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Zucchini Noodles + Raw V-Day Lunch + CGB Bathroom

Good morning love doves, and Happy Valentine’s Day! How was your weekend?

Mine was fun and jam-packed, hence the name of this post, which is quite the mouthful:)

I’m so glad you chickadees loved the Indulgence Friday recipe! If you missed it, have a look and make it now, mmk?

So in the spirit of my love for all things quick-and-dirty (get your minds out of the gutter people), I am going to TRY to ramble a tad less than usual. But only a little.

Okay, number one!

Saturday Night:

Zucchini Noodles.

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Quick, delicious. I don’t have a spiralizer because I am a cheapo so I used my vegetable peeler and ate the middle part that wouldn’t noodlify:).

That part I just ate like a pretzel rod…or a stick..or a microphone. I don’t know, what kinds of foods are in stick-form? (out of the gutter, people!)

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Topped with Amy’s Low Sodium Marinara, nooch, and raisins obv.

Then for dessert, I whipped up a double batch of my Raw Chocolate Mousse, and it was gone by the end of the night, I think that says everything mmk.

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The night was spent eating lots of that and watching Greek on Hulu. Ob. sessed.

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Con banana slices, bloobs, rasps, and cacao nibs.

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Sunday:

I woke up, made a delicious Brendan Brazier Thrive energy pudding, and then went to the gym to kick some surrious Dreadmill bootay with an easy seven-miler, it was glorious.

I am thanking lord baby Jesus right now that my hammie is no longer a-killin me. I CAN RUN AGAIN🙂

Then I came home, showered, did my makeup, did my hair, got changed, and packed my breakfast all in half an hour. I think it is safe to say I am a PRO.

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That is an actual license plate that I found when I was at my lake house, I was so ecstatic jumpy umpy that I had to take a picture:)

And yes, I ate my cookie dough breakfast in church. Priorities, people.

Then I went to another raw event hosted by the lovely Damaris! It was a scrumdiddlyumptious raw Valentine’s Day lunch, and I left with the happiest belly ever in the whole world.

 

Course #1:

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Beet It juice (beets, carrots, swiss chard, apple, and ginger) alongside the Apple Curry Salad in a Collard Wrap (apple, carrots, celery, avocado, tomato, cucumber, sunflower seeds, raisins in an orange curry sauce) and a Carrot, Beet, Raisin salad.

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This was to. die. Give me anything with sunflower seeds and raisins and I will love you forever.

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Devoured and sufficiently made a giant mess out of. I am a messy eater🙂

 

Course #2:

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Almond Ginger Nori Roll (almonds, ginger, marinated veggies in Tamari (wheat-free soy sauce), garlic, miso, spinach, avocado, sprouts).

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Beautiful, delicious. I absolutely hated it;)

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I told you I’m a messy eater!

If you don’t believe me my sister took a picture, don’t look at my face I look icky that is not my good side.

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I am sorry you had to see that. But let’s be honest you guys love pictures of me stuffing my face🙂

Then came DESSERT!

Course #3

Raspberry Ganache Cake and Strawberry Macaroons.

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Words cannot even express. Why have I not had raw macaroons sooner?! These were so good, I usually am not a big fan of the co-co-nut, but these turned me from a coco hater to a coco LOVA.

So freaking good, it was like a strawberry milkshake on crack but better because it is solid.

And this Raspberry Ganache Cake…can I just say my life has been changed forever. This was the most delicious, rich, and perfectly chocolatey cake I have ever had.

Perfectly sweet, and perfectly bitter.

Fudgy, thick, and scrumdiddlyumptious. I swear she put crack in this cake, the lady next to me couldn’t finish hers so I finished it for her:)

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I am recreating this cake for next weekend’s Indulgence Friday, so get excited:)

 

CGB Bathroom:

Okay the bathroom at the brunchy brunch was creepy, ghetto, and in a basement. Hence, CGB.

IT WAS SO COOL.

Have you ever seen the Blair Witch Project? You should. The corner the guy stands in at the end…yeah, this basement looked exactly like the house. I swear to bejeezus it was filmed here.

Normally this would freak the sugar out of people, but instead I was basically hopping up and down as Sacha was warning me about the creep factor.

Little did she know, I am a crazyins and this was like Christmas Morning. I am a sucker for crazy stuff.

 

Yesterday’s Look:

Then, I came home and whooped some schoolwork, then headed off to a new youth group with my sister, and it was so. much. fun. These people are as crazykins as I am, so you can imagine how skipdiddlydoo happy I was.

One kid hugs everyone, gave me candy, and counted the number of colors on my shirt with me.

By the way, yesterday’s outfit was ADORABLE, but I was too busy eating at the lunch to get a picture of myself besides the one of me stuffing my face, so here is a mirror shot:

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Everything is from Forever21, I am obsessed. It is all cheap and cute, aka the perfect place for a cheapo like me🙂

Then I came home and ate food bigger than my house, and watched the Grammys. Did anyone else giggle when they saw Lady Gaga’s outfit? I did:)

Go wish Janae a Happy Late Birthday!! She got a crazy hot treadmill, one day I will find a man that will buy me awesome toys like that.

If you happen to find one, feel free to forward him over to chefkatelynsmanofherdreamssweepstakes@valentinefinder.com. Please and thanks:)

That’s all for today lovies! Have a rockin’ Valentine’s Day, whether you’re single and mingling (like me) or spending time with your significant other🙂

I leave you with this, my friends:

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Hahahhaha. Kaybye:)

How are celebrating Valentine’s Day? Or if you hate Valentine’s Day, tell me why you absolutely hate it and we will curse all men together:)

LUNCH, and I love Valentine’s Day, it reminds me of elementary school when we would make “mailboxes” out of shoe boxes and decorate them and get tons of valentines and candy:)

Did you watch the Grammys? Thoughts?

Yes, I am never going to see Never Say Never. Justin Bieber used to be adorable when he was still YouTube’ing and undiscovered, but now it is just toomuch. SLash I love Lady Antebellum:)

Do you eat in church too?

Yes, I cannot go more than 2 hours without food, I would start gnawing on the Bible.

xoxox,

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My Milkshake Brings All the Boys to the Yard

Good morning booboos! I hope everyone had a rockin’ Indulgence Friday Smile

(ew, sorry for the baby talk, I am writing this at approx. 11:45 PM because I am all chocolateified-up from the recipe I am going to reveal to you, but of course I will schedule this to post in the morning so you all don’t think I’m a crazykins even though you know I am one) <—my grammar is really good, can you tell?

Mine was spent eating and watching Lie to Me and Glee on Hulu.

Can I just say that Hulu is the best invention ever, I think if I could pick one birthday present it would be to have unlimited access to Hulu and all shows on demand fo FREE because I am a cheapo.

Actually that is a lie, I would want a lifetime supply of raisins and a juicer because I am too cheapo to buy one for myself.

Slash I think I will have to do a whole post on my obsession with Hulu and all of the wonderful things it brings into my life, keep your eye out for that one, I have a feeling it will be a this-will-make-you-pee-your-pants kind of post.

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First of all, I have to say that my Grandma is the cutest thing in the world, I love her and it makes me all warm and fuzzy inside when she sends me cards (especially when she sends me a whole dollar, that makes me jump for joy because I can buy penny candy at Walgreens:)).

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It makes my heart smile:)

If you imagine me with my excited face you will understand the emotion that comes with cards from my Grandma, she is the cutest woman alive, I mean look at her!

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Just TRY and tell me that is not the most adorable woman you have ever seen, I dare you. She is even more of a munchkin than I am clocking in at about four foot something or other and it makes me feel tall:)

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What a cutie patootie!

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So, since it was Indulgence Friday, I obviously had to make some yummy deliciousness. This time it came in the form of an old frosty favorite, healthified.

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As a kid, did you ever have the McDonald’s chocolate milkshakes? I used to LOVE those things, but they were so sugar-laden and full of fat that my smart parents only let me have one once every few years (yes, years).

As a child, I didn’t exactly appreciate this lack of ice creamy deliciousness, but now my cholesterol can thank them:)

And now, your cholesterol can thank me!

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Healthified Chocolate Milkshake

Slightly sweet with a mild banana flavor, this milkshake tastes just like (and better!) than its not-so-healthy counterpart.

Makes one large shake.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk (or milk of choice)
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1 heaping tablespoon raw cacao (or cocoa/carob powder)
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp. stevia
  • 2 giant handfuls of ice
  • Cacao nibs, chocolate chips, more cacao powder (for garnish)

Directions:

  1. Combine milk, banana, cacao, stevia, and vanilla in your blender on its highest power.
  2. Add ice cubes, a few at a time, while the blender is running.
  3. Pour into a (large) glass, and serve immediately.

I garnished mine with more cacao nibs, but chocolate chips, cacao/cocoa/carob powder, or fruit would also be delicious!

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And the best part? If you use raw cacao, the entire smoothie is completely raw!

Chocolate craving: satisfied.

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I have been getting some questions lately about my raw habits as of late, and I’m not going all dehydrator on you guys (even though I would absolutely love to have one, but then again I am too cheapo to buy one), but I am eating all of my fruits and veggies raw (besides brussels sprouts, which I lightly steam), as well as eating sprouted grains and beans.

However, I am also eating lots of cooked goodness like beans (hummus!) and quinoa and amaranth. And surprisingly, it’s so much easier than eating all cooked food! The prep time is so much smaller, and I feel so rejuvenated every time I eat:)

Also, please do not be offended if I do not respond to comments very quickly! I have addressed this before, but I just feel so bad and I love you all so much! I am getting back to comments and e-mails as quickly as possible, but the student life ain’t easy:) I’m a busy bee, chickadees!

On another note, it made me giggle and smile ear to ear to hear that some of you are catching onto my catch-phrases! (like bloggity blog, lazy-loo, snackety snack, sprouty sprouts..you get the idea) Keep spreadin’ the CK Vocab love, boos!

That’s all for this morning love doves! I’m off to hit the gym and then get some work done. Have an awesome Sattyday! Smile

Does chocolate make you hyper?

Yes, do not get around me after I have had some chocolate unless you are looking for a party.

Are you obsessed with Hulu? What are your favorite shows?

Lie to Me, Glee, Greek, Desperate Housewives, and Grey’s. And OCCASIONALLY The Bachelor if I’m feeling extra indulgent:)

What is your favorite flavor of milkshake?

Chocolate, hands down. Vanilla and strawberry are just gross.

Do your grandparents send you cute cards?

Yes, I keep every single one of them, they make me smile:)

xoxox,

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Survival 101

Good morning chickadees, and HAPPY INDULGENCE FRIDAY🙂 I hope you’re all as excited for the weekend as I am!

I loved hearing about all of your gardening skills (or lack thereof;)), as well as all of your favorite foods!

Update: my sprouty sprouts have sprouted! The quinoa is absolutely delicious and fresh-tasting, and the beans are crunchy crunch. Success!

So, I’ve had a couple of crises over the last couple of days.

Allow me to explain.

Crisis #1:

Most of you probably heard my distress call on Twitter recently:

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Uh yeah, at approx. 9 PM, my furnace decided to kick the bucket.

So, what do you do when your thermostat says 62 degrees Fahrenheit and the Isaac heating guy won’t be getting there until after midnight?

You make yourself a hugh jass pot of tea and put your redonkulously thick sleeping bag under your sheets and two blankets.

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That would be the BEST sleeping bag known to man. Go find it, it is made by Coleman and the inside is made of flannel:) Yeah, flannel.

This thing is so comfy and warm I had absolutely no problem NOT taking it back up to the attic once the furnace was fixed. It is like a cocoon. You do not mess with something that comfy.

Crisis #1: averted.

Crisis #2:

Mother Nature’s monthly gift was having me craving carbs and chocolate like a beeyotch.

So, what do I do?

Eat a million bananas and have a Hot Chocolate Cookie Dough Bowl for breakfast.

Duh.

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Whoever said chocolate was a dessert was seriously misinformed. Chocolate for breakfast is ALWAYS okay:)

I made the usual mix with a serving of sprouted quinoa instead of the oats, raw cacao instead of the Chocolate Amazing Grass, and added a teaspoon of freeze-dried acai powder.

Topped with bloobs, rasps, and tons of cacao nibs.

Chocolate craving: satisfied:)

Crisis #3:

We were all out of raisins. For a WHOLE TWO DAYS.

If you’re new to the bloggity blog, I have a raisin addiction. They are more of a staple in my diet than vegetables.

I literally eat redonk amounts of them every single day, typically at every meal and usually combined with hummus, quinoa, and balsamic (try that combo now, you can thank me later).

I don’t think I have ever been in such dire need of a certain ingredient in my entire life, I was freaking out and quite sure that the world was going to end on the day that I ran out of raisins (since having three giant containers of them in my pantry is never enough).

So, I tried to sub chopped prunes for the raisins in my usual quinoa-hummus-balsamic bowls.

It was awful.

DO NOT TRY THIS AT HOME PEOPLE!

But it’s not like that stopped me from going to town on a container of prunes (not mixed with quinoa, hummus, or balsamic, no worries:)).

Lesson learned: nothing can ever replace raisins, do not be fooled by the dried-fruit nature of prunes and dates, they are posers.

Crisis #4:

Having the sniffles and being tired is no bueno.

So, what do I do?

Make a hugh jass green smoothie (tutorial coming soon!) and a salad beasty, add some delicious hummus-quinoa bowls, and call it a day.

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Sorry kiddos, ugly picture but at least it tasted good:) Besides, fugly food is always the yummiest, right?;)

Topped with hummus because it is the best salad dressing.

Spinach topped with artichoke hearts, red pepper, carrots, and hummus.

Oh, and that napsky I took might have helped a little too:)

Did I mention I love my vaporizer?

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Steaaaaam:)

Lesson learned: a green smoothie and a salad beast a day keep the doctor away:)

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That’s all for this morning lovlies! Indulge big tonight, and I’ll bring you a deliciously decadent recipe, so stay tuned!

 

Has your furnace ever broken? Did you layer a million blankets like I did?

Yes, please do NOT remind me, I was cuddling with my space heater basically.

What’s your favorite way to tame a chocolate craving?

Hot chocolate, chocolate mousse, anything topped with chocolate chips:)

How do you beat the Mother Nature’s Monthly Gift blues? Or if you’re a guy, how do you treat your girlfriend like a princess when she is acting like a poopy grumplekins?

CHOCOLATE, tea, sleep, and Hulu!

 

xoxox,

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And Then There Was Mousse. [Indulgence Friday]

Good morning bloggy boos! I hope everyone had a rockin’ Indulgence Friday🙂

Mine was a blasty! I had an awesome time do-si-do-ing through my half-day and then lunched it up before I read a ton of Thrive during my 60-minute elliptical power sesh.

How did I do that, you may ask? I brought the giantest (shut up there is no grammar this early in the morning) rubber band I could find and wrapped it around the elliptical to hold my book flat. I wish I had a picture but I don’t so I will leave you to your imagination:)

After my workout, I didn’t even bother to shower (I know I am gross) so I used my favorite trick…HOMEMADE DRY SHAMPOO🙂

I use this stuff way too often to reveal (showering is for wusses), and there will soon be a recipe for that dry shampoo:) Actually, it isn’t really a recipe, just more of super simple secret trick that I will soon reveal to you and you will never have to wash your hair again.

Okay, that is a lie, you should shower because otherwise you will be stinky and greasy and no one likes a stinky person.

Just saying.

AAAANYwho, the Baby Sister and I headed out to a dinner date we’d had planned for a week or so, and took advantage of a gift certificate AND a buy-one-get-one-free coup that we had saved up for one of our favorite restaurants (we love our coupsSmile).

I know, we are cheapo but hey, who can refuse a free meal? Winking smile

It involved a lot of this:

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SLUUURP Smile

And this:

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Can I just say I love my sister. She is the bomb.com.

Who else have you met that can devour THAT bowl, and do it like this:

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Um, I love my sister. We shared an epic high-five. This family loves their food:)

By the way, those chopsticks she’s using? A Christmas gift to Baby Sister from Yours Truly, since she is chopstick-ally challenged. Isn’t it adorable?

I will express it’s adorableness in photography taken by Baby Sister in an attempt to be artistic while I was in the ladies room.

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Did I mention she is the bomb.com?

Pure artistry right there:)

Oh, and in case you were wondering, we both devoured giant bowls of Peanut Butter Noodles.

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Sorry for the awesome lighting, y’all;)

Peanut butter + noodles = how much better can it get?!

We have been obsessed since we were itty bitty and knew what Asian food was, aka we would always demand peanut noodles because we were picky and to be honest that was  all we would eat.

Now we get it every time we go to this restaurant.

Which is every week.

Girl’s gotta get her peanut butter fix!

My fortune:

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Uh. Greed. Can I just say that fortune cookies are very very wise? Only a cookie could think of that;)

Then, we mosey’ed over to Sbux and didn’t buy anything, aka sat and chatted and shared jokes about the fun people that sit in the big comfy chairs with their laptops playing COD. Dream big, people, dream big:)

Then, in honor of Indulgence Friday, I recreated the foodgasmic Chocolate Mousse I had last weekend.

Oh, did I ever.

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Quick, simple, and rich. This will be my birthday cake frosting this year…sprinkled in cacao nibs:)

And the best part? It is mostly raw, and can be made completely raw with the use of raw cacao instead of cocoa powder (I am a compulsive “nothing goes to waste” person, so I was not about to open a new bag of raw cacao with a wide open can of Ghirardelli staring at me). Tadaa!

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Raw Chocolate Mousse

Makes about 1 cup (2 large servings)

Ingredients:

  • 1 ripe avocado
  • 3 tbsp. cocoa powder, or 3-5 tbsp. raw cacao
  • 3 tbsp. agave nectar, more if desired (I prefer a more bitter-tasting chocolate, so I used no more than 3, although I didn’t really measure)

Directions:

  1. Open avocado by cutting in half, removing the pit, and then scooping the flesh out.
  2. Process avocado in a food processor until creamy.
  3. Add in cocoa/cacao powder, then agave nectar (this order is important in order for the powder to not go all over the inside of your food processor). Alternatively, you could do all of this in a bowl by mashing the avocado and then mixing in the rest of the ingredients thoroughly once the avocado is creamed.
  4. Chill in the fridge (or the freezer is even better, if you like it super thick like I do) for at least 15-30 minutes.
  5. Serve topped with cacao nibs, fruit, chocolate chips, chocolate syrup, agave nectar, or whatever you fancy! Swedish Fish would work too:)

I topped mine with bloobs, raspberries, and cacao nibs. Love me some chocolatey endorphins🙂

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Round 2:

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With more berries, cacao nibs, and a Raspberry Amaretto Cookie🙂

The prep:

Gather your ingredients…

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Simplicity at its best:)

Slice your avocado like a champ.

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Whip out your trusty Chop Chop🙂

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I. love. this. thing. Perfect for blending up oats, aka this thing was my fifth appendage when I got my wisdom teeth out. All of my food = blenderized in this sucker.

Process until creamy, like so:

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Then transform it into chocolatey deliciousness.

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Done, and done.

Enjoy while laughing your ass off while watching Easy A with your family. Yes, we are comfortable enough to watch these kinds of movies with each other, I like to think of it as a special bond🙂

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Hahahaha I love Amanda Bynes🙂 Did anyone else watch What I Like About You back in the day? It was my favorite. show. Literally had to come home from school by three every day in order to watch this show or the world would end.

My plansky for the rest of the day? I’mma go make some protein pancakes and then get back to you with that recipe asap:)

After that? No idea, but I LIVE for the weekend and something fun will go down:)

Do you always order the same dish at your favorite restaurants, or do you switch it up?

I’m a creature of habit, but lately I’ve been getting a little bit more adventurous:)

Have you seen Easy A and did you basically pee yourself?

Yup, slash I am marrying Penn Badgley (I think that is his name, he is just hot Gossip Girl boy in my mind).

What is your favorite dessert? Or better yet, your favorite chocolate dessert?

I would have to say this mousse and any chocolate fudge cake/frosting. I am a chocolate MONSTA:)

Have a fun Saturday, loves!

xoxox,

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p.s. Did I mention that I love late-night snackage..yeah, right now I am noshing on some Baked Falafel Balls. Try them with balsamic vinegar, you will never go back! (or better yet, ketchupWinking smile)

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Weird Things I Do in my Sleep + Baked Falafel Balls!

Good morning lovelies! I hope you all had a luuurvely Thursday and are ready to celebrate Indulgence Friday!:)

I don’t know about the rest of you, but I am ready for the weekend! Thursdays tend to be my favorite day of the week because I always know that Friday is right around the corner:)

First of all, I wanted to say thank you for your beautiful comments on my post on the Black Swan in All of Us and my FAQT’s post from yesterday that answered a lot of the questions I’ve been getting lately. Check them out!

I also have to thank you for being the best readers I could ever have! The last week has been filled with record-high numbers of hits for CK, and I cannot be more thankful! You all keep me blogging every day, and I love each and every one of you🙂

Secondly, Chef Katelyn has been revamped! If you’re reading from your Google Reader or e-mail, take a second to click over to the bloggity blog and have a look! I spent an embarrassing amount of time on the improvements, so have a look and I will love you forever🙂 (except we’re all best friends anyways, that is why I love my bloggy boos so much!).

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HALT! Quick note:

Today a friend of mine and I created the Next Big Thing.

We are calling them….CARROT BALLS🙂

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Oh and by the way, the skinny looking one is a baseball bat.

Just so you know.

This came about because I was enjoying my carrots in Lit, and then found a carrot that was shaped just. like. a tiny ball.

I showed my friend and she said that it would be a cool new product.

So what did we do?

We both exclaimed, CARROT BALLS! At the same. time.

Telepathy, I tell you:)

So if you are interested in purchasing Carrot Balls and a Baseball Barrot (ha), please call 1-800-CARROT-BALLS and we will promptly mail some to you.

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Weird Things I Do in my Sleep

So, I have a little story for you.

Okay, it’s actually a ton of stories all wrapped up in one.

Ever since I was little, I have done strange things in my sleep.

Flinging my legs every which way.

Waking up with my comforter in the hallway (this one stumped me too).

Finding my Droid in between my sheets instead of on my desk (on the other side of the room) where I had left it the night before.

Wearing a different outfit than I went to sleep in (not a joke).

Waking up in the kitchen, eating Cheez-Its (my pre-vegan days).

Waking up to the sound of my own voice.

Oh, by the way. I talk in my sleep. Don’t have a sleepover with me. Or do, and laugh your face off. I say some crazy stuff!

But if there’s one thing I haven’t done in my sleep (but totally could) it’s make these falafel balls.

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Baked Falafel Balls

Inspired by OhSheGlows

Makes about 20-22 Falafel Balls, based on your size preference.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cans (or 3 cups) garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1/4 cup chopped red onion
  • 1/2 tsp. paprika
  • 1/2 tsp. cumin
  • 1/2 tsp. tumeric
  • 1/2 cup garbanzo bean flour
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 4 tbsp. water, more if necessary (a tablespoon at a time)

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and lightly grease a cookie sheet with olive oil.
  2. Combine all ingredients in a food processor.
  3. Form into patties with your hands, and place on greased cookie sheet.
  4. Bake for 15 minutes, then flip with a spatula (carefully! they fall apart easily) and bake for another 15 minutes.
  5. Serve in a pita, on a salad, in a wrap, or with ketchup!

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No, I was not joking when I said with ketchup. My little sister absolutely loves these, and said that they taste better than chicken nuggets! (which is saying a lot, considering we’re veganWinking smile)

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That’s all for now lovlies! See you later tonight for a recap of my Indulgence Friday!

We have a half day today (this never happens), which means I only have three classes…what whaaaat! Looks like I’ll have time to go to the gymmy gym gym!

Then later tonight, I’ll be going out to dinner with the sista and then baking something delecably delicious, so keep your eyes out for some yummy:)

Do you do anything weird in your sleep?

Hahahaha yes.

Do you ever find weirdly-shaped food?

I once found a chip that looked like Abe Lincoln’s head! It. was. epic:)

What do you like to dip in ketchup?

Um, EVERYTHING.

Happy Indulging, loves!

xoxox,

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I Love College + Raspberry Amaretto Cookies!

Can I just say I REALLY miss being tan? Now I am paper-white, and I used to be Africano. I’m not joking.

Then:

Now:

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…..oh. Hi, Casper, ever heard of the sun?

If you want to see (hilarious) pictures of me, you can see my entries for a vegan fashion show I entered over the summer.

I miss being a beachy blonde bronzy girl!

Sunshine, please come back to me?! It’s been MUCH too long, and I do not believe in paying for skin cancer (aka tanning beds).

Sunshine and I are a magical match made in heaven.

Dang, I am all up on the alliteration today!

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Anywho, the title of this post is due to the fact that I’ve had a redonkulously awesome day.

This morning I woke up to a SILENT house (I am a morning freak and I love having the wondrous morning hours to myself, aka talking to my dog and eating copious amounts of cookie dough). Then, I checked my Droid (aka my baby) to find that I had won a cookbook that I cannot WAIT to review for you guys!! Slash I don’t think you guys understand how big of a deal this is…I never win anything. I am so excited for this one, I had been dying to buy it but now it is mine fo free:)

Then, after my glorious morning, I had a college interview with the sweetest lady in the world and we talked for hours and hours (okay, an hour and a half) about public health, nutrition, the food industry, the U.S. government and all of the stupid lobbyists, hiking, and hot chocolate. Love. Her. During said interview, I sipped on a delicious cup of tea from sbux and I don’t even know what kind of herbal tea it was but I don’t ask, I just drink (okay that sounded bad).

As soon as the interview ended, my Dad was waiting for me with a big ol’ smile and said he had an email he wanted me to read that would make me very happy. Did Grandma send me money? Uh, no, he said. Instead, it was an email announcing my first college acceptance! Holllllaaa at me girls! I am so happy because this school is one of my top choices. However, I will not disclose the name of the school until further acceptances and decisions have been made:) Until then, I will tell you that it will be SUPER easy for me to go for a jog on beautiful trails, hike a mountain (or three), get some yummy veg (and raw!) eats, and buy groceries from local co-ops and natural food stores so I can cook for myself. Oh, and I would be majoring in nutrition and doing lots of undergrad research.

Any guesses?! I might just tell you if you’re right;)

So, why did I tell you about my awesome morning, loot, and college acceptance? Not only because I love to talk about myself:) but also because I believe that everything in life happens for a reason, with a plan, and is also greatly determined by karma. One of my favorite mantras is:

I’m a strong believer in karma. What goes around comes around. Be graceful and wise in all that you do, and the world will return the favor.

And in case you were wondering, yes I did make that up, and I know I am a genius. Okay maybe not a genius, but I live by this principle.

And I’m pretty sure my day has been amazing so far because I had an indulgent Indulgence Friday🙂

It started off with a Cookie Dough Bowl (recycled photo, I’m lazy I know).

Continued with Ethiopian food, which is served on a giant piece of bread. It is called Injera and is addictingly delicious, we brought home approximately 12 rolls of it, I kid you not. By the way it is amazing with almond butter and jam, it is like a sweet and sour delicious sticky mouthful (get your mind out of the gutter people!). Oh, and you eat the food with your hands. I love permission to make even more of a mess than usual:)

Chickpeas, lentils, collard greens, cabbage, and a small salad of tomato and onions atop a hugh jass piece of injera. Oh and we had two baskets of the stuff. Did I mention we have a lot of injera in our fridge?

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What goes around comes around? I completely agree. Especially when it comes around in the form of Gluten-Free Raspberry Amaretto Cookies.

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I guess it’s true that you really do make your own happiness.

Gluten-Free Raspberry Amaretto Cookies

Adapted from my Gluten-Free Orange-Cranberry Cookies

Ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup almond flour (also called almond meal)
  • 1/3 cup quinoa flour
  • 1/3 cup + 1/4 cup garbanzo bean flour
  • 1/4 cup quinoa flakes
  • 1/2 cup applesauce (unsweetened, natural)
  • 1/4 NuStevia Baking Blend (or your sweetener of choice)
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tbsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp. almond extract
  • 1/4 cup slivered or chopped almonds (I used slivered)
  • 1/4 cup chopped raspberries
  • 3 tbsp. or more Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Breeze (or milk of choice)

Directions:

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and grease a cookie sheet.
  2. Mix wet ingredients in  a small bowl, dry ingredients in a larger one.
  3. Pour wet into dry and mix thoroughly. Dough will seem dry but keep stirring! If it is still too dry, add milk or liquid of choice by the tablespoon until it reaches a doughy consistency.
  4. Gently fold in almonds and raspberries.
  5. Scoop by the tablespoon onto your cookie sheet and flatten slightly with your hand (running your skin under water first usually helps to avoid sticking).
  6. Bake for 7-10 minutes, or until the outside is dry enough to touch. I prefer these still squishy on the inside when leaving the oven. It allows for a firm outside with a doughy, moist filling.

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Ingredients? Word.

All I have to say is that this has to be the most scrumdiddlyumptious recipe I’ve ever concocted. I would describe to you every delicious flavor in this doughy deliciousness, but that would take too long so I am just going to tell you to make these. Don’t even question it, just do it.

If you need further persuasion, know that I ate four and a half of these babies last night, then had to freeze the rest or else they would have been gone.

I am the COOKIE MONSTA🙂 Do not get me near a cookie jar or it will be empty in approximately 2.41 seconds flat. Don’t look so surprised. There’s a reason I cook so much!

(p.s. sorry for the awesome photography, fluorescent lighting is not my friend)

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That’s all for now dearies!

My plan for the rest of the day?

  • Learning everything the college I got into.
  • Doing my Stat project (it’s due at noon on a Sunday, how does that even happen?!)
  • Working out
  • Making and eating pizza. A lot of it:)

Coming up soon on the bloggity blog:

  • Tonight, a recipe for Gluten Free Pizza for One because it is VEGAN PIZZA DAY!! Uh, a whole holiday dedicated to eating pizza? I’m down!
  • Reviews on Black Swan (holy shiznits) and The Social Network. I saw two awesome movies in one day and I daresay my brain might explode. Can I just say I wish I had swan wings? I’m pretty sure it would bring all the boys to the yard. Who wouldn’t dig a girl that can fly pirouette?

How do you stay bronzy beautiful in the winter? Or if you’re pale like me, we can bond over our pastiness and go to the Caribbean:)

My bronzer is not sufficient any more. If you pay for the trip to the sunny countries, I will pay you back in smiles and natural highlights:)

How did you celebrate Indulgence Friday?

Uh, by eating food with my hands off of a giant piece of bread, and then eating a lot of cookies. Indulgence Friday = celebrated.

What’s your favorite kind of cookie?

I love the classic choco chip, but lately I’ve been digging the more elegant combos like orange-cranberry🙂

xoxox,

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Indulgence Friday

Good morning bloggie babes! And Happy Indulgence Friday🙂

This is going to be a new tradition on CK, inspired by the dear Mama Hall (my lit teacher, I love her and she is my idol). You can thank the chocolate gods for this woman, she told me about how Friday is her “indulgence day”, and I knew I had to spread the love!

So, I’ll be starting off the day right with a hugh jass bowl of cookie dough (go have some, I swear to goodness you will never turn back). Because I’ll be getting my sweat on in a few minutes and then meeting with Mama Hall herself about an essay on Frankenstein (which is the best book ever, beeteedubs), I will be much too busy/sweaty/hungry to take a picture so here is a recycled picture of said deliciousness:

This deserves a giant “holy yumsky”. I cannot get enough of cookie dough bowls, and once you try one, neither will you. I literally have to restrain myself every morning to not eat the whole thing in two seconds flat (not to say it hasn’t happened). It’s that good.

I had it classic-style with Amazing Grass Chocolate Superfood, my fave protein powder, maca, and tons of cacao nibs. Plus tons of berries, obv. It adds volume and therefore takes longer to eat, maximizing the deliciousness and duration of the bowl.

It’s science.

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Yesterday’s workout:

  • 30 minutes ellipticizing
  • 15 minutes spin
    • Bottoms Up, Trey Songz and Nicki (jumps)
    • Telephone, Gaga and Beyonce (climbing out of the saddle)
    • Firework, Katy Perry (sprints)
    • Like a G6 (4-second jumps)
    • Magic, B.o.B (hard, steady cadence in the seat)
    • Dynamite, Taio Cruz (sprint in the saddle)
  • 15 minutes ellipticizing
  • 10 minutes arm circuit weights

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I only wish I looked that good after a spinning class – instead I am a deliciously sweaty mess who is happy off endorphins but on the hunt for cookie dough. I’m serious, this stuff is like healthy protein deliciousness for my tummy!:)

As you can see, my workout ADD was flaring up and the Today Show was not up to par in the entertainment department. Hoda and Kathy Lee are toomuch:)

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Haha:)

So, I watched How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days most of the time on my iPod because nothing good was on, which is disappointing considering I don’t have cable and my gym has every channel known to man.

Today I’ll (hopefully) be running, and most likely using the spin bike/stair stepper. My hammy has NOT been happy with me lately, so I’ve been taking it easy and kicking toosh on the spin bike instead:) Injuries = no bueno, so I’ll see how it feels.

I should probably get a foam roller…anyone know where to get an inexpensive one? I’m a cheapo:)

Slash send me these ones, it is almost my birthday (okay not really, it’s in July), and these are pretty:) I will be your best friend forever and ever if you send me anything actually, especially if it is 100% dark chocolate or one of those new Blueberry Muffin Larabars that I can’t wait to get my hands on! (hint hint)

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Oh, and next time after my long run, an ice bath might be a good idea! I refuse to risk an injury, even if it means soaking in freezing cold water in the dead of winter (anyone want to send me some sunshine?! much appreciated:)). Of course, once I’ve gotten sick of the ice I’ll blast the hot shower and vow to never take an ice bath again – but then I will:)

And for all of you fitness chicas, here is an interesting article I found through Brendan Brazier’s website that he contributed to! It’s great information for athletes of all levels, and speaks to important things such as pre- and re-fueling, as well as fueling throughout the day. Yum I love eating:)

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In other notes, my awesome uncle is flying in from New Joisey midday, so we’ll be having a riotous old time showing him the (cold) sights of Upstate New York while trying to not freeze:)

Slash we will most likely be going out for Indian food tonight which makes me obnoxiously happy because I am needing my chana masala fix, and FAST! I do not kid when it comes to food.

Double slash I will be sure to indulge in something delicious, I just do not know what yet. Should I roll with pancakes for lunch? Or perhaps a bit of banana soft serve with my bowl of melted chocolate? Maybe I should roll with some cookies, I am craving chocolate chippage! We will see:)

What is your Friday workout?

Mine better be running or I will explode.

How are you celebrating Indulgence Friday?

Uhhh, eating. A lot:)

Is it cold where you are? And can you send me some sunshine?

Please and thank you:)

Happy Indulgence Friday! See you later alligators:)

xoxox,

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