New Year, New…

Pools at my Feet
You? Diet? Fitness plan?

I have said every year for at least the better part of a decade that I don’t make resolutions. What purpose is there in making arbitrary resolutions on a certain date and time? When I want to make a change in my life, I make it. Whether it’s a Saturday in August at 3pm or in the depths of Winter in February on a chilly evening, when I feel like something in my life has lost purpose, makes me unhappy or no longer fulfills a need, it’s gone. Why hold on to dead weight?

Something that my internal voice seems to scream louder and louder at me every year, is the infinitesimally small amount of time we have on this beautiful, mixed up, crazy planet. We spend so many years coming of age, finding a career, looking for love, raising children, paying bills, driving, sleeping, eating, watching Netflix, but how much time do we spend reflecting on how we, as people, enrich the lives of those around us? Or how beautiful this tiny green and blue marble really is, how special, how utterly unprecedented it is to live on this rock flying through space around and around a radioactive ball of fire? I mean, think about that for a second. Remember how tiny and completely insignificant we all are, but oh the things we can achieve in this short time! 
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Speculaas Cookie Butter and More!


There’s something I don’t really talk much about around here that is somewhat of a contentious issue in the blogging world: freebies. When I first started this blog way back in 2009 it was purely out of boredom and wanting to have an outlet where I could display all my talents and hobbies, namely cooking, writing and photography. Fast forward five years and I’ve made a bit of a name for myself in the oversaturated world of food blogging (what some deem to be a dying trend).

In those five years, I’ve been approached by countless companies, brands, PR firms and individuals business owners to try out their product, test a recipe, give them free exposure on my site, talk to you about something, etc. I can honestly say that I turn down a good 50% of the offers I get, but some are just too lucrative to turn away and some I feel need the modest exposure I can offer.

So it was with an email I received a few months back asking me to test out a now smoothie recipe in my Blendtec. Funnily enough, at the time, I didn’t own a Blendtec. Being the snarky chick that I am, I replied with just such a comment. To my surprise, I was offered a Blendtec right then and there. To say I was happy would be an understatement. I have pined after Blendtecs for years. The “will it blend?!” campaign had reeled me in like no other advertisement in the history of late night infomercials (except Ron Popeil…remember him?!).

So I obviously, excitedly, nervously, over ecstatically said yes! And so it was that this was how I acquired the unbelievably amazing Blendtec Designer 725 with Wildside jar and additional Twister Jar to boot. I have been using this thing for about four months now, maybe a bit longer. I use it daily and I freaking LOVE it. You couldn’t pay me to say bad things about this blender, seriously.

Before we get to the pros (which are numerous), let’s cover the cons (of which there are two): price and noise. Being that this a ridiculously powerful blender that can turn your iPhone into dust in seconds, it’s not hard to believe that it wouldn’t be cheap. Prices range from about $649 anywhere up to $1025 which is quite a commitment for your morning smoothie, but with an 8-year warranty, you’ll probably never need to buy another one. That being said, it’s loud. But again, not surprising considering the powerful motor and 100 speeds you can choose from. So on to the pros, by which I mean features:

  • 1725 watt, 3.8 peak horsepower motor
  • Illuminated, capacitive touch interface
  • Preprogrammed cycles: Smoothie, Salsa, Ice Cream, Whole Juice, Hot Soup, Clean
  • 100-speed capacitive touch slider
  • Illuminated display indicates remaining blend time

SmartBlend Technology

The Blendtec Designer 725 is truly the blender with a brain. Our exclusive SmartBlend technology senses and identifies potential problems that could interfere with the perfect blend-including loading errors, overheating, or air pockets – and then tells users how to fix them. (Note: This is So cool! The blender stops and tells you there’s a problem, so you don’t have to worry about overheating it or blending up some nut butter)

100-Speed Capacitive Touch Slider + Multi-Speed Pulse

Get seamless precision speed control for 100 speeds with the slide of a finger. It even tells you which speed to use for stirring, chopping, mixing, blending, or pureeing. Use Multi-Speed Pulse for an added burst of power at any speed.

Preprogrammed Cycle Suggestions

Six preprogrammed custom cycles enable one-touch blending perfection: Smoothie, Salsa, Ice Cream, Whole Juice, Hot Soup, and Clean. The Designer 725 even suggests additional uses for each cycle so you know how to get the most from your blender.

“Add 10” Feature

With a single touch, add 10-second blend intervals to completely customize your blends.

Blend Rewards

Get rewards for using your blender! The Designer 725 tracks your blends, then displays reward codes at certain milestones. Redeem the code online for recipe books, gift cards, kitchen utensils, jar discounts, and more. (Note: I just redeemed my first 5 rewards and they are pretty good. The more you get, the better the rewards…but I won’t spoil the surprise).

So FitFluential decided to work with Blendtec on a campaign, and of course…I was ALL over that! I was asked to create two recipes utilizing the many possibilities this blender offers. I decided on one that would be tough in a regular old blender, cookie butter and an easier one, strawberry cream scones with brown butter glaze. See below for recipes!


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No-Bake Spiced Cheesecake Bars


Have I got a good post for you today friends! In the spirit of the season, and because I LOVE giving stuff away (like, it’s weird how much I like to give…), I’m giving away this amazing prize pack from our good friends at Nature’s Path Organics! Oh my goodness! If you follow me on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter, you may have seen me post this picture last week:

natures oath box
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Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Muffins


 Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Muffins

This week was a whirlwind of craziness and I loved every minute of it! I had photoshoots all week for my “other” job at EAT Magazine, here in Victoria BC. Check out my work, if you feel so inclined. My Dad turned an amazing 60 years old and being a child of the internet age, I plastered his Facebook News Feed in hilarious memes. It’s a great way to show you are thinking about someone who is far away, on a beach, with no postal address.

I also attended Canada’s version of the SuperBowl, the Grey Cup which was held in Vancouver and was also fantastic. One of the teams who was playing, the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, just so happens to be the very same team my grandfather, Alex Passmore, played Offensive Tackle for way back in 1940, so it was very special for me to see them play, even if they did lose in the final seconds of the game.
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Holiday Gift Guide 2014

It’s that time of year again my friends…really, the BEST time of year. I like to start celebrating the holidays as soon as Halloween is over. I know a lot of people don’t get that, and that’s fine (to each their own), but for me, getting into a holiday kind of mood helps me get through the bleak winter months to come. I don’t necessarily focus directly on Christmas either, just being with friends and family, snuggling, warm and cozy nights at home, good food and lots of celebrations. Pretty much from now until the end of January is “the holidays”…or winter, as everyone else puts it. I like mine better…:)

Down to the business of The Holiday Gift Guide 2014. This year’s guide will be much like last years, in that it is separated into categories for easier scrolling. Happy Holidays yo!

For the Chef:

Duh…one of my books!

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