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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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Shit Happens…

Just take a big long whiff.

Do you smell what I smell?!?

Hint: not related to the title of this post.

Ahhhh, the sweet sweet smell of summer break.

I’m officially DONE with exams!

4 months of intellectual freedom..

AMEN!

I seriously love the feeling of the last day of school. It feels the same now that it did back in elementary school. That giddy excited feeling.

Except now to celeberate, instead of buying ice cream cones with friends.

I buy beer.

Goodbye notecards.

Hello Sapporo.

I know I’ve got summer fever when I buy beer. I rarely buy or drink beer. But in the summer, it’s nice once in a while!

I’m more of a red wine gal, though, it’s a good little switch up!

Do I have any beer drinkers out there? What’s your favorite summer drink or cocktail?

My favorite summer cocktail would definitely have to be the Mojito. SO good!

Okay enough about alcohol, I warn you: this post will be pretty random and all over the place… Embrace chaos!

Yesterday, as I was reaching in the fridge for dinner ingredients… I spotted the ring that I had “lost.”

No lie folks, this is where it was.

In the bottom drawer of the fridge! Ha, how bout that!

After tossing over some produce, I was pleasantly pleased!I have no idea how it ended up there (well I do kind of have and idea… it probably slipped off my finger or something and I didn’t notice)

My heart pinkie ring now has a home again!

Yes, my pinkie finger is quite long. Well, not just my pinkie finger, all my fingers. In fact, I just have big hands.

But, you know what they say?! Big hands, warm heart!

Or is it Big hands, big gloves?

Or big hands, big feet?

Or cold hands, warm heart?

Well, either way… It’s a win win win, cause I’ve got big cold hands and feet AND big gloves, so therefore…warm heart?

I don’t know where I’m going with this. I will stop.

Do you maybe want to see my breakfast of champions this morning? It’s a repeat breakie… An oldie but goodie!

These are the Butternut Squash Overnight Oats– except I made them with both steel cut and rolled oats! Just lovely! With maple infused hazelnut butter. Chyeah, it was good.

And you know what else I have been loving lately.

Shrooms.

Specifically, on top of spinach.

I had this last night for dinner:

The leftover rice and beans (from the Mexican sushi) with sauteed mushrooms and some salsa on top!

And I just had this incredible salad for lunch:

Spinach topped with sauteed onions and mushrooms + garlic powder, Sweet Potato, Avocado, and Balsamic Vinegar and pepper. Slammin' Combo!

This tasted darn good… The taste might have been enhanced by the fact that all my exams are over… But then again, maybe not… It was really just scrumptious!

I hope you all are having a great day like I am… But if not… Just remember what the wise Forrest Gump once said..

Shit Happens.

And for me, I really believe that:

Shit happens, but shit always works out.

So don’t worry!

And have a wonderful Saturday!

Ellie

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Fun With Prunes! (I Promise)

Good morning everyone!!

You get the point…How YOU doin?!? 😉

It’s no secret that I like prunes.

It’s no secret that I LOVE nut butters.

It’s no secret that I haven’t showered in three days.

Oh wait… That was a secret. SHH!

But back to the prunes and nut butters – did you know that they go fabulously together?!

And when I say fabulous. I mean FAB-U-LOUS.

I hope you all like prunes because I have a really easy to make frozen treat for you today. Are you as excited as I am?!?

Yesterday, I had fun with prunes. How about that. Who knew that fun and prunes are a match made in kitchen?!

Prune Nut Butter Freezies

Ingredients:

  • Pitted Prunes
  • Any nut or seed butter you like!

Optional Toppings:

  • Cacao nibs
  • Coconut shreds
  • Chocolate sauce (1 tbs melted coconut oil+1 tbs unsweetened cacao powder+liquid stevia)
  • Nuts/Seeds

Procedure: these are so easy!!

  1. Flatten a prune with the back of a spoon. (Or make a little bowl shape with the prune)
  2. Dollop a little nut or seed butter of your choice onto the prune.
  3. Add additional toppings if you like! (get creative!)
  4. Freeze for about an hour. Leave in freezer and enjoy at anytime!

These treats don’t actually freeze per se – but the prune and nut butter get kind of this yummy doughy texture. These are just so simple, but SO good!

For my prune freezie topping variations I did:

  • Sunflower seed butter topped with sunflower seeds.
  • Peanut butter topped with coconut shreds
  • Peanut butter topped with cacao nibs
  • Cashew butter topped with cashews
  • Sunflower seed butter topped with chocolate sauce and coconut shreds
  • Prune bowl topped with peanut butter and a hazelnut

Just go…

Make these!

You won’t regret it!

SEMI OFF TOPIC: (this prune post reminds me of how uncomfortable the feeling of prune-y fingers is after being in water for too long…) You know what I’m sayin’?

Okay back on track!

The making of this sweet treat contributed to the almost emptying of my peanut butter jar….

You do know what that means, right?!?!

Dum da da DUM…OATS IN A JAR!

My favorite! There is nothing better than oats in a jar (breakfast wise)… Scooping out the oats while getting a little of that peanut butter bottom is just divine…

Ha, peanut butter bottom makes me think of a peanut butter booty. (one can dream)

But don’t worry,  I am referring to the peanut butter bottom of the jar.

This morning my oats were:                          Raspberry Oats in a PB Jar

1/8 cup steel cut oats, 1/4 cup rolled oats, 1/2 tbs chia seeds, 1 cup water, 1/4 of a frozen banana, and some raspberries. Cooked the oats on the stove top, whisking constantly. Added the banana and chia seeds. Kept whisking - and finally, added the raspberries. Yum yum in my tum.

eaten with:

This frozen chocolate spoon I made with the left over chocolate from the Prune Freezies! Oh so yummy - chocolate, raspberry, peanut butter - might as well call it heaven (or my belly)!

Now this jar is EM-TEE!

Rest in peanuts peace.

Another empty nut butter jar – wonder if I can empty the rest of my jars before I move out?!? It’s a challenge I’m willing to eat take.

Have a wonderful Wednesday all you beautiful people!

Catch ya later,

Ellie

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Let’s Go to the Tropics!!

With this tasty

Tropical Orange Mango Fennel Salad w/ Toasted Almonds

Ingredients:

For the salad:

  • 1 medium fennel bulb
  • 1/4 cup finely sliced onions
  • 1 small pit-less orange
  • 1 mango
  • 1/3 cup sliced roasted red peppers
  • 1/2 cup blanched diced almonds

For the dressing:

  • 4 tbs apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tbs melted virgin coconut oil
  • Tabasco sauce (last minute add in – unpictured)
  • salt and pepper to taste!

Procedure:

1) Finely slice the salad components like so:

2) Place in a medium mixing bowl

3) Put the almonds in a pan on medium heat and stir until they go from this:

To this:

(Once the almonds are golden – remove from heat immediately – they burn quickly!)

4) Add the almonds to the salad and toss in the coconut oil and apple cider vinegar. Salt, pepper and Tabasco to taste!

The tartness from the vinegar in contrast with the sweetness from the fruit and oil with a little kick of spicy from the Tabasco really works! Very tropical!

Just a little note: If you refrigerate the salad, the coconut oil kind of “hardens” and makes the salad not look as pretty – but it’s still darn darn tasty!

I love the licorice-y taste of fennel! I know some people absolutely cannot stand this taste – what are your thoughts on fennel or licorice? Is it a yay or nay in your taste bud department?

It’s a big YAY for me…

Plus it’s super healthy and has great health benefits. Click here to read more about how great fennel is for ya body!

Here are some of my other recent eats:

for breakfast this morning:

Cinnamon Apple Oats: Heated in the micro wave and topped with maple syrup! MMmmm!

recent snack:

Chilled Peanut Butter Green Protein Pudding - 3/4 scoop vanilla protein powder, 2 tbs peanut flour, 1/2 frozen banana, 1 tbs chia seeds, 3/4 cup water, a huge handful of spinach. All blended together in the magic bullet and placed in the freezer for about 35 minutes. Realllly good! Tastes like dessert!

recent lunch:

Veggie burger topped with a boat load of toppings: avocado, hummus, ketchup, mustard... I love ketchup! With this beet salad on the side.

Today is going to be a study day for moi! I want Saturday to be here. SUMMER BREAK IS. SO. CLOSE.

🙂 Have a terrific Tuesday!

Tootaloo!

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Monday Mishaps…Onesie Wonders

Well, hello! Glad to see you stopped by!

So you know how I usually get REALLY excited and enthusiastic about all the yummy food I make?!? (In all complete modesty of course)…

Well, today will not be one of those days.

I have a screw missing in my brain this Monday… My breakfast, and my gluten free baking attempt…both sucked.

You win some you lose some, right?

Enter my failed breakfast:

Breakfast cookie topped with cinnamon and coconut butter. Mixed berry "green" smoothie.

My breakfast cookie this morning tasted off… I didn’t add the almond milk like I usually do – which resulted in a sticky/gooey texture not super pleasing to the palate. And my dark purple brown smoothie- looks delish, huh? Yeah, that was off as well – I made it with the pumpkin seed protein powder, and didn’t put a frozen banana, which just made it taste very “earthy”… Not the best folks, not the best.

You know what else was not the best? This gluten free/ vegan refined sugar free cinnamon raisin bread I tried to make this morning.

I followed a recipe for a normal gluten free bread for the proportions, but I went wild with the vegan, cinnamon, and raisin aspect of this bread. My wild side didn’t completely pay off… This wasn’t a complete failure… Texture wise it’s pretty alright, taste wise, not what I was going for.

You know the smell of freshly toasted:

That’s what I was going for – THAT smell, and a similar taste…

I got this instead:


Not THAT smell, and not THAT similar taste…

I will definitely try making a healthier version of the cinnamon swirl bread we all know and love, but this time I may try and swallow my pride and follow a recipe… Ain’t nothin’ wrong with a little direction!

If that second baking attempt doesn’t go as planned… I may just leave the bread baking to the experts.

Or try this:

But hey! At the end of the day (or the beginning- it’s still the morning), I am not complaining…I mean, what fun would it be if all cooking adventures resulted in pure amazingness?! Not that fun at all….Failed attempts make you really appreciate and excited for the successful attempts (and when I say “you” I mean me).

Moving on..

The weather here today in Vancouver:

Makes me want to curl up in this:

and watch a movie…

I WANT this onesie sweat suit!

No, you’re right, I do not NEED it…but HOW COMFY DOES IT LOOK?!?!?

Hope you all have a marvelous Monday!

; ) Ellie

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Foods That Intrigue!

Good Morning Y’all!

Here are some foods that INTRIGUE me…

I was at whole foods the other day and saw this:

I’ll pass on the bacon salt… But the Chocolate, Cinnamon & Chipotle Salt, Curry Salt, and Vanilla Salt – I’d LOVE to try!!

Cabernet Sauvignon Salt!?!?! YES PLEASE!

These are a bit out of my price range, but once I make my first million, these salts will be on top of my purchase list…Along with:

Oh EM GEE! Both of these spreads sound AMAZING! Ever since I saw a blog review of these two rawtella products, I have not been able to stop thinking about them! I must try these some day!!

Lastly, I saw this product the other day on the Almond Breeze Website:

I absolutely must must try these! Almond Milk AND Coconut Milk Combined?!?!?! TWO great non-dairy milks having a baby?!?! What could possibly be bad about that?! MUST TRY!!!

On to other news,

I have my first final today @ 3:30… Feeling pretty prepared! Although, I’ll definitely do a little bit more reviewing before!

To prepare my brain this morning for another day of studying and test taking, I started out the morning with some BRAIN FOOD! REALLY REALLY GOOD brain food!

Banana Blueberry Oatmeal topped with Sun-butter

I forgot how AMAZING hot oatmeal is… I was on the overnight oats train for so long that I neglected to visit my good friend hot oatmeal. This was really delicious. Here’s the recipe!

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 3/4 water
  • 1/4 non-dairy milk
  • 1/2 ripe banana
  • 1/2 cup frozen blueberries
  • 1 tbs chia seeds

Procedure:

  1. Combine the rolled oats and water in a pot on the stove top on medium-high heat.
  2. Stir, Stir, Stir- then add in the mashed banana and chia seeds.
  3. Stir, Stir, Stir, – then add in the blueberries and 1/4 cup of milk.
  4. Stir until warm and cooked!
  5. Top with nut/seed butter of choice!

Great Brain Food: Blueberries, oatmeal, nuts and seeds!

I’m passing my exam thanks to this breakfast 😉

Wish me luck!

Now off to do a little more studying!

Have a wonderful Wednesday!

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) 😉

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 🙂

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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