Sweet Summer Recap

It's been a whirlwind for me lately. All kinds of food is being pumped out of my kitchie for catering jobs and I've been selling my sweeties at the local farmers market. In between all the food, I've been enjoying ample time in the sun by the lake and spending quality time with friends and family. Summer is favorite time of year and I wish it lasted all twelve months! While I've barely had time to pull out the camera, here are a few of the latest eats around here...

Raw Berry Crumble with Vanilla Ice Cream

Such a classic, right?! How can you go wrong with this dessert in the heat of summer? This crumble is a simple mix of berries (strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, blackberries) tossed with a berry sauce (handful of berries, a medjool date, squeeze of lemon juice), and topped with my "go-to" crumble topping. A scoop of vanilla ice cream tops the whole thing off!

Speaking of ice cream, here are the marbled results of leftover raw chocolate and vanilla ice creams! It's really quite easy: two slightly softened ice creams layered together in a container. Freeze for a while and then scoop through all the layers. Voila! Swirls of yumminess! I topped it with dark chocolate fruit and nut clusters (which I'm selling at the market now). Yummm!

Mini Chocolate Cheesecakes were the results of leftovers from a large cheesecake.

I really should be documenting my fun trips to the Farmer's Market but there's always such a flurry of activity that it never happens (I've gone in two so far this summer and will participate in the remaining markets that run to the end of September). I've been selling my chocolate caramel turtles (top seller!), various truffles, coconut macaroons, granola bars, oatmeal raisin cookies, mini cheesecakes, fruit and nut chocolate clusters, date nut balls, etc. It's a bummer that I only have two pictures to share...

Oatmeal Raisin Cookies from Just Desserts. These are always a hit!

Lemon Berry Swirl Cheesecake was part of a catering job last week...

...So were these Cacao Brownies!

And last, but not least, I made my white chocolate orange cake from Just Desserts for a birthday. I covered it with a raw chocolate ganache and garnished it with cherries.

On another note, I continue to receive emails from readers who are curious to hear where I'm at in my health journey. I've been remiss for not keeping up with that - BUT have starting writing a little post with an update.

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  1. August 1, 2011 at 16:06

    Everything looks fantasmic, as usual!<br /><br />Looking forward to hearing where you're at in your 'health journey.'

  2. August 1, 2011 at 16:17

    I wish you were at my farmers market! I'd be buying everything! :) <br /><br />That cake looks amazing! I am drooling!<br /><br />Hope your health update brings good news! If you feel as good as you look then I'm sure you are doing well! :)

  3. August 1, 2011 at 18:56

    Your creations are so very beautiful!!! What a wonderful gift you have.<br />Peace & Raw Health,<br />Elizabeth

  4. August 1, 2011 at 21:31

    Your stuff is always SO SO beautiful! I agree with Lauren - I would LOVE to see you at my farmers market!<br /><br />Brooke<br />www.TheAnnessaFamily.blogspot.com

  5. August 1, 2011 at 23:18

    Thank you all so much! Doing what I love - the most important thing to me :)

  6. August 2, 2011 at 17:18

    It's so awesome that you're doing what you love there, following your bliss. A new sweetheart or the same one?<br /><br />I love farmers markets and sometimes think about doing one--it is _a lot_ of work, right? But oh, the appreciation from people. I'm so happy you're getting your goodies out there.<br /><br />Looking forward to your health update: from all that you're doing, it sounds like things must be good.<br />love<br />Ela

  7. August 2, 2011 at 23:14

    Once again, gorgeous pictures! The chocolate orange cake looks unbelievable. I am always awed by your creativity!

  8. August 3, 2011 at 20:20

    I always enjoy reading about your desserts. I just wish that I could pull them off of your page and eat them. I am curious to hear about your health journey.

  9. August 8, 2011 at 14:27

    My oh my! Heather! You look happy sitting there at the farmers market<3 I always wonder how you get the layer of melted chocolate so thick? When I make pralines etc it just kind of melts of and away.. Tips?<br /><br />Love <br />Elenore

  10. Alexandra M.
    August 17, 2011 at 01:48

    What a gem! Wish we had stalls like yours at my local farmers market- i'm actually trying to open up one of my own and i was wondering if you had any tips- i'm still trying to work out the bolts and nuts of making a profit. I was wondering also- do you ever sell ice cream at your stall? I'd really like to because where i come from (in Australia) it is so hot! Keep up the good work Heather, you are such an inspiration :)

  11. August 17, 2011 at 18:13

    Thats so great Alexandra! Where in OZ do you live? I love Australia!<br />No, I don't sell ice cream because it would melt too quickly and would be a hastle- I do, however, sell ice cream as part of my raw food business in any flavor the customer wants.So maybe ytou could take orders at the market for ice cream deliveries! :)

  12. Alexandra M.
    August 17, 2011 at 23:41

    i've lived on the Gold Coast in Queensland my whole life- but there are so many beautiful places :) We are both very lucky- i wish i had my own private lake! haha, i've wanted to come to Canada ever since i read Anne of Green Gables (slightly embarrassing- but true ;)). I know what you mean about the ice cream, it's such a shame because all the young families at the farmers markets would love it here in the heat, as i'm sure they would where you are- but taking orders for them is a good idea. I'm getting ahead of myself though, i've still got to hone my raw desserts skills!

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