Thank you guys for the warm welcome back and good luck wishes for the ACT!  Luckily, it's all over.  I am officially DONE with school for the summer.  Unless you count the seven classical books I have to read this summer for next year's AP Lit and Comp class, but we won't go there.  For now, I'm just going to enjoy the thought that I can get up and not have to worry about studying!  

Now about the amazing trip coming up!  My family and I will be going to Greece for a week, Finland for a week, Denmark for about five days, and then to Iceland for a day!  We'll be home for a bit and then my brother and I are off to Newfoundland with my grandparents!  Am I excited?  Let's just go with "yes" since there's no way I can capture my true excitement in words.  You would have to come to my house and see me bouncing off the walls to know what I mean. ;)  And what am I most excited for?  The chance to try real Greek yogurt! ;) You know I love the stuff in the store to death, but I'm assuming it doesn't taste nearly as good as the real thing.  Can anyone back me up on this?

Even though the last month has been crazy with school, I made sure I had time for a bit of cooking (some how, that's something I always have time for. ;) 

In attempt to make this post at least somewhat organized, I'll start with a recipe and then show all the random foodie pictures (versus a random recipe in the middle of random pictures...)

So an explanation on the name of the recipe.  I was going to call them "cake batter pancakes."  Then I thought that that would make no sense since they're cooked and thus are not batter.  Recalling what they tasted like, I decided that they most accurately tasted like cake.  Pancakes.  No really? ;)  But "pancakes" was just a bit to boring, and so I took the wordy approach and decided to call them "Mini Cakes Cooked on a Griddle."  Or, you could just call them pancakes.


Mini Cakes Cooked on a Grill With Peanut Butter Fauxting
(Serves 1)

Ingredients:
1/4 cup brown rice flour
2 tablespoons coconut flour
2 tablespoons wheat germ (sub extra brown rice flour or oat bran to make these gluten free)
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
13 grams (more or less as desired) cake mix (I used a gluten free, chocolate variety)
About 1/2 cup (more or less depending on how thick you like your pancakes) almond milk
2 teaspoons coconut oil, melted
A handful of sprinkles, optional (I didn't add any but would next time)
Peanut butter + stevia (or other sweetener) + water

Directions:
Gather your ingredients!
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Mix together the flours, wheat germ, baking powder, and cake mix (and sprinkles, if using).
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Pour in the almond milk and coconut oil and put that arm to work!
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Now cook the batter just like you would any other pancake.  Meanwhile mix together the peanut butter, stevia, and water until desired sweetness and consistency is reached.  Stack the pancakes on a plate with the PB fauxting in between and then dig in!
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I really did love these, and I think the addition of sprinkles would make them even better!  

Now, time for the randomness...
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Roasted veggies are da bomb! Especially with brussel sprouts (Dad, are you reading this?).
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I've wanted to try that Kashi dinner for a loooong time, and I'm glad I finally did!  I loved the spicy flavor!
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Pineapple, sweet potato with coconut oil and carob chips (best combo eva'!), steamed veggies, and chickpeas mixed with hummus.
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Gigantic salad composed of romaine, cucumber, tomatoes, dried cranberries, broccoli, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, and a homemade vinaigrette. I ate it along side a big bowl of (un-pictured) brown rice.
One day, I was searching for a healthy banana recipe when I stumbled across this recipe.  I didn't have the corn bread mix, so I instead used 1/3 cup pancake mix (mine was buckwheat) and 1/4 cup oatmeal.  I also ended up baking it about twice the amount of time the recipe said.  But none of that mattered in the least because this was the result:
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Incredible would be an understatement.  Seriously.  What is it about baked breakfasts that are just so amazing?

While we're in the category of amazing, have you tried Olivia's Hummus Pizza yet?  I've raved about it before, and here I am raving about it again.  That just goes to show you how truly amazing it is.  It's even amazing when topped with sun-dried tomatoes!
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So no more excuses.  Make. It. Now.
And while you're at it, make yourself some of Olivia's Tahini Chocolate Chips Oatmeal.  I'm telling you, that girl needs to write a cookbook! 
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Moving on...
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Toasted oatmeal bread topped with red pepper hummus and goat cheese. Peeping in are some carrots, spinach, and cucumber. Incredible meal? Um, yeah.
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This is one of my most recent creations! Mango slices topped with avocado slices, goat cheese, and freshly ground black pepper!
And finally we have:
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That would be Katie's Deep Dish Cookie Pie.  Yes, it is as good as it looks x 100000000.  I want another one.  Right now.  But unfortunately, I have no garbanzos left.  That problem need to be fixed.  Like VERY soon!! :D  If you've meaning to try it, don't wait!  You won't disappointed!

Ahhh, it's so good to be back blogging again!  This was what I looked like when I was too busy to blog:
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Luckily, I'm better now.  
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I've had the big bear in the corner of my room since I was about seven.  Just in case you were wondering.

Sometimes I think we should switch back to black and white photography.  It's way more fun!  Anyone agree?

All right, enough of my babbling, I want to know about you!  Do you have any summer plans?
 


Comments

06/12/2011 03:55

Everything in this post looks so delicious! And I am soooo jealous of your summer plans. I've always wanted to go to Greece!!! I think you are gonna have some awesome food there, especially the greek yogurt!!
My summer plans include a trip to Arizona, getting my wisdom teeth out, a trip to harry potter land, and two running camps. It's going to go by so fast!

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06/12/2011 04:35

Oh my, until now you've been keeping all these goodies to yourself!!
It's so exciting that you're going to Europe - I've never been there! School's hectic for me too, but one more week and I'm done (well, summer school awaits me)!!
p.s. haha I am actually eating the cho.chip + tahini oatbran right now

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OMG you've been eating all these goodies! I'm jealoussss.

You are about to have a lot of fun in your life!! How exciting :)

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Charolette
06/12/2011 05:30

I think that Hannah enjoyed the Greek yogurt while they were there last year so I know that you will. I know that you will have a great time on your trip(s) So much for one young girl in one year.

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06/13/2011 02:29

Your trip sounds incredible! You're so lucky. Are you going to post while you're there?

Everything looks amazing! I need some tahini and chocolate chips in my stomach right now. :)

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06/13/2011 05:11

Oh my goodness. I'm so jealous of your vacay! That is going to be so much fun. I can't imagine how excited you must be! :)

Ooooh seven books for AP Lit? That's rough. I have to read Anna Karenina for it and that's going to be rough enough!

All your eats look crazy good. I like the combo of coconut oil and carob on your tater!

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wow you are so lucky you get to go travel to all of those amazing places! you must post pics!! i have never been, and definately have Greece on my "to go to" list!!!! i can't wait to hear ALL ABOUT IT!! and that banana bread breakfast bake recipe looks soooo good that i am making it TOMORROW MORNING! you sold me on the delishousness!!! happy reading ; )

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06/13/2011 07:06

Heyy, I've only just found your blog but why have I not found it before?! I love it!
Everything you eat looks SO yum and I can see you're a big fan of Katie - me too! :)
Sounds like you have an amazing summer planned - sooo jealous! You'll love Greece, it's simply gorgeous and the food is amazing!

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Dad
06/13/2011 09:38

No brussel sprouts! I am not reading anything with the words brussel sprouts in it! No brussel sprouts!

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06/13/2011 10:02

Yumm everything looks delicious! Glad you're all done with school, I know how stressful it can be

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06/16/2011 05:50

Your trip sounds amazing!! I'm Colorado right now and for the next 2 months so I guess that's my trip for the year you could say. All your eats look so good! I've been thinking about making Katie's cookie dough pie but am am scared to bake with beans. Having one more person say it's good makes me officially want to make it!

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Girl you are so crazy busy alllll the time but with such fun stuff! :) It soudns like you have an AWESOME summer lined up, I'm excited to hear about it! :)

And those mini-cakes look fantabulous. Oh and you are adorable as always. :)

Miss you! <3
n
PS You are more than welcome to come be my running buddy any time... or I"ll come to you since I actually am intrigued by the notion of visiting CO :P so many people keep telling me it's amazing... ;)

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Oh and my summer plans... I'm at home in Seattle now, and have been for just over a week, then I'm in Florida from this Friday til July 4th (DISNEY WORLD HERE I COME! I promise I'm not 5, I just act like it sometimes :))) ) then go back to school july 7th to work on some psych research & just lounge about in the sun :) plus a little weekend trip to san diego in august & seeing taylor swift here in seattle in september ;)

not traveling anywhere quite as exciting as you but hopefully it'll be fun anyways ;)
<3
n

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