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Indulgence Friday Update

Good morning bloggy boos! Happy Indulgence Friday🙂 How are you?

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We could use some sunshine around here. On Wednesday it was GORGEOUSLY sunny and warm, but I had to go to a dentist’s appointment and of course by the time it was over, so was the warmth and the sunshine. Ughhh, really, Mother Nature?!

Even so, it turned out alright because I took a nap and that just made everything better:) Do you get crazy hungry after naps too? I make a beeline straight for the kitchen!

Since we could all use a little more sunshine in our lives, here are a couple of shots of (a tree) and (a sign) during my rest day walk last weekend. It was sooo gorgeously sunny! A tad chilly but the sun compensates for all chilliness, don’t you think? Smile

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Don’t litter, people!

Motha Nature will thank you.

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In other news, last Indulgence Friday, I indulged in some restaurant food. Restaurant food is a big deal because well, it’s kind of expensive. Just saying.

We went to a local Mediterranean restaurant, and I got some pretty ugly food. But then again, fugly food is the most delicious:)

I got the Spinach Salad (the Greek dressing was BEYOND what my taste buds could handle. recreating asap, so so so good), Vegetarian Lenchili, tea, and an unpictured plate of hummus that was shared.

Tea:

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Salad (halfway done):

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Sooooooup!

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Okay I lied, ugliest bowl of soup in the world. It semi- looks like puke but I promise you in real life it looked semi-appetizing. It was delicious though:)

That’s all for today loves! See you tomorrow:)

How are you celebrating Indulgence Friday?

Baking:)

Favorite soup?

Butternut Squash Soup! This soup was deeelish though:)

Have you liked Chef Katelyn on Facebook yet?!

Well you better get on that!

xoxox,

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I’m a walking holiday!

Good (afternoon) bloggy boos! How are you?

I am currently noshing on a cookie dough bowl because um I woke up after eleven. Whaddafuh people this NEVER happens to me! I am usually the girl that can’t sleep past eight. This is abnormal but I am embracing the need for sleep, a girl’s gotta do what a girl’s gotta do!

So anywho, yesterday as I was driving to din din with Hollie, I noticed that a. every single bar was packed, and b. everyone was decked out in St. Patty’s day wear. People, St. Patty’s Day isn’t until Thursday, couldn’t you have waited at least until Thirsty Thursday?!

The Jersey Shore-esque title comes from a. The fact that I am the bubbliest person you will ever meet, and b. This guy:

 

Hahaha I was laughing really hard. He was just dancing on the sidewalk, I am pretty sure he was blamin’ it on the juice (name that song!).

Hollie and I met for din din at Natural Oasis, aka the place I go with ALL of my bloggy best friends, since the food is delicious, cheap, healthy, and the staff all know me. They even know my order and the fact that I prefer herbal tea, they don’t even have to ask. It is not unusual for them to ask “How’s the family?” I love being a regular Winking smile

We started off with two Coconut Milk Chai Teas (herbal) with agave.

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When Lisa and I went last weekend, we didn’t get these and I have NO idea why. This was so good!! I went a little heavy-handed with the agave, but it was still delicious nonetheless:)

Then, we ordered two Ethiopian Spiced Green Lentils (below) along with Brussels Sprouts + Cauliflower + Potatoes and Kale + Collard Greens. It obvs came with tons of injera. Not many photographs people, I apologize. I was too caught up in chatting! Smile

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Then we went back to mi Casa for cookies and Biggest Loser watching. Guys I am unhealthily obsessed with this show now. Jillian and Bob are my idols, I would love to spend every day making people healthier and (yelling at them) and talking with them about emotional issues.

Because in all honesty, morbid obesity (and obesity in general) is an eating disorder. Although it is not the stereotypical eating disorder, it is one. Instead of depriving themselves to slowly die, they are  overfeeding themselves. It is just as dangerous and emotional as what is thought of to be a more “classic” eating disorder (anorexia, bulimia, etc.).

So, we semi-stuffed our faces with cookies, raw chocolate mousse, granola (more on that soonSmile) and a Quinoa-Hummus-Raisin-Balsamic Bowl for my homegirl!

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In my classic doggy bowl. Lurve<3

I think it is safe to say she loved it.

A picture together before she left:

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Please ignore my scraggly hair. I desperately need a haircut! Slash a hairbrush. Ya know.

Her boyfran then picked her up and I went to sleep. I am pretty sure I slept an inhumane amount last night, but what can I say I love to snooze:) Besides, I have to save up my lack-of-sleep abilities for the school week!

See you in the morning lovelies!! Until then, you can wonder how on Earth one tiny person can eat this giant container of hummus in three days. Yup people that just happened.

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I am pretty sure it’s bigger than my head. Bee tee dubs this is a quadruple batch of my homemade hummus. You know you have a problem when you go through that much hummus in three days…with no help.

Anyone interested in having a hummus-raisin-balsamic lovers party?! I will gladly host Smile

Don’t forget to send in your Mission: I Feel Pretty pictures! These always make my day:)

Do you watch Jersey Shore?

Only while I’m working out:) Trash tv is only allowed while you’re doing something productive!

Are you a hummus-lover too?

I think the pictures speak for themselves;)

How are you being a walking holiday today?

Being as bubbly as Perrier and spreading smilessss:)

xoxox,

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I Found My Twinnie! [Indulgence Friday]

Good (afternoon) chickadees! How are you on this gloomy oomy Saturday?

Despite the gloom/rain/mush, I am j’adoring the warmth:) Yes, 47 degrees is a BIG DEAL in Upstate New York!

So yesterday was a bit crazy craze, sorry for no post loves! I had a sleepy day on Thursday, and then slept in a bit on Friday. I finally got to catch up on your bloggity blogs this morning! My Google Reader was full to the BRIM.

Anywhos, yesterday I cranked out another one of these spinning workouts at the gym, and then met my new bloggy friend Lisa for dinner at one of my favorite restaurants, Natural Oasis!

They have some of the best Ethiopian food I have ever tasted, and it is dirt cheap. And since we all know I am a cheapo, this is the perfect place for me:)

Since I am a seasoned eater at Natural Oasis, she had me order for the table. I chose the Risotto, Ethiopian Spiced Lentils, Curried Red Lentils, Sauteed Kale and Collard Greens, and Brussels Sprouts with Cauliflower.

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It all came with a giant pile of Injera, which is so. good. If you have never had Injera before, I urge you to go out to Ethiopian food tonight and try some. It is made of teff flour, which is crazy high in protein, and it is like gluten-free and vegan sourdough that you use as a plate/mop up stuff with. I could live on this stuff basically.

For dessert, we ordered some carroty deliciousness that involved raisins, so that is all I have to say about that:)

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Okay, enough with the food. I am not going to lie, this was the most fun I have had in a LONG time. Me and Lisa are basically twinnies just not the same age. Our birthdays are four days apart, we have the same philosophy about food, and have the same interests in regards to public health/nutrition/where our interests lie.

We were talking for so long that we actually got kicked out of the restaurant. They had cleaned everything up, put on their coats ready to close, and turned off the lights. “Goooodniiiight!” <—In their saweet Ethiopian accents

Hahahaha they pretty much gave us every hint to PLEASE LEAVE NOW.

But not before we got a picture together, obvs.

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Isn’t she gorg?! Go check out her bloggity blog, she is a culinary genius and just so fun to talk to. We are already planning on going to some crazy sounding classes that our gym has, so keep your eyes out for that:)

Hahahaha it is going to be so funny, did you know that our gym has a HULA HOOPING class?! It sounds crazy craze but the Madre took it awhile back and was crazy sore, so I am going to be laughing the whole time and then pay for it later by being sore. Karma people, karma:)

Slash we will also be making some raw deliciousness at her casa so get excited to see some yummy food in the near future! And hopefully running the Marine Core Half next year if I end up going to school in DC:)

That is all for today love bugs, I am off to the gymmy gym gym and then working on some papers before din din, and hopefully heading off to see some of my girls tonight! If not, more of an excuse to make some Raw Chocolate Mousse🙂

See you tomorrow morning bloggy boos! You will be seeing the post that was SUPPOSED to go up yesterday but didn’t because I am a lazy loo and slept in:) Aka, get ready for a Reader’s Request on my favorite go-to-snacks and meals on-the-go!

How did you celebrate Indulgence Friday?

ETHIOPIAN FOOD and making a new friend!:)

What is your favorite Ethiopian dish? Or if you don’t dig Ethiopian food, what is your favorite thing to order at a restaurant?

Ethiopian food: Lentils and injera. A match made in heaven:) Other restaurants: Raw Pizza!

Have you met someone through the blog world that you just “clicked” with?

Yessss, we are twinnies duh!

xoxox,

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Don’t You Want Me? + Vermont Food!

Hi love doves!! How are you?

I am not going to lie, I am rather sleepy and on a slight raisin burnout. I do not know how it happened, I am freaking out basically so I am laying off the raisins for the day. Tomorrow I will be back to my raisin-inhaling tendencies.

Yesterday I got home from Vermont and hit up the produce section of Weggie’s, and then put together a salad, quinoa, and some cinnamon-raisin socca that was a giant FAIL. Totally fine though, at least it tasted good:) Expect a recipe coming your way soon!

Pee ess (ew never typing that again), be sure to send in your Mission: I Feel Pretty pictures!! I am going to do a post soon with some of the ones I have received recently so don’t wait!

Slash I LOVED hearing about all of your addictions! (but not to drugs, thank goodness!) You can hear about my latest one here🙂 Oh and that is also where you can see hilarious pictures of me, myself, and I as well as some randoms I found around Burlington. Have a looksky!

Anywhos, the title is because I am OBSESSED with Glee. Like, it’s unhealthy. Just watch this video and try to tell me you are not obsessed too.

I have said this a million times and I will say it again. I AM MARRYING BLAINE he is so gorgeous, I will turn him from gay to straight, he can serenade me every night:) Will you all come to our wedding and bring me a Vitamix present?

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Lock me up and throw away the keyyyyy:) I would die for one of these babies! I told the Padre I would not mind getting one as a graduation present:)

Okay, now onto the Vermont food! Get ready to lick the screen.

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Burlington Food:

Dinner on Thursday was had at Zebby & Elf’s Stone Soup.

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We walked in to the smells of yummy deliciousness, happy customers, vibrant owners, and delicious baked goodies🙂

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The atmosphere was nothing short of warm and friendly. I could have eaten every meal of my life here!

The food consisted of a serve-your-own hot bar and salad bar. Below is the salad bar, I forgot a picture of the hot bar:(

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The Padre loaded up on tons of food, as per usual, and ordered a giant tuna sandwich to go with this plate full.

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This is one of those times I was a man and could eat millions of foot long subs and never be full. It is fine though my tummy never gets sick of almond butter:)

My plate consisted of greens, veg, steamed kale, sweet potatoes, sunflower seeds, falafel casserole (ohhhmaigawd, to DIE for), and completely covered in balsamic (I know I am cheating).

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Owner Zebby doubted my ability to eat this whole thing, but by George, I did it! He should come see everything I eat in a day, somehow my tiny little self is able to eat ginormous portions of anything and everything. I have been dubbed as the “bottomless pit” among my friends;)

Bee tee dubs, Zebby was a riot, and happens to have grown up in my home town! What a small world:)

Then we walked through the Church Street Market, which is still donning gorgeous Christmas lights!

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Please note that this was pre-blizzard. More on that later.

Friday Breakfast:

Breakfast on Friday was had in the hotel room, which was complete with a full kitchen, two TV’s (with cable! I was in heaven), and a hugh jass bathroom and king bed and bedroom. Lurve:)

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Perfect for the crazykins in me that brought my whole fridge from home. No big. Come on people, it would NOT be realistic for me to go out and buy some food every single time I need to eat (which is like every two hours basically).

The bowls in the cupboard were too small for my cookie dough so I used a mixing bowl.

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In case you couldn’t tell, I dig the whole orangey thing that “color boost” in Live Writer does. At least I look tanner:)

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Whaddup gangstaaaaz. Topped with bluebs, rasps, and tons of coconut. More was sprinkled after all the berries were mixed in. Please ignore the fact that it looks like there is poop in the bowl mmk.

Friday Lunch:

Lunch was had at the University Marche on UVM campus, and enjoyed with Lauren from RunYogaRepeat! She was such a sweetheart, and answered all of my questions about UVM! Oh and obviously we talked about everything from green smoothies to boyfriends.

Isn’t she adorable?!

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She had a yummy deliciousness noodle bowl that I wish I knew the name of (it was vegan), and I noshed on a Butternut Squash-Leek Soup and a salad con garbanzo beans and almonds.

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Clearly taken once I was almost done and realized we were too caught up in talking to actually take pictures of things. Like our food:)

Not going to lie, this was not very satisfying! If you lived with me you would marvel at how much I eat in a day. I went back to the hotel room and ate a giant quinoa-lentil-raisin-balsamic bowl. It was glorious.

Tummy = satisfied🙂

Unfortunately, the animal-free options at the caf were not many, but that is not TOO big of a deal since I am planning on buying and preparing all of my own food next year.

 

Friday Dinner:

For those of you that guessed I got sushi/Asian food, you were right!

Dinner was had at Asiana Noodle House, and it was delicious. I think I died and went to heaven. But not before I had issues separating my chopsticks.

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Please tell me why I am so hot.

Then we drank ginger tea, and BOY does that stuff clear your nostrils!

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In mah face.

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MUCH better:)

Then our food came!

I ordered the Vegan Chirashi (Shitake Mushroom, Sweet potato, Seaweed, Oshinko, Kampyo, Tofu, Yamagobo, Asparagus ,Wakame, Spinach, Avocado, Cucumber and Tofu skin), with brown rice and a side of steamed veg.

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I am not going to lie, I was very confused when they brought this giant bowl out to me.

Where was my sushi?!

Apparently I need more education in ethnic food, because the rice was on zee bottom.

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This was so pretty though, I could barely bring myself to eat it! Isn’t it absolutely gorgeous?!

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It was delicious, nutritious, and way satisfying. Full, happy belly🙂

Padre ordered Crab Rolls in rice netting, which looks SO cool I am not going to lie. And he also got the Seafood Salad:

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The Baby Sister and mi Madre ordered noodle bowls with buckwheat soba noodles, lemon dressing, and tofu. Sorry buddies no picture!

Then we stomped around a bit more and did some window shopping. Look out for the birthday pwesent post that I mentioned earlier🙂

Sisters in the snow:

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Church Street Market!

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Post-blizzard.

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AHHH absolutely gowagous!

p.s. See the store “Kiss the Cook” on the right?! Yeah I spent all night there basically it’s fine. Oh and looking at wellies🙂

That’s all for this morning chickadees! I’m off to church, then hitting up the gym and getting some homework done.

It is the last day of February break! I will be very sad to see it go, and not so happy to be waking up at 5:30 again every morning. It went by WAY too quickly!

See you tomorrow dolls!

What is your favorite kind of ethnic food?

I would have to say Mediterranean food. There is a local place that I could eat at every. single. night. Come visit me and we will go there mmk:)

What are your favorite salad toppings? Please tell! I need some new ideas:)

I usually roll with red pepper, tomatoes, carrots, cukes, green beans, broc, balsamic, sunflower seeds, hemp seeds, hummus, beans, quinoa, what have you! Lately I am especially digging chopped red onion:)

Have you sent in your Mission: I Feel Pretty picture yet?! If not, get on that!

Imeannn, I just strongly suggest it;)

xoxox,

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I think I have a banana addiction.

Seriously, I had like three bananas last night and probably three or four today already. I have an issue, we need to add to my addictions. Currenly, the list contains:

  • RAISINS
  • Bananas
  • Oh and all food in general.

Yup yup, don’t get food near my face it will be gone in two seconds flatsky.

Anywhos, how are you?! I am daaaandy, I am absolutely in love with Burlington!! I missed New England so much, I grew up in New Hampshire so it was like being home again:)

Okay so I am in a giggling crazykins mood today so I am going to show you all of the funny pictures taken thus far on our trip. All of the pretty, sentimental, artistic pictures will come at a later date. Check back tomorrow for food porn that will make you want to lick the screen.

Omigahhhh my HUSBAND. I do not care that he is a jerk (sorry Mike but it is true), in my fantasy parallel universe he is a romantic, sweet boyfriend that gives me foot massages because he wants to, not because I jumped up and down saying “Pweetty pwease?!” with the sad puppy dog face obv.

Sad face because I did not get to meet up with all of the lovely bloggers that wanted to grab some yummy deliciousness to eat. I’m sorry darlings:( Next time, I promise!!

This sad face may look sad but to me it is hilarious. You have no idea how hard it was for me to keep a sad face and take a picture of it, think of the type of person that is just laughing so hard at a totally inappropriate time and can’t hide it. Yup that’s me:)

Oh, meet my knight in shining rusty armour.

Be jealous, he cleans up reaaaaal nice:)

Hahaha okay these are not that funny but I like anything that is spelled funny. Oh and when my birthday comes feel free to buy these for me and send them in a pretty package wrapped in pink ribbon mmk:) Come back after the food post for all of the fun items I would like for my birfday, it is a very important post so do not miss it.

I feel like a terrible human being for thinking this is funny because it raises money for charity, but how can you not giggle at the sight of a bag that says “urea” on it?! In case you never took a biology class, urea = pee. So you are walking around with a bag that says PEE on it. Just saying.

Hahaha okay this is my new favorite thing. It is created for the sole purpose of protecting bananas when they are in our bags. Okay so we have all had at LEAST one time when we have found a smooshed gooey banana in the bottom of our bags (it has happened to all of us). This is perfect for my banana addiction. You will see this on my birthday list mmk.

Vermont is so not weird!! It is so cute but I saw this and I thought it was hilarious because it is just as obnoxious as I am, maybe Vermont really is weird but I don’t notice because I am exponentially weirder? I knew it was love at first sight<3

Do NOT get this for me for my birthday!! I will definitely laugh very hard at your humor but I would never use this thing in my life. No thanks chickadees, I prefer tamps, please and thanks!

HAHAHA my funny face:) You will be seeing this again tomorrow in the food post. Can you guess what kind of food it was? More specific you are the more brownie points you get:)

Outtake, the awesome waitress got in the way. It’s fine though the tea was good and this made my Mom laugh:)

Pimp my dino.

Pimp my ride?

^^^ Werd. PacSun said it! I am SO ready for spring clothes!

I saw this candy and Combo machine and I thought of my girl Janae! Girl now we can get our candy on the go! Slash they should put these along marathon courses, we would so benefit from these!

Hahaha the Padre. I love him times a million, you should know that he posed for this himself I did not ask him to do it. He is a riot, you all should come to the CK house for a visit and enjoy his company, he makes crazykins faces like I do. It runs in the family:)

Just for humor’s sake, a second one:

I lurve the commercials that always have the mannequins talking to each other..this made me laugh because he was pretending to be a mannequin instead of them being people. Tricky….

Okay now I am going to go eat more bananas and get my sweat on at the hotel gym before we hit the road to go home:) I am happy to go home because I love the comfort of my own beddy bye but I am not going to lie, I am going to miss Vermont! I am a New England girl at heart<3

See you from the home fort! Have a good Sattyday lovies:)

p.s. Yesterday was Indulgence Friday and will show you tomorrow how I indulged!:)

What is the funniest sign/bumper sticker/item you have seen recently?

JERSEY SHORE 24 MILES

Do you make crazykins faces? What’s your favorite one?

Hahaha that is a tough choice. You would have to live with me for a day to understand:)

What are you addicted to? (please do not say drugs)

BANANAS and RAISINS. Did I mention that the container of raisins I brought from Weggies is half way done and I am the only person eating from it..yeah it’s a delicious problem.

xoxox,

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Eeples and Baneenies: DC Food

Did you ever learn that song when you were a kiddo? I still have it memorized! I like to oat, oat, oat, oples and banonos…

Haha:)

Anywho, how are you?! I had an awesome hump day, and I loved hearing about all of your favorite road trip foods and activities! I will be sure to keep them in mind for today’s road trip to Vermont:)

Bee tee dubs if you are in the Burlington area, I would love dining suggestions! Always welcome:) Shoot me an e-mail at chefkatelynblog@gmail.com.

I spent my Wednesday with my bestie Sarah eating hummus-raisin-quinoa balsamic bowls (yes I got her to try them and she loved), and watching Get Him to the Greek.

So funny, we actually peed and laughed ourselves silly during this entire movie, go rent it if you have not seen it, you will DIE.

Self-explanatory:)

Then we watched every episode of Glee ever made and said we were both going to marry Blaine and Puck and Sam…or a combination of all three.

Them combined would be the perfect man:

Tall, dark, and handsome with an amazing voice and amazing hair and an amazingly beautiful but huge mouth:)

Then she left and I packed food forever for the road trip and read blogs for the first time since the weekend. Oh and ate more hummus and raisins.

And now I am blogging and it is WAY too late at night, aka past my bedtime and we are leaving bright and early tomorrow morning, so I will leave you to your drooling at the pictures of my DC eats:)

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Okay, onto Part II of my trip with the Padre! The FOOD:)

Can I just say that Washington DC food is amazing. I have been there a million times before, but this is my first time as a veg and it was spectacular. I obviously brought tons of food with me (Lara’s, the rest of the Raw Chocolate Fudge Cake,  veg, fruit, salad dressing, quinoa, beans, sunflower + hemp + pumpkin seeds), but no raisins.

I FORGOT RAISINS.

I literally did the cliché slap-to-the-forehead UGH I am such an idiot move. People, it is honestly a feat of bravery/courage/strength/stamina that I went two whole days without raisins.

If it weren’t for my genius, loving, amazing Dad who was way smarter than me and brought some dried fruit (see above container of prunes), I might have shriveled up and died right there. No fear dearies, Padre to the rescue!

Don’t worry, I am still alive.

Dinner:

Dinner on night #1 was at Café Green.

The atmostphere was gorgeous. Very modern, clean, comfortable, and a few of the tables  were couches/lounge chairs around a small table, making it a great place to get together with friends.

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Excuse the poor lighting, I was not about to use flash when taking a picture of the area behind me, might have looked a tad creepy, no?:)

Padre scanning the menu.

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The only portion of the menu I ordered from:)

Salads and raw food. SO GOOD.

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Our first course was the Seaweed Salad (A mix of marinated sea vegetables tossed in a sweet soy dressing and topped with cucumber, carrot, bell peppers and onion).

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This was delicious, and certainly a nice change from more typical spinach/mixed greens salads:)

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It was chewy (not in a gross way), and had a wonderful flavor that was brought out well by the dressing and sesame seeds.

Next were our entrées!

I ordered the Raw Venetian Pizza (An entirely raw pizza layered with cashew cheese, Roma tomato spread, mushroom, bell peppers and fresh basil all on our raw sunflower-flax crust) with Kale Chips on the side.

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Or if you don’t mind the harshness of the flash (yes, I dared), here is a clearer one for ya:)

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This baby was delicious, nutritious, and packed a serious punch! I loved the crust, and especially the cashew cheese. I have never met a cashew cheese I didn’t like!

And HOLY MOSES, why have I never had kale chips before?! I am making these ASAP in my oven, do any of you have or know of an oven kale chip recipe that I could take for a spin? If so, copy and paste it into a comment and I will try it out!

They were so good, cheezy, and reminded me of healthier Cheez-Its:) I used to eat those babies like they were going out of business before I was veg! Let’s just say it all went to my booty.

Padre ordered the Raw California Pizza (Our raw sunflower-flax crust with cashew cheese, Roma tomato spread and fresh guacamole, topped with tomato, cucumber, carrot, onion and peppers) with Kale Chips, but no guac:( They were all out! It’s okay, I got my avocado fix later on.

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Needless to say, he loved it:) And he also loved the seaweed salad, and is willing to splurge on some seaweed to eat at home! Love my Padre ❤

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We each had a piece of each others’ pizzas (came with four each), and I loved both! There was not a huge difference between the two, besides the toppings.

Even though we were sufficiently stuffed, there is always room for dessert!

We chose the Raw Lemon Cheesecake (Our agave-sweetened cheesecakes use a cashew-almond-coconut base) to split, since we didn’t have much room left.

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It was perfect. Creamy, cool, and with a perfect touch of lemon. This fugly picture cannot do it justice!

It was all gone in two seconds flat.

Stuffed stomachs who? See, our philosophy is that you don’t have to leave room, you have to make room🙂

Lunch and Dinner:

Lunch on Monday was eaten at Leo’s (the dining hall on Georgetown University campus). I got yelled at, twice, for getting more toppings from my salad. Um, did I not spend $12 for an “all you can eat” buffet? Um yeah, I will eat ALL that I can eat, mmk?

It went unphotographed since I did not want to get yelled at yet again (the dining service workers are on strike, they were already pissed basically).

BUT, dinner was grabbed after our second college visit of the day at George Washington University. We were hungry, it was raining, we wanted to go to bed. We grabbed a taxi and stopped at Sweetgreen for a quickie dinner.

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Spinach, mixed greens, broc, peppers, onions (I LOVE ONIONS), carrot, cucumber, broc, chickpeas, quinoa, and sunflower seeds. Topped with lemon and olive oil.

Is anyone else ever disappointed at the teeny tiny size of salads from restaurants? This was teeny weeny! I added more quinoa, beans, and sunflower seeds when I got back to the hotel room. This sucker was NOT big enough to fill up my belly!

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Sweetlife: Sharing. Happiness never decreases by being shared.

Words to live by ❤

Breakfast:

Breakfast the next morning was had at Le Pain Quotidien!

I had the Organic Steel Cut Oats along with a cup of berries.

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As soon as I snapped this picture, I took a bite and then stirred in my Cookie Dough Bowl dry mixture, sans the uncooked grains: Vega Vanilla Sport Protein, maca, acai, chia seeds, and ground flax seeds.

Padre had the Harvest Farro Cereal, but I forgot to take a picture; I was too busy eating:)

Then we hit the road, made fun of other drivers a bit more, compared driving skills, and jammed to some more iPod goodies. We came home and hit the gym, and I cranked out this spinning workout.

Sweaty bliss:)

Then I watched Glee and absolutely peed myself. Okay not really, but did anyone else fall head over heels in love with that episode?! I am marrying Blaine and every single Glee character, I would go mechanical bull riding with Mr. Shue any day. Imeann……..blame it on the a-a-a-a-alcohol.

Have a great Thursday lovelies! By the time you read this, I will be on the road en route to Vermont! See you from the Green Mountains love doves:)

Do you love raisins as much as I do?

Please say yes, we can go to Raisins Anonymous meetings together:)

What has been your favorite city/town/country to eat out in?

Definitely DC. Except maybe NYC, but I have not been able to check out the veg options there yet!

What was your favorite meal at a restaurant you have ever had?

This pizza tops the list, but I would have to say the Lentil Burger at the Owl House was so. freaking. good. I need to get there recipe, or steal it is more like it.

xoxox,

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Would you like some hummus with your bowl of raisins?

Good evening bloggy boos!! How are you?

This is an odd time for me to be blogging…it feels so weird. Rooooooarr.

So, I am going to make this a quick one because I am starting writing this post at 8:41 PM and I am very tired aka I am going to bed as soon as I hit publish. Let’s see how fast I can write this post. Okay ready set GO!

Firstly, I have to thank you all so so so much for all of your beautiful comments on my last post!! You have no idea how much it means to me, I cried while I read every single one of your comments, and I will be responding to them as soon as I have a free moment and am not asleepy weepy in my warm bed:)

My Dad read the post and absolutely loved it, and he loved every single one of your comments. I bet you a million bucks he cried while he read them but he would never admit that to me so thank you for making my Daddy’s heart smile🙂

After he read it, he came downstairs and we had the most special daddy-daughter hug moment there ever was. I cried obviously and we talked about our upcoming college trip to D.C. and all of the fun things we will do together like run past the White House every morning. But more on that at the end:)

Also, keep the Mission: I Feel Pretty pictures coming!! You are all so beautiful, I cannot even tell you how happy it makes me that y’all are realizing how beautiful you really are and celebrating it! Can we all be best friends and have a sleepover please and talk about food and makeup and men and watch Mean Girls?

p.s. If you are ever feeling down about yourself, not being kind to the Little You in you, or feeling downright sad or bad about you or your body, do NOT hesitate to send me an e-mail!

I love receiving e-mails from you guys and helping you through hard times, it helps me to keep myself thinking good thoughts and it makes my heart so warm and fuzzy to help others! The beautiful thing about blogging is that we can all support each other, we never have to be alone:)

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Also, if you ever come to New York State or the East Coast at all for that matter it will happen, I will be sure of it, we will all teleport to the same location and party hardy with tons and tons of candy and raisins.

SPEAKING OF RAISINS the shortage has been replenished!! You can just imagine how skipdiddlydoo happy I am:)

BUT, unforch I have been having tummy problems and my Madre thinks it is from the sulfites in the redonk amounts of balsamic vinegar I consume every day, which is a valid point I googled it (thank you WebMD). So, I will be going without balsamic vinegar for the next few days and I do not know what I am going to do with myself.

Does anyone know of a balsamic vinegar that does not contain any sulfites?? Please let me know because I am dying, I do not think you understand, I put balsamic vinegar on EVERYTHING. Hummus, salads, grains, beans, anything with raisins, you get the idea.

Oh, and the title came about because as I was eating my third bowl of hummus, buckwheat, and raisins tonight, I realized that it was mostly raisins.

I think I have an addiction people, I need to find a Raisins Anonymous or something this could get dangerous.

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Okay, first things first.

I made popped amaranth!

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Yeahhhhhh boiiiii

Shmelled just like popcorn!:) And I love the shmell of popcorn. Yumshky.

(That is what I would sound like if I had a lithp that made “sh” sounds instead of “th”, except I don’t have a lisp I just like to talk like that)

And chickadees, this was embarrassingly easy. I was really intimidated by the idea after reading about it in Brendan Brazier’s Thrive and on The Edible Perspective, but you will laugh when you see how easy it was.

First, heat up a saucepan on medium-high heat. Bee tee dubs, make sure you have a lid or your amaranth will pop all ova tha place, but Imeann if you’re into that kind of thing and cleaning up messes then don’t bother.

Measure out a couple of tablespoons (do it 2 or so tablespoons at a time, it burns easily), pour it in, pop on the lid, and shake the pan back and forth for about 15 seconds.

At this point I turn off the heat and check them to see if they need to pop more, if they do then I turn the heat back on and do another five seconds or so. Usually this is enough time though if the heat is on high enough.

Pour into a tupperware and refrigerate for up to a week!

About to be popped.

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Success!

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In my cereal bowl, duh.

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I mixed some up with chia seed gel, cinnamon, stevia, and hemp milk. And topped with rasps, as per usual.

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I really did not like the texture of this. Maybe it was the chia seed gel or the fact that I used hemp milk?

I am used to a more thick, chewy breakfast mixture (I’m looking at you, cookie dough), and this was WAY too liquidy. Icky! Made my tummy feel gross.

But, if you are a cereal person which I SOMETIMES am, but only if it is not soggy, then this is for you:)

I also had the popped amaranth with my lunch, coated in delicious balsamic vinegar (sad face) and tons of hummus and raisins.

It was delicious and crunchy, and added a fun toasty flavor to the mixture that reminded me of sushi rice! Which is weird, but maybe the balsamic added a soy-sauce like flavor.

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Next up, today’s outfit! I actually put effort into my outfit today, surprise surprise, and I even washed my hair. Holy moly wait I made an effort to look good today?!

Don’t get too excited though, this is not going to happen every day;) I had an internship interview after school for nutrition and it went really well:) I am so excited to start it this summer and tell you all about it!

Anywho, the outfit. It will be in the form of more classy MySpace-esque pictures, get used to it people:)

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Why I always make this face when I take pictures of myself, I honestly don’t know. I like the way it makes my face muscles feel though, I know I am weird.

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Kneeling because my mirror is not up on the wall, it is propped on the floor because I am too cheapo/lazy to mount it on the wall:)

Everything is Forever21 except for the tank top which is Delia’s, and the fuzzy socks which are a la mi Madre🙂 I think she got them at Old Navy though, they are so cute and fuzzy and have hearts on them! They keep my feetsies very toasty in the winter.

Wait breaking news…TODAY IS WAS A WHOLE 48 DEGREES OUTSIDE!! You have no idea how happy this made me…it smelled like spring. You know the shmell that is just so fresh and skippidy and makes you think of Easter bunnies and skirts and sandals? Yep, I smelled the good smell today and it made my day a million times better:)

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Nextly, look at the adorable Valentime’s Day gifts my parents gave me! They are so cute, I was smiling ear to ear when I found these on my placemat in the morning wrapped up in pink wrapping paper. They know me too well:)

Loofah on a stick.

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Remember when my loofah broke? Uh yeah, I have been in dire need of a new one ever since. Madre to the rescue!! I love this, and it is eco-friendly which rocks too:)

Dr. Bronner’s!

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This guy is a soap genius, and this smells so minty fresh and wakes me up first thing in the morning! Plus the ingredients are natural and fresh, except for the sodium hydroxide, I do not know how I feel about putting an NaOH2 compound on my body because I have no idea what it does but at least I know its formula (thank you AP Biology!).

And lastly, the best. gift. ever.

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Yes, those are PINK travel utensils that snap together. I did not know how to contain my excitement, when I brought them to school Tuesday I was showing them off to anyone and everyone. Obviously it is my job to spread the snap-together excitement.

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I have no idea how the ‘rents found these, but if you would really like to know just shoot me an e-mail and I will gladly ask the Madre for you:)

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And LASTLY, this is what I found in my pocket yesterday:

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That would be a shriveled Carrot Candy Corn.

Remember Carrot Balls and Baseball Barrots?

Well, this was a carrot that was shaped EXACTLY like a candy corn, and I put it in my pocket to remember to take a picture of it, but instead the jeans went in the wash with the carrot and it ended up like this.

Hahahhahaha, bad blogger:)

But lezzbehonest, this is way more humorous than an oddly shaped carrot. Maybe this is what a carrot would look like if you dehydrated it or raisin-ified it?

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Okay, lastly….

Calling All Bloggers!

The Padre and I will be in the Washington D.C. area on Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday of this weekend/coming week for college visits, so if you are in the D.C. area and want to have a bloggy meetup, I would love to have a blogger dinner at Café Green or someplace equally delicious!

If you’re interested, shoot me an email at chefkatelynblog@gmail.com🙂

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That’s all for tonight lovlies! Have an amazing evening, and come back for tomorrow’s Indulgence Friday recipe! I will be recreating this chocolate cake, aka I am drooling just thinking about it.

Have you taken your Mission: I Feel Pretty challenge picture yet? If not, go do it!

Come on boos, let’s start a movement! Feel free to do it on your bloggy too and link back, the more Pretty Love we spread, the happier the world will be:) Let’s love ourselves!!

Have you ever tried popped amaranth? If not, what’s your favorite cereal and popcorn topping?

Fave cereal = oat bran, but I used to love shredded wheat and Grape Nuts before I was gluten-free! Slash fave popcorn topping = chocolate chips, cinnamon, nooch, and sea salt:)

How did you celebrate Valentine’s Day? Did you get any gifts?

I love my parents:) Slash I don’t need a man for Valentine’s Day! I spent it eating chocolate and feeling pretty:)

How will you be celebrating Indulgence Friday?

CHOCOLATE CAKE🙂

xoxox,

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p.s. I finished this post at 9:48. So much for the short post!

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