Blogger Foodie Exchange and E-book Update

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I hope everyone had a lovely Valentine’s Day! My husband got me these beautiful flowers early in the morning. Seems as though he had been hiding them from me! Stealthy indeed.

We decided that we were not going to cook but instead we were going to be bold and try a new restaurant in the area. IF you have not heard me say this before, Michigan does not have the greatest Mexican food resturants. Ryan’s favorite place to go in Texas is Pappasitos, but we had yet to find something as comparable.

We had noticed in the past year that our neighbors seemed to work at a local Mexican joint but it did not look too appealing. Well, of all days, it appealed to us. The verdict? Ryan had the BEST fajitas he has had in a while. I had bean enchiladas with tomatillo sauce and sauteed mushrooms and spinach on top. They created that dish for me. They were really nice too! I was able to order some horchata, a great rice beverage popular in Mexico. All in all, we had a great experience, so much so that Ryan is already asking when we can go again! ha ha ha

After our dinner we went to see Gnomeo and Juliet. Ryan was very suprised it was more entertaining than he thought. Thank you to husbands who allow their wives to make movie choices. Actually, there weren’t other choices that were great. We were very suprised that the movie was assisted by Elton John. It had a lot of his songs so then it made sense he was the executive producer. Go watch it. There are many funny moments.

On another note, the next day, I received a nice package from Amber from Almost Vegan. We have gotten to know each other very well through our blogging experiences and we have been supportive of each others endeavors, so when we talked about getting some goodies to each other, I was on it! Actually I was late on getting mine out but it was nice to get hers first. Here is what I got!

It was very nice to get some raw goodies from Amber. The raw macaroons are so delicious! Most importantly, I cannot wait to try the Fennel Blood Orange Tapenade! Yes, I know!  Thank you Amber for sending me some delicious goodies and other lasting goodies too.
It has been a while since I have updated everyone about my upcoming cookbook e-book. Thank you for being patient for those who pre-ordered, but I should be finished by my birthday, March 4th. It has been a little harder getting things together since being sick, keeping the day job going, and keeping a sane daily life in order that the completion of the e-book has taken longer than I wanted to.
Here are a few pictures of what will be featured in my e-book, just so you know what to be expecting.
Healing Miso Udon Soup

Zucchini-Carrot Salad

Sloppy Joeless over Greens

Tempeh Taco Meat Nachos

Fennel & Garlic Hummus Bruschetta

Do I have anyone that is intrigued by the rest of the recipes? Thank you for all your support and for reading this blog. It has been such a great experience for me as a singer and cook to be able to be healthy and creative with all the meals and dishes.

Singing update: I am on vocal rest for now. I am on an antibiotic and I have been told to keep quiet for the next week and a half. It has been frustrating to know that after a year and a half of not getting sick that it hits me pretty hard this time. I thank God for the opportunity to stay still but at the same time it is hard not to feel guilty not being able to perform in the performances I committed to. Such is life and I am taking it one day at a time.

One last note: If you had a choice, what else would like to see on Opera Singer in the Kitchen?

Oh and yes! Please consider voting for my Pomegranate-Coconut Cupcakes with Pomegranate Frosting for the POM contest! Thanks!

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  • Lindsay

    Looking forward to your e-book!

  • Leinana

    Mmm I want those nachos now! Your pics look great, can’t wait for your e-book!

  • Amber Shea @Almost Vegan

    So glad everything looks yummy to you! Let me know how the tapenade is, and how you like that hot sauce! 😀 Don’t worry about taking extra time to send yours, especially since I’m out of town anyway. It’ll be an awesome treat to come home to! :)

  • HiHoRosie

    pics look great – making me hungry!

  • Julia in Texas

    Lovely story! I’m sure your Ryan would be in food heaven if he tasted my mom’s delicious Mexican food. :)


    All of your pictures look so delicious. The E-book is very exiciting! Good for you!!

  • Tiffany

    Sounds like an awesome e-book. The photos look great! P.S. Best of luck with the POM contest! I voted for ya. :)

  • Monet

    I’m also excited about your ebook. And I’m so happy to hear that you had a lovely night on Monday. Much deserved! Thank you for sharing yourself with me tonight. Your words and recipes always bring me joy.

  • Marly

    Did you like the coconut water? I saw that in your photo. I’ve seen it at the store and am curious about it. Hope you had a wonderful Vday with your hubby!

  • Kelsey

    can’t wait for the book, it all looks great :)

  • chow vegan

    Everything looks super yummy, so excited about your e-book! Hope you’re all better soon! :-)

  • Stella

    Hey Noelle, so glad you had a nice Valentine’s Day! The food looks delicious. Ooh, and that packet Amber sent looks wonderful. That’s always nice to receive something like that. Very sweet of her…
    p.s. I will run over to Pom right now and check out your cupcakes:)

  • Stella


  • Girl on Raw

    Already voted! I just wished i could have one of those tasty little cupcake buggers too without having to make them :) Good luck with the ebook! Can’t wait to see it when it’s done!

  • kelli

    oh HELLO! these look scrummy-ummy-umptious!

  • Rebel Mel

    In regards to the package you got, I’m so jealous!

  • Carrie (Carrie on Vegan)

    Pretty flowers! What a great food exchange, you got all kinds of good stuff. :) In answer to your question about what I’d like to see more of on your blog, I’d have to say that I’m really into watching videos of bloggers cooking something they love, like smoothies or whatever. I find it fascinating and I’m thinking of doing a video myself.