WIAW-just desserts (well, almost)

Happy Wednesday! If, in fact, you are reading this on Wednesday, and if it happens to be 12:05 pacific time, that means I am 24 hours away from SUMMER!!! yessss….

So this week I just so happened to take a lot of photos of dessert. It happens sometimes. I ate other stuff too, but you know, not as pretty πŸ˜‰

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My sister, myself, and my brother πŸ™‚ (told you I was short)

First and fore mostly, I want to congratulate my big sister on her college graduation!! I love her so much, and I couldn’t be more proud of her! She already has a job with the state too!

I was all caught up in the celebration and didn’t snap a photo of the food at the party, but (with the exception of the chicken) it was all vegan and delicious!

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okay so I took a picture of the cupcake-priorities πŸ˜‰ Strawberry lemonade-and I may have split a red velvet with my mom too…delicious

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Normal food! We ate dinner at a place called Lettuce, which was like a build your own salad (think subway or coldstone), and they also had soup and quinoa salad (pasta, dessert, sandwiches, fresh bread, etc too) It was amazing. I do strongly believe they should become a chain!

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Matcha tea latte made with almond milk from whole foods -so frothy!! Can I please have a milk frother and fluff all the drinks? Please?

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A yummy portabella burger (i have to check every time I spell that) on the bbq! We also had grilled cabbage with an avocado balsamic dressing. Super yum.

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Aaannnddd because I wanted to prove to you my watermelon addiction. See this bowl? This is a very large bowl. It was filled to the brim-overfilled actually-with an entire watermelon on monday afternoon. This is what it looked like Tuesday afternoon. 24 hours allbymyself. *i don’t have a problem πŸ˜‰

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I just thought this onion was pretty…

photo-122Ahhh yes, on to dessert!!! Here we have chocolate pudding…

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(sweet potato black bean) brownies (and strawberries)

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Hot Chocolate… well, its supposed to be raw, but I killed it and made it hot chocolate πŸ˜‰

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This is very different, but good! Its a not too sweet, creamy cacao drink with warming spices and excellent stats! If you are looking for a traditional cocoa, just add a touch more sweetness and its awesome, otherwise its a good drink to get that chocolate craving without triggering that ineedmorechocolate button (you know what I’m talking about-the sweeter and richer the chocolate, the more you want ;). Very, sophisticated, tasting.

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And that Raw Carrot Cake I raved about last week! I made another one hehe.

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Its all gone now…:(

Happy Wednesday, and Happy Almost Summer!!

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WIAW: 1000 Cupcakes!!!

Happy Wednesday guys!!!!


This week i’m doing something a little different:) No, I didn’t eat 1000 cupcakes (though it sure felt like it πŸ˜‰ ) I’m talking about Sacramento Vegan Challenge‘s event this past weekend, 1000 Vegan Cupcakes for Charity! (for Facebook/more fun and pictures click here πŸ™‚ )

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I’ll still show you what I ate though, because after the event we had a fancy 4 course vegan meal at the hotel that hosted the event:) Prepare for (cupcake) photo bombardment!!

1000 Vegan Cupcakes is a charity event where 12 bakers generously donated 50-100 vegan cupcakes in fun flavors (We had categories like Fun and Fruity, Eat your Veggies, Nuts and Nuggets, and Classic and Creative, with healthy (gluten free, low sugar/sugar free and oil free as subcategories-for every diet!). The cupcakes are sold to the public and the proceeds go to charities. We have guest judges to pick the winning cupcakes, and musical entertainment:)

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The theme this year was “Farm to Cupcake”, playing off the fact that Sacramento is the Farm to Table Capitol. Garden Tower generously donated a garden tower for our display, which was afterwards donated to the St John’s Women’s Shelter for their “Plates” program (a restaurant business that teaches homeless women the ins and outs of restaurant-ing to get them back on their feet).

We had 29 different flavors! I didn’t get a picture (or taste) of every single one, but I got quite a few!photo 3-34

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Almond Butter CupΒ 

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Molten Chocolate Raspberry and Lemon Avocado
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Chocolate with an avocado mint frosting (oil free)

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Chocolate Beet cupcake with a vanilla fennel ganache (gf, of, no added sugar)

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Carrot Walnut Cake (gf)

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Citrus Olive Oil

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Root Beer Float

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24K Karrot Cake with Sweet potato frosting

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Pancake Cupcake with Maple Frosting and Maple Tempeh Bacon

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Orange Creamsicle

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Sno-Ball

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One of the Judging platters (groups of four judged each category to pick a winner)

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The ones I came home with. The ones pictured that you didn’t see before are Pink Lemonade, Chocolate Banana Peanut Butter,Orange Carrot, Strawberry Rhubarb, Hummingbird, and Apple Cinnamon.

Do I have to pick a favorite??? These are all gone now, sad. In order to try them all, my family cuts them into 3 so we try 3 cupcakes at a time haha!!

The only problem with the event was that it was supposed to be 3 hours, but we sold out of cupcakes after only and hour and 15 minutes!! So we finished the judging, picked the winners, cleaned up and went downstairs for dinner!

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It was all very delicious! My mom and I decided to get one of everything and share so we could try everything! I loved both appetizers and soups, but the Lentil-Tomato entree was by far my favorite, and I had the carrot cupcake because I love carrot cake, and my mom loves chocolate. The frosting was to die for!!!

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Yum. Can you believe, after all of that, this was the first cupcake I ate??? It was a very long day! My mom organized the event, so I was helping out from 8 in the morning till almost 10 at night!! It was well worth it though, we made $2500 for charities!! Woop!!!

For more recaps visit Leslie and Maria πŸ™‚

So, What did you do this weekend????