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Meet My New Love, Mason.

Oh Mason, how I love thee.

The things I can say about Mason..

Jar that is.

I have a new found love for mason jars!

I have always loved jars of any kind, but there is just something so appealing about mason jars. They’re so retro, yet so chique, yet country… All at once! That’s versatility if you ask me!

Because everyone is moving out, we had this “stuff swap” room in my residence, where people bring clothes/books/stuff that they don’t want or need anymore. Whatever is in the room is basically a free for all!

Among a few other things, I found some lovely mason jars!

After a thorough washing- they were ready to go!

I’d like to introduce you to:

Steel Cut Oatie, a single bachelor looking for a companion…

And also, meet:

Rolled Oata, a bacheloroatte in search for a perfect partner…

Well, whaddaya know… One day, Rolled Oata and Steel Cut Oaty crossed paths and hit it off!

Now they live happily ever after in their humble pantry, creating beautiful children breakfasts almost every morning.

Such as this baby here:

Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Overnight Steel Cut AND Rolled Oats

Rolled oats combined with steel cut oats in overnight oat recipes create the perfect texture bound bowl of flavor infused breakfasts.

It’s my new favoroat combo!

In the mix for one serving: 1/4 rolled oats + 1/8 cup steel cut oats.

Try it, you’ll like it! Trust me, I know what I’m talking aboat.

Back to jars… Another nut butter jar bites the dust!

Bye bye hazelnut butter, it was nice knowing eating you! Till we meat again!

I don’t know if you recall me saying that I would gladly take on the challenge of trying to finish all my nut/seed butters before my big move… Well, I’ve been doing pretty well!

Do you remember this pic?

Well this is what I’ve got left:

+ some Tahini (which I forgot to add)

And they’re all nearing the bottom:

I don’t know if it’s something to be proud of that I’ve conquered almost all of my butters…

But, not gonna lie, I’m pretty proud!

Although, I do REALLY miss Almond Butter, it has been weeks since I’ve had any, and I CANNOT wait to go get some more! After I finish the cashew butter I will!

Out of all my nut/seed butter experiences, I have had the hardest time getting through the pretty small jar of cashew butter! I like cashews, but in butter form, it just isn’t my favorite! If I go buy almond butter or peanut butter before I finish the cashew butter…then I don’t know if I’ll ever finish it. And I. Must. Finish. It.

If I had to choose three butters that are a definite win and pantry/fridge essential in my book, they would be:

  1. This almond butter
  2. Organic creamy peanut butter
  3. Sunbutter
  4. Coconut Butter (Okay I had to choose four…couldn’t decide!)

Some other butters that I’m curious to try are Pecan Butter and Pumpkin Seed Butter!

Okay so enough with this butter jargon!

Here are some great illustrated ideas with all the things you can do with mason jars! The possibilities are endless!

Have a fantastic day!

Ellie

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Getting a Bad Wrap

So last night, after a class of Bikram Yoga, I walked into the grocery store next door to pick up a few items. That’s when all of my dreams came true!

Okay, this may be a slight exaggeration, but this was still awesome!

No you are not reading that wrong… My FAVORITE hummus brand was buy one get one FREE…Where has this sale been all my life?!

If I weren’t moving out tomorrow, I am not kidding you, I would have probably emptied the shelf, but I used the strongest of my self control and just got two tubs – one 4 free!

It was around midnight when I got home last night (I took the 9:30 p.m. yoga class), and I am always pretty hungry when I get home from yoga, but oddly enough, I was not craving my newly purchased hummus. I was craving a little midnight salad: ( I really wanted something sour.. – as in the lemon in the dressing πŸ™‚ )

Romaine, cabbage, tomato, cucumber nutritional yeast + lemon, olive oil, and apple cider vinegar. And lots of pepper!!

And for dessert I had some salted chocolate/ nut butter covered popcorn: So GOOD! I still need to tweak this a little so I will post the recipe when it’s PERFECT! K?!

I just love pop corn!

I think the comfort of having two fresh hummus tubs in my fridge and a full tummy contributed to me sleeping like a baby hibernating bear last night. I am pretty sure I woke up in the same exact position in which I fell asleep – Love those nights of deep sleep!

This morning… I had a bad wrap (physically speaking)… It was all torn and broken, but I wanted to use it up! But I guess it’s not the physical appearance that truly matters in the end, it’s the way the wrap tastes that really counts…right?!

Out of this bad wrap I made a wonderful breakfast pizza:

Apple Cinnamon Breakfast Pizza!

For the crust: “bad wrap” brown rice tortilla.

For the sauce: 3/4 of a scoop SunWarrior Warrior Blend Vanilla protein powder + 1 heaping tablespoon sunflower seed butter + almond milk + a little maple syrup.

For the toppings: Thinly sliced Fuji apple, cinnamon, sliced almonds.

I love breakfast for pizza. πŸ˜‰

Here are some questions that this post has brought up in my mind: feel free to enlighten me if you know….

Why is it that when you sleep really well you say “I slept like a baby?” – Don’t most babies wake up 2 or 3 times in the middle of the night?

Is it pop corn or popped corn? Or either?

Is it bad wrap, bad rap, or bad rep? I actually couldn’t resist in Googling the answer to this, and found a very detailed explanation of all these possibilities and why in the end it is bad rap. Click here to find out why!

Hope you have a wonderful Tuesday…

Today is one exciting day for me, I’m going to one of my favorite places of all time…

COSTCO!!!

πŸ™‚ Lata Gata,

Ellie

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How’d You Get So Smooth!?

Hey there!

It’s that day again, Monday!

And let me tell ya, I do not mind one bit!

Why, you ask?

Because of this:

The creamiest…

Most dreamiest…

Smoothiest… Smoothie EVER!

Now I know exactly why they are called SMOOTHies….

That smoothie may not look like much- but, it’s much!

Secret ingredient?!

Hint: It’s green!

And no, it’s not spinach!

Rymes with “mavocado” –

Yep, that’s right! There’s avocado in this baby!

I have been reading a few blogs that have posted smoothie recipes with avocado in them, and I decided that I just had to try it for myself!

In the mix:

  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
  • 1 tbs coconut flour
  • 1/2 of a small avocado
  • 1/2 frozen banana
  • 1 scoop almond milk yogurt
  • 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk

And blend away!

What took it over the top was:

The blueberry muffin i crumbled over the top.

I highly recommend trying avocado in your smoothie if you haven’t!

Avocados are filled with healthy fats (which are highly benefecial!) And boat loads of potassium! (more than bananas!)

Plus they taste delicious…

You can EVEN put them on your face!

And let me tell you all, I thoroughly enjoy putting food on my face!

Pumpkin Puree Facial

And in my tummy, of course!

Speaking of facials – here’s a cutesy cartoon I found:

Haha, I thought it was quite funny!

If you want to make some other delicious non-smoothie recipes that include avocado, check these out:

But I can hardly go a post without talking about chocolate!

I made this recipe yesterday – DELICIOUS!

Chocolate Peanut Butter No Bake Cookies

Are you an avocado advocate? A chocolate lover? Both? Neither?

Have a lovely Monday!

Ellie

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You’re SO stacked…

I’m talking about the pancakes I had this morning, of course!

After taking a second look in my Earth Balance tub, I realized it was moldy. I got scared, quickly removed the “butter” and doused the pancakes in a peanut butter chocolate sauce instead.

Much better! No mold-induced illness in my future!

I used this pancake recipe (using the flax egg and substituting some of the chickpea flour for protein powder) – These were REALLY delicious. And wow – the batter made so much!!

You can bet I licked my plate clean.

Seriously, I did… (I only do this when I’m in the company of myself…. Or people I’m super comfortable with πŸ˜‰ )

No worries, I won’t embarrass you in public… No public plate licking for moi!

One of the MAIN reasons I made pancakes (besides the fact that they taste real good) is that I recently got an amazing pancake flipping spatula that I couldn’t wait to put to use!!

It’s as big as my face!!!

Perfect!

The tiny spatula is the one I was using before my glorious aqua spancaketula!:

Much better, eh?!?

You know what else was stacked?!?

This veggie burger I had the other day!

How about that for some stacking?!?

Of course, not complete without some yam fries:

WOOPS! I mean:

It’s so clear to me now.. that veggie burgers and yam fries are a winning combination!

Subject change:

Yesterday, I just had this powerful URGE to color. The coloring/drawing I used to do back in elementary school.

I followed my urge, whipped out these babies:

And started to draw… for a good hour and a half or so.

I felt like a kid again, it was wonderful πŸ™‚

I hope the recipients like their home-made colored pencil drawn cards!!

I am feeling so giddy lately – maybe it’s a little summer fever?!?

Makes me want to wear my favorite elephant-patterned dress EVERYDAY!

And paint my nails pink and sparkly!

Life is just great at the moment and I’m so thankful.

Anything you’re thankful for today?

I’m not one to usually get all corny, but I just wanted to say:

Think it's supposed to be all OF you readers... but you get the point!

Have a terrific Thursday!

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Just Beet It…

Hola!!

Now I know Michael Jackson was not talking about these kind of beets when singing this song:

But that’s the song that inspired me to buy beets. See, yesterday at the super market… I was listening to my ipod while walking down the aisles, and as “Beat it” by MJ started playing on my shuffle list, I happened to walk right by the beets and thought to myself “WOAH, this is a sign! – I have to buy beets!!”

I should be a fiction writer… I wish that was the actual story of why I was inspired to buy beets. It is far more exciting than the real story: I was walking down the aisle and saw beets and thought to myself “I like beets, I never buy beets, I think I’ll buy beets today…” So I bought beets! (exciting, eh?)

Not only did I buy beets, I decided to buy red AND gold beets.

Just like “the king of pop,” to me, it doesn’t matter if you’re black or your white my beats are yellow or red.

Here is the recipe for the salad I made with these beets – If you’re not already sick of reading about beets πŸ˜‰

Cilantro Lime Golden and Red Beet Salad

Ingredients:

For the salad:

  • 2 large golden beets (cooked and chopped into cubes)
  • 3 small red beets (cooked and chopped into cubes)
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
  • 1/4 cup (overflowing) diced onion
  • 1/8 tsp. salt
  • pepper (to taste)
  • + 1/4 chopped walnuts (forgot to add walnuts to the pic)

For the dressing:

  • Juice of two small/medium limes
  • 1 tbs olive oil
  • 1/4 – 1/2 tbs maple suryp (depending on the sweetness level you like)
  • 1/4 tsp chili powder

Procedure:

  1. First, I roasted the beets in the oven at 350 degrees for about an hour.
  2. Then, I peeled the beets and chopped them up.
  3. Put all the salad ingredients into a medium sized mixing bowl.
  4. Β Combine the dressing ingredients into a small bowl, mix well, the dump on the salad.
  5. Mix, mix, mix, and voila!

A fiesta beet salad! AREEEEEBAA!

If you don’t like beets, you should! – They are packed with vitamins, antioxidants, and a plethora of other health benefits! Click here for more “beetails.”

OKAY, enough about beets! Let’s move on to breakfast!

My breakfast pizza yesterday was SO good, that I just had to make another for breakfast this morning. THIS one was even better!

Peanut Butter Banana Chocolate Breakfast Pizza

For the crust: Brown rice tortilla wrap.

For the sauce: 3/4 scoop vanilla protein powder + 1 tbs peanut butter + almond milk + stevia

Toppings: 1/2 banana, cacao nibs, cinnamon, and coconut shreds.

After spending about 8 minutes in the oven @ 350 degrees. I added chocolate drizzle over the top. Which took this pizza OVER THE TOP!

The chocolate drizzle was 1 tbs unsweetened cacao powder + a few drops liquid stevia + some almond milk.

GOSH, I want some more!

I’m happy to tell you all that I think that both my finals went very well! I’m feeling pretty confident! Happy that they are over with for now – my next and last one is the 21st of April – So I still have plenty of time to study procrastinate!

I have SO much laundry to do today… I always dread laundry day, but once I actually do it all, I realize that it’s really not that bad…! Right?!

My dad, boyfriend, and I are going out to dinner tonight! I’m really excited to see both of these handsome gents! It’s been too long!

Plus, love it when the dad is in town πŸ™‚ Yummy, FREE food! ( free for me at least πŸ˜‰ )

I hope you all have a fabulous Friday!! Does anyone have any super fun plans?!

Peace, love, and pizza,

Ellie

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A Food Network Experience: Triple D’s Style!

Hey there!

In order to celebrate my roommates birthday yesterday, she suggested we go here:

As soon as I Googled Jethro’s Fine Grub and found out it appeared on Diners Drive Ins and Dives, I was totally in! (to view the you tube clip from Jethro’s on Triple D’s click here)

I am a HUGE Food Network fan, and anything having to do with the food network gets me pumped!

So I was PUMPED to go here!

After about a half of an hour wait outside (the place is absolutely tiny & busy)… and another 30 minute wait for our food..

The BIGGEST MOST HUMUNGOUS PANCAKES I HAVE EVER SEEN arrived at our table.

The birthday girl had to go big or go home, and big she went!

Do you see the size of those things????!!! They took up half of the table!!!

I was definitely neither game nor hungry enough to get their “pancakes”

So I opted for a veg friendly option appropriately named:

Got it without the rice though.

It was delicious!! Loved the green curry sauce and apple fennel slaw!!

I ended up ditching about 3/4 of the tortilla portion because it was just too much tortilla for me! I dumped the rest of the filling on the salad greens and gobbled it up! YUM-Y!

Brenna did pretty well with her pancakes considering the size..

You know that pancake portion size is OUT OF CONTROL when…

  1. Basically everyone whips out their camera phones to take a picture as soon as their pancakes arrive…
  2. They take up most of the table… and
  3. You need… not one, but TWO take home containers for left overs!

This just makes me laugh... I am STILL stunned at the size of those cakes!

All in all, I had a great time and great experience doing my Diners Drive Ins and Dives thang! Happy Birthday to Brenna!! Thanks for taking me here πŸ™‚

Guy ate here..And so did I!!

Woot Woot!

Has anyone else been to a place featured on Triple D’s? If so.. How was it?!?!

Today is going to be another study filled day!! Really looking forward to it!!!

not… πŸ˜‰

But first, I’m going to take some of this energy out at the gym!

I just fueled up with a nice breakfast:

Chocolate Hazelnut Smoothie: 1/2 frozen banana, 3/4 scoop chocolate protein powder, a bit of cacao powder, 3/4 cup non dairy milk, 1 tbs hazelnut butter. Along with a triple threat Banana Nut Blueberry Muffin!

I couldn’t wait to take a sip and a bite before the pic was taken – ’twas a hungry morning!

I hope everyone has a wonderful day!

xoxo Ellie

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What’s Love Got to Do With It? Nothing…It’s All About Options!

Bon matin tout le monde!! (Good Morning Everyone!!)

Yesterday’s studying was pretty productive!! (especially since I was well prepared with my study snacks!)

Today I’m back at it again! The library: here I come!…

With snacks of course.

Snacks… and Options, lots of options!

I prepared my library snacks last night so I wouldn’t have to stress this morning… Along with options though, love does have a lot to do with it (the title of my post lied!)

I love preparing and packing snacks/ meals to go. There is something I find so charming about perfectly packing foods into their own little dedicated container…. I find it fun. And don’t get me started on the containers themselves…. Bring me to a container/jar store and I would have a hoot and a half! I love containers.

Oh, and I love snacks too.

When I pack snacks I like to have LOTS of options…

How do I know what I will feel like eating at that moment when my face is planted in a book and the belly monster begins to slowly creep up and suddenly….HUNGER STRIKES!

Will I want something sweet? Something salty? Something sweet and salty? Neither? Will I want crackers? Will I want rice crackers or Mary’s crackers? What if I just want chocolate?!? Or oatmeal?!?!

For Pete’s sake, I GOTTA have options, ya know?!

So, here’s what I prepared for my study snackin’ for today!…

Apples with cinnamon in a jar... And a new concoction I stirred up! It is green because the dip is made with pumpkin seed protein powder (which is green) and peanut flour mixed together with H2O.

My mom recommended this pumpkin seed protein powder to me, and when I saw it was on sale, I thought it to be a golden opportunity for its purchase! I really love it and am SO glad I bought it… Mama knows best..(Usually) πŸ˜‰

A kitchen device I would rather not have to live without!! The apple slicer - The symmetry of the slices are not always spot on - but that's okay! I eat the little ones first and save the best (big slices) for last!

I also roasted the rest of the purple potatoes from the market, with broccoli, garlic, rosemary, and nutritional yeast. All coated in a little grape seed oil.

After roasting the broccoli and potatoes, I added some raw sliced red pepper, kalamata olives, salt, pepper, and some apple cider vinegar.

I packed the mixture up in this handy container and topped the veggies with some falafel and avocado hummus.

All in all: I packed…

  1. Cinnamon apples with pumpkin seed/peanut flour dip.
  2. A bag of baby carrots.
  3. Crackers… (2 kinds: Mary’s and brown rice)
  4. Trail Mix
  5. Dark Chocolate
  6. Roasted veggies w/ falafel and hummus.
  7. Apple cinnamon oatmeal (in almond butter jar)
  8. An orange
  9. 2 Larabars
  10. And brewed herbal tea in a jar.

Is this too much? No, it is not…

Not only will I not let myself go hungry, I refuse to let my study partner go hungry as well. Or anyone in the library for that matter…

Sharing is caring πŸ™‚

There is a very high probability that I won’t eat ALL of these snacks… But at least I got me some options!

Plus, I know that I am not packing too much food when…

It all fits into my FAVORITE lunch bag! I can still close it and everything!

Have a happy and love filled day,

Ellie

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