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: http://bit.ly/1fZNpI5 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 www.random.org) 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!

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94 Responses to eat. live. travel. write. turns FIVE!

  1. Cher May 12, 2014 at 05:10 #

    Happy, happy, happy birthday my friend!

    I am glad you hit publish five years ago.


  2. French Foodie in Dublin May 12, 2014 at 05:39 #

    Happy birthday and happy blogiversary Mardi! 🙂

  3. Aimee @ Simple Bites May 12, 2014 at 07:10 #

    Woot woot! Congratulations my friend. I am loving this cookbook also. =)

  4. Debbie May 12, 2014 at 07:30 #

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

  5. Mr. Neil May 12, 2014 at 07:48 #

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

    Oh – and happy birthday too. 😉

  6. Sam @ My Carolina Kitchen May 12, 2014 at 08:48 #

    Congratulations and happy blog anniversary. I’ve enjoyed every minute.

  7. Christine May 12, 2014 at 09:21 #

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

  8. Joy May 12, 2014 at 10:12 #

    Congratulations!! I would make a cake with my new mixer 🙂

  9. Joy May 12, 2014 at 10:12 #

    I tweeted ! https://twitter.com/Jemrah1/status/465857008856358913

  10. Brandi Wein May 12, 2014 at 10:18 #

    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.

  11. Donna Desforges May 12, 2014 at 10:20 #

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

  12. Donna Desforges May 12, 2014 at 10:22 #

    Hello! I have tweeted the contest message on my twitter, thank you!

  13. Natalie May 12, 2014 at 10:46 #

    Happy birthday!

    I’d make chocolate chip cookies first. They’re my family’s favourite 🙂

  14. Natalie May 12, 2014 at 10:49 #

    I tweeted:

  15. laurel k May 12, 2014 at 11:00 #

    the first thing I would make if I won would be a nice whipped up egg omlette

  16. laurel k May 12, 2014 at 11:02 #

    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

  17. Aneta Alaei May 12, 2014 at 11:19 #

    I would make my momma’s cheesecake, divine!

  18. Aneta Alaei May 12, 2014 at 11:20 #

    I tweeted from @homewithaneta

  19. @LaCuisineHelene May 12, 2014 at 11:52 #

    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!

  20. @LaCuisineHelene May 12, 2014 at 11:53 #

    I tweeted about the giveaway 🙂

  21. nicolthepickle May 12, 2014 at 11:56 #

    I would make boiled frosting~! It’s my nemesis and I will master it.

  22. nicolthepickle May 12, 2014 at 11:59 #

    Tweeted https://twitter.com/Nicolthepickle/status/465883794713481216

  23. Doris H. May 12, 2014 at 12:19 #

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

  24. Doris H. May 12, 2014 at 12:20 #

    I tweeted out the message!!

  25. Dreena May 12, 2014 at 12:22 #

    Happy Birthday!
    The first thing I make is a cake….for my own upcoming birthday.

  26. Dreena May 12, 2014 at 12:23 #

    I tweeted:

  27. eastandwestgirl May 12, 2014 at 12:40 #

    I would make dark chocolate mousse.

  28. Coco in the Kitchen May 12, 2014 at 13:05 #

    Happy birthday, Mardi!
    Wishing you a day as sweet as this mousse.

  29. Amanda May 12, 2014 at 14:14 #

    When are you coming to NY to make these for me? You won’t even need to put them in the ramekins.

  30. Amanda May 12, 2014 at 14:21 #

    p.s. Happy Birthday
    p.p.s. I think you’ll have to make me a double batch.

  31. Evelyne@cheapethniceatz May 12, 2014 at 15:05 #

    Happy 5th anniversary, so awesome! I would whip cream for the soon coming fresh strawberries

  32. cat May 12, 2014 at 15:19 #

    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!

  33. Jonnie May 12, 2014 at 16:48 #

    I would make some banana loaf

  34. suzi May 12, 2014 at 18:56 #

    I would definitely make cupcakes first!

  35. Laurie Ingram May 12, 2014 at 20:04 #

    I would make butterscotch pudding.

  36. Jobie May 12, 2014 at 20:30 #

    I would make Nutella crepes. Yummy.
    Congrats on five years

  37. Francine May 12, 2014 at 21:18 #

    tweeted – https://twitter.com/1byspike/status/466024591626743808

  38. Francine May 12, 2014 at 21:20 #

    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!

  39. Geoff May 12, 2014 at 22:31 #

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

    Hip hip…..HOORAY
    Long may ELTW continue

  40. Amber May 12, 2014 at 23:30 #

    I would make a beautiful batch of brownies with salted caramel first with this mixer!!

  41. Amber May 12, 2014 at 23:43 #

    I also tweeted! https://twitter.com/akbperkins/status/466060992225345536

  42. TheKitchenLioness May 13, 2014 at 04:16 #

    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!

  43. angela m May 13, 2014 at 12:42 #

    The first thing I would make is a carrot cake

  44. Glogirl May 13, 2014 at 13:30 #

    I would make a chocolate fudge cake with this mixer.

  45. Glogirl May 13, 2014 at 13:30 #

    Tweet~ http://twitter.com/glogirl3/status/466269051036397570

  46. Amirah May 13, 2014 at 14:26 #

    I would make a chocolate cake. Happy 5th =)

  47. K A B L O O E Y May 13, 2014 at 16:52 #

    HAPPY BLOGOBIRTHDAYVERSARY to you!! To the most prolific and successful member of our long-ago blog class, Mardi! (I’m drinking to you, trust me.)

  48. Belinda McNabb May 13, 2014 at 19:48 #

    congrats! the very first thing I would make is a chocolate cake

  49. Belinda McNabb May 13, 2014 at 19:49 #



  50. Amy C May 13, 2014 at 23:12 #

    I would make chocolate chip cookies.

  51. Rebby May 14, 2014 at 00:09 #

    I would make a delicious chocolate cake!

  52. Jen C AKA @JusticeSadie May 14, 2014 at 00:19 #

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

  53. Jen C AKA @JusticeSadie May 14, 2014 at 00:21 #

    Tweeted the comment. Thanks for the chance. Fingers crossed https://twitter.com/JusticeSadie/status/466432805652951042

  54. Jill@MadAboutMacarons May 14, 2014 at 17:03 #

    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!

  55. Zosia May 16, 2014 at 06:51 #

    Congratulations! I’d like to try my hand at making macarons.

  56. Carol M May 16, 2014 at 14:17 #

    Congrats on 5 years! I’d probably make shortbread.

  57. Carol M May 17, 2014 at 11:30 #

    I tweeted


  58. Xing May 18, 2014 at 13:35 #

    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.

  59. Katrina Brady May 18, 2014 at 18:26 #

    The first thing I’d make is a batch of my fabulous oatmeal cookies

  60. paul v May 18, 2014 at 18:30 #

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

  61. Tina L. May 18, 2014 at 18:32 #

    The first thing that I would make is cheesecake.

  62. paul v May 18, 2014 at 18:32 #

    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

  63. Tina L. May 18, 2014 at 18:34 #

    tweeted https://twitter.com/tlee351/status/468157232761159681

  64. Teresa Valvano May 19, 2014 at 08:41 #

    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!

  65. bookgeeks May 19, 2014 at 12:52 #

    I would make this amazing looking peanut butter mousse!

  66. Sandy Avvari May 19, 2014 at 12:53 #

    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!

  67. Sophie May 19, 2014 at 12:58 #

    Happy BIrthday!

    I would use the mixer to make some special cupcakes with my kids!

  68. bookgeeks (Bobbi) May 19, 2014 at 12:59 #

    I just tweeted from @book_geeks: https://twitter.com/book_geeks/status/468434513727483904

    • bookgeeks (Bobbi) May 19, 2014 at 13:03 #

      First thing I would make is that amazing looking chocolate peanut butter mousse with my hand blender!

  69. Amanda May 19, 2014 at 13:00 #

    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!

  70. Kathleen May 19, 2014 at 13:01 #

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

  71. Julie Dyer May 19, 2014 at 13:02 #

    Congratulations on five years! I’ve just tweeted about your giveaway:

  72. Aubrey Dawe May 19, 2014 at 13:02 #

    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.

  73. Kathleen May 19, 2014 at 13:03 #


  74. Julie Dyer May 19, 2014 at 13:04 #

    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.)

  75. Olivia Howell Abel May 19, 2014 at 13:09 #

    I would bake the most amazing brownies in the world if I won this

  76. janice Cournoyer May 19, 2014 at 13:43 #

    I would make would be a red velvet cake.

  77. janice Cournoyer May 19, 2014 at 13:46 #

    https://twitter.com/janicour/status/468447350982070273 Tweeted. Congrats on 5 years!!!!

  78. amber y May 19, 2014 at 14:05 #

    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!

  79. amber y May 19, 2014 at 14:06 #

    I tweeted


  80. Cheri M. May 19, 2014 at 14:22 #

    The first thing I would make with the mixer is my favourite cookies – ginger snaps.

  81. Cheri M. May 19, 2014 at 14:26 #

    Tweeted https://twitter.com/Cdnscifigal/status/468456921477820418

  82. Linda May 19, 2014 at 14:41 #

    The first thing I would make with this mixer would be chocolate cake!

  83. April May 21, 2014 at 21:47 #

    Happy birthday and congrats on your 5 year anniversary! It’s been great following you since the start 🙂

  84. Jill@MadAboutMacarons May 22, 2014 at 09:56 #

    Happy 5th Blog Birthday, Mardi! What you do is amazing. Cheers to many more and good luck to the giveaway entrants.

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