Yep, it's my brother's 18th birthday today!!!  In case you do read my blog, brother, I hope you have an amazing birthday!!  I know we don't always get along perfectly (how boring would that be?), but I hope you know that you are like my best friend!  Seriously, I feel like I can tell you anything!  Thank you so much for being the best brother EVER!!!  I'm going to miss you more than anything when you go to college next year.  I love you!! :D

Everyone left such nice comments on my last post! I can't thank you guys enouph!  You are the sweetest!!  
You may have noticed that I didn't reply to any.   And that's because my blog has a really bad commenting system that doesn't allow me to reply to individual comments.  If I ever get that fixed, I will be back to replying!  Until then, I will just comment back on all of your awesome blogs!  Does that sound all right?

I've tried a lot of different foodie combinations in the last 24ish hours (does anyone else use "ish"?). Let's go in chronological order, shall we...
Friday night, I was kind of in a rut.  I was starving for some dinner, but it was dinner time, and it seemed as if I had nothing to eat!  But if I'm hungry I always find something to eat.  So lo and behold, I did!


Salsa Chickpea-Rice Bowl

Ingredients:
About 1/2 cup cooked chickpeas (I used canned)
About 3/4 cup cooked brown rice
2 tablespoon salsa
1-2 tablespoon orange juice (adds a nice touch of sweetness)
Garlic powder/onion powder/ground cumin

Directions:
Combine all ingredients together in a bowl and dig in!
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Just perfect for a quick, delicious dinner!!
With a side of steamed veggies (sorry for the awful picture!)
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And then for dessert, I had one almond butter cup:
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Love those little guys!

The next morning, I tried something that I will be having again without any doubt!!!  Behold Kathleen's Almond Joy Pizzert Babies!!!!!!  Go ahead and clap.  These little fellas' deserve a major round of applause!!
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I just can't get over how cute they were!!!  I topped mine with almond butter, peanut butter, and Greek yogurt! (And chocolate chips, obviously) I also used brown rice flour in place of the whole wheat flour, so they were also gluten free!  My mom thought they were absolutely adorable too!  Oh, have I mentioned yet that were like mini cakes sent from heaven?  Yep, that incredibly delicious!!!!!

And guess what??  I've had socca at last!  I used Heather's recipe and topped it with a spoonful of salsa!
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I'm in love with this socca!!!  Thanks so much for the fabulous and simple recipe, Heather!  I may or may not have gone back for another piece ;) 
And then for dinner, I was craving some more socca!  So I spread some spicy dijon mustard on it (for some reason, I hate regular yellow mustard but love honey mustard and dijon mustard).  Then I topped it with lettuce, a Sunshine burger, and a juicy piece of tomato.  Another fantastic use for the socca!  (Although I'm thinking the socca would be fantastic used in anything! :)
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Now wait!  What are those little round bundles sitting at the back?  Well, they are:


Cinnamon Grilled Bananas

Ingredients:
1 teaspoon coconut oil
Cinnamon
1 smallish banana, sliced

Directions:
Melt the coconut oil in a small, not-stick pan.  Put the cinnamon in a small bowl and coat the flat side of each banana slice in the cinnamon.  Place the banana slices in the pan and cook for a few minutes on each side.

Loved them!!!

Something else I love?  Katie's Banana Brulee Oats!!!  My add ins were vanilla extract and cinnamon!  (And topped with peanut butter because a day just can't start without it!)
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Katie, I know I've said this before, but you're a genius.  You just plain are!  The brulee oats were out of this world amazing!!  If it weren't for Katie, I would have never thought to blend my oats, but it's the most amazing idea since..... Well, actually, it's just the most amazing idea, period!  I felt like I was eating pudding for breakfast.  It just doesn't get better than that!

Sorry for this very long, chatty post!!  I guess I'm just in a chatty mood this morning!

Just one more week of school and then spring break!!!  Woohoo!!  In a week, I will be just about on my way to California for a college visit!  Can't wait!!!


The daily question:  Are you going anywhere/doing anything special for spring break?
 


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03/06/2011 03:36

Happy birthday to your brother!

Glad you tried socca! It's one of my favorites. Those pizzert babies are so cute. I'll check that recipe out. And I use ish all the time. :)

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03/06/2011 04:17

Happy Birthday to your brother!

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03/06/2011 04:56

Aww aww aww seriously, you are too sweet to me!

And I loooove your chattiness! :)

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I love the relationship between you and your brother, reminds me of mine! (I have two brothers, love them both but we don't always get along either) I am going to make Socca asap, it looks so good. Love your preparations of it too!

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Everything on your blog looks delish today! Happy B-day to your bro!

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Alexandra
03/07/2011 01:14

Heather,

Thanks!! All the recipes on your blog look delicious too! I tried to comment using the OpenID, but it wouldn't let me :( Do you know how I can fix this?

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mmm i have never seen almond butter cups!?!?!
thats on my list of things to find :)
I love grilled bananas!
I am going to key west on friday!

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03/07/2011 05:21

I would love to try those grilled bananas! They sound good. Just like everything this is this post, yum!

Whitney

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03/07/2011 09:09

Aww HAPPY BIRTHDAY to you bro!! And those grilled bananas look SO DARN GOOD! Mmmmm :)

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03/07/2011 11:29

Happy bday to your brother!! That rice looks right up my alley. I love brown rice so much, and I never would have thought of adding chickpeas to rice!!

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03/07/2011 12:21

Happy belated birthday to your brother!

I have to make pizzerts. Miniature desserts make me happy.

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03/07/2011 13:48

oh my gawddd girlie you have so many fantastic eats in this post!! first off, you are the sweetest thing ever writing that whole first paragraph to your big bro! my brothers definitely don't read my blog though, so I know they'd never see what I wrote about them... ;) Secondly, I LOVE those almond butter cups! love that they're smaller and there's more then 2 per package! win win! Your socca looks delicious! I still need to try it for myself! ah! (PS! have you thought about switching your blog over to wordpress? I know it's a lot easier to deal with comments and such if you do that!) xoxo

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You are such a Sweetie Pie!!!! YAY! You made my Pizzert Babies!!! :D I'm so glad that you enjoyed them! I love them too! :)

I have to try your Grilled Bananas!!!! I have never tried a GRILLED Banana before, but it sure sounds DIVINE! :D

xoxox
Kathleen

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Oh yeah, tell your brother HAPPY BIRHTDAY for me! :D

xoxox
Kathleen

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Happy Bday brotha!!!!

Glad you tried Socca-i'm obsessed!

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03/07/2011 16:18

I use the word "ish"! I don't have plans for Spring Break yet :o but I think I'll find something fun to do.

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03/07/2011 16:57

I'm loving the pizzert babies you made! I've tried pizzerts before to check out my variation on my recipes page if you want to try a different pizzert soon! :) Happy birthday to your bro as well! I will be working at the AhepaMarrow Basketball tournament over spring break to raise awareness for cancer! Check out our website:
www.ahepamarrow.org

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You are such a sweetie. :) Happy belated birthday to your brother! also, i love your chatty posts because they're so much like my own chatty self ;)
and i totally say ish all the time. kind of overuse it actually... oops?

<3

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03/08/2011 16:40

Ah, isn't socca amazing, I lovee it!

And I have never tried blending oats, but you make them sound soooo good!

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03/09/2011 02:38

wow those almond things look great!

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Liz @ iheartvegetables
03/09/2011 03:05

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03/09/2011 03:05

Happy bday to the bro! I'm glad you got to try socca!!! :) Yumm

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03/09/2011 04:24

happy bday to your bro and looks like you had some delish food yum!

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03/09/2011 13:54

Happy Birthday to your brother!!1 Love the oatmeal and pizzerts yum! :D

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03/12/2011 03:13

Speaking of fabulous recipes, wow YOUR pudding oats sound delicious!

And I love your idea for chocolate cake batter shake. Chocolate makes everything better!

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04/30/2011 08:44

I have yet to make socca but I just bought chickpea flour so I have no excuse! Your baby pizzerts look so cute and delicious too

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04/30/2011 15:15

Happy birthday to your bro!
I use the word ish all the time.

Cinnamon grilled banana's? Oh my that sounds good :D

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04/30/2011 15:43

Happy Birthday to your brother!!! I'm turning 18 soon too. I'm so pumped!
I went to CA over spring break where I actually tried those Almond Butter Cups! Sooooo Good!!!

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