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Energy Cookies!

I loved hearing whether my voice/self was at all what you’ve imagined it to be. I’m not surprised a lot of you mentioned it sounded quieter/higher than you’d expected. I should have mentioned that I was trying to not talk normal-level, and my voice gets sort of higher pitched when I’m nervous.

Yes, I was nervous to be vlogging. Don’t laugh. I still haven’t seen many of you try an accent vlog!

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You’re probably not surprised to learn that today was a snow-day. Since I don’t need to be anywhere in particular on Tuesdays I should add it was a self-proclaimed snow day, but still a snowday nonetheless.

…poor Teddie.

I made do, though – I have plenty of reading and homework to do this semester, that is for sure!

…but there comes a point in time when you’ve just got to take a break!

Dreena’s Energy Cookies have caught my eye and called my name everytime I open Vive le Vegan, but I kept just opting to bake SuperCharge Me cookies instead. Because the ingredients list was shorter.

Long lists overwhelm me.

But, given the fact that I have about every nut or seed imaginable and plenty of flours to choose from, I finally figured a long list would probably be better than a short one today. You know, dig into the stash.

My kinda cookies! They’re so nutty, seedy and moist! The only thing I changed from the recipe was I used 1/4 c. amaranth flour and the rest white whole wheat as well as some quick oats, almond extract instead of vanilla, cranberries instead of raisins and added some ground nutmeg. Oh, and replaced some of the maple syrup with almond milk.

Dare I say it, but I think I prefer these over SuperCharge Me cookies! I loved the combination of pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds and hemp seeds.

They’re also a bit more moist than SuperCharge Me cookies, which sometimes come out to dry for me. I realize that’s probably just due to me getting too experimental though, since SCM cookies are practically the holy grail of the power cookie and blog world. Rightfully so.

And re: amaranth flour – I love it! I think it lends a nice crust – these cookies have a bit of a crust on the outside that gives way to their soft interior, and my bread that I baked had a wonderful crust, too. I was terrified to use it when I first opened the bag as it had a very grainy, almost “dirty” smell to it. It doesn’t taste like that, though!

Chocolate has been growing on me more and more lately. I’m still not one to eat a bar of it plain, but I’ve been loving dark chocolate chips in baked goods. And stuffed in dates a la Gabriela. Maybe I should look into purchased dark chocolate chips that don’t contain artificial flavoring if this is going to become habit…

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And I got over my unspoken-of cauliflower fear today!

I admit it. I had an irrational “thing” about cauliflower before.

I suppose there was no basis to this “thing,” because if I remember correctly, cauliflower happened to be one of the few vegetables I ate as a kid.

Of course, “if I remember correctly” usually means I’m not remembering correctly…but I digress.

In attempts to make Appetite for Reduction’s roasted cauliflower, I needed bread crumbs.

Or, pretzel crumbs if you’re like me.

Note to self: find whole wheat bread crumbs somewhere.

(who am I kidding, I can’t find whole wheat bread crumbs to save my soul…)

Maybe this is where I should clarify that I actually used a yellow cauliflower, not a normal cauliflower. Just before you go thinking I ate some wonky cauli.

The yellow one was fifty cents cheaper and I was being thrifty, remember?

Much to my surprise the cauliflower tasted like…well…the barbecue sauce I dipped it in. Crazy, right?!

It must have been the special Kaia-hair seasoning I used.

(and that’s mushroom tibs by the way, even though it may look like I decided to just share my plate with Kaia.)

Time for me to go batten down the hatches for the big storm.

And by batten down the hatches, I mean watch the Bruins game. I wonder how long it will take me to go stir-crazy tomorrow?

Are you easily intimidated by recipes with long ingredients lists?


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Edibles & Etsies

Considering the fact that just about the whole United States is snowed in right now…you’re probably not too surprised to hear that I am, too.

Luckily, I was more productive than this one:

I'm trying to get her on a diet program. It's hard when no-one else sees the importance of it, though.

Fun fact: I actually quite enjoy shoveling snow. Today, though, was a lot of snow. I shoveled this morning, a couple hours later, and a couple hours after that. It just kept coming! Luckily it’s just the decks and walkways I have to do, and we have a snowblower and snow plow for the driveway.

Early this morning. It's still coming down.

Work called me last night to tell me not to bother coming in, and it was sort of nice to know I wasn’t going to be going anywhere in the morning.

Of course, it didn’t really matter because sleeping in is impossible when you have a cat and a dog come barging in your room to wake you up at the usual time.

Oh, well. I had a day of productivity in front of me, remember?And it was. After pancakes, a quick workout, shoveling (aka workout numbers 2, 3 and 4) and some baking of Super Charge Me cookies, I buckled down to backing up photos taken this past summer and overall just organizing my computer life.

And getting productive with some Carob Chip Muffins. Made in loaf form. Holy heaben, this is a wonderful recipe. Though look at how funny barley flour looks – the inside is almost a reddish, and the outside a normal tan!

It’s not very attractive as a loaf – but uuber delicious. I love the marriage of coconut, orange, nutmeg and chocolate – something I was unsure of. For some strange reason, though, I was craving something with chocolate chips for once.

I found my indecision as to dipping choices comical. I always need variety! Still on the fence about that black bean and orange hummus, though.

…and I almost had to call the presses when I had a bowl of mushrooms as a snack. I mean, I love mushrooms and all…but how many times have you seen me have a bowl of hot veggies as a snack like this?! It’s usually something sweet! (even when I posted all my food)

Dinner was something special, though – another grain salad in which I will sing the praises of this Vermont Soy tofu and the Bob’s Red Mill cookbook.

First, though, a funny whoopsie – I accidentally made steel cut oats instead of bulgur. Don’t be surprised if you see them in pancake form in the morning – I was not going to use steel cut oats in this recipe! I never realized how remarkably similar they look when dry!

The recipe I (mostly) followed was one for a Moroccan Millet Salad. I love Moroccan dishes – they have such a unique combination of flavors, typically incorporating sweet and savory elements, along with neat spices more typically seen in sweets rather than savory meals such as cinnamon, nutmeg and cardomom.

This in particular was a mix of green pepper, red onion, dates, raisins, orange zest and sunflower seeds…

that was mixed with bulgur and tossed in a dressing consisting of orange juice, lemon juice, cumin, cardamom, ginger, honey and olive oil. I added in tofu that I first pan-fried in a bit of olive oil and then pouring over half of the dressing.

I was in love with the sweet-meets-savory, something I quite enjoy, but would probably make this sans lemon juice in the dressing next time. Otherwise, it was spot on! I loved the tofu, too…but I think I could eat that tofu plain 😉

What else was I being productive with this afternoon?

Trying to figure out ways I could “go public” with my pictures! I’d entertained the idea of maybe re-starting an Etsy shop after not having a ton of success last time (it’s not like I advertised anywhere, though!). Seeing Jenny “go for it” and open her shop was sort of the final kick-in-the-butt that I needed to at least try, too.

I don’t have too much added yet – but it’s part of my winter project! Realistically, I am not expecting much to come from this, but every penny counts towards the Mac and Teddie fund…not to mention the fact that I lost my full Adobe Creative Suite with my old computer :X

SO! If you know of anyone looking for some photography to…hang somewhere…gift to someone…I don’t know what else…maybe they’ll be interested in some of my listings? I’ll keep you guys UTD when I think I’ve got a “full shop” 🙂

So – who else out there is still shoveling snow?!

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BLOC Pancakes!

I finally got my wish!

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Okay, well maybe not my full wish…the snow isn’t up to my waist, after all…but I woke up to beautiful, fresh snow rather than rain!

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Since it fell overnight, though, I was bummed that I didn’t get to watch it storm. I love sipping hot cocoa/cider/tea inside while the outside is a winter wonderland.

Oh, well – beggar’s can’t be choosers, right?

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Of course, Vermont could maybe think about using more than salt shakers to salt and/or sand the road. I’m pretty sure I could have counted the grains of sand if I wanted to. We also don’t plow very well.

I left home the same time I always do – 7:20 am, and usually get to the barn around 8. Today, I wouldn’t have gotten there until 8:30, so had to drive right by so I could get to work on time. Yeesh!

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But all’s well that – starts well? Yeah, that sounds right Winking smile And this morning started well! Microwaved quick oats with some oat bran and almond milk, chia seeds, cinnamon, dried figs and banana…topped with fig jam, cashew butter, date syrup and cashews. I was in heaven.

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Though I’m not certain it was quite as good as the pancakes I had this past weekend.

I think I’d be okay with eating these blueberry-lemon cornmeal-oat bran pancakes for B, L, D if I had no other options. Unfortunately, I’m busy working for the man this week and it’ll probably be a while before I see them again.

I’m getting teary-eyed just thinking about that…

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This was also the first time I’d smeared my pancakes with cashew butter. The marriage between it, the fresh blueberries and the mealy-yet-hearty texture of the pancakes was something to write home about. Which is a little weird, since I’m already home, but whatever.

These were so enjoyable, it had to be repeated, though the next day I made it with lime zest in place of lemon.

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Don’t worry – those were promptly sent back to the kitchen to be drizzled with date syrup, the element that tied everything together.

If anyone comes up with a name for these that is shorter than “Blueberry-Lemon Cornmeal-Oat Bran Pancakes,” I’ll send you some in the mail. Maybe. Probably not.

I could call them BLOC Pancakes – but then the long name will have to be blueberry-lemon oat bran-cornmeal.”

  • 2 T. cornmeal
  • 2 T. graham flour
  • 2 T. oat bran
  • 1 T. wheat germ
  • 1/2 T. poppyseeds
  • 1 T. chia seeds + 2 1/2 T. water
  • 1/4-1/2 t. baking powder (I’ve honestly never measured. I just shake it in)
  • 5 T. almond milk (a.k.a. 1/4 c. + 1 T)
  • 1 t. vanilla
  • zest of one lemon (or lime or orange)
  • juice of one lemon (or lime or orange)
  • 1/2 – 3/4 c. frozen blueberries
  • optional: 1/2 – 1 t. sugar , 1/2 T. (?) earth balance or butter(see Note)

In a small bowl, mix together the chia seeds and water. Set aside and allow to “gel” while mixing your cornmeal, flour, oat bran, poppyseeds, wheat germ and baking soda together.

Begin heating a nonstick skillet over low heat.

Add the milk, vanilla, lemon zest and lemon juice to the chia seeds. Mix and add to the dry. Stir just to combine. If it’s too thick, add a little bit more milk, just a tablespoon at a time. Fold in the blueberries.

Melt the earth balance on the skillet, and then spoon on the batter – I made two pancakes. Cook until it looks like it is beginning to set around the edges, and flip. Cook until golden on both sides.

Topping suggestion (although it’s more of a demand than a suggestion Winking smile ) smear cashew butter on pancakes and top with more blueberries. Drizzle with date molasses.

Note: I added just a pinch of sugar so the lemon wasn’t too sour – they weren’t too sweet, nor too sour. However – I knew I’d be topping them with sweet things. If you’re planning on just eating them plain, I’d probably add a bit of sugar. Also – I love the taste of “frying” these in Earth Balance – you can just as easily use non-stick spray. I usually just melt the spread, spoon on the batter, and spray the tops with non-stick spray before flipping just as an extra precaution.

Enjoy!

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Hot Oats

Everyone seems to love sugar cookies, based on answers from yesterday’s question! I found that funny – I hadn’t even thought to make a sugar cookie. Guess we know what recipe I’ll be trying next, eh?

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I’m so happy because it’ finally snowed and stuck to the ground! Yeah, that power outage? Wasn’t from anything exciting. It was from so-called “wind.” That’s in quotes because for the strength of the wind we had, we should not have been out power for so long.

*insert eyeroll here*

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I was getting a little worried we weren’t going to have a white Christmas. I just love freshly fallen snow, though. Sure it gets old, and sure I thought I was going to die driving home last night – but I love it.

It just makes me dizzy when it’s blizzarding at night and blowing at your windshield full force when darkness surrounds you because Vermont doesn’t know what street lights are. I got so disoriented a few times I almost pulled over.

I probably should have, but I also had stroganoff calling my name.

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Apparently, the snow makes Kaia feel the same as I do. Just wanting to stay in bed.

But, ‘tis the season, which means I’ll be working more than I usually do.

The next best thing to sleeping in? Hot oats.

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I’m so ready to have rotten tomatoes thrown at me, but I’m going to say it anyways: I think I prefer microwaved quick oats to old-fashioned stovetop oats.

Sorry. But not really. I also have some more time to make them in the morning (not that microwaving takes more than five minutes) because I have two less ponies to feed in the morning.

Yep – I mentioned we sold Georgie…but while the power was out, there was a new development – and we found a woman who wanted them both. The woman who wanted her first ended up thinking she was just going to “try” her without paying for her.

It’d be nice if that’s how things work, but it’s not. More important than money was finding them a good home, though – and we are so happy they were able to find one together. And their new home? Gorgeous. They are in heaven right now!

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Anyways! Microwaving oats. No where near as pretty – but I’m thinking just as/more yummy. I still whip a banana in, of course Winking smile

Current kick is cranberry sauce, too. I made a new batch Sunday with a little less sugar. Lub it.

Which do you prefer – quick or old fashioned oats? Microwave or stove top?

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Dilemmas

I cannot.believe. that it is 8:00 pm on Saturday already! Where on earth has my day gone?! I haven’t even done anything worth anything! Oh, my life…

I guess it was filled with some preetttyyyy delicious eats, however 🙂

Ohhh, plum oats…how I love you so. Has anybody else done this yet? Please…do yourselves a favor. I know I say this about all my breakfasts lately: but I can’t get over how beautiful the plums turn! Which reminds me…totally forgot to buy more today.

In the Mix: rolled barley flakes, TVP, wheat bran, brewed coffee & almondmilk, vanilla, 1/2 diced plum, goji berries.

On the Top: chia-seed acai icing, crystallized ginger, flax,  1/2 diced plum sauteed with sprinkle of sun crystals, shredded coconut, and sliced almonds, and Naturally Nutty White Choco Coconut

Ohhh, words cannot describe 🙂

I woke up to a surprise snowfall this morning! I wasn’t sure if this would put a damper on my plans to run into town – but I decided it wasn’t enough to postpone the trip. That and, I wanted to get cleaning over with – and most of all, wanted to get my bloggie give-away items and have a Bed, Bath & Beyond rendezvous.

Grocery shopping and BB&B = my life-long loves.

I figured I would start with cleaning the office before the “fun stuff.” Otherwise, I’d never want to clean!

And while there, I became infatuated with a pinetree out front of the office. Don’t mind me:

You guys didn’t come here to read about food or anything, did you?

Oh, phew! I guess I’ll just continue with the pine tree obsession, then.

Or maybe it’s more a nifty-fifty obsession.

But finally, I moved onward and upward.

And knew a nanner was in order before tackling my missions, even though I found it strange I wasn’t hungry. It was a foreshadowing of the day ahead of me – my appetite has been nearly non-existent! Not cool, not cool.

The verdicts on shopping? BB&B has the coolest dishware sets, but I’m bummed that so many have to be purchased as such! I just want individual pieces-parts of each 😛 Which is really strange for me, because I like things to match. I used to want all the dishes to match. But now the foodie in me wants a different plate or bowl every time! Why am I so weird?

Hannafords verdict? ohhhhh, you’ll see 🙂 Tomorrow I do believe I will be posting a giveaway that I have been promising all week! Just for kicks 🙂

I decided to take the scenic route home since I was out of the house early and finished everything I needed to do in town early, too: by 11am! Again: what kind of college kid am I?! Remember: there was a one hour commute each way involved here – not ten minute!

Fueled only by the best. Because who doesn’t want an Almond Butter and Jam Muffin, whether you’re hungry or not?!

Came home and caught up on blogs, while messing around with my own layout. I started getting really frustrated because I wanted to change up the layout, but just had too many dilemmas! I’m too picky when it comes to graphic-design-y things. Everything has to be perfect. So I’m leaving it at this: I’d really like to have a layout that supports the caption-box function, but couldn’t really decide on one that met my other requirements and the foodbuzz publisher requirements. Ohhh, well.

Eventually it was lunch time, and since I wasn’t really craving anything (okay, veggies, as usual) I figured it”d be best to work on using up some of the crab and shrimp meat I opened last night.

And it was quite good! I made a quick little salad with the meat, some greek yogurt, lime juice, dash of mesquite BBQ sauce, parmesan, diced tomato, diced red pepper, and diced red onion, and s&p. With spinach in a wrap.

And some quick burnt broccoli, carrots, and couple leaves of baby spinach left in the container – prepared with some dijonnaise and lemon pepper.

BBQ sauce may have been weird (I’m not really sure) but it tasted really good, actually!

The rest of the afternoon consisted of ANTM, watching and listening to the snow melt, playing with the puppers, and bloogie stuffs. A kiwi with yogurt and granola was also consumed but I accidentally formatted my card thinking I had gotten them on the computer already. Shnoops.

The snow was so beautiful this morning – but now it looks like we never even got any! It got quite warm by the time I was getting home from running those errands even, so it didn’t last long. We may be getting another on Wednesday, though. Works for me – snow day Thursday?! Hah – wishful thinking. My college just about never cancels. Really stinks for commuters.

Dinner was another dilemma: Ready for a story?

Remember these meatballs? AKA – my favorite meatballs ever? Well, I made a batch of them with the other half of the ground turkey meat from the asian meatballs since they are so good. I thought I’d make a noodle dish with them, too – but then decided I wanted a meatball sub! This becomes a problem when you only have spelt bread, pitas, whole wheat wraps, sandwich thins, and english muffins to work with. So I settled on “italian meatball enchiladas” – a yours truly concoction.

But – as I was making the sauce for them – thought it’d be fun to instead try it with tvp in place of the meat! So that is what I did 🙂

These were seriously delicious. Like, ten times better than I was expecting. It almost reminded me of lasagna for some reason, too? But – a definite make again, for sure 🙂

But – that is all for me!

What’s a meal that you’ve randomly thrown together that ended up being one of your favorites?

p.s. Kristen is having a Newman’s Own Organics giveaway! Who doesn’t love NOO? So head on over to Change of Pace and check out her great blog 🙂

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