Favourites Of 2008

It's fun to stand back and see all that's happened in the span of a year, especially when in the minute, things can seem so ordinary.

The other day, Carmi gave her "year in review" with a great recap of her life and activity on RFC, in addition to her 28 favourite recipes of the past year. She has now passed the torch on to me, knowing how much I enjoy little projects like this. I'm excited to share with you a quick recap of my year-of-food along with the my fave recipes.

As 2009 rolls around, I have to stop (and look at old pics) to remember all that's happened in 2008- it seriously went by so fast (is it just me, or is time as we know it speeding up?)!
I had to check back on old posts to see what I was doing in the kitchie last year, and here are some of my highlights from each month, revisited...

Turns out I was still doing a bit of holiday entertaining, taught a fun Mexican raw food class, and put on a raw dinner party extrawvaganzza (love these events), in January. Really gotta keep busy during this coldest month.

In February I was inspired by Shannonmarie to make donuts and cookies of all kinds. There were rawgalongs, samoraws, mallowmars, and blueberry sandwich cookies....Mmmm.

At the end of the month, my mom and I took an amazing trip to Gabriel Cousen's, Tree of Life center in Arizona. Wow! What an experience! It sure was great to escape the snow and cold, temporarily.

Freshly inspired from being at The Tree, I started getting into raw ice cream recipes more than ever, playing with this flavour, and that.
March brought a tropical getaway to the Bahamas with my good friend Kristen. We enjoyed the beach, ocean, fresh fruit, and trips to the markets.

In April I had a hoot making veggie pot pies... and held 2 birthday parties for each my mom, and boyfriend Darwin, complete with raw food, of course.

In May I was dehydrating crackers, making Carmi's fruit n' nut chocolate, and playing with jicama.

In June I finally got around to posting the Triple Berry Cake I made for Raw Freedom Community's Birthday, and had a blast hosting a big raw brunch for out of town guests.

This month is also the arrival of summer, yay! And I got into it with refreshing drinks!

July was filled with sweet treats: Carmi's Ferrero Rawcher, pecan truffles, Chocolate Vanilla Raspberry Cheesecake, Vanilla Berry Tarts, and Ca~Raw~Mello Bars. Mmmmm!!!

August was blueberry month! I picked berries to my heart's content and made desserts in celebration.

The berry madness continued in August when I enjoyed making blueberry sorbet, and raspberry ice cream. My hunny and I also took full advantage of the hot weather, with a little canoe trip to a cabin in the woods.
The beginning of September was a wonderful celebration of my birthday, with friends! Then it was off to BC to visit Carmi again where our time together had a definate dessert theme - we were doing the final testing for my dessert book! There were so many cool pics to share that I had to break the post into 3 parts! : part 1, part 2, part 3.

October means Thanksgiving here in Canada, so I made raw pumpkin pie ,and Carmi's Chocolate Raspberry Rhapsody Cake, yum yum!

In November I went cupcake crazy, with more cupcakes, and MORE cupcakes!

I guess the saying is right "save the best till last" - because on December 1, my "baby" was born. My Just Desserts Ebook was finally released into the virtual world - the same day I arrived at Carmi's for our second visit this year! Double whammy! More desserts and dancing in the kitchie!

Ah, what a year....on that note, it's a tough decision, but here are my top 30 recipes from 2008!!! (in no particular order)

1. Carmi's Just like Cambell's Tomato Soup

17. Garlic & Dill Cheeze
18. Cafe Gratitude's Cinnamon Buns
19. My Caesar Dressing
20. Just Like Ritz Crackers
21. Russell's New Pizza Crust
22. My Granola Bars
23. Spinach Mini-Quiches
24. Russell's Spinach and Mushroom Quiche
25. Pesto Stuffed Mushrooms
28. Cafe Gratitude's Falafels
29. Carmi's Lasagna
30. Snowdrop's Fruitcake

What are your favourite recipes? Cheers to a great 2009!!!!

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  1. Anonymous
    January 10, 2009 at 06:21

    wow what an amazing busy year. I just discovered your blog and love all the raw recipes, very fancy. We are more into whole fruit but once in a while I need some "goodies" to convince my little daughter that raw is the same fun as SAD food. But I wonder: where do you find all the time to prepare that? Do you have a job???<br /><br />Anais

  2. January 11, 2009 at 03:02

    Well you have sure been keeping busy! You're quite an inspiration. As for favorite recipes, it's so hard to choose, but my I'm really craving some of that fantastic onion bread right now!<br /><br />Cheers,<br />Heather

  3. January 11, 2009 at 09:08

    Great year you had,God has truly blessed you. Can't wait to see what new creations you come up with in 09. Shernell from raw experiences. You are truly beautiful,ive been checking out your site for years now.

  4. January 12, 2009 at 01:37

    I made those samoaraws..I think yours look better,lol...pics are on my blog!!

  5. January 12, 2009 at 15:33

    Could you please contact ken@1800blogger.com

  6. January 12, 2009 at 22:05

    Your blog is blowing my mind! I'm vegan, but am going raw for the week as a trial run. You are so inspiring. Can't wait to try some of your recipes. :) Cheers!

  7. January 14, 2009 at 04:07

    Anonymous - lol...the time? Well, it's my biggest passion, so there is always time. I work as a personal chef, teach raw food classes, and teach yoga - my favourite things in life ;)<br /><br />Kombuchachic- thank you! OOooh yeah, I sure love the onion bread too!<br /><br />Shernell, thanks for your feedback, Im so glad you enjoy the blog. <br /><br />naptrees - you made samoraws too eh?! awesome, will have to check out those pics!

  8. January 23, 2009 at 18:06

    Amazing! Wishing you all the best for more great food adventures this 2009 :) Oh, and I'd like to invite you to take some time to drop by at <a href="http://www.foodista.com/" rel="nofollow">Foodista</a>. We have launched an online food and cooking encyclopedia ala wikipedia where you can contribute and share what you know about food, your fave recipes, and cooking techniques. Thanks!

  9. January 24, 2009 at 20:04

    Wow! I just found your blog and your creations are AMAZING. I am inspired!

  10. Tabitha Kroeker
    January 27, 2009 at 16:52

    Hi Heather!<br />I have now made your strawberry lime mousse cake twice... soooo delicious!!!! I made it for my mom's last reiki training and everybody LOVED it! <br />I went to Winnipeg and bought more nuts and stuff last week, so I'll be trying more recipes soon! <br />=) Tabitha

  11. January 28, 2009 at 16:02

    I LOVE this blog! I'm so excited to have just discovered you. <br /><br />Thank you!!!!

  12. February 1, 2009 at 22:30

    Tabitha, <br />Hey! Oh yay, Im so happy to hear that you made the cake - it's one of my very favourites :) Can't wait to hear about the other things you try. Take care!<br /><br />Greenvegan/Aubri - thank you - hope you'll drop in again :)

  13. April 5, 2009 at 16:57

    oh men this is superior journey to raw food, so many ideas and inspiration:) you do great work bravo!!

  14. April 5, 2009 at 16:58

    wow what an amazing busy year. I just discovered your blog and love all the raw recipes, very fancy. We are more into whole fruit but once in a while I need some "goodies" to convince my little daughter that raw is the same fun as SAD food. But I wonder: where do you find all the time to prepare that? Do you have a job???

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