Friday, September 28, 2007

Feelin' the Love.

Please head over to my new blog at TheUrbanHousewife.com, where you'll find this post & more!

First of all, thank you SO much for the wonderful response to the candy corn. I've been thrilled with all the positive feedback, my daily hits are at an all time high, & having some of my favorite chefs & bloggers stop by to comment feels is wonderful! It makes the process worthwhile & I hope many of you will have the opportunity to make & enjoy them.

On a whim, some candy corn was sent to various locations & the recipients were kind enough to take lovely photographs & write a bit about them on their blogs. Check out the posts from Celine (her fun photo is seen above), Kittee, & Hannah. Oh & while you're at it, pre-order Hannah's book, My Sweet Vegan; I've already ordered my copy!

Another reason I'm feelin' the love is I was named as a "Rockin' Girl Blogger" at epicurean escapism. Be sure to check out all the gorgeous pastries that come out of her kitchen! If you're not inspired, you're not paying attention!

I opened the photos of my Flickr friends the other day & imagine my shock when I saw a familiar logo, but in tattoo form! The awesome Milvia is a gorgeous vegan gal from Ferrara, Italy. She makes beautiful baked goods, some of which are sold in cafes, she also posts great bento photos, & has the cutest kitties. I am so flattered she liked my logo enough to get it inked on her & the muffin eyes are a cute addition! Check out her Flickr & her blog for tasty recipes, if you read Italian.

I had an amazing day yesterday! I was working on a magazine shoot at a private event location with a rustic barn, a train, a lake, & best of all, apple trees! There was so much fruit, it covered the ground & we all were picking apples & eating them on the spot. I've never had the chance to do that before, so I was in heaven! At the end of the day, we were welcomed to take home as much as we could carry & I didn't hesitate. I climbed the beautiful trees & with branches brushing my face, I picked apples in four varieties, Golden Delicious, Granny Smith, Red Delicious, & my favorite, Fuji! This Saturday is another installation of the Vegan Brunch Cartel, so an apple treat, most likely a crumble, will be made & consumed. Viva Gluttony! (More photos of the gorgeous apples are HERE.)

This weekend, Ryan & I will be celebrating 2 years of marriage. Sunday night we'll be attending the Aphrodisiac Dinner at the amazing Millennium Restaurant; 5 courses of love foods, yum yum! I'm so lucky to have "the Mooks" in my life, he's so supportive & it's wonderful to be married to your best friend. Here's a photo of us from last weekend at a club, I found it at random on a photographer's webpage!

As a gift, Ryan bought me tickets to see Morrissey, TWICE! The shows were both fabulous & I swooned when I reached out & was able to touch Moz. (Yes, I am that sad.) We also brought home a guitar pick from each night, which will be framed with the poster from the show. I wasn't able to take photos, but the photo you see here is right before the Monday night concert with a postcard I hold dear.

I saw Morrissey in London a few years ago & that exact postcard was handed to me before the show. I had been contemplating a return to vegetarianism at that point (I'd lapsed after 5 years of being veg; so foolish) & the postcard yielded an epiphany & I went right back to being a vegetarian. I keep the postcard on my refrigerator as a constant reminder of where I came from, where I should be, & of course, the eye candy doesn't hurt! haha.

OKAY, but what about the FOOD??
Recently I've made Pineapple Curry, a Sourdough sandwich loaf, Fat Free Vegan's "Corned Beef" & Cabbage with the Seitan o' Greatness, Sourdough Pancakes with a side of fruit salad, my 1st bento box lunch, & attended the 1st annual Mac & Cheese off with a Smoky Mac & Sheese recipe, that tasted better before I baked it! doh. Last night, I made banana muffins on a whim & today I've got bread rising for 2 loaves & will be making an Apple & Cabbage Slaw shortly. Phew, it's been busy in this kitchen!

Don't worry, I'll have some sweet recipes for you soon, including one that Celine tested awhile ago & I haven't had the chance to organize & post yet! Until then, Ciào!

14 comments:

Celine said...

2 years wedding anniversary!!! WOOHOO!
the tat is absolutely brilliant, I love it.
and you deserve all the recognition you're getting for the candy corn [and for other reasons too!], it was pure genius what you did with them!
no more exclamation points for me! oops.

the pleasantly plump vegan said...

Happy 2 year Anniversary!!! Jared and I just shared our 2 year wedding anniversary in May. and I agree that it rocks to be married to yr best friend. we are lucky that way!

Hannah said...

Congrats on your anniversary!

I finished those candy corn days ago, but I think that the sugar high still hasn't worn off yet... Ah, so amazing! Thank you again for sending them my way!

springsandwells said...

Cool beans!
Congrats on the anniversary. That's awesome. I love the cute photo in the club.

I can't wait to see more vegan brunch cartel pics... and hear about the Aphrodisiac Dinner! Dang! That sounds like a super fun weekend of eating.

I'm headed up to VegFest tomorrow... sorry I couldn't come up today. Let me know if you ever need another guest at a Vegan Brunch Cartel - I promise to bring tasty goodies.

Also... the apples are gorgeous. How extremely cool. I have been looking up apple recipes left and right. Last night we had apple-fennel soup, followed by an apple crumb tart for dessert. Ha! It's apple mania!

:) amey

Vegan_Noodle said...

Awwww, two years being married to your BF, how awesome. Congrats to you both, what a sweetie to get you tickets to Morrissey. That dinner at Millenium sounds fabulous (I'll be in San Fran next weekend and john and I will definitely me dining there one night!)

I'm trying to work up the courage to make your candy corns. I have a Halloween party at (duh) the end of the month and maybe I'll feel inspired. PLus I want to play with the colors...

You are a totally rockin' girl blogger!

How To Eat A Cupcake said...

congrats on the anniversary!

:D

shannie cakes said...

hi, i know i don't know you but i just stared my own baking blogger

mind if i link you so i can keep checking back on all your great recipes?

Melisser; the Urban Housewife said...

celine- Thanks so much! xo.

ppvegan- Hooray for wedding anniversaries & best friends.

hannah- Thank you so much. I'm so glad you enjoyed the candy corn!

amey- Thank you! We'll have to have you at one of these brunches sometime or we can organize our own! I'm jealous of your apple tree!

Amanda- Enjoy your dinner at Millennium! The small dishes are really where they excel, I would recommend a bunch of those versus an entree. The butterscotch pecan tartlette they have right now is HEAVENLY! If you need tips on where to go, get in touch! I can't wait to see what you do with the candy corn.

HTEAC- Thank you!

Shannie- Thanks for linking me & thanks for reading!

bazu said...

Happy anniversary! I also got married in September, but 3 years ago. By the way, your blog is dangerous for me, not just because of all the gorgeous food, but because it makes me want to get another tattoo or 3! I only have one so far (my wedding "ring" is in ink), but now I fantasize about all kinds of pastry-related ones...

tracy said...

happy happy wedding anni! im back in town now. let's play!

vko said...

Happy Happy 2 yrs of Wedded Bliss!
I am finally getting around to visiting all my lovely blog friends- lots of catch up...

And I would live to come shoot out in LA and it would be great to have vegan catering, but unfortunately, I don't have any vegan clients- YET! Maybe Peta will want to hire me to produce their shoots?

You and the hubbie are super sweet and what can I say- I heart heart Morissey like there's no tomorrow.

Let me know when you are planning on coming to NYC so we can meet up!

Melisser; the Urban Housewife said...

bazu- Thanks for stopping by, I dig your blog! Tattoos are addictive little things, aren't they?! I have plans for many more.

tracy- YAY! play time.

vko- Thank you & welcome back! Let's get some mutual vegan clients! Peta shoots A LOT! VegNews? hehe. Hooray for Moz!

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