My Believe It or Not cookbook holds a very special place in my heart. I grew up with these recipes and are now raising my children with them. When creating this cookbook I knew I wanted to make it special and name recipes after the people who inspired/created them. So as you look through my cookbook you will see recipes such as Lisa’s Crunchy Granola, Valeries Blue Berry Smoothie, Demetri’s Dressing, Leslie’s Pico de Gallo, Doug’s Mac and Nut- Cheese, Taylors Marinated Carrots, and so many more. This cookbook truly comes from my friends and family. I hope you all enjoy it!

Here is one of my beloved recipes my Berry Cheese Cake!

1 cup uncooked millet

⅔ cup raw cashews

⅔ cup lemon juice

⅔ cup maple syrup

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon almond extract

Directions:

In a medium saucepan, add millet and 4 cups of water. Cook until the water is absorbed but the millet is not yet dry, about 40 to 50 minutes. In a food processor with a bottom blade, add the cooled millet and the rest of the ingredients. Process until very smooth and creamy. Pour the creamy mixture into a 9-inch pie plate and refrigerate for a 2 to 3 hours or until firm. Garnish with the fruit topping. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

Fruit Topping:

12 ounces frozen unsweetened apple juice concentrate (use as concentrate, do not add water)

4 tablespoons cornstarch

2 cups blueberries

Dissolve the cornstarch in the apple juice concentrate and pour into a small saucepan. Add berries and cook on low, stirring constantly to prevent burning, until it thickens to a jam consistency. Chill the fruit topping. Pour and spread chilled topping over cheesecake and return to the refrigerate until ready to serve.

 

Do you ever throw parties just for the food? I do!

My favorite part about throwing a party is my friends and family that celebrate with me. My second favorite part is the vegan food! More food that you could ever imagine! When the chef asked me how many people would be attending the party I secretly added five people so we would have extra food. I know… I have a problem!

This particular party was called 5 Favorite Things. Have you heard of this epic party? Apparently it’s a thing!

How to Play:

You come with 5 of your favorite items and you will leave with 5 new items that the other party guests brought!

Each person brings 5 items (these items are the same) with a $1 to $20 limit per item. If you for instance absolutely love your vegetable wash, you may want to bring 5 bottles of vegetable wash. Another person may love scarves, so she will bring 5 scarves, they could be all identical or could be 5 different patterns.

During the party we eat, exchange gifts and learn about our 5 favorite things. Then, during the year you get to use all of your friends favorite things. You need to have a 5 Favorite Things party! It’s so much FUN!