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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:)


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.


Okay, first things first.

I made popped amaranth!


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.




In my cereal bowl, duh.


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


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.


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:)


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.


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:)


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.


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!


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.


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.


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:)


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


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?


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🙂


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?




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


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My Big-Girl Lunchbox

Good evening lovlies! I hope everyone had a rejuvenating day (to make up for my rather un-rejuvenating day). Unfortunately for me, mother nature has stopped by for her monthly visit so I decided to take a rest day from my 5K training. I had a GIANT bowl of fresh fruit for breakfast (with some of my copious amounts of chopped tropical fruits), and then walked to the library and picked up some old movies. Did I mention I love Audrey Hepburn?

I grabbed Casablanca (even though it’s not an Audrey, I couldn’t help myself) and Funny Face along with a movie called American Beauty that got 5 Academy Awards. I mean, if it has that many (including Best Picture), it can’t possibly be a mistake.

I also grabbed The Kind Diet by Alicia Silverstone, since it almost seemed like a crime that I had never read it. So far I like it; unlike Skinny Bitch, she takes a much…gentler approach 🙂

For din din we had leftover almond rice with salads, roasted beets (mmm my favorite) and steamed collards…leftover beets will be a treat tomorrow!

So I thought today would be a good opportunity to showcase a couple of my new toys! I’ve recently been really conscious about being eco-friendly (Prius! 🙂 ), so a few weeks back I got an eco-friendly lunch box with 3 sections and an adorable eco-friendly tea thermos! Have a look 🙂

Awe, look at the dancing pear!

I'm a little teapot...

So far they’ve both gotten good compliments, people keep asking me where I found them! I bought them in Ithaca, NY. The lunch box was at a GreenStar Co-op, and the thermos was from the Cornell Store.

However, if you’re not about to drive to a collegetown in Upstate New York, you can find the lunch box at http://www.ecolunchboxes.com/ and the thermos at http://www.dcigift.com/product.cfm?productID=1082&catID=15. They also make the popular “eco-cup” that comes in more patterns and isn’t made specifically for tea.

Question of the day: Are you getting into the “eco-friendly” trend? What eco-friendly products do you like?

That’s all for now, babies! Nighty night



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Pimp MY Eco-Friendly Ride

Today was a glorious day in the Chef Katelyn household. Not only was it a gorgeous sunny day (the first we’ve seen in awhile!), drumroll please…we got our pretty green Prius of love! Or should I say, love for the environment? Yes, yes, I should. This car has got itself together. Not only does it say “Current MPG: 100” about 99.999999% of the time, it’s super cute, comfy, roomy, and has a backup camera. Classy girls of the world, rejoice! I don’t like turning my whole body around to back up my car, no no, I’ll have a camera do the work for me 🙂

Want to see this pearly beauty of mine? Here she is!

Ahhh, my new baby basking in the sun 🙂

I’ll have to name her something classy…I have this weird thing where I name everything important to me. For my birthday last week I got this beautiful new bike (super expensive, mind you) and I still have not settled on a name. I was pondering on “Audrey” since Audrey Hepburn is my latest style icon obsession (she’s too classy for her own good), but I think a brand new Prius deserves the classy name, don’t you? I will find something equally fitting for my new bicycle, like Harper (another name I love) or Silver Sally!

But before all of this wonderful car-receiving, I spent the day blogging, enjoying the sun, and enjoying my favorite of all favorites, the Park Avenue Festival. Most summers I’m away while it’s going on, but I was super lucky this year! So, Rebecca and I went off to the Fest, not really expecting to see anything vegan (it took us awhile to find this goldmine), but we finally did! After I stopped in at my hair salon to book an appointment, my eyes drifted across a store called Wellness Within. Woah, brain, sudden pause. Thought. Wellness Within? Let’s go inside!!

So I giddily skipped inside (not actually skipping), admiring all of the completely organic merchandise.

I had been in the shop for less than a second before one of the owners cheerfully greeted me and offered me a hand scrub. Well, don’t mind if I do! It was so refreshing. The woman used sea salt (not sugar!), sunflower oil, and some grapefruit something-or-other that I could barely grasp in my excitement. My hands were so soft and still are, even after cooking dinner and bottling my Kombucha tonight! (updates on that coming up soon 🙂 )

The woman who greeted me then offered me some vegan granola, vegan crackers with a spicy tomato dip, and vegan biscotti. Did I mention it was double chocolate? It was like I had sipped from a perfect, cacao-y hot chocolate. I think I may have died. And the best part? She told me about a ton of workshops, yoga classes, and various other classes that they will be offering. Her mother does spa services, her sister makes and sells her own tea, and she sells a line of amazing organic, vegan supplements.

The best best part?

…She wants me to call her so I can sell some of my baked vegan goods and kombucha! I’ve actually found heaven.

Biscotti 🙂

Cwackers and tomato dip from Geulah's!

Yummy vegan granola

Her sister's amazing, homemade teas!

So if you’re ever in the area, stop by Wellness Within! They’re a great family and friend-run business that has so much to offer. And, free samples and hand scrubs! Oh boy, I’m in trouble now..

Also, check out the biscotti company’s website. They offer regular, vegan, and gluten-free biscotti! Yum 🙂

That’s all for today lovlies! Coming up tomorrow, my birfday cake pictures! There are so many of them, it’s hard looking at something so yummy 🙂 Goodnight!



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