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  1. Caitlin

    what an amazing year you had!

  2. Jenné @ Sweet Potato Soul

    Yay! Congratulations on all of your success this year & the engagement! In 2012 I want to be like you : ) I love your creativity and zest for food & life.
    I’m also planning to post one cooking video a week on Sweet Potato Soul. Girl, I have a lot of resolutions!

  3. (what runs) Lori

    This post must have taken a LONG time, but it’s awesome! I’m loving that you recapped SO much of your great year!!! Seriously- you’ve really had quite a year. SO many exciting things you’ve done, seen, and experienced!

    I love all of your recipes and dishes you’ve tasted. And your ring and man!

    Congrats on such a wonderful 2011, and wishing you WAY more Wonderful in 2012- maybe this year will be the year we FINALLY meet. lol

    Love you!

  4. Kristina

    I was SO happy to meet you and Matt in August! you have had a BEAUTIFUL year, I love this recap!

    happy new year to you both, and here’s to a fantastic 2012! XO

  5. bitt

    What a great recap, I love that it’s not a recipe list, because your blog is so much more than that. I think 2011 has been the first year I’ve read your blog through the whole year and it’s been a pleasure to get to know you, be completely envious of your amazing vacations, oogle your desserts, and try to understand more about your “almost veganness” and what that means. I am so looking forward to your wedding posts! Sounds like a great year ahead.

  6. Dee / Bliss Raw Café

    WOW…is that all you can say…i say WOW KAPOW YOU…and all that achieved and acomplished this past year and to your future…WOW KAPOW…

  7. Kris

    OMG, I seriously almost died over here…..do you know how many of your desserts I can have on my grain free diet?! LIKE ALL OF THEM!!!! I’m making these cookies today….omg, omg, so excited!!!!

    I agree, I make a life change and I do it big, yet i do set my goals to see what I’m working for. I set some with Ryan and in Business and then my own 🙂

    2012 is going to be AMAZING for you lovie!!

  8. Char @ www.charskitchen.ca

    WOW! You’ve had such an amazing year, and with such amazing food, too! Have you and Matt set a date? 😀

    I’m the same with New Year’s resolutions. I don’t like to put things off, so if I want to change something, I start working on it right away. I think too often people drop their resolutions because it’s too much pressure and they burn themselves out. I think we should create change in the moment, and do it at a manageable pace 🙂 Happy New Year, Amber!

  9. hotlyspiced

    Congratulations on an impressive year of achievements. But, like you said, it seems 2012 will be even bigger for you with the release of your cookbook and your wedding. Happy New Year

  10. Jane Plass

    What a fantastic year, and more to come in 2012! I’m looking forward to your cookbook.

    I don’t make resolutions, but I do like to set goals or intentions at the start of the year.

  11. Ela

    That really is a stunning year. I hope you hold all the goodness of it close to your heart whenever you’re feeling “not good enough” or any of those “not enough” feelings, and allow the sparkliness of it to light you up all over again.

    I’ve followed along so closely that every bit of this was familiar to me, but the photography is so stunning that I’ve had to go refresh my memory on a couple of the refeatured goodies nonetheless.

    Interesting that several people seem to share my view that resolutions can be made at any time. I do like to do retrospectives and reviews, and sometimes gather my thoughts for some intentions also, because I feel like the collective energy toward that can be helpful and synergistic.

  12. Matt

    I can’t imagine the last year without you. Love you dearly. I plan for 2012 to be our best yet!


  13. Alissa

    ps. the seward cafe is actually in minneapolis too! too bad we couldn’t cross paths. one of these days. i’m actually going to eat at mk-okc tomorrow. and the next day. yay!

  14. Alayna @ Thyme Bombe

    Wow, this was a good year for you! You’ve come up with a ton of excellent recipes, graduated from raw chef school, gotten engaged, so many awesome things. Cheers to a new year, I bet it will be even better!

  15. Hannah

    Beautiful wrap-up of an amazing year from the goddess-friend whom I admire, cherish, and think of so often it’s sometimes hard to forget that I haven’t yet danced in slow motion around your kitchen. Can’t wait to see and cheer on where 2012 takes you (I’d say “to the stars”, but you’re already a star 😉 ). Happy New Year to you and to Matt, precious Amber!

  16. Monica Soto

    You really had an epic year Amber and yet really that is only the precursor to the plans you have going on in 2012. I’m sooooo excited for you!

  17. gena

    What a rich and exciting year for you, dear Amber! It’s a joy to watch you grow and evolve as a chef and vegan superstar. Best for 2012.

  18. Bianca- Vegan Crunk

    Looks like an awesome year….and one full of delicious food!!!! I must try your almond butter cookies. It was so great meeting y’all in August!!

  19. hollyeatsinfrance

    These pastry baked goods look so fabulous! I’m going to see if I can find some of the ingredients where I live so that I can try them. (Vegan foods haven’t really come to France yet, it’s still sometimes difficult to find tofu outside of Paris.)

  20. Michelle {The Lively Kitchen}

    I’m tired just reading about your year! Nice work Amber (and Matt!).

    I look forward to reading about all that 2012 brings to you.

    I don’t really make resolutions, but I am making a to-do list for this year, like trips I want to take and a few things I’d like to get done. Nothing vague like ‘be happier.’ More like ‘read hunger games.’ 🙂

  21. Dani @ Body By Nature

    What a wonderful year for you! Looking so forward to reading about your adventures in 2012 and your upcoming book release! Good luck Amber!

  22. rachelsmusicalkitchen

    Well, I’ve not been calling it a resolution, but I do want to start eating healthier again. I’ve sorta let myself go on what I eat and I would like to cut out some foods that are really not good for me and that I know I can do without anyway. I would also like to get myself on a regular workout schedule. I have good feelings about this year, though. 🙂 I have no doubt I will be able to make wonderful changes this year for a refreshing, new, and healthy lifestyle.

  23. Vegiegail

    What an extraordinary (and delicious) year you have had, and it’s wonderful that you have it all documented right here! Thank you for sharing all of your joys, successes, and delectable recipes with us. May 2012 bring you many more blessings.

  24. Silvia

    Congratulations on your hard earned, well deserved accolades! And thank you for sharing your tasty recipes and offering us your friendship by sharing your personal life w/us!

    To a delicious 2012 to you and all blog readers!!! SD

  25. Bliss Doubt

    Amber, I love your blog. You don’t need me to say it, but about the negative comment: the naysayers will always come. If you blog all raw, all vegan, there will be challengers to your whole philosophy. If you blog flex eating, the purists will come after you. If you blog a 24/7/365 menu of hot dogs, someone will object. A blog is like a very boutique online magazine. Keep in mind, even big famous magazines that hog up the rack space in the stores get negative letters to the editor.

    You’re the one putting out beautiful, creative ideas, photos and stories. You’ll hear from your fans, and you’ll hear from people who have nothing better to do than criticize your efforts. I feel sorry for the latter.

    Best to you in 2012 and beyond.

  26. Madeleine

    Just came back from a hatha yoga class, and my teacher briefly touched on resolutions and new year’s goals. she said she wasn’t the type to do so, and like you, thought that when you want to change something -you can change it any time of the year. she did say though that through a mayan exhibition she attended, she felt a connection to a citing that the mayans believed that after a certain amount of time (scientists haven’t been able to figure their timing, if they meant every year, years, half a year, etc. that) they burned all their possessions to start new. and when those of us make resolutions/goals at the start of the year, it’s our way of theoretically burning whatever negative baggage we might have to find an enlightenment in ourselves. such a sweet thought

    1. Madeleine

      an even sweeter thought is that this blog is amazing! i’ve tried your raw blondie recipe that was posted on foodgawker and it’s going to be my staple-go-to, i work at a cookie store that uses all natural ingredients but we have limited vegan-friendly snacks so i end up giving into temptation when i forget my lunches.. at least i can make your blondie’s ahead of time, pack it, and nibble on when the temptations strike.

      thanks so much for the creative ideas, beautiful photos, and recipes! you’re a life changer 🙂