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Just Like Family….Dinner

Hey there!

How are you all today?!

Today’s post is about my “just like family” dinner.

My boyfriend’s cousin, Cheryl, and her husband Terry, are so kind to frequently invite us over for dinner.

I am not blood related to them, but I feel just like a part of the family when I go there! Which I love, because all my relatives are out east (Montreal) or out mid-west (Kansas)… and when we go to Cheryl and Terry’s, it’s just like the family dinners I have at home! Lots of laughs and delicious food!

To start, we had:

A lovely salad with beets, tomatoes, goat cheese, pecans, with a balsamic vinaigrette. Really good! Love beets πŸ™‚

For the main dish:

Grilled salmon topped with a fantastic apple mango pear raisin cranberry port relish, snow pea shoots, and toasted sesame seed adorned sushi rice! Mmmm!

Look at that presentation?!? Strategic placement of the plate too is important! (I learned πŸ˜‰ )

And for dessert:

Decaf Espresso Mousse. The moussiest, most cloud - like mousse ever! So good:) The flavor brought me right back to my favorite childhood indulgence (Sheridan's Frozen Custard Esspresso Shake)! Love coffee flavored desserts!

I love how Cheryl and Terry work together as a team in the kitchen. They both love to cook which transcends in their food because it always looks and tastes absolutely delicious.

Also at dinner were Cheryl and Terry’s kids, the ever so entertaining Brooklyn (15), Wesley (17), and my boyfriend Dan’s parents, the lovely Frank and Di Anne, (who also frequently have us over for amazing just like family dinners and laughs)…

Oh and I can’t forget about the most adorable sous-chef around…

Hey there Latte!!

Speaking of latte,….

πŸ™‚

And speaking of adorable dogs, my friend Jane and my mom her mom Janis, just adopted this beauty from the shelter:

Say hello to Cecilia!!! (Ceci for short) Can’t wait to meet her in person!!

Have a lovely Wednesday!

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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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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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.

πŸ™‚ Have a terrific Tuesday!

Tootaloo!

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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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Falawfully Random Post :)

Hey there folks!

Really late post from me today!

I’ve had a busy day at work, and I’m feeling pretty tired.. (maybe because I didn’t have oatmeal this morning!)

Just got home, and finally had my first proper meal of the day!

Spinach Salad with avocado, red peppers, falafel, and lemon tahini dressing!
Falawfully tasty!

With my absolute favorite drink of all time:

And the most exciting part is this yummy dark chocolate that I bought on sale today! (every time thereΒ  is chocolate on sale I buy it… even though I have many unopened bars at home…) Can’t wait to try this one though!!

I also received the most adorable card from my sister who is currently in Tanzania working with a non- profit organization. What a saint!

Isn't that the cutest home-made card ever?!?! Love you Sarah!!

Also, shout out to KU for making it onto the finals! (I hold Kansas near and dear to my heart!)

This is quite an old photo... But I thought it was appropriate to show my KU spirit!!

My boyfriend and I both have Kentucky and KU going in the finals on our brackets!

I have KU winning. He has Kentucky.

It’s ON!

Last but not least, shout out to DDSS for winning your rap battle last night – from your #1 fan… ❀ So proud of you!!!

Random post! Apologies for the A.D.D. ness of this, but for lack of a better term, I am pooped! I feel like I need a NICE LONG nap!

That nap will have to wait… I’m surrounded by long over due laundry, and I’ve gotsa paper ta write!

Wish me luck πŸ˜‰

Hope you had a wonderful weekend!

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Get On The Saddle – Yeeehaaaw!

Why hello there! How lovely of you to have stopped by!

This morning was a pretty productive day for me!

  • Had a great breakfast!
  • I went to class (Impressive, I know)
  • I saw the “blood truck” on campus so I decided to donate some blood! (a girl fainted while I was there, slightly scary- But don’t worry, she was O.K.!)
  • I finally found a summery purse! I was walking through our student union building and there were a bunch of stands with goodies! I saw this:

And it spoke to me immediately…

“Buy meeee I’m half off!!”

Couldn’t argue with that! πŸ˜‰

I might have bought a couple of super cute summer dresses as well….

Shopping = the epitome of productivity! (I wish…)

Onto my lovely scrumptiously delicious breakfast. You’ll also want to make this one. I’ve definitely been on the overnight oatmeal saddle, but let me tell ya… It’s a great saddle to be on – Yeeeehaaw!!

I made steel cut over night oats again last night. Steel cut oats are now my new rolled oats – I officially am in love with steel cut overnight oats!!

Chocolatey Chocolate Steel Cut Overnight Oats
(I'm loving the window ledge for photo shoots!- I'm no photo taking expert but I think the ledge has great lighting!)

Chocolatey Chocolate Steel Cut Overnight Oats

  • 1/4 cup steel cut oats (rolled oats would work too – just use 1/2 cup of rolled)
  • 1/2 mashed ripe banana
  • 1 1/2 tbs. unsweetened cacao powder
  • 1 tbs. chocolate protein powder (optional)
  • 1 tbs chia seeds
  • 3/4 cup non dairy milk (i used unsweetened chocolate almond milk)

* Mix all ingredients together (I like to use a jar) – and let the oats chill in the fridge overnight!

Oats joined by my left-over butternut squash cheez sause, baby carrots, and almond butter) 3's a crowd...4's a partayyy! I clearly need to do groceries though...

In the morning you’ll be greeted by some delicious chocolate greatness!

Garnish: Hazelnut butter and coconut shreds!

I just love breakfast so much! I feel like it’s the only meal of the day where it’s “okay” to have chocolate as the main course… It’s like waking up to dessert!

Since I had barely any food in my fridge, last night’s dinner used basically all that I had left – but it turned out really really yummy!

Lemony Avocado Carrot Chickpea Salad

  • 1 can chickpeas (drained)
  • 6-7 baby carrots
  • 1/4 of a red onion (chopped)
  • 1 avocado (cut into little squares)
  • Juice of one lemon
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • A bit of olive oil
  • Salt and Pepper!

*Stir all together and voila! A really quick, easy, and healthy lunch or dinner!

When I’m not eating hummus you can bet I’m eating something else with chickpeas!!

I used the left-overs for my lunch today!

I used 2 nori seaweed sheets (the kind for sushi), slightly wet them and spread them out making them overlap about an inch – then put some spinach, the chickpea salad, and mustard on top!

Rolled it up into a nice little seaweed burrito!

I love doing this with nori sheets! Eggs are really good wrapped in seaweed as well!

The seaweed gives it a great flavor! These burrito/wraps do get a little messy though! As you can tell from the fallen filling on the plate!

Not only does it taste good, seaweed is great for you!

It’s filled with iodine and iron and protein. It is also a good source of vitamin C, vitamin A, potassium, magnesium and riboflavin (B2). (source)

For lunch dessert I had:

Smal bowl of cereal with frozen raspberries and seeds on top! After this picture was taken I also covered the top with peanut flour (love the stuff)

Now I’m feeling full!

Full in my tummy!

Full of energy!

Full of determination to finish this essay I must write!

And…

Full of love to all of those who read and enjoy this blog! (corny but true)

xoxo

Ellie

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