Hello and happy Friday everyone! Hope you all had a good week and are looking forward to the weekend! I’m looking forward to sleeping in a bit. I’m also hoping to catch up on my house work (blah), do some meal planning, grocery shopping and do a post or two for next week :) I have so many posts planned! I just need to set aside some time to get them done!
My week was a mixture of both celebration and of loss. This week, a dear friend of mine passed away after a year-long battle with cancer. My heart is so very sad, but I am happy she will no longer suffer. I wish her family peace and comfort during this difficult time. She will be greatly missed by so many people. She was one of the most lovely, funny people I’ve ever met. A heart of true gold! She always made me feel so welcome in her life and I’ll never forget her. In her passing, she has taught me one last lesson – life is too short to delay doing what you want to do. It’s a lesson I already knew, but her passing has reinforced the urgency. I’m going to try and start working towards goals I’ve been putting off and dedicate my (hopeful) success to her honour.
This week, we also celebrated my mom’s birthday . Last night, my family and I went to a fantastic restaurant called La Fiesta. La Fiesta is an El Salvadorian restaurant that sells the most delicious pupusas. Yum! For dessert, the owner brought out my mom a slice of their pineapple molasses cake dusted with cinnamon. Wow. It was unreal.
Any way…down to business. For those of you who’ve followed The Fig Tree for a while, you may remember I used to post my favourite links from the week in a series called “Link Love” every Friday. I had a lot of fun putting those posts together each week and spotlighting some of my favourite bloggers. I’ve decided to start the feature up again, but will now call it “Friday Favourites” – so that I can also make mention of music, books, ingredients, blogs, posts, products etc I’m loving. So, let’s get this started! :)
Looking for the perfect, healthy dessert!? Check out Roasted Bananas with Toasted Coconut by A Couple Cooks. Also be sure to check out their new initiative (that I think is just great!): The Healthy + Whole Project.
One of my favourite cookbook authors, Chloe Coscarelli, has released a fantastic new dessert cookbook: Chloe’s Vegan Desserts. It’s awesome. It’s rare to find a cookbook where I want to make every single recipe. Her vegan cream brûlée recipe looks to-die-for!
My friend Caitlin (aka. The Vegan Chickpea) posted this incredibly delicious looking Ratatouille Stew this week. I’m drooling! And if you’re craving something sweet, you have to make these Biscoff Chocolate Cupcakes from Once Upon A Cutting Board.
Check out Emilie’s tutorial on making homemade ricotta! I cannot wait to try this out.
An awesome, easy tutorial on Whiperberry: DIY Faux Slate Chalkboard Photo Background. Love the look of this!
This past week I watched Perks of Being a Wallflower and I adored it. Fantastic characters and a strong storyline. Days after watching the movie, I still was thinking about it. Highly recommended!
Looking for a good book to read? I’m currently in the middle of Five Quarters of the Orange by Joanne Harris. Very interesting plot line!
And finally, this week I’m loving music by Passenger – a fantastic singer, song-writer from the UK.