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Kindle Free Promo is a Go!!!

third chapter second chance cover


If anyone has already been over there, Amazon got started with today’s promos a bit later than expected.

But they are a go now!  😉


I hope you enjoy all my eBooks and if you do, reviews at Amazon would be most appreciated!

Click through to my Amazon Author’s page to see all my books, to date. (I’ve got two more in the works right now!) 😉

Today: Saturday, Third Chapter, Second Chance and The Groovy Green Kitchen: Weeknight Veggie Slow Cooker are both available as free Kindle downloads

haiku cover from vespers blog

Tomorrow, My Poetic Path and Haiku Reflections will both be available as free Kindle downloads.

My Poetic Path NEW cover (front)

Happy Reading, Cooking and Weekend!

Cilantro Power! Who Knew? ;<)


I must admit, I haven’t always been a fan of cilantro. Far from it actually.

I (intensely) disliked the taste of it when added to foods or even as a garnish.

There was even a blog called I HATE CILANTRO (maybe still is) with many followers that I blogged about, a long time ago.

But I’ve changed my mind about cilantro and in a big way, after reading about it’s many health benefits.

I also recently read about adding cilantro to smoothies and gave it a try.

Here’s one of my new fav smoothie recipes that includes cilantro:

1 C. blueberries or blackberries

small handful of cilantro leaves

3-4 T. natural vanilla yogurt

1/2 C. soy or almond milk

2 T. unsweetened shredded coconut

Thoroughly blend….and enjoy! 🙂


The great thing about this smoothie, you can’t really taste the cilantro, it just seems to “brighten” up the overall flavor of the smoothie, in a pleasing way. Fresh and tasty, going down the hatch. 😉

Are you a smoothie fan?

What’s your fav smoothie recipe?

If you’d like to read more, here are a couple : Global Healing , Natural News…. of the many articles online about the benefits of consuming cilantro, in particular for helping to cleanse the body of heavy metal residues.

Cilantro Power!!! Who knew? 😉

Amazon.ca Cookbook Update :<)

Amazon vegetarian cookbook page august 23

A screenshot I took of the Hot New Releases in Vegetarian Cookbooks at Amazon.ca Kindle store, earlier today!

Number 2 in the Top 100! I’ll take it. 😉

Thanks to everyone who has already purchased:

The Groovy Green Kitchen Volume 1.

Wow…you’ve made my day! 🙂

Happy Cooking

Brrrr…Soup Weather Has Returned!

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I don’t know about where you are, but here in Interior BC it’s COLD again! 😦

It was down to 1C late afternoon yesterday. For here, at this time of year, that is very cold.

I’m making a lot of soups as we wait out this current weather.

This is one: Slow Cooker Red Lentil, Chickpea and Coconut Soup,  that I found over at the Kitchen Treaty blog. It’s nice and hearty. Full of healthy and delish ingredients and made in the slow-cooker. Can’t get much better than that.

Click through for the full recipe and to see another photo of this soup.

My photo above  is an “action shot”.  Look closely, you can see the steam rising and the soup bubbling. 😉

A few minor changes I made:

-I used 2 T. olive oil instead of butter

– 3 C. of pre-cooked chickpeas instead of canned type. Next time I’d cut back on the chickpeas, 2- 2 1/2 C. would be plenty IMO.

-I cooked soup on HIGH for 4 hours, instead of on LOW as the recipe is written.


Hope you enjoy the recipe, stay warm and let’s hope that SPRING arrives to stay and soon!

PS: How’s your weather and what’s your favorite soup?

Mine is Veggie Beet Borscht (click through for recipe)

Slow-Cooker Granola

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Yes, from the slow-cooker!

Is there anything this handy small kitchen appliance can’t do? 😉

I am soooo loving my Hamilton Beach Slow-Cooker (click to read review for the model I have) use it all the time.

I recently made homemade (cranberry and almond) granola in it, for the first time and it turned out delish.

Easy to make, you control the ingredients, sweetness and price is so much better than store-bought granola too.

I used the Slow-Cooker Granola Recipe from:  Fresh from the Vegan Slow Cooker by Robin Robertson as a guide, but any granola recipe should work fine.

After stirring the liquid and dry ingredients thoroughly, I cooked mine on HIGH for 1 hour, uncovered and an additional 1 and  3/4 hours on LOW, covered.

Another plus: the aroma while cooking…divine! 🙂

Forget those oat-filled, oh so… ho hum…packages of store-bought granola and make your own.

Just remember to stir occasionally while cooking, to keep from browning too much.

Happy Cooking! 🙂

What’s Your Favorite Smoothie?

Have been on a bit of a smoothie “kick”recently, having a different one every day for breakfast, for several days now.

hand blender

It’s been another opportunity to test my new Hamilton Beach 2 Speed Hand Blender/Chopper (click to read my full review of this product) blending a variety of fruits and veggies. It did not disappoint! 😉

Even adding chunks of carrot, large pieces of spinach…it all came out smooth, creamy and ready to drink and not having to scoop out little tiny chunks of unprocessed “hard stuff” LOL.

I feel light and energized when I mix up a healthy smoothie in the morning.

One of my fav combos so far is quite simple but delish:

-large handful of organic baby spinach

– scoop of unsweetened organic yogurt

– 1/2 of an organic red apple

-2 drops of liquid stevia

-unsweetened almond milk.

Yummm….and what a gorgeous green this drink is too!

What’s the ingredients in your fav smoothie?

Do you drink smoothies in place of a meal on a regular basis?

Happy Blending! 🙂 

Another Kitchen Glass Experiment!

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If you are a past, present,  happy or disgruntled…. user of Pyrex or Anchor Hocking glass bake/storage ware, you might want to read this recent (positive) review/report,  over at my product review blog: My Real Life Reviews for Simax Glass Bake/Storage Ware.

Suffice to say, my research and experiments with these glass products have been a real eye-opener! And not entirely in a good way. 😦

But there is a happy ending! 😉 Don’t ya love those?

Buyer Beware: Pyrex Bake/Storage Ware

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Read my full review and related kitchen horror stories re: Pyrex here.

Buyer beware. 😦

No-Bake Energy Bar Recipe



With outdoor activities increasing for many of us now as the days warm up and the snow melts away,  I thought it would be a good idea to re-post this recipe for these easy to make and very yummy energy bars.

A sweet and satisfying treat!

 If you are a fan of  Eat-More or Cliff bars, you will love this recipe, a nutritious and delicious redo.

Very satisfying, one of these bars provides a lot of energy but not too filling. Vegan-friendly too.


My apologies for the less than perfect photo. 😦  It’s the taste that counts, right? 😉

See page 2 for complete recipe.

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Quick and Easy Zucchini Stir-Fry

I’ve been getting a lot of requests lately for recipes that feature (and use up!) zucchini and the more the better! Seems that the short season this veggie appears leaves a lot of people wondering what to do with all these glorious ‘green wonders’.

Can you tell that I am a true zucchini fan?

Today I’m sharing a VERY ‘speedy’  main dish recipe, Quick and Easy Zucchini Stir-Fry.

If you have 30 minutes to get supper on the table but still want something satisfying, fresh and delicious, give this one a try. Yummy with a sprinkle of feta cheese on top (as in photo) for a nice flavor contrast. 

Also try: Zucchini and Cheddar Fettuccini, a yummy, rich and delicious main dish.

Happy Cooking! 🙂

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