Quick and Easy Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge

Quick and Easy Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge – the classic combination that everyone loves, in an impressive and easy recipe that will be ready before you know it!


Quick and Easy Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge @spabettie

Ever since I lost Dad, I have been taking lunch to the fine doctors and nurses that cared for him. At first, I visited every week, as I was so used to spending my days with Dad, I needed things to do.

I still visit and bring lunch, at least two times a month. Dad spent time in a few specialized offices during his care, so I make a point to stop in at all of them. The ladies at the desk where Dad received his radiation – they are simply the best. They were so sweet to Dad, and incredibly kind to me. I relied on them for a lot, and got to know them well, as you do in those situations. I am also a talker, surprising nobody.

This fudge is …

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Moo Goo Gai Pan

Moo Goo Gai Pan – create the classic flavors in your own kitchen! Mild flavors of ginger and soy sauce mingle with fresh crunchy vegetables for a dish just like you remember!


Moo Goo Gai Pan @spabettie

My dad grew up in Hawaii.

Hawaii Grandpa and family loved not only traditional Hawaiian dishes, but Cantonese and Chinese foods as well. They had Chinese chefs, and a big collection of the coolest rice cookers I have ever seen. I still have one of those rice cookers, the one that made the rice that I grew up enjoying.

Moo Goo Gai Pan @spabettie

One of my favorite dishes as a kid – aside from a big bowl of plain, buttered rice – was my mom’s Moo Goo Gai Pan.

I loved it. I asked for it constantly, I craved those …

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Garlic Spinach Waffles with Sriracha Whip

Garlic Spinach Waffles with Sriracha Whip – crispy warm waffles topped with spicy cool pillows of whipped cream – a colorful and fun breakfast or brunch!


Garlic Spinach Waffles with Sriracha Whip @spabettie

September first.

We’ve been married almost one year.

Many of my friends are at Burning Man, and I am feeling the familiar mixture of Wish I Was There and Good Grief It Has Changed So Much, I’d Not Recognize It Anymore. I mean, Paris Hilton is there, ffs.

Back To School and Crisp Fall Mornings nostalgia – I want to buy all the pens, pencils, and notebooks, and I am already pulling the boots and scarves out of my closets…

September also brings Vegan MoFo, and YAY, today is the first day! People have a choice of blogging or Instagramming this year, and we will be following a list of daily prompts.

Today is breakfast, one of my favorite things ever.

Garlic Spinach Waffles @spabettie

Years ago, Jason and I spent a weekend at The Most Glorious Bed and Breakfast. We were in Tacoma to see Chelsea Lately, live from the front row.

One morning for breakfast, the innkeeper made us waffles. There were a variety of toppings to choose from, and I was headed for the fruit and maple syrup. Jason asked, you don’t do the whip cream?

I had seen this many a time, from pancake houses of my youth to food magazines everywhere. This never appealed to me, but somehow – between Jason and the innkeeper – I tried my first whip cream waffle that day.

I have …

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Epic Tofuna Melt Sandwich

Epic Tofuna Melt Sandwich – a flavorful and crunchy plant based tuna and a truly epic and melty vegan cheese, this sandwich is one you will crave often.


Epic Tofuna Melt Sandwich @spabettieFast Food Friday @spabettie

I have two epic things to share with you today – a new plant based tuna, and some of the best plant based cheese I have ever tasted.

First, the tuna. A fellow Portland vegan recently …

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Avocado Lemon Basil Pesto

Avocado Lemon Basil Pesto – this quick and easy pesto sauce brings bright flavor and vibrant color – use as a dip or a spread, and over fresh pasta!

Avocado Lemon Basil Pesto @spabettie

I have been craving pasta lately, but still want light and fresh flavors that aren’t always associated with a pasta craving.

Picking fresh tomatoes and basil from the garden, and whipping up a simple lemon basil pesto to drop fresh cooked pasta and tomatoes in – craving satisfied.

Avocado Lemon Basil Pesto @spabettie

My friend …

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Raspberry Protein Breakfast Custards

Raspberry Protein Breakfast Custards – crunchy granola, sweet berries, and protein pumped custard make this a brunch perfect dish everyone will love!


Raspberry Protein Breakfast Custards @spabettie

That day I recently spent at Oregon Fruit Products?

You may remember my Savory Sweet Summer Rolls with Raspberry Ginger Sauce…?


I am still having fun playing with all the product they sent me home with, and will be sharing the goodness with you. Their Pourable Fruit product is genius, and it will be a regular item on my shop list.

I have already used two bottles of the raspberry flavor. Raspberries are by far my favorite fresh summer fruit – I wait for them all year – so this will be a great stand in for the rest of the months when the beautiful farmers market flats are unavailable.


Raspberry Protein Breakfast Custards

This is a unique recipe, in that we have enjoyed them as …

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Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Granola

Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Granola – a quick and easy five ingredient granola that tastes just like the classic cookie! enjoy a bowl with chilled cashew milk, sprinkle over coconut yogurt, or just eat by the handful!

Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Granola @spabettie

Last week I had a granola craving.

I also had a cookie craving, which is rare. I am not so much a cookie fan. Even more, it was a specific cookie craving – I wanted an Oatmeal Raisin Cookie.

So, I made a batch of granola, and rolled some of it into cookie balls.

Most of it was made into granola, though – and this recipe could not be easier.

Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Granola @spabettie

Another rarity – I was able to reserve a double court the other day – we played tennis …

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Savory Sweet Summer Rolls with Raspberry Ginger Sauce

Savory Sweet Summer Rolls with Raspberry Ginger Sauce – also known as Best of Summer Rolls – fresh basil and juicy nectarines wrapped with a buttery pan fried tempeh, crunchy pistachios, and perfect avocado for layers of summer flavor!

Sweet and Savory Summer Rolls with Raspberry Ginger Sauce @spabettie

You know I am all about bright and vibrant, yes?

That is what we have going on here, rolled up color and flavor, all summer long. Fresh basil from our garden, juicy nectarines and perfect avocado. Green and purple salty crunch from chopped pistachios, and a few thin slices of buttery pan fried tempeh.

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