Savory Desserts: EVENT This Weekend!

I was planning today’s post when I got a phone call that it wasn’t too late to hop aboard the Just Desserts train, so now I’m preparing for that!  If you live in the Lehigh Valley area and like tasty treats, come out to Just Desserts this Saturday on Southside Bethlehem.

For $10 in advance ($12 that day), you get to sample 22 dessert tables set up at 22 different shops. There may or may not be voting for your favorites (can anyone confirm or deny this idea?), and meet your neighbors and friends and check out local businesses. If you haven’t been to Southside lately, you owe it to yourself to go. There is a LOT of wonderful stuff happening over there!

I’ll be out front of the best hair salon your pretty little mind could think to dream up, Eskdandalo!, with owner Alison Leigh and me dishing out the sophistocated (and all vegan) goodies.

What ARE the goodies? Well… I’m not tellin’. But here’s a hint:

All of these ingredients plus many more will be a part of the dessert party! Don’t get too excited, under-agers, all the wine alcohol will be cooked out. (Maybe.)

This rainy day is perfect for preparing – leftover wine, a supervising cat, and Ella Fitzgerald singing to me from the turntable. A wonderful reminder that we don’t need much in life to have the most wonderful times. It’s true!

I hope to see you Saturday (6pm-8pm)!


(Tickets can be purchased at participating shops, including  but not limited to: Cleo’s, Home and Planet, Eskandalo! Salon,  Godfrey Daniels, Apotheca Salon, SHUZE, Timezones Global Goodies & Framing Gallery, Loose Threads Boutique, Hard Bean Café, Homebase Skate Shop, Fox Optical, Tallarico’s Chocolates, Molly’s Irish Pub & Grill and more!)


You Can Do It! (We Did It!)

Last weekend was the sort of weekend that encourages and supports exactly where you are in life.

I remember meeting with Alison (photographer for WINK Pinup and Magazine, and owner Eskandalo! salon) a few months ago and wanting to plan this cool event for local artists and businesses with an eco-friendly theme. What started with a tote bag became an all-day fun festival with live music, awesome vendors, and community building at the most basic level.

(Thank you so much to Alex for this candid shot of me at my booth! I took pictures of everything but my own table, sheesh!)

The day before I was running around to health food stores and the restaurant supply store for ingredients and take-out containers. I was a woman on a mission, staying up so late on Friday night to make sure my food would taste as delicious as possible.

Once everyone got their booths set up and people came and walked around, my heart felt so full to know that we did this. We created this event, this day. I looked around and saw the smiles on the faces of everyone, friends and neighbors, and it reminded  me just how powerful all of us are in the creation of our own lives.

As for  my food, the biggest compliment came from the people that said “Wow – I have hated tofu every time I tried it, but this is awesome!”, or the people who didn’t believe you could make something decadent without the use of dairy and meat but are now believers! Everyone was so friendly, kind and wonderful. At the end of the day, I had next to nothing left!

That night, I had another dream in which I clearly visualized the future of Save the Kales! A gorgeous restaurant/cafe, a space in the back for cooking classes, an office for nutrition consulting… While I don’t know where I’ll end up, or how my plans will play out, last weekend gave me nudge to keep moving forward with optimism and seizing all opportunities.

The biggest, most heartfelt THANK YOU to everyone who came out that day. It means so much to me, personally, even if I never met you before!

Now that my new house is just about in order, I’m going to pick a date for the next cooking class soon! I hope you’ll attend. Til then, enjoy some photos from the weekend:

Vegan Stuffed Shells with Creamy Pumpkin Sauce (stuffed w/ tofu, walnuts, sage, cranberries, other yummy things)

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