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Holiday Virgin Recipe


I know that it’s after Christmas, but you can always save this idea for next year! As I mentioned in my previous post, every year our Christmas party invites a “holiday virgin” and we have a lot of fun with planning for this whole event! Everyone at the party has been a virgin at some point…yea, yea, I know where your mind is going, so get your head out of the gutter and get with the program, friend. The holidays are about sharing and caring!


VirginNot our virgin…or half the party, at least, would have been unable to focus!


Recipe for a Surprise Holiday Virgin


  1. Invite a friend you know who will be alone on Christmas Eve

  2. Tell them that they’re invited to dinner with a group of great people

  3. When they ask what they can bring, tell them, “Maybe some chocolates or a bottle of wine” – your choice!

  4.  Everyone at the party exchanges gifts later and has bought gifts for the virgin – but the virgin doesn’t know there are gifts involved. If the person asks, just say, “It’s just dinner!”

  5. Buy thoughtful and fun gifts for everyone to enjoy and/or bake goodies to share!


Speaking of baking, I had bought Kim Barnouin‘s “Skinny Bitch Bakery” before the holidays and made Stephane’s Orange Poppy Seed Bundt Cake. It was delicious! Everyone loved it!


photo-13Skinny Bitch Bakery by Kim Barnouin

Defining Moments


One day not long ago, I sat down and watched the film “Forks Over Knives” and it changed everything for me! Due to a close friends battle with metastatic breast cancer, I had watched “Crazy Sexy Cancer”, read “Skinny Bitch” by Rory Freedman & Kim Barnouin, while “Veganist” by Kathy Freston had been waiting in my bathroom for me to read. I had known about F.O.K. for about six months and it had been sitting patiently in my Queue on Netflix. After watching the film, I thought “This is IT!” …trying hard not to blame myself for not  having watched it sooner!

I wish that I had known about this information years ago…I can’t help but wonder if perhaps my friend would still be alive today! I believe that this film could have made a difference, not only in her life but in anyones life who is fighting cancer, heart disease or diabetes.

In the past six months, three people close to me have moved to heaven! My Dad passed away in September from a heart attack. Growing up, my Dad had been a vegetarian for 12 years until he married his new wife, but from our many conversations, my Dad knew that a plant-based diet was the way to go! Now, I truly believe that he’s sitting up there in heaven saying, “Nina, I want you to write this down! It’s important that people know the truth! It’s important that YOU make this change!”

My next move was to read “Veganist” by Kathy Freston. Well, I cheated a little and borrowed the audio version from the library (even though I own the book). Let me tell you, if F.O.K. didn’t nail me….this book certainly did! I highly recommend it!

Going plant-based vegan, as a world traveler and adventurer, is like visiting a new country and falling in love! Perhaps you have had this experience? You never want to leave and you hope the vacation never ends! Trust me, after what I know now…I’m Staying! It is my hope to inspire you to make some healthier changes! …And perhaps, like me, you will also walk away saying, “WOW! I wish I had known about this and made this switch years ago!”