One Year Blogiversary, Lemon Berry Tarts and a Giveaway!

Today marks my one year blog anniversary! If you have followed me on my daily adventures in the kitchen, then you have seen 351 different recipes. In case you missed any of them, you can always access all of the recipes from the Recipe Index. The first recipe that I brought to you was Roast Chicken with Balsamic Bell Peppers. It continues to be one of my favorite recipes and it’s comfort food at its finest. Maybe at some point I might need to update the picture…it is after all the first picture I posted. 😀 I have learned so much this past year, met so many amazing blogging friends and felt overwhelming support from friends and family. Thanks to each and every one of you for your comments and support. 😀

A few weeks Cierra of Sequel Naturals contacted me asking if I would like to review the new book “Must Have Been Something I Ate” by Peggy Kotsopoulos and highlight a recipe. The book talks about the simple connection between what we eat and how we look and feel. It reminds us to practice mindful eating by knowing where your food is coming from and who is preparing it. This holistic nutrition guide is broken down into different sections that look at the impact of what we eat and how we feel, how food affects the way we look and the nutrients and foods that contribute to our immune and digestive health. In this book you will learn key nutrients that will have you feeling stress-free and energized as well as reveal what could be sabotaging your weight-loss efforts and how to lose the weight for good. There is also 25 indulgent guilt free recipes to put everything you have learned about the food-mood connection into practice. Recipes include Chai Tea Latte, Hummus, Fig and Olive Tapenade Crustini, Mediterranean Quinoa Salad, Creamy Broccoli Soup, Chocolate Mousse and many more. You can also find many more recipes on the Vega Website along with Vega products such as the Whole Food Optimizer, Shake and Go Smoothies and Whole Food Energy Bars.

Here is your chance to win a copy of this amazing book! Just follow the directions below for a chance to win! Sorry this giveaway is limited to US residents only.

How to Enter: Leave a comment on this post answering the question: “Do you notice a connection between what you eat and how you feel?”

Extra Entries: The following five opportunities below will earn one extra entry into the giveaway for each. You must leave separate comments for each one to ensure that they are counted as separate entries:

  1. Subscribe to Sweet Pea’s Kitchen by email. (on the right sidebar at the top of the page) Come back and let me know you have subscribed in an additional comment. Already a subscriber? Just say so!
  2. Become a fan of Sweet Pea’s Kitchen on Facebook. Come back and let me know you became a fan in an additional comment. Already a fan? Just say so!
  3. Post about this giveaway on Facebook. Come back and leave a comment here with a link to your update in an additional comment.
  4. Follow Sweet Pea’s Kitchen on Twitter. Come back and let me know you’ve followed in an additional comment. Already a follower? Just say so!
  5. Tweet the following about the giveaway: “RT @SPkitchen Cookbook Giveaway! Enter to win a copy of Must Have Been Something I Ate:”. Come back and let me know you’ve Tweeted in an additional comment.

Deadline: Saturday, July 16, 2011 at 11:59pm EST

Winner: The winner will be selected at random by Sweet Pea’s Kitchen using All entries received after the deadline will not be considered. Entries that do not follow the entry requirements will not be considered. Winner will be notified via email and will have 24 hours to confirm receipt of the email. If the winner does not reply within 24 hours, another winner will be selected.

I was so excited when I was looking through the recipes in the book and spotted the Lemon Berry Tarts. Fruit Tarts are one of my favorite desserts to make during the summer months. They are a simple and elegant way to turn abundant summer fruits into a beautiful dessert. With this recipe you don’t even have to turn on the oven! That’s right- it is a no bake fruit tart! This gluten free fruit tart has a lemony cashew cream filling that is packed with protein and vitamin C and the delicious no bake tart shell is made from pecans, raisins and cherries. Oh my! 😀

Lemon Berry Tarts

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For the Tart Shell:

  • 1 cup pecans
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1/2 cup dried cherries

For the Lemon Filling:

  • 1 1/2 cups raw cashews
  • Zest of 1 large lemon
  • Juice of one large lemon
  • Juice of 1/2 large orange
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1/2 cup coconut palm nectar
  • 1 tablespoon ground chia
  • Fresh berries

For the Apricot Glaze:

  • 1/4 cup apricot preserves
  • 1/2 tablespoon Brandy liqueur


  1. In the work bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the metal blade, process pecans, raisins and cherries until finely chopped and mixture starts to stick together. Press mixture into a 6-inch tart pan with a removable bottom; refrigerate at least 30 minutes.
  2. Heat the apricot preserves in a small saucepan over medium heat until completely melted.  Remove from heat and add liqueur and stir until combined. Strain mixture through a fine strainer to remove any fruit lumps. Let cool until it is only slightly warm.
  3. In a blender place cashews, lemon juice and zest, orange juice and vanilla; slowly blend together. Add coconut palm nectar and water and blend until smooth. Stir in ground chia. Spoon into prepared tart shells. Decorate tart with mixed fresh fruit. Start with the outside edge and work your way towards the middle of the circle. Gently brush a thin layer of apricot glaze on the fruit. Refrigerate at least 3 hours before serving.

Yields: 1-6-inch tart

Source: adapted from Must Have Been Something I Ate

One Year Ago: Chicken with Balsamic Bell Peppers 

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133 Responses to One Year Blogiversary, Lemon Berry Tarts and a Giveaway!

  1. I absolutely notice if I eat like crap I feel like crap. It took me until my late 20s to realize everything I put in my body affects the way I feel and my mood. I try to eat healthier so I feel healthier and I am much happier when my body feels healthier.

  2. joann says:

    I definitely feel a connection betwee my diet and the way I feel physically and emotionally. Eating healthy gives me a very positive, upbeat feeling of being in control and full of energy. When I laden my body with unhealthy foods, I am upset with my self for making unhealthy choicesas well as not having he energy to do what I need and want to do.

  3. Yes, food and energy level are certainly connected. Too much of the sweet stuff leaves me lethargic while my green smoothies and loads of healthy foods leaves me feeling energized and motivated.

  4. I do feel a connection between what I eat and how I feel! The more fruits and vegetables I eat, the more energetic I am! 😀

  5. I’m already subscribed by email! 😀

  6. jenna laughs says:

    I definitely do – you are what you eat, right? 🙂 And I love this lemon tart. I imagine this would make me feel… awesome.

  7. I love these tarts! The crust looks so different and delicious.

    I’ve noticed that heavy foods make me feel heavy. Like when you are on vacation and splurge a little too much eating out? Not a good feeling after a day or so.

  8. I feel a connection alright. It’s one of the reasons I can’t eat most fast food. (In-N Out is different!) I can’t do processed salty stuff either. (Except Utz.) Oh wow, I’m sounding like your least healthy commenter! But when I eat something I made that’s fresh, it just tastes better. That always makes me feel good. Congrats on a year of blogging. Here’s to many more!

  9. Judy says:

    Congrats on the one-year mark! You have a good thing going here, keep up the inspiring posts 🙂

  10. Katie says:

    I absolutely notice a difference between what I eat and how I feel. When I eat fresh, nutricious foods, I feel lighter and more energetic. When I let myself indulge in food that is not so healthy (usually on vacation, birthday parties, etc.), I end up feeling bloated and weighed down, and usually a little guilty.

  11. Cindy B. says:

    I haven’t really notice before, but I will start to from now on. Happy Blogiversary!

  12. Cindy B. says:

    I’m already a subscriber.

  13. Cindy B. says:

    I’m already a fan.

  14. Cindy B. says:

    I shared this giveaway on Facebook.

  15. Cindy B. says:

    I tweeted.!/ Cinbat03

  16. Cindy B. says:

    I’m already a follower on Twitter.

  17. Joan says:

    Congrats on your one year anniv. I posted on FB.
    Have tried many of your recipes. Find I look and feel better when I practice good nutrition…lots of fruits and veggies, very little meat.

  18. Joan says:

    Already a subscriber by email.

    Have noticed that people who are in good physical condition with lots of energy already follow good eating principles and find a way to exercise. . I try to practice good eating habits, but it can be difficult with a hubby who resists change. Always looking for new healthy recipes that I can offer to hubby. Am often surprised to find that he actually enjoys them.

  19. Happy 1 year!! This looks like a great book! I always feel better when I eat fresh food and lean proteins. I think fresh baked goods, while sometimes full of sugar and butter, are better than the already prepared stuff you would buy at a store.

  20. Karen Albro says:

    Congrats on the one year! I know that I cannot eat certain cerals or instant oatmeal. The right food certainly makes a difference! Thanks for letting us know about this book!

  21. Caroline says:

    Congrats on your blogiversary!! That’s too exciting. Mine’s coming up next month. 🙂 What a great first post, I’m going to have to make that chicken recipe. It sounds amazing–as do these lemon tarts. I’m already a subscriber by e-mail, and I’ll head over to FB to become a fan. And to answer your question, I definitely feel a connection between what I eat/how I feel. Like Greg said, that’s why I never eat fast food. I’d much rather make a homemade meal with fresh ingredients, void of preservatives and excessive amounts of calories.

  22. Jane says:

    I never really noticed the connection between what I ate and how I feel every day until I started eating better. Funny…many of the little aches and pains just went away. I’ve lost 16 pounds in a month and a half without much effort (other than changing my diet completely). Life is good!

  23. Jane says:

    I’ve been a Fan on your Facebook page since I saw the first recipe. Love your blog!!

  24. Jane says:

    I’m now following you on Twitter, and I shared your comment!

  25. Happy Blogiversary! I love all your recipes. I’m looking forward to another yummy year!

  26. Cookies4kids says:

    There is no question that what you eat affects the way you feel. At least that’s what I tell myself when I am eating chocolate.

  27. Cookies4kids says:

    I am a subscriber to this blog and love the recipes.

  28. Happy Blog anniversary! I most definitely do notice a difference.

  29. Anne says:

    Congrats on your blog anniversary! My 1-year is actually in 2 days…but I definitely didn’t post 351 recipes! I definitely notice a difference…in fact, my husband requested that we make Friday nights a non-meat meal because his long run is on Saturday morning and you can really feel it!

  30. Cali says:

    Congrats, you’re blog is amazing, like you’ve been doing this for ever! I recently started to realize how much your diet and lifestyle really do affect how you feel and your mentality. When I eat healthier, I feel amazing and strong. Now I am obsessed with finding healthy and fresh recipes that are still delicious- your daily blogs help!

  31. domestic diva says:

    I definitely notice a difference. I am what I eat.

  32. I definitely notice a connection between what I eat and how I feel! When I eat anything fried, I always feel heavy and sluggish. Protein keeps me going. Happy anniversary!

  33. Happy blogiversary!
    I absolutely notice a connection between what I eat and how I feel.

  34. Michelle says:

    I definitely notice a difference when I eat better as opposed to when I eat junk. I feel so much better after veggies, fruit, and lean protein! Happy blogiversary!!!!

  35. Michelle says:

    I already like Sweet Pea’s Kitchen on facebook.

  36. Michelle says:

    And I follow you on Twitter!

  37. Nadia Mustapha says:

    I recently joined Sweet Pea Kitchen and I’m so glad I did! Congrats to you making it to 1 year…may you have many more!

  38. happy blogversary!!! and i love how these tarts are vegan 😀 yay~!!!

  39. Ashlie says:

    Happy Blog-o-versary, I really enjoy visiting your blog!

    I definetly feel a connection between what I eat and how I feel – as a result I slowly given up many foods that bother me, first gluten and refined sugars, then dairy, and now all grains, I also have to minimize my consumption of fruits, especially dried fruits. The food that I find most soothing and energizing is sweet potatoes. Gluten, sugars, dairy, and grains make me bloated and lethargic!

  40. Ali Coe says:

    I definitely notice if I eat only frozen or fried food when I have super busy work weeks. I need to eat some greenery, fresh veggies, etc. or I just feel gross.

  41. Ali Coe says:

    Congrats on the anniversary! I posted this giveaway on FB

  42. Ali Coe says:

    I like you on FB

  43. Amanda Thompson says:

    I notice that when I make good food choices throughout the day, I feel great and when I eat junk, I feel like crap most of the time.

  44. Amanda Thompson says:

    I subscribe to Sweet Pea’s Kitchen via email 🙂

  45. Chris M. says:

    I definitely do. Thanks for the giveaway.

  46. Mary Beth says:

    Happy one year blog anniversary!

    I do notice a connection. I just wish I felt as delicious as cupcakes taste after I eat them.

  47. Happy blogiversary!

    And I definitely notice a correlation between what I eat and how I feel. Especially with foods that upset my tummy (like dairy) or my heart (caffeine/sugar). The less greasy the food, the better too! 🙂

  48. Londra Fleming says:

    Happy Blogiversary as well!!! There certainly is a connection between what we eat and how we feel! I subscribed to your blog via email. Enjoy the recipes! 🙂

  49. Congrats on 1 year! I love this tart. I definitely feel better when I’m eating healthy.

  50. I follow you on twitter:-)

  51. caroleanne says:

    Congrats on your milestone. If I eat a good breakfast I am good to go for the entire day

  52. texana says:

    Oh, yeah. Big difference between how I feel after sushi or a burger and fries! Doesn’t stop me from the occasional burger though.

  53. Angie Walker says:

    Fan of Sweet Pea’s facebook fan page….and yes, I stay away from ALL soda pop.

  54. M says:

    There is definitely a connection – fresh food always makes my body feel better.

  55. I follow you on twitter!

  56. Congrats on your blogiversary!!! Those tarts look awesome!
    I absolutely notice a difference in what I eat and how I feel. It especially shows up in how well I am running.

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  58. joann says:

    I am already a subscriber. Thx, Joan

  59. Julie says:

    I definitely see a connection between how I feel and what I eat. The days that I eat healthy, fresh foods I have more energy and stamina. Days that I have take out food, or less fresh ingredients I feel grumpy and sluggish. Sounds like a great cookbook!

  60. Lynda Clark says:

    I totally feel a connection between what I eat and how I feel; some foods make me feel sluggish and irregular, some foods make me feel like my body temperature has risen after eating them and some foods make me feel energetic and even sometimes hyper. Thanks for this giveaway. I think this cookbook is very interesting.

  61. Lynda Clark says:

    Following @SPKitchen on Twitter @lyndacooks

  62. Lynda Clark says:

    Tweeted this giveaway @lyndacooks

  63. Lynda Clark says:

    I am your fan on Facebook as Lynda Clark

  64. Lynda Clark says:

    Subscribe to Sweet Pea’s Kitchen by email

  65. Lynda Clark says:

    Shared this post on my Facebook profile wall (Lynda Clark)

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  67. Sara says:

    Yes! When I eat well (lots of fruits & veggies) I have so much more energy!

  68. Jan says:

    I would LOVE to win this!!!

  69. Jan says:

    I subscribe via email.

  70. Danielle Sleeper says:

    Yes, of course there is a difference! During school semester time, I usually fall into old bad habits of drinking a large coffee every day and eating a giant chocolate chip cookie in place of either lunch or dinner. My body crashes and I can’t focus. I like taking the time during the summer to re-focus, keep eating healthy meals (3 of them!), and cut out bad habits. Trying hard this time to make them last!

  71. Lisa says:

    Over the last 6 months, we’ve made a commitment to eat as small amount of processed foods as possible. We menu plan based upon what we buy at the farmers market and purchase our meat from a local free range farm. We try to make about 70% of our diet based upon Mark Sisson’s Primal Lifestyle. We do splurge occasionally but try to make those treats at home. Overall, I have more energy and feel like my body is “running” better. I love giving my kids food I know will not be recalled. And it feels great to know our wonderful local farmers!

  72. Lisa says:

    I’m an email subscriber. Thanks for the opportunity!

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  74. Tiff says:

    I’m going to go follow you on twitter now, and by the way, the tarts look great!

  75. Oath S says:

    The older I get the more I believe in “you are what you eat”. I definitely notice eating healthier gives me more energy to run around with my three year old. I occasionally eat sweets but everything should be in moderation.

  76. Valerie says:

    I definitely notice the connection btwn what I eat & what I feel. I generally try to stay away from ‘heavy’ foods b/c it makes me feel lethargic.

  77. Valerie says:

    I’m already a fb fan! 🙂

  78. Just subscribed to get emails of your blog posts!

  79. I am a fan on Facebook 🙂

  80. I am following Sweet Pea’s Kitchen on Twitter!

  81. I just tweeted about your giveaway! lybritton on twitter

  82. I also put up a facebook post about SPK!

  83. I definitely notice that what I eat affects how I feel afterward…. wish that wasn’t the case!
    Love this blog. Congrats on the anniversary and I sure hope I win that cookbook!! 🙂

  84. Happy Blogiversary! I just celebrated one too! 🙂 As for how a feel compared to what I eat…I completely see a connection. And I think the majority of it is how I mentally feel. I feel so proud of myself when I eat well!

  85. I follow you on twitter! 🙂

  86. I’m also a fan on facebook. Wahoo!

  87. I’m an email subscriber to your adorable blog 🙂

  88. I follow you on twitter.

  89. I’m now a fan on facebook.

  90. I definitely see a correlation between how I eat and feel, especially because my stomach works like a caliber for that. Anything deep friend, way too buttery, and so forth, will give me bad stomach aches! haha of course I eat them every now and then, but try to be careful. 😀 And happy day to your blog and you! Stay sweet as always 🙂

  91. I already get your emails Christina!~

  92. I already follow your tweets as well 🙂

  93. doe mora says:

    i absolutely noticec a difference- not only in how i feel about myself, but also how i feel about food and cooking/baking.

  94. I definitely notice when I eat junk food that I feel gross afterwards. That books looks fantastic!

  95. I like you on Facebook!

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  97. Adrienne Carolyn says:

    I DEFINITELY feel a connection between what I eat and how I feel! Right now, because it’s summer, I eat a ton of fruits and vegetables and feel amazing! I have so much energy and feel happier because I’m getting so many nutrients in my body. When I eat too much meat or dairy I feel sluggish. I actually feel good when I eat bread but it makes me bloated 🙂
    Eating junk makes me feel awful. I always get a stomach ache.

  98. Adrienne Carolyn says:

    Followed you on Twitter! Happy Blogiversary!

  99. Adrienne Carolyn says:

    Tweeted an additional comment too!

  100. Julia says:

    I most definately do. This time of year spending time at the farmer’s markets helps alot! Fresher the better fruits and veggies makes it alot of fun getting into the kitchen and creating. Thanks for your inspiring blog. Julia

  101. Jan says:

    Yes…I feel the difference…but still eat…BAD!

  102. Jan says:

    I’m an email subscriber.

  103. Elisabeth says:

    Boy do I ever feel a difference in the way foods affect me! Like the doughnut I just ate 😦 I should have made your raspberry scones instead! 🙂

  104. Elisabeth says:

    I just (finally, why haven’t I done this before?) subscribed to your e-mail!

  105. Elisabeth says:

    I’m already an avid facebook fan!!!! I tell everyone about your page!!!!

  106. Elisabeth says:

    Hoping to win!! I posted about hoping to win the book on my facebook page 🙂

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  108. judy jursch says:

    I definitely notice a pattern…when I eat sugar I peak and then crash! When I eat too many bad carbs (chips, etc.) about 1/2 hour later, I fall asleep in my chair watching tv! My body is surely sending me a loud and clear signal!

  109. I for sure feel a connection between what I eat and how I feel. Now if only I could recognize that, and not eat the bad for me stuff!

  110. Caroline says:

    I definitely feel a connection between what i eat and how i feel, both physically and emotionally. when i eat healthily, i feel strong, lean, and energized, as well as emotionally healthy. when i eat unhealthily, i feel depressed, regretful, and usually guilty, and even worse- sluggish, edgy, and buzzed with sugar!! however, its still important to allow oneself to indulge (in moderation!) every once in a while!!!

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  112. Jan says:

    Yes; I notice the difference.

  113. Jan says:

    I subscribe by email.

  114. I do notice a difference especially when I dont eat enough greens I feel so bleh!

  115. Laura says:

    This past winter was the first time I really realized how much my diet affects me. All winter, I was feeling tired and sluggish, which I’m sure was enhanced by the fact that I live in Iowa and winter can be quite depressing on its own. When constantly tired, all I want to eat is junk food and comfort food, which makes me feel worse! My husband and I finally got our butts in gear and started eating healthy again. I have so much more energy and don’t suffer that terrible after lunch slump, unless I have a weak moment and eat poorly.

  116. Laura says:

    I’m a facebook fan

  117. Anita Menon says:

    Congratulations!!! 351 recipes is a remarkable feat. I always wonder how you manage it? Its really fantastic.Unfortunately I can’t enter the giveaway but I will certainly tweet it so more people get to know your brilliant blog

  118. Carmen says:

    I definitely notice a difference in how I feel based on what I eat!

  119. Barbara says:

    I definitely notice a difference- especially in my energy and mood. When I eat foods that don’t ‘sit well’ with me, I get really tired, and feel ‘undigested’, fatigued, and cranky! This is a great giveaway!

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  121. Jan says:

    I do notice the difference!

  122. Jan says:

    You come via email.

  123. Jan says:

    Most definately!

  124. Jan says:

    I’m a subscriber.

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  126. Amy says:

    I liked you on FB

  127. Amy says:

    I subscribed to your email list

  128. Trisha says:

    I notice a huge difference. I try to eat as many fresh fruits and veggies as possible. I just always feel like my body functions better that way. Even though I do enjoy ice cream now and again and that usually makes me feel good too. 😉

  129. Lorelei Sebranek says:

    I know the contest is over but I still would like to comment. I notice that when i eat overly processed and artificially flavored foods i become very run down, can’t sleep, have horrendous migraines, and severe constipation w/diarreha. I have been diagnosed with Irritable bowel and Barrett’s esophageous. I feel the chemicals they put in our food is causing a plethura of illnesses.

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