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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.




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:)


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.


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!




Filed under Gluten-Free, Restaurants, Vegan, Workouts

The Start of Something New…

Okay, seriously dorky title. First thing that came to mind – not joking. High School Musical should definitely leave my memory, now!

Even though it is sort of relative…High School Musical, senior year – since Tuesday was my first day of senior year 🙂

But anywho, I’m here to assure all of you lovely readers that I have not vanished or stopped cooking – instead, I’ve been so busy.

With what, you might ask? Here’s a visual:

Homework from my first day of senior year!

…Oh no.

Too bad these classes are fascinating! I just don’t always appreciate the 20-pound textbooks I had to carry home, but I think we’ll become good friends 🙂

That’s right – 25 page bio outline, 10 page econ outline, an essay to read and annotate and write an essay on, an article to find, driver’s ed papers to finish, and more bindahs to get.

Question: What did you wish you knew before your senior year of high school?

My answer would be:

  • That I would actually get this far. It’s crazy! In kindergarten, I would think to myself, ughhhh 12 more years of school?! But…
  • Time flies. It truly does. I don’t know where the years went – it seems like only yesterday I was freaking out about getting my 3 pages of homework done in the fourth grade.
  • Boys should treat you well and not have boobs as the first thing on their minds. I think this pretty much goes along with common sense, but as any naive, young girl does, I wanted the boys I liked to like me back. So we have all had some time where we’ve tried to be more beautiful, bigger-boobed, or just different to get a boy’s attention – but it’s not worth it. No boy is. If he’s a good guy, he’ll love you for you. I’ve learned this the hard way – through many bad boyfriends and a couple of good ones.
  • High school changes people. I’ve seen people become consumed in the high school dynamic, doing anything for attention, getting too drunk, doing something stupid, getting too stressed over school, not getting enough sleep, and throwing friendships away on a whim. Don’t be that person. Stick to your values, be good to yourself, and remember the important things in life – love, loyalty, and friendship.
  • You first, always. Many people say “family first” or “school first”, but if you don’t take care of yourself, nothing else in your life will follow. Get your sleep, eat well, get in some exercise (for your body and for stress relief), and then attend to the rest of your life. Especially if that means setting a cut-off time for yourself. My most useful habit has been setting a bed time for myself – 10 on school nights. That’s the time I would say, self, it’s time for you to get your sleep. Because one of the most important things I’ve learned is that if I’m not rested and don’t have something nutritious in my tummy, there is no way that the extra 3 hours I forced myself to study is going to make any difference. Zoning out during a test is no good when you can be well-rested and knock out the answers that clearly don’t make sense! Sleep and nutrients are magical things.

So, back to my first day!

How did I get through this? First day of school power brekkie 🙂

Half of a Plum Pie Katebar (recipe to come in another post) mixed in ooey-gooey style with my buckwheat, topped with bluebs and blackburries – a pear and cherries on the side.

Aweee, baby pear! How cute 🙂

We also had some Ethiopian food, courtesy of my favorite local vegan restaurant, leftover from my lunch date with my sister on her first day of freshman year 🙂

There may have been a few of my Signature Oatmeal Cookies (on cacao-cinnamon-raisin crazy juice) in the mix… (p.s. recipe to come in another post 🙂 )

Ohhhh dang. I may have had a few of these….

That’s all for now lovies! More pictures (and the previously mentioned recipes! get excited, people) to come, including a certain Butternut Squash Soup of mine that is slightly famous in my family, as well as a homemade Lentil Vegetable Soup, Hot Chocolate, and a kasha recipe 🙂

I’m off to dinner at the new vegan place in town, and I am beyond excited! Daiya Mozzarella Sticks, anyone? I already know what I’ll be ordering 🙂

See you later tonight!


p.s. I got my senior portraits taken today! Many thanks to Cialone Photography, I will have the beautiful pictures in exactly 3 weeks…ahh, I can barely wait!!


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Go shawty, it’s my birthday!

Drumroll please…I FINALLY have my birthday pictures up!! (they’re all ahead, don’t you fret!) I’ve noticed that uploading pictures to WordPress is about ten times easier (actually, a million times easier) than on Blogger.

Awe sisters 🙂 I love her so much

So on my birthday, I woke up bright and early (8 am! harsh..) and checked my DailyOM horoscope (which is always freakishly correct) to go to Power Vibrant Yoga, my favorite yoga class. It’s a good cardio and strength workout in addition to being an amazing stretcher-outer, since it’s all in flows (basically means going from pose to pose, not really holding them for an extended time). It was the perfect way to start my morning, as yoga always is.

Then, I came home and we had a birfday brunch! We made spelt pancakes and topped them with pure maple syrup (I never touch the fake stuff), apple butter, and various fruits. It was so good and kept me full until dinner! Unfortunately, I didn’t take any pictures (I was hungry, and hungry girls don’t always think of cameras), but you can imagine a beautifully stacked plate of pancakes with apple butter, maple syrup, and variously colored and shaped fruits. I hope I didn’t just make you hungry..cause now I am!

We enjoyed the day, relaxing, reading, hanging out, enjoying the sunshine, and baking my cake :). It turned out beautifully, as you will see in the pictures coming up, and it tasted even better than it looked. I snuck more than a few tastes during the prepping process 🙂 I can’t help myself.

For dinner, we headed over to a local Ethiopian vegan restaurant called Natural Oasis. We ordered five dishes for the four of us, and we came home with a doggy bag. Best part? Each dish is only four dollars. Yeah, you heard me! FourDollars. So for four people to eat a modestly-sized meal and leave totally stuffed, it only costs 20 bucks. I like to call that a “scoreski”.

They brew their own Kombucha tea in various flavors like House Blend, Mango Ceylon, and a few others that were unavailable at the time. They also make their own ginger beer, so obviously we had to get some. I got the House Blend tea and ended up taking another one home 🙂 It was so good! The chef was such a sweetheart, and gave me a part of his scoby! Complete with instructions on how to make my own Kombucha.

Well, I’ll definitely be going back! I forgot to take pictures, unfortunately; we were so surprised by the amazingly fast service and mesmerized by the dishes that were being individually brought to our table (fresh and made to order!). Did I mention we were really hungry?

The spread: Ethiopian lentils with Injera bread, wilted kale, cashew-cheese pizza, sauteed summer squash with other veggies, and a risotto. Oh. My. God. The risotto was like heaven on earth, as was everything else. We ate it up so quickly (while continuously sipping on our ginger beer and kombucha), and we must have finished just about everything in under 20 minutes. We stayed for awhile and chatted, then came home for cake :)…and presents!

I got a new bicycle (beautiful and will last me for the rest of my life!) that I still have yet to name (any ideas? give me something classy 🙂 ) and a whole bunch of cute things from the grandmas and grandpas. I love my grandparents 🙂

And, we devoured the cake.

Aren’t I sweet? I left the pictures allllll the way until the end 🙂

The prep:

Straight out of the oven 🙂

Cream cheese frosting! "Behind the Scenes"

…..And now for the food porn.

On the birthday table

I added walnuts as decor! Crunch crunch

I. Love. Walnuts.

After night one of birfday cake! I ate too much...

The recipe I used was from 1000 Vegan Recipes by Robin Robertson (best. book. ever.), but I tweaked it and made it my own. Here’s the recipe!

Sinfully Healthy Carrot Cake

Makes enough for two 9-inch round cake pans


  • 4 cups whole wheat pastry flour (or 2 cups whole-wheat and 2 cups all-purpose)
  • 4 tsp. baking powder
  • 2 tsp. baking soda
  • 6 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 2 tsp. salt
  • 2 cups NuStevia Powder Baking Blend (or sugar, if that’s what floats your boat)
  • 1 cup plain or vanilla non-dairy milk (I used unsweetened vanilla almond milk)
  • 1 cup applesauce
  • 4 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 4 cups finely shredded carrots
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts


  1. Preheat the oven to 350F. Grease two 9-inch round cake pans and set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, mix the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt.
  3. In a large bowl, combine the NuStevia, non-dairy milk, applesauce, maple syrup, and vanilla, then add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients. Stir in the carrots, raisins, and walnuts until just mixed.
  4. Scrape the batter into the prepared pans. Bake until a toothpick comes out clean, about 45 minutes.
  5. Let the cakes cool in the pans for 15 minutes, then invert onto wire racks to cool completely. When completely cool, stack and frost the cakes with cream cheese frosting.

Cream Cheese Frosting


  • 1 8-0z. package of Follow Your Heart vegan cream cheese
  • 1/3 cup Earth Balance dairy-free margarine
  • 1 cup NuStevia Powder Baking Blend


  1. On the lowest speed, combine the cream cheese and margarine with a hand mixer, then add the NuStevia gradually.
  2. Gradually increase the speed to whip the frosting, stopping when the frosting has fluffed up.
  3. Refrigerate until ready to use.

That’s all for now lovlies, I have banana bread in the oven that I have to go check on! Pictures up tomorrow 🙂

Goodnight lovlies, and have a beautiful evening!




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