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Bressert Kale Chips + My New Baby!

Good morning love doves!! How are you?

I have had the best. weekend. ever so far. Started off with a gorgeous run, a get-together that MAY have lasted past two a.m. and involved Chubby Bunny, brunch with this lady including tons of juice, waffles, and our new food revolution:

Bressert Kale Chips!

In case you were wondering, it’s breakfast and dessert put together. And these are amazing. As we were discussing what to make for brunch, I said, “I wonder if anyone has ever made sweet kale chips?”

So both of our jaws dropped and Bressert Kale Chips were born.

We decided on making Vanilla Cinnamon-Raisin Bressert Kale Chips…

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Oh hot darn.

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Vanilla Cinnamon-Raisin Bressert Kale Chips

Ingredients:

  • Kale
  • 1.25 cups cashews, soaked overnight
  • 1 cup water
  • Cinnamon (1-2 tsp.)
  • Raisins
  • Vanilla Stevia drops (about 20)
  • Maple syrup or agave to taste

Directions:

  1. Blend cashews and water, then add all ingredients but raisins.
  2. Add raisins and stir to combine after blending.
  3. Completely massage into chopped kale with mixture and dehydrate overnight.
  4. Devour.

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You cannot even taste the kale in these. It is absolutely redonk, and absolutely delicious. I have no idea why this has never been done before, but I have to say I have never been more impressed with a recipe idea in my entire life.

Katelyn + Lisa = dynamic duo🙂

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It should come as no surprise that we ate the entire batch.

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Oh and we also ate the entire batch of the Chocolate Bressert Kale Chips. Chocolatey deliciousness? Yezzir:)

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Chocolate Bressert Kale Chips

Instructions:

  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup cashews (soaked for a few hours)
  • 20 drops Cocoa Bean Extract (I love NuNaturals)
  • 1tbsp cacao powder (or you could use carob)
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup (local!)

Directions:

  1. Blend cashews and water, then add all other ingredients.
  2. Completely massage into chopped kale with mixture and dehydrate overnight.
  3. Devour.

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Ohhh snap!

Or should I say….

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Crunch?

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Smiles all around:) We ate the entirety of both batches.

Why we are such culinary geniuses, I have no idea.

So besides the fact that we both ate our own weight in kale chips (at least a cup of cashoos each..I wish I was joking), we also had to have some spritzers (no, madre and padre, no need to worry about alcohol).

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She made juice in her rockstar GREEN STAR juicer, it is gorg. It included beet greens, dandelion greens, beets, lemon, parsley, green apple, carrot, and celery.

We combined it with Ginger Ale Zevia for bubbliness and to cut the bitterness:) But I am pretty sure it was just another excuse for us to use Zevia.

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Since everyone could use a bit more bubbly in their lives.

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Most people would say this looks narsty but I would like to disagree and say it looks scrumdidlyumptious. I espech love the bubblies that the Zevia makes. Doesn’t it look like chia seed gel?!

But no brunch is complete without breakfast foods. Like waffles that taste like cake.

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Damnnn shawty, how you get so fly?!

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Sprouted buckwheat pancakes with sun warrior, cashoo cream, dehydrated buckwheat/coconut/chia cereal, raspberries and blueberries, and pomegranate juice chia seed gel.

^^ Gorg photo a la Lisa. It is so pretty!

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Delicious. Very filling. But not for long:) Lisa and I have the same appetite clock, we both were “mouth hungry” as we like to say, and so we had a second brunchy brunch. Another waffle each, except it started as only half:)

We can never eat just one!

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Oh and in case you were wondering, kale chips are REALLY good on top of waffles. Like the kind of good when you would put potato chips in your sandwich as a kid. Except WAY healthier!

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Zevia, in a wine glass. What, you don’t drink everything out of a wine glass?

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The Big Surprise: My new baby!

The other day, Lisa tweeted that she had a surprise for me. And when it comes to surprises I absolutely LOVE them but I hate waiting to find out what it is!! It drives me semi-crazy, but in a good way.

And Lisa completely made my day year. My babygirl gave me a JUICER!

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Lisa has officially won her spot as a bridesmaid in my future wedding. I have never been so happy in my life:)

I have not yet decided what to name her. My Droid is named Lulu, my computer Adele, and my iPod is Celeste. Any name suggestions?

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Yup it’s love. Ignore the hair, it may have to do with the fact that I was out until two last night and didn’t exactly shower this morning. No comment.

At least I brushed my hair🙂

Anywho, with this new baby I had to do some juicin’. And it was delicious. I am in love, it is so much simpler than my blender and much quieter. My blender sounds like a monster waking up every morning.

Don’t come within 100 feet of my house any morning between the hours of five and nine, your ears may weep.

My first homemade juice!!

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Look at all of those vitamins! I used spinach, celery, carrot, parsley, lemon, and red pepper.

Poifect snack after a long day of cashoo eating:)

The afternoon and evening was spent with one of my biffs chatting and eating salads and a Quinoa-Hummus-Raisin-Balsamic bowl. Praise sweet baby Jesus, I had not had one all day and it tasted SO good:)

Get ready for some more surprises coming soon:) I have exciting things coming in the mail for me and I cannot sit still in my seat, I can’t wait for them to come!!

See you tomorrow loves:)

What are your favorite juice combos?

No idea yet:) Give me ideas!!

Requests for the next flava flavs of Bressert Kale Chips?

We have some exciting flavor ideas coming up, but we would love your suggestions!!

Favorite waffle topping. GO!

Chia seed gel (carob is mah fave), fruit, and almond butter:)

p.s. Did anyone see the moon last night?! Holy man! I have never seen it so big and bright. Absolutely beautiful.

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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Wordyless Wednesday + Mission: I Feel Pretty!

Good morning chickadees! Happy Hump Day! How are you?

Today’s post is going to start out wordy, and then it is gonna go wordless. Get ready for a post that is moody mood!

I am so glad you all loved the recipe yesterday! Looks like quick and simple meals are your thang;)

Anywhos, yesterday I came home super tired, so I ate a quinoa-hummus-raisin-balsamic bowl and took a napsky with my neck heater pillow.

I am somewhat obsessed. It smells so. good. I am pretty sure it is filled with magic beads?

Lately my neck/shoulders have been SO tight! Can you say shoulder massage?! (preferable by a tall, dark, and handsome man that likes long walks on the beach, cooking, watching the Bachelor, and giving massages:))

I. freaking. love. naps.

As a student, I have learned to embrace the afternoon siesta with open arms. If you haven’t tried it, you should. Way better than using carbs/chocolate/caffeine to stay awake.

Oh, and remember when a friend of mine thought I was eating a bowl of cheese?

Yesterday he thought that my quinoa-lentil-raisin-balsamic bowl was Cocoa Krispies. When I told him what it was, he thought it was so cool that my food was exotic.

I told him only if exotic means not WonderBread:)

Hahahaha he liked that joke.

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Mission: I Feel Pretty

Alrighty tighty, time for some wordlessness! Here are some of the Mission: I Feel Pretty submissions I have received so far.

Enjoy!

Note: It is NOT too late to send your Mission: I Feel Pretty picture! I think I am going to make this a more permanent feature on the bloggy (with its own tab and errthang:)), so feel pretty loves, and send yours in!:)

Alyssa:

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Brandy:

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Kayla:

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Linda:

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Alyssa:

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Katy:

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Lauren:

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Kaila:

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Brittanie:

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That’s all for today loves! Don’t see your picture here? Shoot me an e-mail! Or better yet, take your Mission: I Feel Pretty picture and sendity send it to chefkatelynblog@gmail.com 🙂

Have a rockin’ Hump Day, loves!

What is your best neck/shoulder pain relief trick? Please tell me I am dying here!

So far sleeping and using my neck heater pillow, but it is not working very well..

Are you a nap person?

I used to swear I hated naps and would never ever take one, but now I am in luuuurve:)

How are you feeling pretty today?

Once you figure it out, capture the moment! Send it in to be featured on the bloggy. Feel free to send a sentence or two about why you feel beautiful, a link to your blog, or post about it on your own bloggy!

xoxox,

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Are you eating a bowl of cheese?!

Hi love doves, and Happy Bunny Bunny Day!! How are you? Hope everyone avoided a case of the Mondays:)

I loved all of your responses to my first vlog!! And I was surprised to find that many of you thought my voice was exactly what you were expecting. Glad I didn’t sound like a man:)

And secondly, I have to thank you all times a million from the bottom of my heart. CK hit record-high views this past Sunday night, and it is all thanks to you, best friends! Thank you so much for all of your love and support, you have no idea how much you all mean to me! ❤

Anywhos, before I forget, be sure to send in your Mission: I Feel Pretty pictures!!

Tomorrow I am going to put up some of the pictures I have received so far, so don’t wait, chickadees! Feel pretty and snapdiddlydoo a photograph!

Bee tee dubs, my raisin burnout didn’t even last half of the day. I was eating half of the container by 10 AM. I think it is safe to say I need an intervention;)

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So, the crazykins title comes from class today. I was sitting and enjoying some cauliflower rice (recipe below:)), and my friend that sits next to me asked, “Are you eating cheese?!”

I pretty much died right there. I was laughing so hard I thought I was actually going to pee my pants.

In order to understand why, you must realize that I can never eat normal portions of anything. I always eat redonk amounts. So picture me eating a GIANT tupperware full of this stuff, coated in tomato goodness and nooch.

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So I told him, yes, I was eating a giant tupperware full of cheese.

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And since CK has been lacking a tad in the recipe department, I thought I would share this simple, quick, and delicious recipe with you. It is perfect for a quick lunch or dinner, and especially great for a student like me:)

Quick and delicious? That’s my middle name;)

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Cauliflower Rice Primavera

Ingredients:

  • 1 head of cauliflower, roughly chopped
  • 1 tomato, diced
  • Italian seasoning (or thyme, basil, marjoram, rosemary, oregano)
  • Small handful of fresh basil, chopped
  • Nutritional yeast (nooch)

Directions:

  1. In a food processor, pulse cauliflower until it resembles rice. Scoop into a large bowl, and serve yourself desired amount.
  2. Mix together the diced tomato and seasoning. Put on top of cauliflower rice.
  3. Sprinkle with nooch and top with freshly chopped basil. Mix it all up, and enjoy!

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This was so yummy, and the perfect way to get in my veggies! (except I never really have a problem with that because I am addicted to all things veg)

It reminded me of a way healthier version of my lazy-girl rice “spaghetti” that I make when I have leftover rice/grains and am too lazy to make noodles Winking smile

Don’t you just love the word “noodles”? Nooooooooodles:)

Edit: After seeing some of the comments, I realized that I didn’t mention the twelve and a half quinoa-hummus-raisin-balsamic bowls I ate with this. By no means is this a complete meal! ‘Tis just the veggie portion. As with every meal, be sure to include modest portions of carbs, protein, and fat.

That is all for today bloggy boos! I have a long day of classes, working out, and hummus-raisin-balsamic bowl eating ahead of me:)

Have a fun Tooooosday!

p.s. Go check out my girl Lee’s bloggity blog post! I am so proud of her, she is spreading the raisin-balsamic loveeee🙂

What is your favorite lazy-girl (or La-Z-Boy) meal?

Quinoa, hummus, balsamic, and raisins, all mixed up in a bowl. I think I am in a food rut:)

What is your favorite way to get in your veggies?

Um, eating them every second of the day! And green monsters/salad beasts. My tummy lurves:)

Have you ever gotten questions about food you bring to class/work?

Yessss errday, some people don’t even know what quinoa is…whaddafuh?!

xoxox,

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THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES

…would highly approve of this beastly salad I ate on the road. Yes, I brought my family-size salad bowl with me on the road, it’s fine.

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Eaten with my favorite new travel utensils🙂

GOTCHA! You totally thought I was going to say I met the prez:) Sorry kiddos, today is not the day. If I end up going to school in DC though, I might end up seeing the First Lady playing tennis! Or Obama might speak at commencement..who knows;)

So you know how my family likes their food..yeah we do not joke.

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PB + Prune sandwich made by yours truly, promptly scarfed by the Padre. We do not use jelly in this family, we use dried fruit. Prunes and raisins, please and thanks!

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FYI, we at that whole container in two days.

Me + Padre = Mean Eating Machine.

The view inside:

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H2O duh, and my Droid is charging via a pluggity plug thingymajig the Padre bought a year or so back on a road trip. Best. investment. ever. Go to Radio Shack and get one of these, it is less than $30 and will save you loads of stress over your phone, iPod, laptop, what have you, dying in the middle of a car trip and thinking the world is going to end.

Not that I would know or anything.

The view outside:

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JERSEY SHORE, 24 MILES?!

Honey bunches, you can bet your bottom dollar I was begging the Padre to take a detour but he said no. Sorry Mike, we’ll get married another time.

We spent the long drive singing along to Glee (can you pay my bills? Name that song!) I am marrying Blaine, I do not care if he is gay, listening to Hamlet (for Lit, no I do not do that stuff for fun), and talking about my dream of combining nutrition, public health, anthropology, research, and travel internationally. I can’t wait to see where college takes me!

Oh, and we also did our fair share of yelling at other drivers through our windshield (oh yeah, we told ‘em). One guy was a jerkasauraus rex and was tailgating me on a 75 mph highway. Jack. butt.

My sched for the day:

  • Working out
  • Eating every raisin I can find
  • Having one of my besties over for movies, food, and girl talk:)
  • Memorizing the Hamlet “To Be or Not to Be” speech (the things I do for classes…)
  • Packing (again)
  • Eating more raisins
  • And going to SLEEP

Oh and DON’T FORGET TO SEND IN YOUR MISSION: I FEEL PRETTY pictures! I have gotten gorgeous ones so far, you girls are absolutely beautiful!! I am so glad we are all helping ourselves to feel more special:)

That’s all for this morning loves! It is WAY past my bedtime, and I am about to fall asleep on my keyboard so here are some questiones for you!

What do you eat on road trips? Do you pack food too, or stop on the way? What do you pack/get?

I ALWAYS pack food, but occasionally stop to grab nuts, fruit, something I am dying for (like raisins..bee tee dubs not ONE gas station I stopped at had raisins, so in case you are a crazy raisin lover like I am, you better pack some for yourself!).

What are your favorite road trip activities?

Jamming out to the iPod, Travel Scrabble (I am a pro), and getting on each other’s nerves. Life is good.

Do you watch Jersey Shore? Are you crazy obsessed too?

I am marrying Mike the Sitch. Our children would be really tan and have AWESOME abs.

Tell me some of your dreams for the future!!

I told you mine, now it is your turn:)

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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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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