pizza potluck

yukon gold potatoes and sun dried tomatoes

it was my birthday yesterday. i slept in till 10 am made a beautiful breakfast, played some ukulele and ventured through the snowy tuesday to take a hot yoga class. after that, i picked up some groceries with a really good friend and started getting prepared for my birthday potluck.

morning stirfry
(serves 2)

2 tablespoons extra virgin coconut oil
3-4 cloves garlic, minced
1 large carrot, chopped
1 large yukon gold potato, diced
4 crimini mushrooms, chopped
6-10 sun dried tomatos (soaked)
2 handfuls of spinach
1/4 teaspoon red chili flakes
1/2 tablespoon dried basil
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1/4 teaspoon pink himalayan sea salt
several pinches of black pepper

on medium heat warm coconut oil in large skillet or pan. saute the garlic alone for about 2 minutes and add potatoes. keep stirring potatoes until they become tender and golding on the edges. add sun dried tomatoes and then carrots. saute for another 5-7 minutes. add the rest of the ingredients and stir until the spinach wilts. serve!

daiya cheese pizzas

after hosting parties in the past this year i decided to be prepared. i stayed in for the larger part of the afternoon letting the dough rise, preparing the marinara sauce and getting out the table setting. i prepared a large pizza as well as pizza bites and let them sit in the fridge until my friends arrived so there would be fresh hot pizza right from the oven. and for another yummy and quick recipe to throw together:

chickpea date and walnut with mixed greens
(serves 4)

6-8 cups mixed greens
6 oz canned garbanzo beans
8 medjool dates, chopped
1/4 cup walnuts, chopped
black pepper to taste
sea salt to taste
balsamic vinegar (i used fig balsamic)

spring water with organic lemons

mary's gone crackers, local hummus and carrots, veggie booty and fstg chips

pretty soon the table was filled with food. these were some of the snacks. some of the pizzas that came last night were so beautiful and totally delicious. i tried every one. here are some of the pizzas that were on the table last night:

- sweet barbeque onion
- ice cream pizza with dandies marshmallows
- brownie crust with mangoes and blackberries with raspberry sauce
- chard and squash with chickpea sauce

as well as squash roasted with orange marmalade, pigs in a blanket and yummy cupcakes.

i didn't get to take very many pictures, but thats okay because i was thoroughly enjoying eating tons of amazing food and celebrating my birthday with very special people. i am extremely grateful to have friends that trekked below zero weather. I'm amazed that 30 people fit into my 400+ square foot studio apartment and adore them all. thanks guys you are awesome, one of my best birthdays yet.


  1. everything looks delish. so happy you had a nice bday! xo

  2. @ kelli, it was, i was in a food coma all night. so much sugar! =) it's okay every once and awhile i think.

    @ eka, thanks =)

  3. Happy Birthday!! What a feast you had!! Yum!

  4. @ melissa, =) thank you, it was a feast, i def need to go to yoga today =)

  5. ((Happy Birthday!)) I'm SO glad you're back. And what a sweet celebration. Thank goodness your ice/snow is melting and YAY that you're taking life down the beautiful path you wish to explore! :o)

  6. @ ms. a, =) i'm glad i'm back too. it was there were so much beautiful food and people i love all in one place. and i feel like exploring is what i do best ;)

  7. everything looks delicious griffen - i'm glad you enjoyed your party

    i haven't been to a yoga class since monday and am definitely looking forward to going tomorrow

  8. OMG YOU'RE BACK. my life's complete.
    and b) your jugs of spring water are freaking epic. i want one of these and i saw that ikea has mock ones for fake! http://www.lovebottle.net/ and then ikeas. http://www.ikea.com/ca/en/catalog/products/50108908 IT'S. TWO. NINETY. NINE. ahmazingggg. ps. i know this sounds crazy, but i want to meet you one day. i feel your personality would take my breath awayyyy :D

  9. @ antony, =) it was so fun. it's great when you can be surrounded by all the people that make your day. and yes hot yoga is good. i've been taking a lot of vinyasa classes lately though.

    @ amy, haha aw that means a lot to me :) a, love lotr so awesome. b. my jugs i got at my work. they are used for milk, but i just bought them and use them for water. but yes maybe one day we will meet :)

  10. Such a lovely blog! Wish someone had that for my birthday. Belated wishes, BTW

  11. @ raw_girl, thank you so much :) love to see you around the blog world more. and i'm sure your birthdays are special ;)