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February 2015

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Valentines & Galentines

February 26, 2015

 

Hello!

I have a bunch of photos today, mostly of food as usual. I’m behind a good two weeks on my blog, photos-wise so I have a lot of catching up to do! It has been really sunny but cold in Seattle lately (well sunny until today…) and I was feeling springy in my steps from the shining sun so I tried to walk outside as much as possible.

 

My poor plants are dying for the sun (literally!) so this last week was so good for them!

basil plants

 Eager to soak up the rare sun, I took a jaunt to the local Asian market where you can get vegetable and fruit for cheap. True fact: when it’s sunny outside in Seattle, all Seattle-ites feel a sudden strong responsibility to be in the sun so we must plan outdoor activities immediately. My boyfriend from always-sunny California thinks this is so funny because I feel like I can never sit inside if the sun is out, probably because we are all lacking Vitamin D!

fruit bounty

I like to wash my veggies and fruits immediately so they are ready to eat all week, I’m actually not even sure my veggie/fruit rinse works, I just pour some Apple Cider Vinegar in the sink and let them soak for a bit. Do you think it clean them? What do you use?

wash your fruit!

 I know this is a while ago now but this is the package I sent G for V-Day!

valentines day package 2015

A new Spring scent. This candle from Anthropologie is ah-mazing!

sunny day candle

I dropped by the market on Galentines Day (2/13 ) to pick up some tulips for my friend Sulki, whose birthday is Valentines Day! There was a major line at Pike’s Place for tulips, a bunch of men getting flowers for their girlfriends/wives and me….haha!

pike place flowers 2

For Galentines day we had a little girls night set up, take a look at this Martha Stewart-y veggie tray I made!

Party veggie plate

We also made tea time finger sandwiches, cucumber and smoked salmon. The salmon one was delicious!

tea finger sandwiches

smoked salmon and cream cheese tea sandwiches

tea sandwiches salmon and cream cheese

sitting duck

 All the goodies all the table. And yes, those are red velvet oreos!

galentines night spread 1

 I love blueberries! I could eat 5 pounds of them easy, couldn’t you?

galentine spread 3

 While preparing for Galentines night, Sulki and I got hungry (making sandwiches!) so we skidaddled downstairs and found a new restaurant and grocery store had opened, called the Market Hall. It looked like a good spot so we decided to give it a shot (that rhymed!).

the market hall restaurant bar

 Menu:

The Market Hall Restaurant Seattle

 Both of us ordered a hard cider, it was so crisp and tasty. I don’t many alcoholic drinks but I do like cider!

the market hall - hard apple cider

We split a pizza and truffle fries. The pizza was super good, it tasted a lot like traditional Italian pizza!

cheese pizza the market hall

the market hall margherita pizza

 The truffle fries were also delicious.

truffle fries

the market hall margherita pizza and truffle fries

The birthday girl and I

galentines night bffs

Our friend Melissa brought this beautiful cake from Bakery Nouveau. So adorable.

galentines birthday cake

It had a raspberry filling and the frosting tasted a little like cool whip, it was refreshing to not have a cake with overpoweringly sweet frosting!

cake with macarons

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Of course, T-Swift was played.

tay tay

After munching on some snacks, we hit the town and headed to Zig Zag Cafe on the Harbor Steps for a drink.

zig zag cafe

galentines night drinks

 The rest of the night was spent chatting and sipping on some yummy cocktails. And that concluded Galentines Day!

On Valentines Day I got a package in the mail, a box of chocolates from my lovely BF!

see's candy vday

G did a dangerous thing sending me a whole box of chocolates, he knows I have no self-control when it comes to chocolate!
See's Chocolates Valentines Day

G and I watched a movie via Skype while we each ate our treats, he munched on the white chocolate chip macadamia nut cookies I sent him and I stuffed my face happily with See’s candy. Have you ever had See’s lollipops? I love those, especially the vanilla and chocolate ones!

see's candy box

Check back soon for another post! It will last weekend’s visit from my bf and the good Seattle eats that followed!

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Have you ever been to an English tea place? I don’t even know how to word that sentence, but I mean when you go drink tea and eat little finger sandwiches and scones! I want to go in Victoria, Canada, the closest English tea to Seattle, I think!

Do you celebrate Galentines Day?

What is your favorite drink (alcoholic or other)? I like drinks with elderflower syrup, hard apple cider, water and green smoothies!

XOXO

Kyla

Recipes

White Chocolate Chip Macadamia Nut Cookies

February 13, 2015

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Okay let’s make some delicious artery-clogging, heartburn inducing* cookies! After you read this recipe, you have just enough time to run out and buy the ingredients (if you don’t have them already!) and bake a batch for your Valentine 🙂

* This only happens when you eat more than 5 cookies in  20 minutes

White Chocolate Chip Macadamia Nut Cookies —From Allrecipes by Mary

Makes: 4 dozen (I did 3 or 4 trays in the oven but also make mine pretty huge!)

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup butter, softened 

  • 3/4 cup packed light brown sugar

  • 1/2 cup white sugar

  • 2 eggs

  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract –I replaced this with vanilla because I don’t have almond extract!

  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

  • 1 cup coarsely chopped macadamia nuts 

  • 1 cup coarsely chopped white chocolate — I just used Nestle white chocolate chips and those work fine!

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  2. In a large bowl, cream together the butter, brown sugar, and white sugar until smooth. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, then stir in the vanilla and almond extracts. Combine the flour, baking soda, and salt; gradually stir into the creamed mixture. Mix in the macadamia nuts and white chocolate. Drop dough by teaspoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheets.
  3. Bake for 10 minutes in the preheated oven, or until golden brown — I baked mine for 12 minutes, my oven is not the best!

  After you give someone one of these cookies they’ll be like:

 Here are the few slightly blurry pictures (sugar high!) I took of making them!macadamia nuts

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Mmm dough!

cookie dough 2

I don’t know why but these waxy chips taste amazing to me! I have always loved white chocolate though. Some people don’t like it at all, do you?white choco chips

Macadamia nuts and white chocolate chips all mixed together!

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macadamia nut cookies

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cookie pile

My cookies turned out pretty buttery/oily. I did stick the dough in the fridge for 30 minutes  before baking, even though the instructions did not say to. Do you think that’s why they are kind of flat and greasy? Maybe the oils from the nuts caused it too. I make them sound bad! They are actually super good and super sweet and buttery!

white chocolate chip cookie ENWW

Anyways, I hope you enjoyed this recipe! I know my Valentine will 🙂 In fact I packed them up and shipped them off to San Francisco the very next day (to my boyfriend!). He is waiting until Valentines Day to taste test but I have a feeling he won’t be disappointed!

~Kyla

What I Ate Wednesday

WIAW: Oats, Red Velvet & Lentils

February 12, 2015

 

  Hello!

This Wednesday, for breakfast I had a big bowl of oatmeal with some yummy toppings. I love breakfast! I go to bed every night looking forward to breakfast in particular. Even though I eat oatmeal pretty much every single morning, it’s still my favorite meal usually. I got a big bag of Bob’s Red Mill Scottish Oatmeal from Costco, not realizing it’s not really a quick-oat! So it’s a little crunchy but I still like it, in fact, it’s growing on me more and more! Anyways, here is this week’s oatmeal concoction:

oatmeal recipes

Here is my packed lunch 🙂 Somehow I have like one tiny container left in my whole apartment so I improvised with a mason jar! For my snacks I have YumEarth fruit snacks which are soo good but quite sugary and a cup of edamame. Did you know edamame has 10g of protein in one cup of bean pods! Crazy huh? I know I need more protein so these make an easy snack at work (also I just realized I spelled it wrong on the picture whoops!).

wednesday lunch!

This week I made a big batch of lentil soup for my lunches (another high protein & high-fiber food!), check out my post on how to make my favorite lentil soup here!

healthy and easy lentil soup

For dinner I had some un-pictured Mary Gone Cracker crackers (cracker crackers?) with some cheese and avocado and the last of a Fage Greek Yogurt container with some locally made granola, blueberries and a little maple syrup, yum!

greek yogurt parfait

fage greek yog with berries

I have also been making some progress on my embroidery, it take a while but I am excited for the final product –a flowery table runner!

embroidery

I was recently in Target and saw the famed red velvet Oreos in small packs near the V-Day stuff so I felt like it was my duty as a food-lover/blogger to try them (ok ok I just love sugar!). Usually I try to stay away from super-processed snacks like these guys that have ingredient lists longer than a mile but I couldn’t resist since I heard so much about them! Verdict: the cookie is pretty much the same as the normal chocolate cookie but just slightly tinted red. The creme however, has a slight cream cheesy taste but is still sickeningly sweet that you really can’t eat more than 2 or 3! Overall they taste good but I would still choose a homemade warm chocolate chip cookie over these anytime!

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Speaking of sugar…on my next couple posts you will see:

A little of this:

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And the recipe for these:

white choco chip macadamia nut cookies

So feel free to come back around for those goodies!

kate spade day

 

What is your favorite Oreo flavor or what flavor do you think they should make? I think I would go with the classic or red velvet, although I heard something about a chocolate-chip cookie dough Oreo that might beat the other two out!

What’s your favorite high-protein snack? I’m trying to find more easy things to eat with high-ish protein content so I’m curious about what you guys eat!

Thanks for taking the time to read and thanks for hosting yet another WIAW Jenn!

~Kyla

Recipes

How to Make Healthy Lentil Soup

February 9, 2015

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Hello!

It’s a marvelously cloudy and rainy Monday here in Seattle (surprise surprise!) and I’m in the mood for soup. Tonight I will be making a big pot of my favorite lentil soup, so I thought I’d share the recipe I use. This makes enough for one person to eat about 1.5 cups a day for 7 days, so it’s quite a bit of soup. Also, it’s extremely cheap to make and very healthy since one cup cooked has about 18 grams of protein, a large percent of your daily Iron and tons of dietary fiber. It really is a perfect food and the best part is that this soup is extremely flavorful in spite of basically just being water, lentils and some veggies!

Okay, so I used the Moosewood Cookbook Lentil Soup recipe by Mollie Katzen. It’s a wonderful healthy, vegetarian cookbook with some really good soup recipes. Mollie has many cookbooks and I grew up with a lot of her recipes. My dad and I have a particular affinity for her Gypsy Soup recipe, also in this cookbook, which I will post next time I make it!

You could probably just look at this picture and make your soup off this, but I’ll still explain how I make it. It’s very simple as you can see!

lentil soup 1

First, I place the lentils, water and salt in a big pan, bring it to boil and then turned down the heat to simmer. I just realized I cover the pan completely instead of partially like Mollie suggests, mine turns out fine though so no worries if you forget too!

Lentil soup 2

While the lentils simmer, prepare the rest. Two cups of chopped onion was about a large onion and a half for me by the way. I also added 4 medium carrots instead of 2 because I like carrots and mine didn’t seem that big!

lentil soup 3

Carrot glamour shot:

lentil soup 4

I also added 4 very small potatoes to give the soup a hearty punch. Then I chopped up 8 garlic cloves. Mollie suggests 6-8 but I ALWAYS go on the heavier side when it comes to garlic!

lentil soup 5

I tend to skip the celery in most soups just because I’m too lazy to got to the store but this time I had to anyways so I sliced up 2 stalks.

lentil soup 6

Then you add all your veggies and spices to the lentils, stir, and then leave to simmer another 20-30 minutes. So far we have had 40-60 minutes of simmer time and about 10-15 minutes of preparation (cutting veggies).

lentil soup 8

After the 20-30 minutes have passed simmering (I did 30 mins), we shall add the tomatoes. Mollie uses 2-3 fresh tomatoes which she boils and make into pulp but I go the easier route and use a can of organic stewed tomatoes instead and just dump it in with the lentils!

lentil soup 9

And we’re done! Now you have an amazing tasting, healthy, high-protein lunch/dinner for a whole week for about $10 total!

lentil lunch

I got my hair done recently too, the blonder the better, right?

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What I Ate Wednesday

WIAW: A Normal Day at Work

February 4, 2015

Hi guys!  So I have exactly what I ate today below. Not too exciting and as usual breakfast was the best meal of the day. I WISH I had Nutella-strawberry-banana crepe I ate in Maui for breakfast but I am slightly intimidated by crepes and there’s no way I can master that early in the morning! Instead, on Sunday night I made a big pot of homemade apple-cinnamon oatmeal.

I used one Fuji apple chopped into teeny chunks, 2 cups of Bob’s Red Mill Scottish Oatmeal (Costco!), 4 cups of water, 1 tablespoon of brown sugar (I added more to each bowl), cinnamon to taste, a little vanilla and 1/2 tsp salt. This made my apartment smell heavenly and it is really good, although careful how long you cook it because I think I overcooked the apples,  so they kind of lost some flavor. Oatmeal cooks on simmer for about 10 minutes or until it’s thick but I added the apples right when I started cooking it and that was too long for those little chunks!

oatmeal

Once I rolled into work at 8:30am, I always grab a green tea from the kitchen before I hunker down to get working.

green tea

Everyday by 11am I am hungry! I usually have a piece of fruit or Kind Bar but I brought a protein shake today. The picture is from yesterday but it was the same shake! It has: Tera’s Whey Bourbon Vanilla Protein Powder, a handful of blueberries, and 2 tablespoons of PB2. I don;t like the taste of whey protein powder but this makes it pretty good tasting! Kind of like a weird chocolate milk ha ha.

protein shake 1 protein shake 2

For lunch around 1pm I had some Fage Greek yogurt with some honey and frozen blueberries from Target. I try to buy organic blueberries but they are so expensive! Even this little non-organic bag was $5! I like buying from Trader Joe’s the best, I think they are pretty fairly priced with everything there.

yogurt and berries

For dinner I had a couple pieces of Kabocha (aka Japanese pumpkin). It’s sweet but a different kind of sweet than sweet potatoes and a little more yam-y in texture, if that makes any sense, haha! Anyways, I like it and I just sliced it up, put some coconut oil, salt and pepper and baked it in the oven at 400 degrees F for 30 minutes (flip over at halfway).

squash

And I ate some cottage cheese out of the tub with a spoon, in such frantic hunger that I didn’t take a picture!

For dessert, I ate a cream cheese brownie from Whole Foods. I have been craving chocolate soooo bad so I gave into my cravings and enjoyed every crumb of this beauty! (not my picture but very similar!)

Then watched some Friends on Netflix and headed to bed  My arms are really sore right now because I am trying to do more resistance training at the gym! I am incorporating more squats and arm workouts and I have started running again. I hope to have some posts on good workout routines soon!

Thanks for hosting Jenn and have a wonderful Wednesday!

selfie

What is your favorite way to eat Kabocha squash (or any squash)? This is the first time I have had it, I like it a lot but I’m not sure what to make with it so I’m trying to find some good recipes!

Do you like whey protein powder? How do you drink it?

~Kyla