My first vegan Christmas will be complete :)


Judy December 12, 2010 at 8:16 pm

I read your blog everyday and have really enjoyed your entries for Project Food Blog. You give so much to so many. I will be voting first thing tomorrow morning.


Ana December 12, 2010 at 8:22 pm

Wow, great post Angela, love it! Nice retrospect of your journey through the project!
I really enjoy reading your blog, one of my faves!


Hannah December 12, 2010 at 8:36 pm

Nanaimo bars are my favourite!!!! Thanks so much for the recipes, I will bake them as soon as my cookie belly subsides (ive been baking for a bake sale, and lets just say, not all the cookies made it into container)


Felicia (a taste of health with balance) December 12, 2010 at 8:38 pm

Beautiful story, amazing journey. You have my vote of course!!


Toronto Girl West December 12, 2010 at 8:45 pm

What a great entry Angela! And so genuinely you! :)

I think that’s what I like best of all!!!


tweal December 12, 2010 at 8:47 pm

What a lovely and inspiring article. It sounds like you had a lot of fun and learned about yourself through this challenge.

Those pumpkin cinnamon buns are just way too delicious looking, and I agree that sometimes icing is necessary first thing in the morning.


Geneviève December 12, 2010 at 8:56 pm

Nanimo bars are my absolute FAVOURITE!!! And I am soooo excited to try your vegan version (and the non-traditional ones too!!!) I am lactose intolerant and every single Christmas I make myself sick because I cannot resist nanimo bars! Now I can safely consume them and have a sore belly from eating too many instead of from the dairy, lol!! :D

On another happy note, wonderful wonderful post!! I am excited to vote for you tomorrow!!


Mary @ Bites and Bliss December 12, 2010 at 8:56 pm

Beutiful post and lessons, Angela. It was quite an incredible task..but no doubt one you could learn tons from.:)


Ange @ Health & Swellbeing December 12, 2010 at 8:58 pm

Wow Ange – you’ve got my vote!!
Such an inspiration to so many :)


Vanessa December 12, 2010 at 9:04 pm

I can’t wait to see the recipes for those delicious bars! Congrats on your success. I have made more recipes from your blog than any other blog, cookbook, etc. Thanks for being so inspiring as well as relatable :o)


liane December 12, 2010 at 9:06 pm

Um, so I might have just planned a dinner party for next weekend because I needed a reason to make most of your project food blog recipes. Chocolate torte? Yes, please… I might have to make those Nanaimo bars too…
While I have no problem making the chocolate torte for one ;-), I’ve come to the conclusion that while I love cooking and baking, I love cooking and baking for my friends more. Oh, and then after they rave over the food, throwing out an “oh, by the way it’s vegan…”, I send them all home with post it notes with your URL written on it. I hear a lot of “it’s from ANGELA’S BLOG!!” now at gatherings… you’re on a first name basis with my friends ;)


Noelle December 12, 2010 at 9:12 pm

Beautiful post! You deserve to win Angela! You have made it seem easy and seemless. I REALLY hope you win.


Lynda December 12, 2010 at 9:16 pm

Fantastic post, great way to end this challenge.


Audrey December 12, 2010 at 9:22 pm

Those bars are beautiful! I especially love that you used spinach juice to color the peppermint one. Genius! I have been amazed at all the work that you put into these posts. They are definitely some of the best posts you’ve ever done and were a treat to read and try the recipes from. I especially love your gorgeous photography and the things you utilize as props. I really hope you win!!!!


Wendy @ Seriously Sassy December 12, 2010 at 9:24 pm



Stefanie December 12, 2010 at 9:24 pm

Wow! This post sucked me right in and there was no turning back. :) You have such a beautiful way with words, and you’ve got my vote! Can’t wait to see you as Project Food Blog’s winner!


Erica December 12, 2010 at 9:30 pm

This post made me tear up a little. Your story is so inspiring, and congratulations on your success with Project Food Blog!

Thank you so much for providing a vegan nanaimo bar recipe. I grew up in western Canada and the first dessert I ever made by myself as a kid was mint nanaimo bars. After I went vegan, I thought I would never have them again. I can guarantee these will make numerous appearances in my kitchen <3


Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat December 12, 2010 at 9:45 pm

I got teary reading this!! (And I am NOT one to cry – I’ve never cried in a movie. Ever.) Ange, congratulations on how far you’ve come – both in life and in Project Food Blog. You are such an enormous inspiration and I’m so proud to know you! I am sure I’ll be congratulating you again very soon because I totally think you’ll be the winner of all of this, but in the meantime, good luck in round 10! You have my vote for sure!! :D


laura December 12, 2010 at 9:47 pm

Amazing post!
I love you,your blog,& all that you do.
Good luck<3


Shannen December 12, 2010 at 10:15 pm

Thank you for this blog, Angela. It has taught me how to love myself and beat ED. Thank you! :)


Tiffany December 12, 2010 at 10:21 pm

All I can say is WOW! What an insightful, honest, and insipring post. Not to mention YUMMY!! Here’s wishing u nothing but the best!


Heidi December 12, 2010 at 10:28 pm

What a great post! I will be voting for you! I swear being from BC doesn’t matter though, I’d vote regardless :D Yum, nanaimo bars <3

Also, I was just thinking about how awesome a vegan nog recipe would be. The only recipes I can find have tofu in them. Yuck. I know any version you create would be amazing. You don't happen to have a traditional egg nog recipe do you? :)


Julie December 12, 2010 at 10:46 pm

I will be voting for you first thing Monday morning! I can’t think of anyone who deserves winning this competition more than you.


Kate @ahealthypassion December 12, 2010 at 10:53 pm

What a great post you are such an inspiration! Good luck you have my vote!


Ashley December 12, 2010 at 11:07 pm

I really can’t even believe all of the recipes you created for this challenge. It’s more than impressive and you ended it with quite the bang. Those bars look extremely delicious and so so pretty. Are you using a light box or light/umbrella set up now? Cute props + backgrounds, etc. Good luck love!! xo


Angela (Oh She Glows) December 13, 2010 at 12:47 am

thanks Ash! No light box or umbrella yet…but hopefully some day haha. just a table by the window for now.


Angela (Oh She Glows) December 13, 2010 at 10:07 am

i meant to add, i’ll post a pic on the blog of the set up if you’d like. i did a couple behind the scenes shots yesterday :)


Ashley December 13, 2010 at 2:57 pm

Awesome! I would love to see it :) I should probably just head over to see it myself..hehehe


Shelley December 12, 2010 at 11:14 pm

I will definitely be voting again! This is such a great post too. I have you to thank for getting me in the kitchen and trying some of your recipes, and for someone who hates cooking with a passion usually, that’s a big deal!


Kari December 12, 2010 at 11:17 pm

Congratulations on making it to the final! Very well deserved :D Congratulations, too, on such a heartfelt and memorable blog entry. I love all of your posts, but this one really packs a punch (in a good way!). You’ve made some incredible changes in your life and inspired so many others – myself included.


Roanne December 12, 2010 at 11:19 pm

You are beyond amazing. I check your blog every day excited for what recipe you’ve come up with so I can get to work in my own kitchen. I also think it’s cool that when you comment on the weather I look out my window and say “yup, that about right”. I live in St. Catharines so we pretty much experience the same weather.:) Anyway I hope you win and even if you don’t just know you’ve won my heart and a few of my family members too because I’ve sent the link to your blog to them and they love it. I look forward to your future blogs …the best of luck to you Angela.♥


christyn @ All Ways Nutritious December 12, 2010 at 11:24 pm

WOW beautiful beautiful post!! you are such an inspiration. loved all the lessons and how you tied your entire project food blog experience together….you have worked so so hard, above and beyond expectations…your passion is so evident. i loved the ending -anything is possible!! fantastic way to end it. you have had my vote the entire time. i am so pumped to make your nanaimo bars! big fan.


Missy December 12, 2010 at 11:28 pm!!!!
Amazing post – all of them have been and I will be voting 1st thing!!!


Cryst December 12, 2010 at 11:56 pm

Angela, just one thing. You made me sign up on FoodBuzz so that I can vote for you. I wish I can split myself into hundreds so I can vote for you tons and tons. I really wish you all the best and can’t wait till the voting begin. Love love love your creations.


Elizabeth December 12, 2010 at 11:59 pm

unbelievable! way to go angela!!


Melissa @ Be Not Simply Good December 13, 2010 at 12:01 am

What a beautiful post. Both the lessons you shared and the photos are really beautiful! I really appreciate your positive attitude and find it inspiring. I also have enjoyed making several of your recipes, although I am not vegan. I like to come back and see what else you’ve come up with. Good luck with the challenge!


Kelsey December 13, 2010 at 12:11 am

I am so excited that you made it this far. I have tried several recipes and have loved everyone of them so much!! You bring something so wholesome and delicious to us almost everyday. Thank you for being such an inspiration!! <3


Casey Thomas December 13, 2010 at 1:13 am

Amazing post Angela! Delicious, colourful and inspirational! You did an awesome job on every entry! Go girl! :)


Arielle December 13, 2010 at 1:33 am

You are truly amazing and such an inspiration!


carri z. December 13, 2010 at 2:30 am

this made me cry.
so beautiful.
all of it.

love and luck.

you got my vote
and gratitude.



Tessa December 13, 2010 at 3:40 am

What a wonderful post!
You are truly an inspiration to so many.
You have been my favourite from day 1.
All the best !!!! Holding thumbs for you
down here in Sunny South Africa :)


Roxane December 13, 2010 at 5:10 am

Your blog is the only blog I follow everyday religiously :o) You are a true inspiration and you deserve to win 100%!!!


LM December 13, 2010 at 5:53 am

Wow!! AMAZING. Can’t wait to cast my vote for Oh She Glows.
You are so gonna win!


Anna December 13, 2010 at 6:26 am

I cannot even begin to tell you how much you’ve helped me (without even knowing it) over the last few months, since I found your blog. I could write paragraph after paragraph here now about how you’ve encouraged me to eat, to experiment with vegan food and baking, to try running or dancing to get my metabolism kicking – to not give up, even when I’ve felt like recovery is impossible. So many people write food blogs, and lots of them are great, but OSG isn’t just your run-of-the-mill ‘anecdote/photo/recipe’ blog – it matters, somehow, and it gives me hope. So, I won’t go on and on here. But I will tell you that you can most definitely count on my vote.


Angela (Oh She Glows) December 13, 2010 at 10:06 am

ahh that made me tear up. thank you, your words are very beautiful.


Emmanuelle December 13, 2010 at 6:32 am

Congrats Angela! You’ve had my vote from the beginning, you will have my vote until the end. YOU are an inspiration :)


chelsey @ clean eating chelsey December 13, 2010 at 7:16 am

Angela, you are so inspiring – thank you for being YOU!


Katie (Sweet Tater) December 13, 2010 at 7:38 am

you are amazing. good luck!


Therese December 13, 2010 at 7:54 am

There’s not much that I can say about how amazing you are, Angela! I have absolutely loved this contest and always, ALWAYS looked forward to what you had in store! You’re such an inspiring woman and constantly stir up my inner baking diva! My boyfriend has no idea how much he has to thank you for the extra 5lbs he’s gained over the last year!

And I was just discussing with him that I think everyone has beat-up, stained and positively cherished old lined recipe cards from parents or grandparents lying around! That copy of the recipe for nanaimo bars looks exactly like the ones I have stashed away! :)

And, I LOOOOOOVE nanaimo bars!?!?! I mean really, how can you not?!

Good luck, Angela, not that you need it! Your talent will bring you through to the end!


Cajun Chef Ryan December 13, 2010 at 8:10 am

You deserve to win it all!

Bon appetit!


Tiffany @ Conor & Bella December 13, 2010 at 8:25 am

Your nanaimo bars look fantastic! I have been wanting to try them. Thanks for vegan-izing them! :)
And good luck with Project Food Blog; I’ll be voting for you!


Sarah December 13, 2010 at 9:16 am

This is probably going to sound so silly, but I’ve been waiting for voting to open so I can do it this morning before I head off to class, and someone at Food Buzz must’ve set their clock to go backwards or something. The time until voting opens is going up from 9AM!


Jenn December 13, 2010 at 9:56 am

So excited for you and thrilled you made it this far. Thanks for your wonderful stories and recipes.


Megan @ Sweet On December 13, 2010 at 10:08 am

Angela, this is so lovely. Reading these PFB posts over the last couple of months has been a really amazing experience. You’ve brought your blogging to an entirely new level. It is so professional and *GORGEOUS* – sometimes I get a little teary reading it. I’m in such awe of you! Unbelievable that you are doing it basically by yourself, from your own home! I am so proud of you for finding what you were truly meant to do and sharing it with us. I’m a teacher, doing something very different from you, but OSG still inspires me to be creative and take what I do further and make it better. Thank you and YAY! xoxo


rainbow December 13, 2010 at 10:13 am

You are a winner no matter what!

Angela, thank you for all you do! truly an inspiration!

You got my vote for sure!

You are #1 !!!!!


Tamara December 13, 2010 at 10:37 am

Good luck, Angela! I’ve been voting for you all along, and I truly think this entry is your best one yet! You totally deserve all your Readers’ Choice wins and, of course, to be the winner of the grand finale!


Jena December 13, 2010 at 10:47 am

If reader’s votes don’t count in the final round – does that mean that voting in this round doesn’t count because it’s just decided by the judges?

I voted anyway, but I’m a bit confused as to how they’re deciding a winner. I hope its you. I love your posts.


Angela (Oh She Glows) December 13, 2010 at 10:51 am

thanks for your vote!!

reader’s votes do count for this round- it is split half voting vs judging 50/50 I believe. :)


Sarah December 13, 2010 at 10:58 am

This post almost made me cry. Off to vote!


janetha December 13, 2010 at 11:20 am

Amazing final post! It’s in the bag.


janetha December 13, 2010 at 11:20 am

Amazing final post! It’s in the bag.


janetha December 13, 2010 at 11:20 am

Amazing final post! It’s in the bag.


Moni'sMeals December 13, 2010 at 11:21 am

wow! You should be so proud and I hope you win. :)


katie December 13, 2010 at 11:26 am

I cried throughout the entire post. No joke.
I don’t know how to put into words why I cried, or how I felt when reading it.
Hearing, or rather seeing, you write this out, I guess I could feel your passion and happiness for everything, and I got to feel and see how much work you put into everything.
You are so amazing. I can only aspire to have a quarter of the passion and work ethic you do.


Angela (Oh She Glows) December 13, 2010 at 11:58 am

aww i just teared up reading this…gosh im such a sap. glad im not the only one. hehe. im so glad you enjoyed it. I wrote from the heart.


Jemma @ Celery and Cupcakes December 13, 2010 at 11:35 am

Such an amazing post. You deserve to win!!


Tonyne @ Unlikely Success Story December 13, 2010 at 11:38 am

Stunning post. I mean that. You are an inspiration in so many ways to so many people.


jenna December 13, 2010 at 11:50 am



Kayla December 13, 2010 at 12:14 pm

I desperately wanted a wedding cake made entirely of Nanimo Bars. My Mom vetoed the idea, and to this day it’s the only thing I would change about my wedding -why did I ever let her talk me out of that one?


Leanne December 13, 2010 at 12:28 pm

What a beautiful post! I love how open & honest you are with your readers.

Like you, I’ve embraced my inner dork and am so much happier now just being myself! :)

Have a wonderful day Ang!


Courtney December 13, 2010 at 12:32 pm

Angela, what an incredible post! These Nanaimo bars look fabulous – I’ve voted for you and hope that you are the big winner! Good luck, girl!


Preena @ A Teaspoon of Turmeric December 13, 2010 at 12:35 pm

Angela, so happy you’re in the top 3! I love the quote you ended the post with. I’m totally making your Nanaimo’s for Christmas! Just voted too.


Amber K December 13, 2010 at 12:37 pm

I absolutely loved the look back and your recipes and pictures are amazing. While I don’t make a lot of them (trying to determine how to make everything gluten-free is certainly a pain!) I love the ideas you have and the inspiration it gives me to explore new things in the kitchen.


[email protected] Stepping to the Brightside December 13, 2010 at 12:39 pm

Gorgeous, absolutely stunning. Thank you again for everything you do :)


Marta December 13, 2010 at 12:39 pm

wow Angela. these look gorgeous. good luck! I don’t know that I could be as committed to veganism as I’ve been able to be if I hadn’t stumbled upon your blog (I don’t know that I’d ever think of being a vegan if it weren’t for you and your blog for that matter!). you are truly an inspiration! you deserve to win this!!


Becki December 13, 2010 at 12:43 pm

You’ve got it in the bag girl! You’ll be the winner!!


Sara December 13, 2010 at 12:49 pm

You are so awesome. Thanks for sharing yourself & all of your adventures with the rest of us!! :)


Mhel B December 13, 2010 at 1:02 pm

You deserve to be the new Food Blog Winner. You show so much enthusiasm and inspiration to all of us. No pretensions, and full of inspiration, love and joy! I am looking forward for more of your posts! I am congratulating you in advance! Cheers!


Rachael @ Mrs. Adventure December 13, 2010 at 1:04 pm

What an amazing post Angela you continue to inspire me… thank you!


candace best December 13, 2010 at 1:14 pm

I found your blog after you had completed most of the challenge but it has been So Much Fun following your posts and back tracking your past entries. Seriously, this is one of my most favorite blogs of all time. You are Amazing and I look forward to what is coming next on Oh She Glows!


Danielle December 13, 2010 at 1:39 pm

Hi Angela! Good luck with the competition =) I just wanted to tell you that your blog has inspired me to start my own! I am currently struggling with calorie counting and I’m hoping that by blogging I can battle the numbers game, just as you did. I love the photography you add in each post…have to say that my mouth always waters whenever you post a new dessert recipe! I may just have to try them over winter break! =)


Danielle December 13, 2010 at 1:48 pm

Didn’t realize that my other comment showed up on a different post you did recently! This just goes to show how blog savy I am! lol still so new to it all! :)


Angela (Oh She Glows) December 13, 2010 at 1:49 pm

haha that’s cute!


Nichole December 13, 2010 at 1:46 pm

I think you deserve to win Angela, you put so much effort into your posts and it really shows. I have been voting for you all the way!


Stephanie December 13, 2010 at 1:50 pm

I used my featured publisher vote for you!! I was sure that I wanted to make biscotti for my Christmas cookie this year…until I saw these bars. YUMM!


Angela (Oh She Glows) December 13, 2010 at 2:02 pm

thank you!


Belinda @zomppa December 13, 2010 at 1:52 pm

A big hearty congratulations!! Wonderful lessons and it’s been such a pleasure learning about you through this contest. I look forward to learning more!


Stay-At-Home-Chef December 13, 2010 at 1:53 pm

Wow – can’t believe PFB is coming to an end! What an incredible journey, you should be proud. Loved following along. Good luck :)


Lindsay December 13, 2010 at 1:55 pm

Wow! Great final post! GL!!!


Melissa December 13, 2010 at 1:57 pm

You got me again..Nanaimo bars are my FAVE!!

I love that quote at the beginning as it says it put yourself out there and created a magical experience for us readers! Your dedication and hard work have definitely paid off..I’m hoping in more ways than just confidence if you get my drift:)
All the best and thanks, as usual, for sharing the recipes with us!!


Jen December 13, 2010 at 2:01 pm

Do you mind sharing the exact proportions for that peppermint nog please? Looks amazing!


Dee December 13, 2010 at 2:03 pm

Hi Angela! I am loving all of your entries for PFB. :) I just voted!


Audrey Kim December 13, 2010 at 2:08 pm

awesome last post! i totally love bakers!!
just voted for you^^ good luck!


Paula Laurel December 13, 2010 at 2:20 pm

You simply ROCK!!! I am most impressed and inspired by your authenticity!!!
Truly amazing work and I look forward to following you in the future!
I certainly put in a vote for you!!!
Cheers and congrats!



Mary (A Merry Life) December 13, 2010 at 2:23 pm

Great job! I’ve loved all your entries so much! I hope you win! :)


Courtney @ Sweet Tooth, Sweet Life December 13, 2010 at 2:55 pm

I’m in complete awe of everything you’ve done for this project. You’ve got my last, and final vote…hands down.
Good luck, Angela!


Bridget December 13, 2010 at 3:01 pm

Each round, I get so excited to vote for you! I just voted one last time and will wait excitedly to hear that you won :) I look to your blog for inspiration, recipes, thoughtful posts, and beauty. You have it all. Thanks for opening your kitchen up for us each day.


Melissa Daams December 13, 2010 at 3:05 pm

This is my favorite post so far :) and i’m definitely making that chocolate torte for my birthday this year. i voted for this entry! You Rock!


Brandie December 13, 2010 at 3:07 pm

I absolutely love your post and learned so much about you. Very well done.


Natasha December 13, 2010 at 3:17 pm

You got my vote! You are such an inspiration Angela. Thanks for sharing so much of yourself with us!!!


Wendy Roorda December 13, 2010 at 3:53 pm

Done!!! Good luck!!!! I have really enjoyed the ride!!!! Congrats for getting this far! Merry Christmas to you!


Alison (Fueling for Fitness) December 13, 2010 at 3:53 pm

Great post! Good luck :)


Cailins December 13, 2010 at 4:12 pm

You are an inspiration. Thank you for your enthusiasm and wonderful recipes!


katalina December 13, 2010 at 4:56 pm

I am making ALL 3 varieties to take as for Christmas to my family in Moldova!!!! (Eastern Europe) do you know how long they last, and if they will endure the 16 hour flight??? because you mentioned to serve the chilled! Please let me know!!!


Angela (Oh She Glows) December 13, 2010 at 5:07 pm

I don’t think they would last on a flight because they get very soft at room temperature and the filling starts to move around.
Do airplanes let you take on coolers with ice? haha ;)


katalina December 14, 2010 at 10:01 am

I have so much luggage that a cooler will be over the top :) but well I can make them when I get home for my family, with some Christmas music playing!! THANKS for your answer!!!!! :)


Narda December 13, 2010 at 5:06 pm

I just LOVE your website. I am voting right now and I am 100% sure that you will be the only one Winner :)


Élisabeth December 13, 2010 at 5:25 pm

Wow! I’m for sure making these for Christmas. Thank you for all your good recipe and « merde » for the last turn!


Jenna December 13, 2010 at 6:00 pm

I just managed to squeak my vote in! Congratulations on such a major accomplishment! You really inspire me to go out and create my own path along this wonderful and crazy little journey we call life :)

I’ll be making your mint nanaimo bar for Christmas this year! And I can’t wait for the peppermint nog recipe! Thanks for sharing your journey with us Angela.


Joanne December 13, 2010 at 7:38 pm

This is amazing Ange! You’re in the home stretch now…fingers crossed!!


Stephanie @ Laugh and Cook December 13, 2010 at 6:33 pm

Beautiful post! :D


retro sweets December 13, 2010 at 6:39 pm

You’re simply the best of the rest Angela. With this magnificent post you will definitely win. God bless you! :))


Jessica M December 13, 2010 at 6:56 pm

You got this in the bag! All of your posts have been incredible! Congrats!


Embodying Freedom December 13, 2010 at 7:23 pm

Your posts are always so beautiful, both in what they say & the pictures! Thanks for writing :)


Jenny December 13, 2010 at 7:30 pm

Not sure how I could NOT vote for you after this post.

Fellow Canadian. Fellow lover of cooking and baking. And um, Nanaimo bars? Ohh, you hit my heart with this one. :) Nanaimo bars were the FIRST thing I baked successfully, ever. I’m SO happy to see them veganized!

Additionally… This post was just beautifully written. Just fantastic. Love, love, loved all of your entries. ALL the best, truly!


Angela (Oh She Glows) December 13, 2010 at 7:46 pm

aren’t nanaimo bars the best??? I still think they are my fav dessert to this day!
Thanks for your vote! :)


[email protected] sunkissedwithlove December 13, 2010 at 8:14 pm

Wow, wow, wow.
I can’t even begin to explain how every one of your posts impresses me, drives me closer to veganism, and fuels my own passions. You deserve to win this competition, but by the looks of it- you’ve already won so much and won OVER so many who look up to you.


rebecca lustig December 13, 2010 at 8:28 pm

it was an honor to vote for you! you’re incredible. good luck!!!


Dawn December 13, 2010 at 9:03 pm

Hi Angela,
I’m so happy for you, this last post was the best!! Good Luck, my fingers are crossed for you, and I think I already said this, but you really do deserve the win. There’s no other food blogger who puts everything together quite the way you do. Your passion for the food shines through in every post. You really do have the most descriptive instructions, they are so easy to follow! Also, your photos are so gorgeous that it makes me want to make every single recipe you post about!


Flirt Photography / Amelia Thornton December 13, 2010 at 9:22 pm

WOW Angela – what a journey! One question – can I come over for breakfast on Christmas morning? JK! Best of luck :)


Liz @ IHeartVegetables December 13, 2010 at 9:28 pm

You have such an amazing story and your blog is always such an inspiration! You’ve got this challenge :)


Candice @ ChiaSeedMe December 13, 2010 at 10:13 pm

Congratulations, Angela, on an amazing journey through PFB! You deserve to win hands down – you obviously inspire so many people not only to eat healthy, but also to be the very best that they can be. I hope that someday I find what I’m passionate about like you have. I’ve only met you a couple times, but I’m still so proud of you, and I’ll be crossing my fingers that you win this. You have my vote!


Terra December 13, 2010 at 10:15 pm

Good Luck! I have enjoyed you blogs, they are always so creative, and beautiful! I am excited, I just found the recipe for Nanimo Bars, can not wait to try them:-) Love the spin you took on them, very colorful, and beautiful:-)


Hannah December 13, 2010 at 10:16 pm

Hi Angela,
I’ve just started reading your blog for a couple of months now. It’s been a rough year and I’ve really struggled with emotional eating, binging, and dieting. I’m nineteen years old and I am trying to regain my health back and to give up the obsessing, calorie counting, guilt and comparing. I’ve been trying to break the cycle for months now and your blog has really inspired me to let go. I think the worst part of the cycle is feeling as though you have no self-control. I’m taking baby steps and I want to be free so badly. Reading your blog doesn’t make me feel guilty about where I’m at, but inspires me to be healthy and happy. Reading your victory over binge eating gives me hope that this cycle will end. God has made me beautifully and wonderfully and its time to start believing it. Thank you so much for the inspiration :) “Life is too short to get stuck in a rut”


Angela (Oh She Glows) December 13, 2010 at 10:52 pm

Thanks for your comment. I wish you all the best with your recovery! You will get there, keep the faith. xoxo


Kim December 13, 2010 at 10:41 pm

Angela… Wow! This post is awesome. You could be styling food for a magazine. Your recipes never fail to inspire me, I love how dedicated you are to eating for health (which is so rare in the baking blog world), and I think it’s great that you respond to so many of your readers. Let your inner dork shine! You just got my vote!


Sarah K. @ The Pajama Chef December 13, 2010 at 10:46 pm

how beautiful! love it!! good luck- i voted :)


Ellie December 13, 2010 at 10:54 pm

Angela those look fantastic!
I’m currently struggling through a hellish finals week in grad school, but took a minute to vote and read your post as a study break. Could totally use a couple of those bars for some brain food! I’ve been a closet reader (but never a commenter) for several months now ever since you were recommended on by a fellow blogger. I loved that you were a vegan baker who took an incredible amount of joy in everything you created, every mile you ran, and every picture you took! Just wanted to say thank you for introducing me to flaxseed, almond butter, CSA shares, running negative splits… I feel happier and healthier and have a better relationship with my food than ever before! Keep the posts coming and I hope you kick butt and win Project Food Blog :-)


Angela (Oh She Glows) December 13, 2010 at 10:59 pm

thanks for your kind words…I love hearing from closet commenters, heh :) Goodluck with your grad finals…gosh I know what that is like and it is tough, but just keep thinking of the holiday break! :) Thanks for your vote!


Jodie December 13, 2010 at 11:03 pm

I voted for you. I am going to try and make that pizza. It looks yummy.


May December 13, 2010 at 11:17 pm

You so deserve my VOTE! You will be the winner, I can bet on this! I’m super confident !


Candy @ Healthy in Candy Land December 14, 2010 at 12:41 am

Congratulations on getting to this point! You have done such a great job and definitely deserve to be in the finals. Your photos are gorgeous, and your food is as well! You’ve got my vote!


Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table December 14, 2010 at 12:53 am

I’m a little sad its over! I’ve really enjoyed reading the challenges. Best of luck to you! :)


Logan December 14, 2010 at 1:07 am

You have really done an outstanding job with this project and when I just went over to cast my vote for you, I was astonished at how many Viewer’s Choice awards you got! Congratulations!!! I think you’ve got it in the bag, but even if you don’t win, you sure do have a lot to be proud of. Your entries have been colorful, well thought out, organized, and mouth watering! Just terrific work, Angela. You seem to put 100% into everything you do and I hope it will pay off for you in a big way in this competition.


Tiny Urban Kitchen December 14, 2010 at 2:37 am

Angela, you have done a fantastic job in every round of this competition. Your writing is thoughtful and endearing, and you tell a great story. Of course,the photos are beautiful as well! Congratulations for winning Reader’s Choice almost every round and making it this far!


Angela (Oh She Glows) December 14, 2010 at 2:57 pm

thank you so much for your kind words…I am happy to have ‘met’ you through this wonderful competition. As I said on your post I think you are a beautiful writer, blogger, and photographer. Goodluck to you!


Theresa December 14, 2010 at 4:37 am

I really loved your reflections in your final post. Thanks for sharing the lessons you learned. They were certainly thought-provoking. Your post is, as always, beautiful. All the best in this last round!


Ashley (Taste For Healthy) December 14, 2010 at 8:46 am

You are so amazingly talented Angela!!! Beautiful wrap up!!! I can’t wait to try your Nanaimo bars… and I am eagerly awaiting the peppermint nog!!! As usual… you have my vote!! Can’t wait to see you win this thing!! :)


Andrea December 14, 2010 at 9:43 am

You are amazing Angela! I love this wrap up post- you’ve put so much hard work into this project, you deserve to win for sure! I showed my mom the nanaimo bars and she said “how does this woman make her baked goods look so perfect?!” haha. We’ve made many of your wonderful creations, I’m sure I’ll be making these as well.


Violetta Maria December 14, 2010 at 10:18 am

Congratulations for making it to the final 3! Your blog is amazig and ispireing to me everyday. Good luck in the next challanges :-) Ill definately be voting!


Linda December 14, 2010 at 10:50 am

I LOVE your blog!!! I’m italian and I don’t understand every words you write.. but you’re amazing and you’ve got my vote!! =)


Pam December 14, 2010 at 11:28 am


You have done a beautiful and fun job! I hope you WIN!

Happy Holiday!



Julie @ Peanut Butter Fingers December 14, 2010 at 11:37 am

i cannot even begin to imagine all of the time and effort you poured into this competition. it’s so obvious that your heart is in every beautiful post, recipe and picture. you have my vote and i’m rooting for you!


Debbie December 14, 2010 at 12:48 pm

Hello Possible Winner!

5 Reader’s Choice Awards throughout contest – “tweets” and “likes” galore! I must say you are certainly a front runner! I had a difficult choice voting – but in the end I truly feel you deserve this – you are an inspiration to us all – personal struggles in life is what I truly relate to. You have shined through adversity – much success to you always… Debbie


Heather December 14, 2010 at 12:54 pm

amazing! Voting now!
you are so inspiring!


Avanika (Yumsilicious Bakes) December 14, 2010 at 12:59 pm

Visited your blog for the first time. And used my featured publisher vote on you! congratulations, I hope you win. I’m off to explore your blog!


Leslie Uhl December 14, 2010 at 1:04 pm

Wow! I have to say that your words are inspirational, as well as your recipes and photos. (I have to show my daughter your Vegan Cookbook, she’ll love the humour!) I have no doubt that your journey will take you to Food Blogger of the Year. I will enjoy reading about it! Thanks for your gifts.


Summer December 14, 2010 at 1:35 pm

Oh Angie , having been waiting to cast this vote for U!!!
Yay, gurl u go , congrats coz i know ur already a winner , to me u r:-)
Happy merry day!


Lindsey @ Morningstar Project December 14, 2010 at 1:53 pm

Voting for you was a no-brainer! Reading all your posts through this challenge has made me love your website, personality, and of course recipes more than ever! Best of luck, although I don’t think you’ll need much of that ;)


Mateja December 14, 2010 at 2:51 pm

Amazing stories, amazing recipes from an amazing girl!!! Thank you for sharing your life and food experiences with us through this competition Angela ^_^


Andrea Bloomfield December 14, 2010 at 2:57 pm

Congratulations on a fantastic final post! You really do deserve to win this!! I have voted for you all the way and believe you are going to make it to the end. You are open, inspirational and I think most importantly, so relatable to the everyday girl! All us girls are fabulous in our own special, unique way, but you know what I mean ;-) I feel like you could be the neighbour next door or an old friend and I think alot of your readers feel the same. You should be so proud…not only with how amazing you’ve done in this competition, but your have come A LONG WAY!! I will be sending you tons of positive vibes b/c I know you are going to win this! Oh, and I can’t wait to try the nanaimo bars….one of all time favourite desserts!!! Good Luck Girl!


Marcia @Frugal Healthy Simple December 14, 2010 at 3:24 pm

Angela, you get my vote. I voted in almost every round and saw my favorites drop one by one. I hadn’t voted in the last 2, but was happy to see you in the final round.

I read through all the entries. I wanted to be fair. Your blog is one I’ve been reading for a long while, and the others- I was not familiar with. But still, yours is the best. Good luck!


Amy at TheSceneFromMe December 14, 2010 at 4:04 pm

What a wonderous thing you’ve done!!! Your photos are spectacular and the food you make is amazing! I cast my vote for YOU!!!


Barbara December 14, 2010 at 4:11 pm

What a wonderful final entry. I’m new to the food blogging world and happened upon yours through a post on Sparkpeople. It has been wonderful discovering all your fabulous recipes and your adventures along the way. Your recipes are very user friendly and your photographs look as if they are right out of a magazine. I had no problem voting for you all along even though your competition was fierce. Your so genuine and sincere–and your food is fabulous! I have tried several recipes and enjoyed them all with no changes. Be sure and thank your husband for sacrificing his time with you to give so much to the cooking masses. I wish you the best in the challenge and hope we can enjoy your blog for a long time to come–you add a lot to my day!


Alison December 14, 2010 at 5:34 pm

As a mother of two athletic daughters ( 21 and 14), you are an inspiration to healthy living. I found you by accident and I have been reading non-stop. I will be utilizing many of your wonderful recipes to provide some healthy nutition for my family. I will be sending some heathful care packages to my college athlete and her friends. Thank you and good luck!


Delishhh December 14, 2010 at 4:55 pm

You deserve to win! Great final post and i have had a great time following you during this challenge. You got my vote!


Lisa Orgler December 14, 2010 at 5:31 pm

Great job once again. My favorite is your comment about finding how you “glow” in the kitchen. Very inspirational. Everyone does glow differently and we should celebrate all those talents!


Abby @ Have Dental Floss, Will Travel December 14, 2010 at 6:39 pm

The amount of effort and heart that you’ve put into each of these posts is incredible. I’m not generally one to fawn in comments, but you really are an inspiring example of someone who leaves each day with intention and passion. Good luck in this last round!


Jaclyn December 14, 2010 at 8:09 pm

Congratulations Angela!! I was one of your first readers way back when you started – i think i started reading your blog like a week after your first post! It’s so amazing to see how far you have come – how much you have done with it! – and being able to meet you in person this summer. You have done an amazing job!!


Angela (Oh She Glows) December 14, 2010 at 9:13 pm

thank you, you are such a sweet person and it was lovely to meet you. hopefully not the last time!


Jessica December 14, 2010 at 8:14 pm

Angela, you are such an inspiration! I don’t comment a lot, but I read your blog religiously. I even refer to you as my blog BFF. I love your creativity and positive outlook. Keep up the amazing work!!!


Angela (Oh She Glows) December 14, 2010 at 9:12 pm

hehe you are cute! Thanks so much


Trisha December 14, 2010 at 9:04 pm

Beautiful post! Everything looks delicious and I love the way you’ve summarized. Congrats for working on overcoming your eating disorder. I have an eating disorder that I’m only now starting to work through and this post gives me hope for my journey to recovery. You have my vote and I wish you all the best. Merry Christmas!


Amy December 14, 2010 at 10:34 pm

I am a frequent follower of your blog!!! i love your blog it is so inspiring!!! Your final post is the best no competition!!!!!


Mastering Public Health (@MasPublicHealth) December 15, 2010 at 12:35 am

Of course, I voted for you. Your efforts have been phenomenal! I’m so grateful for your spirit, blog, and wonderful vegan recipes. Best of luck in the competition; no one deserves it more! Thanks for all the work you’ve done while your readers get to reap the delicious benefits. :) FANTASTIC staging/photography, too.


Angela (Oh She Glows) December 15, 2010 at 10:45 pm

thank you so much!


Jacquelyn December 15, 2010 at 1:08 am

You had me at “inner dork” – anyone that can refer to themselves in that manner and yet produce some of the most beautiful dishes and photos – has my vote, again!


April December 15, 2010 at 10:52 am

You must be extremely organized. Beautiful and polished! :)


Lou December 15, 2010 at 2:26 pm

It’s been like reading the most beautiful and perfect cookery book I could imagine, every week. Well done Angela, amazing work, I am in huge awe and respect of your abilities, :)


Danielle December 15, 2010 at 5:29 pm

You’re amazing, Angela. I really hope and truly feel that you will win!!


Jazz Rules December 15, 2010 at 10:43 pm

Wonder job over the challenge! How can you keep up with all these comments?!


Angela (Oh She Glows) December 16, 2010 at 10:36 am

i love the interaction I guess!


Kaitlin December 15, 2010 at 11:22 pm

Wow Angela! Absolutely Amazing as always! I love how your blogs always get me even MORE excited for the holidays! These look delicious!!! I really hope I can make my family drool over these this Christmas because this is there favorite dessert!

-Kaitlin :)


Angela (Oh She Glows) December 16, 2010 at 10:37 am

hope you enjoy them!


Elena December 16, 2010 at 9:58 pm

I just wanted to let you know that I came across your blog not too long ago and love looking at your posts for occasionally needed inspiration. Your food-ography is constantly getting better and better too, so kudos and thanks!


Heather December 17, 2010 at 2:29 pm

I don’t comment often but I just adore this post. I voted for you & know it’s about half hour away from the big announcement.

Please, Angela, keep doing what you are doing. Great blog, great food & it’s all worth while knowing that you are someone I’d easily call friend.

Good luck & thanks for sharing your world!!


Ffion December 20, 2010 at 8:55 am

I LOOOOVVED(!) this post. To see everything you have created in the past couple of months is just awe-inspiring! And the fact that everything is vegan just blows my mind! I’v not tried any vegan baking as of yet, and probably would never of thought of doing so if it wasn’t for your blog, but it is definitely something I would love to tackle in the future! You are so happy and bubbly, and come across as such a positive person, and as someone who is completely lost in life (graduated this summer, can’t get a job due to recession, don’t think I even want to be a graphic designer anymore(!), plus I’m trying to loose quite a bit of weight and get healthy, which can sometimes be a huge mental strain!), to see how far you have become, and being able to do that on your own terms, gives me hope that maybe a year or two from now, I’ll be in just the same position, happy and fulfilled :)


Ffion December 20, 2010 at 8:55 am

I LOOOOVVED(!) this post. To see everything you have created in the past couple of months is just awe-inspiring! And the fact that everything is vegan just blows my mind! I’v not tried any vegan baking as of yet, and probably would never of thought of doing so if it wasn’t for your blog, but it is definitely something I would love to tackle in the future! You are so happy and bubbly, and come across as such a positive person, and as someone who is completely lost in life (graduated this summer, can’t get a job due to recession, don’t think I even want to be a graphic designer anymore(!), plus I’m trying to loose quite a bit of weight and get healthy, which can sometimes be a huge mental strain!), to see how far you have become, and being able to do that on your own terms, gives me hope that maybe a year or two from now, I’ll be in just the same position, happy and fulfilled :)


Katie December 26, 2010 at 10:01 pm

Made these for Xmas – big hit!! I used real butter though and I think I could have used about half the butter I did, because I had pooled frozen butter on the bottom. Also made your blondies in a jar as gifts, very appreciated by people. I made the cinnamon sweet potato chickpea onion salad for xmas dinner and the vegan chocolate chip cookie sandwiches (way ADDICTING). Thanks for all the wondrous recipes – can’t wait to make more!


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