Thinking Out Loud: Failing & Sailing

I think we all learned our lesson last week…Thursdays and intros do not mix!
So instead of taking up 75 words to ask you how the weather’s been which leads to me salivating over imaginary handfuls of buttered popcorn jelly beans, how about we just get to the thinking…

Out LOUD that is! ;)

1. Ok, so I have to ask…is anyone else stuck in some sort of alternate winter-is-coming-never-ending universe?? Because after this past weekend of 70F(21C) and 80F(27C) degree days, I had to scrape ICE off my mother-freaking windshield when I left work on Tuesday…what the hell?!

2. I think I need to carry myself to the candy store in the mall to help perk my spirits up a bit…because obviously that is the ONLY way Heather will be enjoying the flavor of deliciously buttered popcorn! #fail

3. And speaking of fail…remember those kiddie cereals I just could NOT resist when I spotted a sale back in January? Well, I Cracked into the C is for Cereal box yesterday, ready for some banana-flavored crunchy goodness….

Bad Cereal

Except it was more like T is for TASTES LIKE FREAKING A$$!

Banana? Where?! Because all I tasted was stale cardboard ass-ness…assuming boxes had asses, I’m most definitely sure that this is what they would taste like. Good thing it was only a buck fifty since the entire box went in the TRASH!

4. Luckily I cured my craving for banana with a new favorite snack…banana chips! I accidentally grabbed UNsweetened banana chips at the farmer’s market in ATL and upon first taste, thought about tossing them since they tasted like styrofoam, but then Sarah saved the day by posting this recipe…which I had EVERY intention of making…until I started dipping the little bastards in peanut butter and ending up eating the entire two bags in two days! Oops?

5. You know what’s a good meal to get you back on track after you clog up your system with peanut butter coated styrofoam? EGGS! :D

Avocado & Salsa topped Sweet Potato with Egg

6. AND white sweet potatoes topped with avocado and peach salsa and and AND a side of roasted broccoli…aka, my NEW FAVORITE DINNER! I seriously ate this two days in a row and if I wasn’t out of sweet potatoes, I’d have gone for three…especially since post pic, all that stuff got mixed together into the most amazing sweet and savory don’t-even-ask-me-what-this-looks-like-on-my-plate goodness! ;)

God, it’s good to have eggs again!

7. Oh and a word on those words I talked about putting together…you know to form a post…about my time on the cleanse…yeah, obviously that didn’t happen this week, but I DO still plan on writing something…especially since a few of you showed some interest. Bear with me!

8. Maybe you’ve noticed that I haven’t been posting as often? Well, I didn’t want to officially “announce” it on the blog, but I’m experimenting a bit with some of the (self-created) stressors in my life. I actually thought about taking this month off from blogging, but I figured if I just scaled back some (3 days a week instead of 4-5), I could find a better balance between life and blogging…and maybe get rid of this damn writer’s block!

Carrot Cake Chia Pudding

9. Which I think may be already working! When I sat down to type up yesterday’s post, my fingers could barely keep up with my mind and I basically had the entire thing written in less than an hour…UNHEARD of for me! I’d like to think I was powered by chia! :lol:

10. So I titled this post after I realized I was throwing around my signature sailor language quite a bit. Then I realized I couldn’t pass up an opportunity to share some music…’cause well, you guys know how I like to FUCKING sing!

Truth be told this video kinda makes me dizzy, but it’s really cute!

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Big thanks to Amanda for giving me an excuse to throw word vomit all over the blog on a weekly basis! Be sure to head on over to Spoons and check out all the other bits of randomness today!

What fails have you had recently?
Bonus points if you dish out some sailor language…or if that’s not your thing, just
talk to me in Pirate!

Hope ye have a plunderin’ gud weekend, mateys! ;)

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Carrot Cake Chia Pudding

Made with chia seeds and TWO servings of vegetables, this gluten-free, vegan treat will have you “hopping” to the kitchen to make again and again!

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So you know how I said last week’s Carrot Cake Quinoa was going to be your new favorite breakfast? Well, now I’m going to make it hard for you to choose, because this baby? Yeah, how about I’ve already made it FOUR times?!

I’ll tell you the truth, I’ve always been a bit skeptical of chia pudding. I’m not a HUGE fan of chia seeds in general…how they get stuck in your teeth, to your clothes, in your hair, on the dog…and oh my god, heaven forbid you spill some anywhere near the sink!

#lessonsinsprouting

But then I made Laura’s Berry Chia Pudding on the third day of my cleanse and everything changed…mainly because it kept me full for, are you ready for this? FIVE HOURS! For me, the trick is adding a serving of protein powder to the mix for staying power…otherwise I’m sure I would’ve been hungry in thirty minutes…but that’s just me. Feel free to mix as your heart (or should I say your gut?) desires!

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Going off the same idea from the Carrot Cake Quinoa (actually I made this one first so I guess it’s the other way around), I combined creamy pumpkin puree with sweet shredded carrots to give you TWO servings of veggies. How about that to get your morning off to a healthy start?

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And just like most of my recipes that I’m constantly sneaking pumpkin into, I promise you can’t taste it…so all you pumpkin haters out there can rest easy…I’m looking at you, Meg…all you taste is the warm spicy flavors of cinnamon and ginger combined with the silky smooth taste of coconut milk.

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If you can get your hands on this cream cheese bakery emulsion, I HIGHLY recommend it. I tried the recipe out with a variety of extracts but the combination of coconut and cream cheese was my absolute favorite! I found mine at TJ Maxx (of course), but I’ve also seen them at Walmart…or you can purchase them online!

OR you could always give your pudding a little decadent flair and drizzle on a bit of cream cheese “icing” by mixing cream cheese (regular or vegan) with a bit of coconut milk and stevia…your welcome! ;)

Carrot Cake Chia Pudding

by Heather @ Kiss My Broccoli

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: At least 2 hours for chilling,

Keywords: overnight breakfast dessert snack gluten-free high fiber nut-free vegan vegetarian Easter pudding spring

Ingredients (Serves 1)

  • 1/3 cup coconut milk
  • 1 Tablespoon chia seeds
  • 1/3 cup pumpkin puree (not pie filling)
  • 1/3 cup shredded carrots
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon coconut extract (or vanilla)
  • 1/2 teaspoon cream cheese bakery emulsion (optional)
  • 1 scoop plant-based protein powder (optional)
  • 3-5 drops liquid vanilla stevia (if not using a sweetened protein powder)
  • Toppings: dates, raisins, shredded coconut, and/or walnuts

Instructions

1. Combine all ingredients in a bowl, stir well, cover and refrigerate for 2-3 hours or overnight.
2.When ready to serve, add a bit of water if needed to thin and top with desired toppings (I used chopped dates, coconut, and more chia seeds).

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And yeah, maybe you tell I had a hard time narrowing down the pics for this one?? ;)

Disclaimer: Lorann’s Oils doesn’t know WHO the heck I am so of course had nothing to do with this post. I’m just obsessed with their stuff! 

Strange but Good Pumpkinified

Edited to add: Again, I’m linking up with my fellow #strangebutgood foodies for Laura’s Friday party! Be sure to check out all the other link ups this week!

Are you a chia seed fan?

What is your favorite way to use them?

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Marvelously MY Way!

Happy Monday, friends!

I hope you all had an amazing weekend! Unlike last weekend, the weather here was fantastic (I’m talking break out the shorts kind of weather!) so I made sure to make the most of it…and actually, it didn’t occur to me until just now but I hardly even opened my computer at all this weekend! Nope, I was too busy doing things like…

Coffee LoveHaving a moment with my FIRST CUP OF COFFEE IN OVER A MONTH!

Yup, you read that right, folks! I’m at the height of my rebellion! I love my therapist…really, he’s a great guy and I think he has an amazing perspective on things…but coffee is NOT one of them! I swear just knowing that I “can” have it now has made all the difference…I didn’t even finish the cup I made yesterday!

PB&J Smoothie & Coffee

Keeping meals simple yet satisfying!

Nature Pics from the Trails

Walking new-to-me trails with a friend!

Can we pause for a minute to admire the bike on a stick? I mean, I’ve heard of a jalapeno on a stick, but a BIKE?! I guess it’s art??

Me & Sherri

Hanging with the bestie!

Party Spread

Pigging out on party foods!

Just FYI: that Hershey’s chocolate spread? Daaaaaangerous! 8O Also, I have rediscovered my love for cinnamon raisin bagels…especially when they have Panera Bread’s hazelnut cream cheese on top!

Flowers

Going back to the trails and snapping a TON of pics!

I didn’t take my camera with me the first time, but I made sure to get a few shots of all the pretty flowers and bridges when I went back!

Me & Cheryl

Hanging with the other bestie!

Oh and we totally drove to the trails in her convertible with the top down! Hoooorah!

Snake

Embracing nature’s critters!

Now before you guys freak out on me, the picture makes him look really big, but he couldn’t have been longer than a foot…only a baby…and it’s just a water snake! C’mon, ain’t he cute?!

Veggie Tacos

Keeping meals simple yet satisfying!

Oh wait, did I already say that? Seriously you guys, this weekend was NOT the weekend to be holed up in the house worrying about meal prep…or anything for that matter! It was the weekend to get out and live…and live I DID!

Other (pictureless) things that made my weekend: Yoga, yoga, and more yoga ;) , a blend-erific INTERNATIONAL phone date, a trip to our local pub/brewery, spending the night at my parent’s house, a bubble bath with a side of wine, couch time with Game of Thrones, and sleeping like a FREAKING baby!

All in all I’d say this weekend was absolutely, positively EVERYTHING I could have wished for! 

What did YOU do this weekend?

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