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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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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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