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:

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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

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

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    Lauren at Keep It Sweet — July 9, 2011 @ 7:50 am

    I follow you on twitter:-)

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    caroleanne — July 9, 2011 @ 8:33 am

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

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    caroleanne — July 9, 2011 @ 8:33 am

    I follow on FB

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    texana — July 9, 2011 @ 8:44 am

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

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    Angie Walker — July 9, 2011 @ 9:01 am

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

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    M — July 9, 2011 @ 9:56 am

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

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    fitnessnfoodiegirl — July 9, 2011 @ 11:06 am

    I follow you on twitter!

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    fitnessnfoodiegirl — July 9, 2011 @ 11:07 am

    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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    joann — July 9, 2011 @ 2:53 pm

    I am already a subscriber. Thx, Joan

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    Julie — July 9, 2011 @ 8:57 pm

    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!

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    Lynda Clark — July 10, 2011 @ 3:59 am

    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.

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    Lynda Clark — July 10, 2011 @ 4:00 am

    Following @SPKitchen on Twitter @lyndacooks

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    Lynda Clark — July 10, 2011 @ 4:01 am
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    Lynda Clark — July 10, 2011 @ 4:02 am

    I am your fan on Facebook as Lynda Clark

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    Lynda Clark — July 10, 2011 @ 4:03 am

    Subscribe to Sweet Pea’s Kitchen by email

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    Lynda Clark — July 10, 2011 @ 4:04 am
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    Sara — July 10, 2011 @ 4:55 pm

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

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    Jan — July 10, 2011 @ 10:06 pm

    I would LOVE to win this!!!

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    Jan — July 10, 2011 @ 10:07 pm

    I subscribe via email.

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    Danielle Sleeper — July 10, 2011 @ 10:32 pm

    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!

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    Lisa — July 11, 2011 @ 7:45 am

    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!

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    Lisa — July 11, 2011 @ 7:46 am

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

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    Tiff — July 11, 2011 @ 12:23 pm

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

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    Oath S — July 11, 2011 @ 12:31 pm

    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.

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    Valerie — July 11, 2011 @ 1:48 pm

    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.

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    Valerie — July 11, 2011 @ 1:48 pm

    I’m already a fb fan! :-)

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    Laura Britton — July 11, 2011 @ 1:53 pm

    Just subscribed to get emails of your blog posts!

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    Laura Britton — July 11, 2011 @ 1:54 pm

    I am a fan on Facebook :)

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    Laura Britton — July 11, 2011 @ 1:55 pm

    I am following Sweet Pea’s Kitchen on Twitter!

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    Laura Britton — July 11, 2011 @ 1:56 pm

    I just tweeted about your giveaway! lybritton on twitter

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    Laura Britton — July 11, 2011 @ 1:58 pm

    I also put up a facebook post about SPK!

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    Laura Britton — July 11, 2011 @ 2:01 pm

    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!! :)

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    chocolateandcarrots — July 11, 2011 @ 2:38 pm

    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!

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    chocolateandcarrots — July 11, 2011 @ 2:39 pm

    I follow you on twitter! :-)

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    chocolateandcarrots — July 11, 2011 @ 2:40 pm

    I’m also a fan on facebook. Wahoo!

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    Dana@TheSundaySweet — July 11, 2011 @ 4:41 pm

    I’m an email subscriber to your adorable blog :)

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    Dana@TheSundaySweet — July 11, 2011 @ 4:42 pm

    I follow you on twitter.

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    Dana@TheSundaySweet — July 11, 2011 @ 4:45 pm

    I’m now a fan on facebook.

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    Ellie@fitforthesoul — July 11, 2011 @ 6:13 pm

    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 :)

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    Ellie@fitforthesoul — July 11, 2011 @ 6:13 pm

    I already get your emails Christina!~

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    Ellie@fitforthesoul — July 11, 2011 @ 6:14 pm

    I already follow your tweets as well :)

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    doe mora — July 11, 2011 @ 9:22 pm

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

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    tryityoumightlikeit — July 12, 2011 @ 8:45 am

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

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    tryityoumightlikeit — July 12, 2011 @ 8:46 am

    I like you on Facebook!

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    Adrienne Carolyn — July 12, 2011 @ 4:39 pm

    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.

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    Adrienne Carolyn — July 12, 2011 @ 4:40 pm

    Followed you on Twitter! Happy Blogiversary!

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