Last week I received a wonderful surprise in the form of a Facebook message from my friend Courtney, entrepreneur and web designer extraordinaire. Courtney and I go way back - we met in the ungodly portion of an August 1997 morning while lined up for hours in front of a TicketMaster waiting for Backstreet Boys concert tickets to go on sale and have managed to stay friends (see, Facebook isn't all evil).
I was going to post a picture of us from back then but I decided to spare myself the humiliation. That summer I thought it a great idea to have my hair a very dark brown colour, save for one solitary streak of platinum blonde going through the middle. Like a skunk. I'd like to blame it on the times but I'm fairly certain that wasn't cool even then. Or ever.
Anyway, the surprise from Courtney was my very own domain for hosting This is Vegan!
This means that you can now read This is Vegan through your blogger reader, as you have been doing, at http://thisisvegan.blogspot.com - or you can catch up with my vegan antics at http://thisisvegan.com, more convenient for those of you who are not tied to Gmail and Blogger accounts.
Same great This is Vegan charm, one new home on the web - update your bookmarks accordingly!
And while you are at it, check out Courtney's innovative line of goodies for Baby at Sullivan & Sawyer Baby Co.
Because I want to celebrate both the launch of ThisIsVegan.com and hitting a Blogger milestone (This is Vegan has recently surpassed 100 official Blogger followers!) I am going to do my very first cookbook giveaway!
I am giving away one copy of Nava Atlas' Vegan Express cookbook, where you will find such amazing recipes as Portobello-Broccoli Quesadillas, Tempeh and Green Beans with Corn and Scallion Quinoa and many, many more delicious creations. Each recipe also features suggestions for accompaniments, helping you plan your entire meal from start to finish without breaking a sweat.
Vegan Express is perfect for those recently transitioning to a vegan diet as well as omnivores curious about adding more plant-based foods into their diets, as the recipes are straightforward and incorporate easily accessible ingredients. Further, every meal involves 30 minutes (or less) active cooking time, so meals come together quickly and efficiently. It is the perfect cookbook for those less experienced in plant-based cooking as well as those frustrated by a lack of time to prepare nutritious and delicious dinners every night of the week.
EDIT:It doesn't end there - Nava Atlas, author of Vegan Express, has offered to send the winner a personally inscribed copy of the book on behalf of This is Vegan! Not only do you get this incredible book, but you get it right from the hands of the woman who created all of these wonderful recipes.
There are two ways you can enter this contest:
1) Become an official Blogger follower, using your Gmail account, then comment on this post stating your most favourite vegetable.
2) Become a fan of ThisIsVegan.com on Facebook and post your favourite vegetable on the fan page wall.
1) You may enter the contest twice, once via the blog itself and once via the Facebook page.
2) Contest closes Wednesday, June 30, 2010 at 10:00am. A winner will be drawn randomly and contacted for shipping information shortly afterward.
Thanks again to my old BSB friend Courtney for the wonderful gift of a domain, and to all of you out there who have been supporting my little project since it launched in 2008 as a simple picture blog. Your interest and insights have been so inspiring to me, and I can't wait to see what my future vegan adventures have in store.