Wow. We’ve somehow done it again. We made it through another month and are now staring May in the face. Who’s excited for summer?! (Ooh me, me! Hand raised!)
Before we move on, let’s recap April, which was a big month for us with the release of our cookbook (!!!), plenty of travel, exploration, and hosting friends in Portland. We also gathered plenty of favorites from the month past, so let’s get into our recap starting with eats.
1. Easy Baked Cheesecake // 2. Thai Yellow Coconut Curry with Mango // 3. Vegan Sloppy Joes // 4. Refined Sugar Free Turtle Brownies // 5. Thai Spring Rolls with Cashew Dipping Sauce // 6. Creamy Mushroom Asparagus Pasta // 7. Dark Chocolate Golden Milk Macaroons // 8. Creamy Pineapple Cucumber Smoothie // 9. Cheesy Jalapeño Corn Dip // 10. Easy Vegan Gluten Free Brownies // 11. Mexican Pinto Beans from Scratch (1-Pot) // 12. White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cheesecake
Not to brag or anything, but April was insanely delicious. My favorites were the baked cheesecake, coconut mango curry, and Mexican pinto beans. What did you love most?
Did you hear the news? We released a print cookbook! It’s filled with 101 entirely plant-based, mostly gluten-free recipes (never before seen on the blog) and we are so dang excited that it’s finally available to purchase.
Let us know what you think, and be sure to tag any recipe photos with the hashtag #minimalistbakercookbook on Instagram so we can see what you come up with. Thanks for your love and support, friends! We couldn’t have done it without you.
Listen – I was on three podcasts this month – care to listen? The first is Real Talk Radio with Nicole Antoinette where I shared about marriage, recipe development, and the cookbook. The second is the Jess Lively Show where I opened up about a personal struggle I’ve been dealing with, connecting with my intuition, and our self publish-to-publisher story. And third is the One Part Podcast with Jessica Murnane where we chatted about the things that freaked my week.
Watch – I loved the vulnerability in this Mimi Ikonn video about overcoming depression and anxiety, and highly recommend it to anyone who’s struggled with similar issues (or anyone who loves honest, raw human experiences). Mimi and her husband, Alex, also announced their pregnancy this month and I loved the thoughtful way they shared the news. For anyone who’s felt pressured to or is unsure about having kids, this is definitely one to check out.
Read – If you’re looking for a humorous read that will stretch your vocabulary, check out “A Supposedly Fun Thing I’ll Never Do Again” by David Foster Wallace. It’s a collection of essays about experiences you should have in life that Wallace discovered weren’t all that enjoyable after all. I’m not finished yet, but what I’ve read so far is highly enjoyable.
Learn – I’ve been researching eco-friendly and sustainable fashion lately, and my friend shared this short yet extremely insightful article on the topic, which I loved. If you’re looking to make smarter, more sustainable clothing choices, this article lends some great advice.
Cook – It’s cookbook season! Looking for some stunning vegan recipes that are mostly raw? Check out my friend Laura’s book Raw Vegan Not Gross! I love Laura’s vibrant personality and inventive vegan recipes. Look for her book in May and pre-order now (I did)!
In the month of May I’m craving hearty, healthy entrées and summer appropriate desserts. Stay tuned!