Hiiiiii lovely people!!!  I hope you're all doing fabulously well!  I missed you all SO, SO, SO much!!!  And thank you so much for understanding about the ACT.  All your support means so much to me!
 So it turns out that the ACT I was going to take in about two weeks doesn't have a writing section, and since I need to take the writing section, I won't be taking the ACT until June.  That means more time to study and more time for blogging!!!  I still won't be able to post a lot as I will still be plugging away with studying, but hopefully I will be able to post every now and then :)

I've eaten a lot of different munchies over the last few weeks, so I definitely can't fit them all into one post.  Long time gone = lots of food pictures.  But here's some of them...

First up, we have....
Cherry Cream Oats
(Using Katie's Blended Grain Technique)

1/2 cup rolled oats
1 cup water
1/2 cup almond milk (plus another 1/4 cup)
1/2 cup thawed frozen cherries
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Coconut butter
Chocolate chips (yes, they're mandatory ;)
And I think that's everything (I made this a while ago)

Cook the oats in the water and 1/2 cup almond milk until creamy, and then blend away with the remainder of the almond milk (the 1/4 cup), the cherries, and vanilla extract.  Pour into a bowl and top with coconut butter and chocolate chips.

Cherry "pudding" in a bowl!  It really doesn't get much better.  Of course, the real credit goes to Katie.  Really, how does she come up with such amazing ideas as blending oats?! That's just plain genius!!

Next... its another Katie meal!
Not to be bossy or anything, but if you haven't made Katie's Cake Batter Pizzert yet, go make it right NOW!!!  You won't be disappointed!  It was pretty much the best thing ever and tasted even better then real cake batter :D  

I also enjoyed this yummy parfait one morning:
Made by layering chopped mango, rolled oats, and unsweetened shredded coconut, drizzling the whole thing with almond milk, and then sprinkling the top with cinnamon, the parfait was tasty and refreshing!!  It came from one of my favorite little books, Raw Energy.

This pesto omelet also made its way into one of my breakfasts:
Pesto Mushroom Omelet

1 whole egg + 1 egg white
Butter (for sauteing)
2 button mushrooms, sliced
2 tablespoons finely chopped scallions
A large handful of spinach
Freshly ground black pepper
1 to 2 tablespoons pesto

Melt the butter in a non-stick skillet.  Add the mushrooms and scallions and saute until they begin to brown.  Add the spinach and cook until wilted.  Beat the egg, egg white, and pepper together in a small bowl and the pour it into the pan.  Cook for a few minutes and the flip over and cook the other side for about another minute.  Fill with pesto.

I also considered putting goat cheese in it, but I didn't have any (really, what is this world coming to?!)  But it was still fabulous, and I'm already craving another one!

Let's seeeee..... ah yes!  Olivia's Tahini Chocolate Chip Oatmeal!
Awwww.... that was too ridiculously amazing!!!  I want it again RIGHT NOW!  And as a matter of fact, I had it again for dinner last night only I used carob chips instead of chocolate chips (also incredibly delicious)!  If you haven't tried the chocolate tahini combo yet, you must!  And I highly recommend Olivia's recipe! (We have yet another genius among us :)

Oh, I tried my first frozen waffles!
They may have been my first, but they definitely won't be my last!!  Especially when topped with almond butter and chocolate chips (almond butter + waffles = heaven)

Another eat over the last few weeks:
I think that this recipe will be for another day (although its one of my favorites!)  But doesn't that just make your mouth water?!  It was one of the best breakfasts ever (yep, its a breakfast, not a dessert - although it was good enough to be!)

And its another Katie recipe!
This time, I present her Pineapple Stir Fry.  Although in my case, it was more of a mango stir fry, and I also added some fresh cilantro and served it with brown rice couscous.  To make this a true Katie-inspired meal, chopsticks were definitely involved.  Needless to say, it was a meal that made my taste buds dance like stars, and they're already begging me to make this dish again!

Finally (at least for this post), I made Heather's Indian-Spiced Teff Pancakes in celebration of Pancake Sunday:
Ok, these were pretty amazing.  Really, if you haven't tried teff flour, try it.  If you haven't tried Heather's pancakes, try them.  The teff flour did have a different flavor, but I really liked it!  And the spices in Heather's pancakes complemented the teff flavor perfectly!!  Just plain perfectly! :D  I drizzled mine with coconut butter and peanut butter thinned with water.  It was a breakfast of champions!  Here they are again, only this time in the light box:
Wow, Alex.  Back up a bit.  What's this about a light box?  What are you talking about?  Well, this is what I'm talking about:
Yep, I made a light box!!!  I was SO excited and started experimenting right away!
Those are Katie's Lil Lemon Poppies (SO cute and very tasty - although I don't recommend using chickpea flour... it accidently made its way in and it wasn't a meant to be combination; just follow Katie's directions though, and you will end up with best lemon poppy seed muffins ever!)  And some other random pictures:
Quite the difference, huh?

And look at my avocado seed!!!
Two months later and look at it grow!!  Its root is at least two inches lond!

I'm so sorry for the novel-like post.  I didn't even get show you guys everything I wanted to!

Well, I guess I better get to studying.  But even through all this studying, I've managed to keep a smile on my face! (I love playing with black and white! :)
Talk to you later!!  Love you guys! <3


04/10/2011 04:51

Alexandra! I'm glad you're back. This post is so packed with yummy food I don't even know where to start. I adore the chocolate tahini combo too, and that stir-fry looks divine. Katie has such good recipes. And great job on the light box!

04/10/2011 06:35

I've been checking to see when you would come back! Yayyy :D So many yummy treats, It's good to see that you've haven't been neglecting your eats haha Ah that pizzert looks amazing. Anything with sprinkles has my full attention :D I've tried Vans Waffles before, they are yummy.

04/10/2011 08:07

ahh you convinced me im so making that pizzert asap!

04/10/2011 09:14

Welcome back!! I hope your studying keeps going well!

I love how chocolate chips found their way into so many of your meals. That's what I like to see. ;)

04/10/2011 10:07

So happy you're back! Everything looks so delicious. :) I think I definitely need to try that cake batter pizzert asap. Oh, and that parfait. I love the light box too! Your pictures look great. :)

04/10/2011 14:15

wow looks like you're having some fun with that light box. Is it difficult to make? It sure seems to make a big difference!!
I love how you put chocolate chips on everything, so cute :)

04/10/2011 14:39

Hi Hannah!
The light box isn't difficult to make at all! I mostly followed these directions: http://www.digital-photography-school.com/how-to-make-a-inexpensive-light-tent
The only difference is that I put my fabric on the inside of the sides instead of the outside. I also used white poster paper instead of the bristol paper, and I used a white sheet for my fabric.
I hope you make one! It was a lot of fun, and you're right that it makes a big difference! :)

04/10/2011 15:32

I have to wait until June to take the ACT's again too. It's kind of annoying because I just want them over with, but like you said, more time for blogging!
I need to buy tahini! I always always always forget. I've only ever had it in hummus, where it doesn't really shine. I can't wait to try it for real!

04/10/2011 20:19

Oh my goodness, HI! We missed yew :)
Cherry cream oats look yummy! I want to try them.


04/11/2011 02:22

Your desserts/breakfasts make me want to start experimenting even more with my desserts!

04/11/2011 09:22

You're so cute. :)

Katie does have some of the most amazing ideas. Seriously, her blended grain technique changed my life. Love that girl.

So happy to hear you enjoyed the teff pancakes. I love teff and need to cook with more often. I used the same combo of spices in my chickpea flour pancakes yesterday, but I prefer the teff.

Light box photos look amazing. I definitely notice a difference!

04/11/2011 10:51

look at all the yummy food wowza! :)

My dad is doing the same thing with the avocado! I've never done it before though.


I have got to use my lightbox!! It makes such a difference :)
Katie makes the best things i've got to try that pizzert!

04/11/2011 15:32

Hello! I discovered your blog just few days ago, and I absolutely love it! It's great to find someone else who is passionate about how to properly take care of our body, and also someone who really knows how to eat! Your recipes look so delicious & wholesome - always! I can't wait to read more:) Thanks!


I AM SO GLAD THAT YOU ARE BACK!!! I HAVE MISSED YOU SO MUCH!!!!! I totally understand your studying stuff. I am studying for the SAT right now and it is pretty arduous. :)

Don't you just love Katie?! I LOVE HER RECIPES!!! :)



Ah so glad you are back!! omg your omelete and food pics look amazing!! mm i LOVE pesto and have never tried it in my sald but really want to now!!! and i want to make a light box so bad! did it take long!?

04/12/2011 12:50

It didn't take long at all! I mostly just followed these directions: http://www.digital-photography-school.com/how-to-make-a-inexpensive-light-tent
I used a white sheet for my fabric and white poster paper for the bristol board. I also put my side fabric on the inside of the box instead of on the outside. I hope you make one! It was a lot of fun! :)

04/13/2011 05:39

I LOVE the tahini/carob oatmeal! SO AMAZING! So glad you're back, good luck studying for the ACT!

04/13/2011 09:10

Yum your eats look amazing. So jealous of your light box. And thank you so much for the amazing e-mail. It totally made my day!


Wow all those dishes look AMAZING. Thanks for sharing with us :-)

Katie's blog really is great.

Such great news that you have more time to study, you're going to do great!


AHHHH YAY YOU'RE BACK! I missed you :) and that pizzert looks absurdly good. i love all the pretty colors! (I'm 5...)



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