Happy New Year!

It's hard to believe that another whole year has passed. All kinds of interesting things happened in 2008, and I'm excited to see what 2009 will bring - I wish you all a Happy New Year (from my winter wonderland) full of wonderful surprises! Have you made your resolutions yet?? Things have been busy around here, but I plan on writing my list within the next few days.

The holidays have been a fabulous time of visiting with friends and family, along with a super indulgence of food/drink. I've had fun making food here and there for get togethers, but its been so busy that I didn't stop to take any pics! I brought these wonderful chocolate orange balls, by Snowdrop on RFC, to a party, and they were well recieved. In fact, I too enjoyed them so much that I made them twice during the Christmas season. I also made coconut almond joy truffles from Sweet Gratitude. Pooey that I didn't snap a pic of those, as they're amaaaazing, especially if you like chocolate and coconut! For those of you who have the book, give em a try.
Chocolate Orange Confection
1 c sunflower seeds
1/2 c raisins
1/2 c dates (since i didn't have enough raisins in the pantry, & i think it worked better with the dates creaminess)
1/3- 1/2 c cacao powder (i made it very dark with chocolate yummm)
1 T maca (why for energy of course!)
1 T orange extract/flavor
1/2 t cinnamon powder
1/2 t vanilla extract/flavor or some seeds
1/3 c (6T) coconut oil melted
pinch salt
food process as smooth as possible
roll a scant tsp full into a small ball shaped candy and dip one side into sprinkles. seal and refrigerate till firm.place on a lovely candy dish sprinkle sides up,and watch them disappear! i hope you enjoy them as much as i did.
sprinkles
1 T raw sugar crystals (or anything like that)
1 T orange peel (dried & ground into a powder w/coffee grinder)stir & use to dip one side of candy into.
Heathy's Notes:
- I used half almonds, half sunflower seeds
- I omitted the maca and cinnamon
- For the orange flavour, I used grand marnier for a little kick
- Instead of rolling in the dried orange peel (which I didn't have), I added orange zest to the dough. I just rolled them in the raw sugar.
Me and my hunny got to spend lots of time together during the holidays. No workies for us! 😀

For New Years day, I had a few close friends over for lunch. I made a starter of fresh salsa and guacamole layered in a martini glass with a bit of shredded lettuce in the bottom. They dipped shrimp and crackers into theirs, while I went for celery sticks. A basic salad of mixed greens, cucumber, tomato, sunflower seeds, and different dressings went with the main course, which was cooked - not bothering to make myself anything separate, I went for 2 helpings of salad 😉

As dessert it always in order at my house, I went for Sweet Gratitude's turtle pecan cheesecake - guess I didn't get enough at Carmi's. It really is great, and my marbling turned out better this time, creating a more even combo of vanilla and chocolate in each piece. As you can see, I omitted the chopped pecans around the side of the cake - I wanted some white. It was definately a hit with my friends! Yum Yum!

I hope you had a wonderful holiday and best of luck with those rawsolutions!

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6 Comments
  1. January 3, 2009 at 17:57
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    Wow!! That all looks lush!!! thanks for sharing!!<br />Bliss<br />Loulou

  2. January 3, 2009 at 20:49
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    AMAZING pictures. You just GLOW in all of them!! :)<br /><br />-Erin @ "Vegan & the City"

  3. January 3, 2009 at 22:14
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    Thanks Ladies - I wish you a Happy New Year :D

  4. January 3, 2009 at 22:51
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    WOW looks wonderful, pics look good enough to eat!<br />Happy Raw New Year!<br /><br />Peace,<br />Darlene<br />fruitygreenfamily.com

  5. Anonymous
    January 4, 2009 at 03:43
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    You guys are a great advertisement for eating raw, because you all have such healthy, glowing skin!

  6. January 4, 2009 at 14:07
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    Happy New Year! Everything looks amazing, as usual. Love those "celery cocktails"..haha!<br /><br />You are so beautiful, such a raw glow! :)

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