eat. live. travel. write. turns FIVE!

Lynn Crawford Chocolate Peanut Butter Mousse on eatlivetravelwrite.comIt’s my actual birthday today and I’m celebrating with this fabulous chocolate peanut butter mousse from At Home with Lynn Crawford.

Lynn Crawford is one of North America’s most popular celebrity chefs.  Known for her work in restaurants (including the highly-acclaimed Ruby WatchCo), she’s also seen on Food Network Canada (most recently, as a judge on Chopped Canada).  Lynn’s style is reflected in At Home with Lynne Crawford where you’ll find 200 delicious and simple recipes – Lynn’s all-time favorites that she makes at home as often as she can to share with family and friends!  The collection is rounded out with Lynn’s all-time favorite casual home-entertaining recipes that include drinks, fancy cocktails, late night snacks, and much more. At Home with Lynn Crawford celebrates home cooking at its best – simple recipes that taste great and that don’t involve a ton of ingredients (most of the recipes are one page only, which I love!).

AtHomeWithLynnCrawfordI recently had the chance to cook with Lynn  at an event organised by KitchenAid Canada and loved her attitude to food prep – it should be fun, un-fussy and easy to make delicious dishes (which we did that day, even under the clock!).  The chocolate peanut butter mousse was the dessert of the day and it was so good I knew I had to recreate it for myself.  Last weekend we spent time with dear friends and I knew it was the prefect dessert to celebrate Mothers’ Day (for my friends) and birthdays (for me). I was not wrong!  You can find the recipe for Chef Lynn’s chocolate peanut butter mousse here.

Chocolate PEanut Butter Mousse from At Home with Lynn Crawford on eatlivetravelwrite.comSo come on – grab a spoon and dig in – there are lots of reasons to celebrate today!

Because this week also happens to be my blog birthday – marking FIVE YEARS of eat. live. travel. write. I know, right? FIVE YEARS?  Who would have thought when I hit “Publish” back in 2009 that I’d still be blogging in 2014? Certainly I didn’t dare to think that I might be!  But here I am, my blog is a huge part of my life and brings me (and my taste-tester neighbours, colleagues and friends) so much pleasure.

So here’s a little something to say “thanks for reading”:

A (Canadian) giveaway!

9 Speed Architect Hand MixerBecause I think everyone should have an awesome hand mixer to whip up dishes such as chocolate mousse, thanks to the kind folks at KitchenAid Canada, I have one KitchenAid® 9-Speed Architect Hand Mixer (MSRP $99.99) to give away to one lucky Canadian resident and because I think it’s a great companion to a new hand mixer, we’re throwing in a copy of At Home with Lynn Crawford as well!

The 9-Speed Hand Mixer, with an exclusive Accessory Pack (2 Stainless Steel Turbo Beater™ II Accessories, Stainless Steel Pro Whisk, 2 Stainless Steel Dough Hooks, Blending Rod and a Storage Bag to neatly protect and organize everything), offers endless opportunities in one hand-held appliance.  It’s the perfect go-to small appliance for mixing, kneading, whipping, blending and so much more.

How to enter:

There are 2 ways to enter (maximum of two entries per person for the duration of the contest).

1. Leave me a comment on this post telling me the first thing you’d make with your new hand mixer.
2. Tweet the following message: Enter to win a @KitchenAid_CA hand mixer + At Home with @Chef_Lynn on @eatlivtravwrite  (Canada only) Details: then come back to leave a second comment letting me know you did.

Eligibility and contest rules:

– Open to Canadian residents only.
– No purchase of any product necessary for entry.
– Winner will be chosen randomly (using from all qualified entries on Monday May 19th after 6pm EST.
– Winner will be notified via email Tuesday May 20th.
– The prize consists of of one KitchenAid® 9-Speed Architect Hand Mixer and one copy of At Home with Lynn Crawford (to be shipped separately)

Good luck!



Let’s ALL get kids excited about food on May 16th 2014 – Food Revolution Day! Check out all the details on how you can participate here.




Congrats to Leanne who won the Nespresso VertuoLine cokffee machine. I’ve emailed you!

94 thoughts on “eat. live. travel. write. turns FIVE!”

  1. Happy Birthday! Happy Blog Anniversary! I would love to try to make the Chocolate Peanut Butter Mousse with the mixer.

  2. Congrats on five years, and thanks for all the successful recipe tests.

    Oh – and happy birthday too. 😉

  3. Congratulations on your 5 years and HAPPY BIRTHDAY!
    First thing I would make would be a chocolate cake!

  4. Congrats on turning five! I would make something for my Mom from Lynn’s new book. My Mom is a huge fan of Lynn Crawford; we all are. She is diabetic, so I would try to find a recipe that is diabetic friendly, or exchange ingredients to make it work.

  5. The first thing I would make with this beautiful KitchenAid Hand Mixer would be my eight year sons favourite brownies. Thanks for the contest!

  6. I am leaving a second comment because I tweeted, also could use this, I have an old One that i got for a wedding gift in 1977 wow its old and beat up lol my twitter is @tomgirlbc

  7. Happy Birthday! I had the chance to eat at Ruby WatchCo and meet Lynn and the food was delicious. I would love to win to make whipped cream and also the book because she is an amazing Chef. Thanks for the giveaway!

  8. Happy Birthday…Happy Blog Anniversary!
    The first thing I would make with this mixer would be a big batch of cookies 🙂

  9. Happy, happy birthday, my sweet friend, to both you and your fantastic blog! Our entire family LOVED seeing you over the weekend, and as always, we were thrilled to share in the fruits of your blog, so to speak – the mousse was delicious. Thank you for sharing your passion for good food, for cooking, and for healthy and interesting eating with your friends and readers; our kitchens and our lives are the better for it. Many hugs and much love to you!

  10. I would gift the hand mixer to someone who doesn’t have the joy of a Kitchen Aid Professional mixer like I do, but keep the cookbook for myself! Happy Blogoversary!

  11. Happy birthday to you
    happy birthday to you
    happy birthday, dear Mardi
    happy birthday to you.

    Hip hip…..HOORAY
    Long may ELTW continue

  12. Dear Mardi, a very Happy Birthday to you – what a delicious way to celebrate with vthis fabulous looking Chocolate Peanut Butter Mousse! And also Happy 5th Blogiversary! What an achievement indeed! Herzlichen Glückwunsch!

  13. Congratulations on your 5 years and HAPPY BIRTHDAY! I would make Coconut cupcakes! YUMMO!!!

  14. Mardi, hope you had a wonderful birthday and wishing you a fantastic year full of more fabulous gastronomic adventures with, of course, happy memories fulfilled to eat, live, travel and write! Cheers!

  15. Congratulations on the success of your blog, wishing you many more years to come!

    The first thing I would make with my mixer is a Turkish Red Lentil Soup.

  16. congrats and I would make a pudding pound cake I Usually make cookies but I love puddings and cakes ,fantastic

  17. I also tweeted (@tomboybc) would love to cook with KitchenAid® 9-Speed Architect Hand Mixer and one copy of At Home with Lynn Crawford outstanding

  18. I tweeted to win too (tvalvano). Huge fan of Chef Lynn Crawford, KitchenAid & cooking/baking. First thing I would make-A Maple Cake! Very Canadian! 🙂 Happy Victoria Day!

  19. The first thing I would make with a new hand mixer is a recipe for a lemon mousse that requires a strong hand mixer for the best results. The one I have right now frankly sucks so fingers crossed that I’ll win!

  20. Happy blogging birthday. I would make super scrumptious mash potatoes for dinner followed up by a beautiful chocolate mouse for dessert! Yum. Makes me salivate just thinking of it!

  21. Love this! My mother-in-law’s famous lemon pudding would be the first thing I make. Oh, and Happy Birthday!

  22. Hi Lynn,
    I would definitely make a batch of chocolate chip cookies with this great product…or scrambled eggs….or omlettes…..mmmmmmm….I’m starving….hmm….I mean hungry.

  23. This mousse looks so delicious! Peanut butter and chocolate is one of my fav combinations. If I won the first thing I’d make would probably be some fluffy egg whites for macarons. (My mixer isn’t doing that very well lately.)

  24. The first thing I would make is a batch of home made buns. I found a recipe recently that could be made with a hand mixer or by hand. We did it by hand and they turned out amazing!! I’m so happy I found it and I’ve been itching to give it another go! There’s not a lot better than fresh bread!


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