A break from social media

If you follow me on any social media channel, you may have noticed that I have been absent in the last month. I have been receiving more and more worried messages from lovely people all over the world. Everything is ok! It was a conscious decision to take a break from social media activity. With Halloween, Baby Zand's first birthday, and Thanksgiving, I wanted to spend my time with family and friends instead of scrolling through endless feeds of food, exercise, and cats (yes, that's pretty much what I follow :-)), and then get hung up on commenting on everything I see. You know how it is: you open Instagram, and suddenly an hour later you realize the dishes still need to be cleaned, baby has

Baby Zand's raw white chocolate berry birthday cake

Baby Zand's first birthday turned into an entire week of parties, zoo visits, merry-go-round rides, and family fun. I made 5 cakes for different occasions - yes 5 cakes! And one of them was this delicious raw white cacao berry cake, which so many people have asked me about, so I thought I would share it here. I adapted the recipe from Little Bird Unbakery's recipe app. As always, raw cakes are very filling, so you can actually make the slices much smaller, and serve a lot more people with this cake. I still have a few bites in the freezer for when a craving hits me :-). Preparation time: 75 minutes Makes 12 slices: For the base: ½ cup + 1 Tbsp oats 1 cup + 2 Tbsp Medjool dates, pitted ¾ cups

Pumpkin spice pancakes with warm cinnamon maple syrup

Fall is finally here, and with it the pumpkin season. We took Baby Zand to her first pumpkin patch. She had a blast crawling around the many pumpkins, and was intrigued as I carved the pumpkin for her. :-) On every supermarket shelf you will see pumpkin spice flavored foods pop up. And lots of people will stock up for the whole year, since this is one of the most delicious flavors ever! It can be confusing, pumpkin isn't actually an ingredient in the lattes, cookies, and chocolates. It is actually just a mix of spices, that go very well with pumpkin in a traditional pumpkin pie: cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, cloves, and allspice. All of them just scream fall and holidays! I am a huge fan of havi

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