Daily Archives: January 30, 2011

Say a Prayer + Owl House Eats!

Good evening all! Hope you’ve had a lurvely and restful Sunday🙂

The first part of today’s post will be a little emotional and sappy, but I feel that this is a topic that I need to address because it really hit home with me today.

This morning after I posted a gluten-free pizza-for-one recipe, I headed off to church where I listened to an unexpectedly profound service.

It started with a meditation on the “goodbyes” that will be said at the end of the year (leaving for college), as well as a highlight on the goodbyes that will be said to the graduates that leave to go to war.

As I sat with eyes closed, I imagined my “goodbye” with my family with both excitement and incredible sadness. I will be leaving my comfortable house filled with the people I love most (and my stove), but entering into a new place that will have so much to offer: a life of my own, creativity in the kitchen, and the many excitements of college life (pursuing my passions and partying..obv).

But then, my mind shifted to how I would feel if I were leaving my parents to go to a place where I would be killing human beings, for the sake of “freedom”.

I am not in any way saying that there cannot be justifications for war, but instead I would like you to put yourself in that eighteen-year-old’s position for a moment. Imagine saying goodbye to your parents, knowing your next destination would be a foreign country with a bunch of soldiers you’ve never met, to a place where no one can be trusted.

Then, put yourself in the position of the parents saying goodbye to their child. The fear that their baby wouldn’t come home, or wouldn’t come home all in one piece. The fear that their little girl or little boy wouldn’t be the same person they said goodbye to, but instead someone they don’t recognize.

Many soldiers return home only to commit suicide. Over one thousand have survived suicide attempts, and most will come back from war with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

Whether you support war or not, please support our troops. These are our friends’ boys and girls, our neighbors, and the person who sat next to us in elementary school.

Say a prayer for these soldiers and their families tonight, and remember that our soldiers do not always believe what they are doing is right, but they feel that it is right to fight for our country and the lives of their loved ones.

Though I do not believe in the killing of any human being, I support the humanity of the people who lay down their lives every day, no matter whether that directly or indirectly protects us.

The reading and sermon that followed the meditation will be covered in tomorrow’s post. Here’s a hint: it has to do with your passion, your life, your career, and your heart. Any guesses?

If you pray, please also include my family in your prayers. Today had an abrupt turn for the worse, and we need your prayers as we nurse a family member back to health. You all are beautiful, and I know with the love of us all, we can all get through the tough times!

Also, please drive safely. You never know when one choice in a vehicle could change your life.

God bless!

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Now onto a less emotional topic………FOOD!

This afternoon (after the awesomely moving church service and a nice jaunt around the neighborhood with the puppers), we headed off to The Owl House.

I cannot rave enough about this place, it is delicious, has copious vegan and gluten-free entrees (this place even has gluten-free bread made with teff, can I get a hell yeah?!), and every dessert is vegan.

Gett @ m3.

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I got the Garden Salad (Field Greens, Farmers Market Vegetables, Lemon Vinaigrette), topped with a Lentil Burger, sans the Vegenaise and Onion Roll (not gluten free).

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It was delicious, I scarfed it down in 0.26 seconds and loved every bite. I haven’t had a grilled burger in much too long, and a reunion was well overdue. Hello, smoky flava!

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It made me incredibly skippidyy happy to find that the waitress was very accommodating to my vegan– and gluten-free restrictions (last time I came I was not on a gluten-free diet).

I always end up feeling like “that girl” who pesters the waitress.. “Can I have the blah blah blah but with no blah and with blah blah on the side? Oh, and no blah blah, either, can I get blahty blah instead?”

I would feel bad, but I like my food, and I like it my way:)

Which takes me to dessert! I absolutely could not resist this son-of-a-gun even though the burger left me sufficiently stuffed.

There is always room for chocolate.

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Chocolate Mousse (Cocoa-Avocado Puree, Fresh Fruit, Cacao Nibs).

IMG_3467This was to. die.

Recipe to come.

I’m not sure exactly how this motha was concocted, but I don’t ask, I just eat.

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Just you wait kiddos, this will be the most decadent thing that ever hit the bottom of your endless stomach.

I literally could not stop making “mmm!” noises while I was licking this off of my spoon, it was too good and I was getting some funny looks but I could care less.

And then I looked in the mirror and there was tons of chocolate in my teeth.

But as before, I could care less. It’s a small price to pay for chocolatey deliciousness🙂

Then, we headed across the street to one of my favorite co-op’s to explore fun foods and get free samples (wooo for Sundays!). There was free chocolate, chocolate-covered almonds, and organic blueberries! Uh, chocolate and fruit fo free? Get at me!

IMG_3469Blooooooobs🙂

I had three of these little cuppies, it’s fine. They’re free for a reason, people!

That’s all for now lovies! I’m off to make some din din, do my homework, get excited for my first day of psych tomorrow (new semester, hollllla!), and go to sleep EARLY.

I am making a vow to myself to go to bed NO LATER than 10 every night, and I am telling all of you because that will make sure I am more accountable for my own rebelliousness. It is now your job to keep me in line. Good luck, people!

What is your view on “support our troops”?

I support the people, not necessarily the war.

Do you ever feel like a pesky food orderer?

Uh, always. My food, my way, beeyotch!

Do you get food stuck in your teeth/your hair/on your clothes?

Yes, yes, and yes. That is why I wear scarves🙂

Have a good rest of your night! Eat some chocolate for me;)

xoxox,

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It’s a Pizza Pie! [Gluten-Free Pizza for One]

So I know I promised y’all a pizza recipe for last night, but let’s just say I had a stat project (due today at noon, how does that even happen?), then I spent way too long stalking the college I got into yesterday, and there was pizza involved. Oh, and cookies…and marzipan. Have I ever mentioned my obsession with marzipan? Yeah, I could eat the stuff for breakfast.

After my amazing morning, I skipped off to the gym and took an amazing spin class with this teacher who said he is 61 years old but I do not believe him because this guy was jacked and had way too much spunk to be grandpa-age.

No offense if you happen to be 61 and a dude and reading this. My apologies:)

But this spin class – I cannot even describe. It was an endurance spin that I came in late to (I caught the last hour or so), and my gym got NEW SPIN BIKES!! Ahhhh I was peeing basically. But then the first three bikes I tried were either squeaking, had wobbly handles, or were behind a really tall sweaty guy (I don’t exactly dig that sort of thing).

So once I got on my bike, the sweat started pouring and the windows were so fogged up that I actually thought that it might start raining in the spin room.

That’s what I like to call a hard core group of spinee’s.

Once I was done kicking some surrious spinee ass, I headed home and made the most glorious pizza that has ever entered my belly.

And yes, I was given permission by the Universe to eat copious amounts of pizza because it was VEGAN PIZZA DAY!! Ahhh I love holidays dedicated to food🙂

The pictures look icky because of flourescent lighting. Someone want to send me a light box for my birthday? I would love you forever:)

IMG_3439 Don’t judge my ugly pizza. It was delicious.

Amy’s Low-Sodium Marinara (because I’m cheap and don’t make my own), sliced baby bellas, 1/4 of a chopped red onion, and nooch. Cheesy, creamy, mushroomy, delicious.

Git in mah belly.

Since you guys are SO kind to me and don’t judge my fugly food, I will give you the recipe for the best single-serving pizza I have ever made in my life (and it took me approximately 2.54 seconds to mix together, I know I am supawoman).

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Again, please do not judge the ugliness and blurriness of the photograph. You are all blessed souls and I will pay you all back in love and unicorns when we all meet in heaven (okay that sounded really morbid, let’s make it easier and have a bloggy meetup in real life and eat lots of pizza and cookies:)).

I don’t know quite what to say, except just make this. You can thank me later.

Plus, it’s redonkulously high in protein and fulfills both carbs and protein for your din din. Check, and check.

Gluten-Free Pizza for One

Adapted from CleanEatingChelsey

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup buckwheat or quinoa flour
  • 1/4 cup garbanzo bean flour
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 3/4 tsp. xanthan gum
  • 1 tsp. active yeast
  • 1/4 tsp. stevia
  • 1/2 tsp. olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp. apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup warm water

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit and lightly grease a cookie sheet with EVOO.
  2. Combine dry ingredients, then add wet ingredients and mix thoroughly.
  3. Spread out with wet hands to your desired shape/thickness, and then cook without toppings for 5 minutes.
  4. Add toppings and cook for an additional 10 minutes.
  5. Slice and enjoy!

I topped mine with marinara, baby bellas, spinach lettuce, and nooch. If you dig cheese, load it with that but I’m good with my shrooms and lettuce:)

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Served with a hugh jass salad on the side. Baby spinach, artichoke hearts, green beans, carrots, and tomatoes dressed in balsamic and EVOO.

IMG_3295BAM. Satisfied tummy:)

Then I got hungry again and had a ton of cookies, a banana with almond butter, and some quinoa/lentil/raisin mixtures in my Robin Hood mug. Yes, it does exist, and no I was not joking when I tweeted about this.

IMG_3453Doesn’t that just make you smile?

Look at him all ferocious with his bow and arrow…roaaaaar I am Robin Hood!

Hahahahaha.

I crack myself up.

Have a good morning lovlies! I’m off to church, and then I’ll be digging into leftover pizza and injera with the uncle and the rest of the fam. There will probably be a workout squeezed in there too:)

What are your Sunday plans?

Church, eat cookies, work out, SLEEP:)

What are your favorite pizza toppings?

‘Shrooms and spinach lettuce but I was all out because I am a rabbit and eat a pound of it every other day.

Do you have any mugs that make you smile?

Yesss Robin Hood and I also have one from Disney World with all of the Pooh characters chasing each other:)

Happy Sunday!

xoxox,

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