There’s A New Veganomicon Owner In Town…

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I am really excited about the holiday giveaway and the amount of people who participated! It was a blast, and I was anxious for today to arrive so that I can announce the winner! I always use Random.org to choose, and the extra facebook and twitter likes obviously gave you more entries.

The lucky winner of Veganomicon is Celeste from Home of The Compassionate Tummies!  A big congratulations to you, Celeste! I hope you enjoy it as much as I do. Mine is filthy and food stained from the amount of recipes I’ve made from it.  It will definitely be a great resource for feeding your compassionate tummies.

Thank you once again to everyone who played and shared their favourite holiday memories.  I thoroughly enjoyed reading them!  Thank you for sharing the contest among your friends and readers as well!

Have a wonderful weekend and happy holidays!

Celeste, please get in touch with your mailing address. 🙂

Sophia x

100th Post, Holiday Giveaway, A New Logo + Many Thanks!

Eight months, 100 posts, new connections, inspirations, and a whole slew of amazing discoveries.  I started this blog as a way to document my favourite recipes, and explore my interest in photography.  I didn’t really imagine anyone more than my close family and friends would read, but here we are, a lovely, supportive, interactive community!  Even more, I became a much better cook and more creative in the kitchen since starting Silk and Spice, and that is thanks to the many amazing bloggers I follow who inspire me every day.

Today, I am writing my 100th post, and to many that might not be much of a milestone, but I am quite proud of having written 100 posts since I started Silk and Spice back in March.  The best part is I get to have fun creating on this blog, and all of you are so supportive and interactive. I love hearing stories about recipes you made from Silk and Spice, and even more, when friends make my recipes for their omnivore loved ones and they are a hit.  We’re on a food revolution, I tell ya….

Over the last few weeks, many of you were so thoughtful in nominating me for great awards.   Bea from Body Energy Action and Johanna from Whole and Happy Food nominated me for the Sunshine Award. Thank you! Poppy from Poppy’s Patisserie nominated me for the Blog of The Year Award and The Dragon’s Loyalty Award. Thank you! Ajaytao nominated me for a collection of lovely awards.  Thank you!  Marianne from The Oven Diaries nominated me for the Versatile Bloggers Award.  Thank you!  I am extremely grateful, and in return I am hosting a Holiday Giveaway that is open to you all!

I thought about what to give away, and decided I wanted it to be something that would be a great resource for any one who is vegan, vegetarian, or dancing with the idea of going veg.  I am giving away a copy of VEGANOMICON!  This really is the ultimate vegan cookbook.  Everyday meals which are so simple and don’t use weird, unfamiliar ingredients.  I found that when I started cooking from this book, it made me very comfortable with plant-based cooking, and I didn’t really need to go back to it for exact recipes.  It gave me useful, everyday meal ideas which I could whip up quickly.  And, Isa Chandra is my plant-based heroine, so I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!

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Here’s how to enter!

Answer this question by leaving a comment below this blog post: What is your favourite holiday memory?

For extra entries:

  • Join me on Facebook.
  • Follow the conversation on Twitter.
  • Tweet about this giveaway. Don’t forget to tag @silkandspiceveg.
  • If you’re just stopping by, follow Silk and Spice on WordPress by clicking ‘follow’ at the top of this page.

Please let me know which entries you made so I can include them all when randomly selecting the winner next Saturday, December 14th!  The contest is open to all, worldwide!

Finally, I am excited to share the new Silk and Spice logo! Did you notice it at the top of this page?  A good friend designed it for me.  I would love to know what you think!  If you’re ever in need of graphic design at  very reasonable rates, you can contact Amanda on LinkedIn.

Thank you all once again for stopping by Silk and Spice, taking the time to interact within our community, and for all the inspiration you give me!

Sophia x

Almond Fresh Giveaway Winner!

Good morning, everyone!  I hope you all had a fun Halloween.

I am announcing the winner of my Almond Fresh Giveaway today!  If you aren’t familiar with it, I hosted a giveaway for $20 worth of Almond Fresh for my Canadian readers.

So, I’ll get right to it.  I love using Random.org for contests, and that is exactly what I did this morning.  The winner is……..Julie from Dans Mon Bedon!  Félicitations Julie, vous êtes le gagnant!  Congratulations, and thank you to everyone who took the time to read the post, participate, and comment!  Julie I hope you enjoy your beverages!  Please email me with your contact info so I can get the vouchers out to you right away.

Have a lovely Friday everyone!  I look forward to doing this again.

Sophia x

Healthy Chocolate Smoothie & A Giveaway!

Healthy Chocolate Smoothie

One of my favourite ways to pack nutrition into my day, and into my son’s little body, is by making nutritional, filling, and tasty smoothies.  I love starting my day with them, or having a little pick me up in the afternoon.  My son also loves making them with me, and no matter how many times he has helped, he always jumps when the blender starts going!   Also, there’s no denying I am a chocoholic, so wherever I can sneak it in, in a healthy way, I go for it.

This is one of my favourite recent smoothie creations incorporating dark, rich cocoa with oats, dates, and refreshing almond milk.  I am a huge fan of homemade almond milk, but, like most of you, I have days where there simply aren’t enough hours to possibly make some.  When I’m looking for convenience and whipping up a quick breakfast or snack, I use Almond Fresh in my smoothies or granola.  Their milk is certified non-GMO and vegan, and I have a soft spot for the fact that they are a Canadian business.  The kind people over at Almond Fresh sent me coupons to give away to one of my readers.  I encourage you to leave a comment below and I will randomly select one person to send $20 worth of vouchers to!  If you just happened to stop by here, follow my blog and you will be entered twice!  (Yay for free stuff!).

I will announce the winner here on Friday, October 25th.

So, here is my smoothie recipe.

Healthy Chocolate Smoothie

Makes 1 large smoothie

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1 banana
  • 1/2 cup oats
  • 1 teaspoon organic pure cocoa powder
  • 2 medjool dates, chopped
  • 1/2 cup ice
  • cacao nibs and oats (optional) as topping

Directions:

  • Place almond milk, banana, oats, dates, cocoa powder and ice into blender and blend.
  • Pour into mason jar (everything tastes better in a mason jar, doesn’t it?) and top with cacao nibs and oats.
  • Enjoy!

Healthy Chocolate Smoothie

I also follow Almond Fresh on Facebook and also saw that they are giving away a huge prize – A KitchenAid prize pack valued at over $2000 + a year’s worth of Almond Fresh.  My husband bought me a KitchenAid mixer for Christmas a few years back, it was one of the best things that ever happened to me and my kitchen! If you’re feeling lucky, I would totally go over and give it a shot!  Contest ends soon (November 1st).  All you need to do is choose your favourite Almond Fresh refreshing drink and share it with your friends on Facebook!   By clicking on the photo below, it will bring you directly to the contest page.

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You’re all so creative and inspiring with your recipes, I have faith in you. 🙂  Even if you don’t win the grand prize, you still have chances to win DAILY prizes, and you’re allowed to enter 5 times per day, so your chances just got better.

I’m really looking forward to my first giveaway, so let’s get chatting!  Although the vouchers are only valid in Canada – I would love to hear from all of you.  I’d like to know, what is your favourite and most used smoothie ingredient?

Healthy Chocolate Smoothie

(Although this post was sponsored, all recipes, smoothie photos and opinions expressed are my own.  I pinky swear.)