Best Friends, Food and Super Duper Surprises

Melly came over for dinner last night to celebrate Christmas! She has been so busy with school and is heading home to Winnipeg for Christmas so it was fantastic to chat and giggle with her. We’ve been friends since musical theatre school and she has been an amazing source of support for me through everything in the last few years. Love that girl!!
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While I don’t believe in seeking comfort from food when it’s other emotions causing the stress, there is something wonderful about preparing a delicious meal and sharing it with people you love.

SANY2776For dinner I served the broccoli-teriyaki stir fry (from Eat Drink &Be Vegan) over sweet-potato buckwheat soba noodles. Everyone enjoyed the meal and Joey went back for seconds to finish it off. We all enjoyed the soba noodles but agreed that they didn’t remind us of sweet potato at all!!

Dessert was unbelievable

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Raw chocolate cream cake (courtesy of the beautiful Lori & Michelle) with a scoop of vanilla non-dairy ice cream. It was really easy to make and absolutely delicious. Mel and I were commenting and mmm-ing after every bite as to how creamy and chocolately and wonderful it was!! It’s quite rich, so a small piece goes a long way. So happy that I made this (so was Melly) and can’t wait to try more of the twins’ recipes!!

I gave Melly a copy of Make it Fast, Cook it Slow for her birthday/ Christmas because she got a slow cooker awhile back and was looking for delicious, easy recipes for it. She loved it and I can’t wait to hear her thoughts about Stephanie’s awesome recipes.

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  Joey & I always exchange early since we’re up in Kirkland Lake on Christmas Day and we’re impatient we’re lazy it’s become a tradition for us to exchange gifts before he goes up. I got him a few smaller things including a wallet from Herbivore, some chocolate and a Beatles mugSANY2782 as well as having his amp fixed for him (so he can play more music!)SANY2108 What did he get me?SANY2774A beautiful new water bottle  (perfect for school!)SANY2779and in the big box? SANY2781 Eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee A Breville Juice Fountain Compact!! I’ve been saying for awhile that I want to get a juicer and Joey made my juicy dreams come true by getting me this little guy. Even Melly exclaimed “That’s amazing!” when she came in the door. I’m so excited to try it! Get ready for lots of juice pictures coming your way!

Any favourite juice combos or tips I should know about? I get carrot-beet-pear-ginger from the Big Carrot and it’s delightful! So lucky to have such a cool fiancĂ© who will buy me appliances for Christmas especially since he does the dishes – I promise I will help keep it clean!


Are you as ready for a holiday as I am?
Have you given or received any gifts that
you’re ultra excited about?

9 comments:

LauraA said...

That cake sounds amazing and the noodles do too! I've had noodles made from sweet potato starch at a Korean restaurant Jon and I go to a lot...it's true they don't taste anything like sweet potato but I love their texture! Congrats on the juicer, what a great gift!

VeggieGirl said...

So nice that you got to hang out with a good friend!! Best way to celebrate the holidays and the "end" of busyness :)

Oh my, that dessert!! Lori & Michelle's recipes are definitely incredible.

STELLAR gifts!!


I'm always ready for the holidays - I love this time of year :)

GF Gidget said...

YAY!!!!!!
I love giving gifts! I already gave an anonymous one and mailed my bloggie secret santa gift, but that's it. I AM super excited about GF Guy's gift though! He is going to LOVE IT!

Lauren said...

Great gifts!!! Love that cake! So nice to spend time with good people! :)

sclerogrrl said...

Carrot added to juices give them a yummy sweetness. Ditto with apple. I love eating rapini, but I hate it in juice and smoothies - it's just too bitter. But, hey, that's just personal taste. Anywho, just throw a bunch of stuff in and have fun figuring out your favourites! (And if it tastes all wrong - hey, you can always add more carrots or apples...)

Pure2Raw Twins said...

YAY!!! So happy you two enjoyed the cake! yes it is rich : ) Nothing beats hanging out with a good friend and eating chocolate!!

Jocelyn said...

what an awesome gift! :) I love carrot/orange juice combo. so yummy!

Kat said...

Hey Ashley!! It was nice to meet you today. You are definitely a refreshing and dynamic Leader. WW should clone you and place you at EVERY location :-) p.s. can you please e-mail me that poem you read today??? It definitely pulled some heartstrings. Thank you!

email: k[dot]andy[dot]mac[@]gmail[dot]com

it's different from the one I used to sign up for your YouTube meeting. Thanks in advance!!

Annalisa201 said...

Awww, jealous! For the water bottle and the juicer... it's been on my list of "wants" for a year now :(

Love your blog! Inspiring :)