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photo ATTACK!!!

If my previous post wasn’t a photo overload, then this one surely is.

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Trigger happy?  Maybe.

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Having fun exploring new places in Ft. Collins?  Most definitely.  I always take a lot of photos on Saturday.  One reason is because I typically head to a farmers market.  I went to my first market in FoCo on Saturday and was extremely pleased.  I headed to the market on Oak Street, which was just packed with fall food! 

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I have never seen zucchini this color before.  This photo is not enhanced.  They were THAT yellow/orange.

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Plums, apples + pears.  I need to eat up all of my apples + peaches before I start buying pears!

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Has anyone ever seen HEIRLOOM KALE.  I think I might have slightly jumped with excitement when I saw it.  The bunch was at least double the size I typically find and it was only $3!  The leaves are flat and it’s much softer than typical kale.  I’m so very excited to cook this!  I’m not sure it will work to make kale chips, but it might be better in things like soup because it’s not as tough to chew.

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I’ve never seen this before and thought it was a great idea.  Polling the customers to find out things like, how much money they spent at the market, how far they traveled, etc. 

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So, apparently these “egg” looking eggplants are where they got their name from.  I’ve never even seen one!  It’s about the size of a softball.

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Yellow cucumbers??  These were SO crazy.  I bought 2 of them plus the eggplant for $1.  Oh yes.  It’s a tad sweeter and the skin doesn’t have a bitter taste at all.  When you cut into it, the middle of the slices are literally translucent.  It’s kind of crazy.

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I took this photo because I liked their sign holders :)

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After the market, Pat + Natalie came up to visit and we headed to the Sustainability Fair.  We saw pretty cool things…

Like this solar powered DJ booth!

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We found a LOT of samples too.

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We also found lunch.  Chris opted for a RAW/vegan lunch.  It was so flipping delicious!!  It’s from a local vegetarian/vegan restaurant called Tasty Harmony.  We haven’t eaten there yet, but I cannot wait til we do! 

He go the “living falafel” with hummus, cucumber, salad, and a delicious dressing, sitting on a bed of collard greens.  The falafel was really good.  It was basically ground up nuts, seeds and spices, which was then dehydrated.  He loved it!  As did I, hehehe.

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The sauce on top was killler.

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I opted for Ethiopian, which was a first for me!  I couldn’t stop talking about this meal for the rest of the day.  The flavors were more than amazing. 

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This came from, Nyala, another local restaurant.  They had a lot of veggie options.  I had a hard time deciding!!  It was a thick tomato based sauce [Ras-ka], full of spices, potatoes, beans, carrots and a few other things.  It was 55* out yesterday, so this meal was extremely comforting.

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I spy Pat + Nat.  If you’re new to the blog [HI!!] Pat + Nat are my brother-in-law and sister-in-law.  Pat is Chris’s brother.

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I spy VIBRAMS! :)

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There were about 100 booths, and I checked them all out.  There was an adorable local sewing shop with a tent.  These fabrics make me want to buy a sewing machine.  They’re just so cute.

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Lot’s of furry friends!

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Bamboo frame bikes!

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Local music.

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I won a box of Crayola crayons and was pretty excited about it….hehehe

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Pat + Nat

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Nat + me

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Peter [tamale Peter!] + Michelle

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Bill Nershi, from String Cheese Incident, made an appearance.  Good times!

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Insert here:  Mexican food + 1/2 pitcher of margaritas + making cinnamon rolls to have for breakfast :)

Pat + Natalie were spending the night, and I wanted something fun to serve for breakfast.  After seeing my cousin make cinnamon rolls last weekend, that was all I had on my mind!  I tweeted for recipe ideas and finally settled on one from Mama Pea.  The ingredient list was simple.  I had everything on hand. 

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These are about the healthiest cinnamon rolls you could make, but not to worry, they didn’t sacrifice flavor or a perfectly doughy center. 

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They baked perfectly and had a nice crunchy crust.  I only changed a few minor things with the recipe and made my own glaze.  These will definitely be made again!

Cinnamon Rollswhole wheat + vegan! [adapted from Mama Pea’s Blackberry Cinnamon Rolls] makes 10-14 rolls

  • 2c whole wheat pastry flour 
  • 1/2c bread flour [or all-purpose flour]
  • 1c non-dairy milk
  • 1 packet yeast
  • 1/4c unsweetened applesauce
  • 1T baking powder
  • 2T sucanat [or pure cane sugar]
  • 1/2t cinnamon
  • 1/4t salt
  • 1t vanilla
  1. Heat milk so it is warm to the touch and stir in yeast.
  2. Let sit 5-10min, until foamy, then mix in applesauce + vanilla.
  3. While yeast is sitting, in a large bowl mix together both flours, baking powder, sucanat [or sugar], cinnamon and salt.
  4. Combine yeast mixture to the dry and mix with hands to combine, until it starts to form dough.
  5. Turn out onto a floured surface.  You will most likely need to add an extra 1/4-1/3c flour to get the dough to come together.
  6. Knead until the dough is smooth and just slightly sticky, about 20-30 kneads. 
  7. Roll into a rectangle, about 1/4” thick.
  8. Spread filling mixture below evenly on the dough.
  9. Roll the dough [from the long side] up tightly, to create a log.
  10. Cut about 1 1/2” pieces and place on a greased pan.  Leave about 1” in between each roll.  I used 2, 8” round cake pan but square also works.
  11. Cover + let rise for 40-60min.  Or, cover and place in the fridge overnight.
  12. Pre-heat oven to 350* and bake 22-25min.  They should be nice and brown on top.
  13. Drizzle glaze on when the rolls come out of the oven.


  • 1/2c sucanat [or brown sugar]
  • 1T cinnamon
  • 2T vegan butter, at room temp.
  1. Mash together with a fork + spread on dough when ready.


  • 3/4-1c powdered sugar
  • 1/2t vanilla bean paste [or 1/2t vanilla extract]
  • 1/2t cinnamon
  • 2-3T non-dairy milk
  1. Stir sugar, vanilla, and cinnamon together.
  2. Add milk slowly and whisk until a thick paste forms. 
  3. Drizzle on cinnamon rolls after they come out of the oven.

*If you don’t have non-dairy milk + butter available, it would definitely work with regular butter + milk. 

**Depending on how thinly you roll out the dough, will yield you more or less rolls.  I rolled mine a bit too thin and ended up with 16.

This recipe was simple.  I had it mixed, rolled, cut and in the fridge in 15min.  And, like I said, this was prepared after a few margaritas ;)

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Don’t be intimidated to work with yeast or dough.  This is a great recipe to play with if you’re new to either! 

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I can’t stop thinking about other delicious things to spread inside of these cinnamon rolls before baking…

  • peanut butter, jelly, bananas
  • peanut butter, chocolate chips, cinnamon, sugar
  • almond butter, cinnamon, sugar
  • banana, peanut butter, pecans, cinnamon

So many possibilities.  I urge you to try this recipe out and then go thank the vegan foodie genius, Mama Pea!

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Feel free to make more glaze, if you like your rolls completely covered.  I like mine lightly drizzled on, so things don’t get too sweet, weird I know. :)

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These were a definite crowd pleaser.  Time to eat another.

<3 Ashley

-- Thanks for all of your kind words about my previous blog post for Project Food Blog.  Voting starts Monday morning and goes through Wednesday.  **edited to add** You have as many votes as contestants that get to the next round.  This round 400 people move on to round 2, so you have 400 votes [but you don’t have to use them all].  You can click the widget to the left, with the photo of me, to get to the voting page.  Or click here.  Thanks again! 

Reader Comments (55)

I can't even begin to comment on all the stunning foodie photos at that market! But I do know i want basically all those cool veggies (yellow cucumber? Awesome!).
Cinnamon rolls look amaze too :D

September 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterFreya (Brit Chick Runs)

I'm with you - any time I see great fabric I want to start sewing. Of course that means I need to learn how to sew first...

First, the pictures are stunning. Second, vegan cinnamon rolls??? Pinch me! So excited to try them!

September 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJL Goes Vegan

Your cinnamon rolls look UNREAL!

September 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJessica @ How Sweet

What a fantastic day! Love all of your pics! :)

And those cinnamon rolls look a million times better than mine did.

Happy Monday Ashley! :)

September 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLauren

Those cinnamon rolls look SO good!!! I meant to tell you last weekend when I ran the half in Chicago I saw so many people running in Vibrams! There was even a man who literally ran it barefoot. He was sporting a shirt that said, "You can't feel the run unless you go barefoot". 13.1 miles? Crazy!!!

Beautiful pics as always :)

September 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterEstela @ Weekly Bite

They had those polling boards at one of the Farmer's Markets near me a few weeks ago! It was fun to put the little stickers on! They told me they were doing it to see if there would be interest in keeping the market open YEAR ROUND! I hope they do!

September 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSarah

Fort Collins looks awesome already!

September 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTeri [a foodie stays fit]

That market is amazing :) Such an eclectic mix. I have been wanting to try Ethiopian food for some time now, and this makes me want it even more! P.S. My mom sews and I have definitely seen her whip up some masterpieces with some of those fabrics you showed. I have a sewing machine and I really need to use it more.

September 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCarly (Thomas) Milbert

i wish i had a nickname like tamale peter! :)

it's official - i have got to get my butt up to ft. collins. no question!

September 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterHeather (Heather's Dish)

I'm loving all the pics!!! It's almost like being at the market with you ;) My favorite was the one with the Bernese Mountain Dog lolling around on the ground (makes me miss ours sooo much!!!)
We are having company next weekend, so I am definitely going to try those cinnamon rolls!
Happy Monday!!

September 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnne

great pictures- i want to eat those cinnamon rolls out of the computer!

September 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLauren at KeepItSweet

omg those look beyond perfect!! how do yo uget them to look so beautiful!!!

September 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterNaomi(onefitfoodie)

James and I ate at Nyala when we were in Ft. Collins once--AMAZING. I love Ethiopian food for the flavors, the awesome doughy injera bread, and the fact that you get to eat with your hands! It's a cute little restaurant.

September 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterEmily

Dear Ashley,

Please feel free to attack me with photos anytime.


September 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterChristine

That farmers market looks awesome! Great photos...I wish the ones near me were as amazing :) Great job on the cinnamon rolls, too! I would devour those if they were in my house...that means I should probably make some :)

September 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterEmily

ohh I loved the photo attack!! looks like so much fun and those cinnamon rolls look delicious!

September 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterHealthy Heddleston

love all your market photos! so fun! & yum cinnamon rolls must have some now.

September 20, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterrachel

That farmers market is amazing! Might be worth the trek to Ft Collins!

September 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAlyssa

What an epic Farmer's Market!
The DJ booth is way cool :)

September 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCamille

Orange Zucchini?! That is exciting! Perfect for fall.

September 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBritta Peters

Those rolls are to die for- I want some!

September 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLiz @ Blog is the New Black

I love Ethiopian food! It's amazing. Also my first pair of vibrams come in the mail today! :)

September 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLiz

Oh my gosh!!! Exciting. Send me photos so I can add them to the VFF Photos page, under my Barefoot page!!

September 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Thanks for saying hi Britta!!! Hope you and the family are doing well :)

September 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Ooooh, I found your email address from the comment you left me. I'll shoot you an email with Vibram tips soon :)

September 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

hehe, thanks Christine ;)

September 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Still haven't had the bread though!!

September 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Hahaha, you should have seen the 2nd pan ;) They were baby size.

September 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

They will make your house smell lovely!!!

September 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

This made me really LOL. I didn't realize I nicknamed him ;)

September 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

There are TOO many things I want to do!!

September 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

What could be better than that???

September 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Thanks for telling me!! I've read up a lot on actual barefooting and am just starting to do it myself. I'm using it to strengthen my feet though...don't think I'll be running any races barefoot...but really, who knows! ;)

September 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Congrats on the half!!

September 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

You will love them!

September 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Thanks Freya!!!

September 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Oh my goodness!!! These photos are wonderful. They literally made me want to jump up and head to the nearest farmers market asap!!! And I will have to try out that cinnamon roll recipe soon, they look delicious. ;)

September 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAlexa @sohdalex

Gorgeous cinnamon rolls! I adapted Mama Pea's recipe for my blueberry cinnamon rolls - she developed such a wonderful base recipe :).

I also love your photos of the fresh produce. Looks like you enjoyed a lovely day!

September 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLauren

Ohhh my goodness, these are so much healthier than the version I made this weekend, hehe. ;)

September 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLaura @ Blogging Over Thyme

What a beautiful photos of the farmers market!!

And those cinnamon buns, can I come over for breakfast??

September 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterPure2raw twins

What stunning stunning photos!

September 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLisa

The late night-baked cinnamon rolls are beautiful! ;) The FoCo Farmer's Market is one we haven't ventured to yet, I'm hoping one of these weekends we actually go up on Saturday morning so I can check it out!

September 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterHeather C

Fort Collins looks like your Utopia!! I need to get my rear out there. And it's funny you posted about cinnamon rolls because Dave and I had this idea to make some using your roasted maple cinnamon almond butter! I'm not a huge fan of cinnamon rolls, but yours look so good I'm sure that I would gobble them right up!! I especially like the idea of eating them with bananas!

September 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAbby

We used to live in Boulder and ADORE Tasty Harmony. They make the best food and we make a point to visit every time we visit the Fort. I have been meaning to tell you to go there to eat. I love your blog....thanks for sharing!

September 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLiz :)

September 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

I'm not a huge fan either, because they are just SO rich. But these were great. I could have eaten 5. Again, you are welcome any time. p.s. see you in 2 weeks!!!!!!!!!!

September 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

those cinnamon rolls look UN BE LIEVABLE! One day you'll get the bill from apple when they have to fix my computer from drool flooding.

Do you think the dough could be made a day or so ahead of time? They would be great to impress overnight guests with. (Or lets just be honest, I wouldnt want to be all alone in the house with a pan of these... )

September 22, 2010 | Unregistered Commentercarrie

Carrie...hilarious!!!!!!! Yes, I made the dough the night before. I'm sure you could make it even longer 24hrs. Not sure how long is okay to keep it in the fridge. I had it all done, rolled, cut and put into the greased baking pans, covered with saran. Just pop them in the oven in the morning. I made them for guests too! :)

September 22, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

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