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I love food. I talk about it quite often. If I talk about it, I was affected by it in some way. Mostly, I will talk about the food I enjoy most.

Witches Drizzle Candy Apples


Use and green apples to make these special Witches Drizzle Candy Apples.  They are so much better than the original with no artificial coloring or flavoring.  Fiber and a bit of sweetness is what you’ll get with these stunners.  What more could you want from a treat this Halloween?!

Ashley, Cindy, and I want to wish you a very wickedly fun and safe Halloween!


Witches Drizzle Candy Apples

Prep Time: 20

Servings: 4



4 green apples like Granny Smith

2 cups raspberries (can be frozen or fresh), strained

1 cup raw coconut sugar

1 Tbsp fresh lemon juice

4 popsicle sticks



1. Wash and dry apples. Remove stems and push the popsicle sticks into the top of each apple.  Place the apples on a plate or ¼ sheet tray lined with parchment paper.  Set aside.

2. Blend the raspberries.  You should not need liquid to blend.  If the raspberries don’t blend for some reason, measure the berries, place them in the blender, and wait for them to defrost.  As they defrost, liquid from the berries will appear, which will help them to blend.  Blend until pureed.

3. Strain the raspberries through a sieve and discard the seeds.

4. In a small sauce pot, add 1 Tbsp lemon juice, the coconut sugar, and the raspberry puree. Turn heat up to medium and stir for about 10 minutes using a silicone spatula. Turn down the heat to about low-medium and continue to stir until the mixture starts to coat the back of the spatula or a spoon.  This may take another 5-7 minutes.  Turn off the heat. Allow it to cool for about 2 minutes.

5. Holding the apple by the popsicle stick, dip the apple into the candy mixture, carefully holding the pot by its handle, moving it so as to help coat the apple with candy.  Place the apple onto the parchment.  Repeat and if you wish, you can re-coat the apples with another layer.  It can also help to cool the apples in the refrigerator for a few minutes before coating them again.  Once coated, place in the refrigerator until set and ready to serve.

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Crime Scene Chocolate Cake with Raspberry Blood Splatter


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If you’ve never had a crime scene chocolate cake, boy are you in for a treat.  It’s light, super moist, and so fun to eat (not to mention to make!).  My girlfriends, Cindy and Ashley had a frightening good time making this.  We’re all fans of cake, especially oil-free, vegan, and gluten-free cake) so when it came time to devour it, we seriously were like the Walking Dead.  Check out my Facebook page, My Eclectic Kitchen, and Instagram @yvonne_deliciously_vegan, for all the Halloween fun!


Crime Scene Chocolate Cake

Servings: 8-12

Time: 1 hour

Diet: V, GF, GFV, DF, SF, NF



Dry Ingredients:

3 cups oat flour

3/4 cup cacao powder

1 ¾ tsp sea salt

1 T plus ½ tsp arrowroot

1 ½ tsp baking soda


Wet Ingredients:

1 3/4 cup plus 2 Tbsp almond milk (or rice milk for nut-free)

¼ cup unsweetened applesauce

¼ cup almond butter

1 1/2 Tbsp coconut vinegar (or apple cider vinegar)

1 1/2 cup coconut sugar

6 drops liquid stevia

1 ½ tsp vanilla


Other Ingredients:

½ cup vegan semi-sweet chocolate chips, soy-free (optional)

2 popsicle sticks


Whipped Coconut Cream: (optional for Halloween)

One 15-ounce can full-fat coconut milk

1 Tbsp coconut sugar, optional

1 tsp vanilla extract

1/8 – 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon, optional


Raspberry Couli: (optional for Halloween)

Pint raspberries

1 Tbsp maple syrup




1. Chill a can of coconut milk in the refrigerator overnight.



1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

2.  Line the bottom of 2 7-inch round cake pans with parchment paper.  Pull out 7 inches of parchment paper, fold it in half, and trace a circle, using the 7-inch cake pan.  Cut out the circle and you should have two circles.  Spray the pans with cooking spray, place the parchment paper circles at the bottom of each cake pan, then spray again.  Set aside.

3.  In a large mixing bowl, mix the almond milk (or rice milk), grapeseed oil, vanilla extract, and applesauce.

4.  In another bowl, whisk together the sorghum flour, brown rice flour, arrowroot flour, cacao powder, arrowroot, coconut sugar, and baking soda.

5.  Fold the dry ingredients into the wet mixture just until they combine.  Fold in the chocolate chips until well blended.

6.  Distribute the batter evenly into the 2 7-inch cake pans. Alternatively, evenly distribute batter into 12-cupcake pan, lined with cupcake baking cups. About a heaping ¼ cup each.

7.  Place the 7-inch pans onto a baking sheet, then into a preheated oven and bake for 27-30 minutes.  The cake should have a little bounce back when pressed.

8.  Cool the cakes in the pans for at least 40 minutes to an hour, or until completely cool.  While the cakes are cooling, make the chocolate frosting.


Coconut Whipped Cream:

1.  Place the can of coconut milk in the refrigerator and leave it there until well-chilled.  I chill mine overnight or for a few days.

2.  Open the can of coconut milk upside down.  There, you will find coconut water- loose liquid.  Pour it out into a bowl or cup to drink, or save for later use in a smoothie.

3.  Carefully scoop out the thick layer into a bowl or mixing bowl of a stand mixer.  Make sure you don’t get liquid in the thick, solidified cream, or it will be difficult to whip and obtain soft peaks.

4.  Turn your mixer or hand beater to high speed, and whip the coconut cream for 3 to 5 minutes.

5. Whip until it becomes light and fluffy with soft peaks.  Mix in coconut sugar, vanilla, or cinnamon.  Whip it some more until combined.  Taste and adjust sweetness, vanilla, or cinnamon flavor.

6. Refrigerate until ready to use. Before using it, whisk it.


Raspberry Couli:

1. Wash and drain the raspberries.

2. Blend the raspberries, then stain through a sieve, using a ladel to help the juice through.

3. Add 1 Tbsp maple syrup and mix.  Taste and adjust sweetness to taste with either more maple syrup or stevia drops.




1. When cupcakes have fully cooled, frost the cupcakes or cake with coconut whipped cream.

2. Dip clean fingertips into the raspberry couli and flick your fingers towards the cupcakes to spray the cupcakes with raspberry couli “blood”.

3. Refrigerate



1. For a cake, center the 7-inch cake circle on top of a revolving cake stand.

2.  To remove layers from baking pan, turn the cake pan upside down and it should fall out onto your hand.  Remove the parchment paper from the bottom of the cake.  Place the first layer, bottom side down, at center of cake stand.

3.  With an offset spatula, evenly spread approximately 2 ½ ounces of frosting on the layer. Center second layer on top of first layer with the topside down.

4.  Measure the height of the cake by inserting the popsicle stick towards the center of the cake. Pull it back out and cut off the excess popsicle stick.  Cut the other popsicle stick the same length.  Place the sticks back in the cake, toward the center, about an inch apart.  These will keep the layers in place.

5.  With an offset spatula, pour the remainder of the frosting to cover the top and sides of cake, however you wish.

6. Dip clean fingertips into the raspberry couli and flick your fingers towards the cupcakes to spray the cupcakes with raspberry couli “blood”.

7.  Refrigerate until needed.   You may want to warn your guests about the wooden sticks, or remove it from their slice if you see them.

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Mysterious Marinara


Zoodles, also known as zucchini noodles, are one of my favorite things.  I have always been a lover of pasta, and having pasta in this form allows me to eat pasta to my heart’s content.  I can have zoodle pasta in abundance!  There are so many ways to have them, too!  I have quite a few recipes in the My Eclectic Kitchen App.  Recently, I had them for the very first time with a raw marinara, and it was great!  What I am going to share with you now is Cindy’s raw marinara.  When topped onto zoodles then decorated with sliced olives, the plate can resemble brains with eyeballs–perfect for a creepy Halloween meal.

This recipe is part of Ashley, Cindy, and my Halloween Party Food Collection 2015.


Mysterious Marinara

Servings: 3-4

Time: 15 minutes


  • 1 cup of chopped red bell pepper
  • 1 cup of soaked sun-dried tomatoes (no oil)
  • 1 chopped ripe tomato
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon of Himalayan pink salt
  • 2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 2 teaspoons of dried basil
  • 1 medjool date
  • 1 dash of cayenne


Place all the ingredients in a food processor and process until smooth. Pour over raw zucchini noodles and garnish with green olives (optional)

This Marinara sauce can be enjoyed raw or you warmed and lasts up to 3 days stored in the fridge.


For Zucchini noodles-

You can use a spiralizer, vegetti, or julienne peeler  to make spaghetti shaped noodles.  Or you can use Peeler for thick fettuccine pasta ribbons. Just  Pass the peeler or over the side of the zucchini lengthwise to produce long, flat noodles. When you approach the seeds, turn the zucchini and begin slicing the other side.





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Cooking with Friends! Halloween Party Food Collection 2015


Halloween’s just a few days away, and my girlfriends Ashley Diana and Cindy Jakubowski collaborated with me to create recipes as part of our annual Halloween tradition!  Ashley is a vegan lifestyle blogger, nutritionista, and a great cook, and Cindy is a vegan holistic nutritionist and my right-hand gal at my Whole Foods Market demos.  We had so much fun hanging out with Ashley in Las Vegas and can’t wait to do it again!  (If you missed last year’s Halloween recipes, check them out HERE)!


Here are the recipes that we came up with this year:

Green Monster Dip (aka Chickpea Avocado Hummus!)

Mysterious Marinara

Crime Scene Chocolate Cake with Raspberry Blood Splatter

Witches Drizzle Candy Apples


Each recipe is vegan and free of refined sugar, gluten, and oil!  We hope these recipes make your Halloweens a much healthier and memorable one with your loved ones!  Have a safe and fun Halloween, everyone!

Much Love,


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Zoodle Brains with Pumpkin Kale Pesto


Zoodles are noodles made out of zucchini, nothing more.  Using a julienne peeler or spiralizer, the zucchini is cut into noodles.  Whenever I make zoodles, I usually dress them in a pesto or top them with marinara. This pesto has a lovely mix of basil, kale, and spinach, and because this recipe was is Fall- and Halloween-inspired, pumpkin seeds were thrown into the mix.   The end result is really delicious.

After tossing the zoodles with pumpkin kale pesto, throw in some sliced grape tomatoes for more texture and sweetness. When served with my Pink Peppercorn vegan “Goat Cheese,” it is even more satiating and scrumptious.

For a quick, raw, and satisfying meal, try this dish. You will be happy you did!


Zoodle Brains with Pumpkin Kale Pesto

Servings:  4

Time:  20 minutes

Diet:  V, GF, GFV, DF, SF, SRF, NF, CFNF, R




4 medium zucchini


Pumpkin Kale Pesto:

1 cup basil leaves

¼ cup kale, stems removed

2 Tbsp spinach

¼ cup pumpkin seeds

4 Tbsp filtered water

¼ tsp sea salt

½ tsp fresh lemon juice

1 garlic clove, roughly chopped

1 shake or pinch of cayenne pepper


Other Ingredients:

16 grape tomatoes, sliced in half

4 orange bell peppers, optional for Halloween




1. Make zoodles using a julienne peeler or a spiralizer. When using a julienne peeler, carefully peel the zucchini as you would a carrot, making long “noodles”. When using a spiralizer to make zoodles, follow the manufacturer’s directions.


Pistachio Kale Pesto:

1. Place all of the Pumpkin Kale Pesto ingredients into a food processor or blender, and pulse until fully pureed and sauce-like in consistency.


Bell Pepper Jack-o’-lanterns: (optional)

1. Carve faces in your peppers. To do this, cut a round section on the top of the pepper. Discard the seeds and scrape away the insides. Being very careful, begin to carve the jack-o’-lantern face. When complete, set aside.



1. Toss the zoodles with enough pesto to coat, and

a)    place onto a plate. Add about 8 grape tomato halves to the zoodles, and if you have it, a slice of Pink Peppercorn Vegan “Goat Cheese”. Serve immediately.

b)    Toss in the sliced tomatoes and stuff each bell pepper with zoodles and tomatoes, replacing the top of the pepper once filled.


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Strawberries and Cream with Figs Cheesecake


This recipe is dedicated to my lovable and ferociously charming nephew, Logan.  I made this for his 5th birthday. He’s a big fan of all things sweet, zebra, and the color red.  With this in mind, I designed this cake accordingly.

Since my good friends at Melissa’s Produce sent me dried figs and the sweetest Harry’s Berries strawberries, I wanted to put them to good use in this recipe. I threw some figs into the crust mixture and I’m so glad I did because the combination of cheesecake and this crust was more enjoyable than my typical vegan cheesecake date-nut crust.  I grew up loving Fig Newtons, so the texture of the figs in this crust is quite nostalgic for me.  I also added strawberries to the cheesecake, which not only produced a gorgeous color and design when sliced into, it also compliments the dried fig.  Dried figs and strawberries together make a lovely flavor combination.

To give Logan some zebra stripes on his cake, I drizzled on some chocolate magic shell, and then decorated it with freeze-dried berries and a dried fig slice.  Not only is this cake pretty, it’s incredibly delicious!

I hope you and your loved ones enjoy this recipe as much as we did!


Strawberries and Cream with Figs Cheesecake

Serves: 8

Time: 1 day

Diet: V, GF, GFV, DF, SF, R




1/4 cup raw almonds

¼ cup raw pecans

1/4 cup soft Medjool dates

¼ cup dried figs

¼ tsp sea salt



1 ½ cup raw cashews, soaked for at least 3 hours, overnight is best

2 lemons, juiced

2 tsp vanilla extract

1/3 cup raw coconut oil, melted

1/3 cup raw coconut nectar (or maple syrup)


Other Ingredients:

1 cup strawberries


Chocolate Magic Shell, optional:

6 Tbsp coconut oil, melted

6 Tbsp cacao powder

1 Tbsp coconut nectar (or maple syrup)

1 tsp vanilla extract

4-5 drops stevia


Optional Toppings:

Freeze-dried berries

Fresh or dried figs

Cacao nibs



1.  Place nuts, dates, and figs in a food processor with sea salt and pulse to chop to your desired fineness.  I prefer a finer crust over a chunky one.  Test the crust by spooning out a small amount of mixture and rolling it in your hands.  If the ingredients hold together, your crust is perfect.  If not, try to mix it with your hands until the mixture comes together.  Scoop out crust mixture into a 6”x6” square pan, lined with parchment paper. Or you can use a 6″ spring-form pan (if you don’t have a spring-form pan, use a 6-inch cake round lined with plastic wrap) or line a cupcake tin with plastic wrap to make 6 tartlets.  Press firmly, making sure that the edges are well-packed and that the base is relatively even throughout.

2.  If the coconut oil is solid, place the oil in a small saucepan on low heat until it becomes liquid.

3.  In the blender, place all of the filling ingredients except for the berries, and blend on high until very smooth.  This may take a couple minutes.

4.  Pour about 2/3 of the mixture into the crust and smooth with a spatula.  Add the berries to the remaining filling and blend on high until smooth.  Pour onto the first layer of filling and smooth with a spatula.  Place in the freezer until solid, about 3 hours.

5.  To serve:

a)  The cake- Remove from freezer 30 minutes prior to eating.  Run a smooth, sharp knife under hot water and cut into slices.

b) The tartlets- Remove the tartlets from the freezer 30 minutes before serving and remove plastic.  Place them on a plate and serve when defrosted topped with fruit.


6. Prepare the magic shell in a small bowl. Combine all of the ingredients, whisking them together with a fork. Sweeten to taste. Either use a spoon or a piping bag, or a plastic sandwich bag to add the magic shell to. If using a piping or sandwich bag, with scissors cut a small piece off the tip of the bag and then drizzle over the cake as you wish. Since the cake is cold, the chocolate will solidy quickly. Decorate thereafter with whatever toppings you chose to use. and keep refrigerated until ready to serve. Store in the freezer if you don’t plan to eat it all in one night.





(Note: Crust will appear thinner when you make it.  I took these photos after I decided to make a thinner crust.  It’s better with a thinner crust!)

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Muscato Grapes from Melissa’s Produce



Which fruit are you enjoying most right now?  I’m really loving these green  Muscato Grapes from Melissa’s Produce!!

They’re plump, a good amount of juicy, not terribly sweet or sour, a perfect cooling snack for this warm #LosAngeles weather, and as Goldilocks would say, these are “just right!”. If you see them at the market, make sure to pick some up! You’re gonna love ’em!

Bracelets are from The Veggie Republic. For every bracelet sold, The Veggie Republic donates 5lbs of fresh produce to families in need! #FarmToArm

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New Video and Giveaway with Emily Turner of Gluten-free With Emily




Emily Turner of Gluten-free With Emily and I made my Chocolate Truffle Cake recipe together in a new episode on her YouTube channel, Gluten-free with Emily. Mind you, it is my VERY FIRST live-ish video. There are some awkward moments where I struggle to find the right words, but I’m workin’ on it!  ;)

We want you to experience just how delicious the Chocolate Truffle Cake is, so we are going to give away not 1 but 2 prize packs. Each prize pack includes all of the ingredients to make the decadent yet simple Chocolate Truffle Cake! We’re even including a few cooking tools for your cooking pleasure.

Here’s what will be included in each prize pack:

Navitas Naturals Raw Cacao Powder, Cacao Nibs, Raw Almonds

Melissa’s Produce Dates, Vanilla, Pecans and Fresh Toppings

Big Tree Farms Coconut Nectar

Kelapo Coconut Coconut Oil

Fat Daddios 6-inch round Spring Form Pan


To enter our contest in Instagram, simply:

1) Like this giveaway post

2) Follow @GlutenfreeWithEmily and @yvonne_deliciously_vegan

3) Tell us something about yourself

4) Tag 3 friends


You may enter ONCE A DAY!

You may even enter on YouTube to double your chances to win!

To enter on YouTube, simply:

1) Leave a comment on the YouTube Video. Tell us what you are doing to keep healthy this summer!


Contest is open worldwide and ends on Tuesday, July 21 at 11:30pm PST. Good luck!


Find Emily of Gluten-free With Emily Everywhere:

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Instagram @glutenfreewithemily

Twitter @emilyglutenfree

Facebook Gluten Free With Emily 


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Instagram @yvonne_deliciously_vegan

Facebook My Eclectic Kitchen App

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Periscope: MyEclecticKitchen


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Hands-on Cooking Class – June 27, Comfort Food LA in Sherman Oaks


What are you doing on Saturday, June 27th? Join me in a hands-on cooking class at Comfort Food LA in Sherman Oaks!  I will be teaching students how to make 3 courses.

1) A starter cheese course with gluten-free crackers and farmers market veggies

2) A comforting “meat”loaf with cauliflower purée, gravy, and a side vegetable

3) A delicious and easy dessert, chocolate chai cookies

I will not only teach you how to make the food, you will be able to make the food yourselves, and learn how to plate it, too.  At the end of the class, we can all enjoy the fruits of our labor together and/or you can pack whatever you don’t eat home with you.

Attend the class on your own or make it a date with a special someone–a fun activity while learning some cooking skills from trained chefs!

I teamed up with some of my favorite culinary instructors (Chef Caren Watts and Chef Andy Pastore) from my time at Le Cordon Bleu to bring this special organic, plant-based, whole foods, vegan class to you!

The skills you learn can be applied to your next dinner party or just in your every day life in the kitchen.  I hope you will join me!

Space is limited, so sign up today!  Sign up using this link here,

Hope to see you there!!!


More on Comfort Food…

Comfort Food’s classes are taught by industry professionals with a background in culinary education.  Our goal is for everyone to improve their skills and have a better understanding of food and cooking.Comfort Food is a modern cooking school for the home cook and the professional alike.  Our classes appeal to cooks of any skill level.  But one thing remains the same: the caliber of education you will receive is on par with the culinary education at some of the top culinary schools in the country.

Our industry-trained chefs teach hands-on classes in a variety of time schedules to appeal to the busy, yet serious cook.

Our step-by-step approach brings the professional kitchen to you, to build skill level and confidence in whatever you are cooking.

Fully interactive classes allow you to get your hands on every aspect of the day’s lesson with guidance from the instructor.

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Grocery Outlet Bargain Market – NOSH section.



One of my favorite places to buy food, health, and beauty products is the Grocery Outlet. You don’t need to cut costs on daily essentials, like healthy food. You can eat organic, healthy food cost effectively.  Grocery Outlet offers consumers high-end, name-brand products at a fraction of the cost. See what deals I got during my recent trip! Click the photo, above, to watch!

There are several locations throughout the United States. Click here to find a store near you.  Unfortunately, a Los Angeles location will not open until the end of this year, so I have to stop in whenever I visit Northern California or San Diego.  On my most recent trip to San Diego, I stopped in at the Grocery Outlet where they have an expanding NOSH section. NOSH is Grocery Outlet’s acronym for Natural, Organic, Specialty and Healthy foods.  If you’re not familiar, let me fill you in.  The NOSH section doesn’t only include food.  It also includes health and beauty products, such as organic lotions, shampoos and conditioners. Other top selling products are the organic protein powders and fitness supplements.  What I love most about the NOSH section is the organic produce and how they always carry my essential kitchen staples: organic quinoa, chia seeds, kale chips, organic tortilla chips (for the hubby), coconut oil, shredded coconut, nut milks, coconut water, and nuts.

If you shop at Grocery Outlet – an extreme bargain retailer – rather than pricier natural food stores, you can save up to 70% more on groceries and other products compared with shopping conventional retailers exclusively.  I love that because it creates a lot of savings for me!  How is this possible?  Grocery Outlet is able to provide huge savings to its customers because product manufacturers often sell overstock products or products with packaging changes to Grocery Outlet.  For example, some brands may roll out holiday packaging for a limited time during that season.  However, once that season is over, they may have an overstock of items with the holiday packaging that are still high quality and are looking for a home on store shelves – that’s where Grocery Outlet would come in.  At Grocery Outlet you don’t have to wait for the sales, they are continual and customers always know they are going to save 40-70% off on the same brands and products featured at traditional stores, including natural, organic, specialty and healthy items.

More about Grocery Outlet in general. They carry refrigerated and frozen foods, fresh produce, organics, dry groceries, beer and wine, health and beauty care, over- the-counter drugs, household products, toys and gifts.  I recommend stopping in and checking them out!

Notable deals:

Item                                               Grocery Outlet      Elsewhere

Quinoa Milk                                $1.49                       $ 2.99

Oat Milk                                         1.29                         2.49

Walnuts                                         3.99                         4.99

Pecans                                           3.99                         8.19

Coconut flour                               3.99                         11.99

Maple Syrup                                6.99                         9.99

French Green Lentils                3.99                         7.99

Jug of Maple Syrup                  12.99                        17.99

Chia Seeds                                  4.99                         14.99

Nature’s Path Qia Bars            2/$1                        2.29

Kale Chips                                  2.99                          6.99

Glutenfree Pancake Mix        3.99                          6.99

Glutenfree All-Purpose Flour 3.99                        6.99

Ancient Harvest Quinoa Pasta 1.79                    3.19

Gratify Gluten free Crackers 1.99                          4.99

Organic Dried Cranberries 1.49                            3.99

Organic Tropical Fruit Sauce 1.99                       4.99

Coconut Water                       1.99                           3.99


As a treat for my followers, I will be holding a giveaway for 2 $50 dollar gift cards from the Grocery Outlet.  See my Instagram account for details!  Username @yvonne_deliciously_vegan.

I hope you learned more about the Grocery Outlet and make a visit soon!


Disclaimer: This post was courtesy of the awesome people at the Grocery Outlet, who provided me with gift cards for my shopping experience.  Of course all the opinions are of my own and I wouldn’t share those opinons unless I truly loved it.

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