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a refreshing treat

Goooood Mooorrrrnnninnng!!

I woke up this morning to rain and thunder outside, and it was so lovely.  Like I mentioned before, I love rainy days.  They somehow put me in a really good mood. Give me a hot mug of coffee, and I’m good to go!

No hot mug of coffee is being had this morning though.  I actually woke up craving this

This ended up being my favorite juice I’ve ever made! It wasn’t too strong, and the flavors blended together effortlessly.

Into the juicer went 1 lemon cucumber, 1 green apple, 1 pear, 1 large carrot and 1 small beet

So refreshing.  I love making fresh juice…it makes me feel so good.  Like I’ve done something really really nice for myself:)  If you missed the review I did over my fabulous juicer, you can check it out here The company did not ask me to do the review…I just really love my juicer!

I’m off to Turbokick.  Be back later this afternoon!!  Hope you all have a great Thursday…we’re on the downhill slope!

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all in a day’s eats

Eek!  I can’t believe I’m just now getting around to posting.

I have been pulling some seriously late nights this past week, and it needs to stop!  It’s causing me to be so exhausted during the day.  I just love staying up late, though!

Lunch today was simple.

Two slices of Ezekiel bread, Morningstar black bean burger, hummus, a healthy dose of sunflower sprouts, and rotel tomatoes.  Yum!

And the biggest watermelon spread ever! I promise I didn’t eat all that…at least not for lunch;)

I’m pretty sure I’m going to morph into a watermelon before it’s all said and done. That or a sunflower sprout:)

I had totally forgotten that yoga was tonight until I started craving it this afternoon.  Then it hit me!  So, after tutoring I went straight to class, and did some lovely sun salutations, half series and child’s poses.  love. love. love.

Since I knew I’d be getting home sort of late from yoga, I spent some time this afternoon chopping up veggies and making a stir-fry sauce.  So, when I got home all I had to do was dump it all in the wok and cook some bulgur!

I included cabbage, bell pepper, pattypan squash, carrots, onions, zucchini and sunflower sprouts.  Obviously I added a sprinkle of chia seeds to top it all off!

The most important thing about stir-frying veggies is timing.  I always put my carrots in and let them cook for a bit first (same story with broccoli if you’re using it); then I add bell peppers.  Soon after the peppers I add in everything else except for the sunflower sprouts, which I toss in at the very end.

I would give you the recipe for the sauce I made, but it needs some revamping.  It involved low sodium tamari sauce, garlic, olive oil, maple syrup, seasoned rice vinegar and ground red pepper; it was a bit bland unfortunately, so I’ll spare you the details.  The incredible veggies were the star of this show!

Dessert was a brown rice cake with a thin layer of Maranatha Chocolate Almond Butter spread.  This stuff is just like eating icing.  It is so good!

With a cup of decaf iced coffee on the side.

Well, I hate to cut this short, but I gots to gets to bed!

Tomorrow is a special day here, but I’m going to wait ’till tomorrow to tell you why!  Any guesses?!

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coming soon to csm

Hey guys!

I was super excited the other day to receive an email from CSN stores.  They contacted me in regard to participating in a review of one of their many products.  They have just about anything you could ever need; throughout their 200+ websites, you will find anything from cookware to cribs to dining room sets and dog beds!

I think you guys will be really excited about the product I’ll be reviewing, and what’s even more exciting is that I’ll be hosting a giveaway of the same product at the end of the summer!  So stay tuned for more details!

**While I’m not being compensated for this post, I will be receiving product from CSN in exchange for the upcoming review.  The review will be based on my own, unbiased opinion of the product.

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babies…babies and more babies

Lots of craziness goin’ on up in here!

Last night some friends of ours called at the last minute and were in town, wanting to come see us.  They are fixin’ to move to North Carolina in about a month, and we’re going to miss them so much!

Fun fact: Molly was my roommate in college and Stewart was Jon’s roommate at the same time.  Fun times for sure:)

Now they have these two cuties:

Sophia

Lydia

After they left, Jon and I hurried to the kitchen to fix some dinner!  We were in a bit of a rush because my sister had called to see if we could babysit my fur-nephew this week; so, I needed to drive to meet her halfway between my hometown and our house.

While I wasn’t looking forward to the drive, it ended up being quite nice because the sun was setting and the two lane country hightway became almost magical.  So pretty.  No camera, though:(

Back to dinner.

We were going for something quick and easy, low mess, but delicious (of course:)

Presenting: Quick and Easy Pesto Pita Pizzas

Ingredients

whole wheat pitas
pesto sauce (we had some on hand, but you could also make your own)
tomato
chopped onion
canned artichoke hearts, chopped
soy cheese

1.  Spread pesto onto whole wheat pita
2.  Sprinkle on a thin layer of soy cheese (or whatever you prefer)
3.  Place tomato slices on top
4.  Spread chopped onion and artichoke hearts all over
5.  Place in the oven on a baking sheet for about 10 minutes at 400 degrees (This makes the pita edges nice and crispy)

The key to this recipe is to really lay on the veggies.  The more veggies the better!  You can also play around with all different variations.

Other great combinations:

Barbecue Chicken Pita Pizzas (pre-veggie days) – barbecue sauce, cheese, chopped chicken, onion and bell pepper

Basic Tomato Pita Pizzas – tomato sauce (doctored with italian seasonings), cheese,  endless array of veggies!

So, after dinner I hopped in the car and headed to pick up this our new house guest

baby Bentley

He and Olive are quite the pair.  She is really laid back and he is…well….not.  So, sometimes she gets a little bit (okay, a lot) annoyed with him.  Usually it gets better after they’ve been together for a couple of days.  I think Olive finally gives up on being a recluse and submits to B’s playful ways.  Let’s hope so anyway:)

They did get some play time in the backyard this morning.  I was having a hay day taking pictures until I looked down and saw 5 million mosquitos on each leg.  We high tailed it to the house!

I did also make it out for a run with Jon this morning.  We ran/walked just under three miles. It was so humid, you could have sliced through the air with a knife. We are going to have to get up earlier if we’re going to run outside; it felt like we were suffocating!

Once we got home, I convinced myself to head to the gym for the Butts n Gutts class I told you all about last week.  We did lunges.  We did planks. We did squats.  We jumped rope. Did jumping jacks.  Abs on the bosu ball.  Pretty much if you’ve ever heard of it or seen it, we did it.  It was great!  Tough, but great:)

Breakfast

I finally took the time to try the vegan overnight oats plus banana soft serve that Angela’s been raving about.  And while my pics don’t really do it justice – you really must have a clear bowl to get the full effect – it was decadent!

Last night before I went to bed I combined 1/3 cup of oats with about 1 cup of almond milk + 1 tablespoon of chia seeds.

This morning I made peanut buttter banana soft serve using 1 whole banana and about 1/2 a tablespoon of natural peanut butter.

Then came the magnificent layering!

I topped it all off with fresh blackberries

Oh glorious day!

Loved this.  Seriously loved it.

Well, I’m off to go try to salvage the babies’ relationhip before Bentley drives Olive over the edge!  I hope you all have a marvelous, chia filled day!!

If you get a chance, stop by Peas and Thank You and say hi to Mama Pea.  She’s doing a great cookbook giveaway, and I’ve got my fingers crossed for Eat, Drink and Be Vegan!

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a savory morning

As I mentioned a few days ago, I have been craving savory breakfasts!  I used to live on oatmeal, yogurt or cereal for my early morning meal, but lately the sweets just aren’t doin’ it for me.

On my way home from piyo this morning (and admittedly a bit during) I started brainstorming breakfast.  I knew I wanted something savory, but I wasn’t really feeling eggs.  I contemplated hummus and toast…and then suddenly it hit me.

Savory oats.

I think I first got the idea for savory oats from Angela.  But honestly, I really didn’t think I could go there.  “There “meaning…to a world where we mix things like black beans and veggies with oats.  So, if you feel repulsed by this idea (ahem, Jon), don’t worry.  One day you’ll find yourself pondering what to eat for breakfast, and boom, it’ll hit you too.  Maybe:)

I immediately went to work.  First, I sauteed some swiss chard and corn in a skillet with garlic powder, sea salt and black pepper.

Next I mixed up some humnut sauce by combining a couple tablespoons of hummus with about a tablespoon of nutritional yeast and some water for thinning.

Meanwhile, I cooked 1/3 cup of oats in 3/4 cup of water for a minute and thirty seconds in the micro.  Watch ‘em closely so they don’t overflow!

Lastly, I mixed the humnut sauce in with the oats, which created a cheesy, creamy consistency.  It was at this point that I started feeling pretty dang good about this recipe:)  mmmmm.

Once the chard and corn were finished, I laid them on top of the cheesy oats….and sprinkled on some chia seeds!

Barely able to contain herself next to the creamy oaty goodness:)

After our little photo shoot, I took my first bite and….

it was fantastic!  But still missing something.

How about some homemade salsa?

There…that’s it.

While savory oats aren’t my favorite breakfast ever, I definitely will be making them again and trying new variations! If you’re having trouble with the whole idea, just think of the oats as a grain rather than a breakfast food.  You wouldn’t think twice about adding humnut sauce and greens to bulgur or quinoa, would you?

Before I go, I’d like to say a huge thank you to my sweet blog friend, Heather from Where’s the Beach, for passing on the Fabulous Sugar Doll Blogger award.

The rules of this award are to tell 10 little known facts about myself and pass it on to three to five other bloggers.  So, here goes!

1.  I learned to ride a bike when I was 3 (no training wheels!)
2.  I used a pacifier until I was 4…get the picture?
3.  I played basketball from the age of 5 to 18
4   I am obsessed with anything that has birds on it
5.  I flew in an airplane for the first time when I was 20 years old
6.  I am a clean fanatic.  I absolutely hate being dirty.  worked out great in Thailand:)

don’t judge;)

7.  I am a chapstick fiend.  As my husband says “you are obsessively freaky about it”
8.  I changed my major five times in college
9.  I love rainy days more than sunny days
10. I never get tired of spending time with my husband

I pass this award on to

Sarah at Gluten Free Tries Vegan

Sarah is one of my very favorite blog friends…if you haven’t visited her blog…go NOW!

What do you think about savory oats?  Can you “just not go there?”  Or is your mouth watering just thinking about them?

Tonight Jon and I received a special visitor who will be staying with us until Sunday.  Can you guess who it is?

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