Highlights of 2012

Wow, it’s been a  month since I’ve updated here. That’s the longest break I’ve taken since starting my blog for the very first VeganMoFo. To get back in the swing of things, I thought I’d post some personal highlights from last year.

We redid our kitchen, making me want to spend even more time there. Here is a corner shot.

We discovered Asheville, North Carolina! Thanks to Plant, we had the best restaurant meals ever.

Tried our first Indian food, and haven’t been able to get enough since. Sorry, no photos!

We celebrated the release of Vegan Sandwiches Save the Day!, with music, food, and good friends. Thanks to Purola Brothers Bridge Street Pizza, the pizzas kept coming even after the sandwiches had run out.

Speaking of music, Jim found the best musicians to form the most fun band he has ever been part of.  Watch some Bobbiedazzler videos here!

I went canning crazy, and am happily reaping the benefits of canned San Marzano tomatoes and  lots of other goodies.

2012 was the year of the Great Garlic Garden, too! Here’s a photo of part of our crop. If I keep using words like “crop”, you might confuse me with a farmer! Trust me when I say I don’t have a green thumb. Garlic is very resilient.

We brought our third kitty into our home, Sophie. She is a bundle of kitten love who moves at the speed of light.

I made the best pho I have ever eaten, thanks to Terry and Vegan Eats World. Here it is, still steaming!

After wishing I knew how to quilt, I finally took the plunge in December, even managing to make a couple lap quilts for Christmas gifts. We also got to do a bunch of fun stuff with our family throughout the year.

2013 promises to be another incredible year. Grills Gone Vegan is coming out this spring, and so is Whole Grain Vegan Baking, written with the best writing partner ever, Celine Steen. We’re meeting our good friends Liz and Matthew in Asheville and reconnecting with the wonderful Asheville vegans. Jim’s band has at least one show scheduled each month, which is a really fun way for me to spend time with my good friends, Laura and Nicky. Watch for more quilting and canning to be happening, and of course, some surprises as well.

Wishing you the best in the New Year!



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  1. Posted January 5, 2013 at 2:46 pm | Permalink

    I love this post!!! One day, maybe we will end up visiting Asheville at the same time and we could eat at Plant together! Wouldn’t that be fun?? I can’t WAIT for your new books to come out. I am going to be all over that business. I grow garlic too … garlic & tomatoes are my two main crops. Oh, and apples. All very resilient indeed. :) I love your canning picture. I did a fair amount of canning – but you really did go crazy! I’m so impressed. here’s to a super great 2013!

  2. Posted January 5, 2013 at 6:02 pm | Permalink

    Amey, it would be so great to meet you.. especially in Asheville! Any change you’ll be there this spring? We used to grow other vegetables, but the deer ate everything, and I hated the idea of fencing the garden to keep them out. They need to eat, too! I had no idea canning was so much fun.

    2013, here we come! :)

  3. Posted January 8, 2013 at 1:40 pm | Permalink

    Nice job on the kitchen, you cupboards are really nice. You were much, much more busy then I was this past year, I can’t believe you worked on three cookbooks! My goal next year is to attempt to grow something and attempt canning, it seems that if garlic is as resilient as you say, then that’s what I’ll be growing first :) Pho has now made it to my dinner planning for this weekend, damn that looks good.

  4. Posted January 10, 2013 at 10:47 am | Permalink

    Maggie, I know you will love the pho! It’s the best ever. The garlic is really fun, plus you get all those great garlic scapes! It goes in the ground in the fall, then you harvest about 9 months later. (Sound familiar?) 😉

  5. Vegintraing
    Posted February 7, 2013 at 10:36 am | Permalink

    I miss FNF. And I totally want to party with you and all that yummy food!

  6. Tami
    Posted February 7, 2013 at 10:45 am | Permalink

    I know, sometimes I miss it, too, Kim. Thanks!

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