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happy weekend

What a crazy day it has been!

I had my usual appointments (PiYo and tutoring) this morning, and then our realtor called this afternoon because the people who are buying our house wanted to show it to some potential renters.  So, I had to make myself scarce for awhile.  I went to Hastings  to check out the new Kris Carr book, but they were completely sold out…good for her! But bad for me.

Tonight we are going to a party with our Sunday School class.  It will probably be the last one that the husband and I go to (tear), so we’re planning on savoring every last minute.  Plus, I volunteered to bring cupcakes!  Exciting times:)

Sooooo, I’m off to bake…but first I wanted to wish you all a happy happy weekend!

Fun fact: when I was little I was known for catching ducks (by the way, I am aware that the above are in fact geese, not ducks).  I had a strategy and everything.  Get as close to the duck as possible.  Lay down a large piece of bread.  As soon as the duck starts in on the bread, snatch it up!  Sounds cruel, but I was only about 10 years old – a harmless little thing.  My duck catching days are over – now I am satisfied just capturing them from a distance.

What is something funny you were known for as a child?

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the best surprise

I felt so blessed by the response to yesterday’s post.  Thank you so much for every encouraging word, congratulations, prayer and thought.  It really means so much to Jonathan and I.

As we are going through so many changes, I’m so thankful for this blog and all of you who stop by to read it.  This is a constant in my life that brings me calmness and familiarity to focus on.

Yesterday was yet another milestone marked off in the journey toward moving to OKC: our house inspection.  I think because everything has happened so fast and easily since we put it up for sale last Friday, I had a bad feeling about the inspection, like something just had to go wrong.  But it didn’t!  We passed with flying colors, and we’re so relieved.

We went to bed last night feeling so at ease, and woke up this morning to the best surprise.

Not only was everything covered in white, but the husband’s office had decided to not open until 10am!  Not a bad way to start the morning for sure.  We laid back down and slept off and on for another 45 minutes or so, and then got up to have some breakfast and get a few things done.

On my to-do list was to cook up a side dish of some sort to take over to a friend’s house for dinner tonight.  Earlier this week, when Grace and Jonathan invited us over, she said she’d be making a vegetable soup, but also some quesadillas for the guys.  I promised to make a side dish to go with the soup…I was originally thinking salad, but this morning I just couldn’t get hummus out of my head!  So, I pulled out a slew of cookbooks, searching for a recipe that I would already have the ingredients for.  Finally, I stumbled upon one in, you guessed it – Eat, Drink and Be Vegan.  I adapted the recipe a bit to suit our tastes and due to the fact that I didn’t have a couple of ingredients.

I think it turned out great!  But I guess the true test will be tonight.  I love how the peanut, tamari and sesame add a distinct sort of flavor, but the garlicky hummus still shines!

Peanut Sesame Hummus with Chias

Ingredients

  • 2 cups canned chickpeas
  • 1/4 cup lime juice
  • 3 tbsp natural peanut butter
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tbsp toasted sesame oil
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp tamari
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp crushed red pepper flakes , or to taste (I like it hot!)
  • 4 tbsp water
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds

Directions

  • Place chickpeas in a microwave safe bowl and heat for 1 minute
  • Add remaining ingredients except water to bowl and mix thoroughly
  • Pour mixture into Vitamix or a food processor

  • Puree, adding water until consistency is smooth.  You’ll also have to stop to scrape down the sides at regular intervals
  • Garnish with a sprinkle of red pepper flakes and chia seeds, crushed peanuts or a wedge of lime!

Hummus is one of the top items on my list of favorite foods.  I especially love how versatile it is – you can eat it for breakfast, lunch, snack or dinner…and you can eat it so many different ways.  My favorite store bought kind is Sabra Roasted Garlic, but homemade just can’t be beat…especially because it’s super easy and you can add whatever flavors you want!  I’m thinking maybe mexican inspired next time…

Now I’ve got some Super Charge Me cookies baking in the oven, and I’m working on a few projects – planning my PiYo class for tomorrow being one of them.  I always end up waiting until the last minute to plan my class, and I’m really trying to work on getting it done early.  It’s much more fun when I have plenty of time!

Hope you’re all having a great Thursday!

Do you have a love for hummus? Or have you never tried it before?  What’s your favorite kind?

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nine years later…

One hot August day in 2002 the husband and I met on a volleyball court about one mile from where I sit right now.

And now, 9 years later we’re leaving our little college town to pursue new things in a new city.

And we’re really excited about it!

It all started back in October when Jonathan was approached with an offer for a job in Oklahoma City.  For the next three months we weighed the options, struggling to come to a final decision.  And then with the new year, everything suddenly became a lot more clear.

We took some time to really think about what our ultimate goal really is for the future.  I know I’ve talked about Outbox from time to time, but Outbox really is where we want our future to be.  Our plan is to hopefully launch our business full time in the next 3-5 years, and we feel confident that Oklahoma City is a much better place to do that than where we currently live – one reason being that it’s much bigger. In addition to that, it is closer to both of our families, which we are really excited about.

Part of what made the decision so difficult is that we really do love our little college town, and we’ve become so connected here and formed so many relationships.  Also, the husband has loved his job for the past five years, and as you know I love what I do as well.  It’s really hard to leave a place that you love and that holds so many memories.  But after about a million conversations of hashing out all the pros and cons, we realized that we can’t just keep holding onto the past because it’s what we know and love.  We believe that sometimes we must leave behind something great in order to achieve something even better.

So, upon arriving home after being gone for the holidays, we finally felt confident in our decision and ready to move forward.  Around the second week in January, the husband gave the final word at his current job, and so began the craziness of the last several weeks.

Fast forward to one week ago today.  We met with our realtor to talk about what needed to be done to our house to get it in shape to sell, and then two days later the sign went up!

The first time I pulled up to our house and saw that sign I cried.

Then I started cleaning.

And it was a good thing I started cleaning because less than twelve hours later we got a call that someone wanted to see it!  So, not only were we babysitting little Jinsol last Saturday, but we were also running around like mad getting our house as clean and as organized as possible in a four hour time span.

Less than 24 hours later, we got our first offer.  Our house had been on the market for 48 hours.  I just about died.  Turning to the husband I said “I don’t think I’m ready for this” and he pulled me to him, nodding in agreement.  We went through about 4 hours of negotiations, signing back and forth four times.  And then at 8:30 pm Sunday night we had just started grocery shopping when my phone rang.  It was our realtor – “we have a deal” she announced.

And again, right there in the middle of the frozen foods section the husband pulled me to him, and we hugged in disbelief.

I honestly still cannot believe we’ve sold our house.  If you had asked me last September where we’d be in six months, there’s no way I would have said anywhere other than right here in our little house.  It’s still beyond surreal, and even though we’re excited we’re in complete shock!

It has been a hard last few days for me.  I’ve loved having a handful of jobs – it keeps things exciting and fresh!  But it’s not fun when you have to quit five times, and every time is just as hard as the time before.  I’ve now told all of my tutoring students except one and yesterday I stopped by and told the manager of the gym where I teach yoga.  Sad times.

But I’m pushing through the sadness of it all, and trying to focus on the future.  We think this will be a great move for us, and I’m really excited for what’s ahead!  We close on our house February 28th, and we’re still looking at options of where to go next.  We are highly considering building a house this time around, and we’ve found a neighborhood we love and even a specific lot that we’re excited about.  If we move forward with it, our house would be completed around mid-June, so it’s just a matter of figuring out where to go between now and then.

I know one thing for sure – life is only going to get more crazy in the coming months!  While I don’t admit it, the husband can vouch for the fact that his wife loves a little spontaneity and excitement.  I hope you’ll continue to follow along in the coming months with me.  I honestly don’t know what they’re going to bring – but I’m trusting that God’s plan is the best plan and we are going to make the very most of it!

Have you moved a lot in your life?  Where’s your favorite place you’ve ever lived?

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cinnamon rolls!

Well, in true Candice fashion I was up until 2am last night baking away.

But first, let’s back up for a second.  It’s time for a little honesty.  Over the last couple of weeks I have really been slacking with my workouts and with putting energy into eating clean.  My workouts have consisted mainly of the classes I teach and a couple sporadic short treadmill runs, and my eating has included a few too many Amy’s frozen burritos.  There has been so much going on here as of recent, and I’ve been hanging on by a thread as far as taking care of myself.  I’ve been getting an average of about 6 hours of sleep a night among other things….and it’s really starting to wear on me.

So this morning I got up with the best intentions of really making the extra effort to treat my body really well and start replenishing my energy. As many of you know, I believe that just because you slack a little in any area of healthy living for awhile, doesn’t mean that you should give up or be discouraged. It’s all about whether (and when) we get back on track.  There’s no way I’m going to eat, sleep and exercise perfectly for the rest of my life, so I’m adamant about cutting myself some slack when life gets crazy.  But there is definitely value in getting back on track when you feel like you’ve derailed a bit.

So, things started off really well this morning in regard to eating; I made up a bowl of oats cooked in water, and then added a few spoonfuls of soy yogurt and a sprinkle of Kashi Go Lean Crunch.  It definitely was lacking a bit in the fruit and veg department, but otherwise made me pretty happy.

The rest of the day continued on a pretty good track, but then I started feeling a little crazy, oh…sometime after dinner.  I got this serious craving for a cinnamon roll. How do these things happen? lol.

Even though it was nearing 9pm and I still had some tasks to complete before bed, I naturally started brainstorming how I could get some vegan cinnamon rolls stat.  Oh boy.

After a few moments I suddenly remembered this recipe from Project Food Blog several weeks ago.  At the time I thought it looked awesome, but I just wasn’t feeling cinnamon rolls. But this is the kind of thing that I tuck safely back in my mind to be pulled out on a perfect night such as tonight.  While I realized that this recipe would no doubt be outrageously delicious, I didn’t realize just how involved the whole process would be.  Let’s be real…do I ever?

But once I get started on an idea like this…there’s nothing that can stop me.  And for the next 3ish hours I was mixing, chopping, kneading, sifting, stirring, rolling, flossing and of course baking.  And man oh man was it worth it.

These rolls were like everything that is good in the world being wrapped up in a soft and doughy little spiral, baked at 350 degrees and coming out just the right shade of golden brown.  They were chewy and hot, with the mingled flavors of pumpkin, cinnamon and butter baked into the inside.  To. die. for.

I used this recipe…and only made a few changes like maple syrup instead of vanilla extract, organic cane sugar instead of regular white, soy milk instead of almond milk. I also replaced two cups of white flour with bread flour, and I did not put Earth Balance in the Pecan Cinnamon Streusel filling (I was buttered out!).  It still worked just fine!  Lastly, instead of the cream cheese frosting on the recipe, I simply mixed a little bit of powdered sugar with some soy milk for a nice, thin glaze.

Hey – at least I did have a green monster on the side this morning.  I am trying to clean it up around here after all.

Obviously my biggest problem now is how to not eat the entire pan in the 48 hours.  Thankfully, I do have a few ideas up my sleeve.

So, aside from sabotaging myself by staying up until 2am making cinnamon rolls, I am really trying to step it up and take better care of myself, even during these crazy times.  Because when it seems that so many things in life have been turned upside down, my health is the one thing I can still control. The one thing I can still hold onto that makes me feel sane.  And vibrant.  And like I can take on anything.

So tell me, what are your tricks for keeping these things in order when life gets crazy?

Are you a cinnamon roll fan?  What’s your favorite morning baked treat?


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teddy grahams and bar-b-que + giveaway winners

This past weekend was crazy busy with so much going on!  It was mostly good though, which I’m thankful for.

One of the best parts was that the husband and I got to babysit my Korean student’s daughter on Saturday morning.  It was crazy – but so fun!  We hung out at the house for awhile, and then we went to the park and the library.

After lots of play time, we decided to head to Chick-fil-a to get some lunch.  She informed us on the way to Chic-fil-a that she doesn’t like chicken or french fries, so I was a little worried.  Hye-Kyoung had packed a couple of things for her to eat though, so I decided it would be fine.  The husband was really wanting CFA, and I knew Jinsol would love the playground area.  Turns out she is a fan of french fries.  But what she really loves was the bar-b-que sauce.  It was hilarious!  She had never tried it before, but by the end of our meal she was practically drinking it. Her favorite use for it?  Dipping her teddy grahams.  Yum, right?

I never promised that all the food I show on ChiaSeedMe would be appetizing.

Anyway, I was kind of sad when we dropped her off and said goodbye.  I sort of enjoyed having a little one around these parts:)

Now for a quick change of subject – If you remember, last night was the last chance to enter to win chia seeds or a special care package from yours truly as a celebration of ChiaSeedMe’s first year of life!

I am so thankful to Monterrey Bay for sponsoring the chia seed giveaway (check out their website when you get a chance…they have some great prices on chia seeds and lots of other healthy products), and I’ve been having a great time deciding what’s going in the box!  I love these types of giveaways.  They’re fun:)

And now for the winners.  Congratulations to….

Jenn from Knack for Nutrition for winning a 1 lb bag of chia seeds

Halley from Blunder Construction for winning a 1 lb bag of chia seeds

Heather from Where’s the Beach for winning the care package

*The winners of these giveaways were chosen using random.org

If each of you will email me your information, Monterrey Bay and I will get your packages to you soon!

Thanks so much to everyone who entered and all the sweet birthday wishes.  I appreciate all of you more than you know.  And not just those of you who entered. I’m beyond thankful for every single person who comes to my little blog.  Just knowing that people stop by to check in means so much.  So, thank you.

Happy Monday!

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